NEW ULM - Robert "Bob" "Toota" Gulden, 77, of New Ulm died Friday, June 12, 2009 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Bob had been struggling with heart problems and lymphoma for the last six years.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 17 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30-10 a.m. Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guestbook go to: www.mvfh.org.
Robert is survived by his wife, Delores Gulden of New Ulm; daughters and son-in-laws, Gail and Chuck Schmitz of New Ulm, Audrey and Tim Baker of New Ulm, Cindy and David O'Brien of New Ulm, Jean and Bob Kretsch of Manitowoc, WI; a son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Jane Gulden of Courtland; grandchildren, Joad Ostermann, Julie Ranweiler, Steve Baker, Nikki Dorn, Justin Gulden, Daniel O'Brien, Scott O'Brien, Jake Kretsch, Tom Kretsch, Megan Kretsch; great grandchildren, Javen, Kelsi, Kody, McKenna; a sister, Myrtle Cooke of Mankato, and a brother, Leo and wife Laverna Gulden of New Ulm. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Jerry Ostermann, sister Esther Schroepfer, and brothers-in-law Emil Schroepfer and Merv Cooke.
Robert Emil Gulden was born on January 8, 1932 in Brown County to Emil and Emma (Seifert) Gulden. He attended school in Sigel Township and Cathedral in New Ulm. On May 21, 1951 he was united in marriage to Delores Ludewig at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. The couple raised a family and has celebrated 58 years of marriage. Bob worked for New Ulm Telecom for 44 years, retiring in 1998. He had continued to work seasonally for them after he retired. Bob enjoyed deer hunting, yard work, playing cards, fishing, music, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be given to the donor's choice.