Nadine Sellner

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Nadine L. Sellner , age 82, of Leavenworth, MN died on October 30, 2014, at Country Side Apartments in Sleepy Eye, MN.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 4 to 7 pm and will continue on Monday from 7:30 until 10 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. There will be a Prayer Service at 6:45pm Sunday.

Service will be held at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs, Leavenworth, on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 10:30 am

The clergy will be Fr. Andy Michels. 

Interment will be at the Japanese Martyrs Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. 

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

Nadine L. Sellner was born on April 3, 1932 on the family farm in Albin Township, MN the daughter of Florian & Mary (Wurtzberger) Hoffman. She attended country school District #33 and St. Mary’s Catholic School. Nadine married Lawrence Sellner on June 6, 1961 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. They farmed southwest of Leavenworth and she enjoyed helping on the farm. She also worked at Del Monte. She enjoyed many crafts, including sewing, crocheting and painting ceramics. Nadine inherited her green thumb and love of flower gardening from her mother. She enjoyed listening and dancing to polka music, spending time with family and friends and spent many years working side by side with her husband on the family dairy farm.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence of Leavenworth, daughter, Connie Schroepfer of New Ulm, one granddaughter, Megan and sisters, Lucille Schultz and Elaine Hoffman, both of New Ulm. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Albert Hoffman, a brother in infancy, a sister-in-law, and 4 brothers-in-law.

Adella Schueneman

Adella Angeline (Windschitl) Schueneman, age 79, of Mankato, died on Tuesday October 28, 2014 at Cottagewood Assisted Living in Mankato.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mankato with Rev. John Kunz officiating.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mankato.

Adella Angeline Schueneman was born on October 6, 1935, in Brown County’s Mulligan Township. She was the daughter of Edmund and Martha (Schroepfer) Windschitl. She attended District 42 country school through eighth grade, Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s High School through tenth grade and graduated from Comfrey High School in 1953. Della attained her Practical Nurse Certificate from the St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Practical Nursing, Mankato graduating in September of 1956. She attended Minnesota State University, Mankato completing the license requirements to become a nursing home administrator in 1976.

On May 4, 1957 Adella was united in marriage to Gerald (Jay) Schueneman at the Catholic Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth, MN. They were blessed with five children; Jody, Tom, Ann, Richard, and Paul. They shared 48 years of marriage until Jay’s death on September 29th, 2004.

Della began her work as a nurse at Miller Hospital, Minneapolis. In Mankato, she worked for a short time at Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital and then for 32 years at the Thro Company where she served as a nurse, social worker and nursing home administrator at Mankato House Health Care Center, Lake Crystal Health Care Center, and Oaklawn Health Care Center. Following her retirement she worked part time and volunteered at Laurels Edge Assisted Living of Mankato. Throughout her career, Della’s mission was without exception to provide dignity and respect to the patients and residents entrusted to her care. She led by example with enthusiasm, spirit and great fun.

Family was her life’s greatest accomplishment. She took pride in the close personal relationships she had with her family. Spending time with her children, grandchildren, and siblings gave her great joy. Her hobbies and interests included listening and dancing to Polka music, playing cards, sewing, and canning. Della served as a leader in her professional associations. She was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and throughout her life she took great comfort and guidance in her Catholic faith.

Della is survived by her children, Jody Schueneman of Minneapolis, MN, Tom (Becky) Schueneman of Mankato, MN, Ann (Carl) Schmitz of Garden City, MN, Richard (Karen) Schueneman of Valley City, ND, Paul Schueneman of North Mankato, MN; grandchildren, Nick Schmitz, Emily Schmitz, Beth (Shawn) Jenkins, Rachel Schueneman, Eliza Schueneman, Annabel Schueneman, James Schueneman; sisters, Irene Sprenger, Elaine Haala, Mickey Fischer, Sally Holm and one sister-in law Eunice Windschitl.

Della’s parents; husband; and two brothers, Edwin and Lenus, precede her in death

Roger Klein

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Roger Klein, age 77, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on October 26, 2014, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye, MN.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the Marion Conference Room at the Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.


Service will be held at the Divine Providence Community Chapel on Tuesday, November 4, 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, MN.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye, MN. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

Roger Lee Klein was born on December 18, 1936, in Sleepy Eye, MN, the son of Otto & Dolores (Wagner) Klein. Roger enlisted in the Navy and was discharged in 1959. He married Joanne Marie Seidl on June 25, 1960, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye.They made their home in Sleepy Eye. Roger initially worked at the post office and later at Agrico Chemical Company for 17 years, managing it for 14 of those years. From 1976 to 1986 they ran the Montgomery Wards store in town. He then worked at AUI until retiring in 1999. Roger enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with his grandkids and 9 o’clock break.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne Marie Klein of Sleepy Eye, daughters, Lori (Steven) Dierke and children, Tyler, Troy & Bryce of Hudson, WI, Lisa (Tim) Eckstein and children, Craig & Kelsey of New Ulm, MN, sisters, Karen (John) Huettl of North Mankato, Linda Brennan of Burnsville, Judy (Bob) Paulson of Sleepy Eye, and Diane Fischer of Las Vegas, Nevada; a brother-in-law – Roger Sellner; and sisters-in-law – Dorothy Klein and Cathy Klein.

