Rose M. Fischer, 89, of Sleepy Eye died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at St. John's Lutheran Home, Springfield. Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 7, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. There will be a parish prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and a combined Christian Mothers and Catholic Aid rosary at 4 p.m., both at the funeral home on Thursday.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Agnes and Harold Zwaschka of Comfrey, Harold J. Fischer of Sleepy Eye, Donald and Carol Fischer of Austin, Texas, Phyllis Nelson of Newhall, Calif., Alfred A. Fischer, Jr. and special friend Heather Kiger of Manteno, Ill., Dennis and Gail Fischer of Webster, S.D.; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Henry "Andy" Rothmeier of Sleepy Eye; sister, Leona (Mrs. Florian) Helget of Springfield; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Fischer, in 1983; her parents; brothers, Frank, George and Joseph Rothmeier; and sisters, Anna Neidecker, Mary Helget, Katherine Neidecker and Louisa Helget.
Rosella Magdalena was born July 24, 1910, in Sigel Township, Brown County, the daughter of George W. and Helena (Wurtzberger) Rothmeier. She attended District 45 country school in Stark Township and St. Mary's boarding school in Sleepy Eye. After her schooling, she worked as a farm hand and hired girl for several relatives and neighbors. Rose married Alfred A. "Fritz" Fischer on Oct. 1, 1935 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. The couple made their home on a farm in Albin Township until 1972, when they retired and moved to Sleepy Eye.
Rose was an active lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. She worked with the altar committee for many years and was an officer and member of the St. Mary's Guild, Christian Mothers, Catholic Aid Association and the Divine Providence Auxiliary. Rose also mended clothing for the missions and volunteered her time at the community clothing bank. She received the Community Service Award in 1985 from the Catholic Aid Association. Rose worked for Leona Helget's catering service and also made many smearkuchen for mission bake sales. She also volunteered at Nex-Tu-Nu and helped her daughter, Phyllis, at Clos-n-Stuf' in Sleepy Eye. She enjoyed gardening, sewing-especially pieced quilts, dancing, playing old time music on her button accordion, playing cards, cross word puzzles, baking, cooking and visiting with her family.
Casket bearers are Patricia Ahlers, Brett Fischer, Steven Fischer, Nathan Fischer, Derek Fischer and Darren Sellner.
Clemence Jensen Riedesel, 88, formerly of Evan and Sleepy Eye, died April 14, 2000.
She is survived by her daughter, Janet Hartleben of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; granddaughter, Lori Gallagher; great-grandchildren, Megan and Ryan Gallagher; cousins, Shirley Neal of St. Paul, Alice Esby of Minneapolis, and Robert Olson of Canby.
Clemence Jensen was born to J.R. and Marie (Petersen) Jensen of Evan and Sleepy Eye. She was a teacher for 13 years and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. She married George Riedesel in 1946 in Rochester, New York, and they lived in East Irondequoit for 31 years. They then moved to Ocala, Fla., and after her husband died, she moved to Pembroke Pines to be near her daughter. She will be missed terribly, but her legacy of strength, kindness, and faith in God is left to her daughter, her granddaughter, her great-grandchildren and everyone she touched.
Dianne M. Aronson, 43, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Victory Memorial Hospital in Waukegan, IL following a courageous battle with cancer. Services were Friday, April 14, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Greenville, WI., with interment in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. Westgor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Mark; son, Andrew; mother, Mildred Fiebiger of Neenah, WI; two sisters, Arleen and husband Jim Groth of Neenah, and Sharon and husband Daniel Kemnitz of Eldorado,WI.; father and mother-in-law, Joe and Berniece Aronson, of Oshkosh, Wis.; brothers-in-law, Mike and wife Val Aronson and Moris and wife Vicki Aronson, all of Oshkosh; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Philip, and an infant nephew.
Dianne was born June 19, 1956, in Sleepy Eye to Philip and Mildred Fiebiger. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. On July 9, 1983, Dianne married Mark B. Aronson at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Menomonee Falls, Wis. Dianne taught at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls from 1980 to 1989. She enjoyed playing piano and organ, singing and directing choir, camping, crafts, decorating, and, most of all, her faith and family.
A memorial has been established.
Mabel Evelyn Hinderman, 83, of Sleepy Eye died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Sleepy Eye Care Center. Services were Tuesday, April 25, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Fairfax, with interment in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Fairfax. Arrangements were handled by Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye.
She is survived by her husband, Ervin Hinderman of Sleepy Eye; sons, Cliff Hinderman of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Gary and wife Janet Hinderman of Sleepy Eye, and Douglas and wife Mavis Hinderman of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren, Michelle and husband Jeff Krueger, Melissa and husband Mike Heine, Brandon Hinderman, Jeff Hinderman and fiancee Tammy Sellner, and Ricky Hinderman; sister, Phyllis and husband Clarence Buboltz of Fairfax; brother, Lyle Nelson of New Ulm; and sister-in-law, Christine Nelson of Sleepy Eye. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Earl Nelson; and sister, Lucille Buboltz.
