Warren Jorgensen


Warren Lee Jorgensen, 84, of New Ulm died Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New UIm.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 30 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 at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday with full military honors being provided by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Sunday and 7:30-10 a.m. on Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook go to www.mvfh.org

Warren is survived by his wife, Joleen Jorgensen of New Ulm; daughter, Roxanne (Chad) O’Fallon of Shakopee; son, Rick (Nicole) Jorgensen of New Ulm; grandchildren, Kennedy, Reagan, Ethan, and Quinn. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Hazel Azbell, and brothers, Ray, Maynard, and Marvin Jorgensen.

Warren Lee Jorgensen was born June 30, 1930 in Sleepy Eye to Henry and Ida (Krueger) Jorgensen. He was a 1949 graduate of Sleepy Eye Public High School. In 1949 Warren enlisted in the U.S. Army serving during the time of the Korean War from 1950-1952. He later served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1957. After his time in the service he moved back to Sleepy Eye where he worked with his family at Jorgensen Electric from 1957-1966. He was united in marriage to Joleen Brand on June 19, 1969. The couple was blessed with two children. Dedicated to his job, Warren worked for 3M in New Ulm from May of 1966 until his retirement in June of 1992. Warren was an exceptional woodworker, making a variety of crafts including bedframes, stools, rocking horses, and furniture which are all loved and adored by his family. What he took the most pride in was his family, especially his grandchildren. Warren was a member of the Golden Age Club, the DAV, Prairieland Defenders #807 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Senior Bingo, and a devout member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm.

Irene Wintheiser

Irene Wintheiser, 92, of Morgan died Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, from 4 until 7:30 p.m., at Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Home in Morgan.  A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, also at the funeral home. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, at the church, for one hour prior to services.

 Arrangements are with Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Service of Morgan. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelson-hillestad.com.

 Irene Mary Hacker Wintheiser, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Reding) Hacker, was born June 26, 1922 in Morgan. She grew up on the family farm and received her formal education in Morgan.

 On December 2, 1944, Irene married Art Wintheiser in Morgan and they made their home on a farm near Evan for a time. The couple then purchased the farm next to Irene’s home place where, together, they farmed their entire married life. Irene remained on the farm following Art’s death in 1984 and just recently relocated to Gil-Mor Manor.

 Family was most important to Irene. She lived for her kids and grandkids and enjoyed cooking and baking for them. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, St. Anne’s Society and Christian Mothers’ Society.

 Irene is survived by her children Mary (Jerry) Sellner of Sleepy Eye, Gay (Steve) Jacobson of Hibbing, Gary (Pat) Wintheiser of North Mankato, Dean Wintheiser (Roxann) of New Ulm, Lois (Dale) Aufderheide of New Ulm, Ruth Wintheiser of Forest Lake, Alice (Rob) Harstad of Anacortes, Washington, and Janet (Ron) Raddatz of Morgan. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers Andy Hacker, and Allan (Ruth) Hacker; brothers- and sisters-in-law Bill (Maggie) Wintheiser, Rosemary Wintheiser, and Lucille Hacker; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Art in 1984; sister Doris Rehder; brother Clem Hacker; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Margie Hacker, and Leo (Marcella), Denis, Richard, Norbert, Ralph, and Phyllis Wintheiser.

Shawn Reynolds


Mass of Christian Burial for Shawn Reynolds, age 50, of Mankato, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March, 26, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Northview – North Mankato Mortuary. Visitation will continue from 9-10:30 a.m. at church on Thursday morning. Burial will follow the service at Calvary Cemetery.

Shawn Patrick Reynolds was born December 21, 1964 to Pat “Lefty” and Patsy Reynolds, the middle of three sons. Growing up in Sleepy Eye, Shawn graduated in 1983 from St. Mary’s Catholic High School where he enjoyed playing football, hockey and basketball. He married LuAnn Krzmarzick May 22, 1993 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Together, they raised three children: Emily, Mackenzie and Jacob. Shawn was so proud to be their dad and was excited to see their dreams unfold. He took a very active role in their lives; coaching Mackenzie and Jacob’s sport teams. As a family, they enjoyed seeing the world; whether it was trips to Ely, Minnesota or to the beaches of Mexico. In his free time, Shawn officiated high school basketball and football. Shawn enjoyed his annual deer hunting trip with his family. Shawn loved playing golf at the Mankato Golf Club, where he was a member. During his golfing career, Shawn had three hole-in-ones, the first of which won him a 2012 GMC Terrain!

Julie Schmitt

Julia “Julie” A. Schmitt age 57, of Comfrey, MN died on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at her home.
Visitation will be on Sunday
March 22nd from 3 to 7 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Comfrey and will continue on Monday at the church from10 to 11am. Service will be held at the New Hope Lutheran Church, Comfrey on Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 11:00 am.  The clergy will be Pastor Brian Nehring

Interment will be at St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, Comfrey, MN 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.

