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Adeline Aamot Strand Sept. 10, 1919 - Jan. 27, 2009

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MILAN -- Adeline Madelyn Aamot Strand, 89, of Windom and formerly of Milan, died Tuesday at the Windom Area Hospital.

The services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kviteseid Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Anderson Funeral Home in Montevideo with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

She was born Sept. 10, 1919, on a farm near Milan to Alvin and Mable (Lia) Olson. She attended Milan school and graduated from high school in 1937.

She married Verdie Aamot on Oct. 23, 1938, and they lived on the Aamot farm near Watson. They purchased the Watson Oil Company in 1948 and moved to Watson. She was involved with many community projects in Watson and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. They purchased the Johnson Motel in Windom in 1964 and, after retiring in 1974, they returned to Milan.

She married Ray Strand on Jan. 24, 1987. They moved to Apple Ridge in 2002 and later to Appleton Nursing Home. She moved to the Good Samaritan Home in Windom in 2007.

She is survived by seven children: Jean (and Jack) Bettger of Montevideo, Carolyn Walton of New London, John (and Anita) Aamot of Sun City, Ariz., Susan (and Ken) Kammen of Willmar, Bruce (and Lori) Aamot of St. James, Robert (and Dawn) Aamot of Windom and Rebecca (and Terry) Culhane of Burnsville; five stepchildren: Susan Strand, Nancy Strand, Roger Strand, Ozzie Strand, and Margaret (and Clayton) Sodetani; 13 grandchildren; 13 stepgrandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; and two sisters: Olive Dalen of Milan and Ruth Stimson of St. Louis Park.

She was preceded in death by her husbands: Verdie Aamot in 1984 and Ray Strand in 2005; and a son-in-law: Michael Jurgens.

APPLETON -- Michael Dean Witte, 39, of rural Appleton, died Friday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar after a long battle with cancer.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Big Bend Lutheran Church.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel in Appleton and for one hour prior to the services at the church.

He was born April 3, 1969, in Edina to Darol and Miriam (Farmer) Witte. He attended Hopkins High School. He was working for West-Con as a chemical applicator. He was a member of Heritage Hill Antique Farm Power and the Rolaag Steam Thresher's Association and restored old tractors.

He is survived by his parents of Golden Valley; and a sister: Machelle (and Todd) Witte-Johnson of Minneapolis.

MAPLE GROVE --Michael Arthur Whiteis, 41, of Maple Grove and formerly of Coon Rapids, died Thursday.

The service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Maple Grove Lutheran Church, 9251 Elm Creek Boulevard. Memorials preferred to Courage Center Development Department, Minneapolis. Arrangements are by Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

He was born October 13, 1967, in Coon Rapids to George and Elaine (Farres) Whiteis. He grew up in Coon Rapids and graduated from the Coon Rapids High School in 1986.

He married Stephanie Hedin on Sept. 25, 1999, in Willmar.

He is survived by his wife; children: Sadie, Ben and Chelsea; his parents of St. Petersburg, Fla; sisters: Lisa (and Skip) Iverson of Cambridge, and Dawn Saks; and his in-laws: Paul and Jane (Augustson) Hedin of New London.

OLIVIA -- Gloria Jean O'Halloran, 61, of Olivia died from cancer Sunday at her home.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. and from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

She was born June 17, 1947, in Willmar to James Moran and Leona (Dingels) O'Halloran. She graduated from Olivia High School in 1965, started college at the College of St. Catherine and graduated in 1969 from the University of Minnesota with degrees in journalism and advertising. She worked for Healthco Dental Supply doing dental office design and appraisals in Minneapolis, Denver and then for many years in Kansas City, Mo. She moved the O'Halloran home place north of Olivia in 2001 and was self-employed doing dental office appraisals. She was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and the Olivia Golf Club.

She is survived by her mother of Olivia, two brothers: Pat (and Jeanne) O'Halloran of Prior Lake and Larry (and Kathy) O'Halloran of Deephaven.

She was preceded in death by her father and one brother.

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