Adam Wayne Zuelch
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Adam Wayne Zuelch, age 33 of Le Center, died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Mayo Hospital in Rochester, St. Mary’s Campus. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 14 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the church. Visitation will be on Sunday, August 13 at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Blue Grass Cemetery in rural Le Center.

Adam was born on May 16, 1984 in Le Sueur to Wayne and Helen (Goettl) Zuelch. Adam was a graduate from Le Center High School in 2002. Adam was a truck driver and a farmer.

Adam was a member of the Le Sueur County Snowmobile Trails Association, putting up trail signs and groomed the trails, a member of Pioneer Power and assisted with building the new barn in 2016. Adam was active in the FFA throughout High School and became a member of the FFA Foundation Board after high school. Adam enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, farming and grilling.

Adam is survived by his parents, Wayne and Helen Zuelch of Le Center; siblings, Travis (significant other, Nikky Tuma) Zuelch of Le Center, and Tiffany Zuelch of Le Center; niece and nephew, Lily and Ethyn; grandfather, Ernest Zuelch, Jr. of Le Center; special friend, Nicole Sutherlin; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Adam is preceded in death by grandparents, Wilfrid and LaVonne Goettl, and Delores Zuelch; and uncle, Gary Goettl.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.





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Ronald L. Dorshak
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Ronald L. Dorshak, age 78 of Montgomery, died Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Mayo Hospital in New Prague, MN. A memorial service will be at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 11th at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Private family interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Montgomery.

Ron was born on September 23, 1938 to Edward and Marie (Fochs) Dorshak in Schofield, Wisconsin. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Michigan City, IN. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Ron proudly served in the United States Air Force stationed at Thule, Greenland, Baffin Island and Duluth, MN where he met his future bride. Ron was united in marriage to Nancy Novotny on September 17, 1960 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. He worked for Citizens State Bank and Frandsen Bank and Trust in Montgomery for over 25 years. Ron was a member of the Knights of Columbus and also the American Legion Post 79.

Ron enjoyed working outdoors and in his workshop. He was an avid Cubs fan, but most of all, he loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren and helping others.

Ron is survived by his wife, Nancy of Montgomery, children; Deborah (Douglas) Enrooth of New Prague, Ron (Julie) Dorshak of New Prague, Mark Dorshak of St. Paul, Michael (Sandra) Dorshak of Savage, and Catherine (Scott) Fischer of Kilkenny, seven grandchildren; Brittany and Joshua Dorshak, Ronald and Rebecca Enrooth, Brandon and Kayla Dorshak, and Michael Fischer, siblings; Jean Crosley of Michigan City, IN, and Joyce (Terry) Noveroske of San Antonio, TX, sisters and brothers-in-law; Yvonne (Dave) Swanson, Carole Hiniker, Kathleen (Greg) Malecha, and Peggy (Bob) Heuer.

Ron is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Raymond, Robert and Roger Dorshak.

Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery Area Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.







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Edith Arlene Tambornino
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Edith Arlene Tambornino, 99, of Le Center, died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at River’s Edge Hospital in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m.
Private family interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Edith was born on November 20, 1917 to Stephen and Gertrude (Gambold) Murray on the family farm in Le Center where she spent her entire life raising her family. Edith was a graduate of McKinley High School in Le Center, and was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Edith was united in marriage on September 8, 1943 to Joseph Tambornino at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Edith’s last two years was spent at Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter.

Edith is survived by her son, Stephen (Evie) Tambornino of Le Center; grandchildren, Jay (Vickie) Tambornino, of New Ulm, Sheila (Kevin) Huber of Le Center, Teri (Jason) Squires of Le Center; great-grandchildren, Marissa Tambornino, Taylor Tambornino, Dan Huber, Christina Huber, Jordan Squires, and Matthew Squires.

Edith is preceded in death by husband, Joe in 2015; brothers, Stephen and Orville Murray.

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Ruth Marie Nimerfroh
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Ruth Marie Nimerfroh, age 84 of Montgomery, died Saturday, June 24, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. also at the funeral home with Pastor Jason Pollington officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Ruth was born on September 25, 1932 to Charles and Lena (Goerndt) Schmidtke in Fairmont. She attended Ceylon Public School. Ruth was united in marriage with Martin Petersen on December 19, 1948. Martin died suddenly in 1969. Ruth then married Edwin Nimerfroh. Ed died in 2008.

Ruth lived in the Ceylon area her entire life until six years ago when she moved to Montgomery to be closer to her family. She was a member of the Montgomery VFW Auxiliary. She loved playing Bunco, on Friday mornings with her friends, playing cards and putting puzzles together.

Left to cherish her memory are daughters, Marsha (Dallas) Horejsi, Sharon (Darrell) Horejsi, and son, Mark Petersen; five grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother, John (Charlotte) Schmidtke; brothers-in-law, Ken Petersen, and Walter (Karon) Petersen; sisters-in-law, Myra Schmidtke, Jolene Schmidtke, Alice Petersen, Mary Ann Hansel, Bonnie Nimerfroh, and Berniece Petersen.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; infant son, Steven; brothers, Fred, Ervin, Floyd, Charles, Herbert, and Elmer; sister, Leona Rosenberg; brothers-in-law, Roland, Floyd, LeRoy, Marlin, Eugene, Gordon Goerndt, Kenny Nimerfroh, August Rosenberg, Howard Hansel, and Henry; sisters-in-law, Helen Goerndt, Geneva Schmidtke, Helen Schmidtke, Ione Petersen, Sue Schmidtke, Audrey Petersen, Leona Schmidtke, and Helen Schmidtke.

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Orville Ambrose Kuchinka
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Orville Ambrose Kuchinka, 84, of Montgomery went to be with his heavenly Father on June 15, 2017 with family by his side at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Father Victor Valencia officiating with visitation from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Lonsdale.

He was born on December 30, 1932 to Ambrose and Lillian Kuchinka. Orville attended school in Montgomery Township. Classes were held in a single room school, which is still standing in view of his home. Orville left his family’s dairy farm to join the Army and served four years during the Korean conflict.

Orville was united in marriage to Grace Ann (Malecha) Kuchinka on October 11, 1952. They were married 64 years and were blessed with six children.

After leaving the Army, Orville delivered livestock to South Saint Paul cattle yards. He later was employed by Clover Leaf Milk as a delivery driver. Orville took over the family farm after his father was involved in a disabling auto accident. Orville loved the farm and seeing his boys share in the daily chores. His passion was working the land, milking cows, and raising hogs, chickens and steer. Bailing hay and chopping corn was always a family event and was celebrated with a good cup of coffee and a fresh homemade kolacky. During his farming years, Orville sold O’sGold Corn. He was later employed by Minnesota Valley Breeders and Chart Industries before his retirement in 1997.

Orville was a 14 year esophageal cancer survivor. He became active with the Cancer Relay and was recognized for his successful journey at the 20th annual St. Francis Foundation Gala. Orville was able to thank the staff for saving his life and share with them he was cancer free. He was an honor guard with the Knights of Columbus, an active member of the VFW, American Legion, and Pioneer Power, and volunteered time at the local food shelf. Orville served on the Montgomery Lonsdale District School Board for 27 years where he was able to hand graduation diplomas to all six of his children.

Orville enjoyed tending his garden, fishing, hunting, square dancing, playing euchre and poker. His biggest joy was spending time with his family and playing with his grandchildren. With a larger than life personality, Orville made friends wherever he went and will forever be remembered by his family for his sense of humor, strong faith, and heart of gold.

Orville is survived by his wife, Grace; six children, Bruce (Lynn) Kuchinka, Lynn (Dave) Wondra, John (Julie) Kuchinka, Tim (Nancy) Kuchinka, Mark (Lynette Fredrickson) Kuchinka, Danny Kuchinka; sister, Carrol (Ned) Delk; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, with another great grandchild due later this year.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Audrey (Glen) Wondra.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.






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Gerald 'Jerry' Joseph Dudley
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Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Dudley, age 79, of Kilkenny died Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Glencoe Hospital in Glencoe. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 18 from 3-7 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny with visitation one hour prior at the church. Father Victor will be officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny.

Jerry was born on October 7, 1937 in Faribault to George and Lillian (Madden) Dudley. Jerry was a graduate from Bethlehem Academy in Faribault. Jerry was united in marriage to Ellen Freid on May 7, 1960 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Jerry and Ellen farmed most of their lives in Kilkenny and were also foster parents for many many years. They were very strong advocates for ARC. Jerry was a wonderful father and foster parent.

Jerry is survived by his children, Jeff Dudley of Strum, WI., Denice Dudley (significant other Glen Woodis) of Shieldsville, Michael Dudley of Owatonna, and Kim (Tom) Hawkins of Kilkenny; grandchildren, Chris Woodis, Melisa Disney, T.J. Hawkins (Maria), Kacie (Trevor) Woodis Johnson, and Nicole (Brentley) Jones; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Dennis (Mary) Dudley of Faribault; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lorraine Dudley of Shieldsville, Bob Freid of Maplewood, Mike (Rose Anne) Freid of Faribault, Don (Pat) Freid of Le Sueur, Shirley Jeno of Montgomery, David (Nancy) Freid of Cleveland, Carol Freid of Montgomery, and Mary Kay Freid of Montgomery; many nieces and nephews.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ellen; sons, Richie and Mark; brother, John Dudley.

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Edmund Joseph Dorzinski
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Edmund Joseph Dorzinski, age 93 of Le Center, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in New Prague. Visitation will be on Sunday, June 18 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral service will also be held at the funeral home, June 19 at 10 am with visitation one hour prior. Father James Adams will officiate. Private family interment will be in the Fort Snelling Cemetery.

Edmund was born on November 3, 1923 in Sharon Township to Albert and Ida (Retka) Dorzinsky. He served for the United States Army from 1944 to 1946. He was united in marriage to Mary Agnes Reak on August 28, 1954 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lexington. Edmund and Mary Agnes farmed all their life.

Edmund enjoyed playing cards, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was fond of antique tractors (red ones). He was very proud of his large garden. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion, and LSCPPA.

Edmund is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Agnes Dorzinski; grandchildren, Heather (Matthew) Petersen of Hoboken, NJ, Alex (Jenna) Dorzinski of New Prague and Adam (Lauren Meyer) Dorzinski of Iowa; siblings, Agnes Tuma of Montgomery, and Frankie (Carol) Dorzinsky of Le Center; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Edmund is preceded in death by his parents; son, Eddie Joe Dorzinski; brother, Richard Dorzinsky; sister, Marie Dorzinsky; uncles and aunts, Mike Retka, John Retka, and Jack (Mary) Vroblosky.

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Honor Guard.

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Thomas 'Tom' Willis Ely
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Thomas “Tom” Willis Ely, age 57 of Cleveland, died Sunday, June 11, 2017 from results of a tragic motorcycle accident. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 15 from 4 pm to 8 pm at New Creation World Outreach Church in Mankato. Funeral service will also be held at New Creation World Outreach Church on Friday, June 16 at 11 am with visitation one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be in the Savidge Lake Cemetery in Cleveland.

Tom was born on May 6, 1960 to Willis and Rochelle (Sampson) Ely in St. Peter. He was a Cleveland High School graduate. Tom was united in marriage to Germaine McCabe on June 9, 1979 in Cleveland at the Church of the Nativity. Tom began his career as a welder at WINCO in Le Center. For the past 20+ years he worked for Chart Industries in New Prague.

Tom was a very generous, giving man. No matter who needed help he was always there. He was a man of very few words but his actions spoke loudly. His grandkids were his greatest joys in life, he loved every minute spent with them. Tom also enjoyed fishing, hunting and being outdoors especially riding his motorcycle.

Tom is survived by his wife, Germaine Ely of 38 years; mother, Rochelle Ely of Chaska; step-mother, Ardis Ely of Cleveland; children, Zack (special friend, Alisha Strand) Ely of Le Sueur, Rachel (Jesse) Allen of Kasota, Erica (Jon) Irvin of Mankato, and Tessa Ely of Le Sueur; siblings, Rob Ely of Mapleton, Kathy (Mike) O’Brien of Tennessee, Mickey (Cliff) Wollschlager of Austin, Tim (Brenda) Ely of Blaine, and Mike (Selena) Ely of Elysian; grandchildren, Ella Ely, Eliana Allen, Rihana, Bryna, Kason, and Benson Irvin; mother-in-law, Lois McCabe of St. Peter; and many brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews.

Tom is preceded in death by father; father-in-law, Tom McCabe; brothers-in-law, Chuck McCabe and Gerard McCabe.

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James 'Jim' Clinton Ely
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James “Jim” Clinton Ely, age 39 of Cleveland, died Friday, June 2, 2017 at Mayo Hospital - Mankato. Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral service will be on Thursday, June 8 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Cleveland with visitation one hour prior to service time at the church. Interment will be in Savidge Lake Cemetery in Cleveland.

Jim was born on August 31, 1977 in St. Peter to Clinton “Bud” and Elsie (Gehrke) Ely. He graduated from Cleveland High School and received a degree in machining at South Central College in Mankato. Jim was united in marriage to Deb Kukacka on July 8, 2000 at the Church of Christ in Cleveland. Jim worked in sales at PetroChoice in Northfield for 15 years. Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting and was an avid outdoorsman.

Jim is survived by his wife, Deb Ely of Cleveland; mother, Elsie Ely of Cleveland; children, Vincent Anderson of S. St. Paul, Amanda Heck (fiancé, Jeremy Morsching) of Waseca, and Elsa Ely of Cleveland; sister, Susan Ely of Cleveland; mother-in-law, Marietta “Toots” Kukacka; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dennis “Denny” (Sandy) Keogh, Edward “Ed” (Jean) Keogh, and Pamela Kukacka; and many other relatives and friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his father, Clinton “Bud” Ely; and father-in-law, George Kukacka.

