Miscellaneous Faribault County, Minnesota Obituaries - 2000
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Wilbur M. Weise, 66
Wilbur was born Nov. 10, 1934 in Blue Earth, the son of Ben and Rosa (Runge) Weise. He was raised and educated in Blue Earth where he was a 1953 graduate of Blue Earth High School. He was married to Marge Hines on May 3, 1953 at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Emerald Township. Following his marriage he entered the US Navy and later returned to Blue Earth where he began farming East of Blue Earth. In 1977 Wilbur retired from farming and began working at Blue Earth Light and Water Co. as a boiler operator, where he continued until his retirement in 1997. He was a lifetime member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Emerald Township.
Wilbur is survived by his daughter Julie and husband Terry Ankeny of Blue Earth; one granddaughter; sister, Plyllis Kleindl of Worthington.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1997 and his parents.
Mildred M. Hafermann, 90
ALBERT LEA - Mildred Marie Hafermann, age 90 of Knutson Place in Albert Lea, formerly of Kiester, died on Friday, Nov. 10 at St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea. Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Kiester. Reverend Richard Steffen officiated. Interment was at Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery in Kiester.
Mildred was born February 15, 1910 in Peoria, Illinois. She was confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Peoria and graduated from high school and Dickinson's Business College in Peoria. She worked for almost two years at a drug store. After their marriage, the couple lived in parsonages in New Baltimore, Michigan; Philo, Flatville and Oak Lawn, Illinois; Kiester, Jeffers and Mansfield, Minnesota. After her husband's retirement, they made their home in Kiester in 1972. In 1993 she moved to Knutson Place Apartments in Albert Lea. Mildred enjoyed reading, knitting and baking. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Kiester. She was active in the church choirs, and taught Sunday school for many years.
She is survived by one daughter, Sonia and husband Garlin Scherb of Kiester; one son, Reverend Herbert J. and wife Kirsten Hafermann of Morogoro, Tanzania; six grandchildren: Glen and wife Cynthia Scherb of Kansas City, Missouri, Sheree Scherb Covert of Sherman Oaks, California, Christine (Scherb) and husband David Tatge of Wells, Susan (Scherb) and husband Dr. Greg Path of Plymouth, Delmar and Belarmino Hafermann of Waverly, Iowa; five great-grandchildren: Molly, Megan and Marshall Tatge, Rachel and Elise Path.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son David in 1933, her husband in 1993, sister Emily, and sister-in-law Pearl Stonner in January of 2000, and her brother Henry (Bud) Stonner in April of 2000.
Esther Habeck, 91
Esther was born May 8, 1909 in Waseca County. She was the daughter of Gustav and Wilhelmina (Lau) Krienke. She married Herbert F. Habeck on June 15, 1932 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Janesville. She was baptized on May 30, 1909 and confirmed on April 29, 1923 in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Janesville by Reverend Martin Winters. She attended both public and parochial schools in Janesville and finished in District 6 Country School. After their marriage, the couple made their home in Waldorf, raising five children there. Esther helped her husband in the poultry business for many years, later owning their own cafe. She was also a janitor and cemetery caretaker of the First Lutheran Church, she worked at the Bird's Eye in Waseca and at various other jobs. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Waldorf, its Ladies Aid, and was member of the Waldorf Senior Citizens. She loved gardening, crocheting and making crafts. In 1994, she moved into an apartment in Mapleton where she lived for four and one-half years before entering the Mapleton Community Home in September of 1998.
She is survived by one son, Darold and wife Bev Habeck of St. Peter; four daughters: Darlene and her husband Dennis Tischer of Good Thunder, Harriet and her husband Norman Grunzke of Wells, Gloria, Mrs. Kenneth Tischer of Good Thunder, Charlotte and her husband Robert Pahl of Vernon Center; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1966, three sisters, two brothers, a grandson and a son-in-law.
LaVon M. (Sis) Giese, 80
She was born Dec. 27, 1919 at Odin, the daughter of John and Selma (Halverson) Moltzau. She attended school in Odin. On Nov. 5, 1937 she married Herbert Giese in Odin. They lived in Carver and later moved to Vernon Center. Mr. Giese preceded her in death in 1987. She moved to Amboy where she lived for 11 years, and then later moved to Parker Oaks in Winnebago in 1998.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Women's Association. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards, drinking coffee and enjoyed animals.
