Jerold 'Jerry' Olson, 53, of Lake Crystal, formerly of Madelia, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at his home.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2003 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Butternut. Burial will be in Butternut Valley Cemetery.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday at Pilgrim Funeral Home in Madelia and Saturday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
He is survived by his mother, Lorraine of Madelia; five sons, Paul of Trimont, Jeffrey of Lake Crystal, Mark of Eagle Lake, Chad of Wabasso and Eric of Franklin; six grandchildren; and a brother, Larry of Madelia.
He was born Dec. 20, 1949 to John and Lorraine (Kerns) Olson in Madelia.
Federico Elizondo Barron, 55, of St. James, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Immanuel-St. Joseph Hospital in Mankato.
Services are 10 a.m., Saturday, March 29, at St. James Catholic Church in St. James, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m., Friday and 7:30-9:30 a.m., Saturday, at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
He is survived by his wife Hermila; sons, Gerardo Barron of Weslaco, Texas, Guadalupe Barron of St. James; daughters, Beatriz Barron of Vera Cruz, Mexico, Marina Barron of Dade City, Fla., Norma Barron, Julia Barron, Erika Barron, all of St. James; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Jose Barron of Rio Bravo, Mexico, Antonio Barron of Mission, Texas; sisters, Lidia Barron of Reynosa, Mexico, Maria Barron of St. James, Maria Barron of Rio Bravo, Mexico.
He was born May 2, 1947, to Guadalupe and Enriquetta (Elizondo) Barron in Mexico Nueva Leon.
Marcella 'Sally' Bollig, 84, of Sleepy Eye, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at New Ulm Medical Center.
Services are 11 a.m., Saturday, March 29, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m., Friday and 8-10:30 a.m., Saturday at Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. There will be a Christian Mothers rosary at 4 p.m. and a parish prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
She is survived by children, John of Shakopee, Robert of Minneapolis, Mark of Franktown, Colo., Joan of Seattle, Wash., Mary Kay VanAllen of Lakewood, calif; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandson; sisters, Sister Rosita Krzmarzick of Rochester, Hildie Callanan of Springfield, Bernice Eckstein of Sleepy Eye; and brother Arthur Krzmarzick of Hutchinson.
She was born March 21, 1919, in Sleepy Eye to Henry and Frances (Reiderer) Krzmarzick.
Gregory Porter, 41, of Big Spring, Texas, formerly of New Ulm, died March 19, 2003, at the Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring as the result of a work-related disability.
Services were held in Texas on March 22.
Services are 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 12, at First United Methodist Church.
Visitation is one hour before the service.
Schmucker Funeral Service is handling arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Allen and Lucille Porter; wife, Sheila of Big Spring; sons, Micah and Gregory of Tennessee Colony, Texas; stepchildren, Christopher and Brandy Clark of Big Spring; brother, Bradley Porter of Rockford.
He was born March 11, 1962, in New Ulm, to Allen and Lucille (Willhite) Porter.
Cindy Williams died, March 25, 2003, with her mother-in-law Lorraine Williams.
Services are 10 a.m., Saturday, March 29, at St. Joseph's The Worker Catholic Church in Mankato. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation is 4- 8 p.m., Friday with a prayer service beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Landkamer-Johnson-Boman Funeral Home and continues one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Memorials are preferred.
Lorraine M. Williams, 80, of Mankato died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital.
Services are 10 a.m., Saturday, March 29, at St. Joseph's The Worker Catholic Church with burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 -8 p.m., Friday with a prayer service beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Landkamer-Johnson-Boman Funeral Home and continues one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials are preferred to Mankato Area Catholic Schools and St. Joseph's The Worker Catholic Church.
She is is survived by sons, Dan of Mankato, Ted of Isanti, and Greg of Maple Grove; daughters, Susan Williams of Mankato, Mary Hicks of North Mankato, and Jackie Ruhland of Maple Grove; brothers, Stan Manderfeld of New Ulm and Fort Myers, Fla., Ray Manderfeld of New Ulm; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was born on Feb. 23, 1923, in New Ulm to Theodore and Clara (Dorn) Manderfeld.
Verna M. Bleck, of Arlington, died Friday, March 28, 2003 at her home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2003 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Arlington. Burial will be in Arlington Public Cemetery.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the church. The Kolden Funeral Home of Arlington is handling arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Edward of Arlington; daughters, Carolyn Maeder of Arlington and Cathy Fries of Jordan; four grandchildren; sisters, Loretta Tiegs of Henderson, Helen Telthoester of Henderson and Louella Beck of Mankato.
She was born Nov. 28, 1928 in Washington Lake Township, Sibley County, Minnesota to Herman and Mildred (Vick) Trick.
