Lorand J. Zuhlsdorf, 81, of Franklin died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Bethesda Pleasantview Nursing Home in Willmar. Mass of Christian funeral was Monday, July 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Franklin, with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Eden Township. Nelson Funeral Home in Redwood Falls handled the arrangements.
Lorand James Zuhlsdorf was born Sept. 5, 1918, near New Ulm, the son of Emile and Marie (Schmitz) Zuhlsdorf. He grew up in the Sleepy Eye area where he received his education. Lorand farmed near Evan until the late 1960s. He then moved near Franklin and did farm labor. Most recently Lorand was a farm laborer in Brown and Redwood Counties and was involved in buying and selling cattle and horses. Lorand married Dorothy Krenz which later ended in divorce. He then married Mona Rohlick which ended in divorce. On Dec. 18, 1972, Lorand married Hazel Spielmann in Brown County. She died May 4, 1991. Lorand was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and trained dogs and horses. Lorand loved to garden.
He is survived by a son, Gerald Zuhlsdorf and wife Mary of Tomah, Wis.; five daughters, Janette Krzmarzick and husband Ron of New Ulm, Mavis Hornick and husband Joe of Lake Park, Iowa, Diane Kiergaard and husband Tom of Redwood Falls, Marion Rothmeier and husband Ken of Evan, and Sara Duchene and husband Patrick of Sauk Centre; daughter in law, Peggy Zuhlsdorf of Lancaster, Wis.; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Luckhardt of Redwood Falls; and a brother, Clarence Zuhlsdorf and wife Lucille of Bird Island. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hazel; a son, Mark; a daughter, Judy; and a sister in infancy.
Donald F. "Don" Steffl, 72, of New Ulm, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, near his farm in Swift County, Minnesota. Mass of Christian burial was Saturday, July 29, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, with burial in the Catholic Cemetery in New Ulm. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home of New Ulm handled the arrangements.
Don is survived by his wife, Alice Steffl of New Ulm; daughters and sons-in-law, Terese Andersen and husband Mark of Wausau, Wis., Lisa Drazkowski and husband Dave of Onalaska, Wis., and Chris Palmer and husband Mark of New Ulm; sons and daughters-in-law, Ron Steffl of New Ulm; Pat Steffl and wife Maggie of New Ulm, Dan Steffl and wife Tammy of New Ulm, and Francis Steffl and wife Sue of Brooklyn Center; grandchildren, Jenny, Gretchen, Justin, Sarah, Rachael, Brady, Chad, Nicole, and Nathan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lowell Steffl and wife Angie of Comfrey, Sylvester "Jim" Steffl of Starbuck, and Cyril Steffl and wife Carol of Springfield; and a sister-in-law, Carman Steffl of Littleton, Colo. He wa preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Kenneth Steffl.
Donald was born July 19, 1928, in Wabasso to Sylvester and Philomino (Matter) Steffl. He was a graduate of Springfield High School. After high school he owned and operated a well drilling business which he later sold to family members. In 1953, Don started working for the Men's Assurance Company where he worked for 43 years as a salesman and later as a district manager. He married Alice Fischer on June 1, 1954, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Morgan. Don also farmed in Swift county since the early 1960s. He had a passion for flying and was a licensed pilot for more than 45 years and he enjoyed genealogy. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Catholic Order of Foresters, Turner Hall in New Ulm and was charter member of the Sertoma Club in New Ulm.
Theresa Josephine Tauer, 85, of Sleepy Eye, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at her home. Services were Saturday, July 29, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, with interment in the church cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home of Sleepy Eye handled the arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Claudia and husband Bryan Klages of Good Thunder, Mike and wife Sandra Tauer of Burnsville, Tim and wife Lois Tauer of Sleepy Eye, Connie Tauer of New Ulm, Tom and wife Mary Tauer of Sleepy Eye, Kevin and wife Viviann Tauer of Plymouth, and Mark and wife Jeanne Tauer of Sleepy Eye; 26 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Jeanette Forster of Selah, Wash., Stella Rathman of Sleepy Eye, and Emelia Hammerschmidt of Springfield; and sister-in-law, Angie Sturm of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Martin, in 1988; brothers, Roman in infancy, and Michael; and sisters, Elizabeth Hammerschmidt and Ardella Klucas.
Theresa was born on Sept.14, 1914, in Springfield, the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Roiger) Sturm. She grew up and attended schools in Springfield and New Ulm. She married Martin G. Tauer on June 11, 1935, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield. The couple made their home in Mulligan Township where they farmed for many years. In 1956 they moved to Sleepy Eye where they owned and operated Marty's Tavern until 1974. Theresa worked at Schultz Cafe for 15 years, retiring in 1990. She was active with the Sleepy Eye Senior Citizens Center and Meals on Wheels after she retired. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Christian Mothers and the Catholic Aid Association. Theresa enjoyed flowers, gardening, making patchwork quilts, playing cards, bowling and, most of all, her family.
