A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at 11 am, with a time of gathering starting at 9:30 am, all at Mount Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church 12700 Marystown Road, Shakopee. Pastor Mark L. Schwertfeger will preside. Urn bearers will be Tom Hawker and Shawn Skramstad. Jim will be laid to rest at a private family burial at Home Cemetery, Sleepy Eye.
On July 17, 1942 in Sleepy Eye, James Joel was born to parents, Theodore Edward and Amanda Louise (Fluegge) Grundmeyer. The youngest of seven, he grew up in Sleepy Eye. His father was a police officer and his mother cared for the family. As a young boy, Jim learned to be respectful, hardworking and responsible, taught firmly by his parents. As he was growing up, someone would ask who’s here, they’d say it’s ‘just Jim’. This little phrase became his signature. ‘Just Jim’, ‘Just dad’ or ‘Just grampa.’
At the proud age of 10, Jim’s first job was as a paperboy. At age 15, Jim started working at National Foods grocery, where his produce displays were second to none. He became the manager after graduating from New Ulm High School in 1960. Jim used his knowledge of working with people and took to the road as an over the road salesman. Through his career, Jim sold seed corn, animal supplements, and even cars. He began working for Skyline Displays in 1994. Jim ended his career at Northstar Auto Auction. He always said if you can’t dazzle them with your brilliance; baffle them with your BS.
On September 14, 1963, Jim married Kathleen Anderson. They were blessed with daughters, Kayla and Karae. Jim and Kathleen shared 23 years together. He married Marlys Skramstad on December 18, 1986. Jim welcomed a stepson Shawn into his life. They were together for 10 years, before she passed away. Jim’s life was blessed once again. He married Dianne Schommer on September 20, 2003 and welcomed her children, Brian, Stacy, Michael and Tracy into the family.
Jim had many passions and interests. He was a gifted craftsman of wood. Jim spent hours in his shop creating, refinishing furniture and upholstery. In his earlier years, Jim built a greenhouse where the family sold plants and Christmas trees. He was an avid bird watcher, enjoyed relocating squirrels and competing in Christmas lighting contests. Jim loved to sing and dance. Singing in a men’s barbershop group was a highlight. He enjoyed the North Shore, traveling the US and even overseas. It was the Grundmeyer family reunions that brought him the greatest joy – holding the record of attending 100%.
Faith, family, friends and fun were what completed Jim. He was always dedicated to his faith and participated in church life. Jim’s family was his life and he relished every moment spent with them. He loved the fellowship of others and being part of their lives. But it was his quick wit and fun loving personality, which brought smiles and laughter to all.
Left to carry on Jim’s legacy is his wife, Dianne; children Kayla (David) Hermann, Karae Grundmeyer, Shawn (Connie) Skramstad, Brian Blohm, Stacy (Brian) Olver, Michael (Heather) Blohm, Tracy (Nick) Amundson; 2 granddaughters Alisha and Chelsea, 15 step grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; siblings, Ruth Hawker, Donald (Dora) Grundmeyer; relatives and devoted friends.
Jim was preceded in death by parents, siblings, Viola (Keith) Heidemann, Lucille (Melvin) Augustin, Lois (David) Schewe, Delrose (Dwyane) Thoreson and brother-in-law, Wayne Hawker.
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Joyce M. Zamzow age 89, of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota died on May 15, 2017, at Sleepy Eye Medical Center.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 4 to 7 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel and will continue on Wednesday from12:30 pm until 1:30 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, MN.
Service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, MN, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm.
The clergy will be Pastor Keith Ainsley. 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.
Joyce Marion Zamzow was born on October 29, 1927 in Springfield, MN to John & Mayme (Coulter) Thorston. She attended country school in Sundown Township and graduated from Springfield High School. Joyce married Oliver Zamzow on May 8, 1953 at Sundown Lutheran Church. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. Joyce’s hobbies included knitting, sewing, crocheting and shopping and cooking with her daughters. Joyce especially enjoyed being with her family. She is survived by her husband, Oliver “Jim” Zamzow of Sleepy Eye, daughters, Leann Zamzow, Jeanette Zamzow and Lois Zamzow, all of Sleepy Eye and brother, Leonard Thorston of St. Paul, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, James Thorston, Lloyd Thorston, Frances Castle, Ethel Bierbbr and Alice Cappenter.
