Nathan Richter, 21, of 110 North Garden in New Ulm, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Father John A. Richter celebrating. Burial will be in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm.
Nathan is survived by his parents, Alan and Linda Richter of New Ulm; grandma, Florinda Richter of New Ulm; sisters and brother-in-law, Jennie and Brian Lundgren of Norwood Young America, and Samantha Richter of New Ulm; a brother, Scott Richter of New Ulm; a godchild, Delanie Lundgren; a nephew, Bodie Lundgren of Norwood; and a special friend, Tara Lassen of Judson.
Nathan is also survived by his godparents, Mary and Lynn Richter of New Ulm; and by aunts and uncles, Kenneth Richter, Rose and Lenny Nachreiner, and Mary and Pat Portner, all of New Ulm, Lucy and Doug Sondag, Rita Meine of Springfield, Donna and Dennis Myers of Spicer, Eugene and Karen Walter, Alphonse Walter of St. James, Norb and Pat Walter of Arlington, Texas, and Tim and Angie Walter of Roseville; and by many cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandpa, William Richter, by grandpa and grandma, Leo and Anne Walter; and by his uncle, Jim Meine.
Nathan was born on December 30, 1982 in New Ulm to Alan and Linda (Walter) Richter. He attended New Ulm Public School and graduated in 2001. He then attained his degree in Tool and Die at the Ridgewater Vo Tech in Hutchinson. He worked at Celtex Tubing and Wiring in Gibbon.
Nathan enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, hockey, and especially, tinkering with his toys. He coached the Bantam B Hockey Team for the 2002-2003 season. He was a member of the St. John's Court of the Catholic Order of Foresters.
Nathan loved his family and friends and they will greatly miss his bubbly personality, and great sense of humor.
Vern Simning, 82, of Coon Rapids, formerly of Morton, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at Twin Rivers Care Center in Anoka.
Services are noon, Friday, March 19, at United Methodist Church in Morton with burial in Morton City Cemetery.
Visitation is Friday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
He is survived by children, Lorraine of Circle Pines, Vern of Minneapolis, Carol Cherry of Rochester, Sylvia Koskie, Keith of Isanti, Karen McFadzen of Andover, Connie of Circle Pines; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Edith Prodoehl of Renville and Beulah Lothert of Morton.
He was born April 7, 1921, in Wabasso to Robert and Virginia (Varco) Simning.
Nelson-Martin Funeral Service handled arrangements.
Irma Uetzmann, 94, of Gibbon died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at the Fairfax Community Home in Fairfax.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, March 20, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Moltke Township, Sibley County with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Gibbon. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Saturday.
Irma is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Alethia and Mickey Waldron of Mesa, Arizona, LaVonne and Anker Miller of Kasson, Orda and William Podratz of Albert Lea; eight grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Fred Uetzmann on July 16, 1989; a granddaughter, Cheryl Miller; grandson, Gerald Podratz; two sisters; and a brother.
Irma Ruschmeyer was born on March 6, 1910, in Moltke Township, Sibley County to Henry and Ottilia (Wallner) Ruschmeyer. She married Fred H. Uetzmann on June 17, 1931, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Moltke Township. After marriage they farmed in Moltke Township until 1977 when they retired and moved onto Gibbon. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Moltke Township, Sibley County.
Anton 'Tony' Frydenlund, 94, of Madelia, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at Luther Memorial Home in Madelia.
Funeral service is 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 20, at Lake Hanska Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation is one hour before the service at the church.
Schmucker Funeral Service of Hanska handled arrangements.
He was born April 26, 1909, in Riverdale Township to Hans and Gunhild (Finstad) Frydenlund.
James Ganske, 73,of Sleepy Eye, died on Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at his home.
Funeral service is 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 20, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Clergy will be Father Todd Petersen. Interment St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery with military rites by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m., Friday, and 7:30-9:30 a.m., Saturday, at Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. There will be a parish prayer service at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family via www.sturmfh.com.
