Bernice Pieske

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Bernice A. Pieske, age 92, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Divine Providence Community Home. 
Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Wednesday from 9:30 until 0:30 am at the church. Service will be held at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:30 amLunch to follow services in the church basement. The clergy will be Pastor Chris Cordes. Interment will be at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery – Sanborn, MN after the luncheon. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye, MN. 

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

Bernice A. Pieske was born on October 5, 1921 at home in Redwood County, MN to Andrew & Elizabeth (Lendt) Haak. She grew up and attended country school #33 in Redwood County. After her schooling she helped her father with farm work and worked for Potters in Springfield doing housework. She moved to Springfield and owned the Cozy Cafe. In 1962, Bernice moved to Sleepy Eye and worked at various places including Del Monte, 3M, Tony Downs Foods but mostly for Pietrus for about 20 years. After retiring in 1985 she babysat her great granddaughter, Ashley. Bernice was a member of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. She enjoyed fishing, old time dance, road trips, watching t.v and gardening. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and all of her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Utz of New Ulm, granddaughters, Deb Mead and special friend Don Schwab of New Ulm, Melissa (Allen “Butch”) Krebs of Cobden, grandsons, David Utz of Bemidji, Michael (Leisha) Utz of Elk River, Dennis Utz and special friend Shawn Renwick of Cobden, Donny Jr. (Becky) Utz of New Ulm, 15 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren, sister, Evelyn (Dale) Holmberg of Motley and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Ervin and LuVerne Haak and sister, Maxine (Leonard) Lotzer.

Ervin Braulick

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Ervin L. Braulick , age 87, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Sleepy Eye Care Center. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4 to 8 pm and will continue on Wednesday from 7:30 until 10:00 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. There will be a parish prayer service at 7pm, Tuesday at the funeral home. Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, onWednesday, April 16, 2014 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, Minnesota. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

Ervin was born on November 20, 1926 in Brown County, near Sleepy Eye, MN the son of Benjamin & Ida (Neidecker) Braulick. He grew up and attended country school in Stark Township. Ervin married Rita R. Schneider on May 9th, 1950 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm, MN. The couple lived and farmed in Stark Township. Ervin was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, KC’s, Sportsman’s Club, Eagles and the Stark Baseball Association. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, old cars, ice racing, snowmobiling and especially being on the farm.

He is survived by his children, Steve (Linda) Braulick of Sleepy Eye, Robert Braulick of Sleepy Eye, Susie Eckstein of Hutchinson, Sharon Braulick of New Ulm, Mary Braulick of New Ulm and Judy (Ed) Hose of Sleepy Eye, 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren 6 step great-grandchildren, sister, Bernice (Norbert) Sturm of Springfield and sister-in-law, Shirley Braulick of New Ulm. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Rita in 1983 and brother, Benjamin, Jr.

Anthony Steinke

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Anthony Michael Steinke, age 21, of New Ulm, MN died on Friday, April 11, 2014, at his home in New Ulm.
Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm and will continue on Thursday from 9:30 until 10:30 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at  10:30 am. Reception to follow at the Sleepy Eye Community Center.  The Officiant will be John Sackett.

Interment will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye at a later date.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

Anthony was born on June 15, 1992 in New Ulm, MN. He lived in Sleepy Eye, Lakeville, Fall City,WA, Minneapolis and most recently New Ulm. Anthony graduated from New Ulm High School and went to college in the Twin Cities for a short time before returning to New Ulm.
Anthony was a creative spirit. He was a writer, composer, musician and game developer. Anthony’s first thought was always of the other person. His “Life Essence” and “Paregoria” ventures enabled him to reach out and help others around the globe.

Anthony is survived by his Mother, Sharon Sackett of New Ulm, Father, Scott Steinke of Fall City, WA. Step-Mother, Mona Dill of Fall City Wa. His Sister, Cael “Tara” Roettger and sister-in-law, Raquel Heiderscheidt of New Ulm, Brothers, Matthew Steinke of New Ulm and Nathanael Steinke of Fall City, WA. 6 Step-Brothers and a Step-Sister. Special friend Catharina Nilsen of Norway. Maternal grandparents, Barb and Eugene Bertrand of Sleepy Eye and Jerry and Kathy Sackett of Worthington. Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Anthony was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jane Marks and Melvin “Moon” Steinke both of Sleepy Eye, paternal uncle Boyce Steinke, great grandparents Don and Anna McMullen and great grandpa Virgil “Todd” Sackett.

