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September 19th, 2018

Lorraine Meier, 96, of Glencoe

Lorraine Meier, 96, of Glencoe and formerly of Brownton, passed away Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe.
Funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart, with interment in the church cemetery.
Officiating clergy was Pastor Mahlon Bekedam, with organist Bev Wangerin. Merrill Zieman, Wayne Exsted, Rozanne Powers, Ron Meier, Brian Meier, and Wayne Rennecke were casket-bearers.

Bradley H. Roepke, 70, of Rockford, Ill.

Bradley H. Roepke, 70, of Rockford, Ill. passed away peacefully Sept. 1 from complications attributed to cancer.
Mr. Roepke was born Oct. 26, 1947, in Biscay to Harold and Thelma Roepke (Hagen). He graduated from Glencoe High School in 1965. In the fall, Mr. Roepke enrolled at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis and graduated with an AA degree in drafting. He went on to a very successful career at Sunstrand, a defense contractor, in Rockford, Ill. Mr. Roepke retired as a manufacturing engineer.

Gladys L. Selma Kroells, 79, of Hamburg

Gladys Laura Selma (Bergs) Kroells, 79, of Hamburg, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, at her residence in Hamburg. Funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m., at St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in rural Hamburg, with interment at the church cemetery.
Pastor Daniel Schnabel officiated the ceremony.
Sandy Kroells was the organist. “Amazing Grace,” “Just As I Am,” “Take My Life & Let It Be,” and “Beautiful Savior” were the congregational hymns.

Edward L. Schugg, 71, New Auburn

Edward Lawrence Schugg, 71, of New Auburn, Minnesota, passed away Friday, Sept. 7, at Glencoe Regional Health Services in Glencoe, Minnesota. Funeral Services were held Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m., at Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe with interment following at First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Glencoe.
Pastor Peter Adelsen officiated the ceremony.
Dawn Wolter was the organist and Randy Wilson was the soloist singing “the Lord’s Prayer.” “Amazing Grace” and “On Eagle’s Wings” were the congregational hymns.

Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Thank goodness for people willing to run for elected office, especially at the local level.
Unlike those elected to represent us at the state and, worse yet, federal levels of government, the votes city councilors and school board directors make are too close to home to go unnoticed. Sometimes, they make decisions worthy of a thumbs-up. Other times, they make decisions that make you wonder what it is the average person is missing.

Silver Lake Council approves 5.6 percent tax levy increase

The city council approved at 5.6 percent preliminary tax levy increase at its meeting on Monday night.
Minnesota state statute requires governing bodies (city councils, school boards, county boards, etc.) to approve a preliminary tax levy by Sept. 30. The levy amount can be reduced, but not increased before it is certified in December.
The total proposed tax levy increased to $528,761.10 from $500,725.85 in 2018. The 2017 tax levy was $480,127.20.
The proposed general fund portion of the levy is $504,775 up from $477,194 in 2018. The general fund levy was $410,994.20 in 2017.

‘Wee Friends’ Creative Preschool Turns 40

Cheryl McDougall and Barb Jenneke remember their search for a pre-school that would prepare their children for kindergarten. Back in the mid-1970s, Glencoe had nothing to offer families looking for something besides traditional daycare.
McDougall and Jenneke were among the early supporters of Wee Friends Creative Preschool. The preschool program recently quietly celebrated its 40th anniversary helping families looking for a program to prepare preschoolers academically and socially for kindergarten.

Glencoe VFW Post hosting POW/MIA Remembrance Day Friday

The lonely table set up for one is displayed at Glencoe VFW Post 5102 in observance of POW-MIA recognition day Friday, Sept. 21.
The day is set aside to remember prisoners of war (POWs) and those classified as missing in action (MIA).

(For the complete story, see the Sept. 19 edition of The Chronicle.)

Happy Birthday, Esther Wroge

Randy Wroge likes to joke about not needing a computer to keep track of his family's history. His 'computer' just turned 100.
Esther Wroge is the keeper of the Wroge family's history. After all, she's seen more of it than any of her children. Esther Wroge turned 100 years old Friday, Sept. 14, joining a special group of people known as who celebrated becoming centenarians.
“Mom's 100. We've got to keep her living because she's my computer,” Randy Wroge said.
The Wroge family celebrated at Grand Meadows where Esther resides.

September 17th

Melissa Guldemann, 55, of Glencoe

Melissa Guldemann, 55, of Glencoe passed away Saturday, Sept. 15, at Cedar Crest in Silver Lake.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, 3:30 p.m., at Church of Peace in Glencoe, with interment held at a later date.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements are with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online guest book is available at www.mcbridechapel.com