Mabel was born July 8, 1916, in Eden Township, near Morgan, the daughter of Nels and Mary (Discher) Nelson. She grew up and attended country schools in Redwood and Brown counties near Morgan. She married Ervin Hinderman on Sept. 21, 1935, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Fairfax. The couple made their home in Home Township, Brown County, where they lived and farmed for many years. Mabel worked at Del Monte in Sleepy Eye for 20 years. The couple retired in 1975 and remained on the farm until moving to Sleepy Eye in 1998. Mabel was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Fairfax. She enjoyed cooking, quilting and sewing.
Casket bearers were Jeff Hinderman, Rick Hinderman, Brandon Hinderman, Jeff Krueger, Mike Heine, David Buboltz, Arnold Hinderman and Kenneth Hinderman.
George William Hagert, 84, formerly of Sanborn died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Divine Providence Home, Sleepy Eye. Services were Monday, April 24, at Sanborn United Methodist Church, Sanborn, with interment in Sanborn City Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye.
He is survived by his wife Loreen Hagert of Divine Providence Home in Sleepy Eye; daughters, Janice and husband Ken Jensen of Anoka, Judi and husband Jon Wendt of North Mankato; son, Gary and wife Gail Hagert of Shakopee; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Betty Hagert of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Andrew Hagert; sisters, Tillie Pruell, Margaret Ridler, Ann Korman, Francis Jueneemann and Kate Nachtman.
George was born Nov. 24, 1915, in Johnsonville Township, Redwood County, to Andrew and Anne (Schotenbauer) Hagert. He attended country school in Johnsonville Township, after which he worked with his father at home. On Sept. 28, 1937, he married Loreen Bittner at the Johnsonville United Methodist Church. The first years of married life they resided near Marshall. In 1951 they moved to Springfield, where George was employed at A.C. Ochs Brick and Tile Co. for five years. In 1956 they moved to Sanborn and George became custodian at the Sanborn school. In addition to his work at the school, George drove school bus for many years. He retired from his custodial position in 1976 and continued to drive bus until 1984. George and Loreen recently moved to Divine Providence Home in Sleepy Eye. He was a long term member of Sanborn United Methodist Church and enjoyed morning coffee at the local cafe, fishing, visiting with the children who rode his bus, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Casket bearers were Todd Hagert, Bill Hagert, Gary Hagert, James Busse, LeRoy Hagert and Gregg Grochel. Honorary casket bearers were Kelly Wendt, Laurie Grochel and Amy Jensen.
Janice Margaret Schmitt, 73, of Comfrey died Thursday, April 13, 2000 at Sleepy Eye Municipal Hospital. Services were Monday, April 17, at Nora Unitarian Universalist Church, with interment in Mount Pisquah Cemetery, Hanska. Arrangements were handled by Sturm Funeral Home Chapel, Comfrey.
She is survived by her husband, Robert (Bob) Schmitt of Comfrey; sons, Les and wife Lynn Schmitt of Comfrey, and John and wife Julie Schmitt of Comfrey; daughters, Susan and husband Richard Evers of Comfrey, Joy and husband Gerard Rathman of Comfrey, and Julie and husband Dominic Sellner of Sleepy Eye; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brothers-in-law, Philip Ahlness and Clayton Olson, both of Hanska; and an aunt, Selma Korslund of Northfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Eleanor Ahlness and Ethel Olson; and a brother, Oswald Haugen.
Janice was born Sept. 18, 1926, at Lake Hanska Township, Brown County, the daughter of Olaf and Olga (Korslund) Haugen. She was a graduate of Hanska High School in 1945, after which she attended and graduated from nurses training at Union Hospital in New Ulm. On Nov. 7, 1952, Janie married Robert L. Schmitt at Nora Unitarian Universalist Church in Hanska. They lived in the Comfrey area, returning to Hanska, and later to Comfrey in 1958. Janice worked as a nurses' aide at the Comfrey Community Hospital for 23 years. She was a lifetime member of Nora Unitarian Universalist Church in Hanska and enjoyed reading, needlework, horses, camping and especially spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Honorary casket bearers were Noel Olson, Craig Olson, Lon Ahlness, Mike Olson, Brent Olson and Lynn Ahlness.
Margaret Tauer, 92, of Sleepy Eye died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at New Ulm Medical Center. Services were Wednesday, May 3, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, with interment in the church cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye.
She is survived by her daughters, Millie and husband, Walter Connelly of Rochester, and Josephine and husband, Melvin Rose of Sleepy Eye; sons, Donald and wife Peggy Tauer of Downey, Calif., and Jerry Tauer of Kent, Wash.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Cecilia Kassner of Garrison, N.D.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; and brothers.
