Arvid "Sammy" Trebesch
Arvid "Sammy" Trebesch, 68, Sleepy Eye, died July 1, 2002, at Sleepy Eye Municipal Hospital. Funeral services were held Friday at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye, with interment in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, New Ulm.
Sammy was born July 26, 1933, in Willmar, to Sam and Rose (Fiemeyer) Trebesch, and grew up in Sleepy Eye, where he attended St. John's Lutheran School. Sammy farmed near Sleepy Eye for a few years, and later worked at Farmers Elevator in Sleepy Eye. He also worked at Miller Sellner Implement, Sleepy Eye, for 17 years as a truck driver. Sammy continued to make his home on his farm near Sleepy Eye. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, mowing lawn, being outdoors, having coffee with friends and spending time with friends and family, especially his nieces and nephews.
Sammy is survived by his brothers, Carroll Trebesch of Sleepy Eye, Leo and wife Barbara Lindig of St. Paul, and Donald and wife Barbara Lindig of St. Paul; sister, Jean and husband Lowell Swenson of Isle; birth mother, Aileen Wigton of Redfeld, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Casket bearers were Carolyn Trebesch, Cindy Trebesch, Crystal Trebesch, Harold Trebesch and Carissa Trebesch.
LuVerne P. Duscher
LuVerne P. Duscher, 77, Sleepy Eye, died Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at Divine Providence Community Home, Sleepy Eye. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 12, 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation will take place Thursday, July 11, 4-7 p.m., and Friday, July 12, 7:30-9:30 a.m., at the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. There will be a parish prayer service at 4 p.m. and a Christian Mother's rosary at 6 p.m., both at the funeral home on Thursday.
LuVerne Duscher was born July 3, 1925, to Hugo and Elsie Otto, at Three Lakes Township. She grew up on a farm and attended school in Wabasso. After her junior year, LuVerne transferred to Morgan, where she finished her high school education. On April 24, 1946, LuVerne married James Duscher at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Redwood Falls. The couple began their life together in Redwood Falls before moving to several different places, including Sleepy Eye. They moved back to Sleepy Eye in 1989, where they spent their retirement years. LuVerne worked as a housewife and waitress the majority of her life, including the four years she spent at the Orchid Inn in Sleepy Eye. LuVerne was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church as well as being a Christian Mother. She enjoyed being a homemaker and was an excellent baker and cook. She also loved to camp with her family and friends.
LuVerne is survived by her husband, James Duscher of Sleepy Eye; children, Patty and husband Doyle Sellner of Sleepy Eye, Sr. Marya Duscher of Jonesboro, Ark., Barb Mariner and husband Roger Holmes of Rosemount, Joleen and husband Rick Krueger of Hutchinson, and Ron and wife Vicki Duscher of Faribault; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, Eunice Martinsen of Hector, Lois and Don Zimmermann of Lamberton, and Leon and Maxine Otto of Redwood Falls; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Otto of St. James. LuVerne was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Lori Duscher and Linda Reineke; brother, Norman Otto and brother-in-law, Leonard Martensen.
Casket bearers were Steve Otto, Merland Otto, Mike Otto, Kevin Zimmermann, Harold Heller and Marlin Berg.
Jane Wendt, 84, Mankato, formerly of the New Ulm and Sleepy Eye area, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at the Oaklawn Nursing Home in Mankato. Funeral services were held at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm, with interment in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Springfield.
Jane was born Aug. 26, 1917, in Athens Township, Isanti County, to Harry and Alma (Norelius) Warneke. On Aug. 18, 1939, she married Clarence Wendt in Anoka. After marriage, they lived and farmed Clarence's family farm until 1943, when they moved to a farm near Sleepy Eye. In 1983, the couple retired and moved to New Ulm. Jane was a volunteer for the Treasure Haus in New Ulm, and the past auxiliary president for DMLC. She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm and a past member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye.
