Cosma "Cossie" Curley, 79, of Darfur, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at St. John's Lutheran Home, Springfield.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Comfrey, with burial in St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery, Comfrey.
Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey.
She is survived by her brother, Francis (Bud) Curley and wife Mary of Rosemount; a sister, Mary Ann Hayes of Tacoma, Wash., and 12 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a nephew, Shawn Curley and a special friend, Ryland (Jack) Koenig.
Cossie was born Aug. 30, 1922 in Mountain Lake, to Frank and Ruby (Stark) Curley, She attended and graduated from St. Paul's Catholic School and Comfrey High School, and attended French's School of Business in Minot, N.D. Cossie was employed by Tri County Coop in Darfur for 43 years, retiring in 1984, and lived in Darfur since 1950. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Comfrey, St. Paul's Missionary Group, St. Mary's Society and was a charter member of Norman Schulte American Legion Auxiliary in Comfrey.
Dormand Kirtz, 86, of Hector, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church in Hector, with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at the Hughes Funeral Home in Hector with a 7:30 p.m. rosary.
Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
He is survived by his children, Sandra Kirtz-Bartels of Murrieta, Calif., James Kirtz and wife Katie of Winthrop, Judith O'Binger and husband John of Phoenix, Ariz., Steven Kirtz and wife Barb of Olivia, Kathleen Weller and husband Ed of Barnum, Charles Kirtz of Hector, and Nancy Serbus and husband Dean of Loveland, Colo.; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers: Alvin Kirtz and wife Mary of San Clemente, Calif., Gerald Kirtz and wife Rosemary of Hector, Fr. Raymond Kirtz of Buffalo, and Robert Kirtz and wife Eileen of Litchfleld, MN; a sister Helen Phenicie of Hector; a sister-in-law Irene Ewer of Faribault; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Edna on Jan. 24, 2000, infant son Raymond Fredrick, and his brothers Russell and Delmar.
Dormand Francis Kirtz was born Aug. 15, 1915, in Mallard, Iowa, the son of Fred and Sadie (Fortney) Kirtz. He was baptized and later confirmed in the Catholic faith. He grew up in the Wabasso area and attended St. Ann's Parochial School.
Dormand married Edna Ruschmeyer on June 30, 1943, at St. John's Catholic Church Parsonage in Hector. The couple lived in Hector and Dormand farmed until 1962. Dormand then purchased Person's Tire Shop in Hector, owning and operating the shop for a number of years. He then worked for Hector Ready Mix for 20 years. In retirement, Dormand and Edna lived in Hector. As Edna's health failed, Dormand helped and cared for her at home. On June 9, 2000, Dormand suffered a stroke, at which time he entered the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center. In his youth Dormand ran the film projector at the movie theater in Hector. He also played the concertina in several polka bands, Dormand and His Dominos and Minnesota Derbbies.
Hulda Sutherland, 91, of St. James, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at St. James Health Services Hospital.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, St. James, with burial in the Butterfield City Cemetery, Butterfield.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday and 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday at the Sturm Funeral Home, St. James. Visitation will also continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Hulda is survived by sons, Delbert and his wife Ann of St. James, and Kerry and his wife Lynn of Clearwater, Fla.; daughters, Betty and her husband Donald Shum of Bermuda Dunes. Calif., Shirley and her husband Pat Sizer of St, James, and Marion and her husband Don Taylor of Coon Rapids; 29 grandchildren;13 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a sister Ida West and her husband John of Aberdeen, S.D.; a sister-in-law, Josie Heppner of St. James; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ray; two sons, Keith and Robert; one daughter, Beatrice Rushing: and 14 brothers and sisters.
She was born on March 26, 1910 to Abraham and Anne (Epp) Goossen in Mountain Lake. She married Ray Sutherland on Oct. 28, 1927 in Cottonwood County. Ray passed away on March 14, 1970.
In her younger years Hulda spent much time volunteering at the St. James Hospital. She was actively involved in the Ladies Aid at the First Presbyterian Church in St. James, and she was a member of the VFW Auxiliary #1914.
Bill Helmbrecht, 69, of Fairfax, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at the New Ulm Medical Center.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Fairfax, with full military rites by the Fairfax Honor Guard, and burial at 1 p.m., at Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Willow Lake Township. Redwood County.