Dale Abrahamson, age 88 of Sleepy Eye, formerly of Lafayette, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017 at his home while surrounded by family. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 15 at United Faith Methodist Church in Sleepy Eye. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday at the church and will continue one hour prior to services on Monday. Burial is in Greenwood Cemetery, rural Lafayette. Memorials are preferred to Redwood Area Hospice, Home Cemetery, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dale Peter Abrahamson was born February 25, 1929 in New Sweden Township, Nicollet County, Minnesota to Chester and Thea (Hansen) Abrahamson. He attended country school near his home. Dale served in the Army in the 27th Engineering Company B. On December 29, 1984 he married Joan (Braun) Schroepfer. Dale worked various jobs over the years including being a janitor at St. Mary’s School and most recently he was caretaker of Home Cemetery for 25 years. Dale was very proud to keep the cemetery looking nice, especially for Memorial Day. He liked to stay busy. Dale enjoyed fishing, hunting, going to casinos, and the trip he and Joan took to Germany. He loved being around family.
Dale is survived by his wife Joan of Sleepy Eye; children: Deb (Neal) Pehrson, Darrell (Traci) Abrahamson, Brenda Abrahamson, and Dennis (Denise) Abrahamson; stepchildren: Jean Schmitz, Stanley (Linda) Schroepfer, Paul (Linda) Schroepfer, Beth Schroepfer (Jerry Judkins), Kathy (Jeff) Mathahs, Karen (Terry) Galuska, Glenn (Cindy) Schroepfer, and Curt Schroepfer; step daughter-in-law Kari Schieffert; 9 grandchildren; 21 step-grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and 24 step-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Doris and Harding Mattson, and stepson Jim Schroepfer.
Angeline Ann Steffl was born November 1, 1926, in Leavenworth Township, Brown County to Clement and Philomenia (Groebner) Weiss. She attended 8 years of schooling including Mulligan Township, Iberia, District 59 near Comfrey, St. Raphael’s Catholic School and Dotson. Angeline worked at Del Monte and Pietrus, and in her later years at Jackpot Junction for 12 years. She lived on the farm with her father and siblings until her marriage to Lowell Steffl on October 27, 1949, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield. The couple farmed north of Lamberton until moving to a farm near Comfrey in 1956. They later moved into Comfrey. Angeline enjoyed travel with trips to Canada, California, Mexico, Texas, Las Vegas, Wisconsin Dells and Branson. Angeline was a very forgiving and kind mother who enjoyed coloring, gardening, canning, cooking, furniture re-finishing, antiques, crafts and sewing. Her pride and joy were her children, grandchildren and cherished friends.
Angeline Steffl died Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield at the age of 90.
She is survived by her children- Mary (Tom) Tauer of Sleepy Eye, Lowell Jr. ‘Bud’ (special friend Therese) Steffl of Mankato, Lawrence Steffl of Leavenworth, Jean Steffl of Comfrey, Sharon (Reggie) Prokosch of Hutchinson, Debra (special friend Brian) Hansen of Sleepy Eye, Patricia (Jeff) Gluth of Springfield, Gary (Mary) Steffl of Stillwater, and Doug (special friend Darcy) Steffl of Comfrey; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters- Bernice Rose of Morgan, and Mary Jane Windschitl of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lowell in 2006; brother Clarence; and sister Dolores.
Charles Alden Haug, age 94 of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota died on May 4, 2017 at the New Ulm Medical Center. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 4 to 8 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye and will continue on Thursday from 9:30 until 10:30 am at the church. Service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:30 am. Military rites will be provided by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard. Interment will be at Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. The clergy will be Pastor Keith Ainsley. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com
We are sad to announce the passing of beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend: Charles Alden Haug.
Charles was born December 2, 1922 in Madelia to Martin and Alice (Johnson) Haug. He attended rural school in Watonwan County and graduated from Madelia High School in 1941. He graduated from Minnesota School of Business in 1942 and began work at the First Security Bank of Sleepy Eye in June 1942. He was drafted into the Army in February 1943 and spent 3 years in the service. He spent one year in Combat with the 28th Infantry Division in Europe. He fought in “The Battle of the Bulge” and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. While in Service he completed two years of college at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He returned to his job at the First Security Bank of Sleepy Eye after his discharge from the Army and he married June Enebo on August 4, 1947 at the Lake Hanska Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Sleepy Eye where they raised five children. Charles served as President of the First Security Bank from 1968 until his retirement from banking in 1990. After his retirement, he prepared Income Tax Returns for his 200 customers until the year 2006.
