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Obituaries

Erna Tabor Tart, age 95, of rural Spring Valley, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at the Spring Valley Care Center in Spring Valley, MN.
Nov. 29, 1944 - Aug. 4, 2022
A truly unique guy was called to the big park in the sky Sunday morning August 7th.
Craig Smoldt, age 80, passed away August 5 at Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota following a battle with cancer. He grew up an inquisitive farm boy in Grundy Center, Iowa – even trying to hatch wild pheasant eggs in an incubator in his bedroom as a child. After high school, he obtained a B.A. from the University of Colorado including a year abroad at the University of Vienna. He then headed east where he received his MBA from Cornell University. Craig obtained a direct commission as an officer in the US Army Medical Service Corp serving from 1966 – 1970 primarily in Korea and Fort Benning, Georgia.

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July 22, 1929 – August 7, 2022
1967 - 2022 Libera, James Michael (Jim) of St. Louis Park, MN peacefully passed away on 7 August 2022 at the age of 55, after courageously and valiantly battling cancer for four years with unwavering optimism and perseverance.
Janice Margaret (Case) Suchanek, 84, of Red Wing, died on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at Deer Crest, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut on August 2, 1938 to Willard and Margaret Case. She graduated in 1956 from Mason City, Iowa - High School and the next day started at Jostens in Owatonna, where she later met Jerome Suchanek. The two were married on January 24, 1959. They moved to Red Wing in 1964 when Jostens opened a diploma manufacturing plant and Jan stopped working at Jostens in 1965 to raise their children and later worked part time at Coast to Coast and Ace Hardware. She retired in 1997 and then helped her daughter Michelle with her business, Under the Rainbow Early Education Center where she helped with all kinds of projects and activities. Her favorite past times were crafting, gardening, boating, golf, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and other family members. Her family has great memories snowmobiling, ice fishing, and ice skating in the winter, and boating and fishing in the summer with her. They especially recall the weekends boating at Uncle Russ and Aunt Betty’s cabin.
Daniel E. Gabrielson (Gabby), 70, of Rochester, MN returned home to God to help watch over and protect us on August 9, 2022 in his home, after a strong battle against Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

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Maynard Gene Teigen, 72, passed away Monday, May 23, 2022, in Rochester Health Services East.
Aug. 23, 1950 - Aug. 6, 2022
April 29, 1948 - Aug. 7, 2022
Suzanne Alisa Ballard, loving mother, grandmother, and sister passed away on Monday, August 1st, 2022 at St Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN after a quick, but fierce battle with cancer. She had just recently celebrated her 62nd birthday.
Paul Richard Drotos was an excellent human being. He was born on December 3rd, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan. During his early life in Detroit and Dearborn Heights he spent thirteen years attending catholic schools, for which he always considered himself lucky. In his words: “The nuns truly loved us, and that really showed. They had nothing else.” In an early demonstration of his character, he found himself in deep trouble for shaking down his fellow students for their lunch money. He needed this money to send food to starving children abroad. That philanthropic scheme got shut down, but his spirit of giving never waivered.
Feb. 11, 1940 - Aug. 2, 2022
Oct. 17, 1926 - Aug. 5, 2022
Betty Knoepke, 89, of Preston, MN, passed away on Thursday, August 4th, 2022 at Rochester Methodist Hospital surrounded by family.

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