Jane is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Susan Manoogian of Tacoma, Wash., Linda and Robert Travis of Prairie Du Chein, Wis., and Sara Moldenhauer of Milwaukee, Wis.; sons and daughters-in-law, Philip and Sandy Wendt of Stillwater, Roger and Dianne Wendt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Peter and Pamela Wendt of Mankato; 14 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Marvin Olson of Isanti; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Lucille Warneke of Elk River, Tom and Doris Warneke of Harris, and Owen Warneke of Plymouth; and brother-in-law, Harold Wendt of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence Wendt on May 13, 1999; sons-in-law, David Manoogian and Glen Moldenhauer; granddaughter, Anne Moldenhauer; sister, Mary Dale; brother, Roger Warneke; and sister-in-law, Lee Warneke.
Selina Jane Myra Peterson, 74, Sleepy Eye, died Monday, July 22, 2002, at Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at Faith United Methodist Church in Sleepy Eye, with interment in Home Cemetery, Sleepy Eye. Visitation will take place at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye, on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Selina was born April 21, 1928, in Kinloss Township, Walsh County, N.D., to George and Anna (Nygard) Myra. She grew up and attended school in Fairdale, N.D., where she graduated in 1946. She attended Interstate Business College in Fargo and worked at various jobs. On Nov. 14, 1948, Selina married Leslie John Peterson. Their ceremony was held at Aadalen Lutheran Church near Fairdale, where she had also been baptized and confirmed by the same pastor. Both continued to work in Fargo until they moved to Fairdale in 1954, to work the Myra farm. In 1959, Selina and Leslie moved to the Peterson homestead where they continue to farm. Selina was an active member of Faith United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir, serving with her circle, greeting and cheerfully serving wherever needed. She was also involved as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of Norway-Fargo, the Brown County Fair Board and served as a 4-H adult leader. Selina enjoyed sewing, gardening, needlework, trips to Norway and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed helping others in her job as a County Home Health Aid. She will long be remembered by many for the 21 years she spent as a Title I Aide in the Sleepy Eye Public Elementary School.
Selina is survived by her husband, Leslie of Sleepy Eye; children, David and wife Cheryl Peterson of St. Peter, Scott and wife Linda Peterson of Sleepy Eye, Dean and wife Karen Peterson of Fargo, and Jane and husband Tom Osowski of Brookings, S.D.; sisters, Leola Olson of Fargo, N.D., Geneve Schultz of Redmond, Wash., and Eva and husband Charles Hawk of Strongsville, Ohio; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, four-year-old Mark Steven in 1962; her parents; and an infant brother, Edsel.
Casket bearers were Mark Rasmussen, Gerald Lux, Clayton Peterson, James Peterson, Hans DuBois and Dennis Dittbenner. Honorary casket bearers were Elizabeth Peterson, Michael Peterson, Daniel Peterson, Gavin Osowski, Jenna Peterson, Jared Peterson and Hannah Osowski.
Wilbert Harry Quiram
Wilbert Harry Quiram, 80, Mountain Lake, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at Valley View Manor in Lamberton. Funeral services were held Friday at New Life Assembly of God Church in Springfield, with interment in Springfield City Cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Wilbert was born Aug. 18, 1921, in Cottonwood County, to Albert and Lilly Quiram. He attended country school in Cottonwood County and later helped on the family farm. Wilbert has worked near Jeffers as a farm hand, at Butterfield Foods in Butterfield, and at Sanborn Manufacturing in Springfield. He has lived in Springfield, Jeffers and most recently, in Mountain Lake, before entering Valley View Manor in Lamberton. Wilbert enjoyed John Deere tractors, dogs and cats, old cars, tinkering with vehicles, gardening, polka music, watching Band Wagon on TV, and spending time with his family.
Wilbert is survived by his sons, Jerry and wife Debbie Quiram of Nicollet, and Albert and wife Sherry Quiram of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Mary Ann and husband Cory Wagner of Mankato; grandchildren, A.J. Quiram and Jenny Quiram; sister-in-law, Renata and husband Lawrence Middleton of Springfield; brother-in-law, Gordon Hauth of Springfield; niece, Evelyn and husband Bob Ysker of Windom; and nephew, Wallace Trapp of Windom. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 1987; granddaughter, Jennifer Quiram; brother, Edward Quiram; sister, Alma Trapp; brother-in-law, Royal Hauth; and sister-in-law, Irene Fromm.