Diane K. Gentz, 54, of Springfield, died Thursday, March 27, 2003 at her home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at Urban-Winkler Funeral Home in Connersville, Ind. Burial will be in Valley Grove Cemetery in Connersville.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Sturm Funeral Home and 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Connersville and Tuesday at the chapel, one hour prior to the service.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis of Springfield; a daughter, Peggy Frame of Lynn, Ind.; a son, James D. Benton of Richmond, Ind.; a step daughter, Jennifer Gentz of Springfield; a step son, Chad Gentz of Springfield; three grandchildren; three brothers, Robert of Connersville, Ind; and Rodney Carlin and Leslie Carlin, both of Richmond, Ind.; a sister, Patsy Case of Greensburg, Ind.
She was born Nov. 9, 1948 to Robert D. and Peggy (Lutz) Carlin in Connersville, Ind.
Robert J. "Bob" LeGare, 78, of rural Lafayette died Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2003 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Father Anthony Hesse as the celebrant. Burial will be in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by the Lafayette American Legion Post #300.
Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. Sunday and from 7:30 until 10:30 on Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. There will be a rosary by the Knights of Columbus at 6:30 p.m. and a parish prayer service at 7:30 p.m. both Sunday at the funeral home.
Bob is survived by his wife, Melinda (Hacker) LeGare of rural Lafayette; daughters, Kathleen Davis and her husband, Dan of Visalia, California, Jo Ann LeGare and Tim Solfelt both of Burnsville, Susan Gulden and her husband, Brian of Rochester, and Jeanie LeGare of Monticello; a son, Dennis LeGare and his wife, Eileen of New Ulm; sisters, Catherine (Mrs. Roy) Samalaska of Madelia, Mary Schmitz and her husband, Denis of Sanborn; brothers, Joe LeGare of Mankato, Phil LeGare and his wife, Doreen of Redwood Falls, Theodore LeGare and his wife, Marion of Hector, Dick LeGare and his wife, Gladys of New Ulm, Vince LeGare and his wife, Darlene of Minneota, Jim LeGare and his wife, Sharon of Lindstrom; nine grandchildren, one great grandchild; and by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Valeria LeGare; a son, Joseph LeGare, in infancy, a daughter, Elizabeth Ann LeGare, in infancy; a brother, Father Paul LeGare; a sister, Elizabeth (Sister Valeria) LeGare, Order of the Christian Charity; a sister-in-law, Bernice LeGare; a brother-in-law, Roy Samalaska; and a nephew, Steve Samalaska.
Robert J. LeGare, the son of Phillip and Valeria (Schwendinger) LeGare, was born on June 29, 1924 in Klossner. He moved with his family to Comfrey in 1928 and graduated from the Comfrey High School in 1943. He also attended the University of Minnesota, School of Agriculture for two years. On July 9, 1943 he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged on April 17, 1946. On January 9, 1952 he married Melinda Ann Hacker at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. After marriage they lived in Bernadotte Township, Nicollet County for one year before moving to Franklin, living there for five years. They then returned to the farm site in Bernadotte Township. Robert had been a dairy farmer and in Ag management for forty years in Bernadotte Township, Nicollet County. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, the Knights of Columbus in New Ulm, a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #300 in Lafayette, and a member of the Boy Scouts Committee in Lafayette.
Ida M. Scoates, 88, of Redwood Falls, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at the Wood Dale Nursing Home in Redwood Falls.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Redwood Falls, with burial in Crestlawn Memorial Garden, rural Redwood Falls.
Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Monday at the church. Nelson-Martin Funeral Service in Redwood Falls is handling arrangements.
She is survived by sons, Richard of Mendon, Mich., and David of El Paso, Ill., two grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
She was born July 20, 1914, in Sundown Township, Redwood County, to Robert and Harriet (Thompson) Pederson.
Lawrence H. Wille, age 100, of Lamberton, formerly of Lucan, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Valley View Manor in Lamberton.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Johnsonville Township, Redwood Co. Pastor Terri Skildum will officiate. Interment will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Johnsonville Twp., Redwood Co.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday and 7:30-9:30 a.m. Monday at the Sturm Funeral Home in Lamberton. Visitation will also continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Lawrence H. Wille, the son of Henry and Bertha (Gerth) Wille, was, born December 2,1902 in Blue Earth County, near Beuford, Minn. He moved with his family to a farm south of Lucan, in Johnsonville Township when he was six months old. Lawrence attended country school, District #113, until the 8th grade. He continued to farm in Johnsonville Twp., until moving to a farm near Antler, N.D. in the late 1920s. On July 23, 1930, he married Edna Pauline Engstrom in Bottineau, N.D. They continued to farm near Antler, returning to the family farm in Johnsonville Twp in 1932. Lawrence and Edna remained on that farm until moving to Valley View Apartments in 1985. Following Edna's death, Lawrence became a resident at Valley View Manor in 1995. He was a a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Johnsonville Twp. Lawrence enjoyed farming, and milking cows. After losing his sight he kept abreast of the news by having the newspaper read to him, listening to the radio, and remembering the good times on the farm. He had an ongoing concern about the weather, the crops, and his family.
