Terrance "Terry" W. Krambeer
Terrance "Terry" W. Krambeer, 85, Sleepy Eye, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at Divine Providence Community Home, Sleepy Eye. Funeral services were held Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, with interment in the church cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Terry was born Feb. 10, 1917, in Sigel Township, Brown County, the son of Fred and Lena (Schaverstick) Krambeer. He grew up and attended country school and St. Mary's Catholic School in Sleepy Eye. Terry married Ordell Soukup on Oct. 7, 1939, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Terry worked at Stark Creamery and Sleepy Eye Creamery. He later went to work for the City of Sleepy Eye, with the Street Department, for many years. Terry was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus and he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Terry is survived by his wife, Ordell Krambeer of Sleepy Eye; sons, Jack Krambeer of Minneapolis, and Bob and wife Mary Krambeer of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Joseph; brothers, Fred and Jean Krambeer and Francis and Verna Krambeer all of New Ulm; and sister-in-law, Arlene Krambeer of New Ulm. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Tom; brother, Gervase Krambeer; and sister, Delores Bruckbauer.
Alex Sellner, 75, of Rosemount, formerly of Sleepy Eye, died Sunday, March 10, 2002, in Burnsville.
Funeral services were held Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rosemount, with interment in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Sleepy Eye, with full military rites.
Alex is survived by his daughters, Linda Klamm, and Marlene Murray; sons, Mike Sellner, David Sellner and Robert Sellner; nine grandchildren; sisters, Marcella Suess, Bernice Kirchner, Patricia Soukup and Barbara Mielke; and brother, Floyd Sellner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; and parents, Wenzel and Barbara (Zangel) Sellner of Sleepy Eye.
Blanch M. Witucki
Blanche M. Witucki, 90, Sleepy Eye, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Divine Providence Community Home, Sleepy Eye. Funeral services were held Friday at the Divine Providence Community Home chapel, with interment in New Ulm Catholic Cemetery, New Ulm. Sturm Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Blanche was born June 8, 1911, in Silver Lake, the daughter of Fred and Anna (Sobeslavsky) Andrews. She grew up and graduated from high school in Silver Lake. Blanche married Daniel Witucki on Sept. 25, 1930, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Silver Lake. The couple made their home in Silver Lake until 1942, when they moved to Minneapolis. They later lived in Frontenac, and then New Ulm, until retiring in 1973, at which time they moved to Lafayette. Blanche moved to Divine Providence Community Home in May of 1998. She was a member of the Third Order of Lay Franciscans, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Lafayette, Christian Mothers and Catholic Aid.
Blanche is survived by her daughters, Juanita and Gene Carlson of Klamath Falls, Ore., Mary Seetaram of Houston, Tex., Martha Witucki of Sleepy Eye, and Margaret Kaldon of Jackson, Miss.; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Daniel in 1987; sons, Daniel, Jr. in 1957, and Fred in 1991; and sisters, Martha Andrews and Mary Riley.
Myron "Mike" D. Berkner
Myron "Mike" Donald Berkner, 78, Sleepy Eye, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, while traveling in Texas. Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, with interment in the church cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Mike was born April 6, 1923, in Sleepy Eye, the son of Harold and Katherine (Huiras) Berkner. He grew up and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Sleepy Eye. He married Pearl Guldager on May 17, 1950, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The couple farmed near Sleepy Eye for many years, until retiring in 1983. Mike and Pearl lived at the lake near Park Rapids in the summers, and in Mesa, Ariz., in the winters. Due to Mike's health, they had lived in Sleepy Eye full time the last two years. Mike was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Knights of Columbus. His favorite past times were fishing at the lake, lawn bowling in Arizona and being with family and friends, especially his grandchildren.
Mike is survived by his wife, Pearl of Sleepy Eye; son, Bill and wife Karen Berkner of St. Michael; daughter, Julie and husband Bill Hughes of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren, Amber, Joey, Ryan, Jessica, Elizabeth and Alex; brothers, Randy Berkner of Sleepy Eye; Richard and wife Barbra Berkner of Mankato, Dave and wife Sandy Runing of White Bear Lake, and Curt and wife Mary Runing of Casa Grande, Ariz., and sister, Ramona Rickie of Blue Earth. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Cecelia; sister, Barbara; infant sister, Rosemary; sister-in-law, Dolly Berkner; and brother-in-law, Bill Rickie.
Oyler Brudelie, 89, Hanska, died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at Luther Memorial Home in Madelia. Funeral services will be held Thursday at Lake Hanska Lutheran Church, rural Hanska, with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Firle Funeral Home, Hanska, and one hour prior to the services at the church. Memorials are preferred to the donor's choice.