Julia “Julie” Ann Schmitt, age 57, of Comfrey, MN died on Thursday, March 19, 2015 in her home surrounded by her family.Julie was born on March 15, 1958 in Sleepy Eye, MN to Robert and Barbara (Callanan) Rathman. Julie graduated from Sleepy Eye High School in 1976 and Rasmussen Business College in 1987. Julie married John A. Schmitt on November 27, 1982 and lived in Comfrey since 1980. Julie was a secretary/receptionist/nurse at various places such as the Comfrey Clinic, Springfield Clinic, Sioux Trails Mental Health Center, KNUJ AM and SAM 107.3, Divine Providence Community Home, Christensen Family Farms, Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce and Sleepy Eye Medical Center. Julie loved the various roles she had and viewed them as opportunities to get to know more people, gain more knowledge of her community and network with so many great individuals. Julie especially loved to visit with the guests on the SAM 107.3 radio show. Julie was a member of the Comfrey First Responders (1995 to 2013) and served as Captain for many years. She was also part of the Sleepy Eye Ambulance Service. Julie loved to spend time with her grandchildren, garden, bake, go for walks with John, listen to dinner hour (polka music) and watch the moon and the stars.
Julie is survived by husband John of Comfrey, daughters and sons-in-law, Angie and Jeremy Pidde of Comfrey, and Nicole and Dave Wandberg of Minneapolis; grandchildren Hailey, Sam and Lucy Pidde and Reid and Blake Wandberg, parents: Robert and Barbara Rathman, Sleepy Eye; siblings Jeff Rathman of Williams MN; Mary Blackstad of Mankato; and Tom and Sheila Rathman of Otsego MN; sisters-in-law – Susan and Richard Evers of Comfrey; Joy and Gerard Rathman of Comfrey, and Julie and Dominic Sellner of Sleepy Eye; brother-in-law Lee and Lynn Schmitt of Comfrey; Many special aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brother, Joel Rathman and grandparents Ed and Amelia Rathman and Paul and Ann Callanan.

Jerald Wellner

Jerald ‘Jerry’ Wellner, age 74, of Sanborn, died Saturday, March 14, 2015, at his home.

A service of rtemembrance will be 7 p.m., Friday, March 20, at Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel.

Military Honors by the Sanborn American Legion.

Burial will be at the Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Stately Township at a later date.

Visitation will be on 4-7 p.m., Friday, March 20, at the Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel.

Jerald Gene Wellner was born Dec. 3, 1940, in Springfield, to Adolph John and Luverna Mayme (Radtke) Wellner.

He is survived by wife Marjorie of Lamberton; children, Danette Knutson of Lamberton, Matt Wellner of Sleepy Eye, and Wade Wellner of Lamberton; seven grandchildren; sister, Sandy Perez of Albert Lea; and brothers, Ron Wellner of Minot, N.D., and Roger Wellner of Arizona.

James Blackstad


James Blackstad, 83, of New Ulm died Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.

Funeral service will be 11 AM Friday, March 20, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Deb Bergstad officiating.

Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM Thursday and 7:30 – 8:30 AM Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at church on Friday. Military Honors will be conducted at the church by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Sue Blackstad of New Ulm; a son, Alan Blackstad of New Ulm sister, Vera Duzan of Pine City; and by a brother, Eddie (Cathy) Blackstad of Sleepy Eye.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Joan; and by a brother, Charles Blackstad.

James Peter Blackstad was born March 6, 1932 in Madelia to Peter and Nellie (Sifford) Blackstad. He was a graduate of St. James High School, Mankato Teachers College and he received his Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Jim served in the U.S. Army and then the Minnesota National Guard, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was employed at New Ulm School District #88 as a teacher, counselor and then as AV Director until his retirement in 1993. Jim enjoyed golfing and raising, breeding and showing Bichon Frise’ dogs.

He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Legion Post #132, past president and 47 year member of the New Ulm Lions Club, Mankato State Alumni, United Way and the Mankato Kennel Club.

Donna Bruggeman


Donna Mae Rubey Bruggeman, age 90 of Sleepy Eye died Friday, March 13, 2015 at Sleepy Eye Medical Center.
Visitation will be on Monday, March 23, 2015 from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the church prior to the service.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 10:30 am.
The clergy will be Father Aaron Johanneck.
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

Donna Mae Rubey Bruggeman was born on April 19, 1924 in Waverly, SD to Michael T. & Antionetta (Thielen) Antony. She grew up and graduated from school in New Ulm. Donna married Linus Rubey in 1946 and raised her family on the Rubey family farm in Stark Township. She continued to live on the farm after Linus passed away in 1983 until she married Jack Bruggeman in 2002. Donna and Jack enjoyed 13 years together and were a blessing to each other in Donna’s last years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved gardening, flowers, golf and playing cards with friends.

