Robert Hatfield

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Robert “Bob” Hatfield, 75, of Sleepy Eye died Thursday, May 21, 2015 at his home. Funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm with Pastor Phil Schenck officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Bob is survived by his wife, Janice Hatfield of Sleepy Eye; sons, Bob, Jr. (Sue) Hatfield of Little Falls, Rick (Nancy) Hatfield of Eagan, Jeff (Dawn) Hatfield of Cannon Falls; grandchildren, Fredrick Hatfield, Jr., Bob Hatfield III, Cassie (Josh) Lepp, Mattie Hatfield; great grandchildren, Ehren and McKenzie; sister, Rene Schmitz of Faribault; brothers, John (Janet) Hatfield of Minneapolis, Bill (Judy) Hatfield, Jerry Hatfield all of Faribault; nieces; and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Fredrick Hatfield; sisters, Margie, Francis, Mary; and a brother, Donald.

Robert Charles Hatfield was born on January 9, 1940 in Faribault to Marion and Frances (Lamberty) Hatfield. On February 3, 1960 he was united in marriage to Janice Shaske in Northwood, Iowa. They lived in Minneapolis and surrounding areas and then moved to Sleepy Eye in 2003. Bob worked in sales and maintenance. He enjoyed gardening, reading, music, sports, collecting clocks and sport memorabilia, and thrift shopping. www.mvfh.org

Charles Thiner

Funeral services for Charlie Thiner will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Timothy T. Reker and Deacon Mike Ellis will officiate. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea and will be again one hour prior to the service at church. Interment is planned for a later date.

Charles Thiner

Charles “Charlie” Thiner of Walters passed away peacefully on Monday, May 11, 2015, at his home. He was 68. Charles was born on April 22, 1947, in Wadena, to Edith and Frank Thiner. He grew up in Brewster, graduating from Brewster High School.

He lived in Minneapolis and Shakopee before settling down in the Kiester area. On Sept. 20, 1980, Charlie married Margaret “Marge” Wurtzberger in Sleepy Eye. Together they made their home near Mansfield. Charlie and Marge belonged to St. Casimir’s Catholic Parish in Wells and St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea.

Charlie worked at Mansfield Meats before working at Borderline for over 20 years as a carpenter. He was also a member of the Eagles Club for many years.

Charlie enjoyed watching Vikings football games, mowing the lawn, listening to music and spending time with his granddaughters.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and one sister.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marge; children Anita (Josh) Petersen and Dan Thiner (special friend, Nate); 10 siblings; and 12 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Clarence Weiss

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Clarence Conrad Weiss, age 86, of Comfrey, MN died on May 13, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield, MN.

Visitation will be on Sunday, May 17, 2015, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Comfrey Chapel and will continue on Monday from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at the St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield, MN.

Service will be held at the St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield, MN on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 11:00 am.

Interment will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, MN.

Clarence Conrad Weiss was born December 30, 1928, to Clement and Philomenia (Groebner) Weiss in rural Sleepy Eye, MN. He was united in marriage to Irene Nachreiner on June 23, 1953, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield. Clarence was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Comfrey. He enjoyed farming, dairy cattle, puppies, listening to the Minnesota Twins, watching western movies and tv shows, talking about the old days, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife – Irene of Comfrey; children – Glenn of Comfrey, Linda (Brad) Eckstein of Sleepy Eye, and Teresa (Neal) Drescher of Albert Lea; grandchildren – Bradley Jr., Bobby Jo and fianc Robert Kolbe, Bryce Hofmeister, and Kyle (Tabitha) Hofmeister; sisters – Angie Steffl of Sleepy Eye, Bernice Rose of Morgan, and Mary Jane Windschitl of Springfield; and a brother-in-law – Albert (Donna) Ebnet. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son in infancy; a sister – Delores Ebnet; and brothers-in-law – Arthur Lang, Sr., Robert Rose, Lowell Steffl, and Cyril Windschitl, Sr.

