NEW ULM - Wallace "Wally" Wendinger, 83, of New Ulm, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm. Concelebrating the Mass will be Monsignor Douglas Grams, Fr. Germaine Rademacher and Fr. Tony Hesse. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 7:30-10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. There will be a combined rosary by the Knights of Columbus and the St. Mary's Catholic United Financial at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
To sign the guest book or to leave an online condolence for the family go to www.mvfh.org.
Wally is survived by his wife, Shirley, of New Ulm; children, Sharon (Pete) Brandel, and Barb (Andy) Gulden all of New Ulm, David (Ann) Wendinger and Donald (Karen) Wendinger, all of St. George; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren with another one due in July; sister, Rita Olson of Gibbon and a brother, Jerry (Julie) Wendinger of New Ulm.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Wendinger; brothers-in-law, Norman Olson and Harold Schmid; and by a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Vernard and Delores Helget.
Wallace Joseph Wendinger, the son of Otto and Florence (Berdan) Wendinger, was born on December 29, 1930 in New Ulm. On September 22, 1954 he was united in marriage to Shirley Schmid at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm. Wally spent his entire life farming in West Newton Township, Nicollet County. In 1981 Wally and Shirley moved into New Ulm, and his sons Donald and David took over the farming operation. Wally continued to farm until 1991 when he retired. Even after retiring Wally continued to go out and help the boys with their farming duties. During his life Wally was an active person serving 9 years on the United Farmers Co-op Board of Directors, was an usher at the St. George Catholic Church when he was a member there, an usher for many years at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm, and a former member of the Farm City Hub Club. He loved to fish, hunt, bowl, dance and listen to Old Time Music. Wally and Shirley loved to travel. He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the St. Mary's Catholic United Financial.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. George Catholic Church, or to the American Cancer Society.