Donna was born June 18, 1935. She spent her first 2 years of life at the State School in Owatonna, Minnesota before being lovingly adopted by Al and Elsie Beech of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Her birth certificate said she was born in Sauk Center, Minnesota. She never tried to find her birth parents. Al and Elsie had 3 boys when adopting, Richard (Dick), Robert (Bob), and Rex. It was said that Al really wanted a girl and he always made her feel so loved. Donna had so many fond memories of growing up with the 3 boys, she loved them with all of her heart.
Donna started working at the young age of 14 and went out on her own by moving to Minneapolis right after graduation in May of 1953. She worked extremely hard in the hospitality service arena until she retired. She ran many restaurants and was an amazing cook! While working as a server at Venice Café in Minneapolis, Dennis came in and they met. One month later they married after finding love at first sight.
Donna and Dennis had 6 kids. Their names were immortalized by their Aunt Judy in a very catchy tune! They lived mostly in Minnesota until 1974 when the family moved to Kansas City for Dennis’s job. This is when their love of everything KC began. Dennis passed on December 29th 2011 after a long battle with COPD. Donna then began a life without her love. She wrote to him daily in little journals from the day he passed. She spent her time doing things that kept her busy like organizing the Bingo nights, holiday parties, creating the bulletin boards and hanging out talking with her girlfriends at The Islander. She also loved being with her family at gatherings which always included all of her children, their spouses and grand and great grand kids.
In late 2015, while on a trip with her friend Kathy, Donna fell and injured herself. She was rushed to the emergency room in Vancouver, Canada. While there, they found the metastasized lung cancer. She was flown to the US where the doctors here found the Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Donna was not ready to stop her fight, so she chose a very aggressive radiation treatment that was working but she got Chemo brain in early 2016 and the family chose to have Quality over Quantity. They gave Donna a few weeks at best. She bounced back with the care of hospice and her family, proving them wrong for the 2nd time.
Donna was a huge fan of The Kansas City Royals and Chiefs and the Kansas Jayhawks (crossing over the state line). While on hospice, Donna was granted a Make-a Wish and she chose to see her beloved World Champion Royals. She spent the day with family at the “K”, made many memories and given items from the Royals players. They weren’t done making memories because Donna kept getting better and she was able to live alone at home, virtually pain free until late Summer 2017. The family decided not to have her in a home so they cared for her around the clock until she succumbed to the BEAST of Cancer late on the evening of September 10th. She was pronounced early on Sept 11th when the hospice arrived.
Donna will be missed tremendously by her family and friends. She was such a loving, giving soul. She always had a bright smile and loved everything in life! Her favorite thing to do all time was dancing with Dennis. The kids know the two of them are in heaven cutting a rug and looking over them with subtle hints that they are there. Donna wrote a note to the kids in the end to let them know, they were the “loves of her life”. She will forever be theirs as well.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Al and Elsie Beech, her brother and his wife, Dick and Eleanor Beech, her in-laws Earl and Nina, brother-in-law Bob Schoephoerster, sister-in-laws Judy Beech and Louis Beech (Bob).(Rex) son-in-law Lonnie (Kari), and her grandson Brett (Kurt and Sue).
She leaves behind her children, Kirby Schoephoerster, Kathy Merola (Guy and Natalee) Kurt Schoephoerster (Sue, Ashly, Cong, Lily, Courtney and Johnny), Kari White (Cody, Brandy, Jaden and LeeAnna), Kent Schoephoerster (Stephanie, Kyler, Ethan and Chase), Kandy Schoephoerster-Watson (Hannah, Kaitlin, and Keegan), her brothers Bob Beech (Vicki) and Rex Beech, her Brother-in-law Norm Schoephoerster (Arlene), his sister-in law Marlene Schoephoerster and countless cousins, nieces and nephews and their children.
Donna would not want us sad. She is with Dennis dancing in eternal bliss in her whole body! We will miss her forever and a day to the moon and back. May the hummingbirds and butterflies now grace us daily!