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Roger Girard Neubauer
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Roger Girard Neubauer, age 73 of Montgomery, died Friday, June 2, 2017 peacefully in his sleep at his home in Montgomery. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at church. Father George Grafsky will be officiating.

Roger was born on August 27, 1943 to James and Cleopha (VonBank) Neubauer in Shakopee. His birth mother tragically passed away two months after he was born. His father remarried Anne Janezich who raised him as her own. Roger received his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield. He was united in marriage to Roberta Melina in 1964. She passed away in May 1977. He then married Catherine Johnsen Benkert on October 8, 1977. He later married Sheryl Athey on October 1, 2005. He worked as a banker for many years at Citizen State Bank in Montgomery. He retired from Harland Financial in 2008. After retirement he became a bartender at the American Legion in Montgomery.

Roger formed the Sons of the American Legion Post 79 in Montgomery. He was very involved in the community with various organizations. Roger enjoyed ice fishing, hunting, gardening, being a leader, he found joy in helping others wherever he could, loved visiting with everyone and anyone.

Roger is survived by children, Jim Neubauer of Rochester, Dan (Angie) Neubauer of Le Center, Mike (Jennifer) Neubauer of Le Center, Ryan Neubauer of Montgomery, and Damon (Sara) Athey of Independence, KS; siblings, Terri (Gary) Schultz of Naples, FL, Kathy (Mike) Murphy of Cedar, and Joe Neubauer “Jake” of McGregor; grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Alexis, Emma, Jacob, Cooper and Maverick; many other relatives and friends.

Roger is preceded in death by parents, mother, Anne Janezich; grandson, Joshuah Neubauer, and first and third wives.

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Alois D. Trcka
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Alois D. Trcka, age 100, of Lonsdale and Montgomery area died Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Pleasant Manor in Faribault. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 31 from 3-7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Shieldsville and will continue Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be held in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Shieldsville.

Alois was born on July 8, 1916 in rural Lonsdale to Joseph and Mary (Skluzacek) Alois was united in marriage to Evelyn Ceplecha on June 29, 1937 in Montgomery at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Alois farmed all his life and served as treasurer of Erin Township for 32 years.

Alois enjoyed winter fishing and fixing lawnmowers and anything else that was broke. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of his life.

Alois is survived by his wife, Evelyn; son, Elgin of Montgomery; son-in-law, Keith Archambault of Faribault; grandsons, Dan (Kristi) Archambault of Owatonna, Scott (Melia) Archambault of Waconia, and Ryan (Rachael) Archambault of Rosemount; great-grandchildren, McCoy, Hudson, Mila, Lauren, and Hunter Archambault; sister-in-law, Barbara Ceplecha.

Alois is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sharon Archambault; brothers, George, Frank, Joseph, and Mathis; sisters, Mary Duban, Gertrude Ceplecha, and Jennie Kopet.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
John William Handsuch
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John William Handsuch, age 85 of Jordan, died on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Valleyview of Jordan. Services are pending with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

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Arthur Robert Kaisersatt
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Arthur Robert Kaisersatt, age 75, of Montgomery died Friday, May 19, 2017 at his home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 9-11 a.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with a memorial service also at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Arthur was born on August 23, 1941 to Frank E. and Mary E. (Mucha) Kaisersatt. He attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Montgomery and Montgomery High School. He farmed and enjoyed old time music, garage sales, and community and family events.

Arthur is survived by brother, Leonard (Mary Ann) Kaisersatt of Montgomery; nieces, Theresa (Scott) Duban of Lonsdale and children Miranda and Jadon Duban, and Diane Kaisersatt and daughter, Erica Kraft.

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Stella M. Vlasak
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Stella M. Vlasak, age 88 of Montgomery, died Friday, May 12, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, May 17 at 11am with Fr. George Grafsky officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 16 from 4-8pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and will continue one hour prior on Wednesday morning at the funeral home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. Luncheon to follow at Holy Redeemer Church basement.

Stella was born on December 4, 1928 to Martin and Mary (Franek) Novotny in Helena Township in rural New Prague. Stella was united in marriage to Edward Vlasak on November 8, 1947 at St. Wenceslaus Church in New Prague. Stella and Edward started farming and Stella still lived on the farm until her passing.

Stella was a member of Holy Redeemer CCW, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Degree of Honor, Miss Czech pageant committee, blood mobile volunteer, member of the once a month crafters, Holy Redeemer Church festival committee, mission sewing and was a Le Sueur County Outstanding Senior Citizen. Stella enjoyed baking for her children and grandchildren, flower and vegetable gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and playing cards.

Stella is survived by her children, Dennis (Carole) Vlasak of Maple Grove, David Vlasak of Montgomery, Carol (Ken) Ernste of Faribault, Edward “Butch” (Deb) Vlasak of Montgomery, Gary Vlasak of Montgomery, Lori Edberg of Burnsville, Joe (Sharon) Vlasak of Montgomery, and Barb (Paul) Schneider of Lakeville; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, and 3 brothers.

Stella is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward; son, Charles Vlasak; 1 brother and 1 sister.

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Mildred Julia Malecha
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Mildred Julia Malecha, age 91 of Montgomery, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Mala Strana in New Prague. Visitation will be on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 9am to 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am with Father George Grafsky officiating. Interment will be at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery in New Prague. Lunch will follow at the KC Hall in New Prague.

Mildred was born on April 24, 1926 in Wheatland Township in Rice County to James and Emma (Uhlir) Korbel. Mildred was united in marriage to Albert Frank Malecha at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague on November 12, 1945. She worked as a farm wife and after moving to Montgomery in 1974 worked at Frankes Bakery, and Petrees Greenhouse. Millie was a member of the Holy Redeemer CCW and the KC Auxiliary. Millie enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, baking, gardening, sewing, making quilts, and fishing.

Millie survived by her husband of 71 years, Albert Malecha; children, Melvin (Jean) Malecha of New Prague, Darlene Ruhland of Montgomery, and Denny (Sue) Malecha of Rosemount; 7 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Millie is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Milo at the age of 6, and sister, Alice Pavek; brother-in-law, John Pavek; son-in-law, George Ruhland.

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Douglas Jon McKenzie
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Douglas Jon McKenzie, age 70, of New Prague, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 9 from 10-11 a.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral service will be also on Tuesday, May 9 at 11 a.m. also at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home.

Doug was born on April 22, 1947 in Montgomery to Eugene and Evelyn (Hruby) McKenzie. He received is Associate degree and was a Meat Cutter for Lunds Grocery Store. Doug was united in marriage to Sharon Anderson on September 17, 2015 at St. Gertrudes Rehab Center in Shakopee.

Doug was a 25 year member of AA and sponsored a lot of people with chemical dependency. He was known for his Red Bone Coon Hounds whom where Grand Knight Champions and travelled a lot all over the country with them.

Doug is survived by his wife, Sharon McKenzie of New Prague; step-daughters, Paula (Dan) Dhaene of Henderson, and Pam (Allan) Deml of Owatonna; former wife, MaryJo McKenzie of Montgomery; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Danielle (Jeff) Hall of Palo, IA, and Dennis Wachal of Jordan.

Doug is preceded in death by his parents.

Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

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Henry 'Hank' Joseph Heil
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Henry “Hank” Joseph Heil, age 86, of Montgomery died Monday, May 1, 2017 at Mala Strana in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 8 from 9-11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will also be on Monday at 11 a.m. also at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Father George Grafsky officiating. Interment will be held in St. John Catholic Cemetery in rural Montgomery.

Hank was born on June 6, 1930 in New Prague to T. Henry and Josephine (Shambouer) Heil. He attended St. Raphel Catholic School and graduated from Montgomery High School in 1948 and received his Associates Degree from Dunwoody Institute. Hank was united in marriage to Blanche (Spoor) in 1951. He began working as a mechanic at Rydell Chevrolet and later Zoff Chev. for 21 years. After his wife’s passing in 1972, he then began working at MN Valley Breeders Association until his retirement in 1997.

Hank was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Montgomery Fire Department for 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and playing cards.

Hank is survived by his children, Patricia (Jim) Mladek of Montgomery, Buster Heil and Cliff “Topper” Heil of Portland, Oregon; daughter-in-law, Mary Heil; 6 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Charlie (Elsie) Spoor; sister-in-law, Irene Jakes.

Hank is preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Greg Heil; grandson, Isaac Heil; and mother-in-law, Ethel Spoor.

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Arnold 'Arnie' Joseph Studnicka
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Arnold “Arnie” Joseph Studnicka, age 80, of Montgomery died Friday, April 28th, 2017 suddenly but peacefully at his home. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 3 from 4-8 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with a rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be on Thursday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m. also at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior. Interment will be held in Bohemian National Cemetery in rural Montgomery.

Arnie was born on September 6, 1936 in Erin Township in Rice County to Frank and Rose (Horeji) Studnicka. He attended Montgomery schools. Arnie was united in marriage to Mary Brezina on April 21, 1959 at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Montgomery. Together they raised 3 children and 1 grandson.

He farmed for 11 years, drove semi truck hauling Murphy Freight for 5 years, was a welder for Brinktuns, and also worked on the street department for the City of Montgomery for 35 years.
During his retirement Arnie enjoyed tilling and plowing gardens with his Massey Fergusson. Arnie was a simple man and he enjoyed old time music, dancing, festivals, Pioneer Power, gardening and playing euchre. He loved everything outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved spending time with his family and coffee breaks with friends.

Arnie is survived by his children, Arnie Studnicka, Jr. of Faribault, and Becky (David) Freid of Le Center; grandsons, Josh Wallace, and Bryan Freid; great-granddaughters, Kendra and Alyssa Wallace; and many other family and friends.

Arnie is preceded in death by his parents; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene (Studnicka) and Phillip Brown; brothers, Frank and Richard Studnicka; step-brothers, Emil and Alvin Mucha; 3 Coonhounds, Duke, Sporty and Baron.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Harry Christian
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Harry Christian, age 84, of Le Center passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 28 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Visitation will be at the Le Center Funeral home on Thursday, April 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. with KC service at 7:30 p.m. and visitation again on Friday for one hour before the funeral at St. Mary’s Church. Private family interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Harry was born on November 1, 1932 in rural Sharon Township in Le Sueur County to Bert and Martha (Widmer) Christian. He attended country school in Sharon Township and graduated from McKinley High School in Le Center in 1950. He attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota for two years before joining the army. After serving two years in the service, including time in Korea, he returned to St. John’s graduating in 1956. He then went to William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, receiving his degree.

Harry was united in marriage to Frances Schoenbauer at St. Patrick’s Church near Cedar Lake in Scott County in 1958, and they raised 7 children. He practiced law in St. Paul before joining William Heinen’s law practice in Le Center in 1963, eventually becoming Le Sueur County Attorney, a position he held from 1966 to 1990 and then retiring to private practice and assistant county attorney. He served in the Le Sueur County Attorney’s Office for 33 years, 26 of those as County Attorney. He was involved in numerous social and civic organizations in the Le Center area. One of his prized accomplishments was organizing the Fools in the Alley Parade, a periodic April 1st celebration held in Le Center. He enjoyed all things outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Frances; children, Dan (special friend, Karen), Doug (Diane), Paul (Karen), Colleen, Jeff (Tammie), Brad (Katy), and Brent (Angie); 22 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; and brother, Ron (Cathy) Christian of Le Center.

Harry is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, John Christian and Martha Graf.

Military Honors will be provided by the Le Center Area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Rose Marie Fredrickson
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Rose Marie Fredrickson, 92, of Le Center, died Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at St. Mary’s. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Rose was born on April 21, 1924 in Le Center to Ambrose and Margaret (Germscheid) McCabe. Rose graduated from Le Center High School. Rose was united in marriage to Raymond Fredrickson on February 18, 1950 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Rose worked for Spors Co., WINCO, St. Mary’s Thrift Store, was a Homecare Health Nurse and Nurse’s Aide at Central Health Care in Le Center. Rose was a dedicated member of American Legion Auxiliary unit 108 and the VFW Auxiliary in Le Center, Alter Society of St. Mary’s, and dining room chairman. She was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, neighbor and caretaker for all.

Rose is survived by her children, Linda (William) Norris of Le Center, Chrit (Rick) Hoey of Le Center, Fredrick (Patricia) Fredrickson of Lake Washington, Teri (Loren) Hanke of Le Center, John “Dude” (Shelley) Fredrickson of Le Center, Thomas (Mary Kay) Fredrickson of Prior Lake, and Michael (Teri) Fredrickson of Lakeville; beloved sister-in-law, Ann Fredrickson; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Donna, Betty and Margaret.

Rose is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Fredrickson and parents;

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Joe C. Janovsky
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Joe C. Janovsky, age 81, of Montgomery, died on Friday, April 7, 2017 at his home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 9am to 11am at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will be held also on Tuesday at 11 am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Father George Grafsky officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Joe was born on April 24, 1935 in New Prague to Clayton and Elizabeth (Kotek) Janovsky. Joe was a graduate of Montgomery High School. Joe served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959. Joe was united in marriage to Karolina (Guggenberger) in 1958 in Ansbach, Germany. Joe was employed with Green Giant in Montgomery as a forklift driver/ warehouse worker for 31 years. Joe was a member of the American Legion in Montgomery, an avid hunter, enjoyed traveling and being with all of his family.

