Thomas “Tom” Filzen

Thomas “Tom” Filzen

NEW ULM — Thomas “Tom” Filzen, 80, of New Ulm, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Father Cornelius Ezeiloaku celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery with a cannon salute by the New Ulm Battery.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday and 7:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm. To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guestbook go to:

Tom is survived by his daughters, Patti (Tim) Rathmann of New Ulm and Chris (Kevin) Bruns of Lafayette; son, Scott (Ann) Filzen of New Ulm; grandchildren, LaTisha Filzen, Sara Filzen (fiancé, Steve Kangas), Jonathon (Alicia) Rathmann, Jason (Sara) Rathmann, Jared (Katie) Rathmann, Brandon (Beth) Filzen, Caleb Filzen, Abbey (Brett) Peterson, Heidi (Kyle) Cumberland, Holly (Jayme) Bode; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Thomas, Jasmine, Cindy, Josh, Grace, Ethan, Braxton, Liza, Larken, Lottie; sisters, Janet Mielke and Barbara Nelson both of New Ulm. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Karen Filzen in 1972; daughter, Cindy Filzen in 2011; brothers, James, Jerome, Howard, Armin, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Elaine Filzen, Peggy Filzen; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Mielke, Luvern Nelson; godchild, Daniel Filzen.

Thomas Roman Filzen was born on April 1, 1937 in New Ulm to Armin and Agnes (Roemke) Filzen. He graduated from New Ulm High School in the class of 1955. On November 17, 1956 he was united in marriage to Karen Engel. Tom worked construction all of his life starting at Wallner Construction and then Heymann Construction and finished his career at Mathiowetz Construction in Leavenworth and retired. He enjoyed playing sheephead, watching the Green Bay Packers and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and having Belgian horses of which he passed on the love of them to his family. Tom was one of the hardest working men ever, he knew what a hard day’s work was. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm and a honorary member of the New Ulm Battery. He will be greatly missed.


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