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Obituaries

Marie Elizabeth Hillesheim

NEW ULM — Marie Elizabeth Hillesheim, age 99, of New Ulm passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-7 pm on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-South ...

Lyle DuWayne Larson

NEW ULM — Lyle DuWayne Larson, age 81 of New Ulm died peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye. Funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday, February 21, 2020, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New ...

Steven John Sander

Steven John Sander, 61, passed away Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at home near Sturgis, SD, peacefully with family by his side. Steve was born on June 10, 1958, to Alfred and Dorothy (Bemmels) Sander in Glencoe. Steve graduated from high school in Fairfax, and joined the Air Force in June 1976. ...

Rita F. Windschitl

COMFREY — Rita F. Windschitl, 90, of Comfrey died on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs, Leavenworth. Interment will be in the Japanese Martyrs Catholic ...

Martin Kuphal Jr.

GAYLORD — Martin Kuphal Jr., 77, of Gaylord died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at the Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center in Le Sueur. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. ...

Kathryn “Kath” Smith

Kathryn “Kath” Smith, 55, of New Ulm died Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastors Donald Sutton and Nathan Scharf officiating. Burial will be in ...

Leah Marie Schilling

SPRINGFIELD — Leah Marie Schilling, 35, of Springfield died on Feb. 9, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Rochester. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m.. Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel and will continue on Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Raphael’s ...

Orvis Ivan Lilleodden

PARK RAPIDS — Orvis Ivan Lilleodden, 83, of Park Rapids, formerly of Hanska and New Ulm, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 in Crystal Brook Memory Care. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids. Visitation will continue from 11-12 p.m., ...

Elaine Clarian Sorensen

COMFREY — Elaine Clarian Sorensen, 96, of Comfrey, died on February 9, 2020, at Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be on Friday, February 14, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the New Hope Lutheran Church in Comfrey. Service will be held at the New Hope Lutheran Church on Friday at ...

Herbert Edward Geiger

Herbert Edward Geiger, age 91 was called to his heavenly home on February 8, 2020. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mankato. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Northview – North ...

Kathryn “Kath” Smith

NEW ULM — Kathryn “Kath” Smith, 55, of New Ulm died Friday, February 7, 2020, at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 15, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Burial will be in the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church ...

Rachel Susan Vath

Rachel Susan Vath, age 28, of Saint Paul, passed away Jan. 30, 2020, at the end of her nine-year journey with breast cancer. After graduating from Rosemount High School in 2010, Rachel attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, where she played Division III hockey. Rachel was ...

Lorraine Weier

Lorraine Weier, 86, of New Ulm died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in New Ulm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm with Father Cornelius Ezeiloaku celebrating the Mass. Burial will following the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation ...

Gladys Hahn

TRACY — The funeral service for Gladys Hahn, 90, of Tracy, formerly of New Ulm, will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at the Horvath Remembrance Center in Tracy. She died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to ...

Rev. John L. Spencer

Rev. John L. Spencer, 92, Oak Park Heights, MN 55082, died Feb. 1, 2020. Survived by wife, Rachel; children: Anne Kritikos and Mark; 5 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by son, Paul and brother, David. Pastor, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in New ...

Lorraine Weier

NEW ULM — Lorraine Weier, 86, of New Ulm died Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. Burial will following the new Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation ...

Lloyd Robert Geiger

LEWISVILLE — Lloyd Robert Geiger, 74, of Lewisville passed away on Jan 31, 2020 at St. James Hospital. No visitation is planned at this time. He is survived by his wife, Rita Geiger and son, Aaron Geiger; a sister Roxanne Andersen of Hanska; granddaughter, Jasmine Geiger of Melvin, Iowa, ...

Linda Roxanne Jarvis

Linda Roxanne Jarvis, 69, passed away on Saturday Jan. 25, 2020 at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Mankato. Linda was active in SMILES and LEEP and an advocate for people with disabilities. She supported the BENCHS organization and was a mom to many fur babies throughout her life. Linda is survived ...

Veronica E. Groebner

SLEEPY EYE — Veronica E. Groebner, age 99, of Sleepy Eye, died on February 2, 2020, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm and will continue on Thursday from 7:30 until 10 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. Funeral Service ...

Joseph Paul Schmitz

Joseph Paul Schmitz, 66, of Dodge Center passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 in Dodge Center. Joe was born in August 1953 in Sleepy Eye to Pete and Rita (Bauman) Schmitz. He graduated from St. Mary’s School in Sleepy Eye. He married Pauline Stueber in January of ...