In addition to his career, Charlie also played saxophone and clarinet in big dance bands for 26 years, including with his favorite conductor Guy DeLeo. Charles was a 70 year member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Sleepy Eye, and a 50 year member of the following: Minnesota Bankers Association, American Legion, VFW, Masonic Lodge, Zuhrah Shriners and Order of the Eastern Star.
Charlie and his family enjoyed their cabin on Lake Koronis during the 42 summers they spent there and he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, June of Sleepy Eye; daughter, Catharine Sletten of Minnetonka; daughter, Cynthia Seifert of Mankato; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Brad Sprenger of Comfrey; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Susan Haug of Houston, TX; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Kathryn Haug of Eagan; “son-in-spirit” Jon Vezner; Grandchildren; David Sletten and fiancé Amanda; Kristin Sletten; Jeremiah Forster and wife, Jennifer; Collin Seifert; Allison Seifert; Melissa Bakke and husband, Shawn; Chad Sprenger and wife, Kelly; Scott Sprenger and fiancé Brianne; Michael Sprenger; Sarah Haug; Matthew Haug; Madelyn Haug and Charles Haug; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Elaine Trimnell of Redwood Falls; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin & Alice Haug; sister, Martha Mitchell; son-in-law, David Sletten; and brother-in-law, Marlin Trimnell.
We are abundantly blessed to have enjoyed so many precious years of his generosity, sense of humor, talented storytelling, and, of course classic accordion renditions of “Lonely Cowboy”. Please join us to celebrate a life “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23).
Dianne Lois Engholm age 70, of Sleepy Eye died Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, from Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Morgan with burial to follow in the Zion Eden Lutheran Cemetery in Eden Township. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Morgan and will continue from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the church on Tuesday.
Arrangements are with Nelson-Hillestad Funeral and Cremation Service of Morgan. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelson-hillestad.com.
Dianne Lois (Schroeder) Engholm, the daughter of Lloyd Otto and Lilas Arline (Beilke) Schroeder, was born December 4, 1946 in Sleepy Eye, Brown County, Minnesota. She grew up on the family farm and received her formal education from District 34 country school and Morgan High School graduating in 1964. Dianne was baptized and confirmed in Immanuel Church. Dianne married Gerald Engholm on April 17, 1965 at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Morgan. She was a very active and lifelong member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and held various offices in the Women’s Guild and taught Sunday school for many years. Dianne was a loving mother, grandmother and farm wife. She worked for BIC Graphics in Sleepy Eye for 20 years and was a member of Evan Extension Group. She loved driving through the Minnesota River Valley and camping with Gerald. Dianne also enjoyed gardening and canning produce from her garden. Her most important past time was attending every event and activity her grandchildren were involved in. Her family always came first!
She is survived by her husband Gerald of 52 years, of Sleepy Eye; sons Brian (Brenda) Engholm of Sleepy Eye and Lonny (Shelli) Engholm of Morgan; her grandchildren, Joshua Shumate, Patricia Shumate and special friend Keith Besemer, Courtney, Colton, Tanner, and Morgan Engholm; three sisters, Betty (Howard) Engholm of Sleepy Eye, Susan (David) Paulson of New Ulm, Jane (Lynn) Ahlness of Hanska. Mother-in-law Minnie Engholm of Morgan. Sister-in-laws, Patsy Eckstein and special friend Victor of Sleepy Eye, Donna (Bill) Ritter of Mankato. And many nieces and nephews.
Dianne was preceded in death by her parents Lloyd and Lilas Schroeder; two daughters Sherri Lynn and infant girl; father-in-law Edwin Engholm.
Jose Guadalupe Linan age 84, of Sleepy Eye, died on April 25, 2017, at Sleepy Eye Care Center. Visitation will be on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 4 to 8 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel and will continue on Friday from 10 am until 12 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye. Service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 12 pm. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Jose Guadalupe Linan was born in San Francisco, Guanajuato, Mexico on September 7, 1932 to Miguel Linan & Natividad Palma. Jose Linan was united in marriage to Francisca Garcia in the 1950’s in Guanajuato, Mexico. The couple then moved to Sleepy Eye in 1990. Jose enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, gardening, and cooking. Jose was a migrant worker, enjoyed traveling across the country to work in agriculture, and also dedicated many years of work at Del Monte Foods.
Jose is survived by his wife, Francisca Linan, children, Maria (Felix) Rosales, Cruz (Rosaura Huerta) Linan, Maria Guadalupe (Antonio) Alvarez, Maria Francisca (Alejandro) Guerra, Natividad (Francisco) Trevino, Ana (Santos) Jasso, Mayma (Genaro) Roman, Jorge (Martha) Linan, 30 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, a sister, Josefina Linan. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Maria DeJesus, son, Juan Antonio Linan, and mother- and father-in-law, Francisco & Maria Luisa Garcia.