 

Richard Holm

Richard Herbert Holm, 85, of rural Sleepy Eye, died peacefully at his home on the family farm in Sigel Township on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Richard was a humble and hardworking farmer who meant a lot to everyone who knew him. He loved his family and the land he farmed for 65 years. His work ethic and sense of humor will be remembered by all, along with his dedication and service to his “Sigel” roots.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM Friday, May 15, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm with Father Sam Wagner celebrating the Mass. A private family interment will take place Saturday in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 3:30 – 7 PM Thursday and 7:30 – 9:30 AM Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service at 7 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Connie (Douglas) Grams of New Ulm; sons, Richard P. (Cindy) Holm of Seattle, Washington, Larry (Vickie) Holm of New Ulm , Alan (Janet) Holm of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren, Kristen (Darin) Drill, Allison (Dean) Barstad, Andrea Harder (Chad Ziesmer), Matt Holm (Tami Benson) , Willie (Beth) Holm, Jake Holm (Rae Rolloff), Emily Holm (Derrick Walker), Rich Holm, Brian Holm, Jennifer Holm and fiancée Mitch Beranek and Laura Holm; 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Doris Hoffman of Searles, Mary Ellen (Bob) Bridgeman of Fridley; brother-in-law, Donald Rueckert of New Ulm; sister-in-law, Sally Holm of New Ulm; and by a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and Skip Schneider of New Ulm.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy; sister, Kathleen “Kitty” Rueckert; brother, Kenneth “Jackie” Holm; and a brother-in-law, Pat Hoffman.

Richard Herbert Holm was born September 8, 1929 in New Ulm to Herbert and Minnie (Waibel) Holm. He attended District 29 Country School. Richard was united in marriage to Dorothy Soukup on October 17, 1950 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm. After marriage he farmed for a time with his father-in-law Victor Soukup, eventually taking over the homestead and milking dairy cows for the next 40 years. He continued to farm with his son Alan on that Century Farm until the day he died. Richard served on the Dairy Farmers of America Corporate Board of Directors from 1988-2000. He was the last surviving founding member of the Sigel Athletic Association. Nine of those years he served as President of that association. Richard was also a Sigel Township Supervisor for 52 years, after retiring from that position in 2014. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity acting as an usher for many of their services throughout the years. Richard also was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters serving as Chief Ranger and was one of the main cooks for the Super Sausage Supper for over 30 years.

In later years, Richard enjoyed watching and attending his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events and activities, family birthdays, and holiday get-togethers. On many weekend days and evenings you could find Richard spending time with his card-playing buddies at local establishments throughout Brown County. He loved to drive the ATV’s across the fields and pastures checking fences and crops with his special dog, Ellie “Zilly”, by his side. A better ending could never have been written for a life well lived. Richard passed away as he always hoped it would happen. Quietly sleeping—sitting in his own chair—in his own home—on the farm he loved.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the donor’s choice.

Ronald Gent

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Ronald D. Gent age 68, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on Friday, May 8, 2015, at Prairie Senior Cottages in New Ulm, MN.

Friends may call on the family on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 4 to 6 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye.

A time of fellowship will be held at the Railway Bar & Grill on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

Interment will be at the Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye with military honors at a later date.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye, MN. 

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

Ronald Duane Gent was born on September 27, 1946, in Sleepy Eye, MN, the son of Roderic & Marian (Pelzel) Gent. Ron graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Sleepy Eye in 1964 where he enjoyed many years on the basketball court. Ron enlisted in the Navy in 1964 and served for 4 years. Ron married Diane Engholm on December 4, 1971, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye, MN. Ron worked road construction and at Agrico Chemical Company. He enjoyed refereeing local games for 15 years before retiring from that position. Ron went into the insurance business in 1977 under American Family Insurance for nine years before becoming an independent agent. Ron retired in December of 2013 after 36 years of selling insurance. Ron enjoyed fishing, hunting and golfing with his friends and spending time with his dogs throughout the years.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Gent, brother, Maurice (Carol) Gent, brothers-in-law, Howard (Betty) Gent and Steven Gent, nieces & nephews, Tim, Brian (godchild), Crystal, Stacy, Michelle (godchild) and step father, Frank Miller. He was preceded in death by his parents Roderic & Marian Gent and mother-in-law & father-in-law, Orville & Doris Engholm.

