Daryl Joseph Nazarenus

Daryl Joseph Nazarenus

Daryl Joseph Nazarenus, age 95, formerly of Madelia, MN died Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

He was born on Sept. 30, 1922 to Alfred and Rose Nazarenus in Sleepy Eye. He attended school in Sleepy Eye and graduated in 1940. While in high school he worked part-time at the Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch and shortly after graduation began playing accordion with New Ulm’s “Fezz Fritsche and his Goosetown Band.” He attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis to become a printer. His first job as a pressman was in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Daryl served in the U.S. Army during World War II with Company F, 2nd Ranger Battalion in Central Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He married Elsie Kaping of New Ulm on November 25, 1945.

Upon discharge from the military he worked as a printer in Canby and Mountain Lake before moving to Madelia in 1952. He worked at the Madelia Times Messenger as a linotype operator and pressman until 1967 when he began his own print shop in Madelia. Daryl had many hobbies throughout his lifetime including raising and showing prize chickens, coon and pheasant hunting, operating a live bait shop, fly fishing, oil painting, woodworking, and traveling with Elsie. He especially enjoyed fishing trips with his grown children and their families at various lakes throughout Minnesota. Daryl became a resident of the Veterans Home in May 2011 where he received outstanding care until his passing.

He is survived by his children Sandra Nazarenus (Terry Arduser), David (Dawn) Nazarenus, and Shelly Nazarenus (Marius Olson); grandchildren Aron (Lisa) Hoffman, Paul (Tara) Hoffman, Jesse (Angie) Hoffman, Alex (Mackenzie) Reberg, Kelly (Eric) Rubuttom, Tyler (Kayla) Nazarenus, Keisha Nazarenus-Olson, Hunter Olson, and Solaire Nazare-nus-Olson; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald (Dorothy) Nazarenus of Sleepy Eye and sister, Gretchen Brethorst of Maple Plain, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie, in 1997; daughter Patricia in 2011; brother Orlando; and son-in-law Bruce Reberg.

Daryl was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Madelia. A memorial service to celebrate Daryl’s life will be held at a future date. Burial will be in Soldiers Rest Cemetery in New Ulm.


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