James A. "Jim" Ganske was born February 26, 1931, in Home Township, north of Sleepy Eye, to John and Ann (Kachelmeier) Ganske. He attended rural school, St. Mary's High School, and Real Estate courses at Mankato State College. Jim served in the United States Army as a tank commander stationed in Korea from February 1952 until November 1953. Upon returning he was married to Audrey Jean Fischer from 1954 to 1993. Jim was founder and owner of Ganske Trucking and spent many years as a Real Estate Broker with Berkner Agency in Sleepy Eye and Thief River Falls, Great Northwest Agency in Thief River Falls, and Great North Agency in Detroit Lakes. Jim worked as a Lake Reclamation and Dredging Project Manager and Consultant on projects in Sleepy Eye, St. James, Fairmont, and Hanska in Minnesota, and at Emmestburg, Penora, and Storm Lake in Iowa, dating back to 1964 and continuing until his death. Jim's involvement with Sleepy Eye Lake extended from 1964 through the present and brought great benefit to the lake and community.
Jim was united in marriage to Maxine Paula Salisbury March 3, 2001, in Kasson, MN and they resided together until his death. Jim was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, Life member of the American Legion Post No. 7, the VFW Post No. 100, the Korean 140th Tank Battalion Retirees, Life Member of the Knights of Columbus, and past president of Sleepy Eye Jaycees. Jim enjoyed fishing, traveling, cooking, geology, astronomy, and spending time with grandchildren and family.
Jim lost his battle with cancer and died at home surrounded by loved ones on March 17 at the age of 73.
He is survived by his wife Maxine of Sleepy Eye; by one daughter, Sheryl (Fred) Bahr of Madison, WI; three sons, James M. Ganske of Hawaii, Gerald S. Ganske of Hawaii, and Donn R. Ganske of Sartell, MN; stepchildren, Lisa (Greg) Mitchell of Richardson, TX, Steven (Leah) Salisbury of Badger, IA; five grandchildren, Jeremy (Kirby) Ganske, Tami Ganske, Sam Ganske, Shane Bahr, and Haley Reed; four stepgrandchildren, Stephanie Salisbury, Jacob Salisbury, Joshua Mitchell and Katlyn Mitchell; two brothers, Lyle (Myrna) Ganske of Brea, CA, Tom( Karen) Ganske of Sleepy Eye, MN; by three sisters, Mary Jane Koessler of New Ulm, MN, Maureen (Pete) De Rosier of Burlington, WI, and Colette Van De Bogert of Elkhorn, WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Ann Ganske; by three sisters, Lois Flor, Mildred Linnihan, and Joan Jensen; and by two infant children, Ronald Ganske and John Ganske.
Following the service his body will be laid to rest at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye, where it will await the glorious day of the Resurrection. May the Lord comfort all who mourn over his passing.
Joshua 'Josh' Wilfahrt The funeral for Joshua "Josh" Wilfahrt will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Dale Lutheran Church, Cherry Grove Township, Goodhue County, with the Rev Mike Lockerby officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Wilfahrt, 19, of Wanamingo, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004 as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Goodhue County.
He was born July 4, 1984 in New Ulm, and grew up in the Kenyon-Wanamingo Area. He graduated from Kenyon-Wanamingo High School in 2003 where he was on the Wrestling Team. He was employed at Concast Company of Zumbrota. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather Vicky (Scott) Peters of Wanamingo; his father Kenneth Wilfahrt of Kansas; his sister Tina Wilfahrt of Wanamingo, his stepbrother Nick Peters of Red Wing; his maternal grandfather Robert Berg, Jr. of New Ulm; his paternal grandparents Willard and Alice Wilfahrt of Sleepy Eye; and his stepgrandparents Leo and Arlene Peters of Florida. His maternal grandmother Marion, preceded him in death.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Mahn Family Funeral Home Larson Chapel in Zumbrota and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday
Casketbearers will be Shawn Voracek, Dustin Peterson, Joe Peterson, Josh Fisher, Joe Baalson, and Rob Greseth.
Melvin Draeger, 80, of Brownton, died Friday, March 19, 2004 at Hutchinson Community Hospital.
Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Penn Township. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation is Sunday at the church, two hours prior to the service.
Lydia Berger, 91, of Gibbon died Thursday, March 18, 2004 at the Gaylord Lake View Home in Gaylord.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 22, 2004 at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Wellington Township, Renville County with pastor Matthew Kuske officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. Sunday and from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Gibbon. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Monday.
Lydia is survived by her niece, Marlis Schmidt of New Ulm; and a nephew, Harvey Deterling of Baudette. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herbert J. Berger on May 8, 1990; brother-in-law, Harvey Berger; a sister, Elsie Deterling; and a brother, Rudy Gorr.