William ‘Bill’ Bruess, 58, died suddenly on Sept. 8, 2017 at HCMC surrounded by family. Services will be held at First Memorial Cremation Society of Minnesota on Sept. 23, 2017: 4343 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409. Visitation is at 1 p.m., ceremony at 2 p.m., reception to follow.
Bill was born Feb. 10, 1959 in Sleepy Eye, to Margaret and Donn Bruess and grew up on their family farm. Here he acquired a love for trains, fast cars, and mechanics. He graduated from Sleepy Eye High School where he met his wife, Mary Deibele. They moved to Minneapolis to start a family and they were married on Nov. 3, 1982. They bought their first home and had four kids. Bill had a battle with cancer and had been cancer free for seven years. Later in life, he developed a love for politics, model trains with a group of buddies, his young grandchildren, and weekend road trips with his wife, Mary, to their hometown and the farm. He was a man who devoted his life to his family, always making sure his kids got to gymnastics, hockey or any other sport or activity that they were involved in. He was always willing to help out a friend or neighbor and could fix anything; he would say “jack of all trades, master of none!” A fanatic of Halloween and Christmas, these holidays will never be the same without him; he will forever be missed, and always loved.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; children: Tara (Randy) Hanson, Tyler (Sarah) Bruess, Trevor (Gabrielle) Bruess, Talia Bruess; grandchildren: Evianna, Maxime, Khaliana, Riley; brother, Steve (Jodean) Bruess; in-laws: Dawn Deibele, Danny (Barb) Deibele, Jon Pederson, Denice (Gary) Teipel, Deb (Greg) Braulick, Dean (Chris) Deibele; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Donn and Margaret Bruess; Virgil and Elaine Deibele, Diane Deibele, and niece, Courtney Pederson.
Funeral Service 1:00 p.m., Monday, September 11, 2017 at Northview ~ North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday at Northview.
Dan was born May 29, 1991, in St. Peter, Minn., to David and Cheryl (Kruger) Peterson. In grade school, Dan was a paper carrier for the Mankato Free Press; and with his brother, Mike, provided lawnmowing services. He worked at the St. Peter Food Co-op all through high school. After St. Peter High School, Dan enlisted in the Army Reserves, 203rd Transportation, and then did tech support at Verizon Wireless at their Mankato call center and at their Woodbury store. Most recently he worked at Target providing internal IT support. Dan had a passion and talent for all things technical. He enjoyed owning and caring for several different breeds of dogs.
Daniel is survived by his parents; sister, Elizabeth Schendel, and her husband, Aaron, of St. Peter; and brother, Michael, and his significant other, Samantha Johnson, of Willmar; grandfather, Leslie Peterson of Sleepy Eye; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and a family of friends who love him very much. He was preceded in death by cousin, Jared Peterson and his maternal grandparents and paternal grandmother.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials to the Humane Society or the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program.
Preceded in death by grandparents. Survived by parents Delbert and Eunice Sandhoefner; brother, Lynn (Jan) Sandhoefner; sister Jill (Pastor Bill) Reck; husband, Gary; daughters, Julia Simenson Smith and Sarah (Ryan) Wenkus; grandchildren, Quinnlan and Calista Smith and Parker and Paige Wenkus.
She was a wonderful wife and mother, adoring grandmother, and a caring friend to all. A 30+ year employee of Eden Prairie Schools, she was affectionately known as “the voice of Eden Prairie Schools”. Renae was also a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Reformation Choir and the Eden Prairie Lioness.
Memorial service 11 AM Tuesday (9/12) at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie, with visitation starting at 10 AM. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Eden Prairie Chapel 952-949-4970
She was born January 7, 1976 in Anniston, AL to Emeliano (Rick) Zapta & Paula Rae (Murphy) Domena. Francesca graduated from Proctor High School, Proctor, MN in 1994. She married Eric Ashley Yablonski in Duluth, MN on January 1, 1996 and they had two beautiful sons Hunter and Gavin. Francesca was a devoted wife and mother, and also maintained her own cleaning business ‘Keep’N It Clean’ from 2005 to 2015. Francesca loved to try her hand at different craft projects and especially enjoyed crocheting and making rag quilts.
