Obituaries

Geneva G. “Gwen” Harbo

LAKE CRYSTAL — Geneva G. “Gwen” Harbo, age 95 of Lake Crystal passed away Monday, November 26, 2018 at Crystal Seasons in Lake Crystal. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hanska with Pastor Sarah Taylor officiating. ...

William Barnard Knopke, Sr.

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts, that the Knopke family announces the passing of their father, friend, and brother, William “Bill” Knopke, Sr. Bill died on August 19, 2018 at Augustana Care Center in Minneapolis, after a valiant and courageous 21-year struggle with Parkinson’s ...

Grace Lillian Berg

NEW ULM — Grace Lillian Berg, age 87, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 at the St. John’s Lutheran Home in Springfield. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Pastor Nathan Scharf will officiate. Burial will follow in the ...

Mary Margaret Bushard Johnson

ST. PETER — Mary Margaret Bushard Johnson passed away on Nov. 28, 2018 surrounded by friends and family at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Mary was born on Jan. 5, 1945 in New Ulm to Walter Bushard and Caroline Zollner Bushard. She spent her early years in Ridgely Township; her ...

Phyllis Maxine Roiger

NORFOLK, Neb. — Phyllis Maxine Roiger age 92, of Norfolk, Neb., and formerly of Springfield, died on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at Edgewood Vista in Norfolk, Neb. Visitation will be on Monday, Dec. 3, from 12 to 1:00 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel. Service will be held at ...

Sandra “Sandy” Kokesch

WINTHROP — Sandra “Sandy” Kokesch, age 62, of Winthrop passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at her home in rural Winthrop. Memorial Service will be Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Winthrop with Pastor Bob Miner officiating. ...

Pamela Jo (Weicherding) Banwell

On November 27, 2018, Pamela Jo Banwell, wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to many, passed away at the age of 53 in her home from cancer. Pam was born in New Ulm to Ken and Joan Weicherding. After graduating from New Ulm High School in 1983, she attended St. Cloud State University ...

Violet A. Seifert

MORGAN — Violet A. Seifert, 90 of Morgan died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan with burial to follow in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery. ...

Sandra “Sandy” Kokesch

WINTHROP — Sandra “Sandy” Kokesch, 62, of Winthrop died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at her home in rural Winthrop. Memorial Service will be Monday, Dec. 3, at 11a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Winthrop with interment in Hauges Cemetery, Camp Township, Renville County. Gathering of ...

Marvin J. Haberman

NEW ULM — Marvin J. Haberman, age 103 of New Ulm died peacefully Tuesday, November 27, 2018, with his family by his side at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 am on Monday, December 3, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Father ...

Muriel Palma Tessmer

RURAL SLEEPY EYE — Muriel Palma Tessmer age 84, of rural Sleepy Eye, MN died on November 26, 2018, at her home. Visitation will be on from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday and will continue on Friday from 9:30 until 10:30 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. Service will be held at the Sturm ...

Glen A. Bloomer

Former New Ulm 3M Plant Manager Glen A. Bloomer, age 86, passed away peacefully on Nov. 22, 2018. He was born on Sept. 2, 1932, in Duluth to Glen and Isabella Bloomer. He was a 1950 graduate of Morgan Park High School. In 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division, and was ...

Rex J. Beech

SLEEPY EYE — Rex J. Beech died unexpectedly on Friday, November 23rd, at Sleepy Eye Medical Center from complications associated with a head injury he suffered during a fall. He was 87 years old. Visitation will be on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 4 to 8 pm and will continue on Friday ...

Herman Charles Mettler

NICOLLET — Herman Charles Mettler, 88, of Nicollet died Monday, November 26, 2018 at the Benedictine Living Community of St. Peter. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nicollet. Burial will follow in the church cemetery in ...

Leonard Gareis

Gareis, Leonard. Age 85 of Spring Lake Park. Preceded in death by wife, Audrey; grandson, Michael; siblings, Alice Neuman, Elmer & Walter “Pug” Gareis. Survived by children, Debra Gareis (Dave Somers), Theresa (Mark) Tradewell, Dan (Lisa) Gareis, Sheri Brewster (Nick Johnson) & ...

Muriel P. Tessmer

SLEEPY EYE — Muriel P. Tessmer, 84, of rural Sleepy Eye, died on November 26, 2018, at her home. Service will be held at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel, on Friday, November 30, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 ...

Geneva G. Harbo

LAKE CRYSTAL — Geneva G. Harbo, 95, of Lake Crystal died on Monday, November 26, 2018 at Crystal Seasons in Lake Crystal. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hanska. Burial will take place in the Linden Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation ...

Grace Lillian Berg

NEW ULM — Grace Lillian Berg, 87, died on Monday, November 26, 2018 at the St. John’s Lutheran Home in Springfield. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, December 3, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Burial will follow in the Lutheran Cemetery in New Ulm. Visitation will ...

Frank F. Saffert

NEW ULM — Frank F. Saffert, age 93 of New Ulm died on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 am on Friday, November 30, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. Burial will follow in the Soldier’s Rest Section ...

Elwood “Woody” Guth

NEW ULM — Elwood “Woody” Guth, 90, of New Ulm died Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. Funeral service will be 11 AM Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Donald Sutton officiating. Burial will ...

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