Dorothy Gluth

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Dorothy A. Gluth, 91, of Sleepy Eye and formerly of Morgan died Friday, May 1, 2015 at Sleepy Eye Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from Morgan United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Eden Methodist Cemetery, rural Morgan. Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 10 until 11 a.m.

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

 Dorothy Augusta Dittbenner Gluth, the daughter of Herbert Oscar and Eleonore Olida (Dirks) Dittbenner, was born January 8, 1924 at Slayton. She grew up in the communities of Slayton, Wells and Mankato. Dorothy received her formal education in the Wells public school. She graduated high school in 1941 and then attended teacher’s training in Wells. Dorothy earned her teaching certificate in 1942 and taught country school in Brown County Districts 74 and 35 for the next three years.

 On June 9, 1945, Dorothy married Clayton Gluth at the Wells Methodist Church. They lived and worked together on the family farm in Eden Township until retiring to Morgan in 1979. The couple moved to Sleepy Eye in 2007 where Dorothy was living at the time of her death.

 While on the farm, Dorothy enjoyed gardening, sewing, doing needlepoint and, of course, raising chickens and ducks. She had hundreds of laying hens and laying flock of ducks of which she sold the eggs to the hatchery in the spring.

 Clayton and Dorothy had two children, William and Donna. Dorothy enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow and also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Morgan United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for a time. When her children were growing up, Dorothy was a leader for the Eden Eagles 4-H Club.

 Dorothy is survived by her daughter Donna Olson of Brownton; daughter-in-law Lucy Gluth of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren Rebecca (Pete) Haack of La Crescent, Robert Olson of Winthrop, Brenda (Kevin) Lin of Taipei, Taiwan, Richard Olson of Eden Prairie, and Brian (Heidi) Gluth of Champlin; great-grandchildren Toni and Lori Haack of La Crescent, Keanu and Kate Lin of Taipei, and Courtney and Lindsey Gluth of Champlin; and many relatives and friends.

 She was preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Eleonore Dittbenner, father- and mother-in-law Ferd and Nora Gluth, husband Clayton on September 30, 2007, son William, son-in-law Larry Olson, sisters-in-law Alice Heckler and Lilas Gluth, and nephew James Heckler.

Neoma Schmid

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Neoma M. Schmid age 96, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on April 25, 2015, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Visitation will be on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and will continue on Friday from 10 until 11 am at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye.

Service will be held at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11:00 am. 

The clergy will be Pastor Chris Cordes. 

Interment will be at the St. Paul’s Cemetery in New Ulm about 1pm

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye, MN. 

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

Neoma M. Schmid was born on April 3, 1919 in Milford Township, Brown County, MN to Herbert & Martha (Clasen) Wegner. She married Ethelbert Schmid on November 21, 1942 in Mankato, MN. They farmed in Home Township until retiring and moving into Sleepy Eye in 1982. Neoma enjoyed quilting, flower gardening, crocheting and embroidering. She was a member of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye and was active in the Ladies Aid. 

She is survived by her daughters, Eunice (Charles) Utterback of Fayetterville, NC, Linda (Lenny) Halbur of Desert Hills, AZ & Janelle (Bruce) Guggisberg of Hector, MN, sons, Glen (Carol) Schmid of New Ulm, MN & Jeff (JoAnna) Schmid of Sleepy Eye, sister-in-law, Nita Schmid of New Ulm, MN, 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ethelbert, brother, Roland Wegner and sister & brother-in-law, Marvel & Ralph Boesch.

Ester Pabst

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Esther C. Pabst age 91, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on April 25, 2015, at Sleepy Eye Care Center.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Thursday from 9:30 until 10:30 am at the church.