Memorial may be made to St. Mary’s School or Divine Providence Community Home.

Clarence Mohr

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Clarence Mohr, 92, of New Ulm died Wednesday, October 22, 2014 peacefully in the comfort of his own home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Monday, October 27, 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 Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM Sunday and 7:30 – 10:30 AM Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. The Catholic Order of Foresters and Catholic United will pray the rosary at 6 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

Clarence is survived by his wife of almost 68 years, Florence Mohr of New Ulm; sons, Patrick (Deanna) Mohr of Hanska, John (Bonnie) Mohr of Glencoe; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; sisters, Aurelia Guggisberg of New Ulm, Irene Schwartz of Sleepy Eye; brothers, Vernon Mohr of Sleepy Eye, Hillarius (Elizabeth) Mohr of Springfield, Allen (Judy) Mohr of Mankato; a brother-in-law, James Larson of Sleepy Eye; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Thomas Mohr on November 9, 1989; brothers, Marlo and Landis Mohr; and by his sisters, Sr. Agneta Mohr and Elizabeth Larson.

Clarence Victor Mohr was born June 14, 1922 in Cottonwood Township, Brown County to Martin and Clara (Tauer) Mohr. He attended School District #3 in Cottonwood Township. Clarence was united in marriage to Florence Guggisberg on November 19, 1946 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm. After marriage they farmed in Lake Hanska Township from 1956 until the present. He was a hard working farmer that enjoyed farming, his horses and cows and driving his John Deere Gator in his later years. Clarence loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchild he especially loved giving them Kit Kats and Pepsi. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Catholic Order of Foresters and Catholic United.

Armin Wotschke

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Armin F. Wotschke, age 89 of rural Sleepy Eye died on October 23, 2014, at Laurel’s Peak in Mankato.

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

Service will be held at the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 10:30 am.

The clergy will be Pastor Nathanael Mayhew.

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.

The family would prefer memorials be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Armin Frederick Wotschke was born April 20, 1925 to Fred and Anna(Weilage) Wotschke on a farm near Sleepy Eye, MN in Brown County. He was baptized on May 31, 1925 and confirmed April 2, 1939 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. He attended school at Sleepy Eye District #22 and at St. John’s Lutheran School. Armin attended and was a charter member of Grace Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye where he served on numerous boards and councils through the years. Armin worked on the family farm his entire life. He was a kind, gentle person who faithfully read his Bible, liked listening to old time music, and most especially enjoyed being with family. He looked forward to visits from family and was always interested in hearing about their lives. He shared his love of working the land with family members and patiently overlooked the mistakes of the city slickers who were the weekend farmers.
Armin Wotschke, was called to his heavenly home on October 23, 2014 at the age of 89.
Armin is survived by his sisters Adeline Enns of Sleepy Eye, and Bernice (Herbert) Geiger of Mankato, Nephews/Nieces – Dale (Laurie) Enns, JoAnn (David) Mack, Duane (Mitzi) Enns, Ron (Rita) Geiger, Karen (Steve) Purrington, Mark (Jane) Geiger, 13 great nieces and nephews and 5 great-great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Anna, sister Arlene, Nephews Dean Enns, Douglas, and infant baby Geiger.

David Olstad

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David Olstad, 78, of Hanska died Monday, October 20, 2014 at the North Memorial Trauma Center in Robbinsdale. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Lake Hanska Lutheran Church in Hanska with Pastor Sarah Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4 – 7 p.m. 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 the church on Saturday.

David is survived by his wife, Marlys Olstad of Hanska; son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Jill Olstad of Farmington; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and David McCord of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, Vicki and Ron Budrik of Albert Lea, Stephanie and Doug Millard of Hugo; grandchildren, Kai, Will, Benjamin, Erin, Jackii, Jada, Jazmin, Julia, Felix, Emily (Joe), Nicholas, Joshua, Isabelle; great grandchildren, Kamryn, Carson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Lee and Ed Schotzko of Sleepy Eye, Betsy and Russell Rogotzke of Springfield; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Olstad-Morton (Craig) of Tucson, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Isaac Glasser; and brother, Charles Olstad.

David Porter Olstad was born on January 12, 1936 in New Ulm to Porter and Adelia (Schmiesing) Olstad. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Ag. Economics from the University of Minnesota and studied in Sweden with an agricultural exchange program. On July 8, 1961 he was united in marriage to Marlys Rasmusen at the Tracy Lutheran Church. David worked in business in St. Paul for two years and then returned to the farm in 1963. He held leadership positions in: Lake Hanska Lutheran Church, Farm Bureau, Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Lake Hanska Township, and the Farmers Coop in Hanska. He enjoyed playing his tuba, singing in many musical groups, and his car club. David was a life long active member of Lake Hanska Lutheran Church in Hanska. www.mvfh.org.