Visitation is 5-9 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday at Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel, Fairfax and one hour prior to services at the church.
He is survived by his wife Pat of Fairfax; sons, Mark of Fairfax, and Tom Bagne and his wife, Cathy of Minneapolis; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Cory Oitzman of Glencoe; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; nephews and nieces; an adopted brother, Curt Kessler and his wife Andi of Redwood Falls; and Carol's sister-in-Law, Clarice HeImbrecht of North St. Paul.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Alice; sister, Emma Kruse and a grandson, Matthew Helmbrecht.
He was born Feb. 20, 1932, in Lytton, Iowa, to Otto and Alice (Wilsterman) Helmbrecht. He graduated from Sanborn High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army from March 15, 1956, to Oct. 15, 1957. He married Patsy Johnson on Dec. 7, 1962, in Minneapolis. He worked as a police officer in Springfield in 1962 -1964; Brown County deputy sheriff in New Ulm in1964-1971; and police chief in Fairfax in 1971 -1977. He also worked at the elevator in Franklin and most recently drove truck for Hawkeye Tile, Inc., in Fairfax. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Fairfax, where he was active on the council; served on several boards and was an usher. He was a member of the sheriff's mounted posse.
Willard Isenberg, 86, of New Ulm, formerly of Lafayette, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at the Oak Hills Living Center, New Ulm.
Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Ulm, with burial in the First Lutheran Cemetery, Lafayette.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Firle Funeral Home, New Ulm, and one hour prior to services at the church Wednesday.
He is survived by daughters, Diane Brand and Sharon Isenberg; son and daughter-in-law, Don and Mary, all of New Ulm; stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Chris Hagen of New Richland, Marlys and Jerry Johnson of Brooklyn Center; stepson and daughter-in-law, Roger and Mary Gronholz of Glencoe; 20 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mildred and Roy Bullemer of Gibbon, and Marian Leraas of Howard Lake; sister-in-law, Lorrainne Isenberg of Mankato; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie; second wife, Edna; daughter Mary Ann Stadick; brothers, Virgil, Herbert, and Vernon, and stepdaughter, Phyllis Strohschein.
He was born July 6, 1915 to Albin and Alice (Swenson) Isenberg in Nicollet County, near Lafayette. He attended country school. He entered the U.S. Army on April 18, 1945, serving in Okinawa, Japan, during World War II. He married Marie Groebner on April 2, 1945, in New Ulm. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he worked for Johnson Machine Shop and Plumbing and Heating of Lafayette. Marie died in 1951. He married Edna Gronholz on Nov. 26, 1955, in Owatonna. They lived in New Ulm until moving to Lafayette in 1963. He later worked for Bianchi Plumbing and Heating and as a rural mail carrier near Lafayette for several years, retiring in 1989. Edna died in 1994. He was a resident of Oak Hills Living Center, New Ulm since August 2000. He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm, Lafayette American Legion Post 300, and the Lafayette Fire Department.
Eleanora (Mrs. Herbert) Wendinger, 86, of St. George, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the St. George Catholic Church in St. George with burial in the St. George Catholic Cemetery, St. George.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and will continue from 7:30 until 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. There will be a combined rosary by the Council of Catholic Women, the Catholic Aid Society, and the Catholic Order of Foresters, all of St. George, at 6:30 p.m and a parish prayer service at 8 p.m. both Tuesday at the funeral home.
Eleanora is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Peter and Dodie Wendinger, and Paul and Joleen Wendinger, all of rural New Ulm; grandchildren; Ann and Al Bauer, Sheila and Michael Howk, Scott Wendinger, Shari Wendinger, Kris and Donnie Beranek, Jon and Lisa Wendinger, Joey Wendinger, Kari Wendinger and her fiance, Ryan Schwartz, Kelly
Wendinger and her fiance, Patrick Weber; great grandchildren; Megan and Nathan Bauer, Michaela and Sean Howk, Justin, Jill, and Jacob Beranek, and Emily, Nicholas, and Joshua Olstad. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna (Byli) Altmann; her husband, Herbert Wendinger, on May 2, 1989; and by brothers, Charles Altmann and Henry Altmann.
