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Tyler Tribute - Page 2 Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Obituaries Audrey Thomas May 23, 1929 - Oct. 4, 2013 Audrey Petersen Thom- as was born Audrey Ann on May 23, 1929 to Henry and Anna Kirk Petersen. She was one of seven chil- dren born and raised on the family farm in Tyler, a town she fondly described, "where even the O'Tooles are Danish." Upon graduating, she attended Mankato State Teachers College and taught school in a one- room schoolhouse un- til her brother told her United Airlines was hiring and encouraged her to ap- ply. Shortly thereafter, she began her training as a stewardess, eventually fly- ing out of Denver, Chicago and Seattle, where she met Donald G. Thomas. They began their mar- ried life together on Sept. 8, 1954, first settling in Bellevue, then moving to Bothell, where they spent 30 years, and retiring to Tacoma, Wash. With each community, Audrey gave of her time and self-- she was a Den Mother for Cub Scouts, Brownie Leader for Girl Scouts and a tire- less volunteer for her children's schools, earn- ing her the Golden Acorn Award. She was a member of the Altar Guild at First Lutheran Church of Both- ell, a caregiver for her own mother and the neigh- borhood "mother" of her children's many friends. She was loyal to her dear friends and always wel- " ~" comed new ones. After moving to Taco- ma, she continued to give of herself at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Mary Bridge Children's Founda- tion, Pierce College Foun- dation and countless other organizations--Audubon Society, The Humane Soci- ety, Lakewold Gardens, to name a few. Audrey volun- teered in the Neonatal In- tensive Care Unit as a baby "rocker" and also won the hearts of the doctors and nurses who knew her. She was kind and friendly to everyone and was well- loved in and around their neighborhood in the Proc- tor District. Audrey was a talented seamstress, artist and gardener. She loved her garden both at home and at the family beach home on Camano Island. She also enjoyed reading and putting together puzzles. Audrey was proud of her Danish heritage and had perfected the art of many traditional Danish foods, including mbelskiver and kransekake, which she lovingly made and shared with friends and fam- ily. She always had music playing wherever she was and made sure each of her children were taught to appreciate music and play an instrument. She loved animals, especially her miniature schnauzer Rudy. Audrey was proud of all her children and grand- children, providing lov- ing support to each one of them in their separate en- deavors. One of her classic phrases was, "You're my favorite today." She made everyone feel like her "fa- vorite." She left us peacefully on Oct. 4 and will be missed beyond measure. Audrey is survived by her husband of 59 years, Donald Thomas; son and daughter-in-law Kevin and Fran Thomas; grandsons Conner and Avery Thomas of Kent; daughter Kath- ryn Walkley and grandson Ethan Walkley of Tacoma, Wash.; daughter and son- in-law Karen and George "Scott" Scott, grandson Morgan Myers and grand- daughter Anna Myers of Tacoma, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law Jane and James Bigelow and grand- son James Bigelow of Ta- coma, Wash. Private interment will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery. A celebration of Audrey's life will be held on Oct. 26. Please contact Kevin Thomas at wirekat@ for informa- tion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mary Bridge Children's Foundation, PO Box 5296, Tacoma, WA 98415-0296 Leona Goehle Funeral services for Leo- na Goehle, age 93 of Tyler, will be Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Hartquist Fu- neral Home, Utoft-Johan- sen Chapel in Tyler. Visi- tation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Danebod Cemetery in Tyler. She died Sunday, Oct. 13 at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler. Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler is providing the arrangements. Send on- line condolences at www. Leona was a long-time resident and second grade school teacher in Tyler. She is survived by her children Mary (and John) Rowe, James (and Chris- tine) Goehle, Susan (and Terell) Newby, Jeanne (and James) Sternbergh, Nancy (and David) Dobbs, Henry (and Bronwyn) Goehle, Ca- ton (and Gerald) Branch, Carol (and John) Yencopal and Lorelee Goehle; 13 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren;siblings Marie Muckala, Sheldon Sandager, Lee Sandager and Anita Johnson. Full obituary will appear in next week's newspaper. VISIT OUR PHOTO SITE TO VIEW ALl. OF OL Submitted plmto Wedding Announcements Trisha Venenga and Bryan Sanderson Trisha Venenga and Bry- an Sanderson were united in marriage on Sept. 7 at The Old Courthouse Mu- seum in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D. Lay Pastor Jen- nifer Karlen officiated. Reception and dance were also held at the Old Court- house Museum. The bride is the daugh- ter of Virgil and Janice Venenga of Little Rock, Iowa. The groom is the son of Tod and Becci Sander- son of Ruthton. Matron of Honor was Lisa Dammann. Brides- maids were Heidi Peter- son, Kayla Sanderson and Sara Thooft. Best Man was Brent Thooft. Groomsmen were Travis Sanderson, Dane Sanderson and Matt Van- Eck. Ushers were Brett Dammann, Jordan Dammann and Trevor Christopherson. The groom currently works for Amiret Electric in Bala- ton. The bride works for First Independent Bank in Rus- sell. The couple currently make their home in Tyler. Final painting at the Tyler Area Food Shelf Volunteers continued to paint the new Tyler Area Food Shelf location behind the Tyler City Of- rice in downtown Tyler. The food shelf is expected to be open at its new location by Nov. 1 leaves Friday morning we had a good discussion in Kof- fee Klatch. We exercised and in the afternoon en- joyed music by Guy Stev- ermer. We visited during social time. Today was Snoopy's birthday--1950. Shirley Schnell set