Richard “Rich” Martinka, age 73, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on April 20, 2017, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Wednesday from 9:30 until 10:30 am at the church. There will be a parish prayer service at 6pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10:30 am. The clergy will be Father Andy Michels. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye, MN. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Richard Emil Martinka was born on December 1, 1943 in Sleepy Eye, MN, the son of Sylvester and Lucille (Eickholt) Martinka. He grew up and attended school in Sleepy Eye. Richard married Rose Zarn on May 1, 1965 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. He worked for Pietrus, Culligan and AMPI where he retired at the age of 65. Richard was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in the garage on some project or another and all the dogs that came to visit. What brought him the greatest joy was seeing his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Richard is survived by his wife, Rose of almost 52 years, sons, Shawn Martinka of Evan, Shane Martinka of Sleepy Eye, daughter, Shanon (Dan) Haala of New Ulm, grandchildren, Reva (Phil) Weber, Jordan Martinka, Saydi Martinka, Nick Martinka, Laura Martinka, Megan Haala, Carter Haala and Madelyn Haala, great grandchildren, Jack Schumacher and Madden Martinka, sisters, Marvis Ann Becker of International Falls, Jackie Hofstedt of Superior, WI and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law, Sharon Martinka and many aunts and uncles.
Frances M. (Sellner) Gores, 53, of Clements, died Tuesday April 18, 2017, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Visitation will be on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 4 to 7 pm and will continue on Monday from 7:30 until 10 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel. Parish prayer service will take place at 6:30 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Sleepy Eye, on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:30 am. The clergy will be Msgr. Eugene Lozinski. 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.
Fritzo (Frances) was born October 18, 1963, to Philip and Catherine (Wiltscheck) Sellner in Sleepy Eye. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, graduating salutatorian in 1982. She then attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester, earning her L.P.N. degree in 1983. After working several years at the Sleepy Eye hospital, she dedicated the rest of her professional career to caring for the residents at Gilmore Manor in Morgan. She loved the elderly, and they, in return, loved her as an especially compassionate and competent nurse. She married Mark Gores on September 8, 2001, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church and then lived in Clements. Fritzo had an incredible tenacity for life, enduring much suffering and overcoming many obstacles. Through all her trials, she maintained her unique sense of humor and her faith. As a creative and gifted artist, she shared her talents through her hobbies of drawing, painting, crafting, and decorating. She loved spending time with Mark and her family, especially her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her husband, Mark; her siblings, Kathleen (Chuck) Hansen-Lamb of Avoca, AR, Rose Marie (Tom) Schaefer of Madelia, Philip Sellner, Joseph Sellner, Mary Beth (Chuck) Botz, Michael Sellner all of Sleepy Eye, Bernadette (Bernard) Windschitl of Houston, MN, Anita (Glenn) Jensen of Springfield, and Donna (Tony) Steward of Sioux City, IA; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Catherine; two infant sisters, Patricia and Dorothea; nephew, Adam Jensen; and two brothers-in-law, Ron Hansen and Kelly Schroeder.
Lorna Havemeier, age 85, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on April 13, 2017, at Sleepy Eye Care Center. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Wednesday from 9:30 until 10:30 am at the church. Service will be held at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:30 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. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Lorna Erdine Havemeier was born on a farm Northeast of Fairfax, MN on December 11, 1931 to Alfred & Ruth (Kiecker) Sell. She was baptized and confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church near Fairfax. On November 1, 1949 Lorna married Clarence Havemeier at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm, MN. The couple moved to Sleepy Eye in 1957 and Mulligan Township in 1961. She loved reading, sewing, canning, quilting with friends, polka music and dances. She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Lorna is survived by her children, Laurie (Wes) Helget of Sleepy Eye, Karlynn (Steve) Gurtin of Centerville, MN, Michelle (Jerry) Lux of Sleepy Eye, Lonnie (Linda) Havemeier of Darwin, MN, Ronald Havemeier of Sleepy Eye, 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, sister, Orpha Lendt, brothers, Murince (Glennys) Sell and Norman (Darlene) Sell. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Clarence, mother and father-in-law, Mary and Paul, daughter, Karlene, sons, Leon and Burton and daughter-in-law, Shannon Havemeier.