David Olstad


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


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.

Betty Hirth


Betty M. Hirth, age 82, of New Ulm, MN died on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at Ridgeway on 23rd in New Ulm with her family at her sideFuneral services will be held on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 10am at the Oakwood United Methodist Church in New Ulm.
Visitation will be held on Sunday at the church from 4-7pm and again on Monday from 9-10am prior to the service.
Interment will be at the New Ulm City Cemetery Officiating will be Pastor Rick Jacobsen Email condolences may be left at www.sturmfh.com
Arrangements with Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.

Betty was born on April 17, 1932 in Clarissa, MN the daughter of Alfred & Matie (Zuhlke) Schafer. She grew up and attended school in Clarissa and later attended college to receive her teaching certificate. After her schooling she taught country school near Clarissa. Betty was united in marriage to Elden Hirth on June 22, 1952 in Clarissa. In 1955 they moved to the New Ulm area where Betty taught country school at Clear Lake and later with the New Ulm School District. Betty also worked at the Brown County Treasurers Office for several years. When Elden entered the insurance business Betty also retained her insurance license and worked alongside Elden for many years. They retired in 1997 and traveled and fished together for the last 20 years. Betty enjoyed gardening, canning and making Christmas gifts from canned goods. She was an active member of Oakwood United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school superintendent and served on many boards and committees.

Survivors include her children, Daniel (Susan) Hirth, David (Mila) Hirth, Kimberly (Douglas) Rono all of New Ulm, grandchildren Natalie(Joseph) Bastian, Alison (special friend, Eric Cruz) Rono, Tyler Hirth, Morgan (fiancée, Matt Mann) Hirth, step-grandchild, Zach Quiring, great-grandchildren, Aidan & Claire Bastian and Christian Cruz and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Eldy in 2009 and 5 siblings.

Marilyn Sandman

Marilyn Sandmann, 90, of Morgan, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Evan with burial to follow at Dannabod Cemetery, Brookville Township.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Morgan and will continue at the church on Wednesday for one hour prior to services.

Marilyn E. Sandmann, the daughter of Arthur and Pearl (Frederiksen) Johnson, was born April 20, 1924 in Sleepy Eye.

She is survived by her children, Nancy Blick of Morgan, Sheldon Sandmann of Inver Grove Heights, and Wendy Hoffbeck-Hocking of Sugar Grove, Illinois; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and sister Joan Bloemke of Waseca.

Gertrude Marti

Gertrude C. Marti, age 91, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on October 12, 2014, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 to 7 pm and will continue on Friday from 7:30 until 11 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. There will be a Christian mothers Rosary at 4pm at the funeral home on Thursday.

Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

Interment will be at the Marti Family Cemetery, in rural Sleepy Eye after the luncheon.

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

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

The family prefers memorials be made to Divine Providence Community Home or the donors choice.

Gertrude Marti of Sleepy Eye, passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Divine Providence in Sleepy Eye surrounded by her family.

Gertrude Clara Hauser was born at home in Home Township, Brown County, MN on August 2, 1923 to Frank & Angela (Breigenzer) Hauser. She attended country school and St. Mary’s School in Sleepy Eye. Gertrude was united in marriage to Victor Hager Marti on October 30, 1940 at St. Mary’s Church in Sleepy Eye, together they were blessed with 13 children. After their marriage they moved to Belgrade, MN and later lived in Sleepy Eye before moving to Victor’s family farm. She was a loving and dedicated wife and mother. She worked very hard for her family, raising food from the garden, canning and baking. She was a great cook and always welcomed visitors to her table. She loved growing flowers and playing cards and Farkle with her family and friends.She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and the Christian Mothers. She worked for Hose ACE Hardware for 27 years. Gertrude was named Resident of the year at Divine Providence in 2003.

She is survived by her children; Monica Warwick of Sleepy Eye, Janet Jenniges of Finlayson, MN, Frank Marti of Sleepy Eye, Karen Deopere of Cambria, MN, Diane Hemmeter of Lino Lakes, MN, Ronald (Marlene) Marti of New Ulm, Anita (John) Hemmeter of Finlayson, Steven Marti of Sleepy Eye, Paul (LuAnn) Marti of New Ulm, Mary (Mark) Haller of Brookings, OR, Robert (Kathy Jo) Marti of Sleepy Eye, Julie (Richard) Sindelir of Morton, MN, Beverly (Dan) Kadlec of Lafayette, MN, 38 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren, 15 great great grandchildren, sister, Rita Augustin, brother, Cornelius (Kathy) Hauser, sister-in-law, Irene Hauser, many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Victor in 2003, daughter-in-law, Karen Marti, sons-in-law, Norman Warwick, Mathias Jenniges, Dennis Deopere, grandson, Gregg Marti, granddaughter, Brenda Marti, brothers & sisters-in-law, Leonard (Adelia) Hauser, Nicholas (Rosile) Hauser, brother, Sylvester Hauser, sister, Veronica Hoffmann, brother-in-law, Urban Augustin.