Oyler Maynard Brudelie, the son of George and Nina (Ouren) Brudelie, was born Oct. 6, 1912, on his family farm in Lake Hanska Township, Brown County. As a child, he attended country school and later Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis and Mankato Business College. He was united in marriage to Helen Leaf on June 27, 1940, in Austin. They continued to live on and operate the family farm in Lake Hanska Township. The couple retired from farming in 1980, and moved into Hanska in 1981. Helen died Dec. 9, 1986. Oyler married Marian (Goor) Olson on Oct. 31, 1987 at Lake Hanska Lutheran Church. They continued to make their home in Hanska. Oyler had just become a resident of Luther Memorial Home on March 11, 2002. He was an active member of Lake Hanska Church, having held many offices through the years. Oyler was a pilot and musician, and past president of Brown County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Sleepy Eye Drum and Bugle Corps, Over 60 Band, Lake Crystal Community Band, Hanska Harmony Band and the "Hanska University Band." Oyler enjoyed woodworking and travel, having visited 27 countries, including Norway several times.
Oyler is survived by his wife, Marian of Hanska; nephew, Wayne and his wife Jean Brudelie of Hanska; niece, Edith Dankert of Minneapolis; stepsons, Eugene and wife Cecelia Olson of Bloomington, Lynn and wife Helen Olson of New Ulm, Charles and wife Dorene Olson of Hanska; step-daughters, Judi Olson-Cooksey and husband Jerry of Solsberry, Ind., Linda and husband Royce Wempen of St. Peter; and many step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Oyler was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; sister, Edythe LaRue Brudelie; and brothers, George and Walter Brudelie.
Reynold "Chris" Christensen
Reynold "Chris" Christensen, 90, Roseville, formerly of Sleepy Eye, died Monday, March 18, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 9, 10:30 a.m., at North Como Presbyterian Church, 965 Larpenteur Ave. W, Roseville.
Chris was born Sept. 27, 1911, the son of Albert and Martha (Simonsen) Christensen. He attended high school in Sleepy Eye, graduating with the class of 1930. After high school, Chris attended Moorhead State Teachers College in Moorhead, graduation with the class of 1934. He began his 43 year teaching career in Hanska in 1935. Chris was united in marriage to LaDonna Palmer, his high school sweetheart, in 1936. The couple then moved to Battle Lake. Chris' teaching took him to Farmington, Rushford, Red Wing and Cannon Falls. Upon his retirement, Chris and LaDonna moved to Roseville. Chris continued his music, by playing with the Golden Tones and the Roseville Community Band.
Chris is survived by his sister, Leona Baird of Roseville; sons, Dennis and wife Nancy Christensen of Little Falls and Dean of New Brighton; grandchildren, Eric Christensen of Bozeman, Mont., Stephanie Bonner of Austin, Tex., Shelly Kunzman of Brooklyn Park, Darin Christensen of Missoula Mont., and Nelson and wife Lisa Bonner of Buffalo; and two great-grandchildren. Chris was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 59 years, LaDonna; and sisters, Sylvia Ericksen, Lorraine Brady and Hazel Christensen.
Harold Fortwengler, 83, New Ulm, died March 24, 2002, at his home. Funeral services were held Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Ulm, interment in New Ulm City Cemetery, with full military rites conducted by New Ulm Veteran's organizations. Firle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Harold Charles Fortwengler, the son of Frank and Louise (Metzen) Fortwengler, was born July 23, 1918, in Cottonwood Township, Brown County. He attended country school and St. Mary's Parochial Grade School in New Ulm. He entered the United States Army in February 1941, serving in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. While in the military, he was united in marriage to Alyce K. Bauer of Sleepy Eye, on Aug. 20, 1944 in Belton, Tex. Following his honorable discharge in October of 1945, the couple made their home in New Ulm. Harold began working for International Multifoods in February of 1946. He also worked as a painter in his spare time, and also following his retirement from the rye mill in 1982. Harold was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm, and had served as an usher for many years, and American Legion Post #132.
Harold is survived by his wife, Alyce; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Deb Fortwengler of Burnsville; granddaughters, Heather and husband Keith Berndt of Shakopee, and Jaime and husband Eric Cichon of Tucson, Ariz.; great-grandchildren, Dalton and Paige Berndt of Shakopee; sister, Florinda Richter of New Ulm; brother, Joe and wife Anna Fortwengler of New Ulm; sister-in-law, Martha Sanders of Gaylord; brothers-in-law, Robert and wife Margaret Bauer of New Ulm; Stanley and wife Mary Katherine Bauer of Sleepy Eye; Larry and wife Maggie Bauer of New Ulm, and Donna and husband Don Schumacher of Wanda; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Art and wife Ernestine Fortwengler; brothers-in-law, Linus Bauer and James Bauer; and an infant twin brother and sister at birth.