 

Leonard “Bob” Maurer

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Leonard “Bob” Maurer, 91, of Redwood Falls and formerly of Morgan died Friday, April 11, 2014 at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014 from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 13, 2014, from 4 until 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 4 p.m., all at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Redwood Falls. Visitation will continue on Monday at the church for one hour prior to services.

The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or to area sports teams.

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

Leonard Frank Maurer, the son of George and Marge (Ganske) Maurer, was born November 28, 1922 in Sleepy Eye. He grew up on the family farm in Eden Township, Brown County and received his elementary education in the nearby country school and Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s High School. Following his schooling, Bob farmed with his father.

On February 19, 1946, Bob married Marjorie Hogan in Fulda and the couple lived on the farm where Bob was raised. Later they purchased their own farm in Morgan Township, Redwood County where they raised their family. In 1978, the couple moved into the house they built in Morgan. Bob continued to farm after moving into town, officially retiring in the mid-1980s. Marjorie passed away in October 2002 and in 2009 Bob moved into Garnette Gardens in Redwood Falls.

In his youth, Bob was very active in the Brown County 4-H program where he was named the 1943 4-H Corn Growing Champion. He showed the Brown County Baby Beef Champion and then the Grand Champion Baby Beef at the State Fair. Bob’s involvement in the 4-H program continued with his children as he served as an adult leader of their club. Bob was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus and was active with the Men’s Sausage Dinner. Bob coached youth basketball at St. Michael’s School for many years and was a member of the Morgan Lions Club.

Bob loved sports at all levels and enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events; he was still attending high school basketball games this past season. He had an extensive toy tractor collection and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Bob enjoyed going driving to look at the crops – he put many miles on his vehicle and used lots of gallons of gas! He was a kind, gentle man. Bob loved farming but his family was first. He was so proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his children Sheila (Ken) Schouviller of Corcoran, Ron (Monica) Maurer of Windom, Jerry (Mary) Maurer of Carlton, Craig (Robin) Maurer of Northfield, Joel Maurer of Morgan, Colleen (Lanny) Seifert of New Ulm, and Rick (Kim) Maurer of Morgan. Also surviving are grandchildren Kim Brown, Troy Schouviller, Eric Jones, Dan Jones, Annika Jones, Krista Schultz, Ryan Maurer, Jeff Maurer, Collin Maurer, Meghan Maurer, Lindsey Cressman, Wesley Maurer, Loren Maurer, Erin Bruesch, Angie Wendinger, Cassie Seifert, Cameron Maurer, Gavin Maurer, and Preston Maurer; great-grandchildren Erika Tate, Dana Butler, Tyler Brown, Ashley Brown, Rachel Brown, Ava Schultz, Bennett Wendinger, Orla Cressman and Caleb Cressman; three step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and sisters Elaine Deibele of Sleepy Eye, and Marie (Jim) Trautman of Mankato.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; his siblings Delrose, Lucille “Sis,” Eugene “Sonny,” Jerome “Pal,” and Rosemary “Rosie” Krueger; and daughter-in-law Shelly.

 

Arleta Portner

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Arleta Ella Portner, 85, of New Ulm, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at Ridgeway on 23rd in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12, 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 City Cemetery, Soldier’s Rest section, beside her veteran husband, Roman A. Portner. Visitation will be 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm is in charge of the arrangements. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for her family go towww.mvfh.org.

