Florence ‘Flo’ C. Wilfahrt

NEW ULM — Florence “Flo” C. Wilfahrt, age 91 of New Ulm died peacefully on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 am on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm.

Monsignor John A. Richter will celebrate the Mass and burial will be in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery at a later date. A luncheon will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm following the Mass.

Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Friday, and continue from 7:30-10:30 am on Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.

To leave an online condolence for her family, or to sign the guestbook, go to www.mvfh.org

Florence is survived by her loving husband and care-giver, Donald Wilfahrt of New Ulm; children, Mark Wilfahrt of Pequot Lakes, Maybeth (Ed) Sheridan of Shorewood, Julie (Dan) Soehren of New Ulm, Amy Wilfahrt of Grand Marais, James (Dawn) Wilfahrt of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Craig (Kristy) Wilfahrt of Buffalo; grandchildren, Gabriel and Andrea Soehren, Kate and Calaf Wilfahrt, Carly and Connor Wilfahrt, and Tim (Meghana) Hemphill; great-grandchildren twins, Neel and Arthi Hemphill; sisters, and brothers-in-law, Grace Pinzka of Chalfont, Pennsylvania, Diane and Ken Miller of Glendale, California, Eldor Wilfahrt of New Ulm; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws; her infant grandson, Ryan James Wilfahrt; brother, Joseph Pinzka; sisters, and brothers-in-law, Marguerite and Dick Ashton, Bernadette and Al Lais; and sister-in-law, Cal Verna Wilfahrt.

Florence “Flo” Colette Pinzka was born October 24, 1925 in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota to Frank and Mathilda (Hoffmann) Pinzka. She graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sleepy Eye in 1943. Flo entered the United States Cadet Nurse Corp through the College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul graduating in 1946. She worked as a nurse in the OB area of St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. Flo was united in marriage to Donald Wilfahrt on September 28, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. She worked at the Loretto Hospital in New Ulm until they began their family. She always said, “I have six children and four foster children.” She became mom to Kathleen, Tim, Colleen Sullivan, Chuckie Balach, and exchange student, Wolfgang Bilger. Her house was always open to everyone. They enjoyed hosting numerous German musicians during Heritage Fest at their home over the years. Flo was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, the Lind House Association, Current News Club, and a Candy Stripper supervisor. After her youngest went to school, she worked as a reference librarian at the New Ulm Public Library until she retired. Flo enjoyed travelling, going to Grandma’s cottage on Gull Lake, visiting with the neighbors, and watching her husband play in the band. What Florence loved most in life was spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren, and her favorite dog, “Abby”. Blessed be her memory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the New Ulm Public Library, Alzheimer’s Society, the New Ulm Area Catholic Schools, or the Lind House Association.



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