Joan Mathiowetz


Joan Mary Mathiowetz was born on June 26, 1956, the daughter of Alphonse and LaDonna (Schroepfer) Mathiowetz in New Ulm, MN. Joan attended St. Paul Catholic School in Comfrey and graduated from Comfrey Public School in 1974. She attended and graduated from Jackson Technical College and was employed by the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul. Joan was very passionate for the elderly and it showed in her care for the residents at Oakhill Living Center in New Ulm where she worked for over 30 years as a professional certified nursing assistant. She enjoyed music, crafting, scrapbooking, and following the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Joan loved reminiscing family memories, but most of all, the love of her nieces and nephews.

Joan died peacefully at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the age of 58 years.

She is survived by her parents Alphonse and LaDonna Mathiowetz of Comfrey; siblings – John (Cheryl) Mathiowetz of New Ulm, Joel (Terri) Mathiowetz of Comfrey, Julie (Corey) Schmid of Sauk Rapids; nieces and nephews – Christopher Mathiowetz and fiancé Shana Grejtak of New London, Emily Mathiowetz and special friend Eric Johnson of Mt. Lake, Rachel (Nick) Wagner of Portland, OR, Anthony Mathiowetz and special friend Rebecca Waibel of Hanska, Annataya Schmid and special friend Johnny Zwack of Sauk Rapids, Kirby Schmid of Sauk Rapids and many uncles, aunts, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents – Anthony and Brigitta Schroepfer and Florentine and Helen Mathiowetz.

Lorraine Rothmeier


Lorraine Melinda Rothmeier, age 86 of Sleepy Eye died Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Divine Providence Home in Sleepy Eye.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel and will continue on Thursday from 9:30 am until 10:30 am  at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan.

There will be a Parish Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:30 am.
The clergy will be Father Aaron Johanneck. Interment will be at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Clements. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. On line condolences may be left for the family at

Lorraine Rothmeier was born on July 17, 1928 to Edward and Anna (Frericks) Baune in Wabasso, MN. On September 9, 1947 she was united in marriage to Raymond Rothmeier. Lorraine enjoyed crocheting, mission sewing, gardening, travel, singing in the church choir, and spending time with her family. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clements where she was involved in the CCW and served as the spiritual treasurer and belonged to the bible study. Lorraine was a member of the Clements Legion Auxiliary. She became a resident of Lake Villa Apartments in Sleepy Eye on January 5, 2010. 

She is survived by her sons – Kenneth (Marion) Rothmeier of Evan, Raymond (Tammy) Rothmeier of Sleepy Eye, William (Eileen) Rothmeier of Morgan; daughters – Judith Guetter of Starbuck, Virginia (Patrick) Haala of Morgan, Elizabeth (Alan) Wilhelmi of Clements; 18 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; brothers – Eugene (Elaine) Baune of Wabasso, and Cyril “Butch” (Phyllis) Baune of Wabasso; sisters-in-law – Ginger Baune of Cottonwood, and Kathy Baune of Wabasso; and several nieces and nephews. Lorraine is preceded in death by her parents; husband Ray in 1998; son Stephen in 1991; 5 brothers; and 4 sisters.

Patricia Seifert



Patricia Jean “Patsy” Seifert, age 67, of Burnsville, MN formerly Sleepy Eye, MN died on Monday, December 15, 2014 at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.

Visitation will be on Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm prior to the services at the church.

Service will be held at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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. 

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Patricia was born on January 19, 1947 in Sleepy Eye, MN to Arthur & Arleen (Lange) Seifert. She grew up and graduated from Sleepy Eye Public School. After graduation she worked at Kraft Foods in New Ulm for 36 years until retiring. Patsy was a lifelong member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. She enjoyed doll collecting, gardening, walking, reading and watching TV especially the Twins.Patricia is survived by her siblings, Thomas (JoAnn) Seifert of Sleepy Eye, Scott (Joyce) Seifert of Apple Valley, James (Rita) Seifert of Savage, Marilyn (Donald) Mathiowetz of Springfield and John (Darleen) Seifert of Sleepy Eye, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Gregory Stimpert

Gregory Paul Stimpert was born on March 2, 1940, in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. He was the son of Charles and Bertha (Kyar) Stimpert. Gregory was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith as an adult both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm, Minnesota. He received his GED at Mankato East High School in Mankato, Minnesota.

On May 17, 1960, Gregory was united in marriage to Jean Kapolczynski at the Queen of Peace Church in Mesa, Arizona. After their marriage, the couple resided in New Ulm, and where Gregory was an Assistant Department Supervisor in the Electrical Department for the City of New Ulm. He retired in April of 1998. In 1998, they moved to Arizona and in 2009 they moved to Hutchinson. Gregory and Jean were blessed with four children. The couple shared 54 years of marriage.

Gregory was a member of St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. He was also a member of the Camping Club, President of the Senior Center, Cub Master and Boy Scout Leader.

Gregory enjoyed playing and calling Bingo, golfing, football, camping, traveling, gambling, history, and cruises. He loved the Grand Tetons, working at the State Fair, watching the South Pacific plays and John Wayne movies. Gregory especially loved spending time with his family.

