Amelia B. Schroepfer Heitzer
Amelia B. Schroepfer Heitzer, 96, Sleepy Eye, died Monday, May 26, 2003, at Divine Providence Community Home. Funeral services were Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, with interment in the church cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Amelia was born Feb. 16, 1907, to Christ and Mariana (Schloegl) Sellner, in Albin Township. On Feb. 1, 1927, Amelia married Felix Schroepfer at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Felix preceded her in death on July 9, 1941. Amelia married Anton Heitzer on Sept. 9, 1946 and the couple made their home in Sleepy Eye. Amelia worked at A.J. Pietrus for 50 years in Sleepy Eye. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Catholic Aid Association and Christian Mothers. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and gardening.
Amelia is survived by her sons, Ollie and wife Dorothy Schroepfer of New Ulm and Dutch and wife Bev Schroepfer of Sleepy Eye; brothers, Leonard Sellner of Sleepy Eye and Clement and wife Dorothy Sellner of Sleepy Eye; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Clara Schroepfer of Sleepy Eye, Kate and husband Harold Johnson of Madelia, Angie Weber of Gibbon and Ann Hacker of Lafayette. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Felix Schroepfer and Anton Heitzer; brothers, William Sellner, Albert Sellner, Christ Sellner, Edmund Sellner and Florian Sellner; and sisters, Mary Moldan, Mathilda Blumhoefner, Martha Weber and Bertha Muehlbauer.
Virgil J. Deibele
Virgil J. Deibele, 80, Sleepy Eye, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at the Sleepy Eye Municipal Hospital. Funeral services were Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, with interment in the church cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Virgil was born Dec. 23, 1922, in New Ulm, the son of Joseph and Vera (Strolke) Deibele. He grew up in Sleepy Eye and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1940. Virgil entered the United States Navy and served during WWII in the South Pacific. His ship was the first to land at Hiroshima, Japan after the atomic bomb was dropped. After his discharge, Virgil returned to Sleepy Eye and married Elaine Maurer on Feb. 6, 1946, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The couple made their home in St. Paul, where Virgil worked at Western Electric for a few years. They later returned to Sleepy Eye and Virgil worked for Del Monte for 35 years before retiring. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the VFW and American Legion, had coached junior high basketball at St. Mary's and was a Boy Scout troupe leader. Virgil enjoyed following his grandchildren's sporting events, watching comedy and history programs, reading history books, scrapbooking, dining out, listening to scripture, his dogs and sitting in the warm sun.
Virgil is survived by his wife, Elaine Deibele of Sleepy Eye; daughters, Dawn Deibele of Sleepy Eye, Diane Deibele and husband Jon Pederson of Minneapolis, Denice and husband Gary Teipel of Mankato, Debbie and husband Greg Braulick of Sleepy Eye, and Mary and husband Bill Bruess of Minneapolis; sons, Dan and wife Barb Deibele of Long Prairie and Dean and wife Chris Deibele of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren, Jesse and Justin Deibele, Collin and Dilcia Pederson, Hayley Teipel, Brett, Brynn, Brian and Bronte« Braulick, Ryan, Brooks, Cole, Jacob and Allie Deibele; and Tara, Tyler, Trevor and Talia Bruess; brother, Linus "Doc" and Marilyn Deibele of Sleepy Eye; sisters, Virginia Bruggeman of Sleepy Eye and Patricia Hurley of St. Paul. He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Courtney Pederson; brothers-in-law, Paul Hurley and Bill Bruggeman; and nephew, Joe Deibele.
Mass of Christian Burial for Robert (Bob) Fischer, 69, was held Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at St. Louis Rey Mission in California. Formerly from the Comfrey area, Robert died on Monday, June 2, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Doris; brothers, sisters and their spouses, Jean and Ambrose Nosbush of Fairfax, Richard and Pat Fischer of Denver, Colo., Marilyn and James Klein of Wilmington, N.C., Phyllis and Phillip Shaw of Traverse City, Mich., and Jerry and Diana Fischer of Springfield.
Helen Louise Lochner
Helen Louise Lochner, 57, Edina and formerly of Sleepy Eye, died Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, with her family at her side. Funeral services were Monday at Sturm Funeral Home with interment in Home Cemetery, Sleepy Eye. In lieu of flowers, Memorials are preferred to the donor's choice.
