LaDonna Mae, Mrs. Alphonse Mathiowetz age 84, of Comfrey died on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Comfrey Chapel and will continue on Monday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Comfrey. There will be a Parish Prayer Service on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Comfrey on Monday at 10:30 a.m. The clergy will be Msgr. Eugene Lozinski. Interment will be at the St. Paul Catholic Cemetery in Comfrey. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
LaDonna Mae Mathiowetz was born March 31, 1933, to Anthony and Brigetta (Soukup) Schroepfer on the family farm in Albin Township, Brown County. She attended and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in 1951 as the valedictorian. LaDonna then attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Mankato. She worked as a LPN in the OB department at the Loretto Hospital until 1955. On September 28, 1953, she was united in marriage to Alphonse Mathiowetz at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. September of 1955, when Alphonse was discharged from the army, the couple moved to a farm in Mulligan Township where they raised their 4 children – Joan, John, Joel, and Julie. LaDonna worked at the Comfrey Hospital and at the Good Samaritan nursing home in Mountain Lake and retired in 2003. On August 16, 2012, she entered the Sleepy Eye Care Center where she was the resident of the month in 2016. She enjoyed reading and volunteering. Over the years LaDonna was active in the Legion Auxiliary, 4-H, band mothers, and St. Paul’s Catholic Church where she taught CCD for 17 years, was a Rosary leader, Eucharistic Minister, and Lay Presider. She was also a member of the Catholic Aid and Christian Mothers.
She is survived by her husband Alphonse Mathiowetz of Comfrey; children – John (Cheryl) Mathiowetz of New Ulm, Joel (Terri) Mathiowetz of Comfrey, Julie (Corey) Schmid of Sauk Rapids; 6 grandchildren – Christopher (special friend Anne), Emily (special friend Eric), Rachel (Nick) Wagner, Anthony (Becca) Mathiowetz, Annataya (special friend Johnny), and Kirby Schmid; great grandson Jasper Wagner; siblings – Theresia (Ernest) Kretsch, Sylvia Braun, Robert (Linda) Schroepfer, Richard (Linda) Schroepfer, Kathleen (Rick) Marcus, Anthony Jr. (Shirley) Schroepfer; and brother-in-law Dave Jensen. LaDonna was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Joan Mathiowetz; sister Barbara Jensen; brother-in-law Melvin Braun; and niece Tina Marcus.
JoAnn Helen Lochner, age 74, of New Ulm died Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at her home in New Ulm. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 am on Monday, November 20, 2017, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye at 2 pm. Visitation will be 2-5 pm on Sunday, and continue from 9:30-10:30 am on Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. To leave an online condolence for her family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org.
JoAnn is survived by her husband, Willis Lochner; daughters, Linda Newman of Maple Grove, Karen (Kurt) Schwacke of Waconia, Amy (Nick) Taulelle of St. Michael; sisters, Marilyn Mielke of Mankato, Rita (Doug) Bandemer of Morgan, Becky (Marty) Conzemius of Bloomington, Jean (John) Moody of Sanborn; sisters-in-law, Louise (Jim) Paulson of St. James, Lucille Mikrut of Forsyth, MO; brother, Ron (Jeanette) Zollner of Acton, MA; brother-in-law, Don (Peggy) Lochner of Zumbrota; grandchildren, Emily and Alicia Newman, Jared Schwacke, Jackson and Allison Taulelle; one great-grandchild, Mikayla Newman; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by son, Timm Lochner; parents; sister, Eileen; mother-in-law, Ines; father-in-law, Elmer; and brothers-in-law, Ed Mielke and Elmer Krenz.