Eleanora was born Jan. 30, 1915 in rural Klossner to John and Anna (Byli) Altmann. She attended country school in Lafayette Township, Nicollet County. On Nov. 18, 1935 she married Herbert Wendinger at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm.
After marriage they farmed in West Newton Township, Nicollet County. They retired from farming in April of 1973 and moved into St. George. She was a member of the St. George Catholic Church, the St. George Council of Catholic Women, the St. George Catholic Aid Society, and the National Society of the Catholic Order of Foresters of St.
Abby Windschitl, 10, of Comfrey, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at her home in Mulligan Township.
Mas of Christian burial is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, Springfield, with burial at St. Raphael's Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 - 8 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 - 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield. There will be a parish prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield.
She is survived by her parents, Mike and Debbie (Helget) Windschitl of Comfrey; sister Katie Windschitl of Comfrey; grandparents Jerome and Rita Windschitl of Comfrey, and Ken and Sally Helget of Springfield; aunts and uncles, Joe and Deb Windschitl of Sleepy Eye, Pat and Colleen Windschitl of Springfield, Rosanne and John Kaseforth of Springfield, Diane and Jeff Kretsch of Springfield, Tammy and Corey Schewe of Sleepy Eye, Scott Helget of Springfield, and Paula and Randy Sturm of Sanborn.
She was born April, 8, 1991, in Springfield, to Michael and Debra (Helget) Windschitl. She was a student at Springfield School attending fourth grade and was being home schooled. She was receiving physical therapy from the New Ulm Medical Center and speech and occupational therapy through the Springfield School system at her home.
Kenneth Brackelsberg, 61, formerly of Madelia, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Minneapolis.
Mass of Christian burial is 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Madelia, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10:15 a.m. Friday at Pilgrim Funeral Home, Madelia.
He is survived by his wife, Anna; sons, Kevin, and Vince and wife Carol, all of Madelia; four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; brothers, Donald of Remer and Vincent of Madelia; a sister, Wilma Brackelsberg of Madelia; a brother-in-law, Raymond Anderson of Detroit Lakes; and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a half-sister, Iona Anderson.
He was born Feb. 23, 1940, in Madelia to George and Selma (Brevig) Brackelsberg. He grew up in Madelia and attended Madelia High School. He joined the U. S. Army in 1957 and served three years in Germany, returning in 1960. He married Anna Bock on Oct. 26, 1963, at St, Mary's Catholic Church, Madelia. They lived in Madelia. He worked for Byro Construction until 1970 when he began working for Atlantis Plastics in Mankato. He refired in 1996. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Catholic Aid Association and the Madelia VFW.
John V. Eichten, 86, formerly of Wanda, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at the Madison Lutheran Home.
Mass of Christian burial was Tuesday, Dec. 11, at St. Mathias Catholic Church, with burial with military honors in the church cemetery.
He is survived by daughters, Janice Wendorff of Milaca, and Charlotte and husband Cletus Bungarden of Madison; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brothers, Everet of Lindstrom and Joseph of Center City; and sisters, Jeanette Hoffman and Rosella Willie, both of Lindstrom.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ryeah; and many brothers and sisters.
He was born on Aug. 10, 1915, in rural Wanda, to John and Nettie (Evans) Eichten. He graduated from Lamberton High School in 1933. He joined the U.S. Army Air Force in March 1944 and served in World War II, getting his discharge in February 1946. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal, and two Overseas Service bars. He married Ryeah Ladwig on June 6, 1939, in Wanda. They lived in Sanborn and Hector. He moved to Madison in 1998.
Robert 'Bob' Gray, 68, of Redwood Falls, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at his home.
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls, with burial in the Redwood Falls Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at Nelson-Martin Funeral Service, Redwood Falls, and continue on Thursday at the church from 1p.m. until time of service.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann of Redwood Falls; a daughter, Julie Gray, and special friend Tom Tangeman of Minneapolis; a son, Paul Gray and his wife Lesley of Lakeville, and a grandson, Nicholas Robert Gray of Lakeville; sisters, Phyllis Bjorsness of Whitefish, Mont., and Judy Curtis and her husband, Jim of Redwood Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Al Bjorsness and two nephews, Scott and Bill.
