Johnny Reiniger, 22 months, of Mankato, died at Immanuel St. Joseph Hospital on Thursday, June 22, 2000. Funeral services were on Saturday, June 24, with burial will in the Decoria Cemetery. Landkamer Johnson-Boman Funeral Home in Mankato handled the arrangements. Memorials are preferred to the Johnathan Reiniger Memorial Fund at the Peoples State Bank of Eagle Lake.
Johnny was born on Aug. 3, 1998, in Mankato to William J. Reiniger and Heather Landgren.
He is survived by his parents of Mankato; sisters, Amanda Landgren and Rebecca Howard, both of Mankato; grandparents, Gary and Vicky Landgren of North Mankato, Theresa Reiniger of Sleepy Eye, Cleo Zeigler of the Twin Cities; uncles, aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, seven great-grandparents, one uncle and two aunts.
Mavis A. Fenske, age 58 of Lafayette, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Funeral services were Tuesday, June 27, at Zion Lutheran Church in Winthrop, with interment in the Winthrop Cemetery. Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Winthrop handled the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Dean Fenske of Lafayette; sons, Darwin Fenske and his wife, Lori of rural Winthrop and Dave Fenske and his wife Deb of Hutchinson; daughter, Susan Fenske of Nicollet; grandchildren, Tylor and Cegi Fenske and Cindy, Brenda and Daniel Fenske; mother, Arlene Harder of the Sleepy Eye Care Center; brother, Marvel "Butch" Harder and his wife Brenda of Sleepy Eye; sister, Shirley Wendinger and her husband Gary of New Ulm; mother-in-law, Lillian Schrieber and her husband William of Winthrop; and also nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mavis was preceded in death by her father, Ernie Harder, in November of 1988; her brother ;and her father-in-Law, Herbert Fenske, in September of 1972.
Mavis Arlene Fenske was born Sept. 22, 1941, in Sleepy Eye. She was the daughter of Ernie and Arlene (Speckman) Harder. Mavis was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed on April 3, 1955. She grew up in the Sleepy Eye area where she attended school. She graduated from Sleepy Eye High School on June 1, 1960. Mavis worked at the Pietrus poultry plant in Sleepy Eye for a number of years. She was united in marriage with Dean Fenske on April 7, 1962. This union was blessed with the birth of two sons and a daughter. After their marriage, Mavis and Dean lived south of Gaylord for five years. They moved south of Arlington for two years and they returned to Sleepy Eye for three years. While living in Sleepy Eye, Mavis held employment at Haas Press. In the fall of 1972, the couple moved to Lafayette. They farmed in Cornish Township, Sibley County. Mavis played a very active role in helping her husband with work on their farm. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Winthrop. She loved spending time with her family, especially her five grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and she loved all of her animals.
Sister Michael Walch, 82, a Franciscan sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, who served in domestic care, died on Sep. 3, 2000, at Assisi Heights, Rochester.
Born Annabelle Theresa Walch on March 27, 1918, in Minneiska, Minn., Sister Michael entered the Franciscan congregation in 1940 from Immaculate Conception Parish, Oak Ridge, Minn. She made profession of vows in 1943 and began her ministry of domestic care at Saint Mary's parish, Sleepy Eye. She ministered in various parishes in Minnesota including Rochester, Adrian, Johnsburg, Ellsworth, Austin and Winona, and also in Ironton, Ohio. From 1977-1993, Sister Michael was assigned to St. Mary's parish, Sleepy Eye, where she served as a Title I teacher's aide. She retired to Assisi Heights in 1993 and celebrated her golden jubilee that year.
Sister Michael is survived by her Franciscan community and by one sister, Sister Renata Walch, Assisi Heights; and by one brother, Michael Walch of Altura, Minn.
A mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, Assisi Heights, with the Reverend Jack Krough officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at Assisi Heights at the wake service at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, and also until the time of service on Thursday.
Betty M. Rasmussen, 67, of Oakdale, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at home with her family after a lengthy illness. A memorial service was held Sept. 8 at House of Prayer Lutheran Church of Oakdale, with interment in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Sandberg Mortuary of North St. Paul handled the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Boyd, of 45 years; daughters, Cathie Johnson of Visalia, Calif., Julie Trudeau, Lorie, of Oakdale, and Vickie of St. Paul; three grandchildren; one-great-grandson; sister Jeanne Lewis of Mountain Home, Idaho; and a brother, Stan Hoffman, of Corinth, NY.
