Obituaries


David ‘Charlie’ Thomes, 59, Arlington

5/19/2016

David “Charlie” Thomes passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at home in Arlington on Sunday, May 15, at the age of 59. He courageously battled metastatic neuroendocrine carcinoma for seven years.
A visitation and funeral were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arlington on Wednesday, May 18. The visitation started at 3 p.m. while a funeral mass followed at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials were preferred. Cremation Society of Minnesota was in charge of arrangements.
Charlie was born to Ralph and Marilyn Thomes in Arlington on March 23, 1957. He graduated from the Arlington-Green Isle High School in 1975. He was united in marriage with Brenda O’Brien on Dec. 1, 1979. The couple welcomed five children into their family between 1985 and 1992. Charlie’s family was the most important part of his life. His children will always remember him as a loving, caring, hard-working, jack-of-all-trades, best dad in the world.
Charlie called himself a PD -- “professional driver,” driving for Locher Bros., Kamps, Inc., Trebelhorns & Associates, and Cemstone until he was forced to retire in 2014 due to his illness. He was highly dedicated to his career and had an unmatched work ethic. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was active on the Arlington Sportsmen’s Park Board and enjoyed playing slow pitch softball with his brothers and friends for many years.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Brenda; children, Billy  (Bethany Trout), Sally  (Brandon Barth), Tricia (Luke) Westphal, Mick, Mary  (Taylor Trimbo and son, Mason Trimbo); and his “little buddy” Seger. Siblings include Dick (Carol) Thomes, Margo (Harlan) Otto, Susie (Mike) McCarthy, Norma Thomes (Scott Wheeler), Barry (Connie) Thomes, Lorie Thomes, John (Amy) Thomes and Bob (Gail) Thomes. In-laws include Colleen (Mark) Trebelhorn, Dan (Pam) O’Brien, Lisa O’Brien, Marie (Scott) Brau and Tony (Lynn) O’Brien; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Marilyn Thomes; brother, Dan “Buck” Thomes; in-laws, Bill and Dorothy O’Brien; and brother-in-law, Willie O’Brien.

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Eleanor Trocke, 85, Arlington

5/19/2016

Eleanor Trocke, age 85, of Arlington, passed away at the Arlington Good Samaritan Center on Wednesday, May 11.
Funeral service was held at Zion Lutheran Church in Arlington at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 17. Rev. James Carlson officiated.
Casket bearers were Mark Lueck, Doug Wolf, Grant Bening, James Trocke, Paul Trocke and Peter Trocke.
Visitation was held at Zion Lutheran Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 16. It continued one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday, May 17.
Interment was in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
Eleanor Magdalena (Michaelis) Trocke was born to John and Lydia (Eickschen) Michaelis in New Auburn Township on July 18, 1930.  She was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in New Auburn Township on Aug. 3, 1930, and later confirmed in her faith at Zion Lutheran Church on April 18, 1943.
Eleanor attended District 34 country school and was a graduate of the Arlington High School in 1948. Eleanor was united in marriage with Everil Trocke at Zion Lutheran Church on Aug. 7, 1949.  This union was blessed with sons, Robert and Randall.  
Eleanor was a longtime employee of the Geib-Janni Lumber Company and the proprietor of Color Mates Inc. in Arlington.  She was a lifetime member of the Zion Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and Confirmation classes, was a member of the Zion Church Women and its Wednesday Circle, and was a willing volunteer whenever needed.
Eleanor was a member of the Arlington VFW Post 6031 Auxiliary, Sibley County Medical Center Board of Directors, Sibley Medical Center Women’s Auxiliary, and the Arlington Garden Club.  She was also a member of the Arlington Commercial Club and was an avid supporter of the Arlington A’s baseball team.  Eleanor was a strong community supporter and had been named the Arlington Senior Citizen Of The Year.
Eleanor enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, baking, cooking and watching sports.   She cherished the time spent with family.
Eleanor is survived by her loving family: son, Randall (Nancy) Trocke of Brooklyn Park; grandchildren, Elisha (Stephen) Moseley of Minneapolis, Teresa (Charlie) Holm of New Ulm, Andrew Trocke of Brooklyn Park, Michael (Amy) Trocke of Plymouth, and Kelly (Matt) Schilz of Brooklyn Park; great grandchildren, Sullivan and Harris Moseley, Annaliese Trocke, and Jack Freeman; sister, Beatrice Tews of Arlington; sister-in-law, Norma Michaelis of Arlington; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Eleanor is preceded in death by her parents, John and Lydia Michaelis; husband, Everil Trocke; son, Robert Trocke; brothers, Marvin Michaelis and Duane Michaels; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herman and Marie Trocke; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Arnold Tews, Celestine and Ernie Nieland, Maynard and Vivian Trocke, Marvin and Beverly Trocke, Virgil and Martha Trocke, Gerald and Annmarie Trocke; and nephew, Joel Tews.
Memorials are preferred to the Zion Lutheran Church.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home
in Waconia. www.johnson
fh.com

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Gene O. Siewert, 77, Hamburg

5/19/2016

Gene O. Siewert, age 77, of Hamburg, passed away at the Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe on Monday, May 9.
Funeral service was held at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hamburg, at 11 a.m. Friday, May 13. Rev. Donald Andrix officiated.
Casket bearers were Gene’s grandchildren.
Visitation was held at Emanuel Luthern Church, Hamburg, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12. It continued one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday, May 13.
Gene was born to William and Agnes (Grochow) Siewert  in Hamburg on May 4, 1939. He was baptized and confirmed at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. On April 24, 1965, Gene was united in marriage to Lois J. Plieseis at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Arlington.
Gene loved spending time with his family attending his grandchildren’s concerts and sporting events. His number one passion was fishing and sharing his time on or near the water with his brother, children and grandchildren. He was a longtime UPS driver, being a part of the company for 31 years. Gene played a lead role in the teamsters local union 638. He was a member of the Hamburg Lions Club and on the Hamburg Fire Department both for 20 years. Gene was a faithful member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg serving as church usher on a regular basis. For a period of time in his life he umpired for the Bar League softball. Gene was a Minnesota Twins fan watching a game whenever he could and was a proud veteran of the United States Army.
Gene is survived by his loving family: wife, Lois; children, Dan (Christine) Siewert of Excelsior, Beth (Bradley) Holm of Darwin, Michael (Jenny) Siewert of Glencoe, and David Siewert of Lester Prairie; grandchildren, Alexandra Siewert, Cassidy Holm, Robyn Siewert, Derek Holm, Tyler Siewert, Jakob Siewert and Megan Siewert; brother, John (Mavis) Siewert of Gaylord; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Glen (Linda) Plieseis of Arlington, Timothy Plieseis of Arlington,  and Darla Plieseis of Arlington; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, William and Agnes Siewert; a sister in infancy; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wilbur and Gladys Plieseis; and brother-in-law Dennis Plieseis.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home
in Waconia. www.johnson
fh.com

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