Lydia Bertha Gorr was born on April 23, 1912 in Dryden Township, Sibley County to Henry and Bertha (Boese) Gorr. She married Herbert J. Berger on December 18, 1935 at St. Paul's Lutheran Parsonage in Gaylord. After marriage they farmed in Moltke Township, Sibley County until 1985 when they retired but continued to live on the farm. She enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing and crocheting. She was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Wellington Township and was a member of the Ladies Aid at church.
Kim Born, age 45, of North Mankato, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, while on a business trip in New York, NY.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 22, 2004, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mankato, with Rev. Paul D. Nolting officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery in Mankato. Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. today at Mankato Mortuary, and continues one hour prior to the service on Monday.
Kim was born on June 11, 1958, in New Ulm, to her proud parents, Warren and Shirley (Klutz) Wilking. She was confirmed in 1972 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Arlington. Kim was a 1976 graduate of Mankato East High School, and a 1979 graduate of Mankato State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and business. She was united in marriage to David A. Born on June 24, 1978, at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in North Mankato.
Shortly after she and David married, Kim began her business-teaching career which spanned from 1980-1991. She taught business classes at New Ulm High School, Immanuel Lutheran School in Mankato, and Rasmussen Business College. Kim also managed Toys Plus in Mankato from 1982-1987. Kim was later employed with Hubbard Milling Company from 1989-1997, doing marketing and sales in their pet food department. In 1997, Kim went to work for Taylor Corp., where she traveled extensively as a senior account executive with Masterpiece Studios.
A devoted wife, mother, and friend to all, Kim will be greatly missed by many. Her giving and kind spirit has touched all who knew her. Kim was a loyal and faithful wife, who enjoyed vacationing and spending time with her husband, Dave. She was also a dedicated mother to her two sons. Her oldest son, Dan, is currently serving overseas in Kosovo with the Army National Guard, and her youngest son, Jon, is a full-time student at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Kim was their biggest fan, and attended all their sporting events. She was the mom in the stands who kept everyone's stats, cheered enthusiastically, and volunteered to bring sandwiches and snacks for the team. She was so proud of her two boys. Kim loved them unconditionally and always supported them in everything that they did.
Kim was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mankato, where she loved to sing in the choir. You could always hear her singing a song as she worked, traveled, and played. She brought joy wherever she went. If Kim wasn't singing, she was laughing. She found amazement in life's everyday little pleasures: birthday flowers from her father "Pa", shopping for antiques with her mother "Ma", cards from family and friends, Mothers Day gifts from her sons, listening to her niece play the piano, playing with her nephew, making crafts with friends, and discovering new ways to make unique gifts for others. Kim was full of compassion and creativity. She blessed many with her heartfelt homemade gifts: scrapbooks, cards, handbags, blankets, etc. She left many memorable pieces of art for others to enjoy for years to come. Kim spent her life serving others and always gave a hundred and ten percent to everything she did. Her fun-loving spirit and kindness will be greatly missed.
Kim is survived by her husband, David Born of North Mankato; two sons, Dan Born stationed in Kosovo and Jon Born of North Mankato; parents, Warren and Shirley Wilking of Mankato; brother, Jon Wilking and his wife, Karin, of San Antonio, TX; paternal grandmother, Erna Wilking of New Ulm; niece and nephew, Taylor and Jordan Wilking of San Antonio, TX; sister-in-law, Vivian Hanel and her husband, Gary, of North Mankato; also nephews, Seth, Matt, and Ty Hanel, and nieces, Molly Hanel and Elizabeth Hutchins.
Kim was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather and maternal grandparents.
Betty Schaffer, 75, of Currie, died Friday, March 19, 2004, at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D., after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 22, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie, MN with Monsignor Paul Evers officiating, The organist is Patty LeClaire. The song leader is LoAnn Hanson. The pallbearers are her grandchildren. Interment is at Calvary Cemetery, Currie, MN. Visitation will be at the church Monday one hour prior to the services.
Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is in charge of arrangements.
Betty Schaffer was born on September 20, 1928 on a farm in Vail Twp., in Redwood Co., MN to Ludwig and Agnes Zollner Daub. She grew up on the family farm near Wabasso and attended country school District #65 and St. Anne's School in Wabasso. She graduated from Wabasso High School in 1946. She then graduated from Mankato Beauty School in 1947 and worked at Gillespie's Beauty Shop in Tracy. On September 7, 1948 she and George H. Schaffer Jr. were married at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Wabasso. Following their marriage they farmed the Schaffer family farm in Murray Twp. and raised their 11 children. They retired from farming in 1989 and continued to live on the farm. Betty moved into Currie in January 2004.
