Verna Armbruster

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Verna Armbruster, 92, of Comfrey, died on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Funeral service will be held at the New Hope Lutheran Church in Comfrey on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. The clergy will be Pastor Brian Nehring. Interment will be in the Sanborn City Cemetery in Sanborn.

Visitation will be on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the New Hope Lutheran Church in Comfrey.

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

Born in Sanborn on June 21, 1922, Verna Amanda (Leopold) Armbruster was the seventh of nine children of John and Hulda (Ringle)Leopold. She graduated from Sanborn High School in 1939. She passed away peacefully at Divine Providence Nursing Home in Sleepy Eye on Aug. 28, 2014.

She married Floyd Armbruster in New Ulm on June 7, 1942. Floyd entered the Army six weeks later, and they didn’t see each other for three and one-half years until he was discharged in 1945. During World War II she worked as a riveter (once honored as Comfrey’s own “Rosie, the Riveter”) in an airplane factory in San Diego. She said the factory was so loud that you had to shout at the person next to you to be heard. Hearing protection was unknown at the time, and working in this environment may have contributed to her significant hearing loss in later years.

After Floyd was discharged from the Army, they moved to Fairmont where they made many lifelong friends. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Jim, Diane, Jan, and Randy. When her children were young, many yearly fishing trips were taken to the Alexandria area for a summer vacation. In 1958 they moved to Comfrey where Verna remained after Floyd passed away in 1981.

Verna was a life long homemaker, She was an excellent cook, baker, and house cleaner. She and Floyd always enjoyed playing cards with their many friends. When unexpected company or a family member stopped by to visit her, she could always come up with a savory snack and coffee, or a whole meal within the hour. She enjoyed visiting with family and her many friends, and missed that greatly when her hearing loss made those conversations difficult to understand what was being said.

After Floyd passed away, she contented herself with working at the church where she and others made hundreds of quilts for distribution to third world countries. One quilt especially designated for Green Lake Bible Camp and stored temporarily in Salem Lutheran Church somehow miraculously survived the tornado of 1998 while the rest of the church was destroyed. Her Lutheran upbringing was an important part of her life, and she was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church where she attended regularly. She sang alto in the church choir and enjoyed many types of music.

She was a caring and devoted mother, and a wonderful grandmother to her many grandchildren. She faithfully attended many of her children’s and grandchildren’s school and sporting events, and also enjoyed watching the Twins games. In later years, even though her verbal skills had deteriorated, her eyesight was poor, and she was nearly deaf, she still enjoyed playing catch with a nerf ball and was quite good at it. She also logged many miles in her Geri chair walking the hallways at St John Lutheran Home. Since February 2008, she had lived in the memory care unit of St John Lutheran Home in Springfield, and transferred to Divine Providence Nursing Home in Sleepy Eye in May 2014.

She is survived by Jim (Nancy) of Mankato, Diane (Steve) Wisniewski Grzybowski of St. Cloud, and Randy (Roxanne) of Sleepy Eye, grandchildren Kelly (Dan) Schepers, Lani (Lee) Vogel, Nathan Wisniewski, Grant (Megan) Wisniewski, Kertrina (Tyler) Richter, Kasandra and Tyler Wisniewski Gryzbowski, Dr. Adam (Dr. Karlyn) Armbruster, Chad (Samantha) Armbruster, Krista (Michael) Moeller, Angela Armbruster, and great grandchildren Tyler, Tommy, Norah, Alexis, Sierra, Scarlett, Harper, Alex, Tessa, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Floyd, daughter Jan, a stillborn daughter Patricia, son-in-law Michael Wisniewski, brothers Edwin, Marvin, Leon, Ewald, Gerhardt, John Glen, Bruce, and one sister, Charlotte Springer.

Memorials may be directed to New Hope Lutheran Church of Comfrey.

 

Donald Radel

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Donald P. Radel , age 89, of Evan, MN died on August 28, 2014, at Autumn Grace Senior Living in Mankato, MN.

Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel and will continue on Wednesday for an hour prior to the service.

Service will be held at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 am. 

The clergy will be Pastor Chris Cordes.

Interment will be at the Home Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye, MN with military rites by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard.

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

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

Don was born on March 25, 1925 in New Ulm, MN, the son of Paul and Elma (Neumann) Radel and grew up in rural Sanborn, MN. He served as a World War II combat soldier in Europe and as a courtroom honor guard at the famous Nurnberg Military Tribunal in 1946. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Don married Alice Maas on March 6, 1948 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. They made their home in rural Sanborn for a few years before moving to their farm on the south edge of Evan. Don enjoyed farming and his work as Brown County ditch inspector. His interests included attending church, serving as congregation president and in other roles, spending summer weekends at Lake Mary fishing walleyes, ice fishing, hunting, golfing, playing checkers, cribbage, card and dice games, gardening , dancing, and wintering in Arizona. Don’s greatest joy was family, especially delighting in the young children. He is survived by children Gary (Jayne) of Eden Prairie, Marc (Sue) of Evan, and Carol (Dave) Jacobson of Wells; grandchildren Jason, Travis, Josh, Jacob, and Kevin Radel, Rob and Jeff Jacobson, Laurie Borris, their spouses, twelve great grandchildren; sister Cynthia (Lou) Balgaard, sister-in-law LaVerne Radel, and brother-in-law Lester (Lois) Maas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Alice, parents, daughter-in-law Janice, brothers Melvin (& Helen), Ray (& Dolores), Orville, Vernon (& Arvis), sister Sylvia, sister-in-law Lucille Neal, and brother-in-law Gilbert (& Mildred) Maas.

Arthur Krzmarzick

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Arthur Henry Krzmarzick was born on December 17, 1927, in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. He was the son of Henry and Frances (Reiderer) Krzmarzick. Art was baptized as an infant on December 25, 1927, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth. He received his education in Sleepy Eye and was a graduate of the St. Mary’s High School Class of 1945. 

On November 10, 1949, Art was united in marriage to Joyce Helget at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Sandborn, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with five children, Mary, Jeanne, Therese, Karen and Joseph. Art and Joyce made their home on a farm near Sleepy Eye, before they moved to Audubon, Iowa, in 1969. In 1978, they moved to Hutchinson, Minnesota. They shared 53 years of marriage until Joyce passed away on February 17, 2003.

Art farmed until 1969, and then was employed at Trojan Seed Corn in sales. He retired in 1991. Art attended St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. Art was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Hutchinson Elks Lodge #2427, and was an active member of the Oddfellows Grand Lodge of Minnesota.

Art enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, playing cards and shaking dice. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.

Art passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota, at the age of 86 years.

Blessed be his memory.

Art is survived by his:
Children, Mary Krzmarzick-Peitz and her husband, Bart of Ellicott City, MD,
Jeanne Holfield of Hutchinson, MN,
Therese “Teri” Hofmeister of Hutchinson, MN,
Karen Dirkx and her husband, Scott of Mankato, MN,
Joseph Krzmarzick and his wife, Susan of Mankato, MN;
Grandchildren, Nick, Ryan, Sarah, Joe, Kristen, David and Jamie; 
Great-Grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, Aaliyah, Alex Elizabeth, Ethan, Travis and Ashley;
Sister, Bernice Eckstein of Sleepy Eye, MN; 
Special Friend, Liz Tokarczyk of Hutchinson, MN;
Many Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.

Art is preceded in death by his Parents, Henry and Frances Krzmarzick; Wife, Joyce Krzmarzick; Brothers, Robert Krzmarzick, Frederick Krzmarzick; Sisters, Viola Petsche, Lucille Kotten, Gertrude Krzmarzick, Elizabeth Krzmarzick, Florence Schroepfer, Marcella Bollig, Sister Rosita Krzmarzick, Hildegaard Callanan. – See more at: http://www.hantge.com/obituary/Arthur-Art-Krzmarzick/Hutchinson-MN/1412412#sthash.V4kfqoEt.dpuf

Irene Seifert

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Irene B. Seifert , age 92, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on August 23, 2014, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Visitation will be on Monday from 4 to 8 pm and will continue on Tuesday from 7:30 until 10:00 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. There will be a Christian Mothers Rosary at 4pm and a Parish Prayer Service at 7pm, both Monday at the funeral home.


Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Tuesday, August 26, 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.