Helen was born Feb. 5, 1946, in Sleepy Eye, the daughter of Hugo and Anna (Trebesch) Lochner. She grew up in Sleepy Eye and was baptized and confirmed at. St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Helen graduated from Sleepy Eye High School in 1963 and then attended D.M.L.C. in New Ulm, where she received her teaching degree. She taught at Wisconsin Synod Elementary Schools in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, most recently at Salem Lutheran in Loretto. After retiring from teaching, Helen worked at Quality Lincoln Mercury in Bloomington and currently was working at Whitaker Lincoln Mercury in Inver Grove Heights. Helen was a member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids. She dearly loved her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She spent alot of time with them and traveled with them to several areas of the world. Helen was an avid reader and had a large collection of music boxes.
Helen is survived by her brothers, William and wife Carol Lochner of Sleepy Eye,, and Andrew and wife Rita Lochner of Sleepy Eye; sisters, Violet and husband David Eichers of New Brighton and Viola and husband Stephen Gericke of Arden Hills; nieces and nephews, Derek Lochner, Susan Ahlness, Dan Lochner, Darren Lochner, Debbie Lochner, Sharon Gericke, Catherine Eichers, Dean Lochner, Sandra Carlson and Brian Eichers; and six great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugo and Ann Lochner.
Myrtle Mabel Nelson
Myrtle Mabel Nelson, 91, St. James, died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James. Funeral services were Monday at First Lutheran Church in St. James, with interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Sturm Funeral Home.
Myrtle was born Jan. 26, 1912, to John and Maren (Froslan) Wright on their family farm in Rosendale Township, where she grew up. She was one of 13 children. Myrtle was the first in her family to graduate from St. James High School in 1932, by working for her room and board. Myrtle married Ervin Nelson on April 16, 1934 in St. James. They lived in St. James and on several farm sites before settling on the Nelson home farm in 1940. Ervin died suddenly on May 18, 1949. Myrtle continued to farm and raise her four children, cattle, hogs and many chickens. Myrtle suffered a stroke in December of 1992, and moved to Homestead Cooperative in January of 1994. She enjoyed making cinnamon rolls and buns no one can match. Myrtle spent her time knitting, crocheting and sewing. Myrtle also spent many hours working at church making lefsa, working with the ladies at workshops, bazaars and funerals. She was clerk of District 14 School, a member of Eltradettes Extension Club, Primrose Garden Club and an adult leader of the Nifty Thrifty 4-H Club for over 20 years. She also took up bowling when most people are retiring. Myrtle entered Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in January of 2002. The joy of her life ws spending time with her brother, sisters, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Myrtle is survived by her children, Eugene Nelson of Cutbank, Mont., Gerald and wife Roberta Nelson of St. James and Charlotte Holmquist and husband Donn Holmquist of St. James; daughter-in-law, Judy Nelson of St. James; grandchildren, Randy and wife Pam of Madelia; Jill and husband Mark Runge of St. James; Gina and husband George Simunovick of Rochester; Scott and wife Jerilyn Nelson of Hudson, Wisc., Trent and husband Kari Nelson of St. James, Tracey and husband Lon Peterson of Mankato; Jennifer and husband Kevin Harbitz of St. James, Dan and wife Heidi Nelson of St. James, Teresa Holmquist of St. James, Craig Holmquist of St. Louis Park, grandchildren, Pleasure, Dasha, Blake Amber, Heath, Jared, Abby, Danica, Heidi, Derek, Aron, Maren, Jayme, Zachary, Morgan and Haily; and great-grandson, Lyric; sisters, Hazel Nelson of Evansville; Olive Babolian of Moorhead, Jessie Durheim of St. James, and Carol and husband Merton Rettke of Odin; sisters-in-law, Marie Wright of Chandler, Ariz., Deloris Wright of Mankato and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ervin, son, Russell; brothers, Ervin, Philip, Donald and Calvin; sisters, Alice Fastenau, Julia (May) Gruis, and Fern Nelson; brothers-in-law, Worth Butler, Harold, Arthur and Clyde Nelson, Dick Fastenau, Dick Gruis and Stanley Nelson; sisters-in-law, Betty Wright and Evelyn Wright.
Edmund Romberg, 87, Banning, Calif., died May 11, 2003. Funeral services were held in Banning May 16.
Ed was born July 30, 1915, in Sleepy Eye, the son of Frank and Minnie (Miller) Romberg. He graduated from Sleepy Eye High School in 1931. Ed worked on the family farm before moving to California where he worked in shipyards and other various jobs. He was in real estate for 25 years. Ed married Rhonelda (Pat) Petrick in 1944. They lived in Banning for 50 years.
