Neoma Schmid

Neoma M. Schmid, age 96, of Sleepy Eye, MN died at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Arrangements are pending with Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.

William Durdin

William Durdin, age 74, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on April 23, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester from complications of pneumonia.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 pm and will continue on Friday from 7:30 until 10:00 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye.

Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10:30 am. 

The clergy will be Msgr. John Richter. 

Interment will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials are preferred to the St. Mary’s Catholic School.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. 

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A complete notice will follow.

Lois Schewe


Lois Schewe, age 83, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on April 22, 2015, at Sleepy Eye Care Center.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 9 to 11 am at the New Hope Community Church, Sleepy Eye.

Service will be held at the New Hope Community Church on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 11:00 am.

The clergy will be Pastor Bob Jueckstock.

Interment will be at the Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.

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Lois Lavonne Schewe was born on March 27, 1932 in Sleepy Eye, MN, the daughter of Lester & Fredella (Sommerfeld) Berkner. She grew up and attended school in Sleepy Eye. Lois married Albert Schewe on October 4, 1950 at the EUB Parsonage in Sleepy Eye. After they were married they lived South of Sleepy Eye for a few years. They then moved North of Sleepy Eye and continued to farm until retiring in 1993. Mom loved to help Dad with the farm work. She also loved to garden, go shopping, eating out, cooking and baking. She was a member of New Hope Community Church where she was very involved.

Lois is survived by her husband, Albert Schewe of Sleepy Eye, son, Michael (Jeanine) Schewe of Sleepy Eye, daughters, Bev (Brad) Rossing of Nicollet, MN, Barb (Pat) Doyle of Sleepy Eye, 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, sister, Marlis Schmitz of Sleepy Eye and brother, Bob (Sharon) Berkner of Cambridge, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Bruce Schmitz..

Wade Christensen

Wade C. Christensen, 46, of Champaign passed away at 1 p.m. Monday (April 20, 2015).

Wade was born on Feb. 8, 1969, in Sleepy Eye, Minn., the son of Curtis and Jean (Sandmann) Christensen. He married Mary H. Kishish.

Wade is survived by his wife, Mary Christensen of Champaign; parents, Curtis and Jean Christensen of Morgan, Minn.; sister, Jodi Brand (Greg) of Lucan, Minn.; brother, Chad Christensen (Deb) of Morgan, Minn.; nephews, Danny, Brook and Derek Christensen and Darin and Cole Brand; and great-nephew and great-nieces.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and son, Robert Pederson.

Wade worked for John Deere & Co. and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Morgan, Minn., and the Lincolnshire Fields Country Club. Wade was an avid golfer, loved his Harley and enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, at the United Methodist Church at Morgan, 111 Third St. E, Morgan, MN 56266, with Pastor Lowell Krogstad officiating.

A celebration of life will be held immediately following at the Gilfillan Estates Pavilion, 28283 State Highway 67, Redwood Falls, MN 56283.

Interment will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Hillside Cemetery, 2600 19th Ave. N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55418.

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Gerald “Bud” Schnobrich


Gerald R. “Buddy” Schnobrich, 87, of New Ulm died Monday, April 20, 2015 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 – 7 p.m. Friday and from 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm. The St. Joseph/St. Elizabeth Catholic United and the Knights of Columbus will pray the rosary at 6:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Gerald is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Scott Simkins of Greensboro, North Carolina; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Janice Schnobrich of New Ulm, Dana and Ellen Schnobrich of St. Paul; grandchildren, Matthew (Maria) Schnobrich, Anne Schnobrich, Andrew Schnobrich, Corey Schnobrich, Jeffrey (Emilee Parsons) Schnobrich, Joseph Simkins, Christopher Simkins, Katherine Simkins; great-grandchildren, Macpherson Schnobrich, Patrick Schnobrich; sister-in-law, Cathie Tierney of Oklahoma; many nieces; and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia Schnobrich on December 22, 2014; sisters, Geraldine “Marnie” Olson, Barbara O’Brien.

Gerald Robert Schnobrich was born on August 5, 1927 in New Ulm to Roman and Hertha (Hackbarth) Schnobrich. He graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1945 and was a reciepient of the Distinquished Alumni Achievement Award in 2014. In 1952 he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in civil engineering. He served in the U. S. Army Air Force for two years during WWII. On August 31, 1949 he was united in marriage to Patricia Tierney at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm. Buddy owned/operated a civil engineering company in Sleepy Eye for over forty years retiring as a principal of Bolton and Menk. Buddy was very involved in the “Traverse Des Sioux Chapter of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers” serving in the roles of Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President and State Director of this organization. He was a life time member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity serving on many school and parish committees, St. Joseph/St. Elizabeth Catholic United, Knight of Columbus – St. Patrick’s Council #1076. Buddy was also a member of the New Ulm Lion’s Club.