Arleta was born on April 21, 1928 in Brown County to Fred and Alice (Schmalfeld) Lendt. She was raised on a farm in rural Sleepy Eye. She attended District 11 Country School in Iberia; graduated from Sleepy Eye Public High School in 1946 and then attended nurses training at the Union Hospital in New Ulm. She graduated with a Licensed Practical Nursing Degree in 1947. Arleta worked at the Union Hospital, Loretto Hospital, Fritsche Clinic and New Ulm Medical Clinic. She was respected by patients and medical staff. Arleta worked for many doctors but was most remembered as the nurse for Dr. Peter Kitzberger and Dr. Kenneth Dirlam. Arleta retired from nursing in 1990 and felt blessed to enjoy her nursing career for 43 years. Arleta was united in marriage to Roman A. Portner on Feb. 28, 1949 in New Ulm. In the early 1970′s Arleta and Roman purchased a farm in northern Minnesota, near Remer. Following retirement, they still called New Ulm their home but spent much of their time at their “hobby” farm. In 1999, they retired from farming and returned to New Ulm. Arleta was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and the Christian Mothers Society. She was active in the community for many years. In northern Minnesota she volunteered serving Meals-On-Wheels to those that were homebound. In New Ulm, Arleta volunteered her time and pleasant presence to nursing home residents, served funeral lunches, and stuffed envelopes for NUACS mailings. Arleta was talented in needlework including hardanger, crocheting and knitting. She was an excellent baker and great cook. Arleta was a hard worker and liked gardening, canning and freezing produce, farming with her husband, shoveling snow and mowing the lawn. Many hands of the card game “Spike and Alice” were played with her children, grandchildren, brother and sister-in-law. Arleta was a dedicated wife to her husband of 60 years; loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, especially at the farm. Arleta was a faith-filled woman, a caregiver, and a generous woman of service.

Arleta is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Jim) Fleming of Richfield; sons, Roman F. (Ellen) Portner of Littleton, Colorado; Steven (Cathy) Portner of Naples, Fla.; Gary (Brenda) Portner of New Ulm; nine grandchildren, Justin, Adam, Jason, Jon, Casey, Chris, Patrick, Tim, Amanda; five great-grandchildren, Kai, Trey, Ashton, Crosby, Oliver; a sister, Adeline Riebel of Fairmont; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Donald and Gladys Portner of New Ulm; George and Donna Reiser of New Ulm; a sister-in-law, Rosadell Portner of New Ulm; a brother-in-law, Melvin Klinkner of Stewart and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Arleta was preceded in death by her husband Roman A. Portner; their infant son, Ronald; a brother, Harvey Lendt; a sister, Rachel Wellmann; brothers-in-law, Joe Portner, Norman Portner, Ambrose Saffert, Clifford Wellman and Delmar Riebel and sisters-in-law, Hildegard Saffert, Alyce Klinkner, Betty Lendt.

Memorials are preferred to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity or the New Ulm Medical Center Foundation.

Otto Lamecker

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Otto Lamecker, age 85, of Lake Lillian and formerly of the New Ulm area, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar after a short and valiant battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, April 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Lake Lillian with Rev. Steve Verhelst as celebrant. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation is on Sunday 4-7 p.m. at K-M Funeral Home in Lake Lillian and continues on Monday at the church for one hour prior to the service.

Otto Alois Lamecker was born July 19, 1928 at New Ulm, to Alois and Annie (Portner) Lamecker. He grew up and attended school at New Ulm. Otto served his country in the U.S. Army from 1950-1953 where he fought in the Korea War. He was discharged in February 1953. On August 25, 1953 he married “his favorite gal” Dolores Gitter at St. George Catholic Church. They were married for over 60 years and were blessed with eight children. They lived and farmed near Lafayette until 1960 at which time they moved to New Ulm where he drove truck. In 1970 they moved to their farm at Lake Lillian where he farmed until 1994. Even in retirement Otto enjoyed helping other local farmers. Otto and Dolores were inseparable and taught their children to be self sufficient. He enjoyed restoring antique tractors, playing with the grandchildren who affectionately called him “Grandpa O,” and was truly happy anytime he had a steering wheel in his hand. Otto was a member of the American Legion and the West Central Antique Power Collectors and would display his tractors in local parades. Otto was also a faithful member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church where he had been a lector, trustee and council member.

Otto is survived by his wife Dolores of Lake Lillian; his eight children: Corrine Gleisner of Willmar, Jean (Alan) Hoffmann of New Ulm, Bruce (Cheryl) Lamecker of Atwater, Diane (Mark) Weber of Maple Grove, Scott (Teresa) Lamecker of Kerkhoven, Delores (Jeffrey) Blom of Thief River Falls, Otto Jr. (Betty) Lamecker of Rochester, and Christine (Bruce) Bomstad of Hutchinson; his 24 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and his three sisters: Marie Reinhart of New Ulm, Martha Neidecker of Sleepy Eye and Rosie Hamann of Sleepy Eye.

