John Schroepfer

John R. Schroepfer age 61, of New Ulm, Minnesota died on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at the New Ulm Medical Center.

Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm

The clergy will be Fr. Andy Michels

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. 

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John was born on August 23, 1953 in New Ulm, MN, the son of Albert & Myrtle (Johnson) Schroepfer. He grew up in Sleepy Eye, then moved to New Ulm where he lived in a group home and worked at Enterprise North. John had a jovial personality. He was a big sports fan. His favorite teams were the Twins and Vikings. He liked bowling and golfing. He especially enjoyed being with his friends at Enterprise North.John is survived by his brothers, Gary of New Ulm and Tom of New Ulm. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ruby Lee Weicherding

Ruby Lee Weicherding, stillborn daughter of Trent & Rashelle Weicherding of Sleepy Eye, MN died on June 26, 2015, at the New Ulm Medical Center.

Friends may call on the family on Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye.

Private Services will be held at the Sturm Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm. 

The clergy will be Msgr. John Richter 

Interment will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. 

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Ruby is survived by her parents, Trent & Rashelle (Hoffmann) Weicherding, sister, Elsie Rose Weicherding, grandparents, Curt & LaDonna Hoffmann and Jerome & Pat Weicherding, great-grandparents, Armond & Nancy Dorschner and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Leo & Rosemary Hoffmann, Magnus & Ruby Hittesdorf and Victor & Veronica Weicherding.

Sylvester Schroepfer


Sylvester Albert Schroepfer age 90, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on June 25, 2015, at Sleepy Eye Medical Center.

Visitation will be on Monday from 4 to 8 pm and will continue on Tuesday from 7:30 am until 10 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye.

Service will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Tuesday, June 30, 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.

Military Rites by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. 

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Sylvester Albert Schroepfer was born on December 21, 1924 on the family farm, rural Sleepy Eye, MN to Frank & Theresa (Seidl) Schroepfer. He attended country school District #15 through 6th grade and then St. Mary’s Catholic School. He enlisted in the US Navy in May of 1944, serving 21 months on Guam with the Seabees. After his discharge he did some carpentry work, Marshall-Wells Hardware Store, Cargill, SE Grain & Feed and Farmers Elevator until he retired in 1986. Sylvester married Pearl Grindall on June 4, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, KCs, Catholic Aid, American Legion, VFW, Sleepy Eye Honor Guard since the time it was formed, SE Drum & Bugle Corp for 7 years and served as Commander of the American Legion Post & other offices. Vesty was a former member of Stark & Leavenworth Baseball teams before serving in the Navy. He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, fishing, traveling, making sauerkraut & dumplings for his family. He was a Twins & Vikings fan, loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He helped with the Men’s Sauerkraut Dinner and was in charge of the Mulligan Stew on Veterans Day for many years. Vesty was truly loved for his one liners & his sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl of Sleepy Eye, children, Gary (Bambi) of Tucson, AZ, Jill (Gary) Krause of Rapid City, SD, Russell (Vickie) of Sleepy Eye, Judy (Allen) Schueler of Sleepy Eye, 7 grandchildren, 1 step grandchild, 1 foster grandchild, 14 great grandchildren, 1 step great grandchild, 2 foster great grandchildren, sister-in-law, Arlene Schroepfer of Sleepy Eye, brother-in-law, Doug (Marlys) Grindall of International Falls, step sister-in-law, Beverly Simonsen of Sleepy Eye and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, baby granddaughter, Michelle Schroepfer, brothers, Felix (Amelia), Walter (Melanie), Clement (Clara), Edward (Clara), Albert (Loretta), Raymond (Marcella), Florian (Fronnie), Jerome, sisters, Lorraine (Edwin) Weiss, Agnes (Edwin) Tauer, Rosella (James) Hillesheim and father & mother-in-law, Francis & Rose Grindall.

LuVerna Gulden



LaVerna Amelia Gulden, 82 of New Ulm died peacefully with her family at her side at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 26 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Ennichement will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday and 7:30-10:00 a.m. on Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.

LaVerna is survived by her husband of sixty one years, Leo Gulden of New Ulm; daughter Becky (Mike) Panayiotides of Naperville, Illinois; sons, Bruce (Sue Lomax) Gulden of New Ulm, Brian (Susan) Gulden of Rochester, Barry (Cindy) Gulden of Madelia; 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 4 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Linus Helget; sister, Valeria Brey; and step-granddaughter, Carissa Elkins.

LaVerna Amelia Helget was born March 9, 1933 in Sleepy Eye to Joseph W. and Laura (Haala) Helget. She attended country school #28 in Stark Township. LaVerna was united in marriage to Leo Gulden on October 19, 1953 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. The couple was blessed with four children whom together they raised in New Ulm where LaVerna worked from home as a loving mother and home-maker. LaVerna also stayed active in her community volunteering many hours at the New Ulm Medical Center Coffee Shop. LaVerna loved the simple things in life such as taking in nature on walks through the neighborhood, or listening and dancing to her favorite old time music. LaVerna also enjoyed socializing with neighbors and friends. She will forever be remembered by her family as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and caretaker. She took great pride in her home and always enjoyed any time she got to spend with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a devout member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm.

