Brandon M. Dummer, 11, of East Bethel, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at his home in East Bethel. Mass of Christian burial was Monday, July 10, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Fairfax, with burial at a later date in the church cemetery. Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Fairfax handled the arrangements.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Lisa and Rodney Sanow of East Bethel; father, Donn Steffl of Sleepy Eye; three sisters, Marissa, Krista and Sydney, all of East Bethel; maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Dummer of Fairfax; paternal grandparents, Leo and Grace Steffl of Sleepy Eye; step-grandparents, Frank and Cel Sanow of Marshall; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Harley Dummer.
Brandon was born July 19, 1988, in Redwood Falls, the son of Lisa (Dummer) Sanow and Donn Steffl. He was baptized at the Redwood Falls Hospital. Brandon received his special education schooling at Cedar Creek Elementary, where he recently completed the sixth grade. He attended St. Pat's Catholic Church in Oak Grove. He loved spending time with his family, especially his sisters. He also enjoyed going to the lake, boating, watching videos and watching his "special light" that his mom would shine on the ceiling for him.
Orville G. "Bud" Fischer, 79, of rural Sleepy Eye, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at the Sleepy Eye Municipal Hospital. Funeral services were Monday, July 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye, with burial in Eden Methodist Cemetery in Eden Township. Nelson Funeral Home in Morgan handled the arrangements.
Orville G. "Bud" Fischer was born Sept. 11, 1920, in Sleepy Eye, the son of Henry and Minnie (Metag) Fischer. He lived his entire life in Eden Township, Brown County. He received his education at District 189, Eden Township school. He later farmed with his father. On Oct. 7, 1946, Orville was united in marriage to OraDell M. Krebs at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Springfield. They lived and farmed in Eden Township, retiring in 1976, but continued to live on the farm. Bud was known as a quiet individual, but had a keen mind that was always working. For relaxing, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife, OraDell of Sleepy Eye; two sons, Pastor Grant O. Fischer and wife Karen of Atwater, Robert H. Fischer and wife Marie of Morgan; and five grandchildren, Andrew, Anna, Amy, Diana, and Adam and a foster grandchild, Laura Angell. He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Eve Fischer.
Lorraine Frederickson, 69, of St. James, died Saturday evening, July 8, 2000, at the Madelia Community Hospital. Funeral services were Wednesday, July 12, at the La Salle Lutheran Church, with burial in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Hanska. Firle Funeral Home in Hanska handled the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Marlowe of St. James; daughters, Beverly Olson and husband Darryl of Madelia, Sandra Braun and husband Marvin of Sleepy Eye, Darla Colebank and husband William of Hanska, Wanda Grunewald and special friend Don Schroeder of New Ulm,Tammy Boddy and husband Daniel of New Ulm, and Lori Sukalski and husband Chuck of Fairmont; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; twin sister, Joyce Luepke and husband Harold of Courtland; sisters, Marlene Distad of Franklin, Colleen Distad and husband Juleen of Fairfax; sisters-in-law, Inga Beltz of Fairfax, Dorothy Christensen of Sleepy Eye, Patsy Beltz of Brooklyn Park; nieces, nephews, and very dear friend, Inez Hoffrogge of Madelia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by daughters, Denise and Diane; grandson Christopher Sukalski; brothers Curtis, Harold, and Teach Beltz; and brother-in-law, Harold Johnson.
Lorraine, the daughter of Henry and Flora (Franke) Beltz, was born Aug. 12, 1930, in Home Township, Brown County, where she attended rural school. She worked for a time at Del Monte in Sleepy Eye and was united in marriage to Marlowe Frederickson Jan. 10, 1949, in Sleepy Eye. They made their home near La Salle. She worked for Tony Downs in Madelia until illness forced her retirement. The couple moved to St. James in 1990. She was a member of the La Salle Lutheran Church.
Martha Fritz, 89, of Hopkins, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, in Robbinsdale. Services were Wednesday, July 12, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Rogers, with burial in the church cemetery.
She is survived by sons, Jerome of Pensacola, Fla., Robert of Maple Grove, and Richard of Golden Valley; daughters, Joann Schwartz of Hot Springs Village, Ark., and Mary LeComte of Champlin; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad; sons, Paul, Donald and Joseph; and a sister, Veronica Bitney.
