Deborah Stenger

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Visitation 1

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Monday, August 24, 2015
Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel

Visitation 2

9:30 am – 10:30 am Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, MN
217 Brackenridge S.W.

Service Information

10:30 am Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, MN
217 Brackenridge S.W.

Interment Information

Home Cemetery
700 St. Mary’s St. N.E.

Deborah Jo (Quist) Stenger was born January 17, 1948, to John and Patricia (Gast) Quist in Stillwater, MN. On May 21, 1973, she was united in marriage to Floyd Stenger in Watertown, SD. The couple started their married life living in St. Paul until moving to Esko, New Ulm, and then Sleepy Eye. While living in Sleepy Eye, Deb worked at BIC Graphics as a custom clerk and was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Deb loved to cross stitch, make her own cards, camping, fishing, and attending craft fairs. She enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes. Deb was the best daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother anyone could ask for. Everyone should have a Deb in their family.

Deb lost her courageous 7 year battle with cancer surrounded by her loving family on August 21, 2015, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center at the age of 67.

She is survived by her loving husband Floyd of Sleepy Eye; daughters – Sara (Bryan) Sellner of Sleepy Eye and Samantha (Seth) Dreckman of New Ulm; grandchildren – Matthew, Mason, and Megan Sellner and Daviney, Preston, and baby Dreckman due in February; mother Patricia Johnson; siblings – Sandra (Bill) Eaton, Susan (Steve) Nelson, and Thomas (Kris) Quist; nieces – Jennifer and Cady Eaton, Mindy and Missi Abel, and Kallie Quist; special friends, co-workers, and extended family. Deb was preceded in death by her father John Quist; step father Elmer “Red” Johnson; and brother-in-law Bill Abel.

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Pamela Peterson

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Pamela Sue Peterson, age 47, of Cologne, MN, formerly of Sleepy Eye, died on August 12, 2015, at Abbot Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 4 to 8 pm and will continue on Monday 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 Monday, August 17, 2015 at 10:30 am. 

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.

Pamela Sue was born on December 15, 1967 in Sleepy Eye the daughter of Pat & Carol (Hillesheim) Wurtzberger. Pamela attended St. Mary’s grade and high school and after graduating she continued her education at Faribault Vo-Tech. Pamela was married to Kris Peterson in September of 1995 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. She worked at Target in Eden Prairie and Chaska. Later she was employed at Cross Creek Stables where she enjoyed riding and caring for horses. Pamela also found joy in playing with her dogs. 

She is survived by her husband Kris of Cologne, MN, her parents Patrick and Carol Wurtzberger of Sleepy Eye, sister, Laurie Berg of Hanover, brothers, Jeffery (Kris) Wurtzberger of Buffalo and Thomas (Shelia) Wurtzberger of Sleepy Eye, brother-in-laws, Jeff (Virginia) Peterson of Indianapolis, IN, Mark (Jeanette) Peterson of Phoenix, AZ and Kyle (Linda) Peterson of Lino Lakes. Pamela is also survived by her nieces and nephews Dylan, Zachery and Katelyn Wurtzberger, Jordan and Nicole Wurtzberger and Dustin Berg. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Florian and Eleanor Wurtzberger, James and Rosella Hillesheim, Richard and Carol Peterson.

Violet Fischer

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Viola E. Fischer, age 90, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on August 8, 2015, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5 to 8 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home and will continue on Thursday from 7:30 until 10 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. A parish prayer service will be held on Wednesday at 5pm at the funeral home.

Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Thursday, August 13, 2015 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.