Mildred Basballe

Services for Mildred Norma Christiansen Basballe, 96, of Sleepy Eye and formerly of rural Morgan, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday of Bethany Lutheran Church, rural Morgan, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m Saturday at the church. The family requests that memorials be directed to Bethany Lutheran Cemetery Fund or Bethany Lutheran Scholarship Fund. Arrangements are with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Morgan.

She died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Divine Providence Nursing Home in Sleepy Eye.

She was born Oct. 9, 1918, to Carl and Julia (Axland) Christiansen, at home in Morgan Township, Redwood County.

Survivors include her children, Knud Jr. of Morgan, Betty Basballe Martin of Woodbury, Paul of Lake City, and Carl of St. Peter; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Myrtle Rose of Morgan.

Timothy Haag

20141018HAAGTimothy William Haag, 25, of New Ulm died Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at his home in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. Monsignor Douglas Grams will officiate, and burial will take place in the Catholic Cemetery following the Mass.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday and again from 7:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.

Timothy is survived by his parents Kenneth and Janice Haag of New Ulm; his sister, Emily (Jake) Schmitt of Courtland; step-sister Christina Haag of New Ulm; and aunts, uncles, cousins, a niece, and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Anna Brandl, Hilary and Olga Haag, uncles, Joseph Brandl Jr., Mark Brandl, Hilary Haag Jr., and a cousin, Leon Hauser.

Timothy William Haag was born December 10, 1988 in New Ulm to Kenneth and Janice (Brandl) Haag. He graduated from New Ulm High School in 2007. After High School he worked for the local companies Kraft for five years, and most recently 3M. Tim will be remembered as someone who would always strive to please others. His friendly, helpful personality was what everyone who knew him loved. His quick witted intelligent mind will be remembered forever as well. Tim had a great love of the outdoors. He loved camping, animals, hiking, and traveling. He also enjoyed playing pool and being involved in bowling leagues with friends over the years. Tim was also very involved in his church. He had volunteered and participated in numerous events at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Though the time we shared with Tim was cut short, memories of him will stay cherished in our hearts forever.

Marvin Sellner

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Marvin J. “Swede” Sellner , age 83, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on October 16, 2014, at his home. Visitation will be on Monday from 4 to 6:30 pm and will continue on Tuesday from 7:30 until 11:00 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. There will be a Parish Prayer service at 6pm, Monday at the funeral home. Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11:30 am.  The clergy will be Msgr. Eugene Lozinski.
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.

Marvin J. “Swede” Sellner was born May 30, 1931 the son of John & Philomena (Heller) Sellner. He attended St. Mary’s through the 8th grade. He married Dorothy Deinken on Oct 11, 1949 at St. Mary’s in Sleepy Eye. They had six children. Marvin worked for many years at Ochs Brickyard in Springfield and Pietrus poultry plant in Sleepy Eye; in recent years worked part time for the City of Sleepy Eye at the arena and the landfill. He enjoyed having coffee with friends, gardening, working outdoors, riding bike, polka music and was an avid sports fan. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye.

Survived by: children, Debbie (Tim) Breuer of Albert Lea, MN; Barb (Stan) Siegle of Eagle Lake, MN; Vicki Kronabetter of Phoenix, AZ; Brad (Sue) Sellner of Sleepy Eye; and Lori Sellner of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren Jason, Matthew, Jessica, Anna, Daniel, Danielle, Ashley & Shaun; great grandchildren Brianna, Jayden, Kayla and Spencer; brother Roger Sellner of Sleepy Eye, sister Doreen Le Gare of Redwood Falls, sister Judy Fearn of Minneapolis, and sisters-in-law Stella Sellner & Norma Sellner both of Sleepy Eye. Preceded in death by: parents; wife, Dorothy; daughter, Mary Wensauer; siblings Jerome, John Jr., Robert, Alvin & Irene; sister-in-law Marian Sellner, and brother-in-law Phil Le Gare.

Elsie Schaffran

Elsie M. Schaffran, 96, of Sleepy Eye and formerly of Morgan, died Friday, October 10, 2014 at Sleepy Eye Care Center.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, at St. John Lutheran Church in Morgan with burial to follow in the Morgan City Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Morgan and will continue at the church on Thursday for one hour prior to services.

Elsie Myrtle Schaffran, the daughter of Peter and Emma (Johnson) Kragh, was born April 4, 1918 in Vail Township, Redwood County.

She is survived by her children, Jean Crabtree of Tyler, Texas, James Schaffran of Chaska, and LuAnn Schafer of Auburn, Washington; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.