Elmer Anderson

Services for Elmer John Anderson, 93, of Dovray will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Dovray. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Westbrook Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Burial is in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

He died Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.

He was born Aug. 19, 1921, to John and Emma Anderson in Dovray Township, Murray County.

Survivors include his children, Michal Lowther of Sleepy Eye, Erling of Minneapolis, Karl of Alamo, Calif., Martha of East Dummerston, Vt., and Paul of Seattle, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Paul Friton


Paul E. Friton, 79 of Fairfax died peacefully on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.

Memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Gibbon. Burial will follow in the Wellington Cemetery in rural Fairfax with full military honors being provided by the Fairfax Honor Guard. Luncheon service will follow the committal at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Fairfax.

Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Gibbon.

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Paul is survived by his wife, Joy Friton of Fairfax; daughter, Renee (Tim) Ostberg of Lakeville; son, Dean (Kathy) Friton of Lawrenceville, Georgia; grandchildren, RaeNelle and Bretanne Ostberg; step-grandchildren, Amon Whitfield, Autumn Bacon; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister and brother in law, Avis and Vern Buckmeier; and brother-in-law, Fritz Lentz.

Paul Edmund Friton was born March 1, 1936 in Sleepy Eye to Edmund and Palymre (Sasse) Friton. After graduating from Sleepy Eye Public High School, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was united in marriage to Joy Grams on November 7, 1959 at the Wellington Church in Fairfax. Early in life, Paul worked as a farmer, but later gained training in truck driving and appliance repair. He eventually began working as a Hotel Manager, managing hotels in Sauk Centre and Pipestone before his retirement in 2005 when he and Joy moved to a farm near Fairfax where he lived the rest of his life. Paul enjoyed the simple things in life the most. He was an avid model train collector and always enjoyed reading a good book. Paul also appreciated the peace and quiet of the outdoors where he greatly enjoyed fishing and hunting. What he loved most in life was any time he got to spend with his family. Paul was a member of the Fairfax American Legion.

Irene Dahl

Irene Marie Dahl was born on April 2, 1937 to Halvor and Verna (Johnson) Groff. She grew up and attended school in Sleepy Eye, MN where she spent much of her time looking after her younger siblings. Irene was the oldest of eight children. Irene was 19 years old when she married Dalles Dahl. The couple was united in marriage on June 2, 1956 in Sleepy Eye. After their marriage, they moved to LaSalle where they lived and began their family. Irene became the mother of 5 children, Arvin, Dale, David, Teresa, and Daniel. The family moved to Anoka, MN, for one year, and after their brief stay, the family returned to LaSalle where Irene and Dalles made their home for more than fifty years.
Irene was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing cards with family and friends, watching television, and taking relaxing rides in her car. Irene shared this pastime with her grandson and even taught him how to drive. She was active in her church, and was a Sunday school superintendent at LaSalle Lutheran church for a time.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Dalles Dahl; her parents, Halvor and Verna Groff, and sister, Sylvia Ring. She is survived by her children, Arvin (Bev) Dahl, Dale (Virginia) Dahl, David Dahl, Teresa (Dave) Zupfer, and Daniel (Patrick Picard) Dahl; siblings, Melvin Groff, Alice Mae (Leroy) Hinderman, Raymond (Nancy) Groff, Ivan (Connie) Groff, Marion (Ben) Tragnor, Leonard “Lenny” (Janet) Groff; 5 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.


Robert Mandel


Robert Mandel, 72, of Monticello, formerly of Sleepy Eye, died Saturday, June 13, 2015. A memorial will be available to the public at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye June 19 from 9-11 a.m. A short Homily will be at 11 a.m. along with a Military Honors interment at Soldiers Rest Cemetery following the service. A luncheon will be served at Railway Bar & Grill. The family asks that monetary contributions be given in lieu of flowers to help with funeral expenses. Please visit the Robert W. Mandel Funeral Expense fundraising site to help any donations: https://www.giveforward. com/fundraiser/b659/the-robert-w-mandel-memorial-fund.
Bob was born to parents William and Alice Mandel July 10, 1942 in New Ulm. He grew up as the eldest of two and attended Sleepy Eye High School and graduated in 1960. In 1964, he enlisted in the US Army. He took a position as a power generation/electrical technician operator. He received his Top Secret / Crypto Security clearance and was assigned to a “special unit” in Turkey. After returning from Turkey, Bob was accepted into the United States Army Nuclear power plant training program. Upon completion of his training program, he was assigned to the MH1A Nuclear Power Plant, which was located in the Panama Canal Zone. The Army Nuclear Power program from its inception in 1955 to its closure in 1975 only had less than 1,000 members from the US Army, US Air Force and Ground based Navy personnel. Bob was grateful to have been a part of that. Honorable Discharged in September 1970, Bob took on the position of Field Engineer for Electric Machinery Manufacturing. Bob met Sharon Nichols and married her in August 1984 at the Trinity Lutheran Church and raised four children. Bob left Electric Machinery Manufacturing and accepted the position of Plant Electrician at Advertising Unlimited in Sleepy Eye. In 1998, Bob and Sharon moved to New Lenox, Ill. for 16 years and moved back to Minnesota in November of 2014 to retire.
Bob is survived by his wife, Sharon; his children, Aaron (Tanja) Nichols, Amy (Jeremy) Henrichs, Sara (Jeremy) Weber, Scott (Elizabeth) Nichols; his sister, Carol (William) Lochner; niece, Susan (Jason) Ahlness; nephew, Darren Lochner; great niece, Megan Ahlness; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Alice Mandel.