Survivors include his five children: a son, Melvin and wife Darla Wille of Lucan, daughters, Carol Hulke of Lamberton, Marlene and husband Elmer Rolloff of New Ulm, Bertha (Bert) and husband Douglas Sylvester of Gaylord and Shirley and husband Robert Hill of Wasilla, Alaska; there are 15 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and I great great granddaughter, and one brother, Martin Wille of Lamberton, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Edna in 1995; son-in-law, Ralph Hulke; brothers, Elmer, Henry Jr., and Warner; and a sister, Golda Kumerow.
Elroy Backer, 74, of rural New UIm died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the United Church of Christ in New Ulm with the Pastor Hank Campbell officiating. Burial will be in the New Ulm City Cemetery in New Ulm.
Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 -8:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of the service at the church on Wednesday.
Elroy is survived by a niece, Sandra Johnson of Spokane, Washington; nephews, Mark Rasmussen of Sleepy Eye, Fred Rasmussen and his wife, Jane, of Evan, Paul Rasmussen, Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Benld, Illinois; a brother-in-law, Paul Rasmussen, Sr. and his wife, Jane, of Sleepy Eye; a nephew-in-law, Bill Gorman of Arcadia, California; 11 great-nieces and great-nephews; and five great-great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Oradell Rasmussen; a niece, Rita Gorman, and a nephew-in-law, Todd Johnson.
Elroy Albert Backer, the son of Roy and Ella (Rolloff) Backer was born on October 6, 1928, in Milford Township, Brown County. He attended District No. 8 country school in Milford Township and graduated from New Ulm Public High School. He had lived on his family's home farm all of his life up until two months ago when he became a resident of the Sleepy Eye Care Center. Elroy had farmed the land for many years but most recently he became known for the pumpkins that he grew and sold to various places. His farm became known as Mr. B's Pumpkin King Ranch. He loved to see children smile and had been the area's Santa Claus for many years.
He was a member of the United Church of Christ in New Ulm, a member of the Izaak Walton League, the Deer Hunters Association, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and many other wildlife organizations.
Georgene Gwendelin Rothmeier, 59, of Sleepy Eye, died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Services are 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 1, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye with burial in Home Cemetery, Sleepy Eye.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m., Monday, and 7:30-8:30 a.m., Tuesday, at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye, and continues one hour before the service at the church.
She is survived by her children, Suzanne Marie and husband Tom Jensen of Sleepy Eye, Michelle Myree Weilage and special friend Leonard Hauser of Essig, Kristine Maree and husband Brad Bode of Sleepy Eye, Michael Richard and wife Stephanie Weilage of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren, Ryan Gehrke, Erica Jensen, Carly Jensen, Krystle Weilage, Benjamin Bode, and Mikyla and Randy Weilage; stepchildren, Kim Kleinwachter, Vicky Steffl, Amy Houchens, Mike Rothmeier, and Rick Rothmeier; and stepgrandchildren; her mother, Adeline Ubl of Sleepy Eye; and a sister, Cynthia (Cindy) Schneider and husband Roger of Sleepy Eye.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Ubl; her husband, Raymond G. Rothmeier and a stepgrandson.
G.G. was born Oct. 4, 1943, in Tampa Bay, Florida, to George and Adeline (Grams) Ubl. Around her first birthday, she moved to Sleepy Eye and later attended St. John Lutheran School and graduated from Sleepy Eye Public High School. She attended Beauty School in Mankato On June 2, 1963, she married Richard Weilage at St, John Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. The couple farmed in rural Sleepy Eye. G.G. worked as a beautician for 35 years at various shops in the Sleepy Eye area. On May 1, 1987, she married Raymond Rothmeier and remained in Sleepy Eye. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and a member of the Legion Auxiliary. She loved helping others and always let the needs of others come first. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, working on craft projects and sewing. She looked forward to reuniting with her father, husband, and other loved ones that have passed on before her.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. John Lutheran School Building Fund in Sleepy Eye.
Rosalia Zwaschka, 84, of Comfrey died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Springfield Medical Center Hospital, Springfield.
Services are 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 2, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Comfrey with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m., Tuesday and 7-10 a.m., Wednesday at Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey. There will be a parish prayer service at 5 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home and a Christian Mothers rosary at 10 a.m., Wednesday at the church.
She is survived by husband John of Comfrey; sons, Kenneth Zwaschka of Des Moines, Iowa, Michael Zwaschka of Lewisville; daughter, Marilyn Zwaschka of Comfrey; Diane Arnsdorf of Sanborn, Jeanie Zwaschka of Breezy Point, and Lois Zwaschka of Hutchinson; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Clarence Mathiowetz of Sleepy Eye, Harold Mathiowetz of Oliva, Joseph C. Mathiowetz of Sleepy Eye, Robert Mathiowetz of Rogers; sisters, Loretta Mathiowetz of Fairmont, Angela Hornick of San Francisco, and Evelyn Betts of Fairmont.
She was born March 23, 1919, to Eden Township, Brown County, to Joseph and Mary (Gewerth) Mathiowetz.