Harlan A. Wilfahrt
SEARLES — Harlan A. Wilfahrt, age 85, of Searles died peacefully on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 surrounded by his family at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery with full military honors being conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, and 7:30-10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. St. Joseph/St. Elizabeth Catholic United will pray the rosary at 6pm at the funeral homes first visitation room on Monday.
To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to www.mvfh.org
Harlan is survived by his daughters; Monica (Jim) Heil of New Ulm, Lori (Mark) Thorson of Hutchinson, Kathy (Al) Drexler of New Ulm, Carol (Denis) Miling of New Ulm; sons, Loren “Bucky” Wilfahrt and special friend Christine Hennessy of New Ulm, Gary (Pauline) Wilfahrt of Hanska; grandchildren, Cole, Kaleb, DeAnna, Dustin, Gary Jr., Derek, Stephanie, Jason, Heather, Ryan, Collin, Shelly, Brady, Mckenna; step-grandchildren, Angie, Matt, Jeremy, Becky, Lisa, Dan; great-grandchildren, Blake, Kyla, Brynn, Grant, Austin, Mason, Finnley, MaLeya, Taylor, Eric; step-great-grandchildren, Hayley, Chloe, Coltin, Hunter, Dominick, Brenden, Jordan, Alison, Avery, Brooklyn, Gunnar, Miles; sisters, Judy Zahn of New Ulm, Rita (Howie) Schoof of Sleepy Eye; brothers, Mickey (Agnes) Wilfert of New Ulm, Tom (Janet) Wilfahrt of New Ulm, Bill (Marlys) Wilfahrt of Madison Lake, Gene (Candy) Wilfahrt of New Ulm and Larry (Mary) Wilfahrt of New Ulm; sisters-in-law, Lillian (Alfred) Aschenbrenner of New Ulm, Marian Schroepfer of Lamberton, Doris Schroepfer of New Ulm and brother- in-law, Edmund “Buddy” Schroepfer of Sleepy Eye.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Elaine, brothers-in-law; Vernon and Melvin Schroepfer; niece, Sheri (Aschenbrenner) Ubl; and nephew, Mickey Wilfert Jr.
Harlan Alfred Wilfahrt was born May 27, 1932 in New Ulm to Herbert and Frances (Holm) Wilfahrt. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He was united in marriage to Elaine Schroepfer on June 21, 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. After marriage Harlan and Elaine worked and lived on the John Massett Farm for a year and a half. The couple later moved to Sigel Township for another two years before eventually settling on the farm in Lake Hanska Township where together they farmed for 47 years. Harlan and Elaine retired in 2005. In his limited spare time, Harlan played and coached Stark baseball, coached and umped Sigel girls and boys ball teams. Harlan was a past member of the Sigel Baseball Board and a member of the Searles Baseball Association. Beyond his devotion to his family, he really enjoyed dancing with Elaine, playing cards, and fishing. Harlan also loved watching and attending sporting events; especially ones his kids or grandkids were active in. What he enjoyed most in life were the times he spent with his family that he held so near and dear to his heart.
As a devout Catholic, Harlan was committed to his faith and shared these important values with his family. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church where he was a member of St. Joseph/St. Elizabeth Catholic United. He will be missed dearly by all of those who knew him, but his memory will stay in our hearts forever.
A special thank you goes out to Harlan’s special angel Shelly Lamecker who provided him with such wonderful comfort and care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to NUACS or the donor’s choice.