Hanska- Lonita M. Kral, 75, of Hanska, died Sunday, July 12, 2009 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Thursday, July 16, at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with burial in the New Ulm City Cemetery. Monsignor John A. Richter will celebrate the Mass.
Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
To leave online condolences or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org.
Lonita is survived by her husband, Harry John Kral of Hanska; daughters and sons-in-law, Shiloy and Larry Reinhart of New Ulm, Sandra and Ron Meyer of Sleepy Eye; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Kris Kral of Hanska; grandchildren, Jaclyn Reinhart, Stephanie and Tim Sorenson, Kimberly Reinhart, Rebecca Reinhart, Angela and Mike Roman, Pamela Meyer, Natasha Meyer and her fianc Cody Sandmmann, Garett Meyer, Blake Kral, Trevor Kral, Kevin Kral and Megan Kral; a sister and brother-in-law, Monica and Rodger Welke of Madelia; a brother-in-law, Bob Roberts; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leo and Anna Kral of Sleepy Eye; sister-in-law, Lucille Schmiesing of New Ulm; special friends, Tammy, Ted, Sarah, Lauren and Anna Furth of New Ulm; six great-grandchildren; and 18 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Yvonne Roberts; brother-in-law, Charles Schmiesing; and a nephew Barry Zangel in infancy.
Lonita Marcedis Schmiesing was born March 7, 1934 in New Ulm to Rudolph and Clara (Basmoen) Schmiesing. She attended District School 28 in Brown County and was a graduate of Sleepy Eye Public High School. Lonita was united in marriage to Harry John Kral on April 27, 1953 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. After marriage she farmed with her husband and also worked at the House of Print and the Royal Pantry in Madelia and at Norwood in Sleepy Eye. She was the secretary the National Farmers Labor Organization. Lonita enjoyed life in many ways, including embroidering, gardening, traveling, collecting Lady Head Vases, game shows; and most of all she loved her grandchildren, family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the American Cancer Society or to the donor's choice.