Francesca’s zest for life, her bubbly personality, great sense of humor and positive attitude in the face of adversity were an inspiration to all who knew her and will be greatly missed.
Francesca was preceded in death by her son, Hunter Christian Yablonski (10). Francesca is survived by her husband Eric and son Gavin both of Acworth, GA, parents Emeliano (Rick) & Paula (Murphy) Domena of Pipestone, MN, grandparents Dan & Randee Murphy of Sleepy Eye, MN and many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved her and will miss her dearly.
A Celebration of Francesca’s life will be held at Living Hope Church, 3450 Stilesboro Road NW, Kennesaw, GA at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 3rd.
Joseph H. Sellner, 60, of Sleepy Eye, MN, died Monday, August 21, 2017, as a result of a fatal vehicle accident. Visitation will be on Monday, August 28, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel and will continue on Tuesday from 7:30 am until 10:00 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel. There will be a Parish Prayer Service at 4:00 PM on Monday at the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.
Joe was born October 26, 1956, to Philip and Catherine (Wiltscheck) Sellner in Sleepy Eye. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, graduating in 1976. Joe was dedicated to farming in partnership with his brothers, Phil and Mike. Throughout his life, he had various jobs but was currently working at Leavenworth Silage Company. As a life-long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, he served faithfully as an usher and was “keeper of the keys” (the person who locked the church on Saturday evenings). In addition, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic United Financial, and the Minnesota Drifters Motorcycle Club. Joe made use of his woodworking skills, creating special and personalized gifts for weddings and graduations. He took pride in his restored 1973 Dodge Charger and in doing a job well. He was an avid auction goer and collector with a wide variety of interests. Joe enjoyed striking up a conversation with anyone he met.
Joe is survived by his siblings, Kathleen (Chuck) Hansen-Lamb of Avoca, AR, Rose Marie (Tom) Schaefer of Madelia, MN, Philip Sellner, Mary Beth (Chuck) Botz, Michael Sellner all of Sleepy Eye, Bernadette (Bernard) Windschitl of Houston, MN, Anita (Glenn) Jensen of Springfield, MN, and Donna (Tony) Steward of Sioux City, IA; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Catherine; sister, Frances Gores; two infant sisters, Patricia and Dorothea; nephew, Adam Jensen; and two brothers-in-law, Ron Hansen and Kelly Schroeder.
William “Bill” Joseph Schons, 66, of Hutchinson died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson, with interment to take place at a later date. Officiating was Father Jerry Meidl. Pianist was Austin Gertgen. Song leader was Lucy Newcomb. Congregational hymns were “Be Not Afraid,” “You Are Mine,” “I Am the Bread of Life,” “Here I Am Lord” and “How Great Thou Art.” Urn bearers were Cole Torkelson and Sarah Skrove. Honorary urn bearers were Kyra Schons, Logan Torkelson, Rachel Skrove and Liam Schons.
Bill was united in marriage to Delores Lenertz on June 13, 1970, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. The couple made their home in Fairmont and they were blessed with three children, Theresa, Jennifer and Joseph.
Bill worked as a plumber for Total Comfort Systems in Fairmont. He was a member of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and also a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church for 40 years in Fairmont, before transferring to St. Anastasia Catholic Church when he and Delores moved to Hutchinson in 2013.
Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and woodworking. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them, especially his grandchildren.
Bill died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, losing his battle with cancer, at the age of 66 years.
