Sade Ladd

Sade O. Ladd, age 102, of Starbuck, MN, and formerly of Benson, MN, died Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck.  Private family funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 23, with Rev. Rebecca Worner officiating.  Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

Sade Ladd died Thursday morning, November 20th, at Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck, MN.  She was born January 10, 1912 in Sleepy Eye, MN to Hannah (Wandersee) and William Lange.  Sade grew up in Sleepy Eye and attended Sleepy Eye High High School.  She was united in marriage to Jasper Arthur Ladd on July 29, 1932 in Emmitsburg, Iowa. 

Sade and Jasper moved to Benson in 1932 and purchased the Morris Hatchery in 1938.  In 1952, the couple purchased a farm and built their home south of Benson.  Sade worked full time at the hatchery and participated in all areas of farming including plowing, harvesting and driving trucks.  Sade and Jasper retired from farming in 1979.  They enjoyed 65 years of marriage before Jasper’s death in 1997.

Sade was a member of Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in Benson.  She and Jasper loved traveling, hunting, fishing, shell collecting and rock collecting.  They frequently brought their children, nieces, friends and grandchildren on summer trips around the United States.
Sade is survived by two daughters, Joann Janet Frantum of Pemberton and Kahla Maureen Ladd of Glenwood; nine grandchildren; 14 great granchildren and six great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Jasper; one daughter, Patricia Mae; one grandchild, Daniel Grote; one son-in-law; one granddaughter-in-law; and one granddaughter.

Michael Longworth


Michael E. Longworth, age 66, of St. Peter and formerly Mankato, died on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter.

Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, November 24, at Mankato Mortuary (1001 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato MN) with visitation one hour prior to the service.

St. Peter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Brian Schmidt

Brian J Schmidt, 61, of Union City passed away Nov. 12, 2014 in a fire at his home. Brian was born the second of five siblings in the home of his maternal grandparents on March 10th 1953 in Sleepy Eye, MN to Shirley Wandersee and Lester Schmidt. He grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, was married and had a daughter before moving to Dayton, IA . There he met and married Roxanne Kreimar. They then moved to Union City in order to be closer to his sister. Brian was a loving and devoted father and husband, a hard working jack-of-all trades, musician, prankster, and creative spirit. He will be greatly missed. Brian was a Lutheran and is survived by his daughter, Tekla Schmidt, his wife Roxanne Kreimar, sister Brenda, and brothers Bradley, Barry, and Brent. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held 11am Saturday, Nov. 22nd at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Ulm, MN.

Dallas Smith

Dallas Smith, 75, of Fairfax, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 21, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fairfax with burial in the church cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Hauser-Hantge Chapel in Fairfax.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Dallas Ward Smith was born on Sept. 1, 1939, in Tracy, Minnesota, to Wayne and Leona (Gilb) Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Florence “Sue” Smith of Fairfax,; children, Wanda Suchy of White Bear Lake, James Smith of Sleepy Eye, Linda McDonald of Winthrop, Robert Smith of Fairfax, and Lisa Valnes of Mesa, AZ; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; siblings, Rev. Gerald Smith of Massillon, OH, Pastor Don Smith of Foreston, MN, and Bonnie Peterson of Lincoln, NE.

Robert Hardin


Robert H. “Bob” Hardin, 75, of Earlville died Nov. 16, 2014 at Heritage Health in Mendota surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Earlville United Methodist Church in Earlville with Pastor Sandy Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Precinct Cemetery, rural Earlville with military honors by the Earlville American Legion. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Hanley-Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Earlville.

Bob was born Sept. 19, 1939 in Greenfield, Iowa to Harold and Ruby (Adamson) Hardin. He married Beverly Thoms of Sleepy Eye, Minn. on July 21, 1958.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Kevin (Diane) Hardin of Sleepy Eye, Minn. and Kerry (Kate) Hardin and Kipp (Krissy) Hardin, both of Earlville; one daughter, Kristine (Brian) Foley of Mendota; 12 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; three sisters, Barbara Mitchell of Greenfield, Iowa, Sharon (Marvin) Stewart of Bondurant, Iowa and Linda (Dean) Griffith of Bridgewater, Iowa; one sister-in-law, Rowena Hardin of Greenfield, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Irene Hardin; one brother, Ronald Hardin; and one brother-in-law, Marian Mitchell.

