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Rick Heidemann (#46597268)
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Rhonda Fochs
Oak Ridge

I am emailing to ask your permission to use a photo from the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Brown County MN, The Bluem family stone in a local history project. Thanks Rhonda
Added by Rhonda Fochs on Jul 11, 2015 12:16 PM
Thomas J. Corbett
Magdelena Hammer
Thank You very much for the speedy transfer of Magdelena Hammer. I have also discovered that you have her husband Henry (buried next to her). I see that there is no grave photo for Henry - was there a problem? Would it be possible to get him transferred also. Again THANK YOU for all your time and work on these.

Added by Thomas J. Corbett on Apr 04, 2012 10:40 AM
William Watson
More Parker family members in Westbrook Cemetery
Hi Rick,

Thank you for the transfer of the memorial for Patricia Kay Parker, infant daughter of Open & Archie. I've also found a few other members of that family, and will send you "correction requests" asking for you to link them up.

If you'd prefer, you could transfer them to me, and I'll add the links and other details. They're only in-laws of my in-laws, so do what you prefer.

Very best regards,

Added by William Watson on Jan 20, 2011 4:44 PM
William Watson
RE: Another child of Hugo and Emma Schmalz
Hi again Rick,

Thank you for the transfers of the memorials for Archie & Opal. I found a memorial for her brother Melvin, and also just found that you manage one for Archie & Opal's infant daughter. I'll send you a "correction request" asking you to connect or transfer her.

Thanks again,

Added by William Watson on Jan 17, 2011 7:31 PM
William Watson
RE: Another child of Hugo and Emma Schmalz

Thank you for posting the obituary for Opal Schmaltz Parker. The obit identifies her as the sister of my wife's grandmother, Lucyle Schmaltz Tabbert. Seeing the obit inspired me to look for the other siblings, and I immediately turned up their brother Melvin, buried in the same county!

My wife's father's family has been a bit of a mystery to me. Few of the family members seem to appear in census records, and it appears that no relations in the family have done any genealogy research.

Thank you very much for the new clue, and linking Opal's memorial to those for her parents. If you wish to transfer the memorial to me, I will happily maintain it until some closer relation appears.

Thanks again, and very best regards,

findagrave member # 47194928
Added by William Watson on Jan 17, 2011 1:01 PM
Bonita R Parker, Westbrook Cemetery, MN
Bonita Parker
Bonita Ruth Redhead was born October 2, 1934, on the family farm near Dolliver, Iowa, the first child of Merlin and Bonnie (Watrous) Redhead. The family soon grew with two more daughters, Betty and Barbara. Bonita was baptized into the Methodist church where she attended with her family. She began elementary schooling in the rural one-room school that was later consolidated into the Armstrong, Iowa, school district. She graduated from Armstrong High School in 1952, with honors, and then enrolled at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, graduating in 1954, again with honors.
After receiving her Associate in Commerce degree from Waldorf, she accepted a position at St. Olaf College where they had come to value the services of persons trained under the watchful eye of Ingeborg Coltvet of Waldorf's commercial department. This training served her well in her new work with Registrar, Inez Frayseth. While employed in the Registrar's Office, Bonita met her future spouse, Donovan Parker, and upon their marriage on October 13, 1956, she transferred to a position as secretary and assistant to David E. Johnson, Vice President of College Relations and Development, later, Senior Vice President. She worked steadfastly and with extreme loyalty and confidentiality for Mr. Johnson until his death. Her total service to St. Olaf College spanned 43 years, retiring in 1997.
After her marriage, Bonita was confirmed in the Lutheran faith and she and her spouse joined the congregation at St. John's. In their retirement, the Parkers found a second home church in Arizona for the winter months. Mount of Olives Lutheran Church in Phoenix became a very important part of their Phoenix lives with its gracious love and support, especially in times of failing health.
While living outside Northfield in a set of farm buildings they bought soon after their marriage, the Parkers opened a part-time antiques business which they named Three Acres Antiques. Several years later they purchased the 1876 fire hall from the City of Northfield, restored it, and opened a full-time antiques business with a hired manager. After 25 years in the down-town location, they closed Three Acers, gave the building to the Waldorf College Endowment Fund, and were truly retired.
In addition to her 43 years devotion to St. Olaf, Bonita and Donovan were members and supporters of the Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield Historical Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Waldorf Alumni Association.
Bonita was preceded in death by her husband, Donovan; her parents, grandparents, one brother-in-law, several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by sisters: Betty and husband Leon Nelson of Armstrong, Iowa, Barbara Klee of Cedar Falls, Iowa; nephews: Terry (Gail) Nelson of Estherville, Iowa, Brent Nelson of Armstrong, Iowa; nieces: Revae (Mark) Gabriel of Tama, Iowa, Debra (Gerry) Gilbertson of Hutchinson, Ronda Thompson of Cedar Raids, Iowa; grandnephews: Brad Nelson and Tom Gabriel; grand nieces: Katie and Trisha Nelson, Krisse and Jessie Gabriel, Crystal and Cassie Roforth, Brianna Thompson. Also surviving is Aunt Lu, several cousins, her sisters-in-law: Dixie (Marlyn) Engler of Bemidji, and Dorothy (Ronald) Lien of Westbrook, and their four children and six grandchildren.
Bonita passed away Friday evening, October 12, 2007 at United Hospital in St. Paul at the age of 73.
Services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield with Revs. Steve Swanson & John Qaum officiating. Music will be provided by the trio of Myrna Johnson, Ruth Legvold and Leslie Lykens. Organist will be Donna Paulsen. Honorary casket bearers will be Bruce Moe, Wil Brosz, Noel Stratmoen, Lois Stratmoen, Don Sahling, Jim Enestvedt, Hal Gargrave and Nathan Knutson. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be next to Donovan, his parents and grandparents, in the Parker family plot at Westbrook Cemetery in Westbrook, Minnesota.
Memorials are suggested to Waldorf, St. John's, St. Olaf, Mount of Olives Lutheran Church in Phoenix or Northfield Arts Guild.
Added by Peggy on Jan 15, 2011 2:25 PM
Opal H Parker, Westbrook Cemetery, MN
Opal Helen Parker
July 30, 1922 - June 19, 2009