Rose Pettit

Rosalie Pettit, 76, of Sleepy Eye, formerly of Granada, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 24, at First Baptist Church in Winnebago. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Winnebago.

Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Spencer-Owen Funeral Home is handing arrangements.

Rosalie was born Aug. 13, 1938, in Story City, Iowa, to Clarence and Josephine (Wolkenhauer) Bentson.

She is survived by four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Clarice Warrick of Lakeside, Calif., and Phyllis Jean Harris of Bolt, Iowa.


Arno Lendt


Arno Lendt, 80, of Sleepy Eye died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Funeral service will be 11 AM Wednesday, April 22, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye with Pastor Chris Cordes officiating. Burial will follow in the Home Cemetery, Soldier’s Rest Section in Sleepy Eye with full military honors being conducted by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard.

Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM Tuesday and 10 – 11 AM Wednesday at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye.

Elizabeth Schmid


Elizabeth M “Betty”?Schmid, age 97, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on April 10, 2015, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye, MN.

Service will be held at the Divine Providence Community Chapel in Sleepy Eye on Tuesday, April 14, at 9:30 a.m.

The clergy will be Father Goblirsch. Interment will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye, MN.

 Elizabeth Margaret “Betty” Schmid was born in Sleepy Eye to Alois and Anna (Steffen) Hentges on Oct. 6, 1917. Betty graduated as valedictorian from St. Mary’s High School in 1935. She then took normal training and was a country school teacher for several years. Betty married Donald E. Schmid on June 17, 1941 and raised four children in Sleepy Eye. She lived most of her life in the shadows of St. Mary’s steeples. In later years Don and Betty wintered in Lake Havasu and had many friends there.

Betty is survived by her children Joann Seip, Donald “Toby” (Gwen) Schmid, Gloria Schmid, Michael (Karen) Schmid, 12 grandchildren and 18.5 great grandchildren. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings and in-laws – Stanley and Eileen Hentges, Lucille and Chuck O’Malley, Donna and Neil Schmelz and Jack Hentges, son-in-law Rollin Seip and nephew Jimmy O’Malley.

Betty was a kind and good-hearted woman and an all around good sport. Socializing and games were part of her life as she was an excellent bridge player, enjoying Scrabble and crossword puzzles, was an avid if not especially good golfer and while she wasn’t born with a black queen in each hand she became a good sheepshead player later in life. Her faith was central to her life as a life-long member of St. Mary’s Church and as a strong supporter of its schools. She was a loving mother and homemaker who was an inspiration to her kids, was a great cook and enjoyed quilting and crafts. Later in life she was a dedicated caretaker for her blind husband. Betty was known for her wit and good humor. She said her best advice was to never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth shut. Betty was genuinely interested in other people and their lives and families. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s School – Adopt a Student or Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Rosalia Lake-Lendt


Rosalia Gertrude Lake-Lendt, 89, of Sleepy Eye, (formerly New Ulm), was called to join her heavenly father on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, April, 9 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter officiating the Mass. A private family committal service will take place at the New Ulm City Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 7:30-9 a.m. on Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the Mass at the church in New Ulm.

A memorial service for Rose will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 10 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Nevis, Minnesota.

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Rosalia is survived by her sister, Brenda Garcia of New Mexico; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Lake of Nanuet, New York; and loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eldon Lendt; sisters, Lillian Hirsch, Mary Coffey; and brother, Jerome J. Lake; and infant sister, Brunetta Lake.

Rosalia Gertrude Lake was born July 27, 1925 in New Ulm to Ernest and Theresa (Battes) Lake. She graduated from New Ulm Public High School in 1944 and then attended Mankato State University where she attained her teaching degree. She was united in marriage to Eldon Lendt on July 19, 1948 in Ely, Minnesota. The couple moved to New Ulm where Rosalia worked for rural schools in Nicollet, Redwood, and Brown counties. She eventually took a position teaching the second grade for the New Ulm Public School District 88 where she worked until her retirement in 1987. As a devout educator, Rosalia held many positions in the school district including New Ulm Education Association Treasurer, Legislative Chairperson, Social Services Chairperson, Elementary School Representative, and the State Environmental Education Representative for the school district. She was also active in the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society where she held positions as a past president, secretary, and music chairperson. Civically, Rosalia was involved with the Crescendo Federated Women’s Club of New Ulm where she held positions as President, Secretary, Community Improvement Chairperson, Fund Raising Chairperson, Director of Guided tours for New Ulm, and a member of the New Ulm Heritage Pageant. Rosalia was also active as a Redwood County 4-H Leader, a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of New Ulm, a volunteer for United Way, Secretary of Spider Lake Shores Association in Nevis, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. One of her most treasured accomplishments was being granted the School District 88 Educator of the Year and the Brown County Educator of the Year in 1980. She was an active member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm.