Father Leonard Jenniges


Father Leonard John Jenniges, age 91, of Wanda died on July 28, 2014, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye, MN.

Visitation will be on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the St. Mathias Catholic Church in Wanda, MN and will continue on Saturday from 9:00 am until 10:00 am at the St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Wabasso, MN.  There will be a Parish Prayer Service and Rosary on Friday at 7:00 PM at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Wanda.

Service will be held at the St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Wabasso, MN on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:00 am.

The clergy will be Father Anthony Hesse. Interment will be at the St. Mathias Catholic Cemetery in Wanda, MN.

A luncheon and reception will be held on Saturday following the burial at the Wanda American Legion Hall in Wanda, MN.

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

Father Leonard John Jenniges was born on March 1, 1923, in Waterbury Township, Redwood County, the son of John J. and Caroline (Aufterheide) Jenniges. He attended grade school in Wanda and 3 years at Lamberton High School. He went on to Nazareth Hall Seminary and St. Paul Seminary and was ordained on June 5, 1948, at St. Paul Cathedral. He was assigned to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Father Leonard returned to Nazareth Hall as a teacher for 18 years where he taught German, Greek, and Latin among other duties. He was assigned to St. John the Baptist Church in Savage, MN for 17 ½ years, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in LeCenter, MN for 9 years and returned to Wanda in 1993. As a young man, Leonard played baseball for the Wanda team, has been a member of the Knights of Columbus in 1943, and enjoyed fishing, playing cards, gardening, reading, and watching sports – especially high school and college.

He died on Monday, July 28, 2014, at the age of 91 years at the Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye, MN.

Father Leonard is survived by his sisters – Bertha Altermatt of Wanda, Elaine Rohlik of Wanda, and Jean Deutsch of Ellsworth, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers – Vincent, Clair, Austin, Valentine, Wilfred, and baby John in infancy; and a sister – Gertrude Jenniges.

Jeffrey Johnson


Jeffrey Lee Johnson, 52, of River Falls, Wis., formerly of Jordan, died Tuesday, July 17, 2014.

Visitation will be held at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home 805 E Division St. River Falls, on Monday, July 28, from 4-8 p.m., and a memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m., with a visitation one hour prior.

Online condolences can be left at www.bakken-young.com

Jeff is survived by his wife, Ann; son, Nathan; mother, Norma, of Belle Plaine; mother-in-law, Helen Zangl of Sleepy Eye; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Cyndi Johnson of Jordan, and Paul and Mary Johnson of LeCenter; Jim and Janna Zangl of St. Paul, Ruth and Dave Mecklenburg of Sleepy Eye, Charlie Zangl of New Ulm, and Marie and Mark Hippert of Owatonna; nephews and nieces, Jacob and Jeremy Johnson and Makayla Johnson, Matt Mecklenburg, Pam and Corey Ganser, Sam Mecklenburg, Sadi and Jed Hunstad, Emmy and Kevin Landrum, Pete Zangl, Sara and Ken Beamish, Christopher Hippert, Kevin and Sarah Hippert; and several great nieces and nephews.

Jeff was preceded in death by his father, George; father-in-law, Leo Zangl; sister-in-law, Bobbie McCrea, and nieces, Savanna McCrea and Abby Wood.

Jeffrey Lee Johnson was born on Jan. 17, 1962, to George and Norma (Bohnsack) Johnson. He was united in marriage to Ann Zangl on Sept. 26, 1992, at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. After marriage, they lived in Savage, Stanley, WI, and currently River Falls, WI.


Wilbert Seifert


Wilbert A. Seifert, 85, of New Ulm died Monday, July 21, 2014 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Friday, July 25, 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 Thursday and 7:30 – 10 AM Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.

Wilbert is survived by his wife, Delrose Seifert of New Ulm; daughters, Linda (Leroy Jr. “Butch”) Flor, Karen (Steve) Carda, Lois Seifert all of New Ulm; seven grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by his brother, Melvin Seifert.

Wilbert Andrew Seifert was born May 8, 1929 in New Ulm to William and Emelia (Domeier) Seifert. He was united in marriage to Delrose Ludewig on January 22, 1952 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. After marriage they farmed in Sigel Township, Brown County and he also drove a milk truck for the Sigel Creamery from 1952 to 1958. Wilbert and Delrose moved to Orchard Hills in New Ulm in 2008. He enjoyed attending auctions, refinishing furniture, deer hunting, baseball, bingo and visiting with family and friends.

Wilbert was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and the St. John’s Court of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Victor Helget


Victor Bernard Helget was born September 30, 1922 on a farm in Stark Township, Brown County to Otto and Clara (Haala) Helget. He attended country school District 45 until the 8th grade and then began farming with his father. He lived on the family farm for 25 years then moved to a farm south of Cobden. Victor was united in marriage to Caroline Schiller on May 31, 1945. The couple farmed until retiring in 1987 when the children took over the farming. Caroline died in December of 1992. Victor married Valeria Schiller on May 5, 1995 and the couple has lived in New Ulm since their marriage. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye and served on the District 28 school board until it’s closing. Victor coached youth baseball at Stark, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports and playing cards.