Martha Ebenhoh was born May 21, 1911, in Sleepy Eye. She married Conrad Fritz in Sleepy Eye in 1933. They started their family in Sleepy Eye, then moved to Brooklyn Park in 1944, then to Maple Grove in 1958. Martha's residence since 1996 was St. Therese Senior Apartments in Hopkins. She was a member of St. Martin's Catholic Church in Rogers for 40 years. A perfect mom and a prefect grandmother, sweet, loving, caring and forgiving, Martha was well-loved by everyone and will be missed by her family and friends.
Michael L. Goblirsch, 87, of Sleepy Eye, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Services were Saturday, July 8, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, with burial in the church cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye handled the arrangements.
Michael was born on Sept. 15, 1912, in Albin Township, Brown County, the son of Joseph and Mary (Mathiowetz) Goblirsch. He grew up and attended country school. Michael married Veronica F. Forster on Feb. 18, 1935, in Comfrey. The couple made their home in Albin Township where they farmed for many years. In 1971 they moved to Sleepy Eye. Michael was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. He enjoyed the Minnesota Vikings, farming and visiting with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Carol and Robert Cibuzar of Duluth, James and Jane of Sleepy Eye, Jerome and Lucy of Eagle Lake, Joan Meyer of Big Springs, Texas, Michael and Dianna of Coon Rapids, Gary and Judy of Bloomington, Charlene Forster of Sleepy Eye and fiance Mark Berdan of New Ulm, Lindy and Dick Schroepfer of Sleepy Eye, Roger and Cathy of New Ulm, Steven and Annette of Rochester, Susan and Ray Kral of Sleepy Eye, and Mary Jo and Robert Hille of Sleepy Eye; 37 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Turbes of Sleepy Eye; sisters-in-law, Marie and Everett Soukup of Sleepy Eye, Agnes Forster of New Ulm, Adeline and Bill Harpel of Glencoe, Delrose Chadderdon of Faribault and Jeanette Forster of Se1ah, Wash. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Veronica; sons, Joseph and Paul; brothers, Peter, Frank, Albert, George, Otto; sister, Katherine Hillesheim, son-in-law, Gib Forster; one grandson, Mikel; and one great-grandson, Peyton.
Casket bearers were Dan Forster, Jim Goblirsch, Jr., Greg Cibuzar, Scott Schroepfer, Tim Goblirsch, Brandon Goblirsch and Tom Goblirsch.
Kathryn A. Jensen, age 55, of Morgan died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield. Funeral service was Saturday, July 8, at United Methodist Church in Morgan, with interment in the Morgan City Cemetery. Nelson Funeral Home in Morgan handled the arrangements.
Kathryn was born June 7, 1945, the daughter of Richard and Jane (Woodford) Jacobsen. She resided with her family in Morgan. She was baptized on Sept. 2, 1945, at the Methodist Church in Redwood Falls and later confirmed her faith at United Methodist Church in Morgan. She graduated from Morgan High School as salutatorian in her class of 1963. During high school she played saxophone and trombone and enjoyed music. She then attended Bemidji State where she graduated in 1967, cum laude with a degree in education. She played on the girls' basketball team in college. She taught at Hibbing for two years and on March 29, 1969, was united in marriage to Harold Jensen at the United Methodist Church in Morgan. They lived in Prior Lake and she taught in Shakopee for nearly a year, Kathryn later did substitute teaching and was a swimming coach. Her marriage to Harold Jensen ended in a divorce in 1986. She was very active in sporting activities and played on local softball teams. She loved fishing, camping and gardening. Kathryn was very interested in her children's activities and helped coach those activities and was very much a people person. From 1986 until 1990 she lived in the Twin Cities Metro area and lived on the farm with her mother in Morgan from 1990 until 1994. She most recently lived in the city of Morgan.
Kathryn is survived by two children, Nicole E. Andersen and husband John of Bloomington, and a son, Marcus A. Jensen of Prior Lake; a grandson Maxwell Andersen; and her mother, Jane Rasmussen and husband Paul of Sleepy Eye. Also surviving are brothers and sisters, Judy Tompkins and husband Lloyd of Park Rapids, Alan Jacobsen of Morgan and special friend Sharon Anderson-Marso, David Jacobsen and wife Kathleen of Northfield, and Curtis Jacobsen and wife Lisa of Prescott, Wis.; numerous nieces and nephews; stepbrothers and sisters, Paul Rasmussen Jr. and wife Linda of Benld, Ill., Rita Gorman and husband Bill of Arcadia, Calif., Fred Rasmussen and wife Jane of Evan, Mark Rasmussen of Sleepy Eye, and Sandra, Johnson and husband Todd of Spokane, Wash. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Jacobsen in 1992, and a sister, Janice Marie in infancy.