Ivona Windschitl


lvona Laura “Honey” Windschitl, 82, Comfrey died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center.

lvona was born July 18, 1932, in Leavenworth Township the daughter of Michael and Rose (Haala) Helget. She attended Quail Trap School and graduated from St Mary’s High School. In 1951, she married Edwin F. Windschitl, in Sleepy Eye. The couple farmed in Mulligan Township until they retired and moved to Comfrey. She served as postmaster at the post office in LaSalle. In addition, she sold World Book Encyclopedias and Christmas around the World where her skilled salesmanship earned many awards. Following her retirement, she cleaned St Paul’s Church and volunteered her time as a teacher’s aide at Comfrey Schools. She loved children and was an influential mentor to many over the years. She was a lifelong learner and a great supporter of the educational goals of others. She enjoyed gardening, embroidering, crocheting, quilting, reading a good mystery novel and especially spending time with her family. One of her greatest prides was keeping her yard and home neat and orderly at all times. lvona was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and choir and the Comfrey Garden Club.

lvona is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Mary); David (Diane) Jeffry (Julie), Daniel (Tammy), grandchildren; Erik, Justin (Rebekah) Angie (Christian), Andrew (Amber), John, Lauren (William), Rachel (Brent), Carly (Todd) and Adam. Great Grandchildren, Morgan, Riley and Devin. Sister, Marion and husband Val Rathman of Comfrey, brother, LaMonte and wife Elaine Helget of Sleepy Eye. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, sisters, Lorraine Haecherl and Verena “Dot” Krebs.

Memorials are preferred to St Paul’ Church, Comfrey Public School, or the Beyond the
Yellow Ribbon Campaign

Veronica Dauer

Veronica Bertha Dauer, 84 of rural New Ulm died Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Tuesday, October 14, 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 – 8 PM Monday and 7:30 -10:30 AM Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.

Veronica is survived by her children, Jean Marie (Michael) Gauna, Washington, Pennsylvania, Joan (Tony) Munsch, Buda, Texas, Mark Dauer, New Ulm, MaDonna (David) Sellner, Sleepy Eye, MaLinda (LaDon) Henderson, Mankato, Karen (Michael) Leeb, Kasota, Allen (Nancy) Dauer, Lafayette, Denise (Bud) Nelson, Coopersville, Michigan, Michelle (Greg) Budach, Janesville, and Craig (Anne) Dauer, Prior Lake; 35 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren with one more on the way; sisters, Esther Vasey of Sebeka, Cecilia Schwarz of New Ulm, Theresa Reiniger, Sleepy Eye and Bernadette Fischer of Springfield; sisters-in-law; Leona Sellner, and Delores Sellner, Sleepy Eye and Delores (Dory) Schreiner, Fairfax; brother-in-law; Fred Dauer, Springfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francis in 2012; sisters, Rose (John) Schmidt, Clara (Wallace) Mecklenburg and Mary (Frank) Eichberger; brothers, Walter (Matilda), Norbert, and Otto Sellner; twin brothers in infancy; an infant sister; and brothers-in-law, John Reiniger, Leonard Fischer, and Evan Vasey.

Veronica Bertha Sellner, the daughter of Otto and Theresa (Bruckbauer) Sellner, was born on August 16, 1930 in Albin Township, Brown County. She attended and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sleepy Eye. Veronica was united in marriage to Francis Dauer on June 2, 1953 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. The couple lived in Linden Township outside of Hanska for eight years. In 1960 they purchased a farm in Bernadotte Township near Lafayette and farmed there for 27 years. Francis and Veronica raised ten children on this farm. They retired and moved into a home Francis and their son, Mark, built on land purchased in 1985 in Nicollet County near New Ulm.

As a young woman, Veronica sang in the St. Mary’s choir and despite her shyness she participated in school plays. Veronica was a wonderful writer and had several close friends. Faith in God was her rock and foundation and she lived by the motto, “Just Pray”. She was an active member of each church she attended throughout her life. She lectured and taught religious education classes while being a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Lafayette. Following retirement, Veronica was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm and then became a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Veronica held her Sacrament of Marriage as sacred and was married to Francis for almost 59 years.

Veronica loved being outside, she enjoyed tending to her flower and vegetable gardens and donating any surplus vegetables to the local food shelf. She loved raking leaves, picking up sticks, and cleaning up the yard and woods. She had an innate talent of being able to start a fire in the middle of the woods and not burn it down. She enjoyed singing, old time music, dancing, sewing, cleaning, traveling, hiking, and riding motorcycle with Francis. Veronica made the “World’s Best Apple Pies” according to her grandchildren and if your family was lucky enough to get one, it was a true gift. She enjoyed spending time visiting with family and friends, sharing stories, and had a wonderful laugh and sense of humor. She loved God, family and valued life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Friends of San Lucas-Guatemala, New Ulm Food Shelf, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, or the Way of the Cross in New Ulm.