He was born March 5, 1933, in Redwood Falls to William A. and Florence (Dennistoun) Gray. He grew up in Redwood Falls and graduated from high school in 1951. From 1953 until 1955 he served in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Mankato State College in 1957 with a B.S. Degree in education. On Sept.7, 1957, he married Mary Ann Borneke at All Saints Catholic Church in Madison Lake. For a short time they lived in Mankato, until 1958, moving to Arlington, where he taught social studies, coached for the Indians and played for the Arlington "A's".
The family moved to Redwood Falls in 1963, and he became a sales rep for Northwestern State Portland Cement. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls. In college he played shortstop for Mankato State and the Redbirds. He worked as a volunteer with the Redwood Valley School and Share the Spirit.
Adeline Steinhaus, 86, of Hutchinson, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with burial in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson, and one hour prior to services at the church Thursday.
She is survived by her children, Eugene Steinhaus and his wife, Addie of Shakopee, Elwood Steinhaus and his wife, Lois of Glencoe, Delbert Steinhaus and his wife, Jan of Litchfield, Karen Fischer and her husband, Don of Eagle Lake, and Delos Steinhaus and his wife, Sue of Litchfield; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Lorna Kleinschmidt, Velma Zempel and her husband, Victor, and Olga Buchholz; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lester Steinhaus; two brothers; and a sister-in-law.
She was born Aug. 13, 1915, in Vesta, to Benhard and Selina (Holzerland) Buchholz. She married Lester Steinhaus on Sept. 5, 1937, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sheridan Township, Redwood County. They farmed in Clements, Morgan, Fairfax, and Buffalo Lake before moving to Hutchinson in 1965.
She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. She received a Certificate of Commendation for volunteer work from Gov. Rudy Perpich in 1989, for her work at the Senior Center in Hutchinson. She became a resident at Emmanuel Home in Litchfield in April 1995.
Syril 'Sy' Garman, 83, of Sleepy Eye, formerly of Redwood Falls and Morgan, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at the Sleepy Eye Hospital.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, Morgan, with burial in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens, rural Redwood Falls.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday at Nelson-Martin Funeral Service, Morgan, and one hour prior to services at the church.
He is survived by his wife, Lois of Sleepy Eye; children, Sylvan and wife Sandy of Alameda, Calif., Myra Selle of Burnsville and Shayne and wife Karen of Massachusetts; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his wife; sisters, Flava Lemcke, Alvia Garman, Lena Lemcke, Carrie Roan, Hazel Kosel and Irene Schubbert; and brothers, Aaron and August Garman.
He was born April 7, 1917, in Alton, Ill., to Harry and Katherine (Jones) Garman. At the age of two, he moved to Redwood County. He attended country schools. He worked as a farm hand for Bill Rust near Vesta, Frieda Scheffler near Morton and Irv Greenslit. He married Mary "Yvonne" Lechner on May 21, 1938, in Redwood Falls. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 until 1945. They lived in North Redwood. He was a truck driver for Central-Bi-Products for 34 years, retiring in 1978. His wife died Aug. 1, 1980. He married Lois Menk Timm on May 27, 1989, in Morgan. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and the V.F.W. in Redwood Falls and Morgan.
Ella Junker, 85, of Redwood Falls, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at Wood Dale Nursing Home in Redwood Falls.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye, with burial at Home Cemetery, Sleepy Eye.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today and 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday at Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye and one hour prior to services at the church.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Eugene and Rosemary of Redwood Falls; daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Dennis Senst of Jeffers; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Harry Pidde of Nevis; and brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Violet Evers of Lamberton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry in 1998; and great-grandson, Jake Whitaker.
She was born Sept. 3, 1916, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Henry A. and Amelia (Zettler) Evers. She grew up near Comfrey. She helped on the family farm. She married Henry "Hank" Junker on Oct. 12, 1938, at Salem Lutheran Church in Comfrey. They farmed in the Comfrey, Lamberton and Clements areas prior to moving to Sleepy Eye. They lived and farmed near Sleepy Eye from 1957 until 1979 when they moved into Sleepy Eye. She worked seasonally at Del Monte for many years, the last five of which full-time. She retired in 1982. She moved to the nursing home in Redwood Falls in 1997. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye.