Raymond Frank Schroepfer, 92, of Sleepy Eye, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 23, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with interment in St. Mary's Catholic cemetery, Sleepy Eye. Sturm Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Raymond was born on April 23, 1908, in Stark Township, Brown County, the son of Frank and Theresia (Seidl) Schroepfer. He grew up and attended District 33 Country School in Albin Township, and later attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Sleepy Eye. Raymond married Marcella Augustin on Oct. 24, 1938, in Leavenworth. The couple made their home in Sleepy Eye, where Raymond was manager of Sleepy Eye Grain and Feed for 41 years. Raymond played baseball in the Sleepy Eye area for many years. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, golf, cards, gardening and hunting.
Raymond is survived by his wife Marcella of Sleepy Eye; children and their spouses, Mary Ann and Richard Helling of St. James, Marvin and Sharyn Schroepfer of Apple Valley, Dennis and Sandy Schroepfer of Alexandria, and Joyce and John Miller of Rochester; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brothers and sisters and their spouses, Florian Schroepfer, Agnes and Edwin Tauer, Rosella and James Hillesheim, Sylvester and Pearl Schroepfer, and Jerome and Arlene Schroepfer, all of Sleepy Eye; and sisters-in-law, Loretta (Mrs. Albert) Schroepfer, Clara (Mrs. Clem) Schroepfer, and Amelia (Mrs. Felix) Heitzer, all of Sleepy Eye.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Clement, Felix, Walter, Edward and Albert; and sister, Lorraine Weiss.
George H. Kuebler, 70, of Arlington, formerly of Jordan, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2001 at Sibley Medical Center in Arlington. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 22 at Peace Lutheran Church in Arlington, with burial in the Arlington Public Cemetery. The Fenske Funeral Home of Arlington handled the arrangements.
George was born in Sleepy Eye on May 27, 1930 to George L. and Mathilda (Hoffmann) Kuebler. He attended country school. George was in the Navy during the Korean War from 1950-1954. He married Esther Dostal on Aug. 12, 1960 at Ft. Dodge, Iowa. They lived in Jordan for 30 years before moving to Arlington in 1994. George was the manager of Sony Acres mobile home park in Burnsville. He was a member of the Arlington VFW and American Legion - past commander, and was on the Peace Lutheran Church council. He enjoyed auctions, collecting, garage sales, working and hunting.
George is survived by his wife, Esther Kuebler of Arlington; sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Shelly of Eden Prairie, and Tom and Kymberly of Mesquite, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law, Jan and Doug Lake of Shakopee, and Theresa and Jay North of Waconia; five grandchildren, Brenda and Matt Lake, Andie Kuebler, David Kuebler and Eli North; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Delores of St. James, Glen of Sleepy Eye, and Margaret Kuebler of Sleepy Eye; sisters and brothers-in-law, Beatrice and Milton Witt of W. St. Paul, Janet and Gilbert Hillesheim of New Ulm, Kathy and Frank Vogel of Sanborn, and Alex Sellner of Rosemont.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles; two sisters, Mildred (in infancy) and Doris Sellner; and nephew, Grant Kuebler.
Casket Bearers were: Brad Kuebler, Greg Kuebler, Dan Kuebler, Rob Schneider, Kevin Vogel, Mike Sellner, Phillip Witt and Tim Hillesheim.
Lotis Augusta Deegan, 88, of Sleepy Eye, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Services were Feb. 3 at St. James Catholic Church, St. James, with burial in Calvary Cemetery, St. James. Sturm Funeral Home of St. James handled the arrangements.
Lotis A. Deegan was born to John and Josephine (Carson) Leach on Sept. 8, 1912. Lotis spent her early childhood in rural Minnesota near Winnebago and Amboy. She graduated from Fairmont High School. On April 4, 1952, she married James Deegan in Fairmont. After their marriage they moved to Lewisville where her husband worked at various jobs until 1947. She completed her time in Lewisville as the co-owner of Jim's Place, a tavern and one of the favorite social spots in the area. When her husband returned from serving in the Navy in WW II, they purchased a farm on Long Lake, south of St, James. Lotis and Jim operated the farm until 1968. She continued to live on the farm until the early 1990s before moving to an apartment in St. James. Lotis was a member of the St. James Catholic Church and also belonged to the CCW. She also was a member of the Lewisville American Legion Auxiliary. Earlier, when living on the farm, she was involved with 4-H. Lotis enjoyed traveling, fishing, and crocheting.
She is survived by two sons and their wives, Roger and Sandra Deegan, Redmond, Wash., and Gene and Nancy Deegan, Tampa, Fla.; one daughter, Joyce and husband Michael Moldan, Comfrey; one daughter-in-law, Iris Deegan, Alamo, Tenn.; one sister, Dorothy Arndt, Albert Lea; and one sister-in-law, Mary Deegan, Winnebago. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, Sr; her son James, Jr; one granddaughter, Marla Moldan; one brother, Bill; and infant brother, Paul; one sister Marie; and her parents.
Casket bearers were Ted Geisfield, John Deegan, Matt Deegan, Mark Deegan, Jimmy Deegan and Jay Moldan.
Angeline "Angie" Josephine Mertz, 96, of Sleepy Eye, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 31, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, with interment in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.
Angie was born June 9, 1904, in Leavenworth Township, Brown County to John J. and Mary (Warta) Mertz. She attended rural school District 43 and St. Mary's Catholic School in Sleepy Eye. She lived on the family farm until entering St. John Lutheran Home in 1991. Angie was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and enjoyed baking, cooking, playing cards, embroidery and playing bingo.
She is survived by her niece, Shirley Hendley; and nephew, John Mertz, both of Sleepy Eye; and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Rose Mertz.
Casket bearers were Joe Steffl, Justin Steffl, Linus Deibele, Dennis Sellner, Randy Krzmarzick and Perry Pietig.
Charles L. Strate, 53, of Eden Valley, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2000, at his home of an apparent heart attack. Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Church of Our Lady, Manannah. Reverend Francis Garvey officiated the ceremony and burial was in the parish cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Dingmann's Eden Valley Funeral Home in Eden Valley.
Charles was born Nov. 26, 1947, in Sleepy Eye to Raymond and Viola (Lux) Strate. He married Nancy Mages on Oct. 24, 1969 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. The couple farmed and lived in Sleepy Eye until moving to Eden Valley in 1993. He was a member of Church of Our Lady, Manannah, where he was on the finance council. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus St. Louis Council #3820, Catholic Aid Association, Eden Valley American Legion Post #381, and the NRA. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam war. Chuck enjoyed his family and friends, hunting, fishing, gun smithing, dogs and especially his grandchildren and chocolate.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy of Eden Valley; daughters, son and their spouses, Connie and Doug Goblirsch of Ramsey, Becky and Shane Wilson of Mankato, Brian and Michelle Strate of Sleepy Eye, Sarah Strate and special friend Chad Mills of Madelia, and Kimberly Strate of Eden Valley; grandchildren, Kyle and Nicholas Strate of Sleepy Eye, and Nicole and Natalie Goblirsch of Ramsey; sister, brother and their spouses, Charlotte and Dick Gorres of Willmar, Lynn and Jeanne Strate of Bemidji. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Louis Strate in 1954.
Elmer "Spike" Nehls, 87, of Las Vegas, formerly of New Ulm, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at his daughter's home in Las Vegas. A combined memorial service for Mr. and Mrs. Nehls will be held at a later date in New Ulm following his wife's death. Firle Funeral Home of New Ulm is handling the arrangements.
Elmer "Spike" Nehls, was born Feb. 22, 1913, in New Ulm to John and Amanda (Schlumpberger) Nehls. He attended parochial school and graduated from New Ulm High School. He attended the St. Louis School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Belland on June 9, 1938, in New Ulm. They resided in Marshall and Waseca for a time and spent most of their married life in New Ulm, where he worked for Waseca Mutual Insurance Company. The couple lived in Las Vegas the past ten years. He was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in New Ulm; Charity Lodge no. 98 A.F. and A.M. of New Ulm, the Zuhrah Shrine Temple in Minneapolis, New Ulm Toastmasters and many other local civic organizations.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy Nehls of Las Vegas; son, Tom and his wife Nancy Nehls of Palitine, IL; daughters, Sandra and her husband Charles Stoltzman of Janesville, Patricia and her husband Richard Heymann of Las Vegas; nine grandchildren; 11 great -grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Ibberson of Sleepy Eye; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Norman; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Cards may be sent to Dorothy Nehls, 3533 Valencia St., Las Vegas, NV 89121.
Alan L. Ladd, 52, of Stevens Point, Wisc., formerly of Sleepy Eye, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at his home in Stevens Point. A visitation and family life celebration was held in Stevens Point on Monday, Jan. 28. There will be a visitation in Sleepy Eye held on Friday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sturm Funeral Home, with a graveside service to follow at Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.
Alan was born Nov. 24, 1948, in Sleepy Eye to the late Howard and Elaine Ladd. He served as first lieutenant in the Army during the Vietnam era, serving in Korea. Alan received a BA in business and and MBA in industrial relations from the University of Minnesota. He also received an executive MBA from the University of Michigan. He was general manager of district operations for Wisconsin Gas Company. As a boss, he was known as a great mentor and visionary. Alan was known for his great story-telling, love of jazz and blues and history of the American Prairie. He was a Son of the American Revolution, a champion of Native Americans and proud of his Yankee-Iroquois heritage. Alan is loved and appreciated by his children, family and friends, especially for his wonderful wit. A memorial is established in his name for the Alan Ladd Scholarship Fund, in lieu of flowers.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine; daughters, Jessica Grace Huggins and Jocelyn Ray Ladd; and a sister, Colleen Ladd and husband Richard Kokkila. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Francile Ladd.