Joe is survived by his wife, Karolina “Lina” Janovsky of Montgomery; son, Curt (Ann) Janovsky of Le Sueur; grandchildren, Gunnar Janovsky and Gretchen Janovsky; siblings, Mary (Leo) Kukacka of Hastings, Judy Whipps of Le Center, Dorothy Malz of Shakopee, and Diane Grabinger of Lonsdale.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Phyllis Baldwin, Jean Williams, Katherine Martinson, James Janovsky, and Sally Heyda.

Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Kathryn C. Hoey
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Kathryn C. Hoey, 99, of Le Center, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Comfort Residence in Le Sueur. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in rural Le Sueur with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be in St. Henry Cemetery. Luncheon will follow at the St. Henry Social Hall.

Kathryn was born on October 24, 1917 in Oshawa Township, MN to Andrew and Elizabeth (Holmes) Miller. Kathryn was a St. Peter High School graduate. Kathryn worked at Spors in Le Center before her marriage to Ralph Hoey on June 30, 1941 in St. Peter. Kathryn and her husband raised their family and she later worked as a teacher’s aide for the Le Center school.

Kathryn is survived by her children, Jan LeMieux of Anoka, Rick (Chrit) Hoey of Le Center, Leanne (Bill) Tyrrell of Elk River, and Kathy (Dave) Jungquist of Minneapolis; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Kathryn is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Hoey; sons, Dennis and Tom; parents, and 6 siblings.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Janet Marie Ruff
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Janet Marie Ruff, age 70 of Le Center, died Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 31 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the church. Pastor Ally Bowman will be officiating. Interment will be in the Greenwood Union Cemetery in Le Center.

Janet was born on July 21, 1946, in St. Peter to Mike Sr. and Helen (Meger) Modriefsky. She attended Le Sueur High School. Janet was united in marriage to George Ruff on April 28, 1962 in Henderson. Janet worked at Potential Unlimited as an assembly worker. Janet enjoyed fishing, doing puzzles and latch hooks, listening to the radio, playing cards, watching Western movies, and spending time with family, friends and her cat.

Janet is survived by her children, Mary (Joe) Ceplecha of St. Peter, Roger (Cindy) Ruff of Shakopee, and Nancy (Roger) Busse of Prior Lake; grandchildren, Kelly (Paul “PJ”) Neubauer, Jeremy (Kelly) Hughes, Amber (Jesse Morsching) Hughes, Travis Hughes, Tyler Ruff, Michael Ruff, Kathryn Ruff, Laura Ruff, Sarah Busse, and Emma Busse; great-grandchildren, Brianna, Carter, Hailey, Jaeden, Noah, and one due in June; siblings, Diane Modriefsky of Henderson, Gladys Modriefsky of Waseca, and Eugene Modriefsky of Waterville; nieces, Tracy and Stacy Kamrath; nephew, Leo Modriefsky; and her beloved cat, Callie.

Janet is preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; son, Dennis Ruff; brother, Mike Modriefsky Jr.; and great-granddaughter, Samantha Sullivan.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Rita L. Whipps
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Rita L. Whipps of Waterville, passed away Monday, November 28, 2016 at her home. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 10am to 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Memorial service will follow at 11am with Pastor Ally Bowman officiating. Interment will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery in rural Le Center.

Rita Lenore Whipps was born September 8, 1940 to Albert Whipps and Lenore Welckle Whipps in St. Peter. She was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Rita lived at home until 1977 after which time she moved to Hope Residence in Waterville. She moved to Elm Homes adult foster care residence in Waterville in 2003. Rita worked at the Le Sueur County DAC in Waterville from 1969 to 2011. She enjoyed shopping, going to parades, out to eat and listening to old time music.

Rita is survived by nieces, Lori Weldon (Greg) of Heidelberg, Amy Chappuis (Lorne) of Faribault, Bonnie Anderson (Doug) of Omaha, NE, Linda Hurtgen of New Freedom, PA, Susan Whipps Swenson (John) of North Branch, Julie Whipps Olson (Jeff) of North Branch, Lisa Whipps Benolken (Ray) of Harris; nephews, Mike Whipps of Le Center, and Kevin Gruetzmacher of Le Center.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marjorie Gruetzmacher; brothers, Lyle Whipps, and Roger Whipps.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Joseph Raymond Kaisershot
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Joseph Raymond Kaisershot, age 55, of Waseca, formerly of Montgomery, died on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Private family burial will be at Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery. In lieu of flowers or plants memorials are preferred to Camp Omega 22750 Lind Ave. Waterville, MN 56096

Joseph was born on October 19, 1961 in New Prague to Raymond and Ella (Novotny) Kaisershot. He attended Montgomery High School. Joe worked many years for Potential Unlimited in Waterville and then Jobs Plus in Waseca as a laborer in their workshop. Joe enjoyed visiting and meeting new people. He was also a big fan of the Timberwolves, Vikings, Twins and Montgomery Lonsdale Sports.

Joe is survived by sister-in-law/ guardian, Sharon Kaisershot; sister, Karen (Art) Hendry of Indiana, Mary Kaisershot of Mankato; many nieces and nephews.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gary Kaisershot.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Victor Vincent Schroer
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Victor Vincent Schroer, age 88 of Le Center, died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at his home in Le Center. Visitation will be at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Le Center at a later date.

Victor was born on January 22, 1929 in St. Kilian, MN. Victor was the 2nd oldest of 12 children raised by Bernard and Agnes (Diekman) Schroer. He attended country school and School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Victor proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1953. Victor was united in marriage to Kathleen Hebbelman on February 4, 1957 at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Wilmont, MN. Victor worked for Interstate Power, Le Sueur County Hwy. Department, for Bud Selly as a mechanic, and later as an over the road truck driver.

Victor was a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW, of the DAV and the Purple Heart Assn. Victor loved visiting with family and grandchildren, enjoyed playing cards- cribbage, animals- raised horses, fishing, old time music, dancing, and gardening.

Victor is survived by his wife of 60 years, Kathleen Schroer of Le Center; children, Barbara (Sonny) Jirik of New Prague, Mark (Karen) Schroer of Le Center and Al (Deb) Schroer of Le Sueur; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings, Alverna (Vern) Lovell of California, Carol Holm of Minnetonka, Cecilia Urcan of California, Dan (Jo) Schroer of Missouri, June (Jim) Brust of Russell, MN, Jane (Wayne) Sazama of Worthington, and Connie (Kelly) Vortherms of Worthington.

Victor is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ray B. Schroer; sisters, Bernadette, Shirley and Joan.

Military Honors will be provided by the Le Center Area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.




Teresa Rose Weitbrecht
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Teresa Rose Weitbrecht, age 59 of Montgomery, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale surrounded by her family. Visitation will be on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Memorial service will follow at 5:30 pm with her sister Rev. Kristine Cooley officiating.

Teresa was born December 15, 1957 in Minneapolis to Peter and Dorothy (Hajdu) Georges. Teresa was united in marriage to Gordon Weitbrecht in NE Minneapolis on October 27, 1979. Teresa was an artist creating beautiful pictures out of chalk, she enjoyed nature, bible study, caring for others and loved spending time with her family. In 2005 her brother PJ donated a kidney to her prolonging her life.

Teresa is survived by her husband, Gordon of Montgomery; children, Shauna (Jason) Moreno of San Antonio, TX., Nikki Weitbrecht of Montgomery, and Bobby Weitbrecht of San Antonio, TX.; grandchildren, Adrianna Weitbrecht, Chance Weitbrecht, Daniella and Isabella Moreno; siblings, Joey (Mary) Fierro, Stevie (Anita) Fierro, David Fierro, Peter “PJ” (Shannon) Georges, Kristine (Dennis) Cooley, and Katherine Georges; sisters and brothers-in-laws, Ann (Dan) Nelson, Karen (Tom) Porter, and Kathy Weitbrecht.

Teresa is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Rachel Howe; brothers-in-law, Raymond Weitbrecht and Robert Weitbrecht.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy 'Dotty' Dvorak
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Dorothy “Dotty” Dvorak, 84, of Montgomery died on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 8 from 10am- 11:30am with Celebration of Life following at 11:30am all being held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Dorothy was born on March 1, 1933 in New Prague to James Sr. and Mary (Cecka) Pasek. Dorothy attended school in New Prague. She was united in marriage to George “Sonny” Dvorak on April 23 1953, where they made their home for sixty four years. Dorothy spent many years employed at Holy Redeemer School as a cook. She was a member of the ladies VFW and spent her retirement years enjoying her grandchildren, (which included many trips to Idaho) time in her garden, and enjoying going to farmers markets and trying out the latest recipes.

Dorothy is survived by her children, George Jr. (Janita) Dvorak of St. Bonefacious, Jayne (Kent) Buck, Mary (special friend Jim Pettit) Stanke of Montgomery; grandchildren, Brianna Buck, Morgen Buck, Katie (Jeromy) Eotvos, Addison Stanke; great-grandchild, Carter Eotvos; brother, John (Lois) Pasek of Prior Lake.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; husband, George “Sonny” Dvorak, (Feb 25 2017); brother, Jim Pasek Jr.; sisters, Marion Speiker, and Elsie Pasek; granddaughter, Maranda Stanke; and son-in-law, Mike Stanke.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
George “Sonny” Herman Dvorak Sr.,
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George “Sonny” Herman Dvorak Sr., age 84, of Montgomery, died on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 8 from 10am- 11:30am with Celebration of Life following at 11:30am all being held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

George was born on September 9, 1932 in Buffalo, New York to George and Mayme (Herman) Dvorak. George was a 1950 graduate from Montgomery High School, attended Dunwoody, received a BS Degree in Engineering and a Masters degree from the U of M. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Elizabeth (Pasek) Dvorak on April 23, 1953 in New Prague. George served in Korea with the US Army from 1953-1955. George was a Procurement Manager for Military Avionics Division for Honeywell in Minneapolis for over 30+ years until his retirement in 1992. He was a past Mayor of Montgomery, member of the Montgomery City Council, member of the Civil Defense of Montgomery, past commander of the American Legion for 6 years, and a lifetime member of VFW. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing concertina.

George is survived by wife, Dorothy Dvorak of Montgomery; children, George Jr. (Janita) Dvorak of St. Bonifacious, Jayne (Kent) Buck, Mary (special friend Jim Pettit) Stanke of Montgomery; grandchildren, Brianna Buck, Morgen Buck, Katie Eotvos (Jeromy), and Addison Stanke; great-grandchild, Carter Eotvos; brother, Wayne (Nan) Dvorak of Edina.

George is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Maranda Stanke; and son-in-law, Mike Stanke.

Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery Area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Donald Maxwell Holmes
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Donald Maxwell Holmes, age 97, of Montgomery, died on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 26 from 2pm to 6pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Memorial service will be held on Monday, February 27 at 11am at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery with visitation 1 hour prior to service. Pastor Jason Pollington will be officiating. Interment will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Rural Montgomery.

Donald was born on March 31, 1919 in Le Center to Grantley and Grace (Gambold) Holmes. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy for 8 years and served on the USS Fletcher during WWII. Donald was united in marriage on December 31, 1952 to Hazel (nee, Squires) Novotny in Iowa. Donald worked as a groundskeeper for the MN State Hospital. Donald was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Le Center and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Donald is survived by his children, Ellen (Ron) Dubbe of Waconia, Shirley Sautter of Le Center, Bob (Maureen) Holmes of Forest Lake, Renee (Mike) Holt of Brook Park, and Mark (Tina) Holmes of Port Orchard, WA; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Norita Holmes.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Hazel; daughter, Bonnie Stasney; son, John Novotny; sons-in-law, Sam Sautter and Clarence Stasney; and siblings.

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Karen Lynn Hendricks
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Karen Lynn Hendricks, age 76 of Minneapolis, formerly of Rochester, died Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis. Private family services will be held in Minneapolis. Interment will be in Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery in Kiester. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Walker Methodist Foundation 3737 Bryant Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55409-1099.

Karen was born on June 13, 1940 in Albert Lea to Clarence C. and Myrtle (Dunbar) Johnson. Karen was a graduate of Kiester High School. Karen’s 1st marriage was to Robert Fitzgerald in spring of 1963. Her 2nd marriage was to James Wallace Hendricks in spring of 1970. Karen retired from Rochester Methodist Hospital. Karen enjoyed music including playing piano and singing. Highlights of her day at Walker Methodist included visiting and socializing with people. Every conversation centered around her family and especially her sons.

Karen is survived by her sons, Richard Fitzgerald of Kiester, and Jamie Hendricks and special friend (Francella Kraft) of Grants Pass, Oregon; siblings, Larry (Judy) Johnson of Bloomington, Neil (Ann) Johnson of Shakopee, Kristie (Dan) Slavin of St. Charles, and Kirk (Michelle) Johnson of Davis, California; nieces and nephews, Jill (Piet) Gasterland, Jared (Janelle) Johnson, Erin, Cori and Derek Johnson, Dan (Kristen) Smith, Lee Smith, Chuck Smith, Mac Slavin, Zachary, and Madison Johnson.

Karen is preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
James Allen Heidemann
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James “Jim” Allen (Dick) Heidemann, age 91 of Le Center, died Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Minnesota Valley Health Center in Le Sueur. Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Rev. Ally Bowman will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the church. Interment will be at a later date.