Casket bearers were Allen Middleton, Roger Hauth, Jerry Hauth, Wallace Trapp, Bob Ysker, and Reynold Dittbenner. Honorary casket bearers were Dan Wagner and David Lindscheid.
Steven John Welter
Steven John Welter, 59, Morgan, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at Gettysburg Medical Center in Gettysburg, S.D. Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Morgan, with interment in the church cemetery. Redwood Valley Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Steven was born Sept. 8, 1942, on the family farm in Morgan Township, Redwood County, to Aloys and Phyllis (Pohl) Welter. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Morgan, and attended St. Michael's Catholic School and Morgan High School, graduating in 1961. On Oct. 10, 1970, Steven was united in marriage to Virginia Krueger at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Steven worked for Welter Woodworking in Morgan, Hose Ace Hardware in Sleepy Eye, and with Russ Beert for a number of years before starting his own construction company. Steven served in the National Guard, and was a member of the Clements American Legion. He served on the Morgan City Council for many years. Steve was a life-long member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Aid. Fishing and hunting were among his favorite activities.
Seven is survived by his wife Virginia; son, Steven of Morgan; granddaughter, Kendra; brothers and sisters, Art of Thief River Falls, Joe and wife Jan of Maple Grove, Mary and Rick Krueger of Hutchinson, Dennis and Vicki of Shakopee, Ron of Cold Spring, Helen Reynolds of Hutchinson, Mark and wife Janet of Morgan, Pat and wife Louise Bestick of Hutchinson, John of Morgan, Mike of Cosmos, Dorothy and husband Stan Prahl of Hutchinson, and Sharon Welter of Shakopee; 24 nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and father-in-law, Leo Krueger.
Honorary casket bearers were Rod Harmon, Jack Heiling, Joe Heiling, LeRoy Bloemke, Gary Klatz and Russ Beert. Casket bearers were Mark Welter, John Welter, Mike Welter, Dennis Welter, Art Welter, Joe Welter and Ron Welter.
Lorraine D. Klein
Lorraine D. Klein, 72, Sleepy Eye, died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at St. John Lutheran Home, Springfield, where she had made her home for the last couple of years. 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.
Lorraine was born May 24, 1930, in Clements, the daughter of Theodore and Ella (Schultz) Jacoby. She grew up and attended school in Clements. She later attended Good Council in Mankato, where she graduated from high school. Lorraine married Thomas "T.J." Klein on July 9, 1952, in Clements. The couple made their home in Sleepy Eye. Lorraine was the local Avon representative and also worked for Roberts Brothers Ready Mix, First Security Bank and Hose Ace Hardware. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and the Sleepy Eye Gold Club. Lorraine enjoyed going to northern Minnesota to the lake, traveling to Canada, gardening and embroidering.
Lorraine is survived by her sons, Gregory of Newton, Kans., Theodore and wife Lynn of Duluth, and Stephen of Plymouth; eight grandchildren; sisters, Lucille Pietig of Redwood Falls, and Arlien and husband Willard Miller of Bloomington. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas in 1999; and brother-in-law, Ralph Pietig.
Donald "Don" Eugene Christiansen
Donald "Don" Eugene Christiansen, 70, Sleepy Eye, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis. Funeral services were Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, with interment in Gilfillan Cemetery, Gilfillan. Sturm Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Donald was born Aug. 30, 1932, in Cobden, the son of Holgar J. and Esther (Jensen) Christiansen. Donald grew up and attended country school in Cobden until the eighth grade. He later attended Sleepy Eye Public High School. After graduation, Donald served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. On Nov. 20, 1953, Don was united in marriage with Annabelle Webskowski at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. Don was employed by Mathiowetz Body Shop, doing body work and painting in Sleepy Eye. He later was employed by Marti Farm Center in New Ulm and the Chevrolet dealership in Sleepy Eye. He also worked in the parts department at Bob Pelzel Implement in Sleepy Eye. Don was a long-standing member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, as well as fishing, hunting and playing cards. He was also very fond of horses in his younger years.
Don is survived by his wife, Annabelle Christiansen of Sleepy Eye; son, Dean and wife Sheila Christiansen of Sleepy Eye; daughter, Denise and husband Gary Walter of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren, Dustin and David Christiansen and Cody, Joey and Paige Walter of Sleepy Eye; sisters-in-law, Joyce and Joe Neid of Sleepy Eye and Margie Christiansen of Glenwood. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Dale and Dalwayne "Hump" Christiansen.