JoAnn Helen Zollner was born January 9, 1943, in New Ulm to Alfred and Helen (Dauer) Zollner. She graduated high school from St. Mary’s in Sleepy Eye and, on June 30, 1962, JoAnn was united in marriage to Willis Lochner in Sleepy Eye. The couple was blessed with four children over their 55 years together. JoAnn worked to raise her beloved family, and then went on to work 15 wonderful years as a territory manager for Hallmark and worked seasonally at AUI. When she was not working, JoAnn spent countless hours quilting and acquiring a beautiful collection of Hallmark ornaments. While she adored all Hallmark products, she particularly loved angels and kept a remarkable amount of paper products in her house for any occasion. In her personal life, JoAnn kept a strong presence in her family’s lives, who she loved dearly. From going to events for her children and grandchildren to driving to Mystic Lake Casino with her sisters, she made sure she spent time with everyone. JoAnn was a devout member at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, then at Cathedral in New Ulm. She put up a long, courageous fight with cancer and she will forever be remembered in the memories of her loving family and friends. Blessed be to her memory
ldora Dittbenner age 97, of Sleepy Eye, died on November 14, 2017, at Sleepy Eye Care Center. Visitation will be on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10 to 11 am at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye. Service will be held at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11 am. The clergy will be Pastor Chris Cordes. Interment will be at the Zion Eden Lutheran Cemetery in rural Morgan. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com. Memorials may be given to St. John Ev. Lutheran Church or Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School.
Eldora was born on March 15, 1920 to William H. Hale Sr. and Florence E. Kuelbs Hale. Armin and Eldora were married on June 4, 1946 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Eden Township, rural Morgan. Together they farmed in Eden Township and attended Zion Lutheran Church in Morgan. They moved to New Ulm in 2000. Eldora enjoyed her very large vegetable and flower gardens, old time dancing, playing cards, bingo, puzzles, sewing, crocheting and visiting with family and friends. Her faith was most important to her and she always was an excellent example for her family.
She is survived by daughter, Judy and husband Wayne Zarn of Apple Valley, grandchildren, Elizabeth (Scott) Witty of Mankato, Rebecca Zarn and friend Rob Montague of Bloomington, Jason (Rebecca) Zarn of St. Paul, Rachel (Corey) Baum of Farmington, great-grandchildren, Emma Zarn, Jacob Witty, Sophia and Ava Baum, sisters, Irene Current and Norma Sellner of Sleepy Eye, sisters-in-law, Carol Dittbenner of Morgan and Marilyn Hale of Franklin and many nieces and nephews who she loved very much. Eldora is preceded in death by her husband of 60 1/2 years of marriage, great-grandson, Aiden Baum, sisters, Ruth Schmidt and Shirley Birkeland, brother, William Hale, Jr., brothers-in-law, Rueben Dittbenner, Jerroll Dittbenner, Sr., Lawrence Schmidt, Douglas Current and Roger Birkeland.
Thank you to the Sleepy Eye Care Center staff and hospice care for your continuous love, care and support. Also, thank you to Pastor Cordes from Sleepy Eye St. John Ev. Lutheran Church for your comfort and support.
Arlene M. Hale age 88, of Mankato, MN formerly of Sleepy Eye died on November 10, 2017, at REM Home in Mankato. Visitation will be on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. Private Graveside Service will be held at the Morgan Cemetery, on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. Email condolences may be sent at www.sturmfh.com
Arlene Mae Hale was born on February 5, 1929 in Eden Township to Edward & Belle (Kuelbs) Hale. Arlene attended country school in District #34 through the 8th grade. She worked at MRCI in New Ulm and after her mother’s passing Arlene moved to REM-Mankato to live. In Mankato she worked at Mexican Village and MRCI. Arlene was loved by family and Staff at REM. Arlene loved to sing country western songs.
She is survived by her brother, Donald E. (Velma A.) Hale, nephew, Lee Hale & (special friend, Ann Iverson), niece, Lisa (Allen) Riederer,1 great-niece and 3 great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant niece, Lori Hale.