James was born in St. Paul on May 15, 1925. He was baptized July 6, 1925 in St. Paul, confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Le Center. James attended grade school at District 99 Country School and graduated from Le Center (McKinley) High School on May 28, 1942. James was united in marriage to Muriel Bauer on March 3, 1945 at the Parsonage of St. Paul’s Church in Le Center. They farmed on the north side of Le Center until 1967, then moved to Apple Valley. James worked at Corcoran Implement for 2 years, City of Apple Valley Utilities for 20 years, short employment at JC Penny in the Burnsville Mall, and the City of Lakeville for 10 years. They then moved back to Le Center. James enjoyed the Packers and Woodworking.

James is survived by his wife, Muriel of Le Center; children, Allan (Jean) Heidemann, Robert (Claudia), and Brian (Margie) Heidemann; 8 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Koch, and Char Erkel; brother, Charles Erkel; nephew, nieces and friends.

James is preceded in death by son, Gary; siblings, Norma (Erkel) Mager, Wes Erkel; mother, Ella Erkel.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Robert E. “Bob” Zoubek, Sr.,
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Robert E. “Bob” Zoubek, Sr., age 77 of Montgomery, died Sunday, February 5, 2017 at the Mala Strana Heath Center in New Prague. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Fr. Victor Valencia will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, February 10 at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery, and will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to Mass on Saturday. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Bob was born on May 26, 1939 to Frank and Rose (Koktavy) Zoubek in Montgomery. He graduated from Montgomery High School. Following high school he joined the United States Army Reserves. He married Rose Mary Mader on June 4, 1960 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Bob was a member of the American Legion, the Holstein Association, and DHIA. He enjoyed playing the concertina, listening to old time music and playing cards every Sunday night with his friends. He had a great passion for his farm and his cows.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Rose Mary Zoubek;
children, Robert A. “Bob” Zoubek, Jr. of Montgomery,
Gerald Zoubek of Montgomery,
Steve (Lisa) Zoubek of Montgomery,
and Susan (Dave) Prchal of Montgomery;
grandchildren, Matthew (Ashley) Zoubek, Garret Zoubek, Brandon Skluzacek,
Chelsey Skluzacek, and Calista Zoubek.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Jean Ann (Richard) Bisek.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Wayne Harlan Offenhauser
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Wayne H. Offenhauser, age 78 of Elysian, was in the arms of Jesus, holding God’s hand, and surrounded by loving family members when he passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Mayo Hospital in Mankato. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Smiths Mill, MN. Pastor Keith Bilitz will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Le Center Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea, MN with Military Honors provided.

Wayne was born on March 15, 1938 in Albert Lea to Lawrence and Myrtle (Jenson) Offenhauser. He graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1956. His military career began in April, 1955 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army reserves. In February, 1959 he was released from the Army and enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving on active duty for 8 years. He continued his military service in the reserves for an additional 16 years. Following active military duty, he was employed at 3M Company in Maplewood for 29 years retiring in 1996.

On June 3, 1959 he was united in marriage to Sharon Henry in Spirit Lake, IA. Sharon passed away in 2005. In May of 2008 he was united in marriage to Jane (Reak) Shaver at their home in Elysian. He and Jane did a lot of traveling together. Wayne also loved to dance, play Pfeiffer, pontoon rides, dinner cruises, and most of all spending time with his family and friends. He always had a very good sense of humor, and loved his wife and children very much.
He is a member of Post 108 Le Center Legion, and Smith Mills Trinity Lutheran Church.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Jane; children, Wayne (fiancée, Cheryle) Offenhauser, Jr. of Lakeville, Serena (Matt) Ruzicka of Cannon Falls, and Steven (Sharon) Offenhauser of Cottage Grove; step-children, Laura (Scot) Gronseth of Spicer, MN, Tricia (Brian) Wolff of Mankato, and Mark (Leah) Shaver of New Ulm; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by Sharon and his parents.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Carl William Lingsweiler
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Carl William Lingsweiler, age 91 of Montgomery, died on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am on Monday, February 6 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Fr. Victor Valencia will officiate. Visitation will be from 3-7pm on Sunday, February 5 at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and will continue one hour prior at the funeral home on Monday morning. Interment will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery.

Carl was born on July 31, 1925 to Karl and Katherine (Leffler) Lingsweiler in Minneapolis. He attended St. Canice parochial school in Kilkenny. He began working at Bauer Meat Market as a butcher at the age of 16. He married Lorraine Zahratka on April 28, 1945 in Le Center. He drove a portable feed grinder for the local farmers in Montgomery. He had bartended at the White Front Bar, Palace Bar and Happy Hour Bar in Montgomery and also had co-owned the Tom and Carl Bar in Montgomery. More recently he had worked for the Montgomery public school as the custodian. Carl was a Montgomery volunteer firefighter for 30 years. Carl enjoyed camping, fishing, attending parades, listening to KCHK, and playing cards and bingo.

Carl is survived by his children, Leonard “Cowboy” Lingsweiler of Faribault, Danny “Links” Lingsweiler of Montgomery, and Jeanne (Ron) Smisek of Montgomery; 8 grandchildren, Norman and Tom Lingsweiler (Pollard), Lenny Lingsweiler and Tami Haun,
Lynn Rankin, Gary Lingsweiler and Kristi Lingsweiler and Brenda Kaderlik; 16 great- grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lorraine; son, Tom Lingsweiler; grandson, Ronald Scott Smisek; daughter-in-law, Lillian Lingsweiler; and many siblings.
Dolores Marie Prokes
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Dolores Marie (nee, Rynda) Prokes, age 91 of Montgomery, died Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 2 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Fr. Victor Valencia will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Interment will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery.

Dolores was born on August 30, 1925 in Montgomery to Anna E. (Cordes) and Joseph T. Rynda, Jr. Dolores was united in marriage to Frank Prokes at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on August 30, 1947. Dolores was employed by Siemers Nursing Home as a Certified Nursing Assistant and also a Secretary at Y.E.S. in Northfield. Dolores enjoyed making things for her family and friends. She wrote 8 family tree books, put on countless class and family reunions, made several hand sewn quilts for each child and grandchild, and many cabbage patch dolls. She enjoyed outings with her brother Leonard that always ended in buffets and shopping. Dolores was a member of the American Legion and VFW Auxiliary.

Dolores is survived by her loving children, Robert (Monina) Prokes of Lakeside, CA, Bonita Wigfield of Norwood Young America, Roger Prokes of South St. Paul and Karen Chambers of Montgomery; grandchildren, Theodore Koltes, Stacy (Anthony) Trcka, Andy (Julie) Wigfield, Shaun (Tauna) Wigfield, Patrick Chambers, Kristykay (Andrew) Gillard; great-grand-children, Cody Wigfield, Alexandra Koltes, Connor Koltes, Chandra Wigfield, Lukas Trcka, Evelyn Wigfield, Nicholas Gillard, Brady Wigfield, Kylee Bulock and Madison Gillard.

Dolores is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sibling, Leonard Rynda; and son-in-law, Larry Wigfield.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Miles James Lindberger
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Miles James Lindberger, age 90, of Plymouth, formerly of Montgomery, died on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. A private family service will be held. Burial was held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Miles was born on January 29, 1926 to James and Blanche (Wondra) Lindberger. He graduated from Montgomery High School. Miles was a meat cutter at Bauer’s Meat Market. Miles was united in marriage to Dorothy Rose Kocina in Montgomery in 1950.

Miles is survived by his children, Patricia Dingmann of Minnetonka, Kathryn (Jon) Christensen of Coon Rapids, Charles (Sandee) Lindberger of Plymouth, and Louise Baier of Maple Grove; grandchildren, Peter, Lee, Karly, Julie, and Bryan.

Miles is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Dorothy; and son, Bruce Lindberger.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Carol Barbara Wroolie
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Carol Barbara Wroolie, 65 of Montgomery, died Monday, January 16, 2017 at her home. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Carol was born on April 7, 1951 in Minneapolis to Alton and Hedwig “Hedy” (Lehmann) Wroolie. She was a graduate of Minnetonka High School and received an Associate Degree at the Minneapolis School of Art. Carol worked at Anchor Glass in Shakopee as an inspector for over 30 years. Carol loved art, to tease people, being with her nieces and nephews, camping, and shopping.

Carol is survived by her mother, Hedwig “Hedy” Wroolie of Braham; sister, Kathy (Gary) Nelson of Burnsville; sister-in-law, Marcia Wroolie of Braham; nieces and nephews, Martin (Heather) Wroolie, Felicia Vick, Justin Wroolie, Christina Nelson, and Alex (Cara) Nelson; many great nieces and nephews; cats, Snoopy and Lucy; bird, Zip; and Dog, Sassy.

Carol is preceded in death by father; and brother, Jim Wroolie.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Helen Dorothy Berger
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Helen Dorothy Berger, 100, of Le Center, died Saturday, January 14, 2017 at The Beacon in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. with Father Chris Shofner officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Helen was born on February 24, 1916, in Belle Plaine to Joseph and Emma (Kuchynka) Knopf. She attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from McKinley High School both in Le Center. Helen was an honor student award winner for both 8th and 12th grades. She received one year of teacher training and taught rural school for one year. She then worked at Spors Company in Le Center until she was united in marriage to her husband of 64 years, John Berger. John died in 2002. They made their home in Le Center and were blessed with four children. Helen enjoyed raising her children and being a homemaker until she returned to work at Spors Company until it closed in 1963. She then worked for Brinktun, Inc., Larson Industries and Farmer Seed and Nursery until her retirement.

Helen was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. She volunteered at St. Mary’s in many capacities over the years. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, walking, volunteering at the nursing home. Helen loved playing cards with her children and grandchildren. She was at peace and felt blessed to live such a long life and she loved her family very much Helen will be deeply missed by all who were privileged to know her.

Helen is survived by her children, Mary Jo McKenzie of Montgomery, Carol Ann Hanson of Mankato, and Robert John Berger of Le Center; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Vernon Stark of Savage; and many nieces and nephews.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter Helen Joyce Stremski; siblings, Erma Kelly, Phyllis Stark, and Henry Knopf; son-in-law, Russ Hanson.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Alvin George Trcka
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Alvin George Trcka, 91 of New Prague, formerly of Montgomery, died Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague. Visitation will be on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 7 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery at 11am with Father Dave Barrett officiating. Visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Alvin was born on April 8, 1925 at home in Wheatland Township to George and Albina (Jakes) Trcka. Alvin was united in marriage to Irene (Cecka) Trcka in Lonsdale on September 30, 1950. Alvin was a retired dairy and crop farmer. Alvin was a member of the Wheatland Twin Lakes Sportsman Club, Faribault Eagles Club and Montgomery Shipping Association. He enjoyed spending time with grandchildren, woodworking, working on puzzles, hunting and fishing, drawing and sketching. Alvin and Irene enjoyed going out with friends, being part of many card clubs, and enjoyed traveling.

Alvin is survived by his children, Sandy Brossard of Rochester, Paul (Sue) Trcka of Rochester, Barb (Mike) Holicky of Montgomery, and Mark (Deb) Trcka of Montgomery; sister, Gladys Soulek; grandchildren, Katy, Bryan and Meredith Trcka, Peter, Dan, Matt and Sarah Holicky, and David and Emilie Trcka; step-grandchildren, Shelly (Troy) Bjerke, Kerry (Jody) Brossard, Kyle Brossard, Alexa, and Sydni Fryer; great-step-grandchildren, Calvin and Breanna Bjerke, Cody Brossard and Tyler Brossard.

Alvin is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Irene in ’01; brother, in infancy; son-in-law, Michael Brossard, and step-grandson, Cory Brossard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Irene Jerrow
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Irene Jerrow, 100, of Le Center, died Friday, December 30, 2016 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Memorial service will follow at 10 a.m. with Father James Adams officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Irene was born on August 25, 1916 in Jordan to Mathias and Mary (Geis) Wolf. She attended St. Benedict grade school and was a graduate of Le Center High School. Irene was united in marriage for 67 years to Earl Jerrow on October 17, 1938 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Irene worked at spors Co, County Offices, accountant for family business, Bowler Ins. & Soulek Ins. all in Le Center.

Irene loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, enjoyed golfing, bowling, knitting, crocheting, gardening, being outdoors and dancing.

Irene is survived by her children, Diane (Craig) Bartelt of Mankato, and Bob (Deb) Jerrow of North Mankato; grandchildren, Lindsey, Nathan, Adam (Heather), and Bridget (Jim); great-grandchildren, Hailey, Christian, Cameron, Cora, Brady, Aiden, and Emmett; many nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Ev Wolf of North Mankato.

Irene is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and siblings, Walt, Sandy, Vern, Marce, and Elmer.

We are also grateful for “Grandma’s” second family, the wonderful caregivers at Pathstone Living.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Pamela Jan McKee
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Pamela Jan McKee, age 68, of Cleveland, died December 23, 2016 at her home in Cleveland. Visitation will be on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cleveland. Memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery in Cleveland at a later date.

Pam was born on July 21, 1948 in Rochester to Claire and Dorothy (Renaux) Robinson. She graduated from Cleveland High School. She was united in marriage to Stuart McKee on November 22, 1984 at Christ Chapel in St. Peter. Pamela worked at ADC and Onan Corporation in St. Peter for 33 years.

Pam had a stroke in 2011 but, it never affected her positive outlook on life. She always had a smile on her face. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, a dedicated sister and friend. Her hobbies were cooking, home decorating, crafts, being outdoors, and vacationing.

