NEW ULM — Leo Hillesheim, age 92, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Father Garrett Ahlers will celebrate the Mass, burial will follow in Catholic Cemetery in New Ulm.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2018, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-SOUTH CHAPEL.
To leave an online condolence for the family, or to sign the guestbook, please visit: www.mvfh.org.
Leo is survived by his daughters, Jerine (Al) Hoffmann of Sleepy Eye, Janice (Dave) Schnobrich of New Ulm, Doreen (Tim) Britz of Courtland, Nadine (Steve Sellent) Hillesheim of Moorhead; sons, John (Kathy) Hillesheim of New Ulm, Rick (Kris) Hillesheim of Eagan; step son-in-law, Larry Martinson of Forest City, Iowa; 17 grandchildren, Brent, Brianna, Andy, Corey, Jeff, Nate, Nick, Natasha, Josh, Travis, Jaclyn, Jenna, Jordan, Joni, Erik, Noah, and Jack; 2 step grandchildren, Randy, Amy; 2 great-grandchildren; 6 step great-grandchildren; sisters, Bernice Holm of New Ulm, Gladys (Kenny) Salfer of Wabasso; brother, Lester (Cathy) Hillesheim of New Ulm; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Thelma Hillesheim; second wife, Margaret Hillesheim; son, Terry Hillesheim; step daughter, Mary Rita Martinson; sisters, Irene Schlumpberger, Vera Hoffmann, Marcella Wenninger; and brother, Erwin Hillesheim.
Leo Hillesheim was born October 20, 1925 to John and Lillian (Berg) Hillesheim at their family farm in Sigel Township. He graduated from Clear Lake University in Sigel Township. Leo spent his working career as a dairy and crop farmer in rural Lafayette. He was united in marriage to Thelma Gulden on February 4, 1948. Their union was blessed with 7 children, whom they raised together over their 27 years together. Later in life, Leo was united in marriage to Margaret Casterton on May 21, 1977. Leo spent his life on the family farm until he moved to New Ulm in 1997. Leo was a very fun-loving and positive person. He loved to dance, especially waltzes, bowling, fishing, softball, golfing, playing bingo and deer hunting. He led a very social life, meeting weekly with his friends for coffee and playing an active role in his families’ lives. Leo was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Farm City Hub Club, Klossner Bowling League, and Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Leo will be remembered as a beloved father, grandfather, great- grandfather, and friend to many. Blessed be his memory.