Reynold Jacobsen


Reynold Jacobsen, 92, of Morgan died Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 from St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Evan. Burial, with full military honors will follow at the Danebo/Brookville Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015, from 5 until 8 p.m., at Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Home in Morgan and will continue on Tuesday at the church for one hour prior to services.

 Arrangements are with Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Service of Morgan. E-mail condolences may be sent via

 Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. Let us remember with thanksgiving what God has done through His faithful servant Reynold Peter Jacobsen, beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend.

 Reynold Peter Jacobsen was given life by his Creator on October 1, 1922, on the family farm in Brookville Township, Redwood County. He was the son of Wilhelm Jacobsen and Anna Elena Johanna Nielsen. Reynold was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Evan; he graduated from Morgan High School in 1940. Reynold enlisted in the U.S. Army and, during World War II, served honorably in the fighting in the Pacific Theatre.

 On June 10, 1948, Reynold married Else Kirstine Andersen at Evan, in a joint ceremony with Arthur and Florence (Andersen) Henriksen. Reynold and Else were blessed with four children. Reynold farmed in Brookville Township for over 55 years; he was a good steward of his land and resources. He served on the Morgan School Board for many years, including several as chairman. Reynold belonged to the Toastmasters and, for 17 years, was president of the Gil-Mor Manor association. He was an active member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church where he held the offices of council president and secretary. Reynold belonged to the Couples’ Club and Bible study groups. He served as a Sunday school teacher and was a member of the church choir for over 55 years.

Reynold was a life-time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.). His pride in his military service evidenced itself in his service for over 20 years on the Color Guard, which presented the colors and flags at many funerals for area veterans, and as V.F.W. Commander. A United States flag flew over the farm. Reynold gave generously of himself to his family, church, and community. His faith guided him throughout life.

Reynold is survived by his wife, Else, of Sleepy Eye; and children Karen Nimmo of Mt. Prospect, Illinois, Eric (Sonia) Jacobsen of Roseville, Dana Jacobsen of Laguna Hills, California, and Barbara Jensen of Eagan. He was blessed with six grandchildren – Michael (Janet) Nimmo, Robert (Stephanie) Nimmo, Laura (Adam) Clausen, Heather Jacobsen, Daniel Jacobsen, and Dustin Jensen; and great-grandchildren Adelae Nimmo and Emmett Jacob Nimmo.

Reynold was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings Dyma Johnson, Elsie Mertz, and Richard Jacobsen.

Art Seidl


Arthur “Art” Seidl, Sr., 91, of Sleepy Eye died Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the Gil Mor Manor in Morgan. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 15, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye with Monsignor Eugene Lozinske celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday and from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Monday in the St. Mary’s Catholic School Auditorium in Sleepy Eye. There will be a parish prayer service at 4:00 p.m. Sunday in the St. Mary’s Catholic School Auditorium in Sleepy Eye. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm is in charge of the arrangements.

Arthur is survived by his wife, Rita Seidl of Morgan; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Rademaker of Sleepy Eye, Marlene Seidl of Sleepy Eye, Joyce and Kevin Bigalk of Austin, Jolene and Al Craddock of Morgan, Elaine and Robert Gajewski of Pulaski, Wisconsin, Rita and David Gehrke of Kenyon, Carol and Steven Bass of Dayton, Sandra Seidl of New Ulm; sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Peggy Seidl, Daniel and Bonnie Seidl all of Sleepy Eye, Stanley and Karen Seidl of Carthage, New York, Mark Seidl of Sleepy Eye, Arthur Seidl, Jr. of Buffalo; numerous grandchildren; great grandchildren; step-grandchildren; and step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Lynette Seidl; sister, Bertha Rothmeier; brother, Edmond Seidl; and son-in-law, William Rademaker.

Arthur Otto Seidl was born on April 27, 1924 in Stark Township, Brown County to George and Mary (Kral) Seidl. He attended District 45 & 46 schools. On June 25, 1952 he was united in marriage to Rita Goblirsch at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Wabasso. Arthur farmed in Mulligan Township, Brown County. He enjoyed playing the concertina and trumpet, fishing, playing cards, and spreading around his sense of humor. Arthur was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, St. John Society, Catholic Aid, and was past president of the Senior Citizens.