Viola Elizabeth Fischer was born on September 19, 1924 to John & Bertha (Eckstein) Fischer on the farm in rural Sleepy Eye, MN. She attended country school in Albin Township and later New Ulm. Viola worked for the Haas family at their home and Haas Bakery. She married Elmer A. Fischer on April 12, 1944 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Viola and Elmer lived and farmed their entire lives in Stark Township on Elmer’s family’s home farm. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and enjoyed gardening, canning and helping on the farm.
She is survived by her children, Elmer Fischer, Jr. of New Ulm, Sharline Fischer of Sleepy Eye, Carolyn (Gordon) Fromm of Springfield, Junelle Hauth of New Ulm, daughter-in-law, Marilyn Fischer of New Ulm, 4 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and brother, Robert Fischer of Hanska. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Elmer in 1987, son, Tom in 2013, daughter, Gloria in 1976, son-in-law, Marvin Hauth and siblings, John Fischer, Walter Fischer, Wallace Fischer and Laverna Tauer. 

Allan Prechel

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Allan Prechel, age 57 of Springfield, died Thursday, August 6, 2015, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

The clergy will be Father Phil Schotzko.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.

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

Al Prechel, age 57 of Springfield, passed away August 6, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Allan Alvin Prechel was born December 3, 1957, in Comfrey, MN. Al grew up in Springfield and worked at SMC and Bic Graphics. He and Carrie were married on June 12, 1993. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and cruisin’ in his Camaro.

Survived by his wife Carrie (Eckstein); children – Melissa Prechel of Redwood Falls, Amber Prechel of Redwood Falls, Nate (Carrie) Prechel of Redwood Falls and Nikki Prechel of Shakopee; sisters – Lucy Prechel of South Dakota, Mary (Dave) Swanson of Canby, Brenda (Steve) Kotton of Morgan; mother Phyllis Juenemann of Springfield and 9 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Alvin in 1963.

Jane Wester (Venero)

Jane Lois (Venero) Wester (nee Beyer), 72, of Eagan, and formerly of Sleepy Eye, died Aug. 1, 2015.

A nemorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 10, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 3930 Rahn Road, Eagan, with a gathering one hour prior to the service at the church.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1943 in New Ulm to Alice Venero and Al Beyer.

She is survived by her son John; daughter Carrie Rolstad (David); seven grandchildren; and siblings Jay, Jeri, Vicki, Paula and Mary.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

James Turbes

Visitation 1

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Thursday, August 6, 2015
Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel

Visitation 2

9:30 am – 10:30 am Friday, August 7, 2015
St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, Springfield, MN
112 West Van Dusen

Service Information

10:30 am Friday, August 7, 2015
St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, Springfield, MN

James John Turbes was born August 5, 1925 to Hubert and Mary (Grausam) Turbes on the family farm in rural Springfield, MN. He served in the Army from 1944-1945. On November 12, 1960, Jim was united in marriage to Cyrilla Fischer at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield. The couple farmed in Brookville Township, where Jim had lived since he was born and retired in the fall of 1985. The couple then moved to Grand Rapids, MN for serval years and enjoyed fishing, golfing, gardening, and visiting with friends. The couple moved back to Springfield in 1988 and in March of 2013, they moved to Countryside Assisted Living in Sleepy Eye. Jim and Cyrilla enjoyed traveling especially several trips to Branson and a trip to Alaska, card playing and visiting with relatives and friends. He loved time with his granddaughters who called him “Papa Wee”. He was a member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and the Springfield American Legion.

 Jim died on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Sleepy Eye Care Center at the age of 89.

 He is survived by daughters – Patricia (Ken) Hemmingsen and Jean (Nick) Frank; granddaughters – Shari (special friend Caleb Hayes) and Alison; many nieces and nephews and special cousin Joan Grausam. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife Cyrilla in April 2013; brothers – Leo (Myrtle), Ed (Emma), Florian (Gertrude), Matt (Eleanor), George (Mary), Raymond (Annabelle), Vesty (Myrtle), Vic (Doris); and sister Loretta (Ted) Wenisch.

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Howard Hoffmann

Howard Lee Hoffmann, 79, of Nicollet died peacefully at home on July 30, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Tuesday, August 4, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Lafayette with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating their Mass. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 – 8 PM Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of Mass at church on Tuesday.