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

Irene Bertha Seifert was born on March 8th, 1922 in Sleepy Eye, MN the daughter of John & Philemina (Heller) Sellner. She attended St. Mary’s School in Sleepy Eye. Irene married Sylvester Seifert on October 28, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. They made their home on a farm East of Evan of 48 years, moving into Sleepy Eye in 1995. She was a life long member of St. Mary’s Church and the Christian Mothers Society. Irene volunteered many hours to both nursing homes in Sleepy Eye, to St. Mary’s Church and Next Tu New. She was involved with the Reach to Recovery Program and participated in the Christian Foundation for Children & Aging by sponsoring a child in Guatemala. Irene enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, crafts and bird watching. Most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and friends.
She is survived by her two daughters, Debbie (Doug) Halvorson of North Mankato, Cindy (John) Nelson of New Ulm, three grandchildren, Alex, Michael Nelson and Nicole Halvorson, brothers, Roger & Marvin Sellner, both of Sleepy Eye, sisters, Doreen LeGare of Redwood Falls, and Judy (Chuck) Fearn of Minneapolis, sister-in-law, Stella Sellner, Norma Sellner and Jean Bloemke all of Sleepy Eye, special friend and hair stylist, Mary Jo Schroepfer and many special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Sylvester, brothers, Alvin, Bob, Jerome, & John, Jr. sisters-in-law, Marian Sellner, Dorothy Sellner, Violet Barsness, Arlene Seifert and brothers-in-law, Phil LeGare & Art Seifert.

 

James Schmidt

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Schmidt, James P. Age 66 of Burnsville; Son of Ervin (Bud) and Vita Schmidt of Sleepy Eye. Passed away surrounded by his loving family on Aug. 19, 2014 after a valiant struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Jim will be missed by loving wife, LuAnn; sons, Tim (Sara) of St. Paul & Brian (Nicole) of Eden Prairie; grandchildren, Pollack, Gus, C.J., Reeve, Aidan, Chelsea, Elise, Sisters Mary (Jim) Sommerfeld of Sleepy Eye, Joann Schmidt of Sleepy Eye, Brother Charles Schmidt of Lakeville, many relatives and friends.

Memorial Mass Fri., Aug. 22, 2014 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 4537 3rd Ave. S, Mpls at 2:00 PM. Visitation at 12:30 PM. Pvt. interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Celestine “Sally” Maiers

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Celestine “Sally” Sieve Maiers, age 96, of Sleepy Eye died on August 19, 2014, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Visitation will be on Friday from 5 to 8 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Saturday from 9:00 am until 10:30 am at the church. There will be a Christian Mothers Rosary at 5pm and Parish Prayer & time of sharing at 7pm, both Friday at the funeral home.

Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10:30 am.

The clergy will be Msgr. Eugene Lozinski

Interment will be at the St. Mary’s 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.

Sally (Celestine) Sieve Maiers was born on November 23, 1917 in Iona, MN to Mathias & Theresa (Wermerskirchen) Entinger. She grew up on a farm in Iona Township. After graduating from St. Columbia High School in 1936, she attended Brady & Rogers Beauty College in Minneapolis; where she worked for a time. On June 23, 1941 she married Paul Sieve in Columbia, GA. They moved to Wilmont, MN where they had 7 children, as well as owned and operated the Kee Theater. Sally operated “Sally’s Beauty Shop” in Wilmont and also after moving to Sleepy Eye in 1965 until she retired at the age of 87. Sally was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Christian Mothers, VFW Auxiliary, Divine Providence Auxiliary, Sleepy Eye Hospital Auxiliary and Sleepy Eye Bowlers Assoc. She loved traveling, playing cards, bowling, fishing, dancing, crocheting, knitting and gardening.
She is survived by all of her 7 children: Dennis Sieve (Karen) of Richfield, Luana Beech of Apple Valley, Jane Hoffmann of Ottawa, IL, Marcy (Tony) Erickson of Cohasset, Glenn Sieve (Laurie) of St. James, Lois Heymans of Winona, Brian Sieve (Rhonda) of New Ulm, 19 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 8 step children and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Paul in 1977, husband, Joseph in 1991, 10 siblings and son in law.

Linus Krzmarzick

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Linus G. Krzmarzick , age 93, of Sleepy Eye, MN died peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, August 18, 2014, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 pm and will continue on Friday 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 Friday, August 22, 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.