Pamela is survived by her husband, Stu of Cleveland; sons, Tim Dittmar of St. Peter, and Tom Dittmar and special friend Violet Goode of Mankato; grandchildren, Emmie Dittmar and Cheyanne Sanford; great-grandchild, Alayna; step-daughters, Lori (Kevin) Mueller of Cleveland, and Holly (Tom) Connor of Cleveland; step-grandchildren, Lucas and Isaac Mueller, Harley and Kyle Connor; siblings, Denny (Ida) Robinson of Randall, Gerry (Colleen) Robinson of Le Center, Pat Ring – Pam’s twin sister, of Little Falls, Jim (Shelly) Robinson of Cushing, Jay (Julie) Robinson of Little Falls, Krista (Brian) Peterschick of Randall, Cynda (Jesse) Turner of Randall, Nancy (Bob) Petrich of Cleveland; brother-in-law, Steve LeMieur; foster brother, Glen (Linda) Beer of Cleveland; Mother-in-law, Mildred Lofferdo of St. Peter; sister-in-law, Sheryl (Clayton) Strand of St. Peter; many nieces, nephews also extended family and friends.

Pamela is preceded in death by her parents; foster parents, Tony and Ginny Beer; sisters, Verlene Hallock, Carol Honetschlager, and Kathleen LeMieur; foster brother, Jerry Beer; brother-in-laws, Gene Hallock, Jim Honetschlager, Jim Ring; father-in-law, Mac McKee.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Mary (Moore) Lawson
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Margaret Mary (Moore) Lawson, age 87 of Montgomery, died Monday, December 26, 2016 at her home in Montgomery. Visitation will be on Monday, January 2, 2017 from 9am to 11am at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Memorial service will follow at 11am with Pastor Jason officiating. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church.

Margaret was born on January 29, 1929 in Ham Lake to Charles and Hope (Ahlberg) Moore. She was a graduate of Anoka High School in Anoka. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Lawson on October 15, 1949 and were married 46 years until his death. Margaret worked at various places including Anoka Abstract Office, Atty. Cutten in Anoka, Pioneer Engineering in Minneapolis, Clover Leaf Creamery – Montgomery Dairy and Clover Sweet Shop in Montgomery. She enjoyed crocheting, traveling, playing golf and bingo.

Margaret is survived by her children, Dana (Cindy) Lawson, Jerel "Jake" Lawson, and Paula (Bill) Jones; brother, Ronald Moore; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Margaret is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Lawson; parents; sister, Ruth Moore; sisters-in-law, Donna Faymoville, Mavis Lawson, and Mary Ann Moore.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Mary Ann Edel
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Mary Ann Edel age 90, of Montgomery, died Sunday, December 18, 2016. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am. with father Dave Barrett officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Mary was born on December 23, 1925 in New Prague to Jacob and Ann (Schoenbauer) Komarek. Mary was a graduate of Montgomery High School, College of St. Catherine in St. Paul and St. Mary’s School of Nursing. Mary was united in marriage to Leonard “Tony” Edel. She was a registered nurse for the Montgomery Family Medical Clinic.

Mary is survived by daughters, Pat (Roy) Ferguson of Aurora, Co., and Peg (Jerry Fisher) Edel of Descanso, CA; nieces, Mary Catherine, and Jenny (Bill Brunk); nephews, Chris Komarek (Cheri), and Peter Komerek (Christine).

Mary is preceded in death by parents; husband, Tony; son, Steve Edel, and brother, Bob (Lois) Komarek.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Mary Kathryn (Schumacher) Sheridan
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Mary Kathryn (Schumacher) Sheridan, age 90, of Kilkenny, died on Monday, December 12, 2016 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with rosary at 7:30 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Canice Church in Kilkenny with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Canice Church in Kilkenny or to a charity of donors’ choice.

Mary was born on November 17, 1926 in Derrynane Township in Le Sueur County to N.J. and Helen (Sullivan) Schumacher. Mary attended country grade school and graduated from McKinley High School in Le Center in 1945. She then worked in Minneapolis for eight years until she married Jim (PL) Sheridan on November 7, 1953. They raised four children in Kilkenny.

Mary was active in St. Canice Church where she held many offices in the Rosary Society, Finance Committee and mission sewing. She belonged to the Kilkenny American Legion Auxiliary since 1953, the Le Sueur County Rural Mail Carriers Auxiliary since 1954; she was a charter member of the Kilkenny VFW Auxiliary and The Kilkenny Community and Sportsman’s Club. She held offices in all these organizations for many years. Mary enjoyed sewing, a wee bit of gardening and traveling.

Mary is survived by her son, Philip and Patti (Korbel) Sheridan of Montgomery; grandchildren, Jessica and Philip Sheridan of Montgomery; sister, Teresa (Norb) Krenik of Le Center; and life-long friend Videll Mueller.

Mary is preceded in death by husband, Jim Sheridan; daughters, Julie and Michele; son, Patrick; brothers, Vincent Schumacher, and Gene (Henrietta) Schumacher; and sister-in-law, Shirley Sheridan Patten.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Rita L. Whipps
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Rita L. Whipps of Waterville, passed away Monday, November 28, 2016 at her home. Private services and interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center will take place at a later date.

Rita Lenore Whipps was born September 8, 1940 to Albert Whipps and Lenore Welckle Whipps in St. Peter. She was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Rita lived at home until 1977 after which time she moved to Hope Residence in Waterville. She moved to Elm Homes adult foster care residence in Waterville in 2003. Rita worked at the Le Sueur County DAC in Waterville from 1969 to 2011. She enjoyed shopping, going to parades, out to eat and listening to old time music.

Rita is survived by nieces, Lori Weldon (Greg) of Heidelberg, Amy Chappuis (Lorne) of Faribault, Bonnie Anderson (Doug) of Omaha, NE, Linda Hurtgen of New Freedom, PA, Susan Whipps Swenson (John) of North Branch, Julie Whipps Olson (Jeff) of North Branch, Lisa Whipps Benolken (Ray) of Harris; nephews, Mike Whipps of Le Center, and Kevin Gruetzmacher of Le Center.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marjorie Gruetzmacher; brothers, Lyle Whipps, and Roger Whipps.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Yvonne 'Vonnie' Ann Brahs
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Yvonne “Vonnie” Ann Brahs, 93, of Le Center, died Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House in Chaska. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Robert Rendahl officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center.

Yvonne was born on July 16, 1923 in Cleveland Township to Willard and Esther (Gesch) Smith. Vonnie graduated from Cleveland High School and she then attended Mankato Commercial College for secretarial training. Vonnie was united in marriage to Willard Brahs on June 16, 1948 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Vonnie’s first job was with the ASCS office at the Le Sueur County Court House in Le Center and later a long-time employee at Bowler Insurance as a licensed insurance agent and secretary. Vonnie enjoyed playing cards, hardanger needlework, gardening, and canning.

Vonnie was a member of the Le Sueur County Extension Group, American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary and volunteered for Meals on Wheels for several years. She was very active at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church as a member of the sympathy Committee, Altar Guild, and as a treasurer of the ELCW Women’s Organization.

Vonnie is survived by her children, Dr. Mark (Mary) Brahs of Montgomery, and John (Becky) Brahs of Wayzata; grandchildren, Dr. Matthew (Karen) Braasch of Minnetonka, Molly (Dave) Coen, of South St. Paul, and Nick Brahs, of Minneapolis; great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Ivy Coen, and Austin Braasch; brother, Robert L. (Marlys) Smith of Shoreview.

Vonnie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willard in 1999; and brother, Wallace Smith.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
James Truman Cotten
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James Truman Cotten, age 77, of Montgomery, died on Monday, November 28, 2016 at his home in Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m.

Jim was born on October 20, 1939 to James and Cora (Davidson) Cotten in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He graduated from Cyril, Oklahoma High School. He was united in marriage to Janet Christensen in Nashwa, Iowa in the Little Brown Church on May 20, 2006.

He was a very talented man whom was able to do anything. His passion was motorcycle riding and traveling. He and Jan wintered in Arizona after retirement. He loved playing golf, playing pool, but most of all he loved his granddaughters.

Jim is survived by his wife, Jan Cotten of Montgomery; son, Steven (Shari) Cotten of Rosemount; step-daughter, Jill (Bryan) Downey of Denver, Colorado; granddaughters, Kristine Cotten and Evelyn Downey; brother-in-law, Gary (Pat) Hert of Columbia SC; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents; sons, Allen Cotten, and E.J. Cotten; sisters, Alta Wilcox, Kathryn Farris, Marie Redin, and Eva Jensen.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Pediatric Brain tumor Foundation in Ashville, NC or the Shetek Lutheran Ministries in Slayto, MN.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Michael John Katka
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Michael John Katka, age 47, of Montgomery, died on Monday, November 28, 2016 at his home in Montgomery. Services are pending in the St. Cloud area.

Michael was born on December 11, 1968 in Minneapolis to James Allen and Diane (Sauer) Katka. He was a graduate of New London High School. Michael served in the United States Army and worked at the Faribault Power Plant.

Michael is survived by his father, James Katka of Clyde, TX.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
David “Porky” Lynn Harmeyer
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David “Porky” Lynn Harmeyer, age 64 of Le Center, died Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Mayo Systems Hospital in New Prague. Memorial service will be on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with visitation 1 hour prior from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Burial will be held in Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rural Le Center.

David was born on April 8, 1952 in St. Peter to Ralph and Mary “Marvel” (Sautter) Harmeyer. He attended St. John’s University, and received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and became a lawyer. More recently, he was employed with Horizon Homes, Inc. out of Mankato.

David enjoyed cooking and entertaining for family and friends, music, was an avid reader, was a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Twins, and told “Dad” Jokes.

David is survived by his mother, Marvel Harmeyer of Le Center; daughters, Lauren Harmeyer of St. Paul, and Kate Harmeyer of Inver Grove Heights; and brother, Ken (Joyce) Harmeyer of Le Center.

He is preceded in death by his father, Ralph Harmeyer; and sister, Mary Lou Battig.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Eleanor A. Ceplecha
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Eleanor A. Ceplecha, age 91 of Lonsdale, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the Villages of Lonsdale. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 14 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Fr. George Grafsky will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 13 at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and will continue at the funeral home an hour prior to Mass on Monday morning.

Eleanor was born on February 20, 1925 to Frank and Agnes (Cecka) David in Wheatland Township. She married Leonard Ceplecha on September 25, 1944 in Lonsdale. She enjoyed gardening, baking, old time music dancing, playing euchre, sewing, farm life, and most of all, cherished time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Eleanor is survived by her seven children, Carolyn (Ron) Honza of Owatonna, Leonard (Cheryl) Ceplecha of Colorado Springs, CO, Gary Ceplecha of Faribault, David (JoAnn) Ceplecha of Lonsdale, Jean (Rick) Reid of Appleton, WI, Dennis (Marykay) Ceplecha of Webster, and Terry (Bob) Condon of Woodbury; 23 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard; and sisters, Sylvia Kovarik and Margie Soukup.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Marjorie “Peggy” Dorothy Malinski
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Marjorie “Peggy” Dorothy Malinski, age 77 of Le Center died Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Mass of Christian burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 10:00 am with Fr. Chris Shofner officiating. Visitation will be held at the Le Center Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 2, from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm and one hour prior to Mass at the funeral home. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Lexington.

Peggy was born on February 28, 1939 in Belle Plaine to Morris and Emma (Schipret) Savage. Peggy was united in marriage to Martin “Sal” Malinski in Belle Plaine on June 30, 1956. She worked for ADC in Le Sueur for 20 years and also Munsingwear in Montgomery sewing clothing.

Peggy loved sewing, knitting, crocheting, baking, and cooking for the family especially biscuits for every holiday with family fighting over them, traveling, and going to different casinos.

Peggy is survived by children, Maureen (Tim) Blaschko of Le Center, Robert (Priscilla) Malinski of Le Center, Marty Malinski of Cave Creek, AZ (special friend, Kim McDermott), Joanne “Annie” (Rich) Kopet of Le Center, John Malinski of Le Center, Brian (Jennifer) Malinski of Buffalo, and Jennifer (Dallas “Dale”) Russell of Buffalo; 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; siblings, Betty Neisen, and George (Helen) Savage; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Peggy is preceded in death by, her parents; husband Martin “Sal”; daughter, Theresa Malinski; grandson, Nathaniel Malinski; brothers and sisters.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Shirley A. Siehndel
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Shirley A. Siehndel, 81, of Waterville, died October 19, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Funeral visitation will be on Monday, October 31 from 10 am to 11 am at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Lunch to follow burial at The Village in Waterville.

Shirley was born on May 10, 1935 in Faribault to Edward and Dorothy (Summers) Fehn. Shirley enjoyed playing bingo, walking her dog, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Shirley is survived by her son, John Siehndel of Faribault; siblings, Janice Krueger of Waterville, Audrey Woodworth of Waterville, and Dick Fehn of Faribault; and many nieces and nephews.

Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, John; son, Jeffery at birth; brother, Donnie; and sisters, Beverly, Lorraine and Dolores.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Nancy Ann Anderson
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Nancy Ann Anderson, 79, of Mankato, formerly of Le Center, died October 21, 2016 at Oaklawn Rehab Center in Mankato. Visitation will be Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 2-3 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with a Celebration of Life at 3 p.m. also at the Le Center Funeral Home. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center at a later date.

Nancy was born on October 30, 1936 in St. Peter to Dudley and Evelyn (Janda) Anderson. She worked for over 40 years for MRCI in Mankato. Nancy was involved in the Leap organization, loved to color, do artwork and sing.

Nancy is survived by her siblings, Mary Ellen Anderson of Andover, Ava (Bruce) Blum of Maple Grove, and Daniel Anderson of Bloomington; sister-in-law, Dorothy Anderson of Le Center; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Gerald Anderson and Mike Anderson.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Duane Howard Struck
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Duane Howard Struck, age 69, of Montgomery, died on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Mayo Health Systems New Prague. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Frieden’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lanesburg with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be held in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date.