Richard August Gramentz, 81, of Springfield, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at St. John Lutheran Home, Springfield. Services were Friday, July 28, at St. John Lutheran Home Chapel, with burial in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Springfield. Sturm Funeral Home of Springfield handled the arrangements.
He is survived by a sister, Emma (Mrs. Leonard) Lang of Sleepy Eye; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Gertrude Hinton, Esther Bobsin, Ella Nelson, Laura Patterson, and Alvina Schewe; and brothers, William, Henry, Erwin, Herman, Arnold and Otto Gramentz.
Richard was born Aug. 25, 1918, in Burnstown Township to William and Alvina (Lawrenz) Gramentz. He attended country school District #40. Richard helped on the family farm and many area farmers through his working years. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He enjoyed watching TV and being outdoors.
Rita Ann Gorman, 57, of Arcadia, Calif.,a died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at her home. A celebration of her life was held Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the Monrovia Mortuary in Monrovia, Calif., with interment in Forest-Lawn Cemetery. The celebrant was Pastor Mark Sanford.
Rita Ann was born March 24, 1943, the daughter of Paul and Lucille Ann (Maurer) Rasmussen. She resided with her family in Eden Township. She was baptized and confirmed her faith at the Church of Christ in New Ulm. She attended rural School District 18 and graduated from the Sleepy Eye High School. She attended the University of Minnesota for one year. Rita did modeling for Daytons in Minneapolis. She also worked for the Graco Co. in Minneapolis, then transferred to Graco Co. in California. Rita Ann and William Sean Gorman were married on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 1970, in California. Rita loved her family and people. She liked flower and vegetable gardening and traveling. She worked with her husband at their shop in Arcadia.
She is survived by her husband, William; son, Sean; daughter, Shannon and fiance Scott Bulick; her father, Paul Rasmussen and wife Jane W. of Sleepy Eye. Also surviving are brothers and sister, Paul Rasmussen Jr. and wife Linda of Benld, Ill., Fred Rasmussen and wife Jane M. of Evan, Mark Rasmussen of Sleepy Eye, and Sandra Johnson and husband Todd of of Spokane, Wash.; numerous nieces and nephews; step-sister and brothers, Judy Tompkins and husband Lloyd of Park Rapids, Alan Jacobsen and special friend Sharon Anderson of Morgan and Cosmos, David Jacobsen and wife Kathleen of Northfield, Curtis Jacobsen and wife Lisa of Prescott, Wis.; numerous step-nephews and nieces; and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lucille Maurer Rasmussen; her step-mother, Oradell Backer Rasmussen; an aunt, Alta Nelsen; an uncle, Eugene "Sonny" Maurer; great aunt, Laura Koehne; grandparents; and a step-sister.
Carl "Bud" Eisenbacher, 75, of rural New Ulm died Monday, June 5, 2000, at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, with burial in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will continue on Thursday from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm.
Carl is survived by his wife, Kathleen Eisenbacher of rural New Ulm; daughters and son-in-law, Karen and Jacob Monono of Mankato, and Susan Achman of New Ulm; a son David Eisenbacher of Anchorage, Alaska; five grandchildren, Michael Achman and his wife Tricia of Winthrop, Timothy Achman of New Ulm, Miriam Monono, Solange Monono, and Betty Monono, all of Mankato; sisters and brother-in-law, Dorothy By.re of Northfield, Ethel Alfeuby of Minneapolis, Charlotte and Lester Thompson of Long Lake, and Agnes Volk of Apple Valley; also by sisters-in-law, Vera Eisenbacher of New Ulm, and Donna Eisenbacher of Bovey. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Gary Lee; two brothers, Erwin Eisenbacher and Ralph Eisenbacher; and brothers-in-law Francis Byrne, and Lester Alfeuby.
Carl was born March 1, 1925, in Eden Township, Brown County, to Paul and Elsie (Koch) Eisenbacher. He attended country school in Eden Township, Brown County, and later attended Morgan Public School. On July 11, 1950, he married Kathleen Turbes at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Searles. After marriage they farmed in rural Sleepy Eye for 10 years and then moved to rural New Ulm and farmed for the last 40 years. Carl was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, the St. Mary's Knights of Columbus Council #3134 in Sleepy Eye, and the Farm Bureau in New Ulm.
Kjalmer (Jim) Finstad, 95, of rural St. James, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in St. James. Services will be Thursday, June 8, at 1 p.m. at Albion Lutheran Church in rural St. James. Visitation will continue on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Pease Funeral Home in St. James, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Florence; sons, Dennis and wife Mary Ann of Jackson, Kenneth and wife Fay of Hayward, Wis., Richard and wife Becky of Clear Lake, Iowa, and Howard and wife Sharon of St. James; daughters, Phyllis Johnson and husband Larry of Alexandria, and Colleen Kibbon and husband Ron of Hampton, Neb; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Oren and wife Mae of Grand Rapids; sister-in-law, Myrtle Finstad of New Ulm; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.
