Richard Carlson

Richard Lowell Carlson, age 70, died on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City, Mont. Funeral services were held Feb. 24, 2015, at First Lutheran Church in Miles City. Interment, with full military honors provided by VFW Post #1579 was in the Miles City Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 21, 1944, in Alexandria, Va., the son of Cleo S. and Irena O. (Holmquist) Carlson. He grew up on the family farm near Truman, Minn., graduated from Truman High School in 1963, and worked at 3M in Fairmont, Minn., before enlisting in the U.S. Army on March 30, 1966.

During his military service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Parachute Badge and was a proud recipient of a Purple Heart. He truly was a war hero. After his three years of proud service and honorable discharge on March 28, 1969, he returned to 3M in Fairmont.

He then attended the Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Training Academy and upon graduation served more than 10 years in the Minneapolis/St.Paul district and southwestern Minn. district. Later he farmed and lived near Windom, Ivanhoe, and Canby, Minn., then owned and operated his own trucking company for a number of years. He transported primarily grain products throughout the Upper Midwest and in 2007 he retired from his trucking business and bought a home and land in rural Miles City. In February of 2009, he met Andrea DeCosta and they married on June 6, 2009, at their rural Miles City home. They loved living at their country home together, surrounded by wildlife and nature.

In 2012, Richard was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and in 2014, for health reasons, they moved into Miles City. Richard loved his family and was very proud of his children, including son Garth’s military service. Richard loved his church and church family, was truly a kindred spirit to many, and will be missed by all who knew him.

Richard was preceded in death by his adoptive parents Cleo and Irena; and by his grandson, Aaron Mangen.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea; his son, Garth A. Carlson of Truman; his daughters, Heather M. (Jason) Mangen of Sleepy Eye, Minn., Miranda R. (Mo) Sarmiento of Tulsa, Okla.: a brother, Douglas M. (Mary) Carlson of Eau Claire, Wis., and his six grandchildren.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visitingwww.stevensonandsons.com

Gary Grundmeyer

Gary Eugene Grundmeyer, 70, of Madelia (formerly New Ulm) died Monday, February 23 ,2015 at his home in Madelia.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm with Pastor JoAnne Taylor officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Saturday, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, SOUTH CHAPEL. Full military honors will be provided by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard after the service. To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to www.mvfh.org

Gary is survived by his daughter, Shari Grundmeyer of St. James; son, Scott Grundmeyer, of New Ulm; grandchildren James, Jessica, and Jalyn Woratschka; Jane Grundmeyer of New Ulm; sisters, Dianne (Tom) Engel of Utah, Sandra (Leon “Red”) Zarn of Sleepy Eye, Linda Glenn of California, Judy (Gary) Haala of Sleepy Eye; and brothers, Dale (Evie) Grundmeyer of Indiana, and Chuck (Nancy) Rummel of Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary Eugene Grundmeyer was born November 9, 1944 in Sleepy Eye to Henry and Bernice (Engel) Grundmeyer. He graduated from Sleepy Eye Public High School. After school, Gary served in the United States Air Force. Gary married Jane Boettger on July 9, 1966 in New Ulm. The couple was blessed with two children. Early in life, Gary worked as a Control Analyst for 3M in New Ulm. Gary worked as a General Contractor for local companies in the New Ulm/Sleepy Eye area. Gary had a wide variety of hobbies in his life and had a great love of the outdoors. He enjoyed any time he got to have hunting and fishing and just being a part of nature. He also was quite the athlete, playing such sports as tennis, golf, basketball, bowling, and softball. He also loved playing cards with friends and family who could all tell you how good he was at telling a story or a joke. One of his greatest loves in life was his green Mustang Fastback muscle car. Although the time Gary had with us seemed to have been cut short, memories of him will stay in the hearts of those who knew and loved him forever.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Loretta Simon

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Loretta E. Simon, 86, of Sleepy Eye died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday and 7:30-10:00 a.m. Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. Christian Mothers will pray the rosary at 4 pm on Sunday at the Cathedral. To leave an online condolence for her family, or to sign the guestbook, go to www.mvfh.org

Loretta is survived by her daughter, Marlene (Delmar) Ranweiler of St. George; son, Denis (Lola) Simon of New Ulm; daughter-in-law, Vickie Simon of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren, Lisa, Keith, Amber, Jodi, Daniel, Nicholas, Lindsay; great-grandchildren, Kelsi, Kody, Dallas, Taylynn, Ryan, and Justin; sisters, Lucille (Armin) Losleben of Sleepy Eye; brothers, Sylvester (Delores) Spaeth of Sleepy Eye, Alois (Margaret) Spaeth of New Ulm, Wilfred (Theresa) Spaeth of Morgan; and sister-in-law, Marion Zollner of Fairfax.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Arthur who passed in December 2014, her son Robert Simon, infant children, Mark, Theresa, Art Jr., sisters, Monica Suess, Irene Fischer, Jeanette Schugel, brother, Felix Spaeth, and brothers-in-law, Herb Fischer, Albin Zollner, Erwin Suess, and Harold Schugel.