Elnor Hulda Philipson, 91, formerly of Sleepy Eye, died on Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Ebenezer Luther Hall in Minneapolis. A memorial service was held at Werness Brothers Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis. She was buried in Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.
She is survived by her sons, James of Minneapolis, Robert and his wife Dorothy of Swarthmore, Pa.; grandchildren, Tracey of Bakersfield, Calif., Bruce of Chicago, Beth of Los Angeles, and Andrew of Alexandria, Va.; brothers, Herbert of St. Paul, Harold and his wife Annabelle of Downingtown, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
Elnor was born June 24, 1909, to Jens and Hulda (Hansen) Jensen of Sleepy Eye. She was the eldest of seven children when her mother died in 1926 and much of the work of raising the family fell to her. She graduated from Sleepy Eye High School in 1927, then completed a Teacher's Normal Training course there and was certified to teach in Brown County rural schools. She married Art Philipson of Sleepy Eye on Dec. 4, 1933. She taught in rural schools around Sleepy Eye and after graduating from Mankato State Teachers College in 1959, taught fourth grade at the elementary school in Forest Lake, Minn., until her retirement in 1972. During her years in Forest Lake, she spent summers and holidays at her house in Sleepy Eye and stayed in Sleepy Eye until moving to Minneapolis in 1987. She enjoyed gardening, crafts, friends and the family for whose happiness and success she had struggled so long and hard.
Lila Torney, 68, of Wichita, Kansas, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at her residence. Services were July 11 at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, with interment in the Large Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas.
She is survived by her husband, Jim of Wichita; daughters, Gina Bell and Diana Lewis, both of Wichita; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Jay and Jeff.
Lila was born April 3, 1932, in Ft. Scott to John M. and Mattie M. (Crane) Lyden. She married James Torney on April 11, 1952, in Bentley, Kansas. She was a former resident of Sleepy Eye.
Memorials are preferred to the St. Andrew's Lutheran Church - Love Fund.
Wyat Layne Deming, age 6, of Evan, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato. Services were Sunday, July 16, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Evan, with burial in Prairieville Cemetery, Evan. Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye handled the arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Wade and Cheryl Deming; a sister, Cori Deming of Evan; grandparents, Tom and Cindy Basmoen of Hanska and Roger and Carol Deming of New Ulm; and great-grandmother, Ell Mae Wiborg of Hopkins.
Wyat was born June 20, 1994, in New Ulm, the son of Wade and Cheryl (Basmoen) Deming. He lived in Evan and attended kindergarten at Sleepy Eye Public Elementary School. He was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Evan.
Sandra Jean Schroepfer, 38, Sleepy Eye, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Services were Saturday, July 15, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, with burial in the church cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home of Sleepy Eye handled the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Michael of Sleepy Eye; daughters, Jessica and Alyssa of Sleepy Eye; parents, Merle and Elaine Schueler of Sleepy Eye; brother, Leon and wife Stephanie Schueler of Sleepy Eye; sisters, Sharon and husband Tom Mages of New Ulm; and Suzanne and husband Allen Schumacher of New Ulm; grandmother, Florence Schueler of Morgan; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Beverly and Lee Ibberson of Sleepy Eye, Jo Ann Houge of Madelia, Sue and Paul Conners of Sleepy Eye, David Schroepfer of Madelia, Randy Schroepfer of Sleepy Eye, Joel and Marty Schroepfer of Sleepy Eye; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Albert and Sophie Sellner and Waldemer Schueler; mother and father-in-law, Darrell and Florence Schroepfer; and brother-in-law, Chuck Schroepfer.
Sandra Jean was born on Dec. 11, 1961, in Sleepy Eye, the daughter of Merle and Elaine (Sellner) Schueler. She grew up and attended Evan School and Sleepy Eye Public School. Sandy graduated from Sleepy Eye Public High School in 1980. She was employed at Advertising Unlimited, Inc. as a machine operator. Sandy married Michael Schroepfer on Aug. 12, 1983, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Morgan. Mike and Sandy made their home in Sleepy Eye. Sandy was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. She enjoyed Minnesota Vikings games at the dome and going to Mike's softball games. Sandy also enjoyed plastic canvas sewing, reading books, doing crossword puzzles and loved being with friends.
Casket bearers were Tom Sellner, Joel Schroepfer, John Sellner, Dominic Sellner, Mike Sellner, Dean Schumacher, Allen Schueler, Kenny Schumacher, Randy Schroepfer and David Schroepfer.