Veronica Bertha Dauer, 84 of rural New Ulm died Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Tuesday, October 14, 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 4 – 8 PM Monday and 7:30 -10:30 AM Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.
Veronica is survived by her children, Jean Marie (Michael) Gauna, Washington, Pennsylvania, Joan (Tony) Munsch, Buda, Texas, Mark Dauer, New Ulm, MaDonna (David) Sellner, Sleepy Eye, MaLinda (LaDon) Henderson, Mankato, Karen (Michael) Leeb, Kasota, Allen (Nancy) Dauer, Lafayette, Denise (Bud) Nelson, Coopersville, Michigan, Michelle (Greg) Budach, Janesville, and Craig (Anne) Dauer, Prior Lake; 35 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren with one more on the way; sisters, Esther Vasey of Sebeka, Cecilia Schwarz of New Ulm, Theresa Reiniger, Sleepy Eye and Bernadette Fischer of Springfield; sisters-in-law; Leona Sellner, and Delores Sellner, Sleepy Eye and Delores (Dory) Schreiner, Fairfax; brother-in-law; Fred Dauer, Springfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francis in 2012; sisters, Rose (John) Schmidt, Clara (Wallace) Mecklenburg and Mary (Frank) Eichberger; brothers, Walter (Matilda), Norbert, and Otto Sellner; twin brothers in infancy; an infant sister; and brothers-in-law, John Reiniger, Leonard Fischer, and Evan Vasey.
Veronica Bertha Sellner, the daughter of Otto and Theresa (Bruckbauer) Sellner, was born on August 16, 1930 in Albin Township, Brown County. She attended and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sleepy Eye. Veronica was united in marriage to Francis Dauer on June 2, 1953 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. The couple lived in Linden Township outside of Hanska for eight years. In 1960 they purchased a farm in Bernadotte Township near Lafayette and farmed there for 27 years. Francis and Veronica raised ten children on this farm. They retired and moved into a home Francis and their son, Mark, built on land purchased in 1985 in Nicollet County near New Ulm.
As a young woman, Veronica sang in the St. Mary’s choir and despite her shyness she participated in school plays. Veronica was a wonderful writer and had several close friends. Faith in God was her rock and foundation and she lived by the motto, “Just Pray”. She was an active member of each church she attended throughout her life. She lectured and taught religious education classes while being a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Lafayette. Following retirement, Veronica was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm and then became a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Veronica held her Sacrament of Marriage as sacred and was married to Francis for almost 59 years.
Veronica loved being outside, she enjoyed tending to her flower and vegetable gardens and donating any surplus vegetables to the local food shelf. She loved raking leaves, picking up sticks, and cleaning up the yard and woods. She had an innate talent of being able to start a fire in the middle of the woods and not burn it down. She enjoyed singing, old time music, dancing, sewing, cleaning, traveling, hiking, and riding motorcycle with Francis. Veronica made the “World’s Best Apple Pies” according to her grandchildren and if your family was lucky enough to get one, it was a true gift. She enjoyed spending time visiting with family and friends, sharing stories, and had a wonderful laugh and sense of humor. She loved God, family and valued life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Friends of San Lucas-Guatemala, New Ulm Food Shelf, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, or the Way of the Cross in New Ulm.