Linus R. Beranek

NEW ULM — Linus R. Beranek, age 80, of New Ulm, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the St. George Catholic Church with Father Cornelius Ezeiloaku celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in St. George Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday and 8-10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. A Rosary will be prayed by Catholic United Financial at 6 p.m. in the small chapel on Monday.

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Linus is survived by his wife, Mary Jane of New Ulm; daughters, Cheryl (Greg Johnson) Beranek and Connie (Nick) Willett; son, Donald (Jody Kuelbs) Beranek; seven grandchildren, Tori (Andre) Hill, Tanner Podzimek, Kelly Willett, Kari Willett, Justin (Lydia Meyer) Beranek, Jill Beranek, and Jacob Beranek; step-grandchildren, Lauren Scott, Kyle Johnson, and Hallie Kuelbs; a sister, Annette (Allen) Altmann; brothers, Kenneth (Shirleen) Beranek, Robert F. Beranek, and Hilary (Kathy) Bianchi; a brother-in-law, Dick Lieb; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Adeline Beranek; his stepmother, Johanna Beranek; brothers, Robert in infancy, Edward, and Gary Beranek; and a sister, Carol Lieb.

Linus Robert Beranek was on Feb. 1, 1938 in New Ulm to Robert and Adeline (Vetter) Beranek. He was united in marriage to Mary Jane Berle on May 24, 1960 in Gibbon. Linus served in the National Guard from 1955-1962. Core to his being was Linus’s love of his land and the love of growing things. His farm and family defined him. Over the years he was active in Nicollet County Pork Producers, New Ulm Farm City Hub Club, and as a West Newton Township supervisor. Linus contributed to his church as a member of the Parish Council and various committees of the St. George Catholic Church.

Linus and Mary Jane enjoyed traveling with multiple trips to Hawaii and Europe. Cruising was a favorite with the Panama Canal a fulfilled lifelong dream. The mission at San Lucas Tolman, Guatemala was important to him, and he enjoyed volunteering there.

After residing 75 years in the “Holy Land” of St. George, health problems prompted his move to town with his wife where he continued to find joy in simple things: a joke, a competitive hand of sheephead or 500 with friends, listening and dancing to polka music, and enjoying visits with his grandchildren. Although no longer farming, he took great joy from a ride in the country to “check on the crops.” His grandchildren say he will be remembered for his smile, and for teaching them from an early age that green was the only acceptable color for a tractor. Their house was always open to friends. All knew a bottle of Christian Brothers would be available to share.