Survivors include one daughter, Rhonda Martin and her husband Steve of Amboy; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, LaVern Moltzau and his wife Lois of Auburn, Washington.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two brothers.
W. Charles Fuller, 63
He is survived by his loving wife Janal Lindsay Fuller and his loving daughter Angela Lindsay Fuller. He is also survived by Alicia, Andrea and David Fuller, his sister Linda Bleess, his brother Jerry Fuller and his father-in-law Robert H. Lindsay.
Chuck was the orchestra director at Eckstein Middle School, a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church Choir and cello teacher at the Suzuki Institute of Seattle. He was a gentleman and a scholar.
A mass for Mr. Fuller was celebrated Friday, Nov. 3 at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Seattle.
Robert J. Patten, 71
WINNEBAGO - Services for Robert J. (Bob) Patten, age 71 of Winnebago, were Monday, Nov. 20 at the First Presbyterian Church in Winnebago. A burial with Full Military Honors was held at the Rosehill Cemetery in Winnebago. Mr. Patten died Friday, Nov. 17 at his home in Winnebago of cancer.
He was born March 22, 1929 at Minneapolis, the son of Mary Patten. He attended school in District #47 at Blooming Prairie. He was a veteran of WWII, serving as a paratrooper in the US Army. On Oct. 7, 1947 he married Louise Wolf at Faribault. He owned and operated Patten Roofing Co. from 1953-1990 in Blooming Prairie, Albert Lea, and Winnebago.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Men's Club and various church boards. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #82 in Winnebago, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Osman Shrine (Scottish Rite) of St. Paul, Mankato Shrine, T-Birds, and Masonic Lodge. He was a past member of the Winnebago City Council for seven years. His hobbies included traveling, hunting, fishing and golf.
Survivors include his wife Louise of Winnebago; one daughter, Roxanne Mennenga and her husband Frank of Huntley; three sons: Daniel and his wife Vicki of Algona, Ia., Sam and his wife Nina of Huntley, Robert T. and his wife Deb of Winnebago; ten grandchildren; his mother, Mary Peterson of Owatonna; one aunt, Dorthy Ulrich and her husband Carl of Owatonna; and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, one granddaughter, one uncle and one nephew.
Lewis R. Pahl, 82
AMBOY - Services for Lewis R. Pahl, age 82 of rural Amboy, were Tuesday, Nov. 21 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Vernon Center. Burial was in the Vernon Center Cemetery. Mr. Pahl died Saturday, Nov. 18 at his home in rural Amboy.
Lewis was born February 28, 1918 at Glen Ullin, North Dakota, the son of Richard and Rose (Pick) Pahl. He attended school at Willow Creek. On Oct. 7, 1939 he married Arlene Oachs at Algona, Iowa. He farmed in the Amboy-Vernon Center area all of his life. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Vernon Center.
Survivors include: his wife Arlene of Amboy; four sons: Eugene, Tim, and Scott, all of Amboy, and Lonnie of Vernon Center; three daughters: Tammy Gathman and her husband Jim of Rochester, Cindy Skjervold and her husband Jeff of Vernon Center, and Kay Pahl of California; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers: Richard Pahl and wife Joan of Mankato, Oscar Becker and his wife Reca of Truman; one sister, Irene Cornish and her husband Wes of Vernon Center; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandchild, and four sisters.
Myrtle E. Naumann, 94
She was born July 29, 1906 at rural Elmore, the daughter of Ora and Hattie (Owens) Krosch.
Myrtle was raised and educated in rural Elmore where she attended country schools. In the late 1920s she worked for the Otto Pirsig family where she met and later married Ira Naumann on January 18, 1929 in Elmore. The couple lived in Elmore where Ira worked for the county maintenance department. In the early 1930s the couple began farming west of Elmore. In 1939 they moved to a farm three miles southeast of Elmore in Iowa, where they lived until 1956 when they retired from farming and moved a mile north of Elmore. Myrtle raised garden produce and sold chickens and eggs for many years. She moved to Blue Earth in 1999. She was a member of the Shiloh Lutheran Church in Elmore.