After Bob’s mother died when he was 8 years old, his father married Irene Dorsey, who lovingly took over the job of raising Bob and his siblings. Bob’s youngest sister, Linda, was born to Harold and Irene. Bob lived in Greenfield, Iowa until he joined the U.S. Air Force serving from 1956 to 1960. After the service, he held several different jobs. As a young man, he sometimes held three jobs at once to help support his growing family. His main occupation throughout life was truck driving, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He retired in 2002 as a member of the Teamsters Union. Family was very important to Bob and he loved spending time with them. He was a very sentimental and caring father and husband. He was an avid John Wayne fan and enjoyed watching westerns and old war films. He loved to laugh and share stories and could talk to anyone for hours and hours. He was a member of Earlville United Methodist Church, where he served as a past president of the Methodist Men and he was also involved in the Lions Club and the Earlville American Legion.

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Frank Jones


Frank Charles “Chub” Jones, born Nov. 21, 1932, passed away on Nov. 8, 2014 at the Sleepy Eye Care Center. He was the son of Harold and Lillian Jones.

Graveside Services will be held for family and friends at the Woodland Hills Memorial Park in Mankato on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 2:30 p.m. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Servicemen’s Club in Sleepy Eye after the services.

Chub is survived by his children, Jeff (Sheri) Jones of Sleepy Eye, Suzie Morgan of Arizona, Tim (Pam) Jones of Ohio, Debbie Jones of Alaska, Danny Jones and Peggy Bosch of Mankato; 19 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; siblings: Evelyn, Fred, Edward, William, Mary, Robert and Virginia: many nieces and nephews and close friends John and Pam Lillis of Good Thunder.

He is preceded in death by his wife Patricia; son Dean; and siblings, Lois, Emma, Harold, Francis, Donald and Florence.

Chub worked hauling milk and worked construction in Mankato. He worked hard and lived a simple life. Chub liked the outdoors and enjoyed playing cards with his friends. He would always go catfishing on the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers and Chub’s annual fish fry will always be remembered by his family and friends

Agnes Brandl

Agnes Mary Brandt, 82, of Worthington, passed away Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. today, Nov. 11, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, Minn., with Father Jim Callahan, officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Worthington, Minn. Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. today, Nov. 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington. Benson Funeral Home of Worthington is in charge of arrangements.

Agnes Mary Brandt was born Dec. 8, 1931, in Slayton, Minn., to Ben and Anna Lutterman. She was one of the twins born that day – to add to the already eight children. The family moved to Sherburn, Minn., in 1934, and she began school in Jay Township and graduated from Sherburn High School in 1950. On Feb. 4, 1952, Agnes was united in marriage to Vyrn Brandt of rural Alpha, Minn. The religious ceremony took place at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Sherburn, Minn., at which Fr. George Foffel officiated. Of this marriage, 10 children were born.

A beautiful wife and mother, the first of 10 children was born in 1952, the last in 1969. In 1955, after her husband returned from the service, they, with two children, moved to a farm near Alpha and farmed for eight years. As the crops in the fields started and continued to grow, so did her family as six more children were added. In 1963, a move was made to Reading, Minn., and two more children were born and that completed the family. In 1964, she began working at the Coliseum Ballroom in Worthington, Minn. She was employed there until joining the staff at the Fauskee Nursing Home; she retired from that gratifying work in Dec. of 1993. In Jan. of 1995, she and Vyrn started traveling south for the winter. They loved traveling, so in 1999 they started full-time RVing, traveling all over the U.S. for 10 years before settling down at Homestead in Worthington in 2009. While living in the Worthington area, she was involved with the WCCW at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was always ready to help with funerals and other activities.

She will be forever remembered by her loving husband,Vyrn; her 9 children, Maureen (Robert) Bell of Jasper, Jeanne (Mark) Tauer of Sleepy Eye, Margaret (Dennis) Hitzemann of Onamia, Kenneth Brandt of Maple Grove, Gregory (Teri) Brandt of Springfield, Ill., Paul (Laura) Brandt of Naperville, Ill., James Brandt of Minnetonka, Julie Chapman of Fulda, and Laura Brandt of Plymouth; 20 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Anna Mae Ambrose; twin sister, Alice Sokoloski of Sherburn; brothers, Vernon (Charlotte) Lutterman of Hudson, Wis., and Bernard Lutterman of Alpha; sisters-in-law, Marianne Lutterman, Irene Lutterman, and Ruth Lutterman of Sherburn, Vera Brack of Lakeville, Carol Brandt of Trimont; and brother-in-law, Hilbert Brandt of Trimont; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Agnes was preceded in death by their infant daughter, Marilyn Ann; her parents, Ben and Anna (White) Lutterman; her brothers, Lloyd (Shorty), Robert, Delbert (Dub), Claire, Leon; brothers-in-law, Glen (Bud) Ambrose, Richard (Dick) Sokoloski; sisters-in-law, Charlotte (Lottie) Lutterman, Alexandria (Lexie) Lutterman, Ann Lutterman; in-laws, Henry and Mary Brandt, Norma (Hilbert) Brandt, Evelyn and Paul Casey, LaVerle (Vera) Brack, Eldred (Bud) and Shirley Brandt, Eunice (Norman) Shorts and Merva and Robert Carlson.