Howard is survived by his wife, Lois Hoffmann of Nicollet; daughters, Helen (Keith) Wenner of St. Peter, Jean (Tim) Schneider of Lafayette, Pam (Ron) Grommersch of Nicollet and Lori Hoffmann of Sleepy Eye; a son, Larry (Arlynne) Hoffmann of Nicollet; 18 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; sisters, Judie (Robert) Tellander, Suzanne Caldwell and Penny (Robert) Heiti, all of Hudson, Wisconsin; a brother, Neal (Carol) Hoffmann of New Ulm; and by a sister-in-law, Ona Hoffmann of New Ulm.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter; and by his brother Tom Hoffmann.

Howard Lee Hoffmann was born, the oldest of six children, on August 8, 1935 in Brighton Township, Nicollet County to Lee and Gertrude (Meurer) Hoffmann. He attended country school in Bernadotte Township and was a graduate of New Ulm High School. After high school Howard farmed with his dad on the family farm in Bernadotte Township. He was united in marriage on October 11, 1955 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Mankato to his devoted wife of 59 years, Lois Helen Holzapfel. After marriage they continued farming in Bernadotte Township until their retirement.

At a young age Howard enjoyed learning to fly and obtained his airman’s pilot license 1954. However, his real passion was farming and his family. Howard was a Dekalb and Vigertone feed dealer and also worked many years with Green Giant hauling sweet corn and peas. He loved living on the farm and after his retirement he continued to help his son and grandsons with the farming operation. In his spare time Howard enjoyed collecting tractors, auctions, playing cards, hunting, fishing, driving a school bus, having coffee at the C-Store and family gatherings.

He was a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Lafayette, 36 year member of the Lafayette Area Lions Club, past director on the Klossner Coop Board, Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Judy Beech

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Judy Beech age 76, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on July 29, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 3 to 7 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church and will continue on Monday from 10 until 11 am at the church.

Service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, MN, on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 11:00 am. 

The clergy will be Pastor Keith Ainsley. 

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.

Judith Kathleen Beech was born in Sleepy Eye, MN on April 1st, 1939. She attended public school in Sleepy Eye and was active in music. After graduating in 1957, she attended the University of Minnesota for one year, then returned home and worked at the bank. She married Rex Beech in January of 1960 and they raised their family in Sleepy Eye.

Judy’s long and varied employment history started as a girl at her uncle’s popcorn stand, and included de-tasseling corn and as well as working at the local jewelry store. Over the years she worked at Advertising Unlimited, Del Monte, as The Sleepy Chamber of Commerce Executive, and at The Furniture Gallery, which she and Rex owned for many years. Judy was a very gifted soprano and loved music. She sang in and, for a time, directed her church choir, and offered comfort to countless families over the years singing at funerals. She loved cooking, baking, gardening and had an incredible curiosity and appetite for learning.

Her passion for the City of Sleepy Eye was boundless. A fourth generation descendant of one of the city founders, she worked tirelessly to learn and teach the history of Sleepy Eye and promote its advancement. She was a current member of the city council, the economic development board, the Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society, Brown County Historical Society, and the Old Sleepy Eye Collector’s Club of America.

From the time she was a young girl, Judy’s Christian faith was of central importance in her life. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Trinity Lutheran in Sleepy Eye. She taught Sunday School for nearly sixty years, beginning when she was in high school. The Bible was a great source of comfort and strength to her. She loved Jesus, witnessed freely to those around her, and now joins all the saints in the company of heaven. Judy knew no greater joy than to have her family gathered under one roof for holidays and other events.

She lived an incredibly active and rich life, undaunted by the rare blood disease that ultimately took her life. She died peacefully on July 29th at Mayo St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester surrounded by her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, C.F. (Bud) and Dorothy (Renner) Geschwind, and sister, Marlene Sena and brother-in-law, Art. She is survived by her husband, Rex, of Sleepy Eye, sons, Jay (and Cheryl), of Minneapolis, Gregory (and Adderly), of Ashland, OR, daughters, Young Sil (Kim), of St. Paul, Linda (and Christopher), of Waterloo, IA, sister, Lynnette, of Minneapolis, and seven grandchildren.