Loretta E. Spaeth was born October 21, 1928 in Morgan to Wolfgang and Bertha (Braun) Spaeth. She attended grade school in Morgan until the eighth grade. Loretta was united in marriage to Arthur Simon on August 25, 1948 in Morgan. The couple was blessed with three children. Together with her husband Artie, Loretta worked on the farm as a home-maker raising their children. The couple retired in 1992 and moved into New Ulm. Over the years, Loretta had many wonderful vegetable gardens on the farm growing a great variety of vegetables. Loretta and Artie loved attending church dinners, bowling, and playing cards with friends neighbors and relatives. What Loretta loved most in life was watching her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow up. She was an active member of Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm where she was a member of Catholic Aid, and also the Christian Mothers.

Memorials are preferred to NUACS, Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye, or a memorial of the donor’s choice.

Aloysius “Allie” Mathiowetz

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Aloysius “Aloy” H. Mathiowetz age 93, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on February 21, 2015, at Sleepy Eye Care Center.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 4 to 6 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continueon Thursday from 9:30 until 10:30 am at the church. There will be a parish prayer service at 4pm Wed. at the funeral home.

Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Thursday, March 5, 2015 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. 

On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com

Aloysius “Aloy” Henry Mathiowetz was born on December 21, 1921 on the family farm in Eden Township, Brown County, MN the son of John D. & Agnes (Kainx) Mathiowetz. He attended country school, District 79 and then St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sleepy Eye. After his schooling he farmed with his father. Aloy married Leona Rose Schweiss on May 7, 1947 at St. Willibord’s Catholic Church in Gibbon. They made their home on the family farm north of Sleepy Eye. They retired from farming in the late 1980’s. Aloy also worked at Pietrus Produce in Sleepy Eye as a night watchman for about ten years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the KC’s and past board member of Eden Township. He enjoyed reading and watching TV, especially wrestling.
Survivors include his children, Cletus (Donna) Mathiowetz of Prior Lake, Eugene (Laura) Mathiowetz of Huntington Beach, CA and Marlin Mathiowetz of Sleepy Eye, granddaughter, Colleen (Jason) McDonald of Shakopee, sibling, Leona (Gene) Eustice of Waseca, sisters-in-law, Mildred Mathiowetz of Morgan and Bernadine Mathiowetz of Morgan. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Tom, Othmar, Benedict, and Aloy’s wife Leona in 2008.

Amber Luchuga

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Amber Elena Lechuga 
(October 2, 1991 – September 25, 2014)

Amber Lechuga, 22, of Springfield died September 25, 2014.Funeral services will be 1 PM Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm with Father Phil Schotzko officiating.

Visitation will be 11 AM to 1 PM Saturday, February 28 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.

Marvin Kral

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Marvin F. Kral, age 75, of Sleepy Eye, MN died peacefully surrounded by his family on February 18, 2015 at Sleepy Eye Care Center after a courageous battle with ALS.

Visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 8 pm and will continue on Saturday from 8 until 10 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. There will be a prayer service at 7:15pm on Friday at the funeral home.

Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:30 am

The clergy will be Fr. 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. 

On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com

Marvin F. Kral was born on August 10, 1939 in New Ulm, MN, the son of Raymond O. & Loretta (Haala) Kral. He married Eileen Hillesheim on June 12, 1962 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Marv farmed south of Sleepy Eye his entire life. He drove for Pork Stork part-time for 16 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Sportsmans Club and Pheasants Forever. Marv enjoyed trap shooting, playing softball, pool, bowling, fishing, hunting and traveling. He loved going to his children’s games and grandchildren’s events and spending time with them. He also enjoyed watching the MN Vikings and watching nature. Marv is survived by his wife, Eileen Kral, children, Dale Kral, Leon (Renee) Kral, Jan (Randy) Schilling, Gregg (Laurie) Kral, all of Sleepy Eye, 6 grandchildren; Briana Worms, Nathan, Brandon & Melissa Kral, Dalton Deinhart & Peyton Kral, 3 great grandchildren, sister, Phyllis (Fred) Juni of New Ulm, brothers, Linus (Janet) Kral and Raymond (Susie) Kral, all of Sleepy Eye. Also survived by uncle, Les Kral, aunt, Evie Forstner and brother-in-law, Curt (JoAnn) Hillesheim. He was preceded in death by his parents and father and mother-in-law, Felix & Hilda Hillesheim.