Margaret was born Sept. 19, 1907, at Rib Lake, Wis., to John and Margaret (Kraus) Reznicek. In Margaret's teens, she moved with her family to New Ulm. She married George F. Tauer in November of 1927 in Sleepy Eye. The couple made their home in Sleepy Eye where Margaret worked at Del Monte for five years and then worked full time at Pietrus Foods for 35 years and part time for seven years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the CCW. Margaret enjoyed baking, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Felix A. Steffen, 89, of Sleepy Eye died Friday, April 28, 2000, at Divine Providence Community Home, Sleepy Eye. Mass of Christian burial was Tuesday, May 2, at the Divine Providence chapel, with burial in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Sleepy Eye. Arrangements were handled by Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes, Sleepy Eye.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Frances Steffen of Sleepy Eye; nephews, Paul Steffen and Jerry Steffen; and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Raymond Steffen, Joseph Steffen and his wife Florence; sister, Margaret Steffen; and a nephew, Jim Steffen.
Felix was born April 12, 1911, in Sleepy Eye to John A. and Anna (Schieffert) Steffen. He lived his entire life in Sleepy Eye. He had worked as a government grader at Pietrus Foods in Sleepy Eye for 35 years. He enjoyed fishing and traveling. Felix was a happy man with a witty, humorous personality and a warm smile. He enjoyed teasing people. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, Catholic Aid Association, and the Sleepy Eye Senior Citizens.
George Edwin Ludewig, 75, of Franklin died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Franklin Health Care Center, Franklin. Services were May 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, with interment in Home Cemetery, Sleepy Eye. Arrangements were handled by Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye.
He is survived by his wife, Inez of Sleepy Eye; daughter, Pamela and husband Don Hirsch of Sleepy Eye; son, Jeffrey and wife Nancy Ludewig of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren, Douglas Hirsch, Deanna Hart, Stacy Hirsch, James Ludewig and Amber Fischer; great-grandchildren, Brian and Mathew Hirsch; mother, Pearl Ludewig of Sleepy Eye; brother, Sylvester "Bud" Ludewig of Sleepy Eye; sisters, Irene Houghtaling of Carmichael, Calif., Delrose and Wilbert Seifert, Delores and Robert Gulden, and Luverna and George Berg, all of New Ulm; brother-in-law, Robert Berg, Jr., of New Ulm. He was preceded in death by his father, Urban; sisters, Marie in infancy and Marian Berg; and brother-in-law, Paul Houghtaling.
George was born Nov. 20, 1924, at Home Township, the son of Urban and Pearl (Mickleson) Ludewig.He was a lifelong resident of Brown County and attended District 39 country school. He married Inez Evers on Feb. 11, 1947, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. The couple farmed in Stark Township for 44 years, moving to town in May of 1991. George was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. He enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing and taking long walks. George loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Casket bearers were Rick Hart, Gary Berg, Doug Hirsch and Marly Berg, Doug Gulden and James Ludewig.
Otto Carl Ohlemann, 78, of Springfield, died Friday, April 28, 2000, at Springfield Medical Center, Springfield. Services were Monday, May 1, at Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield, with interment in St. Raphael's Catholic Cemetery, Springfield. Arrangements were handled by Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield.
He is survived by his son, Mike Ohlemann of Delbo, Minn.; daughters, Theresa Ohlemann of Springfield, and Mary and husband Tom Schroeder of Springfield; step-son, Butch "Tony" and wife Beverly Guza of Sleepy Eye; step-daughter, Sandra and husband Marlan Buhr of Worthington; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ann King of New Haven, Lucille Sandbo of Springfield, Martha Fonken of New Ulm; and Ruth Kaseforth of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alice in 1989; sisters, Ada Batzlaff and Florence Anderson; and brothers, Martin, Harold and Edward.
Otto was born July 26, 1921, in Charlestown Township, Minn., the son of Carl D. and Therse (Ork) Ohlemann. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 in the African and European Theatres. Otto has lived in Springfield since 1946 and he was a partner with Wally Radtke in Radtke & Ohlemann Construction Company. Otto married Alice Garrow on March 31, 1949, in Springfield. He became street superintendent in 1962 for the city of Springfield and retired after 20 years in 1982. He moved to the St. John Lutheran Home in March 1998. Otto was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Sanborn. He was also a member of the John Watson American Legion Post #257 in Springfield and a life member of the VFW Post #800 in Sleepy Eye. He served on the Springfield city council for a few years. Otto enjoyed fishing, hunting, bird watching and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
Casket bearers were Joshua Schroeder, Nathan Schroeder, Brittany Schroeder, Lynda Messerich, Andrea Ohlemann, Tracy Bertrand, Brenda Gluth, Amy Janzen, Ryan Marz, Debbie Bird and Ashley Ohlemann. Honorary casket bearers were Otto's great-grandchildren.