Raymond Peter Koll
Raymond Peter Koll, 82, Springfield, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at St. John Lutheran Home, Springfield. Funeral services were Monday at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield, with interment in the church cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Ray, the son of Herman and Cecelia (Reding) Koll, was born June 23, 1920, near Elrosa. Ray moved with his family in the early 1930s to the Morgan area. He attended District 92 Country School near Morgan, and later St. Michael's School in Morgan. Ray worked for the Jerome Green and Ray Reding families on the farm and in the Tempel Grocery Store in Morgan. Ray served in the United States Army from Oct. 14, 1942, until Oct. 7, 1943. On Nov. 15, 1943, Ray married Agnes Reiner at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Morgan. The couple farmed in Bashaw Township from 1948 until 1978. Ray and Agnes moved into Springfield in 1980. Ray worked at Augustin's Butcher Shop for 17 years and served as a Bashaw Township Board member for 15 years as supervisor. He had worked with Sturm Funeral Home since 1979. Ray was a former member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Morgan, St. Paul's Catholic Church in Comfrey, where he was a reader for 15 years, and a current member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield. Ray was a life long member of the K.C. Council #2769, a 50-year member of the Catholic Aid Association, a member of John Watson American Legion Post #257 and a member of the Springfield Honor Guard. He enjoyed playing cards, working in his yard and visiting with people.
Ray is survived by his wife, Agnes Koll of Springfield; children, Pat and husband John Ryan of Springfield and Ken and wife Shari Koll of Springfield; grandchildren, Shawn and wife Faith Ryan of Springfield, Kerry and husband Mike Klemm of St. Louis Park, Tom and wife Kori Ryan of Brooten, Angie Koll of Mankato and Katie Koll of Lakeville; brothers, Leo and wife Gertrude Koll of Olivia, Roman and wife Hazel Koll of Morgan, Jerome and wife Marion Koll of Sleepy Eye and Leroy and wife Joy Koll of Austin; sisters, Florence Weber of Morgan, Dorothy Kalkhoff of Morgan, Delores Rothmeier of Olivia and Mary Lou Mathiowetz of Leavenworth; and sister-in-law, Florence Koll of Morgan. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ed Koll; sister, Loretta Heiderscheidt; brothers-in-law, Richard Mathiowetz, Alois Heiderscheidt, Ernest Kalkhoff, Clarence Weber and Lawrence Rothmeier.
Casket bearers were Tom Koll, Dean Mathiowetz, Lowell Mathiowetz, Doug Kuelbs, Luverne Kalkhoff and Barry Weber.
Verena "Dottie" Bertha Krebs
Verena "Dottie" Bertha Krebs, 79, Sleepy Eye, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2002, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation will take place Thursday, 4-8 p.m. and Friday, 7:30-9:30 a.m., at Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. There will be a Christian Mothers rosary at 4 p.m. and a Parish Prayer Service at 7 p.m., both Thursday at the funeral home.
Dottie was born Sept. 4, 1923, in Mulligan Township, the daughter of Michael and Rose (Haala) Helget. She moved with her family to Leavenworth Township where she attended Quail Trap School. She married Donald H. Krebs on Aug. 19, 1946, in Sleepy Eye. The couple farmed for 35 years in Leavenworth Township until they retired and moved to Sleepy Eye in 1982. Dottie was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye and the Christian Mothers Society. Dottie enjoyed gardening, canning baking, cooking, embroidering and especially spending time with her family and visiting with children in the neighborhood.
Dottie is survived by her son, Ronald W. Krebs of Minneapolis; daughters, Aleda and husband David Beranek, and Colleen and husband Steve Zeig, all of New Ulm; grandchildren, Bradley Beranek, Andy Beranek, Angie Beranek, Amanda Beranek and Kyle Krebs; sisters, Lorraine Haecherl of Sleepy Eye, Marion and husband Val Rathman of Comfrey, Ivona and husband Edwin F. Windschitl; and brother, LaMonte and wife Elaine Helget of Sleepy Eye. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Donald.