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Ida Janni

August 11, 2012
The Journal

NEW ULM - Ida Janni, 95, of New Ulm died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm with Father Mark Steffl celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday and 7:30-10 a.m. Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. There will be a rosary at 6 p.m. by St. Mary's Catholic Aid Society, and a parish prayer service at 7 p.m., both Sunday at the funeral home. To sign the guestbook or to leave an online condolence for the family go to

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Ida Janni

Ida is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Barb and Ron Bastian of Gibbon; sons and daughters-in-law, Roy and Helen Janni of Courtland, Ron and Brenda Janni, Martin Janni, Gregory and JoAnn Janni, and Glenn Janni, all of New Ulm, and Joel and Debra Janni of Springfield, 13 grandchildren, three great grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha Helget of Franklin, Loretta and Charles Holm and Alice and Willard Manderfeld all of New Ulm, brother and sisters-in-law, Robert and JoAnn Sperl of Redwood Falls, Bernice Sperl and Sharon Sperl both of New Ulm. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Otto; a son in infancy; three grandsons in infancy; and by brothers, Edmund, Felix, Walter, and Richard.

Ida Mary Sperl was born to John and Bertha (Hauser) Sperl on April 6, 1917 in Albin Township, Brown County. She married Otto Janni on April 16, 1947 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. After marriage they farmed in Sigel Township, Brown County. In 1976 they retired and moved to New Ulm. Ida was a farm wife and homemaker all of her life. She crocheted and knitted many, many items - blankets, throws, doll clothing and accessories, doilies and more. Ida particularly enjoyed making many different dolls that she dressed and accessorized with the items she had made. She gave most of these items to family members and friends as gifts and donated many for church picnics. The last years, when she was unable to do these things anymore because of arthritis and poor sight, she spent her time doing word search puzzles and kept up with the news by reading the newspapers with the aid of a magnifying glass. Ida loved all her grandchildren and babysat them often when they were small. Ida loved to fish, and went to local lakes with her family many times. Her only trips were a couple of short fishing trips to the Alexandria area and a motor home trip with a son to Oregon to visit relatives. She enjoyed visits with family and friends. Her mind and memory was sharp up until the last days.

She became a resident of the Countryside Assisted Living Center in Sleepy Eye in 2002 and then a resident of the Care Center on March 3, 2009. Ida was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm, a member of St. Mary's Catholic Aid Society, and a past member of the Christian Mothers Society in Searles. The family prefers memorials to St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm or to the Sleepy Eye Care Center.



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