Myrtle is survived by three sons: Edwin and wife Geraldine "Gerri" Naumann of Elmore, Derald and wife Bonnie Naumann of Elmore, Donald and wife Connie Naumann of Rake, Iowa; daughter, JoAnn Schamburg of Hackensack; a sister, Pearl Pirsig of Blue Earth; three sisters-in-law: Eva Thoreson of Alden, Elvira Thompson of Elmore, and Madeleine Naumann of Brewster; 17 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1979, brothers Ray, Albert and Lester, sisters Stella Warner-Clifford, Florella Grimmelman-Schall, and Nellie Godfredsen.
Lorena O. Moltzau, 89
She was born July 6, 1911 at Amboy, the daughter of August and Rosina (Boeck) Zenk. She attended country school and graduated from Amboy High School in 1929. On June 6, 1930 she married Fred Koehler at Amboy. They were later divorced. On Feb. 28, 1959 she married Loren Moltzau at Mapleton. He preceded her in death in 1962. She had managed the Gamble's Store and worked at Norman's Cafe in Amboy. She moved to St. Peter in 1997. She was a lifetime member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Charter member of the Ladies Guild. Her hobbies included crocheting and reading.
Survivors include four grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, and one daughter, Barbara.
Eunice Liebhaber, 89
WELLS - Eunice Liebhaber, age 89 of Wells, died Tuesday, Nov. 28 in rural Lonsdale. Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 1 at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells. Father Eugene Stenzel officiated. Interment was at the St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery in Wells.
Eunice was born October 18, 1911 near Clear Lake, Iowa, the daughter of George and Anna E. (Stork) Swehla. She attended country school in Alden. Eunice married Cleo J. Liebhaber on June 28, 1947 in Wells. She worked at the Golden Bubble, the Wells Hospital and Naeve Parkview Home and Wood Supper Club and various other restaurants in Wells as a cook for a number of years. She was a member of St. Casimir Catholic Church, and the Wells VFW Auxiliary. Eunice loved cooking, baking, gardening, and fishing with her husband. She enjoyed being with her family and friends.
She is survived by three daughters: June and her husband LeRoy Kuster of Wells, Mary Lou Liebhaber of Owatonna and Betty Villwock and special friend Gordon Kline of Lonsdale; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother, Willis and wife Gladys Swehla of Wells; and sister, Doris Schultz of Wells.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1989, four brothers and three sisters.
John A. Herman Sr., 93
WELLS - John A. "Jack" Herman Sr., age 93 of Wells, died on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea from complications of cancer. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 2 at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells. Father Eugene Stenzel officiated. Interment was at the St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery in Wells.
John was born July 16, 1907 in Minnesota Lake, the son of Jacob and Mathilda (Yokiel) Herman. He married Pauline T. Stenzel in Wells on May 9, 1933. John was a farmer, retiring in 1956. He then started working for Del Monte Canning Company in Wells. He was a member of the Rosary Society and St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells. He and his wife Pauline, have been residents of St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea for the past three and one-half years. He enjoyed playing cards and dancing.
He is survived by his wife Pauline Herman of Albert Lea; one son, John F. and wife Helen Herman of Wells; two daughters: LaVonne and husband Harold Thisius of Wells, Jeanette and husband Jim Wilder of Bloomingdale, Illinois; 14 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; four sisters: Alvina Kalis of Albert Lea, Agnes Koziolek of Wells, Loretta Staloch of Wells and Elizabeth Cole of Mapleton.
Constance C. Becker, 44
LONG PRAIRIE - Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 21 for Constance Celeste Becker, age 44 of Long Prairie, formerly of Blue Earth, at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery with Father Mark Stang and Deacon Mark Zenner officiating.
Pallbearers were Ken Ebnet, Mark Bleess, Josh Brichacek, Adam Bleess, Brad Becker and Mike Becker. Arrangements were made by Stephanie Stein Funeral Home, Long Prairie.
Mrs. Becker died Friday, Nov. 17 at the Long Prairie Memorial Hospital.
She was born Feb. 2, 1956 to Francis and Maurine (Mongeau) Bleess in Blue Earth. She and her family moved to Long Prairie in 1965. She graduated from Long Prairie High School and then worked for the Brown Law Office in Long Prairie from 1973 to 1997. She married Allen Becker Aug. 10, 1974 in Long Prairie. She was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and Christian Mothers. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and visiting with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Nick Bleess.
