Joan Eichten

 

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Joan Louise Eischen was born February 9, 1957 in Comfrey, MN to A J and Delores (Olson) Eischen. She attended St. Paul’s Catholic School, Comfrey Public School and Alexandria Technical College.

Joan was proud of her Comfrey roots and loved being a part of this wonderful community. She worked at People’s State Bank and most recently with Lifetime Insurance, both of Comfrey. Joan played piano for St. Paul’s Choir and St. Raphael’s Youth Choir. She was a loyal member of the church choir, a CCW officer and taught religious education. Joan was a member of St. John’s Auxiliary and the Comfrey American Legion Auxiliary. She served on the Comfrey School Board and was an enthusiastic supporter and volunteer for “Community Days” and many other activities. Joan was a people person. She always met you with a smile on her face and a willingness to listen or lend a hand. If there was a job to do, she was there..

Joan will be remembered for her beautiful voice. She sang at numerous weddings, church services and special events. We always marveled at her ability to sing, even among the grieving. She loved performing in plays and talent shows. Heaven’s Choir has now gained a star soloist with Joan’s angelic voice. All of her nieces and nephews will agree that Aunt Joan was their favorite. She was always there to support them in all of their events and activities from music and sports, to plays and 4-H. Joan cherished their special days and trips, movie nights and sleepovers. She filled a large void left by Grandpa and Grandma. Her love and generosity overflowed for those she loved. Joan remembered birthdays and anniversaries of everyone including family, friends and recent grads going off to school. Joan was the Peacemaker. She always looked for the best in everyone. No matter what she encountered “everyone deserved to be forgiven.” Prayer was a daily aspect of her life. Many times you would find her absorbed in her prayer books. Faith and prayer were answers for everyone in every situation. Her advice rings true. – “Give it to God”.

She is survived by her siblings- Peg (Paul) Musegades of Eden Prairie, Kurt (JoAnn) Eischen of Comfrey, Linda (Jim) Schwab of Comfrey, Becky (Steve) Brown of Comfrey, Teresa (Kevin) Kuester of Glencoe, Roxane (Doug) Saholt of Mound, and Amy (Kevin) Maudal of New Ulm; and many nieces, nephews and grand-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Barbara.

Dr. George O’Neill

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Dr. George Duane O’Neill DVM, 76, of Winthrop died Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Winthrop. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 23, 2015 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winthrop with Pastor Paul Tessmer officiating. Burial will follow in the Winthrop Cemetery with full military honors being provided by the Winthrop Honor Guard. Visitation will be 4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday and again from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Friday at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winthrop. Funeral arrangements are being made with the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home of New Ulm.

George is survived by his wife, Kathleen O’Neill of Winthrop; daughters, Susan O’Neill of Winthrop, Rebekah (Tom) Reynolds of Marshall; sons, Daniel (Cheryl) O’Neill of Bloomington, Matthew (Cindy) O’Neill of Mankato; grandchildren, Alexandra Hood, Andrew Hood, Sonia Reynolds, Riley O’Neill, Max Reynolds, Chloe O’Neill, Conner O’Neill; twin sister, Georgia O’Neill of Norton, Kansas; and brother, Dr. Tim (Kim) O’Neill of Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents.

George Duane O’Neill was born November 9, 1938 in Phillips County, Kansas to Charles Wayne and Helen (Foskett) O’Neill. He attended college at Kansas State University where he attained a degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. George served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1957-1963. He was united in marriage to Kathleen Walz on February 11, 1961 at Zion Lutheran Church in Winthrop. They were blessed with four children. George worked for Dr. John Eckstein in Sleepy Eye from 1967 until 1975 when he established his own practice in Winthrop where he specialized in Dairy Herd Health. George was an active member of each community he lived in. While in Sleepy Eye, he was a member of the St. John’s Church and School Board of Education, Sleepy Eye Saddle Club, and MVMA. Later in life when he established his practice in Winthrop he was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Winthrop Honor Guard, Winthrop Health Board, Community Ed, Winthrop Opportunities, and the Winthrop Game Protective League. He also demonstrated his pride in his family and community through his involvement in the school. George was a member of the Winthrop School Board, GFW School Board, and also displayed his talents, constructing sets for the GFW Theater Department. He was also a devout member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winthrop. George will be remembered by many for his community involvement and his dedication to the clients he served. His family will remember him for his caring compassionate heart. He was always there for them in any time of need, and his memory will live in their hearts forever.

Richard Zwaschka

Richard George Zwaschka, age 83, of Comfrey, died Monday, January 19, 2015 at the New Ulm Medical Center.

Visitation will be on Thursday, January 22, from 4-7 p.m. and will continue on Friday from 8-10 a.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Comfrey Chapel.