She was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Lakes, 8100 34th Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55440.
Eugene A. "Gene" Groebner, 56, of Sleepy Eye, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at his home. Services will be Thursday, Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, and 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. There will be a parish prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday.
He is survived by his brother, Gerald Groebner of Sleepy Eye; sister, Lois Groebner of Mankato; niece, Jennifer of Alexandria; nephew, Greg of New Ulm; and aunts, Evelyn Mathiowetz and Veronica "Fronie" Groebner, both of Sleepy Eye. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gene was born Jan. 25, 1944, in Sleepy Eye the son of Walter and Louise (Mathiowetz) Groebner. He grew up in Sleepy Eye and graduated from high school in 1961. He attended Mankato State University for two years prior to entering the United States Army. Gene served in the Army from January of 1964 until his discharge in January of 1967. He returned to Sleepy Eye and was employed at Del Monte. Gene was employed at Dick's Skelly and later he purchased the business, renaming it Gene's Texaco, and operated it until the present. Gene was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. He enjoyed biking and hunting.
Casket bearers are Roger Poss, Dave Hornick, Albert Sellner, Robert Hoffman, Richard Groebner and Leonard Nachreiner.
David Julian Sleeten, 45, of Minnetonka, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000. A memorial service was held Sept. 22 at All Saints Lutheran Church in Minnetonka.
He is survived by his wife, Catharine; his children, David and Kristin; his half ¼brother, Chip Butterwick; other extended relatives; mother and father-in-law, Charles and June Haug of Sleepy Eye; and many friends and students. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julian and Olga Sletten.
Dave was a musician, composer, teacher, and recording artist. He is remembered for his diverse contributions to jazz, both as a multi-reedman and as a composer. Dave was a former president of the Twin Cities Jazz Society and has spent the past several years writing an oral history book on Twin Cities jazz. He was a founding member of the Wolverines Classic Jazz Orchestra, played with several bands including Willie and the Bees, Crossover, the Stud Brothers, Tropic Zone, and Metropolis. The past 10 years have seen him extensively involved in theatre presentations as well as performing with both major symphonies. For the past five years, he has performed in the orchestra for the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. He was a wonderful, devoted and beloved husband, father and friend--his spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
Palmyre "Polly" F. Friton, 89, of Muskego, Wis., died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital in Waukesha, Wis. Services were Saturday, Sept. 30, at Faith United Methodist Church in Sleepy Eye, with interment in Home Cemetery, Sleepy Eye. Sturm Funeral Home of Sleepy Eye handled the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Ardis and husband Milton Larsen of West Allis, Wis.; son, Paul and wife Joy Friton of Pipestone; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Marguerite and husband Wallace Johnson of Richfield; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edmund; daughter, Avis Buckmeier in 1970; and sister, Ruth Zieske.
Palmyre was born May 28, 1911, in Sleepy Eye, the daughter of Fred, Jr. and Lydia (Kissner) Sasse. She grew up and attended school in Sleepy Eye. After graduating from high school, she attended nurse's training in Minneapolis. Polly married Edmund George Friton on Jan. 10, 1930, in Minneapolis. The couple farmed two miles north of Sleepy Eye until 1960 when they moved in to town. Polly cared for her mother for five years. Edmund preceded her in death in 1973. Polly remained in Sleepy Eye until moving to Wisconsin in 1998 to live with her daughter. On Oct. 1, 1999, she moved to the Meskego Nursing Home where she has lived since that time. She was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church in Sleepy Eye, the Sleepy Eye Hospital Auxiliary and the Order of the Eastern Star, Olivia Chapter. Polly enjoyed quilting, hooking rugs and afghans, and many other craft items. She also collected stamps and "Blue" glass.
Casket bearers were Doug Friton, Dane Larsen, Grant Friton, Michael Koehl, Jim Beilke and Doug Brandl.
Delila Miller, 72, of New Ulm died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. Funeral service was Saturday, Sept. 23, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm, with burial in the church cemetery in New Ulm. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm handled the arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Pat Mathiowetz of New Ulm; a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Vicki Miller of Franklin; three grandchildren, Jacob Miller, Sara Miller, and Eric Miller; two step-grandchildren, Jody Walls and her husband David, and Paula Thunander; two step-great grandchildren, Jacob Thunander and Tyler Walls; and a sister, Verona Bode of New Ulm. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray Miller, in 1994; a brother, Lloyd Schroeder; and three sisters, Ruth Schroeder, Valeria Bode, and Alice Schroeder in infancy.