 Victor Bernard Helget died Friday, July 18, 2014 at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm at the age of 91 years.

 He is survived by wife Valeria of New Ulm; children- Patrick of Belgrade, LaVonne (Peter) Johansen of St. Peter, Virgil of Sleepy Eye, Jane (Steve) Eckstein of Sleepy Eye, Curt of Sleepy Eye, Audrey (Neal) Jacobsen of Sleepy Eye, Victor, Jr. (Sandy) of Sleepy Eye, and David (Tammy) of Sleepy Eye; 22 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; step-children- Les (Pat) Helget of New Ulm, Judy (Jim) Landkammer of Chanhassen, Roman, Jr. (Joyce) Schiller of New Ulm, Lonnie (Marlys) Schiller of New Ulm, Connie Zeck of Mankato, Debbie (Doug) Nesbitt of Chaska, and Peggy (Kevin) Henke of Gaylord; and sister-in-law Agnes Helget of Sleepy Eye. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Caroline; and brothers- Wendelin, Alvin, Sylvester and Delmar.

Avis Minners


Avis Minners, long time resident of Beardsley and Morris, joined Jesus on Friday July 11, 2014 at Comforts of Home in Hudson, Wisc., having lived to reach the age of 87 years. Her husband Leonard, as usual, had been waiting quite a while for her. Visitation will be held Friday July 18, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church at 315 S. Columbia Ave, Morris, Minn. starting at 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. A luncheon will be served following the service in the church dining room. Rev. Carlton Anderson and Rev. Gary Brooks (formerly of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Beardsley and Zion Lutheran Church in Browns Valley, Minn. will be officiating. Burial will be in Holden Cemetery south of Beardsley later in the afternoon. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit www.pedersenfh.com.

Avis Jeanette Herberg was born November 27, 1926 at the Holy Trinity Hospital in Graceville to John Herberg (formerly Knutson) and Anna Olaphina Herberg (formerly Peterson). Avis was baptized and confirmed at Holden Lutheran Church, Beardsley and received her diploma from Beardsley High School graduating in 1944 where she was active in cheerleading and musical groups including sextets. She married Leonard Minners on June 16, 1945. To this union three children were born, Anita, David and Jon Scott. Avis also helped raise and care for extended family members including her niece Loreen Bergman who recently passed. Leonard and Avis farmed south of Beardsley beginning in 1945. They enjoyed traveling as a family and spent several winter months in California and Minneapolis. Avis was very proud of holding numerous jobs, some of which included secretary, organist and choir director. Avis’ passion for music was a focus throughout her life as she contributed to a large variety of church activities, teaching children, and caring for others. She taught piano lessons in Beardsley and Morris most of her life and was a member of the Ecumenical singers in Beardsley and Sweet Adelines in Milbank, S.D. Avis had an amazing ability to play on the piano any song she heard only once.  Her favorite hobby was writing music including her own versions of the Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm.

She is survived by her daughter, Anita (Gary) Kopitzke of Sleepy Eye, son, David (Dorothy) Minners of Morris and son Jon Scott (Coriene) Case-Minners of Hudson, Wisc.; four grandchildren, Christian Kopitzke, Kimberly Kopitzke, Troy (Beth) Minners and Jamey (Holly) Minners; four great-grandchildren, Taylor, Allison, Kayla from Jamey’s family and Jase from Troy’s family and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard, her parents and all of her eight siblings Oscar Herberg, Carl Herberg, Harold Herberg, Bjarne Herberg, Orville Herberg, Arnold Herberg, Olga (Isaksen), Judith Herberg.


Richard Zuhlsdorf


Richard A. Zuhlsdorf, age 72, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on July 14, 2014, at the New Ulm Medical Center.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Friday from 9 until 10:30 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye.
Memorial Service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, MN, on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:30 am.

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

Richard Albert Zuhlsdorf was born in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota on July 15th, 1941 to the late William and Frances (Riebel) Zuhlsdorf. Richie was the youngest of his family, seven sisters and five brothers.

Richie attended school at St. Mary’s in Sleepy Eye. After attending school Richie worked at Pietrus, Woodridge Construction, and sheering sheep. He married Cheryl Hammerschmidt on September 11, 1971 in St. Paul, MN. In 1980 Richie started his own company, Zuhlsdorf Roofing in Sleepy Eye, MN. Richie was a lifelong resident of Sleepy Eye. Over the years Richie touched many lives through his outgoing personality and successful business.
Many of you will remember Richie with his great sense of humor, heart of gold, free spirit and being the true life of the party. Richie took great pride in his family; especially his son Shayne, grandson’s Brodie and Wyatt, and his three neighbor boys Santos, Danny and David.