Gregory passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Hutchinson Health in Hutchinson at the age of 74 years. Blessed be his memory.

Gregory is survived by his:
Wife, Jean Stimpert of Hutchinson, MN;

Sons, Douglas Stimpert and his wife, Marnette of Garden City, MN,
Paul Stimpert and his wife, Rose, of OK, and
Patrick Stimpert and his wife, Lynda of IL;

Daughter, Ann Matter and her husband, Vernon of Hector, MN;

Grandchildren, Gared Stimpert and Maxine Johnson, Jordan Stimpert, Jerica Stimpert, Vanessa Stimpert, LeeAnn Stimpert, Michael Matter, Rhonda Rassmussen and her significant other, Sebastian, and Andrew Matter and his wife, Amber;

Great-Grandchildren, Evelyn Stimpert, David Rassmussen, and Joseph Bautista;

Siblings, James Stimpert and his wife, Rose of Sleepy Eye, MN, John Stimpert and his wife, Ruth of ND, Judith Holweger and her husband, Dennis of ND, Phyllis Stimpert and her significant other, Deborah Wall of WY;

Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.

Gregory was preceded in death by his Parents, Charles and Bertha Stimpert; Granddaughter, Melissa Matter; Sister, Betty and John Garland; and Brother, Terry Stimpert.

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Paul Wilhelmi

Paul J. Wilhelmi, age 91, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on December 12, 2014, at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm, MN.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 9 to 11 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye.

Service will be held at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye, on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

Interment will be at the Home Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye, with military rites by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. 

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Paul John Wilhelmi was born on March 5, 1923 in New Market, MN, the son of Jerome & Rose (Zweber) Wilhelmi. He grew up and attended school in New Market and later in Morgan. After his schooling Paul worked in farming for a few years. He served in the US Navy as a cook from 1944 to 1946. Paul married Lucille C. Schultz on March 8, 1944 in Milroy, MN. The couple made their home in Sleepy Eye where Paul worked various jobs for a few years and also as a salesman for A. H. Hermel for several years. After retiring he worked for Christianson Farms. He was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, the VFW and the Legion. Paul was a jack of all trades, master of none and enjoyed woodworking and refinishing furniture.

He is survived by his children, Betty (Les) Shaw of Austin, Duane (Theresa) Wilhelmi of Sleepy Eye, Sharon Roberts of Klossner and Jeffrey Wilhelmi of Sleepy Eye, 13 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren and sister-in-law, Marcella Wilhelmi of Morgan. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Lucille in 2011, sister, Patsy Ricke, brothers, Francis & Leroy, a sister in infancy, 2 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. He was also preceded in death by many in-laws and other family members.

Linus Weiss


Linus William Weiss, age 91 was called to his eternal rest on Friday, December 12, 2014 at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye where he resided for 1 ½ years.

Visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 8:00 pm and will continue on Saturday 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 Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

Interment will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye with military rites by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. 

On line condolences may be left for the family at

Linus was born in Sleepy Eye, MN on May 9, 1923 to Lawrence and Anna (Saffert) Weiss, the second of eight children. He attended country school through the 8th grade. He worked as a farm hand for various farmers until he was drafted into the U.S. Army for service in WWII. He served almost two years as a SGT on the enemy lines in the Philippines. He was honorably discharged when the war ended in 1946. He married Monica Sieg three days prior to his drafting date on October 9, 1944. They lived their entire life in Sleepy Eye, MN and resided in his home for 68 years. They were blessed with 12 children. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. He worked for Del Monte Corporation for a short time upon return from the service, and then worked 41 years full time for Farmers Elevator of Sleepy Eye. He continued to work during the spring and harvest seasons for the Farmers Elevator for an additional 6 plus years. In his retirement years he enjoyed going to his lake home and gardening.

He is survived by 11 of his 12 children: Donna Weiss of Gaylord, Marvin (Maralee) Weiss of Sleepy Eye, Stephen “Gar” Weiss of Sleepy Eye, Patty (Clete) Tauer of Sleepy Eye, Janet Nachreiner (fiancé Jim Wager) of Fairfax, MaryAnn Fischer (special friend Jerry Baumann) of Sleepy Eye, Julie (Eugene) Hildebrandt of St. James, Audrey (Ken) Ruud of Springfield, MO, Jeannie (Brad) Hietanen of Buffalo, MN, Richard Weiss of Sleepy Eye and Brenda (Mike) Stimpert of Sleepy Eye, 25 grandchildren: Karl (Jill) Weiss, Kevin Weiss, Bryan (Naomi) Weiss, Michael (Peggy) Tauer, Jeremy (Rachel) Tauer, Krissy (Josh) Braulick, Ann Tauer (special friend Scott Braun), Chris (Tina) Nachreiner, Curt (Lisa)Nachreiner, Rachel (Duane) Oftedahl, Rebecca (Craig) Trebesch, Justin (Sara) Weiss, Ryan Fischer, Jesse Fischer (special friend Mallory Grunke), Alexa Fischer, Sarah (Eric) Mortwedt, Danielle Hildebrandt, Ethan Hildebrandt (fiancée Karlee Sieve), Jenna Ruud, Jessica Ruud, Jason Ruud, Tyler Hietanen, Jennifer (Rick) Hinderman, Stephanie (Jared) Nord, and Jamie Stimpert, 38 great-grandchildren: Leah, Emily and Kaleb Weiss, Thor and Toby Weiss, Owen, Nell and Emmet Weiss, Kyle, Brandon and Katelyn Tauer, Ashtyn Tauer, Carter, Blake and Emma Tauer, Colton Braulick, Ryder Braun, Ella and Sofia Nachreiner, Maddy, Lydia, Kellan and Sylvia Nachreiner, Gavin and Trindon Oftedahl, Evan and Liam Trebesch, Carson, Tegan and Jacoby Weiss, Easton Cobb, Landon and Jacey Mortwedt, Kenedi Wersal and Logan Hinderman, Brooklyn and Ava Nord, brother, Sylvester Weiss of St. James, sisters: Viola Krueger of Sleepy Eye, Lillian Riebel of Sleepy Eye, Margaret McSherry of FL, Mary Doyle of Sleepy Eye and Florence Current of Delano, sister-in-laws: Karen Weiss, Mildred (Norman) Taylor, Burnette Sieg, Carol Sieg, Judy Athman and Sharon Sieg.