Duane was born on February 8, 1947 in St. Peter to Gordon and Lorraine (Haack) Struck. He was united in marriage to Bernadine Ardell Rients on February 7, 1970 in Elysian. He was a graduate of Cleveland High School. He served our country in Vietnam for the United States Army. Duane was a plant mechanic for 44 years at Green Giant/ Seneca. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and tinkering.

Duane is survived by his loving family; wife, Bernadine (Bernie) of Montgomery; children, Kelly (Jennifer) Struck of Waterville, Tonia Knapp of Farmington, Connecticut, and John Struck of Burnsville; granddaughters, Sabrina and Isabella Knapp; siblings, James (Denise) Struck of Cleveland, Gerry (Terri) Struck of Cleveland, Deb (Robert) Gehrke of Cleveland, and Sue Struck of Albuquerque, New Mexico; in-laws, Gary (Mary) Rients of Bemidji, DeLorna (Curt) Marti of Navarre, Florida, Dennis (Kathy) Rients of Elysian, Becky (Glen) Asleson of Kasota, and Jeff Rients of Prior Lake.

Duane is preceded in death by his parents, and nephews, Mike and Andy Struck.

Military honors provided by the Montgomery area honor guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Donald Paul Hoffman
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Donald Paul Hoffman, age 68, of Cleveland, died on Thursday, October 20, 2016 in Houston County in Southern Minnesota of a heart attack while deer hunting with friends. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Cleveland. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. also at the Church of Christ in Cleveland with visitation one hour prior with Pastor Donna Martinson officiating. Interment will be held in Kasota Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

Donald was born on February 21, 1948 in St. Peter to Donald Charles and Daisy (Flowers) Hoffman. He was a 1966 graduate of Cleveland High School. Donald served in the United States Army as a helicopter mechanic in Vietnam. Upon his return he held positions in manufacturing. Donald was united in marriage to his wife of 45 years, Lynnette (Pettis) in St. Peter and made their home in Cleveland.

Donald enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting with friends, especially drinking Diet Dr. Pepper (Donnie’s favorite drink) at the cabin. His girls and grandchildren lit up his life. He will be greatly missed. Donald was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Cleveland.

Donald is survived by his wife, Lynnette Hoffman of Cleveland; daughters, Amy (Tim) Ellickson, Abigail Griffiths, and Andrea (Rachel) Hoffman; grandchildren, Bailey and Brandon Ellickson, Benjamin and Emily Griffiths; siblings, Darryl (Rose) Hoffman of Benson, Bonnie Garvin of Le Center, Barb Roemhildt of Elysian, Betty (Rudy) Kaupa of Cleveland, and Tim (Sarah) Hoffman of Henning, MN.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Daniel Austin Ellickson; brothers-in-laws, Joe Garvin and Lloyd Roemhildt.

Military honors provided by the Cleveland area honor guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com

LaVonne Anne Goettl
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LaVonne Anne Goettl, 81, of Le Center, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, October 21, 2016. She was born on September 6, 1935, in Mapleton, MN, the daughter of George and Laura (Sack) LeBrun. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center, MN at 10 a.m. with interment at St. Mary’s Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Visitation will be Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 4-8 at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center and one hour before services at St. Mary’s Gathering Space. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, Diabetes Association or National Kidney Foundation or St. Mary’s Building Fund.
She met the love of her life, Wilfrid Goettl, at a dance at the Kato Ballroom in Mankato, MN. They married on August 17, 1955 in St. Clair, MN. They were married for 57 years. Together they settled in Le Center and started farming, building their family farm “Goettl Farms” and raising their seven children. After retiring, they started “Willie’s Toy Room” selling toy tractors and other collectibles, going to flea markets and watching “the boys” continue their farming heritage.
LaVonne was a member of St. Mary’s Alter Society, was a 4-H leader, a member of the Pork Producers, and was active with St Mary’s Church.
LaVonne loved visits and was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She gave the best hugs to everyone! She never missed a birthday and sent birthday cards to every one of them. She will be dearly missed by all. She also enjoyed word finds and jigsaw puzzles, flower gardening, sewing and spending time with family.
LaVonne is survived by her four daughters, Janice (Roger) Willems of Northfield, Dorothy Knish (Dick Esser) of Kilkenny, Helen (Wayne) Zuelch of Le Center, and Rosann Goettl of New Prague, MN and two sons, Robert (Lori) Goettl and Jerome (Carrie) Goettl and daughter-in-law, Laurie (Goettl) Schatz of Le Center, MN, sister-in-law Ruth LeBrun of Montgomery, MN, as well as 21 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren with three more expected this winter. She is also survived by many sisters- and brothers-in-law.
LaVonne is preceded in death by husband, Wilfrid Goettl, son, Gary Goettl, her parents; siblings, Delano LeBrun, Gerald (Ellen) LeBrun, and Beverly (Albert, Sr.) Juliar.
Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Celestine 'Sally' Hamele
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Celestine “Sally” Hamele, age 99, of Montgomery, died Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Traditions in Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Waterville.

Sally was born on March 1, 1917 in Kilkenny Township to Frank and Christine (Gregor) Hamele.

Sally is survived by her brother, Francis Hamele of Faribault, and sister-in-law, Florence Hamele of Waterville.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, George Hamele and Leo Hamele; sisters-in-laws, Esther Hamele, Helen Hamele, and Bernice Hamele.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Homes. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhomes.com
Diana Lynn Endersbe
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Diana Lynn Endersbe, age 59, of Montgomery, died Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at her home in Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 10, 2016 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. followed by memorial service at 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Diana was born on April 23, 1957 in Kansas City, MO to Elmer and Joyce (Claspill) James. She was a graduate of South High School in Minneapolis. Diana was united in marriage to Ed Endersbe on July 10, 1981 in Minneapolis. Diana enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren and enjoying coffee and reading.

Diana is survived by her husband, Ed Endersbe; children, Jeremy (Julee) of Bloomington, Jennifer Endersbe, Melissa “Missy” (Edward) Church of New Prague, and Ryan Endersbe of Montgomery; grandchildren, Ashley and Austin Draime, Alexander and Natalie Paulson, and Bennett and Charlotte Church; siblings, Rhonda Shutt of Ft. Dodge Iowa, and Eugene Shutt of Ft. Dodge Iowa.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Erna Claspill, mother, Joyce Stits; mother-in-law, Dolores Endersbe, and sister-in-law, Susan Endersbe.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.
Francis Anthony Maca
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Francis Anthony Maca, 84, of Le Center died on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at his home in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center from 4 to 8 p.m. with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Francis was born on August 18, 1932 in St. Peter to Frank and Mary (Krenik) Maca. Francis was a 1950 graduate from Le Center High School. Francis was a professional musician with many well-known bands: Six Fat Dutchmen, Whoopee John, and Jules Hermann and many other bands. He also had worked in the Le Sueur County Auditor’s office. He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters, great-granddaughter; and nieces and nephews. He was an avid reader and enjoyed watching the Lynx and Vikings.

Francis is survived by his loving daughter, Pamela Schiprett of North Mankato; daughter, Peggy Barreiro of Cypress, CA; grandchildren, Chrissy (fiancé, Rock Moore) Schiprett of Mapleton, and Sara Schiprett of Mapleton, Casey Johnson, and Brady Johnson of California; great-granddaughter, Sophie and another on the way; special friend, Joanne Karels of North Mankato; brother, George Maca of Arlington; nieces and nephews, Ann (Mark) Tristani, Carmen (Rich) Schatzel, and Chris (Jill) Maca.

Preceded in death by parents; sister-in-law, Cathe Maca, and son-in-law, David Schiprett.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Patricia 'Patty' Antoinette Peek
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Patricia “Patty Antoinette Peek, age 50, of North Mankato, formerly of Montgomery, died Sunday, October 2, 2016 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale surrounded by her family. Private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Patty was born on July 31, 1966 in New Prague to Thomas and Harriet (Andersen) Peek. She graduated from MLHS in 1985, SCTI in 1988 and SCC in 2007. She worked at Central Health Care in Le Center, Skluzacek Oil in Montgomery and Young America Corp. in Mankato.

Patty is survived by siblings, Danny Peek of New Prague, Kathy Peek of Montgomery, Julie Peek of North Mankato, Steve Peek of Owatonna, and Robert Peek of Farmington; nephew, Tony (fiancée, Becca Mulumby) Peek of Prior Lake; many other family, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Gary Peek.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Homes. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhomes.com
Eleanor 'Ellie' Rynda
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Eleanor “Ellie” Cecilia Rynda, age 83 of Montgomery, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at The Lodge in Elko, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 12 at the funeral home. Visitation will continue on Tuesday morning one hour prior to Mass at the funeral home in Montgomery. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Ellie was born on September 9, 1932 to Theodore Anton and Florence (Becker) Rynda in Lanesburgh Twp., MN. She grew up on her family farm in Montgomery. She attended country school in Lanesburgh Twp., and graduated from St. Raphael School and Montgomery High School in Montgomery. Ellie received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and then her Masters of Arts Degree from Michigan State University. Ellie was a Health Physical Education and Recreation professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth for 30 years. She was the first woman to coach men’s track and field and cross country at the university level in our country in 1968. She was also the founder of the University of Minnesota Duluth Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Program.

Ellie was a member of the U of M Women’s Physical Education Alumnae Association; she received the award for excellence in teaching and leadership. She was a member of the U of M Duluth Hall of Fame, The NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) Hall of Fame, the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center Hall of Fame and the North Shore Striders Hall of Fame.
She enjoyed teaching, coaching, gardening, running, skiing, reading and volunteering.

Ellie is survived by her siblings,
Lloyd (Geraldine) Rynda of Montgomery
Joyce Korbel of Lonsdale
Milo (Carolyn) Rynda of New Prague
And Giles Rynda of Hastings;
sister-in-law, Shirley Rynda;
nieces and nephews,
Brian (Rose) Rynda, Francis (Theresa) Rynda,
Richard (Ann) Rynda, Lyle (Ann) Rynda,
Jeanie (John) Stocker,
Diane (Shane) Drefcinski, Gerald (Patricia) Rynda,
Daniel (Michelle) Rynda, Susan (Gerald) Schmitz,
Dorothy (Lee) Kopp, Edith (Kevin) Armenti,
Kathy (Mike) Grissom, Joe (Karen) Korbel,
Carol (Troy) David and Amy (Tim) Oberg;

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Theodore and Christina (Chalupa) Rynda and Adolph and Anna (Wacker) Becker; parents, Theodore and Florence (Becker) Rynda; brother, Carl Rynda; and brother-in-law, Milton Korbel.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Theresa Mary Hruby
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Theresa Mary Hruby, age 87 of Montgomery, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at her home in Montgomery. Visitation will be on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 4pm to 8pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 10:30 am. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at Schoenbauer Funeral Home. Father George Grafsky will officiate. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Theresa was born on November 7, 1928 in Derrynane Township in Le Sueur County to Edward and Polygia (Winarski) Widmer. She was united in marriage to Edward M. Hruby “Tiny” on February 10, 1948 at St. Henry Church in St. Henry. She worked on the farm until it was sold and then worked various other jobs including Green Giant and Little Six. She enjoyed gardening, canning, dairy farming, and was a very hard and dedicated worker.

Theresa is survived by her children, Theresa Brownlee of Montgomery, Edward J. (Carol) Hruby of New Prague, Bernie Hruby of Arvonia, Virginia, and David Hruby of Montgomery; grandchildren, Heather Brownlee and Jimmy (Melissa) Brownlee, and Jenny and Nicole Hruby; 2 great-grandchildren, Mason and Jordyn Brownlee; sister-in-law, Theresa Widmer of Le Center.

She is preceded in death by her parents; 1st husband, Andrew Klinkhammer; 2nd husband, Edward M. Hruby “Tiny”; siblings, Edward Widmer, Bernard Widmer, and Mary Ann Douda.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Harriet Irene Kahl
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Harriet Irene Kahl, age 78, of Le Center, died Friday, September 2, 2016 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be held at Le Center Funeral Home on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. Followed by Rebekah funeral service. Funeral service will also be held at the funeral home at 11:00 am. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center. A luncheon will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Le Center.

Harriet was born on April 22, 1938 in Waukon, IA to Olvin and Ella (McClintock) Larson. She married David Kahl, Jr. on March 3, 1962. She worked at Green Giant, ADC, and Wal-Mart.

She was a member of Oddfellows and Rebekahs. Harriet enjoyed doing needlepoint, quilting, crocheting, assisting with Camp Fa-Ho-Cha, and caring for her many plants and flowers.

Harriet is survived by three sons, William (Linda) Alitz, Albert (Cindy Davis) Alitz, Robert (Michele) Kahl, all of Le Center; daughter, Sheryl (LaMar) Palmquist of Le Center; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; brothers, Allen Larson, and Olvin Larson Jr.; and sister, Rosaria Mullens.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, David; son, Carlos Alitz; brother, Deryl Larson; and grandson, Derek Alsaker.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Loren F. Riebel
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Loren F. Riebel, age 79 of Le Center, died Thursday, September 1, 2016 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 5 at St. Henry Catholic Church in St. Henry. Fr. Chris Shofner will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 4 at the Le Center Funeral Home concluding with a K of C rosary at 7:30 p.m.. Visitation will continue Monday morning at the funeral home 1 hour prior to Mass. Interment will be in St. Henry Catholic Cemetery.

Loren was born on May 12, 1937 to Peter and Marie (Macho) Riebel in Sharon Twp.. He graduated from Le Center High School and then joined the U.S. Army and was in the Reserves from 1955 to 1963. He married Sharon Zabrocki on September 7, 1963 in Aurora, MN.