Ed his survived by his wife, Pat; sons, Stephen and wife Sue Romberg and Brian, all of Banning, and David and wife Cyndi Romberg of Soldotna, Alaska; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Wright of Sleepy Eye and Alma Romberg of Sleepy Eye; brothers, Willard Romberg and Walter and wife Emily Romberg, all of Sleepy Eye; two nieces and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Herbert; sister, Marie; half-brother, Elmer and half-sister, Ruth Tessmer.
Evelyn Anna Schultz
Evelyn Anna Schultz, 89, Mountain Lake, died June 4, 2003, at the Good Samaritan Village Nursing Home. Funeral services were Saturday at First Lutheran Church, St. James, with interment in Calvary Cemetery, St. James. Pease Funeral Home of St. James handled the arrangements.
Evelyn was born June 21, 1913, in Galena Township, Martin County, the daughter of Henry and Martha (Hilgendorf) Syverson. She was baptized on July 13, 1913, and attended District 67 Country School. She was confirmed on Nov. 7, 1926, at Long Lake Lutheran Church. Her marriage to Joseph Schultz took place Feb. 23, 1933, at the St. James Catholic Church parsonage. Evelyn had worked as a housekeeper at Tony Downs Foods, the Boston Hotel, St. James Dry Cleaners, Devens Dry cleaners, Sherr-Tumico and in the meat department of the Super Value grocery store in St. James for 22 years. Evelyn was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in St. James and enjoyed sewing for the missions. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, sewing, reading, music and watching television. Evelyn entered the nursing home in May of 2001. Joseph Schultz died on Feb. 14, 2002.
Evelyn is survived by sons, Gerald and wife Delores Schultz, Richard and wife Carolyn Schultz, Eugene and wife Judy Schultz, all of St. James, and Robert Schultz and special friend Dee Harmon of Forest Lake, Calif., grandchildren, Rick Schultz of Sartell, Linda and husband Darrell Schultze and Kimberly Thompson, all of St. James; Michael and wife Lisa Schultz of Lake Crystal and Michelle Martinez of Orange County, Calif.; step-grandson, Mark Hepler of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Bernice Stauffer of St. James; sister-in-law, Irene Syverson, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Cecil; brother Clifford Syverson; and grandson, Dustin.
Casket bearers were Michael Schultz, Rick Schultz, Darrell Schultz, Tom Stauffer, Brad Stauffer and Lester Westlund. Honorary casket bearers were Donald Schultz and Wayne Olson.
Erwin J. Hillesheim
Erwin J. Hillesheim, 85, New Ulm, died Sunday, June 15, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Funeral services were Wednesday at The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New Ulm, with interment in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home handled the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to New Ulm Area Catholic Schools, the American Heart Association and the Diabetes Association.
Erwin was born Feb. 28, 1918, in Sigel Township, Brown County, to John A. and Lillian (Berg) Hillesheim. He married Elaine Hindermann on Sept. 28, 1943, at The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Church in New Ulm. After marriage, they farmed in Sigel Township until 1984, when they moved to New Ulm. Erwin remained active in farming with his sons until his death. He was a member of The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the St. Patrick's Council of th Knights of Columbus and the St. Joseph's Catholic Aid Council. Erwin served on District #6 and #179 School Board, AMPI Board and the Farm City Hub Club, where he received the Service to Agriculture Award. He was also instrumental in building the Sigel Ball park. Erwin was a loving husband and father who enjoyed time with his grandchildren, farming, fishing, hunting, dancing, old time music, bowling, card playing, visiting and having coffee with his friends.
Erwin is survived by his wife, Elaine Hillesheim of New Ulm; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Richard Wills, Mary and Gary Mertz, Connie and Mike Stueber, all of New Ulm, and Lori and Brian Franta of Gibbon; sons and daughters-in-law, Allan Hillesheim of Minneapolis, Myron and Monica Hillesheim, Michael and Cindy Hillesheim, Anthony and Deb Hillesheim, Brian and Barb Hillesheim, all of New Ulm; 30 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene Schlumpburger of New Ulm, Bernice Holm of Winthrop, Marcella Wenninger of New Ulm, and Gladys and Kenneth Salfer of Wabasso; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leo and Margaret Hillesheim, and Lester and Catherine Hillesheim, all of New Ulm; sister-in-law, Delores Lamecker of Hutchinson; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Melvin and Asteria Hinderman of Fairfax. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Vera and Albert Hoffmann; sister-in-law, Thelma Hillesheim; brothers-in-law, Henry Holm, Art Schlumpberger, Ray Wenninger, Leo Lamecker and Albert Hindermann, Jr.