Denise (Hose) Dawson

Denise (Hose) Dawson, age 57, of Elkhart, Ind., formerly of Sleepy Eye, Minn. died Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 in Elkhart. Memorial services are pending with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. – See more at: http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20150217/Obituaries/150219645#sthash.sBm8N9sw.dpuf

Julie Weiske

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Julie G. Weiske (April 02, 1963 – February 08, 2015 ) age 51 of Oak Grove. Julie is survived by her children, Amber (Andy) May, Tony (Sheng) Windschitl and Derek (Carrie) Sarff, grandchildren, Norman, Logan, Yue, Eleanor and Emily, parents, Norman & Gaylene Weiske and brother, Bradley Weiske. Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 13, 2015 at 4 p.m. at Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home, 2005 Branch Avenue, Anoka with visitation starting at 3 p.m.

Anthony “Butch” Guza

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Anthony William Guza otherwise known as “Butch”, age 78, of Sleepy Eye peacefully was called home on Sunday February 15, 2015 with his family at his side. Visitation will be on Friday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the church.
Service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, MN, on Friday, February 20, 2015 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.
On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com

To honor the memory and life of this sincere, genuine, and compassionate man, in lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made of their choice.


Butch was born on April 18, 1936 at the Wanda hospital in Wanda Minnesota to Alice (Garrow) and Anthony Guza Sr. Butch married his wife, Beverly Ann Webskowski on October 21, 1955. In which they were able to make memories of a life time for over 59 years. To this union were born two daughters, Brenda and Tracy. Seven precious grandchildren have added to this joy while bringing a new source of pride for Grandpa Butch.

Being the dedicated worker that he was, he committed himself to serving his customers to meet there satisfaction no matter what time it was, morning or night. He drove his propane truck with great pride down many gravel roads approaching numerous farm places where we would rekindle friendships along with meeting many new faces who were soon to be acquaintances who he would meet and greet on the street. Butch faithfully worked for the MV Propane Division which later became Cenex for 47 years. His attitude and hard work created memories for many of “ Butch the gas man”. Butch enjoyed the good and the bad days of delivering propane. Butch enjoyed spending time at the Mathiowetz Body Shop and Zarn’s Garage, cruising around town in his little black low rider, which he was so proud of and just watching any activity out of his living room window. Cars were a passion for Butch from the time he started driving at the age of 12. He always took great pride in every vehicle he owned. Butch also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was one who didn’t say much but one could always tell he enjoyed the time together. He would bring a smile to one’s face when he did speak by sharing his words of wisdom, turning small talk into memorable memories. 


Butch is survived by his wife, Beverly and their children Brenda (Greg) Gluth along with their children Travis (Kim), Lance (special friend Jenna Friton), Brady and the late Kristin Ann of Sleepy Eye. Tracy (Jay) Bertrand along with their children Justin (special friend Katie and her daughter Kinley), Christopher and Brianna of Sleepy Eye. Butch was blessed with two great grandchildren, Parker and Hayden Gluth of Springfield. He is also survived by his sister Sandy (Marly) Buhr of Redwood Falls, step-sisters Mary (Tom) Schroeder of Springfield, Theresa Ohlemann of Danube and a step-brother Michael Ohlemann of Cambridge. Butch was preceded in death by his parents Alice and Anthony Guza Sr. and granddaughter, Kristin Ann Gluth. 

Mary Lux

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Mary S. Lux age 90, of Sleepy Eye, died on February 9, 2015, at Prairie Senior Cottages in New Ulm, MN.

Visitation will be on Saturday from 9 to 11 am at the church.

Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 11:00 am

The clergy will be Fr. 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. 

On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com

Mary Stephanie Lux was born on December 19, 1924 in Sleepy Eye, MN, the daughter of Joseph & Stephanie (Schuelgl) Scherer. She married George J. Lux on September 17, 1946 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. The couple lived north of Sleepy Eye on a farm until they retired in Sleepy Eye. Mary worked many years at Del Monte and the Orchid Inn. The last five years she spent at Prairie Senior Cottages in New Ulm. Mary was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Red Hat’s Society. She loved gardening and working in her flower beds.

She is survived by her children, Douglas Lux of New Ulm, Audrey (Larry) Johnson of Marquette, MI, Gerald (Michelle) Lux of Sleepy Eye, 3 grandchildren, Jeffery, Krystal and Travis, 2 great grandchildren, Carter and Hayley and sister, Erna Scherer. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, George in 2012 and 2 brothers.