Steven T. Franta

NEW ULM — Steven T. Franta, age 46, died accidentally on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at his farm in rural New Ulm.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 am on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Seating will be limited to the first family members and guests who arrive.

Due to the seating limitations for the Mass, the service will be Livestreamed through the Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes Facebook page starting at 11 am on Saturday.

Father Gerald Meidl will celebrate the Mass, and burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3-8 pm on Friday at the New Ulm Event Center in New Ulm and continue from 9-11 am on Saturday at the Cathedral.

Social distancing guidelines must be practiced at all times, and all guests in attendance at the visitation and funeral service will be required to wear a mask.

To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org

Steve is survived by his wife, Kyla Franta of rural New Ulm; his daughters, Lauryn and Lily Franta; his son, Levi Franta of New Ulm; his parents, Thomas and Dianne Franta of New Ulm; his sisters, Gina (Jamie) Berg of New Ulm, Nicole (Adam Gilbertson) Franta of Chanhassen; his niece, Ashlyn Berg and nephew, Jacob Berg of New Ulm; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Florence and Edwin Franta, Marie and Joseph Landsteiner; his uncle, James Schlumpberger; his aunt, Annette (Landsteiner) Frank; and his godson, Andy Wendinger.

Steven Thomas Franta was born August 31, 1974, in New Ulm to Thomas and Dianne (Landsteiner) Franta. He was a 1992 graduate from New Ulm High School, and later attained his degree in Heavy Equipment Diesel Mechanics from the Staples Technical College in 1994. On August 9, 1997, Steven was united in marriage to Kyla Dhaene at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. This union blessed the couple with two daughters and a son whom together they raised on their farm in rural New Ulm. In life, Steven was a true jack-of-all-trades. From working on the farm, to repairing machinery, there wasn’t a lot in life he could not do or fix. Steve was known as a generous, friendly and hardworking soul who always had a smile on his face. Besides his work as a farmer, Steven was also employed at Firmenich where he worked as their Lead Maintenance Technician. Steve looked forward to his annual trips out west snowmobiling. Together with his wife Kyla, he enjoyed cooking and hosting gatherings and events at his farm including annual Thanksgiving dinners and end of summer fish frys. Many laughs were shared with family and friends over countless rounds of sheepshead. Steven was a devout and dedicated member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm and also actively participated with the Pink Ribbon Riders; a snowmobiling fundraiser event for breast cancer. What Steve loved most in life was being a husband and a father. He truly treasured every moment he got to spend with his family, and loved getting to see his kids grow. Although Steve’s passing seems so unexpected and heartbreaking, countless cherished memories of Steve will forever stay in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him. Blessed be those memories.