Wesley J. Simon
Wesley J. Simon, 71, New Ulm, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Funeral services were Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Ulm, with interment in New Ulm Catholic Cemetery with Full Military Honors conducted by the New Ulm Veterans Organizations. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home handled the arrangements. The family prefers memorials be given in lieu of flowers.
Wesley was born Nov. 29, 1931, in Home Township, Brown County, the son of Joseph and Caroline (Reinarts) Simon. He served in the United States Army. Wesley married Lucille Goblirsch on Aug. 5, 1952, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm. After marriage, they farmed in Cottonwood Township, Brown County, until 1967, when they moved to New Ulm. Wesley then worked as a meat cutter at City Meat Market in New Ulm, until retiring in 1984. He was best known for preparing "Grandpa's homemade horseradish." He enjoyed lecturing in church, gardening and visiting with people. Wesley was a member of the Disabled Veterans, the St. Patrick's Council #1076, Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Ulm.
Wesley is survived by his wife, Lucille "Lucy" Simon of New Ulm; daughters and son-in-law, Mary and Raymond Lange of Morgan and Barbara Becker of New Ulm; sons and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Pamela Simon of Redwood Falls and Pat Simon of New Ulm; five grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Gertrude Hegler of New Ulm, and Marian and Albie Zollner of Fairfax; brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Loretta Simon of New Ulm; and sister-in-law, Veronica Simon of Willmar. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Willmar Simon; and a brother and sister in infancy.
Sheridan Harris "Shorty" Young
Sheridan "Shorty" Young, 95, Redwood Falls, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at Wood Dale Nursing Home in Redwood Falls. Funeral services were Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Redwood Falls. Redwood Valley Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Shorty was born May 30, 1908, in Courtland, the son of Philip and Emma (Weiland) Young. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Courtland. On June 11, 1932, Shorty was united in marriage to Rose Sperl in New Ulm. Together the couple lived in various towns where Shorty worked as a butter maker before moving to Redwood Falls on Nov. 11, 1941, during the Armistice Day blizzard. Shorty began his life in baseball at the age of 16, when he began playing ball in Courtland. He later started the baseball program in Redwood Falls in 1945. He was an amateur umpire and coached the Legion and VFW baseball teams for many years. In 1993, Shorty was inducted into the Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also selected as the Redwood County Outstanding Senior Citizen, and was presented the WCCO "Good Neighbor" Award. Shorty used to travel by train from Redwood Falls to Sleepy Eye to attend practices for the Sleepy Eye Drum and Bugle Corps which he was a member of for many years. They were the state champions from 1947 to 1960. Shorty was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church where he was very active serving as head usher for a period of time. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. Shorty also enjoyed bowling and served as league secretary for a number of years. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Shorty is survived by his children, Neil and wife Carole Young of Springfield, Janice Schei and Sharon Hegdal of Fort Collins, Colo., Julie Thomas of Redwood Falls and Greg and wife Mary Young of Redwood Falls; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Rose; daughter, Janet; and brothers, Glen Young and Warren Stellmacher.
A. John "Jack" Hentges
A. John "Jack" Hentges, 76, Crystal, formerly of Sleepy Eye, died Sunday, June 22, 2003, at Crystal Care Center in Crystal. Funeral services were Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, with interment in the church cemetery. The family prefers memorials be made to the St. Mary's Church Building Maintenance Fund. Sturm Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Jack was born Nov. 1, 1926, in Sleepy Eye, the son of Alois and Anna M. (Steffen) Hentges. He grew up in Sleepy Eye and attended St. Mary's Elementary School. Jack graduated from New Ulm High School in 1944, and enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during WWII. He attended Mankato Commercial College and worked as a bookkeeper and office manager at the Renville/Sibley and Brown County REA Offices. Jack retired from the Brown County REA in 1988, after 42 years of service. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion, St. Mary's Catholic Church and was also very active in committees for church preservation and restoration. Jack enjoyed traveling, especially to Acapulco during the winter months. He loved lawn work and gardening and spending time with his family and friends.
Jack is survived by his sisters, Lucille O'Malley of New Hope, Betty and husband Don Schmid of Sleepy Eye and Donna Schmelz of New Hope; sister-in-law, Eileen Hentges of Mankato; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Stanley; and brothers-in-law, Charles O'Malley and Neil Schmelz.