Kjalmer was born Aug. 9, 1904, in Albin Township, Brown County, to John and Ingaborg (Enden) Finstad. He attended District 47 rural school in Brown County and also Mankato Commercial College. He was married to Florence Beckius on April 25, 1936, in Springfield. They farmed in Albin Township for many years. Kjalmer was a member of Albion Lutheran Church and had served as a trustee. He had also served on the rural school board. He enjoyed having his grandchildren visit, traveling, driving and reading. He became a resident of Pleasant View Nursing Home in 1999.
Pallbearers are grandsons, Keith Finstad, Todd Johnson, Jeff Finstad, John FInstad, Charles Vakula and Matt Kibbon. The honorary pallbearers will be the remaining grandchildren.
Stanley "Stan" Bushard, 81, of New Ulm, died Saturday, June 10, 2000 at the Sleepy Eye Care Center. Mass of Christian burial was Wednesday, June 14, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, with burial in the Catholic Cemetery in New Ulm. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home of New Ulm handled the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Marcella Bushard of New Ulm; daughters, Lois Schreyer of New Ulm, Connie Kloeckl of rural Hanska, and Judy Fullerton and her husband Rick of Chaska; sons, Greg Bushard and his wife Agnes of New Ulm, Gordy Bushard and his wife Connie of rural New Ulm; Ron Bushard and his wife Linda of New Ulm; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Irene Berg of New Ulm, Gertrude Klaras of Webster, and Jeanette Domeier and her husband LeRoy of New Ulm; brothers, Walter Bushard and his wife Violet of New Ulm, and Edward Bushard and his wife Lorraine of New Ulm; and a brother- in-law, LeRoy Kaufman of Glencoe. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Randy Kloeckl; a sister and brother-in-law, Forella and Clifford Smasal; a sister, Arlene Kaufman; and by brothers-in-law, Alex Berg and Dick Klaras.
Stan was born Feb. 7, 1919, in West Newton Township, Nicollet County, to Joseph and Angelica (Seifert) Bushard. He attended school in St. George. On June 21, 1944, he married Marcella Hauser at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. After marriage they farmed for four years in West Newton Township, Nicollet County, before moving to a farm in Courtland Township, Nicollet County. There they farmed for 24 years before retiring and moved into New Ulm. After farming, Stan worked for the Courtland Elevator for a short time before going to work for Forester Welding in New Ulm. There he worked until 1981 when he retired. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm and a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Aid Council. He had been a resident of the Sleepy Eye Care Center since the middle of March of this year.
Eugene A. Goblirsch, 69, of Sleepy Eye, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan. Services were June 13 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, with burial in the church cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home of Sleepy Eye handled the arrangements.
Gene was born March 25, 1931, in Albin Township, Brown County, to Frank and Clara (Sellner) Goblirsch. He attended country school in Albin Township, and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Sleepy Eye in 1948. Following graduation, Gene farmed the family farm where he enjoyed raising hogs and especially holstein cattle. Gene was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Aid Association. He enjoyed faming and reading. He had struggled with his health for the past nine years.
He is survived by his wife, Agnes of Sleepy Eye; son,Patrick of Sleepy Eye; daughters, Kathy Goblirsch of Medicine Lake, Sandy Goblirsch of Shakopee; brothers, Father Robert Goblirsch of Ortonville, Dennis and wife Lynn of Midwest City, Okla.; sisters, Sister Bertille Goblirsch of Duluth, Alice and husband Harry Dorn of Middleton, Wis.; sister-in-law, Adelle Goblirsch of Sleepy Eye; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edwin; and a brother in infancy.
Casket bearers were Stanley Bauer, James Goblirsch, Leo Ludewig, Clarence Goblirsch, Gary Goblirsch and Glen Goblirsch.
Helen Mae Arndt was born in Grantsburg, Wis., on Nov. 3, 1918. the daughter of Henry and Hattie Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister and sister-in-law.
She is survived by her niece Marsha (Lee) Mabrito and her nephews, Douglas (Ann) Andersen, Paul (Christa) Andersen and Kirk Andersen. Also special family, Myrna (Marshall) Gardin, Meredith Gardin, Maryl (Tim) Jordahl, and brother-in-law, Harry Andersen.
Although she had no children of her own she was very close to her nieces and nephews and her 10 very special great-nieces and nephews. She loved them dearly.
On Jan. 11, 1944, she was married to Gordon K. Arndt of Sleepy Eye where the couple resided. A year following his untimely death at the age 36, she returned to Minneapolis where she worked as a secretary until she retired in 1982.
She joined Wesley United Methodist Church in 1968 and has been active through the years. She was a member of Minnehaha Eastern Star and Retired Professional Secretaries.
Her cremains will be interred privately with her husband's at Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.