Patrick ‘Pat’ A. Davis, age 73, of Sleepy Eye, passed away on Monday, November 6, 2017 at Sleepy Eye Care Center surrounded by his wife of 50 years and their four daughters. Visitation will be held at the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye on Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 5 to 8 pm. A private family service and interment will be held at a later date at Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Patrick was born January 17, 1944 to Ossie and Verna (Schumann) Davis in Sleepy Eye. He was united in marriage to Coradine ‘Corie’ Meyer on September 2, 1967 in Tracy, MN. They made their home in Sleepy Eye. Patrick owned P.A. Davis Masonry for over forty years. Patrick will be remembered for his love of family, flying airplanes, riding motorcycles, traveling, collecting cars, celebrating his Irish heritage, the pride he took in his work as a mason, and helping those in need. He will live on in our hearts forever.
Patrick is survived by his wife Coradine and daughters and sons-in-law: Shelly (Steven) Bauer of North Mankato, Andrea (Lance) Aukrust of New Ulm, Stephanie (Leon) Schueler of New Ulm, and Tricia (Kasey) Wieland of Elko New Market; eight grandchildren: Patrick (Samantha) Bauer; Tyler, Alexandra, and Arielle Aukrust; Lauren and Ethan Schueler; and Lillian and Jack Wieland; and four great-grandchildren: Ryleigh, Makenzie, Paisley, and Kennedy Bauer. Patrick was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws Lloyd and Lillian Meyer, a sister at birth, sister, Kay Gilland, and brother-in-law, Stanton Gilland.
Mildred “Millie” Baker age 92, of Sleepy Eye died on November 3, 2017, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye, MN. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the Divine Providence Community Chapel. Service will be held at the Divine Providence Community Chapel, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 11:00 am. The clergy will be Msgr. John Richter. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Saint James, MN. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Mildred “Millie” Mary Baker was born on August 11, 1925 in Albion Township to Edward J. & Mathilda (Seidl) Sellner. She grew up in Sleepy Eye and attended Country School and St. Mary’s Catholic School. After school she worked at AJ Pietrus & Sons Produce until her first marriage. Mildred married Vincent Smith on January 17, 1950. The couple moved to St. James where she worked for S.T. Industries and retired after 41 years. Millie married Lyle E. Baker on April 13, 1963 in New Ulm, MN. She was formerly a member of St. James Catholic Church and currently of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, the CCW, Christian Mothers and a charter member of the Eagles Auxiliary. Millie enjoyed embroidery, baking and fishing.
She is survived by her son, James (Bunny)) Smith of Sartell, MN, granddaughters, Robin (Jeff) Rabey of Prior Lake, Bobbi Jo (Ryan) Nash of Shakopee, 5 great grandchildren, Beau and Luke Rabey and Jackson, Carter & Taylor Nash and Eight brothers & sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and 6 brothers and sisters.
Agnes Margaret Wensauer age 90, of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota died on November 1, 2017, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.
Visitation will be on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 2 to 5 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel and will continue on Monday from 9:30 am until 10:30 am at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Sleepy Eye. A parish prayer service will take place at 2 pm on Sunday at the funeral home. Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Sleepy Eye, on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 10:30 am. The clergy will be Father Andy Michels. Interment will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Agnes M. Wensauer was born on March 9, 1927 on the family farm Southwest of Sleepy Eye, MN to Joseph & Mary (Groebner) Fink. She attended Quail Trap Country School and St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sleepy Eye. Agnes married Raymond J. Wensauer on May 13, 1947 at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth, MN. After their marriage, they lived and farmed in Mulligan Township until their retirement. Agnes also worked at Del Monte and Swift. After retiring Raymond and Agnes moved to the Godahl area and later to Essig in 1994. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the CCW. She also volunteered at Divine Providence and helped with church cleaning and peeling potatoes for the St. Mary’s Catering Ladies. Agnes enjoyed spending time with family, quilting and going to garage sales and auctions.