Bill is survived by his wife, Delores Schons of Hutchinson; children, Theresa Skrove and her husband, Kris, of Hutchinson, Jennifer Torkelson and her husband, Chad, of Hanover, Joseph Schons and his wife, Glynis, of Plymouth; grandchildren, Sarah and Rachel Skrove, Cole and Logan Torkelson, Kyra and Liam Schons; brothers, Ken Schons and his wife, Audrey, of Sleepy Eye, John Schons and his wife, Carlene, of Fairmont; sisters, Alice Dudley and her husband, Charles, of Osprey; sister, Avis Schons of Stewartville; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Lucille Schons; sisters, Elaine Ruppert and Ruth Molitor; brother, Bernard Schons; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ed and Mary Lenertz.
Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at www.hantge.com.
Terry Marks, age 60 of New Ulm died Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the St. Joseph Hospital in St. Paul.
Funeral Service will be 10:00 am on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – SOUTH CHAPEL. Pastor Jeffrey Bovee will officiate, and burial will follow in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm, and continue from 9:00-10:00 am on Saturday at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org
Terry is survived by his, children; Justin Marks, Jerry Marks, Ashley (Chad Arnold) Marks, Tara (Casey Coil) Marks; grandchildren, Ayden, Kaysen and Kyler; half-brother, Troy Fischer.
He was preceded in death by his father and his brother Preston and sister Babette.
Terry Lee Marks was born August 20, 1956 in Sleepy Eye to Gerald and Oradell (Haenze) Marks. He attended Sleepy Eye High School graduating in 1975. He most recently worked at Wal-Mart as a greeter. He enjoyed fishing, watching the Vikings and Twins. He loved his cat Chloe and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorials preferred.
Thomas Roberts 79, of Sleepy Eye died peacefully August 18th at his home after a brief battle with cancer.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the funeral home. Memorial Service will be held at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel, on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 11:00 am. Interment will be at the Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye with military rites by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. Online condolences may be left at www.sturmfh.com
Thomas L. Roberts was born on July 31, 1938 to William and Isabelle (McKenzie) Roberts in Sleepy Eye, MN. He grew up in Sleepy Eye and graduated from Sleepy Eye Public High School. From 1959-1965 he served in the U.S. Army as a medical corpsman. Tom was united in marriage to Joyce Schiller on June 16, 1962. After his years in the Army, he worked as a truck driver for Moorman’s Feed. Tom enjoyed visiting with family and friends, fishing and spending time at his lake home.
Tom is survived by his daughter, Jan (Darold) Krzmarzick, sons, Brian (Chari) Roberts, Jason (Penny) Roberts and Troy (Samantha) Roberts, brothers, Bob, Beach and Jack, 1 granddaughter, 10 grandsons, 9 great grandchildren, and brother-in-laws, Willie Trebesch and Paul Volker. He is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, parents, William and Isabelle, brothers, Merril and James, and sisters, Catherine, Lois, Mildred and Helen.
LaDonna Syverson, 83, of Sleepy Eye, and most recently of Pensacola, Fla. died Friday, July 28 in the comfort of her nursing home.
LaDonna Syverson, 83, of Sleepy Eye, and most recently of Pensacola, Fla. died Friday, July 28 in the comfort of her nursing home. The family will receive guests at the Brohlin home located at 715 3rd Ave NE in Sleepy Eye on Friday, Aug. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. to remember Donna and share stories.
Donna was born Aug. 29, 1933 to Leslie and Rosalind Kuelbs. Donna enjoyed the many children she cared for as a babysitter and the company of her coworkers at the Sleepy Eye Chiropractic where she worked for many years. Donna was a mother, friend, and grandmother. She will be remembered for her love of fishing, bingo, the Minnesota Twins, and her family.
She is survived by one brother, Don Kuelbs, and his wife, Betty; three daughters: Deborah Lajti and her husband Rick, Stacey Tuckwell and her partner Gina, and Darcy Syverson and her partner Rose; and three granddaughters: Jessica, Ashley and Abigail. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Jim Syverson, who passed away Dec. 21, 2009.