Casket bearers were Darryl Schwartz, Dick Kokkila, Jeff Christensen, Daven Kokkila, Doug Christensen and Mark Ladd.
Dale Floyd Remus, 67, Sleepy Eye, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at Divine Providence Home in Sleepy Eye. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 1, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, with interment in Home cemetery, with military rites by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard. Visitation is from 7:30-10 a.m. on Thursday at the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.
Dale was born July 27, 1933 in Sleepy Eye, the son of Orville and Selma (Berkner) Remus. He grew up and attended school in Sleepy Eye. He joined the United States Army in 1951, fought in the Korean Conflict and returned to Sleepy Eye after his discharge. Dale married Myrtyce Ibberson on July 18, 1955, in Sleepy Eye. The couple made their home in the Twin Cities, where Dale worked in law enforcement as chief of police of several Twin Cities communities, and later became a state crime bureau agent in North Dakota. Dale loved to fish, hunt, spend time at the lake and play cards. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, the VFW, American Legion, MN Chiefs of Police Association, Catholic Order of Foresters and the FBI National Academy Associates.
Dale is survived by his wife Myrtyce Remus of Sleepy Eye; children, Dione and husband Jesse Kelm of Plymouth, Debra Remus and Mark Smith of San Antonio, Tex., Gwen and husband David Holkesvig of Sleepy Eye, Greg and wife Camille Remus of Fargo, N.D.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Remus of Sleepy Eye; sisters, LaVonne and husband Gene Warren of Mesa, Ariz., and Lynelle Gorka of Forrest Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Honorary casket bearers are Amanda Holkesvig, Brandi Wesolowski, Lora Remus, Dale Moitz, Kyrsten Remus, Ben Holkesvig, Cory Holkesvig, Cari Moitz, Myrtyce Remus, Stephen Moitz, Annie Holkesvig and Caleb Wesolowski.
Minnie Sperl, 88, of rural Comfrey died Jan. 23, 2001, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield. Services were held Friday, Jan. 26 at the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye with Chaplain Mary Pauluk officiating. Interment was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.
Minnie was born on Aug. 8, 1912, in Mulligan Township, Brown County, the daughter of Harry F. and Mary (Nowak) Cook. She grew up and attended District 42 country school in Brown County. Minnie married Bernard "Ben" F. Sperl on Nov. 2, 1931, at the St. Mary's Church rectory in Sleepy Eye. The couple made their home in Mulligan Township, where they lived and farmed for many years. Minnie also worked at Del Monte in Sleepy Eye for a few years. Her husband Ben preceded her in death on Jan. 26, 1974. Minnie continued to live on the farm with her sister until moving to St. John Home in Feb. of 2000. Minnie enjoyed farming, working outdoors, gardening, making hay and working with livestock. She also enjoyed fishing with her husband, Western Minnie baseball games, car racing and going to Fairs.
Minnie is survived by her sister, Arlene Cook of rural Comfrey; sisters-in-law, Lillian Strate and Rose Gulbrandson, both of Sleepy Eye; cousins, Donald "Duke" Cook, and Mel and wife Marie Cook, all of rural Comfrey, Ivona Helget of New Ulm, Leon Schwartz of Summit, S.D., and Bertha Green of Sleepy Eye. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Casket bearers were Leon Tauer, Linus Tauer, Howard Tauer, Donald Cook, Paul Schroepfer and Jerome Trebesch. Honorary casket bearers were Florence Metzen, Jim Gulbrandson, Roberta Radtke, Jerome Huiras, Carol Fischer, Mary Jane Williams and Mel Cook.
Agnes Katherine Weber, 90, of Springfield, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at Springfield Medical Center in Springfield. Services were held Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield, with interment in St. Raphael's Cemetery, Springfield.
Agnes was born August 16, 1910, in Bashaw Township near Comfrey, to Andrew and Margaret (Kreitinger) Lang. She married Joseph August Weber on May 31, 1949, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield. They farmed in Brookville Township, north of Springfield, where Agnes resided until her death. Agnes was active in a garden study club and St. Anne's Altar Society (C.C.W.). For many years she arranged wonderful bouquets of flowers from her garden for occasions in the church. She was also an avid seamstress and made her own wedding dress, as well as everything from curtains for her home to Barbie doll clothes for her grandchildren. Agnes also helped to make quilts in her church basement and continued to crochet beautiful afghans until late in life when her vision deteriorated.
Agnes is survived by her son, David Weber of rural Springfield; daughter, Diane Jacobsen of White City, Oregon; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters, Leona Meidl and Cleopha Weiss both of Sleepy Eye, and Margaret Zenk of Olivia; sisters-in-law, Beatrice (Steffensmeier) Weber, Delores (Weiss) Ebnet and Kathleen (Roeser) Lang, all of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph; an infant son; sisters, Rose and Lydia; and brothers, Andrew, Edwin, Art, and Roman.
Casket bearers were Gerald Weber, Cletus Utz, Bob Weiss, Karen Weber, Ralph Weber and Mary Jo Veenstra.