Otto was preceded in death by his parents.

Bernard Simonsen

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Bernard Simonsen, 92, of Morgan and formerly of Fairfax died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Seasons in Redwood Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014 from St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax. Burial, with military honors, will follow in the church cemetery. Following the burial, a reception will be held at Squirrels Restaurant in Fairfax. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 6, 2014, from 4 until 7 p.m., with Rosary and Prayer Service at 3:30 p.m., all at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Redwood Falls. Visitation will continue on Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church prior to Mass.

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

Bernard Lowell Simonsen, the son of Lars Peter and Rose Mary (Matter) Simonsen, was born September 10, 1921 in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. He was raised on the family farm in Eden Township, Brown County and received his elementary education in rural district school. Bernard graduated from Sleepy Eye High School in 1939. Following graduation, he continued to work on the home farm until 1942 when he entered the Army Air Corp Aviation Cadet Program. He served in the Air Corp until his honorable discharge in 1946.

On July 16, 1945, Bernard married Mary Cecelia Clark in Roswell, New Mexico. Following his discharge from the service, they settled on their farm northwest of Sleepy Eye. They later relocated to a farm in Bandon Township, Renville County where they farmed. Mary preceded Bernard in death in 1984; in 1985 he retired to Fairfax. On August 5, 2000, Bernard married Ruth (Scharfencamp) Green and they made their home in Morgan until moving to Garnette Gardens in Redwood Falls this March.

Bernard was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax and then St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He was active in the Fairfax American Legion and the Fairfax Lions Club. Bernard also served on the Fairfax Creamery Board.

He is survived by his wife Ruth of Redwood Falls and formerly of Morgan; children Cecelia Shipp of Laramie, Wyoming, Delores (Bob) Hoffman of Harrison, Idaho, Paul (Jan) Simonsen of Fairfax, Gerald (Patti) Simonsen of San Diego, California, and Tom (Judy) Simonsen of North Mankato; step-children Tom (JoAnn) Green of Morgan, Jill (Dick) Pistulka of Burnsville, Laure Green of Richfield, Kris Green of Eagle River, Alaska, and Kathy (Mark) Thompson of Burnsville; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 17 step-grandchildren; 22 step-great-grandchildren; and a brother Clarence Simonsen of Marshall.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Mary; his sisters Laura, at birth, and Alice, at age 16; and his brothers Donald and Maurice.

Wendelin Braun

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Wendelin J. Braun, age 90, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.
Visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 8 pm and will continue on Saturday from 7:30 until 10 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye.
Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Saturday, April 5, 2014 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

Wendelin J. Braun was born on March 24, 1924 in Stark Township the son of Aloys & Loretta (Hoffmann) Braun. He grew up in Stark Township and attended District #39 Country School. After his schooling he farmed in Stark Township for several years. He married Delrose Berberich of May 20, 1946 in Leavenworth. The couple lived and farmed in Brookville Township for many years moving into Sleepy Eye in 1976. Wendelin also ran a road grading business for many years, retiring in 1982. Wendelin & Delrose purchased their first motor home in 1975 traveling to all 50 states including other locations in Canada. They also traveled to Germany and spent many winters in Arizona. When they returned to Sleepy Eye during the summer months Wendelin worked for Norwood and Mathiowetz Construction delivering parts. Wendelin was a pilot for many years and enjoyed flying his five different airplanes from 1953-1990. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Eagles and the KC’s.
Survivors include his children, Eugene of Sleepy Eye, Richard (special friend Gloria) of Fairmont, Phyllis (John) Griebel of Searles, Marlys (Larry) Zeig of New Ulm, Larry (LaVonn) of Sleepy Eye, Sue (Dan) Helget of Sleepy Eye, Michael (Lori) of Sleepy Eye, Barb (Rick) Nelson of North Port, FL, Lyle (Susie) of Temecula, CA, Curtis (Heidi) of Willmar, MN & Ronnie (Michelle) of El Cajon, CA, 30 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, sister, Gen Berberich, brothers, Linus (Lois) & Dennis (LaNette) and sister-in-law, Sylvia Braun, all of Sleepy Eye. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Delrose in 2006, son, Wendelin, Jr. in infancy, grandson, Ricky Nelson, Jr, brothers, Victor, Cletus & Melvin, brother-in-law, Harold Berberich and sister-in-law, Eileen Braun.