There will be a Parish Prayer Service Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Comfrey on Friday, January 23, at 10:30 am. The clergy will be Fr. Andy Michels.

Interment will be at the St. Paul Catholic Cemetery in Comfrey.

Military Honors by the Comfrey American Legion.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey.

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

Richard George Zwaschka was born November 25, 1931 in Mulligan Township, Brown County, to George and Rose (Prokosch) Zwaschka. He attended country school for 3 years, then attended St. Paul’s Catholic School. Richard later attained his G.E.D. while serving with the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. Richard was united in marriage to Cecilia Suess on April 24, 1956 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Comfrey. The couple farmed their entire married life on a farm east of Comfrey. Richard served on St. Paul’s Parish Council, St. Paul’s School Board, the Building Committee, and helped build the new church in 1949. He learned to fly at the age of 16, played baseball for many years, and coached his sons in Bi-County baseball. He also was a member of the Comfrey American Legion. Family, friends, neighbors and St. Paul’s Parish knew if help was needed Richard was always available. His family and faith were very important to him and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by wife Cecilia; children, Robert Zwaschka of Comfrey, Mark (Jessica) Zwaschka of Spearfish, SD and their children Zachary and Alexandra, Steve (Brenda) Zwaschka of St. Joseph, MO and their children Justin and Marliss, Julie (Kevin) Fossum of Burnsville and their children Nicole and Kristin, Sarah (Devin) McGuire of Burnsville and their children Jill (Brandon) Marshik, Justin, Jordynn and Jessica; great-grandchildren, Cylie and Audrie Marshik; sisters- Sylvia Sellner of Mankato, Phyllis Mathiowetz of Hopkins, Winnifred Mathiowetz of Sleepy Eye, and Rita (Robert) Rivard of Eden Prairie; sisters-in-law- Rosella Windschitl of Sleepy Eye, Marge Prokosch of Comfrey, Marie (Walt) Evers of Comfrey, Verna Suess of Sleepy Eye, Connie Suess of Butterfield, Martha (Wendell) Fredin of Comfrey, and Mary Ann (Dennis) Schumacher of Comfrey; and brother-in-law Roman (Betty) Zwaschka of Butterfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law, Tony Mathiowetz, Art Mathiowetz, Norbert Sellner, Donald Suess, James Suess, Norbert Suess, Alfred Suess, Tom Prokosch, Sylvester Windschitl, Donald Lowinske, and Pete Svoboda; and sisters-in-law- Delores Zwaschka, Leona Suess, Hildegard Lowinske, and Adeline Svoboda.

Memorials preferred to the St. Paul’s Building Project.

Milo Christensen

 

Milo Christensen, Sr., 92, of Morgan died Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Bethesda Heritage Nursing Home in Willmar.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015 from St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Evan with burial to follow in Prairieville Cemetery, rural Evan. Visitation will be held today from 4 until 7 p.m., at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Morgan and will continue on Friday at the church for one hour prior to services.

Arrangements are with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Morgan. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelsonmartinfuneralservice.com.

Milo Arnold Christensen, the son of Christ and Mariantina (Jensen) Knudsen Christensen, was born March 10, 1922 in Cottage Grove. He grew up in Eden Township, Brown County and received his education District 57 country school. Milo was inducted into the United States Army in 1940. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Eden Township where he farmed.

On May 23, 1946, Milo married Arlene Krenz at St. John’s Lutheran Parsonage in Sleepy Eye and they settled on the Christensen farm. Milo was first and foremost a farmer. He also enjoyed woodworking, pheasant hunting, reading, and playing cards. Milo was very proud of his Danish heritage. He was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.

Milo is survived by his wife of 68 years, Arlene; children Sonja Rehbein of Anoka, Milo Jr. (Barb) Christensen of Morgan, Donna Christensen of Minnetonka, Michael (Nancy) Christensen of Wells, and Betsy (Daniel) Hallberg of Kandiyohi. Also surviving are his 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren – Sara (Gavin) Burns, Elizabeth and Colin; Stephanie (Chris) Batt; Wayne Christensen; Ross Christensen; Andrea (Matt) Neubauer, Brylee and Emmett; Liza (Chris) Esterly, Cora and Lars; Simon Christensen; Brittney Hallberg, Brandon (Becky) Hallberg and Alayna; and Kara Hallberg; and his brother Chris Christensen of Morgan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his twin sister, Mildred Maas; brother Kenneth Knutson; son-in-law Al Rehbein; and many other friends and relatives.