She is survived by her children & spouses, Joseph (Laura) Wensauer of Parkers Prairie, MN, James (Patricia) Wensauer of Comfrey, MN, Kathy (Ivan) Radloff of Winthrop, MN, Mary (Dale) Wiegmann of Willmar, MN, David (Valerie) Wensauer of Sacred Heart, MN, Barbara (Joel) Lingbeek of Renville, MN, 15 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren, Jason and children Brittaney & Kathryn, Jamie (Dean) Jesnowske and children Mia and Averi, Jeffrey and children Brooklyn, Austin & Victoria, Christy (Allan) Kallevig and child Lily, Michelle (Clint) Kilanowski and children Blake, Cody and Amber, Shawn (Diane) Radloff and children August and Caleb, Kevin (Jennie) Radloff and child Weston, Casey Wiegmann and children Tristan and Brooklyn, Carla (Mark) Taylor, Brandon (Kari) Wensauer, Shannon (Kevin) Lindquist and children Kinnley, Odin and Cooper, Nathan Wensauer, Jonathan (Dawn) Lingbeek and children Hannah, Matthew and Aliyah, Rustin (Lyndsay)Lingbeek and children Aubrey, Jay and Kinzey, and Jared Lingbeek, brothers, Alois (Deloris) Fink of Fairfax, MN and Joseph Fink of Sleepy Eye. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Raymond in 2003.
Della Rae Larson Johns, born June 21, 1918 at home in Blue Earth County, Minn., to Hans and Alma (Svensson) Larson, left for her heavenly home Oct. 22, 2017 at the age of 99 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon.
As a child, her family moved to a farm in New Ulm, Minn., where Della attended a country school through eighth grade. Later, Della attended the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus and would have graduated but her father called her home to help her mother on the farm. Della always loved school.
In 1941, Della married Norman Johns, who left shortly after for the Navy during WWII. They had two children, Sharon and Robert. When Norman returned home from the war, they bought their first home in Sleepy Eye, Minn., where Norman worked for Del Monte and Della was a homemaker. After his retirement, they moved to Lake Minnewaska, Glenwood, Minn., and later to a condo near the lake. They joined United Parish in Glenwood.
Della enjoyed fishing, dancing, wintering in Arizona, gardening, playing scrabble, cards, cribbage and reading. After her husband and daughter’s death, she moved to Rochelle, to be near her son, Bob, and his family. There she enjoyed more gardening, playing bingo at the senior center, being prom queen at age ninety and more cribbage. Even after moving to Serenity Hospice and Home Sept. 9, Della was still winning at cribbage (with a twinkle in her eye). Her memory, most days, continued to be very bright; and she was very pleased with visits from family members and friends.
Della was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon in 1998; husband Norman in 2004; her parents; brothers, Axel, Fritz, Carl and Alfred; sisters, Lennea, Lily and Alice; and great-great-granddaughter, Hailee.
She is survived by her son, Robert (Jeri) of Rochelle; son-in-law, Dean Paulson of Glenwood, Minn.; sister, Edna Lentz of Texas; three grandsons, Douglas (Mary Beth) Paulson of Glenwood, Minn., John (Janice) Paulson of Bismarck, N.D., and Todd (Tammy) Paulson of Alexandria, Minn.; two granddaughters, Carrie (Dan) Davis of Rockford, and Holly (Bryan) Kuhn of Sycamore; 10 grandchildren, Emily, Laura, Alex, Mitchell, Carly, Spencer, Logan, Olivia, Sydney, Jacob; five great-great-grandchildren, Hannah, Mia, Jayden, Tenley and Rhyder; sister-in-law, Leora Johns of New Ulm, Minn.; special niece, Dianne (Chuck Sandstrom) Kelly of Northfield, Minn.; nieces, nephews and special friend, Ralph Papke.
Della’s family would like to thank the Hub City Senior Center where Della enjoyed many pleasant hours, San Gabriel Assisted Living and the Serenity Hospice and Home. We thank God for the life of Della Rae Larson Johns (1918 – 2017). John 3: 16-17.