Sharon Peterson, 59, New Ulm, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at New Ulm Medical Center, New Ulm. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Courtland, with interment in the church cemetery.
Sharon, the daughter of Marvin and Elaine (Kosek) Fitzner, was born July 28, 1942, at Union Hospital, New Ulm. She attended Nicollet Public High School and graduated from there in 1960. On May 4, 1962, Sharon was united in marriage to Donald Peterson at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Courtland. After marriage, the couple lived in Sleepy Eye for several years before moving to New Ulm. While living in New Ulm, Sharon worked from 1963 to 1973 at Tactronics, formerly known as Windings, and then for the next 14 years, she operated her own day care out of her home, operating that until the early 90s. She was a previous member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Courtland, where she was baptized, confirmed and married, and was currently a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, New Ulm. Sharon enjoyed listening to Blue Grass Music and she and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout the states of Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri, going to blue grass festivals.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Donald H. Peterson of New Ulm; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Sarah Peterson of St. Peter; grandsons, Tyler and Nathan; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathleen and Earl Blank and Mary and Harlan Blank, all of Nicollet; Cynthia Fitzner of Truman, and Nancy and Dennis Fogelberg of LaSalle; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronald and Lois Fitzner of Fergus Falls and John and Marilyn Fitzner of Mankato. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Michael Fitzner in infancy.
Robert "Bob" Current
Robert Leslie "Bob" Current, 91, Redwood Falls, died Monday, July 29, 2002, at Wood Dale Nursing Home in Redwood Falls. Funeral services were held Friday at United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls, with interment in Current Cemetery, Home Township, Brown County.
Robert was born Dec. 27, 1910, in Home Township, Brown County, the son of Roy and Nellie (Case) Current. He married Isabel Marie Lasby on July 26, 1939. Robert attended Teachers College in Illinois for one year. He learned to fly in a cornfield on his father's farm in the late 1920s and did barnstorm flying for a number of years. Robert took pilots training as a co-pilot with TWA in Kansas City in 1939, and then became a pilot with Continental Airlines in the summer of 1940, in Denver, Colo. He moved to Los Angeles in 1959. Bob flew MATS contract overseas in the late 1960s and was in and out of the South Pacific during those years. He started a Boy Scout troop in the Philippines as well as other places in the Pacific area during that time. Robert was active in the Boy Scouts as a leader from 1950 to around 1990 when his last son became an Eagle Scout. All three of his sons were Eagle Scouts and Order of the Arrow. The Boy Scouts awarded him the Silver Beaver for his work in scouting. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason.
Robert moved to Minnesota when he retired and his last two sons grew up in Redwood Falls, where he lived out the rest of his life. In Redwood Falls, Robert was on the airport commission and served three terms as president and remained as the main authority on aviation regulations for the board. Robert was also a janitor at Methodist Church for five years and worked at Wal-Mart for over five years.
Robert is survived by his wife, Isabel of Redwood Falls; sons, Reece and wife Suzanne of San Jose, Calif., Bryce of Redwood City, Calif., and Robroy of Farmington; daughters, Elizabeth and husband Denis Cogswell of Palo Alto, Calif.; and Lorraine and husband Robert E. Wilson of Fremont, Calif.; grandchildren, Blaine Current, Robert Current, James Current, Matthew Cogswell and Casey Wilson, Marie Cogswell Buhntz, Monica Current, Margaret Wilson and Nina Current. Robert was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene; and sisters, Hazel Rogers and Margaret Johnson.
Catherine "Cathy" Gloe
Catherine "Cathy" Gloe, 44, Pierre, S.D., died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at her home. Funeral services were held Monday at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre, S.D.
Cathy was born Oct. 20, 1957, in Sioux Falls, S.D., to Alfred and Jean (Witt) Fischer. She grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Washington High School in 1976. She received her associate degree from the University of South Dakota. Cathy has lived in Pierre the last 18 years. She married Monty Gloe on April 12, 1980, in Sioux Falls. Cathy had the pleasure of being home with her children before working for the State Highway Patrol for the past four years. She was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, taught CCD, ran a day care and was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Sioux Falls.
Cathy is survived by her husband, Monty Gloe of Pierre; sons, Willie and Ben; daughters, Sarah and Susie, all of Pierre; mother, Jean Fischer of Sioux Falls; brothers, Father John Fischer of Yankton, S.D., Mike and wife Jill Fischer of Atlanta, Ga., and Charles Fischer of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; In-laws, Fritz and Bonnie Gloe of Crooks, S.D., brothers-in-law, Terry Gloe of Sioux Falls, Jesse and wife Michelle Gloe of Rapid City; sisters-in-law, Marty and husband Eddie Goddard of Las Vegas, Nev., and Cindy and husband Gerald Hargrave of Houston, Tex. She was preceded in death by her father, Alfred Fischer.