Opal Helen Schmalz was born July 30, 1922, in the home of her loving parents Hugo and Emma Schmalz, in Westbrook, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

After graduating from Westbrook High School she married her sweetheart from Storden, MN, Archie Parker.

They started their lives together on a farm south of Storden, where she began her career of loving mother, chief cook, bottle washer and the "bestest" Pie maker in the county. After using her homemaking skills to perfect her cooking and baking she proceeded to enter the world of pleasing the appetites of all the locals and visitors by owning and operating the local café in Storden. In 1957 the family moved from the farm in to the town of Storden, MN. Small community living and activities gave her many fond memories and good times.

After retiring in 1976, Opal and Archie spent many winters traveling thru the southwest. Tucson, AZ soon became their home away from home where Opal enjoyed many years of entertaining her family and friends.

In 1997, Opal and Archie moved to Opal's family home in Westbrook, MN. During the next 10 years she took much pleasure and pride living in the home where she was born and raised.

In 1999, Opal entered a new phase of her life as caregiver to Archie as he had suffered a series of severe strokes and as in everything else that she did throughout her life, Opal did an excellent job. In 2000, Archie joined the Lord and Opal started another journey. She sought comfort in family and old friends and at this point made some important new friends. She very much enjoyed events at the Senior Community Center, playing cards and taking some very enjoyable trips with her friends. She derived much enjoyment from spending time with family during holidays and many weekly visits.

In April of 2009, Opal became ill and was uprooted one more time. She moved to St. Louis Park, MN and made a new home with her daughter and husband, Sharon and Chuck. On June 12, 2009 after spending a week with her son and wife, Dennis and Pat, she returned to her daughter's home. Her illness worsened and with the help of the wonderful ladies of Methodist Hospice, Sharon, Chuck, Dennis and Pat were able to love and comfort Opal.

On June 19, 2009, Opal peacefully left her worldly body and joined her little daughter, Patty Kay, husband Archie, Mother Emma, Father Hugo, brother Melvin, sister Mabel, sister Lucyle and her many other family and friends that had gone before her. They welcomed her with open arms.

Opal is survived by; her son and spouse, Dennis and Pat of Spicer, MN and their family: granddaughter and spouse, Jody and John Brinkman and their children, Stephanie and Chase, grandson and spouse, Grant and Diane Parker, and their children, Vanessa, Kayla, Cambrie and Colton. Opal's daughter and spouse, Sharon and Chuck Peterson of St. Louis Park, MN and their family: granddaughter and spouse, Gayle and Bob Kleven and their son, Justin, granddaughter and spouse, Wendy "Helen" and Keith Kreps and their children, Nicole and McKenzie. She is also survived by her sister and spouse, Mavis and John Bratt of DeLand, FL and sister and spouse, Joyce and David Newman of Rochester, MN.
Added by Peggy on Jan 15, 2011 2:19 PM
William Watson
Thank you for creating and transferring the memorials
for Hugo & Emma Schmalz. I've updated them, and will continue to maintain them.

Very best regards,

Added by William Watson on Feb 07, 2010 3:10 PM

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