The visitation will be from 4 – 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. Sixth St., Rochelle. The memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 19 Perry Road, Lee. Burial will be at a later date at the Glenwood Cemetery in Glenwood, Minn.
Memorials may be made in Della’s memory to the Serenity Hospice and Home, 1658 S. IL Rte. 2, Oregon, IL 61061 or to the Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, IL 61068.
Visit www.ungerhorner.com to sign the online guest book.
Beverly Altmann age 80, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on October 17, 2017 at her daughter Lisa’s home in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be on Friday from 5 to 7 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Saturday from 10 until 11 am at the church. Service will be held at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11 am. The clergy will be Pastor Chris Cordes. Interment will be at the Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Beverly Lila Marie Steinhaus was born on January 29, 1937 the daughter of Ferdinand and Lila (Streich) Steinhaus in Fairfax. She graduated from Fairfax Public High School and began working at Pietrus foods. She married Earl Altmann on April 27, 1957 at St. George Catholic Church. Together they raised their 6 children on a farm in West Newton Township. In May of 1973, they moved into Sleepy Eye and Beverly began working at the Orchid Inn where she was employed for 18 years. Bev loved spending time with her children and their families. Many hours were spent around the kitchen table playing cards, drinking iced tea and visiting. A typical day included visiting her daughter, watching her soap with her son, and 3 pm tea time with her other son and those that could join them. She also was an avid Minnesota Twins fan, flower and cat lover! She was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye.
She is survived by her children, Jeff (Tina) Altmann, Jayson Altmann, Tim (Robin) Altmann, Lisa (Barry) Hillmann, all of Sleepy Eye, Kelly (Tim Lambert) Altmann of Eden Prairie and Grant (Bridget) Altmann of Minneapolis, 16 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren with one on the way and brother, Robert Steinhaus of Rochester, brother-in-law, Roland (Bernice) Altmann of Burien, WA and sister-in-law, Ruth (Bill) McNamara of Olivia. Beverly is preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl, brothers, Dallas, Delmar and Gordon, sisters, Lois and Florence.
Jerome Weicherding died on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye, MN at the age of 79 years surrounded by his loving wife of 59 years, the three musketeers and the three canaries. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 to 6 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Monday from 9 until 11:30 am at the funeral home. There will be a parish prayer service at 5:30pm Sundayat the funeral home. Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 12 pm.
The clergy will be Father Andy Michels. Interment will be at the St. Mary’s Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Jerome H. Weicherding was born on July 17, 1938 in Sleepy Eye the son of Victor and Veronica (Steffl) Weicherding. He attended and graduated from St. Mary’s High School and the Mankato Business College. On January 10, 1959 he married Patricia Hittsedorf at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Jerome was employed at Tachtronics for 25 years as a production control supervisor, St. Mary’s School for 15 years and also USPS for 5 years. He was a lifelong member of the Sleepy Eye community. Jerome enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, mushroom hunting, playing softball and golf, attending kids and grandkids events and volunteering with Let’s Go Fishing. He was fun loving, quick witted and the life of the party.
Jerome is survived by his wife, Patricia, children, Timothy (Barbara), Sandra (Victor) Helget, Pamela (Allen) Braulick, Terry (Pamela), Kay(Patrick) Davis and Trent (Rashelle), 18 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, sister, Shirley (Len) Staupe, brother and sister-in-laws, Carol Hittsdorf, Rosalie Hoeft, Claire (Dave) McDowell, Marilyn (Gary) Vait, Joanne Johnson, Patrick (Shari) Hittesdorf, Leslie (Gail) Hittesdorf, and Marlene Hittesdorf and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, Magnus and Ruby Hittesdorf, grandson, Jacob Weicherding, granddaughter, Ruby Lee Weicherding, sister and brother-in-law, LaDonna and Vernard Domeier, brother-in-laws, Tom Hittesdorf and James Hittesdorf.