 

Bernice Trebesch Syverson

 

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Bernice Trebesch Syverson age 94, of New Ulm, MN died on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Visitation will be on Saturday from Noon to 2:00 pm at the Faith United Methodist Church, Sleepy Eye. Service will be held at the Faith United Methodist Church, Sleepy Eye, on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm. The clergy will be Pastor John Mitchem. Interment will be at the New Ulm City Cemetery about 4pm following the luncheon in the church basement. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

Bernice Trebesch Syverson was born December 14, 1920 in New Ulm to Albert and Carrie (Gluth) Speckman of rural Sleepy Eye. She graduated from Sleepy Eye High School in 1938 and was employed at Snow’s Hatchery until her marriage to Wilbert Trebesch on December 31, 1941. While actively engaged in all aspects of farm and home life with her husband, Bernice faithfully taught Sunday School for 3 year olds at Faith United Methodist Church for 16 years and centered her life on her family and church. She was always anxious to offer a helping hand to her family and loved traveling. After Wilbert’s retirement, they began wintering in Arizona, which she continued after Wilbert’s death in 1975, for a total of 38 years until 2008. In 1984 she married Ernest Syverson moving to New Ulm and enjoying their grandchildren, travel, and friends. Ernest passed away in 1987. Bernice’s greatest joys were being with her family as well as helping and visiting others. She was a friend to all she met. Her smile, caring attitude, and steadfast love will be missed by all.

Bernice is survived by her 3 children, Darlene (Howard) Lokensgard of Lafayette, Charlene (Tom) Weilage of New Ulm, and Dean (Patricia) Trebesch of Prescott, Arizona. Bernice’s seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren: Craig (Wendy) Lokensgard; Lori (Brian) Dilley, Shane, Nolan and Cole; Mark (Kathryn) Weilage, Jack; Brian (Audra) Weilage, Bree; Amy (Joseph) Sharkey, Patrick and Anna; Derek and Jared Trebesch.

Linus Schons

Linus Schons, 84, of Morgan died Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan with burial following in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Clements.
Arrangements are with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Morgan. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelsonmartinfuneralservice.com.
Linus Herbert Schons, the son of Harry and Theresa (Steffl) Schons, was born March 23, 1930 in New Ulm. He grew up on the family farm near Clements and received his elementary education at a country school near Clements. Linus graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Sleepy Eye on June 1, 1947.
On June 12, 1951, Linus married Inez Zamzow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Clements and the couple made their home on a farm near Clements. Following their retirement they moved to Springfield. Linus became a resident of St. John’s Lutheran Home in Springfield before he and Inez entered Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan in January 2012.
Linus was a farmer and a truck driver. He worked for Clements Grain and Feed and Sanborn Farm Chemical, driving truck for many firms, most recently Brown Transfer. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Clements where he was involved in various church activities including church dinners and festivals; he also was a member of Catholic Aid. After he and Inez moved to Springfield, they were members of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church.
Linus and Inez enjoyed going out to eat and dancing – they went dancing almost every weekend. Each year, they traveled for six weeks straight. Linus also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and drinking coffee and playing cards with “the boys” at the Mark Twain Cafe.
He is survived by his daughters Lynn (Steve) Dolan of Wittmann, Ariz., and Lori (Eugene) Zempel of Morgan; and grandchildren Jennifer Schmidt of Morgan, Jason (Carrie) LeGare and their children Gabby, Ethan, Owen and Olivia of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Jeremy (Heather) LeGare and daughter Elise of Louisville, Ken. Also surviving are his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jim and Joyce Zamzow of Sleepy Eye; and sisters-in-law Lil Zamzow of Sacramento, Calif., Fern Kitzman of Edmond, Okla., Shirley Smetak of Redwood Falls, Dorothy Zamzow of Morgan, and Mary Ann Zamzow of Morgan.
Linus was preceded in death by his wife, Inez, in 2012.
Blessed be his memory.

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Elenora E. Thuer

Elenora E. Thuer age 102, of St. Peter, MN, formerly of Sleepy Eye, MN died on January 11, 2015, at Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter.
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Visitation will be on Thursday from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye.

Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

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.

Elenora was born on September 26, 1912 in Cobden, MN to Herman & Bertha (Arndt) Krebs. She grew up in Springfield where she met Albert B. Thuer. She married Albert on March 2, 1935 in New Ulm. The couple made their home in Sleepy Eye and were longtime residents. Elenora was a kind, loving person, devoted to her family, always ready to help when needed, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Joan (Bob) Werner of St. Peter, Alice (Bill) Loe, Mary (Phil) Alioto, 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and a sister, OraDell Fischer. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Albert in 1987, two brothers and a sister.

Marlyn “Marly” Huiras

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For 80 years, Marly Huiras lived a full life as an artist, sportsman, writer, humorist, naturalist, actor and so much more. He was equally robust as a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Marly was born on April 24, 1934, near Springfield, Minn., the only child of Phyllis (Gilbertson) Huiras and Cletus Huiras, and died unexpectedly of natural causes on Dec. 29, 2014, at his home near Dodgeville, Wis.