The family would like to thank everyone for your prayers and thoughts during this time and would like you to join us at the school cafeteria for a time of celebrating her life with memories and stories and a lunch.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Sunset Hospice Cottage, Inc. of Worthington or Feed the Children.

Betty Stimpert Garland

Betty Ellen Stimpert Garland, 66, died at her home in the early morning hours of Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, of natural causes related to small cell carcinoma (lung cancer). No public services will be held. Memorial contributions are welcome to Death with Dignity National Center at or Baylor Scott & White Hospice

Betty was born December 10, 1947, to Charles and Bertha Eda Kyar Stimpert in Sleepy Eye. She went to high school in Apache Junction, Ariz. Betty moved to Temple, Texas, when she was 18 years old where she met her husband, John Newton Garland, and they were married on February 25, 1966. She was self-employed most of her life, owning Garland’s Cleaners then later the Funny Farm Costume Shop, both in Temple, Texas.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, of 37 years in June of 2003; her brother, Terry D. Stimpert in September of 2014; her nephews, Danny Stimpert in 1982 and Bradley Holweger in 2012; her nieces, Melinda Stimpert in 1977 and Melissa Matter in 2002. She is survived by her daughter, Betti E. Garland Gardner and her husband, Mark J. Gardner, and three grandsons, Grant J. Gardner, Wyatt J. Gardner, and Dylan D. Gardner; three brothers, James (Rose) Stimpert, John (Ruth) Stimpert, Gregory (Jean) Stimpert; two sisters, Judy (Dennis) Holweger and Phyllis K. Stimpert (Deborah Wall); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lowell Blick


Lowell Blick was born on July 25, 1941, in Springfield, MN the son of Edner and Julia (Olson) Blick. He attended country school and graduated from Springfield Public High School. He went on to further his education in agriculture at the St. Paul campus. He was united in marriage to Nancy Sandmann on March 3, 1962, in Evan, MN. Lowell served in the National Guard for 6 years. He worked as a mechanic for 3 years in Springfield and enjoyed farming. He served on the Brookville Township Board for 40 years, Morgan Rural Fire Association, was a member of the Clements American Legion, Friends of Gilfillan, and the 2-Cylinder Club . He enjoyed tinkering and fixing almost anything, and John Deere tractors.

Lowell died on Monday, November 3, 2014, at his home in rural Morgan at the age of 73 years.

He is survived by his wife – Nancy of Morgan; daughter – Sue and her husband Brian Kanzenbach of New Ulm; grandchildren – Travis Blick, Brenna Kanzenbach, Chloe Kanzenbach, Alex Kanzenbach, and Reagan Kanzenbach; and a brother – Loren and his wife Cheryll Blick of Sleepy Eye. He was preceded in death by his parents; children – Gary Blick, Charles Blick, and two in infancy; and a sister – LuAnn Blick.

Lucille Mathiowetz

Lucille Marion Mathiowetz, age 92, was born September 23, 1922 to John and Martha (Meyer) Ludewig in Leavenworth Township. She attended country school in rural Leavenworth. Lucille was united in marriage to Leo Mathiowetz on November 5th 1941. They had four sons. She and Leo spent their married life in Sleepy Eye and Springfield.
In 1948, the couple moved from Sleepy Eye to Springfield, where Leo established an auto repair business. Lucille has been a resident of Springfield until her death. She worked as a waitress at local restaurants, a sales clerk at Miesen’s Color Center, and also kept the books for the auto body repair business. Lucille has been a longtime member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, serving on many church groups including the Rosary and Altar Society. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and served as its president. Lucille enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing cards and dancing.

Lucille is survived by her four sons, Don (Lorraine) of Coon Rapids; Steven (Nancy) of Goodyear, Arizona; Kevin of Plymouth; and Brian (Peggy Sue) of North Mankato. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Staci (Mathiowetz) Strowbridge, Eric Mathiowetz and Jennifer (Mathiowetz) Walthall and her four great-children-Austin Strowbridge, Jackson Strowbridge, Thomas Walthall and Joshua Walthall; her sister Bernice Augustin of Sleepy Eye, her three sister-in-laws Alice Ludewig of Leavenworth, Phyllis Mathiowetz of Hopkins, and Winnifred Mathiowetz of Sleepy Eye. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Leo, brothers Marvin and Gilbert, sisters Elvira Baier, Doris Rosenau