Delila was born March 21, 1928, in Eden Township, Brown County, to Emil and Hanna (Engel) Schroeder. She graduated from Morgan High School in 1945. On Oct. 2, 1947, she married Ray Miller at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eden Township, Brown County. After marriage they lived in New Ulm. She worked for two years at the New Ulm Greenhouse and for four years she worked at McCleary Auto Parts, both in New Ulm. She was a member of the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm and was very active in church activities volunteering her time for many years on the flower and altar committee, being a member of the church's quilting group, and also volunteering her time helping residents at the Highland Manor Nursing Home in New Ulm where she took the residents to the weekly church services held at the manor.
Lois Marion Dannheim, 76, of Sleepy Eye, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Merit Care Center Hospital in Fargo, N.D. Services were Monday, Sept. 25, at Faith United Methodist Church in Sleepy Eye with interment in Home Cemetery, Sleepy Eye. Sturm Funeral Home of Sleepy Eye handled the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughters, Barb and Bob Miller of Montgomery, Judy and Frank Vogel of Underwood; daughter-in-law, Arla Dannheim of Lake George; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren,; brothers and sisters, Merrill "Mickey" Roberts of Sleepy Eye, James and Alice Roberts of New Ulm, Mildred Eckstein of Sleepy Eye, Helen a Kenny Zobel of New Ulm, Bob Roberts of Sleepy Eye, Beach and Pauline Roberts of Sanborn, Tom and Joyce Roberts of Sleepy Eye, Jack and Kathy Roberts of Nevis; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Benjamin; son, Ben; sister, Katherine Kirkpatrick; granddaughter, Janet Vogel; brother-in-law, Joe Eckstein; sisters-in-law, Mary Roberts and Vonnie Roberts.
Lois was born on Dec. 28, 1923, in Sleepy Eye the daughter of William and Isabella (McKenzie) Roberts. She grew up and attended school in Sleepy Eye. After graduating from high school, she attended St. Theresa's College in Winona for two years. Lois married Benjamin Dannheim on Feb. 4, 1943, in Sleepy Eye. The couple made their home in Sleepy Eye until 1952 when they moved to St. Peter. Lois and Benjamin returned to Sleepy Eye in 1966. Benjamin preceded her in death in 1968. Lois worked as a typesetter at Haas Printing, which is now AUI, Inc., retiring in 1986. She continued to live in Sleepy Eye, spending her summers at her lake home near Park Rapids. Lois enjoyed sewing, embroidering, reading, cooking and, most of all, her family.
Casket bearers were John Vogel, John Kuckler, Greg Hensel, Dennis Dannheim, Tim Johnson and Steve Miller.
Dr. Elmer E. Keithahn, 87, of Scripp's Ranch, Calif., died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Green Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. He had been living in his Scripps Ranch home until that time. There will be a private memorial service held in California on Oct. 7.
He is survived by a sister, Irene Christopherson of Sacramento, Calif.; as well as seven children, Jim (Sue) of Hastings, David of Sleepy Eye, Kay (Rick) Cohen of Avila Beach, Calif., Ann (Larry) Jensen of Litchfield, Larry (Laura) of Mendota Heights, Kim of Darwin, and Mary (Curtis) Keithahn Brown of Scripps Ranch; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Elmer was born March 11, 1913, on the family farm in Fairmont to Richard and Mary (Pietan) Keithan. He graduated from Fairmont High School and went on to attend Carleton College in Northfield and the University of Minnesota Medical School. He began practicing medicine in Kimball in 1939. It was then that he met and married Arla Helleckson in 1941. They moved to Sleepy Eye in 1944 where he continued his medical practice. He may have been best known for delivering the Seifert quads in 1950. He practiced medicine in Sleepy Eye until his retirement in 1978, when he and Arla moved to Mission, Texas. While living in Sleepy Eye, he was active in the Lions Club, the Board of Education, and in the Sleepy Eye Golf Club. He built the Sleepy Eye Medical Clinic, and was very instrumental in recruiting new doctors to the area. He enjoyed golfing, biking, tennis, reading and, traveling. In later years, he took up rug hooking. Following Arla's death in 1991, he moved to San Diego to live closer to his children.