Obituaries

Don Fastenau

ST. JAMES — Don Fastenau, age 80, of St. James died on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Society in St. James. Funeral services will be 11am, Saturday, November 24, 2018 at St. Paul’s Rv. Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Martin Lopahs ...

Richard Will Allen

NEW ULM — Richard Will Allen, 69, of New Ulm died Sunday, November 18, 2018, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are pending with the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home of New Ulm.

Gerald “Jerry” Kirtz

HECTOR — Gerald “Jerry” Kirtz, 90, of Hector, died on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at his home. Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hector, with interment the church cemetery. Military honors will be provided ...

Emilio “Squeaky” Medina

NEW ULM — Emilio “Squeaky” Medina, 36, of New Ulm, died Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis. Service will be at noon Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Our Savior’s ...

Joan M. Portner

Joan M. Portner age 86, of Sleepy Eye died on Nov. 12, 2018, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 10:30 a.m.The clergy will be Msgr. Eugene Lozinski. Interment will be at the St. Mary’s ...

Bonnie Waibel

WAITE PARK — Bonnie Waibel, age 68 of Waite Park, formerly of New Ulm, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 in St. Cloud. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. Father Gerald Meidl will be celebrating mass. Burial will ...

Norman “Norm” Warta

NEW ULM — Norman “Norm” Otto Warta of New Ulm died on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at the Fairfax Community Home in Fairfax. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery in New ...

Bjarne “Ben” Kjelshus

GREENWOOD, Mo. — Bjarne “Ben” O. Kjelshus, 95, passed away on Nov. 9, 2018 at his home in Greenwood, Mo. Ben was born in Hanska to Benjamin and Ovidia Kjelshus. He grew up in Hanska and graduated from high school in New Ulm. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II, mainly in Italy. He ...

Donna Ann Forstner

GIBBON — Donna Ann Forstner, 83, of Gibbon died Monday, November 12, 2018 at the Hutchinson Health Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Monday, November 19, at St. Willibrord’s Catholic Church in Gibbon with Father Bruno Santiago celebrating Mass. Burial will follow in ...

Robert “Dale” Haack

NEW ULM — Robert “Dale” Haack, age 82, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, November 19, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. Father Mark Steffl will celebrate the Mass. Burial will ...

Betty Jo Gedrose

RURAL SLEEPY EYE — Betty Jo Gedrose age 61, of rural Sleepy Eye, MN, died on November 12, 2018, at her home. Visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 6 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Saturday from noon until 1:00 pm at the church. Memorial Service will be held ...

Joan M. Portner

SLEEPY EYE — Joan M. Portner age 86, of Sleepy Eye, MN died on November 12, 2018, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm and will continue on Wednesday from 7:30 until 10:00 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. There will be a ...

Marjorie Zempel

MORGAN — Marjorie Zempel, 90, of Morgan died November 14, 2018 at her home. A private memorial service will held at Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Home. A public graveside service for Marjorie will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, at Mount Hope Cemetery, rural Morgan.

Karen Martin

SLEEPY EYE — Karen Martin, 74, died Thursday, November 15, 2018, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center. Arrangements are pending with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.

LaVonne “Lonnie” Florence Rudell

NEW ULM — LaVonne “Lonnie” Florence Rudell, age 87 of New Ulm died peacefully on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the Oak Hills Living Center with her family by her side. Funeral service will be held at 2:30 pm on Friday, November 16, 2018, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-South Chapel ...

Janice Buegler

SLEEPY EYE — Janice Buegler, 75, of Sleepy Eye, died Monday, November 12, 2018, at the New Ulm Medical Center. Memorial services will be at Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. As the date approaches the Journal will publish a full obituary and a photo.

Ronald Seitz

Sleepy Eye-Sigel Township — Ronald Seitz, age 82 of rural Sleepy Eye-Sigel Township died unexpectedly on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at his home in rural Sleepy Eye. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 am on Friday, November 16, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. ...

Cledus W. Freiderich

ST. CLOUD — Cledus W. Freiderich, age 80, of St. Cloud, and formerly of New Ulm, died Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the St. Benedicts Senior Community in St. Cloud. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. Burial ...

Joan Portner

SLEEPY EYE — Joan Portner, 84, of Sleepy Eye, died Monday, November 12, 2018, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are pending with Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.

Betty Jo Gedrose

RURAL SLEEPY EYE — Betty Jo Gedrose, 61, of rural Sleepy Eye, died on November 12, 2018, at her home. Visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. at the church. Service will be held at the Trinity ...

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