Survivors include her husband Allen of Long Prairie; daughter, Michelle and husband Philip Schaber of Eagan; son, Douglas Becker of Long Prairie; brothers and sisters: Theresa (Roger) Meyer of Plymouth, Charlotte (Frank) Sczepanski of Coon Rapids, Charles (Karen) Bleess of Winona, Mike (Juanita) Bleess of Granada, Pat (Bleess) of Bellevue, Neb., Ron (Allette) Bleess of Mankato, Rich (Karen) Bleess of Balsam Lake, Rita Walker of Clarissa, Gina (Gene) Motzko of Clarissa, Mark (Rona) Bleess of Long Prairie, Joe (Linda) Bleess of Long Prairie, Jerry (Sandy) Bleess of Long Prairie, Frani (Dan) Carson of St. Cloud, Pete (Joyce) Bleess of Long Prairie, Lindsey (Jody) Bleess of Matomedi, Rhonda (Roland) Ottomoeller of Clarissa, Ginger (Stan) Brichacek of Browerville and Brian (Dawn) Bleess of Salt Lake City, Utah; 11 brothers and sisters-in-law; one grandchild on the way; 111 nieces and nephews.
Ruth Anderson, 85
DELAVAN - Ruth "Opie" Anderson, a former Lura Lake resident, died at age 85 on Thursday, Nov. 23 at United Hospital. Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Delavan. Pastor Rhea Evanson officiated. Burial was in the West Delavan Lutheran Cemetery.
Mrs. Anderson was born May 13, 1915 at Mankato, the daughter of Fred and Della (Pagel) Hawker. She graduated from Mapleton High School in the early 1930s and attended the Owatonna Teachers College, where she earned her teaching certificate. She was married to Alfred Anderson on July 7, 1936. The couple farmed in rural Delavan for many years and Ruth also taught in a one room country school house near Lura Lake for a time. She was an active member of the West Delavan Lutheran Church which merged with the Faith Lutheran Church in Delavan, where she sang at many weddings and funerals. She loved to travel and fish. She lived on her family farm for a period of 64 years, until the time of her death.
Ruth is survived by his sisters: Frances Pick of Mapleton, and Mary Hawker-Lazerine of Plymouth; daughters: Karen and husband Joe Trembley of Richfield, Judy and husband Paul Frankamp of Blue Earth; son, Jerry and wife Judy Anderson of Yelm, Washington; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alfred on Jan. 2, 1982, and one brother, Fred Hawker.
Arvilla H. Reinlasoder, 87
WALTERS - Arvilla H. Reinlasoder, age 87 of Walters, died Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the United Lutheran Church in Walters. Reverend D. Javis-Schroeder. Interment was at the United Lutheran Cemetery in Foster Township, Faribault County.
Arvilla was born August 29, 1913 in Foster Township, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Sabo) Sauer. She attended school in Walters and graduated from the eighth grade. She married Henry J. Reinlasoder on February 8, 1934 in Albert Lea. She farmed with her husband in the rural Walters area. Arvilla was a member of the United Lutheran Church in Walters, where she was active in the church circle. She was also a member of the Walters Senior Citizens and the PTA (Parent Teachers Association). Arvilla loved to play cards, and farm with her husband. Most of all she enjoyed being with her grandchildren.
She is survived by one son, Larry and his wife Diane Reinlasoder of Walters; two daughters: Nancy and her husband David Sitzman of Kiester, Monica and her husband Randy Steinhauer of Walters; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Donald Lium of Bricelyn; one sister, Lula Mattick of Austin; one sister-in-law, Frances Sauer of Blue Earth; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1974, daughter Beverly in 1997, five brothers: Lyle, Sievert, Vern, Hilton and Raymond Sauer; and two sisters: Pearl Kirk and Grace Sauke.
Ralph L. Mittelstadt, 83
BLUE EARTH - Ralph Lehmann Mittelstadt, age 83 of Blue Earth, died December 4 at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center. Memorial services were held Friday, Dec. 8 at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center.