Payton Adams

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Payton Ryan Adams, age 17, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on Friday, March 7, 2014, as the result of a automobile accident. Visitation will be on Thursday, April 3rd from 4 to 8 pm at St. Mary’s School Gym and will continue on Friday from 8:30 am until 10:00 am at the Sturm Funeral Home Sleepy Eye. There will be a Parish Prayer Service at 3:45pm Thursday at the school. Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 10:30 am. The clergy will be Msgr. Eugene Lozinski. Lunch will be held in the St. Mary’s Social Room following the service.Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye, MN. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

Payton was Born on January 24, 1997, in Fargo ND to Richard and Kristi Adams. Payton moved to Sleepy Eye in 2001. Payton was a Junior at St Mary’s Catholic School.

Payton was a great athlete for St Mary’s. He loved football and was a part of a very special group of athletes that shared that love. He was a corner back on defense and a receiver on offense. He was proud to be a part of St Mary’s success in football and participated in three state tournaments. He will forever be a part of that football legacy as #8.

Payton also loved to play basketball. From the time he first started playing he played with his older brother Kansas and their team. He loved the game and was considered by his coach to be the hardest worker he had. You could find #33 in the gym almost every night of the week.

Payton also loved music, video games, skateboarding, his dog Sophie, and hanging with his brothers and friends.

Payton had a huge heart. Payton loved to make people laugh and smile. Payton loved to have fun and cherished his friends. He looked on the bright side of things and was fun to be around. Payton was loved by many and will forever be remembered for his unforgettable smile. The light he brought to this world will shine forever in our hearts.

Survivors include parents Rick & Tonya Adams and Kristi Adams & David Domm, brothers Casey (23), Kansas (19), and Chandler (18), sisters Brooke and Darion (20), grandmothers, and many, aunts, uncles and cousins. Payton was preceded in death by grandfathers Theodore Adams, Neil Davidson and Arnold Domm, aunts Laura Davidson and Cindy Davidson, and stepbrother Chez Walker.

A fund has been set up for Payton and Kansas Adams to help defer expenses. If you would like to donate you can send donations to: Payton and Kansas Adams Fund c/o F&M Bank PO Box 126 Springfield, MN 56087

Francis Brandel

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Frances T. Brandel, 87, of New Ulm died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014 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 in New Ulm.  Visitation will be 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday and from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.  The Christian Mothers will pray the rosary at 4:00 p.m. Thursday at the Cathedral.

 Frances is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and David Hoffmann of New Ulm, Gail and Leo Bromenschenkel of Janesville, Carla Brandel and Dick Schiltz of Conover, North Carolina, Maria Lisa and John Bilogan of Rhinelander, Wisconsin; sons and daughters-in-law, Joel and Diane Brandel of North Mankato, Peter and Sharon Brandel of New Ulm; 17 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; sister, Sr. M. Madeline of Willmette, Illinois; sisters-in-law, Joan Portner of Sleepy Eye, Dorothy Brandel of Cokato.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Francis W. Brandel; a daughter and son both in infancy; son-in-law, Leonard Huiras; a granddaughter and great granddaughter; sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Charles Machtemes; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Dolores Portner, Ben and Monica Portner, Alex and Alice Portner.

Frances Theresa Portner was born on October 20, 1926 in Lafayette Township, Nicollet County to Andrew and Frances (Ries) Portner.  She graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1944.  On June 4, 1946 she was united in marriage to Francis W. Brandel at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm.  Frances loved to grow vegetables and flowers, make Nativity scenes out of wood with her husband, research family geneology, write letters, cook, and bake.  She was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, the Christian Mother’s Society, and the St. Joseph – St. Elizabeth Catholic United. www.mvfh.org.