Steven W. Fennern

Steven W. Fennern, age 71, of New Ulm, died unexpectedly on Monday, May 30, 2022, at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.

A memorial visitation will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes-North Chapel in New Ulm.

The New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard will provide full military honors at 6 p.m. on Friday at the conclusion of the visitation.

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

Steven is survived by his wife, Trudy Fennern of New Ulm; his son, Jeff Fennern of New Ulm; his stepdaughter, Kristina (Laith) Hintz of Bismarck, North Dakota; his stepsons, Tony (Sam) Hentges of Canby, Tim (Theresa) Hentges of Canby; his 10 stepgrandchildren; his sister, LaDean Fennern of New Ulm; and beloved dogs, Boomer and Oscar.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two infant siblings.

Steven Wayne Fennern was born Oct. 28, 1950, in Springfield, Minnesota, and raised by George and Dolores (Hoffmann) Fennern. He was 1968 graduate of Springfield High School and furthered his education in northern Minnesota where he studied horticulture; a degree he utilized while owning and operating his greenhouse in Springfield. Steve proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1974 until his honorable discharge in 1976. He later served in the National Guard from 1976 to 1979. After his time in the service, Steve attained a degree as a machinist from Hutchinson Community College. He utilized this degree while working at Pillsbury in the Twin Cities until a work accident caused him to move back to New Ulm, where he began his employment at Caterpillar in New Ulm. Steve was first united in marriage to Yvonne Walters. The couple was blessed with their son, Jeff, whom together they raised in Springfield, and later divorced. Steve was later united in marriage to Trudy Amberg-Hentges on Oct. 16, 2004, in New Ulm. The couple made their home together in New Ulm and made many wonderful memories over the years. Later in his life, Steve attained a degree in information technology from South Central Technical College in 2002. While in school, Steve worked for the city of St. Peter, but after attaining his degree went to work for Nicollet County, retiring in 2012. Besides his work, there were a variety of hobbies Steve enjoyed in life. In his younger years, he was an avid motorcyclist, and loved any chance he could to go for a ride. He also enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and also playing in dart leagues. Steve loved spending time outside tending to his gardens, or simply working in his woodshop where countless pieces were made that will be appreciated for generations to come. He was a member of the New Ulm American Legion. Although his passing seems so sudden and unexpected, many wonderful memories will forever stay in the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. Blessed be those memories.