Ralph was born July 26, 1917 in Blue Earth to Julius W. and Rose (Lehmann) Mittelstadt. He grew up and attended school in Blue Earth graduating from Blue Earth High School. Ralph was a Staff Sergeant in the US Army during WW II, serving in Europe. Ralph worked at clothing stores in Blue Earth and at one time had his own store. He also worked at an Assisi Residence in Blue Earth. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Zurah Shrine, and VFW all in Blue Earth.
He is survived by one sister, Freda Berndt and her husband Maurice of Blue Earth; nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
Arthur S. Johnson, 88
Arthur was born March 22, 1912 in Brush Creek Township, Faribault County, the son of Alfred and Mary (Dahl) Johnson. He attended country school in the Brush Creek Township area. He was baptized and confirmed at the Bricelyn Lutheran Church where he has been a life long member. He married Waive Hollund on July 2, 1934 in Bricelyn. Arthur farmed near Bricelyn until his retirement in 1978. He loved to fish, collect antiques, especially clocks, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by them.
He is survived by three children: Marlene and her husband Ron Hanson of Plymouth, Roger and his wife Eileen Johnson of Bricelyn, Karen and her husband Paul Berkeland of Bricelyn; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Dunbar of Fergus Falls; one sister-in-law, Fern Egeness of Wells; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Waive in 1984, two sons: Ronnie, and one in infancy; and one daughter, Clarine Miller.
George B. Hartwick, 73
BLUE EARTH - George B. Hartwick, age 73 of Blue Earth, died Monday, Dec. 4 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Pastor John Otte officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth.
George was born November 24, 1927 in Blue Earth, the son of George A. and Olivia E. (Bartel) Hartwick. He was raised and educated in Blue Earth, where he was a 1945 graduate of Blue Earth High School. He entered the US Navy after high school where he served as an Aviation Metal Smith First Class. He was married to Lillian L. Hamelau on June 1, 1946 in Waycross, Georgia. After his service, the couple returned to Blue Earth where George farmed for three years. He worked in carpentry for a few years until starting to work with his father at the Hartwick Agency. George built the insurance side of his family business and was also involved in the real estate portion of the business. He later became the owner of the business. Hartwick Realty and Insurance later became the Blue Earth City Agency and Hartwick Realty. George retired in the early 1990s. He was a member of the Blue Earth American Legion Post #89 and was a lifetime member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church where he was active in the church choir, served as an elder and was part of the Lutheran Laymen's League. He also led toy drives and toy repair services for needy children at Christmas time for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian Hartwick of Blue Earth; two sons: David and wife Barb Hartwick of Chanhassen, George C. and wife Carolyn Hartwick of Houston, Tex.; daughters: Suzanne Hart of Las Vegas, Nev., Judith Hartwick of Boulder, Colo., Barbara and husband Jim Martin of Winnebago; brother, John P. and wife Joann Hartwick of Jefferson, Wisc.; four sisters: Dorothy Rutledge of Las Vegas, Nev. Mary Monical of Pontiac, Ill.; Margaret and husband Harry Ofverstedt of Overland Park, Kan., Helen Ann and husband Wallis Knutt of Rock Lake, N. Dakota; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Frances Cook.
Arlen Guzenhauser, 66
WINNEBAGO - Services for Arlen (Grubby) D. Gunzenhauser, age 66 of Winnebago, were Monday, Dec. 4 at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago. Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery at Winnebago. Mr. Gunzenhauser died Thursday, Nov. 30 at his home in Winnebago of cancer.
He was born April 7, 1934 at Osmond, Nebraska, the son of Herman and Verl (Sagaser) Gunzenhauser. He attended school at Osmund, Neb. He went to work for an amusement park in Council Bluffs, Iowa. On Oct. 3, 1951 he married Margaret McConnel at Omaha, Neb. They lived in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area until moving to Winnebago in 1986. He worked for Loveall Construction until retiring in 1996. His hobbies included reading, a flower garden, and watching birds.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret of Winnebago; one son, Mike and his wife Sheryl of Winnebago; two daughters: Connie Cooper and her husband Mark of Mankato, Barb Schultz and her husband Greg of Hollandale; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two brothers: Gale and his wife Deborah of Casper, Wyom., Dean and his wife Luella of Council Bluffs, Iowa; four sisters: Patricia Dacus, Bonnie Stoops, Lynn McMurry, Judy Nation and her husband Jay, all of Casper, Wyom.
Arlen was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.