hair for us today. Saturday morning we exercised and in the after- noon we played Noodle- ball. We watched "Fun Time Polka" later in the day. Today was National Apple Betty Day. Sunday morning we ex- ercised and in the after- noon Judy Williamson led a hymn sing. In the eve- ning we watched the mov- ie "Meet the Parents." Monday morning we had Support Group and exercised. In the after- noon we played Bingo and Golf Cards. ]oyce Thomsen helped with Bingo. Tuesday morning we exercised and in the af- ternoon our baking group met. We gave the ladies manicures. In the evening we played Bingo. Mary Mulloy helped with Bingo. Lana Alderson set hair for us today. Wednesday morning we had Catholic Commu- nion and exercised. In the afternoon a group went on a sightseeing bus tour to' see farmers harvesting and see the trees turning colors. Bey Hess started a new book in our Book Club. In the evening we played Horse Races. Thursday morning Winds of the Prairie Sunrise Manor News churches led our devo- tions and offered Commu- nion. In the afternoon we had bowling. Dorothy De- muth and Brian William- son were our bowling win- ners. Today was National Angel Food Day. Friday morning we exer- cised and in the afternoon enjoyed music by the Ka- raoke Crooner. We visited during social time. In the evening we watched the movie "Green Card." Visitors this week were: Sherry Karen Johnson, Joan Derynck visited Mar- ian Duus; Gall Newell, Bill and Elizabeth Baxter visited Ruth Hansen; So- phia DeVos visited Martha Meulebroeck and other residents; Deloris Dagel visited Jean Runia; Marie Hovland visited Vivian Ol- sen, Bert Welgraven and Bonnie Fuhrmann; Evonne Fuhrmann visited Vivian Olsen; Spin Trautman vis- ited Cleone Willert, Rosie Drietz and Phyllis Johan- sen; Dan and Maline Fish visited Rosie Drietz. Smile--Riding on a bus, a lady was reading a newspaper article about life expectancy statistics. Turning to the man be- side her she said, "Do you know every time I breathe, someone dies? .... That's interesting," he answered. "Have you ever tried mouthwash?" Have a great week from our home to yours. 21 An event called "So- cial Media, What is Re- ally Happening?" is being sponsored by Brookings County Child Protection Team with Detective Brett Spencer and Officer Joe Fishbaugher speaking and answering questions. It will be held Oct. 21, with two presentations, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Mickelson Middle School. This is for any family with children in school in Brookings Coun- ty. This is open to all, but most appropriate for fami- lies with students in upper elementary, middle school and high school grades. Avoid deer-vehicle crashes while driving Nearly one-third of car- deer collisions each year occur between now and November, said the Minne- sota Department of Natu- ral Resources (DNR), cit- ing a national report. Minnesota is ranked eighth when it comes to car-deer crash totals, ac- cording to State Farm In- surance, which tracks the trends nationwide. Most states, the company re- ports, are seeing a decline in their numbers. There are two exceptions-- Wy- oming and Minnesota. Though most people would expect these crash- es to be more likely in rural areas, motorists in urban regions of the state also need to watch out for these dangerous--and sometimes deadly--acci- dents involving deer. Min- nesota has three million drivers and 136,000 miles of roadway. More than 20,000 deer- vehicle accidents are re- ported annually, according to the Minnesota Depart- ment of Transportation. While trying to predict when and where a deer and motorist will meet is an impossible task, drivers who understand how deer behave are more likely to avoid a crash. The DNR advises motorists to use these driving tips to help avoid collisions with deer: See the signs -- Deer- crossing signs are posted in high-risk areas. Drive with caution, especially in the posted areas. Deer don't roam alone -- Deer often run togeth- er. If one deer is near or crossing the road, expect that others will follow. Danger from dusk to dawn-- Watch for deer es- pecially at dawn and after sunset. About 20 percent of these crashes occur in early morning, while more than half occur between 5 p.m. and midnight. Safety begins behind the wheel-- Always wear safety belts and drive at safe, sensible speeds for road conditions. If a vehicle strikes a deer, motorists should re- port the crash by calling local law enforcement, the sheriff's department, or the Minnesota State Patrol. By following these tips and maximizing one's situational awareness, it becomes less likely to ex- perience a deer-vehicle crash. More Minnesota businesses required to take aquatic invasive species training The Minnesota Depart- ment of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering addition- al aquatic invasive species (AIS) training to owners of lake service provider busi- nesses this fall so they can legally work in the state's waters. Businesses that rent, lease or decontaminate boats or other water-relat- ed equipment are now re- quired to attend AIS train- ing and acquire a permit under a state law change that took effect in July. "Before this change, the law applied only to busi- nesses such as marinas, dock haulers, boat clubs and others who install or remove equipment from state waters," said April Rust, DNR AIS training co- ordinator. Several AIS training sessions for lake service providers are scheduled around the state-- Be- midji, Oct. 16; Duluth, Oct. 27; Blaine, Nov. 6. After completing the required three-hour train- ing, lake service providers must pass an exam, apply for a permit online and pay a $50 application fee before a permit is issued. The training sessions provide details about AIS and information needed to pass the test. They also cover how to integrate AIS prevention strategies into business practices. The permit is valid for three years. Lake service provid- ers must have the permits while providing services. 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