NEW?ULM?- Lucille Martha Stegeman of New Ulm, 89, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 at her home.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the United Church of Christ in New Ulm with burial in the New Ulm City Cemetery. Pastor Hank Campbell will be officiating.
Visitation will be 4-7 PM Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm, with an Eastern Star memorial service beginning at 6 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday at the church.
To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guestbook go to: www.mvfh.org.
She was born to Felix Reinhart and Clara (Boettger) Reinhart at their home in Cottonwood Township, Brown County, on June 12, 1921. She graduated from New Ulm High School in 1938, and was the first member of her family to finish high school.
She did office work at New Ulm High School and the State Employment Service until her marriage to Harry Stegeman on May 18, 1943. She worked with her husband in their restaurant, The Sportsman's Grill, first on South Minnesota Street from 1950 to 1957, and later at its Center Street location from 1958 to 1973, when the restaurant was sold. She was then manager of the deli at Madsen's Super Valu, later Randalls Super Valu, from 1974 to 1986. Following her retirement from Randalls, she studied accounting for two years at Mankato State University, after which she worked part-time for H & R Block as a tax preparer until the early 1990s.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Harriet and Sofus Urberg of New Ulm; her son and daughter-in-law, James and Peggy Stegeman of Acton, Mass.; three grandchildren, Leah Stegeman of New York, NY, Michelle Urberg (Lee Baugh) of Chicago, Ill., and Amy Urberg of Duluth; and nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry Stegeman; siblings, Roman Reinhart, Leo Reinhart, Marcella Reinhart, and Felicia Potz; and other extended family members.
Throughout her life, she was an active member of the community. She was a committed member of the United Church of Christ, having tirelessly served in Ladies Aid, on the flower committee and, in past years, on the church council. During the 1970s, she chaired the committee that constructed the current church building on South Minnesota Street. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star-Orient Chapter #60 (O.E.S.), in which she had served as Worthy Matron, and was currently serving as Secretary for the chapter. For many years, she also co-chaired the committee for the O.E.S. Antique Show and Flea Market, which raised the bulk of the funds for the post-secondary scholarships that the O.E.S. offers. In addition, she offered her time to the Masons Charity Lodge #98 A.F. & A.M. as financial secretary, and until recent years had prepared the newsletter for all the Masonic organizations in New Ulm. She was a member of the Turner Ladies Society, serving many terms as its president and volunteering frequently at weddings and banquets in which the Turner Ladies were involved. Notably, she was one of the first female members of the New Ulm Turnverein. She was also a member of the Brown County Historical Society and the Junior Pioneers. In previous years, she served several terms on library boards, including the New Ulm Public Library Board. While her children were in school, she was part of the ad hoc committee that promoted the building of a new public high school, which now stands on South Payne Street.
She was well known for her cooking, especially her German potato salad and her chow mein. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren very much, and was proud of their achievements. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends. Blessed be her memory.
Memorials should be given to the United Church of Christ, the Order of the Eastern Star-Orient Chapter #60 or the Turner Ladies Society.