She was a member of IHM Church in Currie and belonged to the WCCW and Catholic Daughters. Her many hobbies included quilting, embroidery, sewing. gardening, baking and traveling. She loved spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include six sons, and five daughters and their spouses: Dennis and Alyce Schaffer of Courtland, MN, Mike and Nina Schaffer of Fulda, Colleen and Roy Schweiss of Fairfax, MN, Rita and Paul Heller of Mankato, MN, Mary Schaffer of Minneapolis, MN, Joe Schaffer of Pipestone, MN, Duane Schaffer of Mankato, MN, Barbara and Laverne Dunsmore of Delano, MN, Paul and Jamie Schaffer of Mankato, MN, Jane Schaffer and her husband, Scott Likely of Minneapolis, MN and Charles Schaffer and his wife, Rebekah Njaa of St. Paul, MN; 14 grandchildren, John, Andrew and Maria Schaffer, Andrea Nachreiner and Rebecca Schweiss, Shannon, Janine, Nicholas, Angelissa and Kristen Schaffer, Crystal and Jared Schaffer, and Allen and Sarah Schaffer; four great-grandchildren; Carter and Jaeden Nachreiner, Brayden Kopinski and Aaliyah Schaffer; and one brother, Eugene Daub, and his wife, Gloria of Lodi, CA. She is preceded in death by her husband, George, who passed away on March 11, 2004, and her parents.
William G. Senske
Services are 11 a.m., Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn with burial in High Island Cemetery in New Auburn.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, and 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, at Egesdal Funeral Home, Gaylord and Tuesday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
He is survived by a son Greg of Winthrop; a daughter Sharon Grams of Gaylord; brothers, Willmer of Buffalo, Alvin and Marvin, both of Glencoe, Victor of Winthrop; sisters, Hertha Peterson of Gaylord, Delores Ramus of Winthrop, Lydia Uecker of Gaylord and Bernice Weishert of Glencoe; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was born Nov. 14, 1922, in Transit Township, Sibley County, to Albert W. and Augusta (Tessmer) Senske.
Mildred Gardner, 88, of Mount Horeb, Wis., and formerly of Redwood Falls, died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at Ingleside Nursing Home in Mount Horeb, Wis.
Services are 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 24, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls, with burial in Crestlawn Gardens in rural Redwood Falls.
Visitation is 4-6 p.m., Tuesday at Nelson-Martin Funeral Service in Redwood Falls; and one hour before the services Wednesday at the church.
She is survived by husband Adrian of Mount Horeb, Wis.; children, Richard Gardner of Bedford, Mass.; Deanne Henning of Waunakee, Wis.; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Ozzie Zender, Army Zender and Jim Zender.
She was born Nov. 17, 1915, in Jasper Village, Minn., to Peter V. and Anna Josephine (Glasrud) Zender.
Leonard Hauptli, 91, of Le Sueur, formerly of Wabasso, died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at the Garden View Nursing Home, Le Sueur.
Services are 1 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at Nelson-Martin Funeral Service, Redwood Falls. Burial will be in Salem United Methodist Cemetery, Salem Township, Redwood County, Minn.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and Thursday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy of Le Sueur; children Janice Loewe of Le Sueur, Joyce Sauter of Winter, Wis., Wayne of Glencoe, Linda Littlefield of Colorado Springs, Colo., Greta Franklin of Redwood Falls, Sherrie Brink of Alexandria, Dale of Warsaw, Mylo of Atascadero, Calif.; 22 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lillian Lensing of Wabasso.
He was born March 21, 1912, in New Avon Township, Redwood County, Minn., to Fred and Mary (Bill) Hauptli.
Gerald W. Lange, 79, died Sunday, March 21, 2004, at the Redwood Area Hospital.
Funeral services are 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lamberton with burial at Waterbury Township Cemetery.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Sturm Funeral Home in Lamberton, and will continue on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.
Survivors include his wife Alice of rural Lamberton; sons, Laurel of Minnetonka, Lyle of Willmar; daughter Susan Barfknecht of Maple Grove; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a sister Darlene Haug of Danube.
Gerald Walter Lange was born May 26, 1924, in rural Eldridge, N.D., to Walter and Erna (Buetow) Lange.