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

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

Linus George Krzmarzick was born May 11, 1921 in Prairieville Township to Joseph and Emma (Hartneck) Krzmarzick. He attended school District #36 and St. Mary’s school in Sleepy Eye. On October 21, 1942, Linus married Angeline Kral at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm, MN. He and Angeline lived on the Krzmarzick family farm in Prairieville Township for almost 66 years. Together they raised 14 children. In September of 2008, he and Angeline moved into Divine Providence Community Home after he was diagnosed with cancer. He was an over 5 year cancer survivor. Linus was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Aid Society. He was involved with 4-H, a member of the Fraternity of Eagles and a delegate for AMPI Creamery for 12 years. Linus loved his farm, the dairy cows and doing field work. He enjoyed playing cards, going to fairs and parades. He loved music, encouraging his children to play an instrument. He was so proud of his sons playing concertinas, drums and guitar for many events which included dances and church picnics. Most of all he loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by children, Elaine (Jim) Mickelson of Springfield, Luverne (Rosie) Krzmarzick, Dennis (Diane) Krzmarzick, Alvin (Barb) Krzmarzick, Shirley (Tony) Schroepfer, Eugene (Julie) Krzmarzick, Brenda (Tom) Schroepfer, Kathy (Steve) Wersal and Leon (Kim) Krzmarzick, all of Sleepy Eye, Dianne (Mel) Alfred and Sharon (Roger) Hoffmann of New Ulm, Cletus Krzmarzick of Gibbon, Debra (Paul) Schmitz of St. James, LuAnn (Shawn) Reynolds of Mankato; 39 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; 2 step great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Dolores Sellner of New Ulm, Dorothy Krzmarzick of Sleepy Eye, Marion Schroepfer of Lamberton; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerome (Dolores) Kral of Sleepy Eye; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Angeline on January 17, 2011, his parents, daughter-in-law, Debbie Sue Krzmarzick, grandson, Jamie Krzmarzick, great grandson, Ethan Alfred, sisters, Agnes Kessler, Martha Moldan, Irene Utz, Gladys Hoffmann and Alyce Schumacher; a brother, Sylvester; and a brother and sister in infancy. 

Melvin Rose

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Melvin A. Rose, age 87, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on August 14, 2014, at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm, MN.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and will continue on Wednesday from 7:30 am until 10:00 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel.

There will be a Parish Prayer Service on Tuesday at 6:30 PM at the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.

Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye on Wednesday 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 atwww.sturmfh.com.

A complete obituary will be emailed on Sunday.

Leonard Pries

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Leonard Pries, 96, of New Ulm died Thursday, August 7, 2014 at the Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 9, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm with Monsignor Douglas Grams celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Saturday. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm is in charge of the arrangements.

Leonard is survived by a sister, LaDonna Sacker of Canada; nieces; nephews; great nieces; and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret Pries; two sisters; and one brother.

Leonard John Pries was born on June 6, 1918 in Home Township, Brown County to Carl and Rose (Weiss) Pries. On April 16, 1941 he was united in marriage to Margaret Wiesner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. They farmed in Courtland Township, Nicollet County. In 1961 they moved to New Ulm. Leonard then worked part time at Griebel Implement and the Hauenstein Brewery in New Ulm. He enjoyed fishing with his wife. Leonard was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. www.mvfh.org.

Lois Bloemke

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Lois Vianna Jones was born December 19, 1931, at Redwood Falls, MN, the daughter of Harold & Lillian (Hammond) Jones. Lois grew up in the Sleepy Eye area where she attended school through the eighth grade. She worked as a waitress before getting married. On September 2, 1952, she was united in marriage to Eugene Bloemke in Fairfax, MN. The couple made their home in Springfield until 1967 when they moved to New Ulm. In 1979 they moved to St. James and she has lived here since. Lois loved children, she did baby sitting out of her home for many years. Lois was a homemaker and mom, she loved to bake. She was known for her apple bars, chocolate chip cookies and Special K bars. She also enjoyed reading and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Lois is survived by her children, Tom & Lynda Bloemke of Anaheim, CA, Kathy & Perry Kraus of St. James, Greg & Brenda Bloemke of Castle Rock, CO, Mike Bloemke of St. James, Connie Reinke & Randy Schmidt of Carlton, Patty & Donald Rotert of St. James, grandchildren, Melissa, Melanie, Mandy, Marcy, Mackenzie, Jeremy, Holly, Danny, Seth, Blake and Heather, and many brothers and sisters. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents and 5 brothers and sisters and several in-laws.