Richie always enjoyed being outdoors; hunting where ever-whenever possible, he hunted bear, deer, and birds of all sorts. In his younger years he enjoyed being a part of the trap shooting teams, and being creative in ways to make life enjoyable. In his later years he enjoyed spending time on his land near the Minnesota River getting into mud and mischief with his brother Albert, spending time out four-wheeling and Wednesday or Friday nights eating burgers at the Eagles-Orchid Inn with family.

Richie is survived by: son, Shayne Zuhlsdorf of New Ulm, two grandsons Brodie and Wyatt Zuhlsdorf of New Ulm. sisters, Gladys Zarn, Bernice “Toby” (Lester) Marsh, Catherine (Pete) Meyer and Eleanor (Lloyd) Strong. brother, Albert (Paulene) Zuhlsdorf, all of Sleepy Eye. Many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
Richie is preceded in death by: parents, William & Frances, infant daughter, Amanda, sisters, Evelyn (Albert) Eckstein, Angeline “Marge” (Ray) Mishler and Delores (Wendelin) Eckstein, brothers, Leonard, Bernard “Dago”(Joan), Donald (Gloria), and Jerome and Joseph in infancy, nephews, Donald Eckstein, James “Jimmy” Zuhlsdorf, and great nephew Cole Mertz.

Leona Zimmerman


Leona Zimmerman was born June 25, 1922 in Stately Township, Brown County, Minnesota to Herman and Louise (Essig) Brown. She was united in marriage to Herb Zimmerman on June 16, 1943 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sanborn. Leona was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid and enjoyed gardening, raising roses, and playing Pinochle. She crocheted several afghans which were then donated to the Native Americans.

She is survived by her children- Gary Zimmerman of Sleepy Eye and special friend Charlene McCann of Mankato, James Zimmerman of Sanborn, and Janice Schmidt of Long Beach, WA; grandchildren- James Schmidt of Long Beach, WA , and Joy Schmidt and Jennifer Schmidt of Delft; step-grandson Brett Anderson of Eagle Lake; great-grandchildren- Justin Jensen of Bergen, Miranda Jensen of Windom, and Dakota Vinberg of Delft; great-great-grandson Drake Hall of Windom; and sister Susie Yeazel of Monticello. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Herb in 2001; daughter-in-law Sharon; and siblings- Arlene, Betty, Leonard, Raymond and Orville.

Richard Domeier

Richard H. Domeier, 72, of New Ulm died Friday, July 11, 2014 at his home. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter officiating. Burial will be in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery in New Ulm. Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Richard is survived by his sisters, Janice (James) Maclay of Shakopee, Joyce Rotering of New Ulm, Carol (Gerald) Braulick of Sleepy Eye, Sharon (Mike) Deinken of Spring Lake Park, Gail (Mark) Berle of St. George; many nieces; and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Richard Herbert Domeier was born on February 20, 1942 in New Ulm to Herbert and Lauretta (Sprenger) Domeier. He was interested in airplanes and old time music. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. www.mvfh.org

Teresa Block

Teresa Block, 52, of New Ulm died Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. Funeral service will be 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Timothy Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the New Ulm City Cemetery in New Ulm. Visitation will be 4 – 8 p.m. Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm and will continue from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the church on Saturday.

 Teresa is survived by her daughters, Tiffany Miklas and her fiancé, Jamie Matter of New Ulm, Nadine Block and her fiancé, Darren Berle of Sleepy Eye; son, Jesse Miklas of New Ulm; grandchildren, Lily, Brooklyn, Kaylee, Landon, Hayden; father, Lynn Wallace of Delavan; her partner, Rick Hart of New Ulm; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Todd Stevensen of Madelia, Wanda and Lyle Abernathy of Albert Lea, Sheila Zeck of Flagstaff, Arizona, Nicole and Tom Strusz of Redwing. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred Wallace.

Teresa Mae Wallace was born on January 28, 1962 in Fairmont. She served in the National Guard after high school and later graduated from South Central College in Mankato with a Nursing Degree. She had worked at the Mankato Wichersham Clinic in the Urology Department for fourteen years. Teresa enjoyed gardening, remodeling, animals, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. www.mvfh.org.

Curtis Schewe

Curtis L. Schewe, 69, of New Ulm and formerly of Sleepy Eye died Monday, July 7, 2014 at his home.

Funeral service will be 11 AM Thursday, July 10, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. Burial will follow in the Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.

Curtis is survived by his daughters, Sheila Wurtzberger and Wendy Kettner; six grandchildren; sister-in-law, Kathleen Schewe; and by nieces and nephews.

Curtis Lee Schewe was born July 5, 1945 in Sleepy Eye to Edward and Adelia (Meyer) Schewe.