Memorial gifts can be designated for the Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society, Agape Ministries, Intl (granddaughter Krista’s human trafficking ministry in Cambodia), and The Center for Worship & Music Studies, (son Jay’s training institute).

Donald Wooldrik

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08/06/28 – 7/20/2015 Donald James Wooldrik died July 20, 2015 from complications due to Alzheimer’s. Donald James Wooldrik was born August 6, 1928 in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. He was the 7th and youngest child to Georgina Gannon and Solomon Wooldrik. He spent his early years working on his family’s farm.

During World War II in 1944 and 1945 as a young teen Don was asked to help the war effort and worked at the Del Monte canning factory in Sleepy Eye canning peas alongside German POW’s. The hours were so long he remembers falling asleep on the floor of the canning factory between shifts. Don graduated from St Mary’s High School in Sleepy Eye in June 1946. Don attended Mankato State from Sept 1946 – May 1948. He enlisted in the US Army in 1949 and was put on active reserve in 1950.

Don graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Pharmacy in 1952. Don worked as a pharmacist in Minnesota and North Dakota from 1952-59, and as a pharmaceutical representative for Merck, Sharp and Dohme in Minnesota from 1959-1962. He moved to Sacramento, California in 1962 and worked as a pharmaceutical representative for Eli Lilly until his retirement in 1991. Don met Martha Ryan in 1965 while visiting the doctor’s office where she was a nurse and they were married in January 1966. Don was easy going and laughed readily. He liked to joke around to lighten the mood. Besides his family and friends, Don loved root beer, black licorice, ice cream, a cold beer in a chilled mug, an old scotch, a faithful hunting dog, Herb Alpert, and the beach at Bodega Bay.

Don is survived by his wife of 49 years, Martha, his daughters Susie, Julie and Kara, sons-in-law Brian and Jim, daughter-in-law Liz, and his five grandchildren: Darby, Phoebe, Allison, Cassidy and Ryan.

The family thanks the staff at Sunrise Senior Living, Vitas Hospice, and California Caregivers for their care of Don during these last few months. In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to 3 causes that were important to Don: American River Parkway Foundation – Don fished and canoed down the river for many years and walked the trails with his dog most days; Loaves and Fishes – Don volunteered serving lunch monthly up until 2014; Father Leo McAllister Scholarship Fund at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation – Don was one of Father Leo’s many admirers. A memorial Mass will be said at St Ignatius Church on Saturday, August 22, at 1pm, followed by a celebration of Don’s life. 

Steven Wooldrik

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Steven J. Wooldrik, 61, of Lakeville passed away at home with his wife by his side Sunday, June 21, 2015. We will celebrate the life of this extraordinary, kind and caring man on Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sleepy Eye. Lunch will be served in St. Mary’s Church social room immediately following burial. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the charity of your choice; the University of Minnesota Foundation-Cancer Immunotherapy Fund or the Fairview Foundation Hospice Massage Fund are preferred. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

Born in Sleepy Eye, Steve was a 1972 graduate of St. Mary’s School. Steve lived in Lakeville since 1978, where his company continues to manufacture products after his death. His products are installed all over the world. Steve was known in his industry for his incisive grasp of projects, his integrity and loyalty to his clients. Steve fought a brave battle with an unusual, highly aggressive cancer for the past year. He was scheduled for a new treatment that uses your immune system to kill cancer cells. Unfortunately, the cancer began rapidly spreading and he was unable to continue his fight. We thank the UMMC Masonic Cancer Center for their caring support this past year.

Steven is survived by his wife, Mary; brothers, John (Carole) and James; sister, Diane Kelly Peterson; nephews, Joshua (Gina), Daniel (Lorraine) Kelly, Douglas Kelly, and Darren Kelly; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Miller; brothers-in-law, Tom (Donna), Gene, Paul and Rich (Lisa) Miller; sisters-in-law, Teri Miller, Barb Lauderback and Jo Miller; many nephews-in-law and nieces-in-law, many great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Helen; and his brother-in-law, Darrel Kelly.