He spent his childhood in Sleepy Eye, Minn., and high school and early career years in St. Cloud, Minn. The Huiras family moved to Madison in 1963, when Marly was named advertising manager for Marshall Erdmann & Associates. Later he worked as director of creative services at Rayovac, and eventually established The Sun Group Consortium, serving clients with his keen marketing, writing, and graphic design skills.

Marly is survived by his five loving children, all in Wisconsin, Christopher Huiras M.D., Julie Huiras Mascitti, Patti LaPorte, Lisa Leuker, and Abby Alexander; grandchildren, Callie (Travas James and their daughter, Arianna), Kyle, and Hans Huiras; Eric (and wife, Amy Baldukas); Evan and Marco Mascitti; Dominick, Elise, and Michael LaPorte; Danielle and Erika Leuker, and Taylor, Jake, and Sophia Alexander; sons-in-law, Jason Mascitti, Tom Leuker, and Andy Alexander; daughter-in-law, Krista Huiras and her children. He is further survived by his aunt, Birdie Gilbertson of Arkansaw, Wis.; many beloved cousins born in Brown County, Minn., and an abundance of friends.

Marly and his former wife, Eileen Gilbert (Madison, Wis.), were married for many years and later cordially shared their children’s and grandchildren’s milestones.

Our family is grateful to UW Health doctors Lawrence Fleming (ret.), David A. Erickson and John P. Heiner and their colleagues; and to Luanne and Steve Greenheck. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the MADISON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 227 State St., Madison, Wis. Visitation begins at 12:30 p.m. and the service will be held at 2 p.m., followed by a casual reception. Memorials may be made to the The Marlyn Huiras Fund (c/o Chris Huiras, N2175 Valley Road, La Crosse, WI 54601), the Madison Central Library/Bubbler (201 W. Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703), or to your favorite hometown library, arts, or historic organization. For more about Marly’s life well-lived, the family invites you to please see the Gorgen Funeral Home website.

Linus Schons

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Linus Schons, 84, of Morgan died Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan with burial to follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Clements. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015, from 5 until 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., all at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Morgan. Visitation will continue on Saturday at the church from noon until 1 p.m.

Arrangements are with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Morgan. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelsonmartinfuneralservice.com.

Linus Herbert Schons, the son of Harry and Theresa (Steffl) Schons, was born March 23, 1930 in New Ulm. He grew up on the family farm near Clements and received his elementary education at a country school near Clements. Linus graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Sleepy Eye on June 1, 1947.

On June 12, 1951, Linus married Inez Zamzow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Clements and the couple made their home on a farm near Clements. Following their retirement they moved to Springfield. Linus became a resident of St. John’s Lutheran Home in Springfield before he and Inez entered Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan in January 2012.  Linus was a farmer and a truck driver. He worked for Clements Grain and Feed and Sanborn Farm Chemical, driving truck for many firms, most recently Brown Transfer. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Clements where he was involved in various church activities including church dinners and festivals; he also was a member of Catholic Aid. After he and Inez moved to Springfield, they were members of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church.

Linus and Inez enjoyed going out to eat and dancing – they went dancing almost every weekend. Each year, they traveled for six weeks straight. Linus also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and drinking coffee and playing cards with “the boys” at the Mark Twain Café.

He is survived by his daughters Lynn (Steve) Dolan of Wittmann, Arizona, and Lori (Eugene) Zempel of Morgan; and grandchildren Jennifer Schmidt of Morgan, Jason (Carrie) LeGare and their children Gabby, Ethan, Owen and Olivia of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Jeremy (Heather) LeGare and daughter Elise of Louisville, Kentucky. Also surviving are his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jim and Joyce Zamzow of Sleepy Eye; and sisters-in-law Lil Zamzow of Sacramento, California, Fern Kitzman of Edmond, Oklahoma, Shirley Smetak of Redwood Falls, Dorothy Zamzow of Morgan, and Mary Ann Zamzow of Morgan. Linus was preceded in death by his wife, Inez, in 2012.

Eleanor Miller

Eleanor Mae Miller, 84 of Hanska, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at the Luther Memorial Home in Madelia.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 9 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Burial will follow in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Hanska.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Thursday and 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, South Chapel in New Ulm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

She is survived by daughters, Jeanine Schewe of Sleepy Eye, Jeri of Glenwood, Dyan Miller of New Ulm; sons, Steve Miller of Mahtomedi, Larry Miller of Watertown, South Dakota, Jan Miller of St. James, Daryl Miller of Hanska; 19 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Jeane Haalboom of St. Charles, Missouri; and brother Harold Rossbach of Sleepy Eye