Loren was born on the family farm and died on the family farm, he often told people that “his birth was paid for by ducks and chickens”. He spent 40+ years as a dairy farmer, was a realtor appraiser for 22 years, and raised golden retrievers for 50 years.

He was a member of the 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus, National Farmers Organization, St. Henry’s Men’s Club, Le Center Community Club, Pioneer Power Association, and the American Legion.

Loren was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He was very committed to his faith. He loved and enjoyed being a farmer, conservationist, and living on the family farm.

Loren is survived by his wife, Sharon of 53 years; children, Steven (Beth) Riebel of Ramsey, MN, Kerrie Ann (Alan) Hertaus of Le Center, David (Ann) Riebel of Lewiston, MN, and Rochelle (Edwin) Beyer of Long Valley, NJ; 15 grandchildren, Maxwell, Anna, Peyton, and Sophia Riebel, Ben (MaryAlice) Hertaus, Jake Hertaus, Brigid (fiancé, Dustin Wander) Hertaus, and Allie Hertaus, Jackson, Sam, and Reece Riebel, Ava, Lucas, Kurt, and Lilly Beyer;
sister, Patricia (Phil) Lehner of Cleveland, MN; sister-in-law, Dorothy Riebel of Le Center; father-in-law, Albin (Estelle) Zabrocki of Aurora, MN.

He is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Katie Rose Hertaus; two brothers, and one sister.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Roxann Gladys Sautter
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Roxann Gladys Sautter, age 64 of Le Center, died Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Le Center. Visitation will be held at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Memorial service will follow the visitation also at the Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. Interment will be in Greenwood Union Cemetery in Le Center. Pastor Donna Martinson will officiate.

Roxann was born on May 27, 1952 in St. Peter to Vernon and Mildred (Flicek) Sautter. She graduated from Le Center High School and then attended vocational school. She worked at Brown Printing and The Eagles in Waseca.

Roxann loved spending time with her great-niece, Myla, and great-nephew, Parker. She was very crafty and talented, enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, doing puzzles and was a big NASCAR fan.

She is survived by her sister, Janice (Loren Bahls) Pedersen of Webster; niece, Lisa (Tim) O’Malley of Le Center; great-nephew and niece, Parker O’Malley and Myla O’Malley; aunts, Marion Bailey of Nerstrand, Irene Hahn of Texas, Shirley Sautter of Le Center, Marvel Harmeyer of Le Center, and many other relatives and many friends.

Roxann is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Charles in infancy.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Beverly 'Bev' Ann Horejsi
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Beverly “Bev” Ann Horejsi, age 64 of Montgomery, died Friday, August 26, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague. Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Montgomery at 10:30 a.m. with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 am. at the church. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Bev was born on January 18, 1952 to Gordon and Helen (Petersen) Goerndt in Fairmont Community Hospital in Fairmont. She was raised in Granada on a farm and graduated from Granada High School in 1970. She was united in marriage to Duane Horejsi on November 13, 1971 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Fairmont.

Duane and Bev lived in New Prague for many years before moving to Montgomery. Bev worked at Mala Strana health Care Center in New Prague for 25 years in the housekeeping department. She loved helping others and did a lot of volunteering to help distribute food baskets at holidays and was very passionate about helping with the Service of Remembrance held yearly at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New Prague. She enjoyed many trips to Duluth with her family, fishing, playing cards and going back to the farm to help pick corn.

Left to cherish her memory include her husband, Duane; sons, Michael Horejsi and fiancé, Jenny Williams of New Prague, and Brandon Horejsi of Montgomery; siblings, Harold Goerndt, Susan (Duane) Philipp, and Dale Goerndt; aunts and uncle; Mary Ann Hansel, Alice Petersen, Ruth Nimerfroh, Kenneth Petersen and Walter Petersen, Nellie Goerndt; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Virginia Horejsi, Donald (Donna) Coughlin, Donald (Nancy) Horejsi, Dallas (Marsha) Horejsi, Dalleen (Ed) Sticha, Darrell (Sharon) Horejsi, and Diane McClintock; and many nieces and nephews.

Bev was preceded in death by her parents; mother and father-in-law, Charles (Leona) Horejsi; sister-in-law, Laurie Goerndt; brothers-in-law, Dennis Horejsi, and Curt McClintock.


Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Elizabeth 'Betty' Lorraine Mueller
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Elizabeth “Betty” Lorraine Mueller, age 86 of St. Peter, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter. Visitation will be held at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. Memorial service will follow the visitation also at the Funeral Home. Interment will be in Fort Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis. Pastor Jean Sidner will officiate.

Betty was born on November 21, 1929 in Faribault to Otto and Elizabeth Weishaar. She was a graduate of Faribault High School and also received her associates in nursing. Betty was united in marriage to Floyd Mueller.

Betty loved baking for the grandkids, known for her chocolate chip cookies, loved flower gardening, was a pet lover, playing games especially playing cards and shaking dice with family and friends, very family oriented and enjoyed spending time with family.

She is survived by her children, David (Holly) Mueller of Washington, IA, Timothy Mueller of Owatonna, Nancy (Mike) Vogel of St. Peter, Karen Mueller of Minneapolis, and Michael Mueller of Herndon, VA; 9 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Floyd in 2008, and 6 siblings.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Marcella Beiser
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Margaret Marcella Beiser, 94, of Le Center, died Friday, July 29, 2016 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Funeral service will be on August 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. also at the church. Interment will be Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center.

Margaret was born in New Prague at the family farm on August 15, 1921 to Matt and Mary (Dietz) Prokes. She was united in marriage to her first husband, Frank Brezina at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague in 1939. She was then united in marriage to Bill Beiser at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center in 1967. She worked as a nurse’s aide at the Nursing Home in Montgomery and Le Center, Green Giant, and Farmers seed and nursery. Margaret was a member of the St. Paul’s sewing circle and enjoyed gardening, flowers, and sewing blankets and quilts.

Margaret is survived by children, Mary Studnicka and friend Oscar Salas of Donna, TX, Rosie (Bruce) Oles of Le Sueur, Carol Roemhildt of Le Center, Francis (Carol) Brezina of New Prague, Alice (Alvin) Chlan of New Prague, and Julie Moen and friend Brad Latzke of Montgomery; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, and 3 step great-grandchildren; sister, Marcella Stepka of New Prague; sisters-in-law, Dolores Prokes of New Prague, and Maretta Prokes of New Prague.

Margaret is preceded in death by husbands, Frank Brezina and Bill Beiser; parents, brothers, George, Joe, Emil, and Frank; sisters, Ludmilla Prokes in infancy, Marcella Prokes; grandchildren, Darlene, Leona Ratke and Phil; sons-in-law, Gordy Roemhildt, and Lester Moen.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
John 'Jack' Ramon Wacker
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John “Jack” Ramon Wacker, age 80, of New Prague, died on Friday, July 8, 2016 Mayo System New Prague. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Heidelberg. Memorial service will also be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm. at the Church. Farther Dave Barrett will be officiating. Burial will be in the St. Scholastica Cemetery.

Jack was born on July 4, 1936 in Le Sueur County to Anthony and Anna (Spaetgens) Wacker. He owned and operated Wacker Brothers Construction Company. He enjoyed gardening, family time with nieces and nephews, playing lottery tickets, the outdoors, and wildlife.

Jack is survived by sisters-in-law, Freda Wacker of New Prague, and Maureen Wacker of Little Falls; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Ronald Wacker, and Tony Wacker; sister, Rita Ann Meger; brother-in-law, Leonard Meger.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Patrick Joseph Cooney
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Patrick Joseph Cooney, age 91, of Le Center, died on Monday, July 18, 2016 at his home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center concluding with a Knights of Columbus service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior at the church. Father Chris Shofner will be officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Patrick was born in Kilkenny Township of Le Sueur County, on July 19, 1925 to Charles and Mary (Warnemunde) Cooney. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Le Center High School. Pat served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII from September 11, 1943 until December 5, 1945. He was in the Assault Wave on Japan serving in the South Pacific and wounded on the Iwo Jima and was awarded the Purple Heart. Pat was united in marriage to Viola M. Miller at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center on September 23, 1947. Patrick farmed, worked as the manager of the local VFW and then was a section crewman for the SOO Line Railroad for 17 years. He retired in 1989.

Pat was a life member of the VFW, American Legion, and Forest G. James Marine Corps. Post and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife were honored with the title of Grand Marshalls for the Le Center St. Patrick’s Day Festivities.

Pat’s family includes his wife, Vi; seven children, Sharleen (Richard) Clymer of Hastings, Patrick J. Jr. (Teri) Cooney of St. Peter, Karen (Greg) Gotto of Globe, AZ, James Cooney of Le Center, Kathryn (Mike) Siebsen of Le Center, David (Noreen) Cooney of Northfield, and Mary (Lynn) Cooney of Le Center; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Raymond (Janet) of New Prague; sister-in-law, Margie Cooney of St. Peter; brother-in-law, Warren Christiansen of Palm Springs.

He is preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Patrick Gerard; brothers, Emmett, John, Urban, and Robert Cooney; sisters, Theresa Christiansen, and Anne Marie McShane.

Military Honors will be provided by the Le Center area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Lucille Marie Helfter
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Lucille Marie Helfter, age 78 of St. Henry, died accidentally Friday, June 24, 2016 at her cottage on Battle Lake. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at St. Henry Catholic Church. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 28 from 4 to 8p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to Mass on Wednesday at church. Interment will be in the church cemetery in St. Henry with Military Honors provided by the Le Center Honor Guard. A luncheon will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

Lucy was born on February 19, 1938 to Gregory and Evabell (Davidshofer) Kramer in St. Charles, MN. She was the fourth of seven children and grew up on their family farm. She went to a country school through the eighth grade and graduated from St. Charles High School in 1955. She attended the College of St. Teresa in Winona, MN and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1959. Her clinical nursing experience was at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. She worked at the Veteran Administration Hospitals in New Orleans, LA, Palo Alto, CA and Minneapolis, MN. She taught in the nursing program at St. Mary’s Junior College in Minneapolis for two years and was in the Air Force Reserves for three years serving with the Aeromedical Evacuation unit at the USAF Base in Minneapolis. She married Thomas Helfter on June 17, 1967. It was after that when she began her career in public health nursing starting in Ottertail County, MN. She started working for Le Sueur County Public Health in 1969. She was the Director of Public Health from 1978 until she retired in 2004. After that she worked part-time in Public Health Emergency Preparedness until retiring in 2014. She was active in the Altar Society, sang in the church choir, and served on the St. Henry Council. She was also a member of the Le Center Ambulance Commission and was on the Board of Directors for Le Sueur County Developmental Services. She enjoyed traveling, golfing, playing Bridge and planning and organizing family get-togethers.

Lucy is survived by her husband of 49 years, Tom; children, Joe (Beth) Helfter of Pepperell, MA, Nancy (Mark) Daubenberger of Woodbury, MN, and Judy (Pat) McDonald of Arden Hills, MN; 7 grandchildren, Paige, Eva, and Greta Helfter, Maria and Jacob Daubenberger, and Gus and Tate McDonald; siblings, Ed (JoAnn) Kramer of St. Charles, Millie (Stan) Dee of Rochester, Leo (Donna) Kramer of St. Charles, and Joan Pollema of St. Charles; and many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Leonard Kramer; sister, Regina Leisen; and brother-in-law, Dave Pollema.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Charles 'Jim' Phillips
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Charles “Jim” Phillips, 69, of Le Center died Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at his home in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 4pm to 8pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral service will be held on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 11am with visitation one hour prior at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Jim was born on August 13, 1946 in St. Peter to Marion and Mary Alice (Kotasek) Phillips. He graduated from Le Sueur High School. Jim was united in marriage to Bonnie Bosacker on October 25, 1969 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Jim worked at Highway Ag as an Agronomist for many years. Jim retired from truck driving with Kristico out of Mankato and then sold sweet corn for Seneca Foods after retirement.

Jim enjoyed visiting, socializing and telling his stories with everyone around him, fishing, loved and enjoyed all of his grandkids and enjoyed attending all of their sporting events. He was a member of the Lions Club, Sons of American Legion, Izaac Walton League of America all of Le Center, and was very proud of his 22 years of sobriety.

Jim is survived by his wife, Bonnie of 46 years; children, Jeff (Treasa) Phillips of Henderson, Chad (Heidi) Phillips of Cleveland, and Tracey Phillips of Franklin, IN; grandchildren, Jamie Phillips, Garrett Phillips, Courtney (Sean) Dawson, Gus Phillips, Lindsey Phillips, Christa Phillips and Kallie Phillips; grand-dog, Bubba; brothers, Tom (Lamona) Phillips of Henderson, and Mark Phillips of Le Sueur; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Earl (Ethel) Bosacker; nephews, John Bosacker, and Chris Bosacker.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Cheryl L. Borchardt
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Cheryl L. Borchardt, age 72 of Le Center, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Minnesota Valley Health Center in Le Sueur. Visitation will be on Monday, June 27, 2016 from 10 am to 11 am with a memorial service at 11 am at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Pastor Mark Wilms will be officiating. Interment will be in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Cheryl was born on October 26, 1943 to Leslie and Neoma Mattie (Russ) Baker in Winnebago Village. She graduated from Mankato High School. Cheryl was united in marriage to William Borchardt on December 5, 1964 at Zion U.C.C.-Le Sueur. Cheryl worked at Munsingwear in Montgomery for many years as a seamstress and retired from Onan in St. Peter. Cheryl enjoyed gardening, TV shows, Star Trek, All in the Family, As the World Turns; reading romance novels, and going out with friends.