He was preceded in death by his wife Monica of 54 years, son Linus Weiss Jr., son-in-laws: Rick Fischer and Timothy Nachreiner, brother Victor Weiss, brother-in-laws: Leo Krueger, Frank Wensauer, Walt Riebel, John McSherry, James Doyle,William Current, Leo Sieg, Frederick Sieg, Eugene Sieg and Kenneth Sieg, sister-in-laws: Rita Kleis and Mary Knickerbocker.

Robert Brown Gemmill

Robert Gemmill, 87, of Trimont, was called to his eternal home on Saturday, December 6 at Trimont Nursing Home.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Trimont Methodist Church at 1:00 p.m.There will be a private burial before the short service at Fox Lake Cemetery at 11:30 with church then at 1. Kramer Funeral Home is handling the service.
Robert or Bob like people liked to call him was born July 6, 1927 to S. Roy Gemmill and Emma (Brown) Gemmill, Jay Township, where he lived for 20 years.  He attended country school, District 49, for 8 years.  He helped with farming and was a hired man for neighbors before being drafted into the army September 27, 1945; inducted  at Fort Snelling with basic training at Camp Plauche, Louisiana.  He was stationed in Korea with honorable discharge January 1947 with the rank of corporal.Robert returned to Sherburn, Minnesota farming with his father.  He married Mildred Drewes on June 14, 1953, moving to Galena Township, Trimont, in 1956, where he lived and farmed his entire life.  He was a member Trimont United Methodist Church at the time of his death.  He was a member of Heritage Acres of Fairmont for 30 years.
Robert is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mildred; children: Bruce (Ann) Gemmill, Fairmont; Corinne (Bill) Day, New Ulm; Dennis (Christi) Gemmill, Sleepy Eye, 8 grandchildren including Kristen, Scott and Craig Gemmill, Ben and Sara Day, Annalise Urbano (Mark), Sleepy Eye, Marc (special friend Alonna Baune) of Trimont, and Colton Gemmill of Sleepy Eye and his 3 great-grandchildren including Alannah and MJ Urbano of Sleepy Eye and Brantley Gemmill of Trimont.

Lois Kirschstein

Lois Kirschstein, 79, of Morgan died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 at Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, at the Morgan United Methodist Church with inurnment to follow in Morgan City Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 2-4:30 p.m. and will continue at the church on Monday for one hour prior to services.

Arrangements are with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Morgan.

Lois LaMae Kirschstein, the daughter of Carl and Kathryn (Carr) Wilstermann, was born April 26, 1935 in Sleepy Eye.

She is survived by her husband Wallace of Morgan; children, Lynn VanNurden of Owatonna, Larry Kirschstein of Morgan, Nancy Snyder of Jordan, and Karen Boots of Redwood Falls; stepchildren, Helen Kirschstein of Eden Prairie, Dr. Matthew Kirschstein of Sanborn, and Karl Kirschstein of Chaska; 12 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and her brother William (Helen) Wilstermann of Shelby Township, Michigan.

Leo Krzmarzick

Leo Krzmarzick, 73, formerly of Sleepy Eye, died at Paula J. Baber Hospice Home on Mon, Dec. 1, 2014.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 4 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Manson, Iowa.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Larson-Weishaar Funeral Home in Manson where there will be a 6:30 p.m. prayer vigil.

Leo is survived by his wife Cheryl; sons, Kevin Krzmarzick of Davenport, IA; Keith Krzmarzick of Steilacoon, WA; daughter Kelsey Krzmarzick of Chicago, IL; three grandchildren; sister Donna Krzmarzick of Maple Grove, MN; brothers, Ron Krzmarzick of Maplewood, MN; Paul Krzmarzick of Davenport, IA; Tom Krzmarzick of Richfield, MN.

He was born March 8, 1941, in Sleepy Eye to Roman and Dorothy (Wiltscheck) Krzmarzick.