She is survived by her husband, John “Jack” Bruggeman of Sleepy Eye, children; Robert (Sharon) Rubey of Sleepy Eye, Mary (Lynn) Bertrand of Coon Rapids, MN, Kathy (Frank) St. Lawrence of Orono, MN, David (Judy) Rubey of Sleepy Eye, children by marriage; John (Nancy) Bruggeman of Minneapolis, Steve (Jean) Bruggeman of St. Cloud, Joe (Carol) Bruggeman of Sleepy Eye, Pat (Sue) Bruggeman of Sleepy Eye, David (Julie) Bruggeman of North Mankato, 20 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and sister, Carol (Dan) Sustrick of Overland Park, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Linus Rubey, two brothers and a sister.

Rosemary Wiltscheck


Rosemary Clara Wiltscheck was born August 7, 1927 in Sleepy Eye to Charles and Rose (Hillesheim) Wiltscheck. She was the youngest of seven girls and had many fond memories of growing up on the farm with her sisters. Rosemary attended country school District 17 through grade school, then attended St. Mary’s Catholic School where she graduated in 1945 as Valedictorian. Rosemary had no children of her own, but she cherished each of her nieces and nephews and their families. She was the keeper of the Wiltscheck family connections, and she recorded wedding anniversaries, illnesses, deaths and birth dates of even her youngest great grand nieces and nephews. Rosemary worked a variety of jobs including Pietrus Foods, Haas Printing, and Del Monte. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she took care of the votive lights (candles) and regularly attended Mass and the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Rosemary was also a member of the CCW and Christian Mothers. She will be remembered as a kind and faith-filled woman who enjoyed gardening, tending her yard, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her sisters- Marie (Larry) Tauer of Sleepy Eye, and Catherine (Philip) Sellner of Sleepy Eye; 33 nieces and nephews; and many grand and great grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters- Dorothy Krzmarzick, Viola Krzmarzick, Agnes Forster, and Elvera Neudecker; and 9 nieces and nephews.

Shirley Sellner


Shirley Lorraine Sellner was born on October 20, 1947 in New Ulm the daughter of Linus L. and Florence C. (Braun) Helget. Shirley grew up on the family farm in Stark Township and attended school in Sleepy Eye where she lived her entire life. After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Sleepy Eye, she raised her family and also worked at the Divine Providence Nursing Home in Sleepy Eye and retired in 2009 after 32 years of service. She married Leon Sellner on September 21, 1968 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Shirley enjoyed shopping and spending time with family and friends. She also spent her time visiting with, attending sporting events for, and tending to her 10 grandchildren. 

She is survived by her mother Florence; children, Brad (Jenny) Sellner of Monticello, Randy (Sheila) Sellner of Sleepy Eye, Tammy (Jeff) Hinderman of New Ulm; grandchildren, Sam, Shawn, Jaylynn, Joslyn, Jacob, Jonah, Jack, Halle, Jace, Madden; and brother and sister-in-law, Robert “Chisey” and Diana Sellner.

Martha Neidecker


Martha Neidecker was born March 12, 1927 in New Ulm, MN to Alois and Annie (Portner) Lamecker. Martha grew up and attended school in New Ulm until her parents moved to a farm near Lafayette in 1941. The family returned to New Ulm in 1947 where Martha worked at Wearwell Garment and F.W. Woolworth. She was united in marriage to Leonard Neidecker on June 14, 1950 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm. The couple moved to Sleepy Eye in 1953 and Martha was a seasonal employee for Del Monte Foods until 1958. She then worked for 11 years at National Foods, then as a sales manager for Montgomery Wards. She also worked at Martinka’s Our Own Hardware for six years and was a distributor for Shaklee Distributing. Martha was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Commentator. She held offices in the Christian Mother’s Society, Brown County Triad, Divine Providence Auxiliary, Brown County Committee on Aging, and Sleepy Eye Senior Citizens. She was instrumental in the development of the Senior Citizen’s Center, as part of the new Sleepy Eye Community Center. Martha was honored as Brown County’s Senior Citizen of the Year in 1997. She also volunteered at the food shelf and the Minnesota Historical Society’s Harkin Store. Martha enjoyed baking, cooking, home decorating, playing cards and dominos, old-time music and dancing, and above all, being with family and friends.

Martha is survived by her daughter, Marsha and husband Donald Zemler of Sauk Centre; granddaughter Marie Zemler Wu, husband Sherman, and children Ryah (7), Elliot (4), and Tilly (1) of Boston; grandson Matthew Zemler, wife Ingrid, and children Matthew, Jr. (2) and Jasper (1) of Duluth; grandson David Zemler of Minneapolis; sister Marie Reinhart of New Ulm; and sister-in-law Delores Lamecker of Willmar.

She is preceded in death by husband Leonard Neidecker (2004); son Richard Neidecker (1998); infant daughter Trisha Neidecker (1966); infant sister Agnes Lamecker; brother Otto Lamecker; sister Rosie Hamann and husband Delton; brother-in-law Leroy Reinhart; sister-in-law Marcella (Neidecker) Weller and husband Lester Sr.; sister-in-law Madeline (Neidecker) Evers and husband Theodore (Jockey); and numerous friends and relatives.