Service will be held at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 10:30 am. 

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. 

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

Esther Christine Pabst was born on November 11, 1923 in Lamberton, MN to Charles & Lena (Nerum) Kittleson. She grew up and attended country school and graduated from Lamberton High School. She married Emil Pabst in Sanborn on June 16, 1943. Esther worked at Haas Press, Del Monte and AUI for 23 years before retiring in 1985. She enjoyed reading, painting on canvas and country music. She was a member of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. 
She is survived by her children, Ron (Helen) Pabst of Bloomington, MN, Marliss Anderson of New Ulm, MN, Marian (Mike) Hillesheim of Maple Grove, MN, grandchildren, Scott Pabst, Yvette (Shawn) Firle, Dana (Adam) Oswald, Stacy Anderson, 4 great grandchildren, Conner Pabst, Nathan Firle, Zach Oswald, Tyler Oswald and sister, Lenore Trost of Sleepy Eye. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Emil, sister, Alida Kittleson, brother, Clarence Kittleson and infant granddaughter, Shelly Pabst.

William Durdin

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William “Bill” R. Durdin, age 74, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on April 23, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester from complications of pneumonia.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 pm and will continue on Friday 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 Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10:30 am. 

The clergy will be Msgr. John Richter. 

Interment will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials are preferred to the St. Mary’s Catholic School.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. 

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

William “Bill” R. Durdin was born on June 9, 1940 in St. Paul, MN the son of Frederick L. & Everetta M. (Weckman) Durdin. He married Mary T. Baumann on January 27, 1992 in Las Vegas, NV. Bill started as a machinist, earned his degrees and was a manager many years at 3M. He loved to travel and visit museums. Spending time with family was a priority. Bill was the best Fix-it-man and he always read the instructions first. Bill was one who would actually read the prospectus on stocks. Bill loved to read and learn throughout his whole life. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye.

He is survived by his wife, Mary T. Baumann of Sleepy Eye, children; Pam (Rick) Vorwerk of Cottage Grove, MN, Fred (Carole) of Henderson, NV, Michael (Kristine) of N. St. Paul, MN, step-children, Pam (Terry) Weicherding of Sleepy Eye, Trish (Stu) Blum on Quantico, VA, 11 grandchildren; Tim & Jenny Vorwerk, Jessica (Andrew) Durdin-Ruhl, Jeff Durdin, Casey & William Durdin, Katie (Chris) Broermann, Erik & Wyatt Craft, Claire & Bode Blum, 3 great grandchildren, Eva & Amelie Ruhl and Amelia Broermann. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Michael, sister, Patricia Robinson and grandson, James Vorwerk.

Lois Schewe

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Lois Schewe, age 83, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on April 22, 2015, at Sleepy Eye Care Center.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 9 to 11 am at the New Hope Community Church, Sleepy Eye.

Service will be held at the New Hope Community Church on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 11:00 am.

The clergy will be Pastor Bob Jueckstock.

Interment will be at the Home 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.

Lois Lavonne Schewe was born on March 27, 1932 in Sleepy Eye, MN, the daughter of Lester & Fredella (Sommerfeld) Berkner. She grew up and attended school in Sleepy Eye. Lois married Albert Schewe on October 4, 1950 at the EUB Parsonage in Sleepy Eye. After they were married they lived South of Sleepy Eye for a few years. They then moved North of Sleepy Eye and continued to farm until retiring in 1993. Mom loved to help Dad with the farm work. She also loved to garden, go shopping, eating out, cooking and baking. She was a member of New Hope Community Church where she was very involved.

Lois is survived by her husband, Albert Schewe of Sleepy Eye, son, Michael (Jeanine) Schewe of Sleepy Eye, daughters, Bev (Brad) Rossing of Nicollet, MN, Barb (Pat) Doyle of Sleepy Eye, 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, sister, Marlis Schmitz of Sleepy Eye and brother, Bob (Sharon) Berkner of Cambridge, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Bruce Schmitz..