Cheryl is survived by her children, Brian Borchardt of Le Center, Danny Borchardt of Fargo, ND, Lynn Borchardt of Faribault, and Billy Borchardt (Becki) of Le Center; grandchildren, Nathan, Nikki, Nolan, Dylan, Justin, Ryan, Cody, Kaylee, and Tara Borchardt.

Preceded in death by her husband, William Borchardt; and parents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Irene M. Washa
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Irene M. Washa, age 89 of Montgomery, died Monday, June 6, 2016 at Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague. On Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery the CCW will lead the rosary at 8:45 a.m. The visitation will follow from 9-11 a.m. The mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Father Victor Valencia, will begin at 11:00 a.m. Internment following the ceremony of life will take place at St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Irene was born on September 16, 1926 in Derrynane Township to Thomas and Mary (Sullivan) Brown. Irene attended country school, graduated from Le Center High School and completed two years of teacher training. She taught in a one-room country school until she was united in marriage to Frank (Bingo) Washa at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas on June 5, 1948. Irene then moved to Montgomery and worked at Washa’s Store.

Irene was involved in various community and church related activities throughout her life. She was a CCD teacher, a troop leader for both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts; an active member of the CCW, VFW, and American Legion Auxiliary; where she held several leadership positions, and won awards for her years of service and dedication, as well as for her special projects. Irene loved shopping, getting together with family and friends, playing bridge, bowling, participating in Red Hat activities, doing crafts, sewing and making quilts and ditty bags for the Veterans. She also loved gardening, especially her flowers.

Irene is survived by her children, Pat (Washa) Merritt of Grand Forks, ND, and Dale (Nanette) Washa of Montgomery; grandchildren Nicole (Scott) McLaren, Chad (Vicky) Washa, Jill (Brad) Skogerboe, Thomas Washa and Ann (Emmett) Swartout; great-grandchildren: Luke, Jacob and Noah Washa, Trevor, Jay and Regan Skogerboe, Soren Swartout, and Jacob Jerry (JJ) McLaren; and one brother Kenneth Brown of Missouri.

Irene is preceded in death by her husband, Frank (Bingo) Washa; parents, siblings: Dennis Brown, Gerald Brown Vince Brown, Harold Brown, Leo Brown, Dorothy Dillon, and Robert Brown.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery, MN. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Maxine Lois Budin
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Maxine Lois Budin, age 82 of New Prague, died Monday, May 23, 2016 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center in New Prague. Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Maxine was born on November 26, 1933 in Grundy Center, Iowa to James and Hattie (Hoffa) Buchan. She was united in marriage to Arthur Budin at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on January 9, 1954. She worked on the farm alongside her husband, and in administration for John Fitzgerald, Montgomery Medical Clinic, and Parkview Medical Clinic.

Maxine enjoyed the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, playing cards, playing bingo at Mystic Lake and dining out. She was a member of Extension club and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church organist for over 20 years.

Maxine is survived by her children, Sandy Budin of Bloomington, Patty (Tim) Warnemunde of New Prague, Jeff (Patti) Budin of Burnsville, Jim Budin of Shakopee, John (Barbara Lee-Budin) Budin of Chicago, IL. and Jared (Angie) Budin of River Falls, WI.; grandchildren, Eric and Nathan Warnemunde, Michael (Kallie), David, and Katherine Budin, Jacob, Lindsay, Josh, and Luke Budin, and Madeline Budin; brothers, Leo (June) Buchan of Florence, AZ., and Jim (Sandy) Buchan of Wabasha.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; parents, James and Hattie Buchan; step-father, Cal Ellis; and son, Tommy.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Violet Lorene Gilster
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Violet Lorene Gilster, age 75 of Faribault, formerly of Le Center, died Sunday, May 29, 2016 at Pleasant Manor in Faribault. Visitation will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Memorial service will also be on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Daniel Watland officiating. Burial will be held in Fort Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Violet was born on June 10, 1940 in Waseca to Arthur and Ella (Klinder) Schwarz. She graduated from Janesville High School. Violet was united in marriage to Alvin Gilster on August 10, 1958 in Janesville. She retired in 2002 from Le Center Public School where she worked as a cook.
Violet is survived by her husband, Alvin Gilster of Faribault; children, Debra (Pat) Bauleke of Waseca, Donna (Steve) Robbins of Lancaster, SC, and Jeff Gilster of Hagar City, WI; grandchildren, Abby (Pat) Miller, Dezi Bauleke, Brian (fiancée, Callie Boehme) Bauleke, Cody (Tina) Bauleke, Kyle (Stacy) Robbins, Angella Robbins, Paige Gilster, and Chelsea Gilster; great-grandchildren, Haydin, Zaelyiah, Kryxus, Alizybeth, Tyler, Tristian, Colten, and one on the way in July; siblings, Florence (Bill) Braun of Waseca, Beverly (Pat) Muldoon of Madison Lake, and LaJune (John) Schmidt of Janesville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lou Anne Schwarz of Winona, Ken Spotts of Mankato, Wanita (Frank) Groskreutz of Waseca, John (special friend, Marge) Gilster of Waseca, Florence Gilster of Albert Lea, Judy (Le Rae) Webber of Waseca, Janice Samaraka of Estherville, IA, and Larry (Sue) Gilster of St. Peter; and many nieces and nephews.

Violet is preceded in death by parents; siblings, Clifford Schwarz, LuVerne (Yvonne) Schwarz, Alice Spotts; brothers-in-law, Dan Gilster, and Nick Samaraka; and mother and father-in-law, Arno and Alvina Gilster.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Stan Voelkel
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Stan Voelkel, age 77, of Le Center, MN died on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Regency Hospital in Golden Valley, MN with his family by his side. Visitation will be on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 11:00 -12:00 PM at United Methodist Church in Le Center, MN; the memorial service will follow at 12:00 PM.

Stan was born August 15, 1938 in Belleville, IL to Harold and Mildred (Florreich) Voelkel. He was united in marriage to Ona Mae Carter on October 2, 1959 in Edgemont, IL. He was a manufacturing engineer for WINCO in Le Center from 1977 to 2004. Stan owned and operated a small business with his wife, Ona from 1985 to 2010.

Stan was a member of Auto Restorers of Mankato/St. Peter, Minnesota Impala Club, National Impala Association, MN Street Rod Association, the Lions Club, and Masons. He was a loving father and husband who enjoyed spending time with his family, working on classic cars, and gardening.

Stan is survived by his wife, Ona Voelkel of Le Center; children, Jon (Pam) Voelkel of Le Center, Jamie (Tom) Berry of Rochester, MN, Jill Espeseth of Ladysmith, WI, and Jason (Amy) Voelkel of Bloomington, MN; 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and brother, Patrick A. Voelkel of Belleville, IL.

Stan is preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred by the family.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
William 'Bill' Pelowski
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William “Bill” Pelowski, age 80 of Montgomery, died Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center in New Prague. Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 11. Fr. Victor Valencia will officiate. Visitation will be one hour and a half prior to service time at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Lexington. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Bill was born on April 12, 1936 to John and Mary (Miska) Pelowski in Lexington. He graduated in 1954 from McKinley High School in Le Center. Bill was united in marriage to Hedi Chlan on August 2, 1975 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. He worked construction for various construction companies throughout the years. Bill enjoyed attending horse races and Twins games and hunting and fishing in his young years.

Bill is survived by his wife, Hedi of Montgomery; sons, Brian (Mia) Pelowski of New York, Jeff Pelowski of Montgomery, and Kevin Pelowski of Montgomery; grandson, Drew Pelowski; sister-in-law, Phyllis Pelowski of Montgomery; and many nieces and nephews.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Tony (Rosie) Pelowski, Mary Ann (Butch) Schanus, and John Pelowski.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Curtis Wayne Tolzin
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Curtis Wayne Tolzin, 76, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in his home on East Jefferson Lake. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016, from noon to 1:00 p.m. Memorial services will follow starting at 1:00 p.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at German Lake. His ashes will be interred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Curtis was born on March 5, 1940 in Cherokee IA to Ralph and Mabel (Neisse) Tolzin. He was later adopted by Art Heick, Mabel's second husband. He served in the U.S. Army for 26 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant. A, veteran of the Vietnam War, he served in the 82nd airborne and later as a recruiter and career counselor. After his career in the military, Curt obtained his Bachelor's degree in business administration from Winona State University. While a college student he also worked as a water and safety officer and a game warden for the State of Wisconsin, and as the mayor of Buffalo City WI.

Curtis then began a second career as a procurement officer for small businesses in Mankato, assisting small businesses in southern MN to apply for and obtain federal contracts. He became a member of the VFW in Mankato and the American Legion in Cleveland. He always enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Curtis is survived by his wife, Joyce Tolzin, his children Leslie (Lynn) of Tacoma WA, Ronald Tolzin of Minot ND and Sylvia Tolzin (Kevin Kearney) of Minnesota City, and his grandchildren Tyler Huebner, Bailey Huebner, Colin Huebner and Robert Tolzin; his siblings Keith (Jan) Tolzin of Ellensburg, WA, Marla (Bill) Avery of Venice FL, and Kermit (Sandy) Tolzin of Alta, IA. He is preceded in death by his parents, adopted father Art Heick, and aunt, Fern Benner.

Arrangements are with LeCenter Funeral Home in Le Center, (507) 357-6116, WWW.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Donations in Curtis's honor may be made to: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 22693 German Lake Rd., Cleveland MN 56017, or The MN American Legion Foundation fund for hospitalized veterans at: The American Legion, Dept. of Minnesota, 20 West 12th St., Room 300A, St. Paul, MN 55155.

Leonard Joseph Duffney
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Leonard Joseph Duffney, age 89, of Montgomery, died on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at his home with his boots on. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Memorial service will also be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Church. Pastor Mark Wilms will be officiating.

Leonard was born on April 16, 1927 in Erin Township in Rice County to Edward and Mary (Tuma) Duffney. He enlisted in the United States Navy when he was 17 during WWll. He received his Honorary High School Diploma in 2000 from Montgomery- Lonsdale High School.

Leonard was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Montgomery. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, making wine and farming on his 3rd generation farm on Phelps Lake and was also a Federal Farm Crop Adjuster. He was very outgoing, humorous and loved to tease his grandchildren.

Leonard is survived by his wife of 68 years, Rhoda (Lehman) Duffney of Montgomery; children, Scott (Debbie) Duffney of Shakopee, and Mary Lynn Schatz of Montgomery; son-in-law, Gary Korbel (Friend, Sue Lawson) of Kilkenny; grandchildren, Robin (Matt) Fink, Kerry (Kevin) Weckman, Kristin Duffney, Lauren (Brad) Allen, David Matzke, Andy (Chelsey) Schatz, Emily (Brian) Teberg, Philip (friend, Erica Solie) Korbel; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Roger (JoAnn) Duffney of Republic, Washington, and many nieces and nephews.
Leonard is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kimberly Korbel; great-granddaughter, Tehnlee Teberg; and 7 siblings.

Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Opal Hartwig
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Opal Hartwig, age 93 of Le Center, died Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Ecumen in Le Center. Visitation will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Funeral service will also be on Friday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Mark Wilms officiating. Burial will be held in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Opal was born on June 10, 1922 in Derrynane Township in Le Sueur County to August and Martha (Schultz) Meyer. She was united in marriage to George Hartwig on October, 24, 1946 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. She enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing and needlework.

Opal is survived by children, Les (Bonnie) Hartwig of Le Center, and Gary (Jacque) Hartwig of Le Center; grandchildren, Ryan (Jennifer) Hartwig, Chris (Juli) Hartwig, Michelle (David) Nelson-Raaen, and Adam Nelson; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Carly, Cami, Fisher, Nora and Emmy Hartwig, Levi and Jamie Nelson, and Cy Raaen; sisters-in-law, Louise Meyer of Montgomery, and Elsie Rotter of New Prague.

Opal is preceded in death by husband, George Hartwig; her parents; siblings, Donald in infancy, Milton Meyer, Elaine Stauff, Mildred Bohnsack, Valdeen Tuma, and Fred Meyer.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Harlyn F. Gregor
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Harlyn F. Gregor, age 81, of Kilkenny, died on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery at 11 a.m. with visitation 9:30 am to 11 a.m. at the church. Father Victor will be officiating. Burial will be in St. Michaels Cemetery in rural Montgomery.

Harlyn was born June 16, 1934 in Rice County by Rice Lake to Francis and Mary (Koubele) Gregor. He served in the United States Army, and was united in marriage to Judith Kathleen Wayne on June 27, 1959 at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny.

Harlyn was a member of the MN Trappers Association and enjoyed trapping, farming and trips to the casinos.
Harlyn is survived by children, Deb (Mark) Wegner of New Prague, David (Sue) Gregor of Montgomery, Dean (Wanda) Gregor of Montgomery, Daniel (Annette) Gregor of Montgomery, and Derrick (Sandra) of Kilkenny; 10 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Harlyn is preceded in death by his wife, Judy (Wayne) Gregor; parents; and sister, Shirley Donkers

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
William Oliver Young
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William Oliver Young, 89, of Cleveland, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at his home.
Burial will be on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10 am with a grave side service at Grandview Cemetery in Austin, MN.
Military Honors will be provided by the Austin Area Honor Guard.

William was born on October 23, 1926 in Bertha Minnesota to Irvin and Emma (Erkel) Young. In 1932 the family moved back to Le Center.
He graduated in 1944 from McKinley High School in Le Center. William served in the United States Army from October 1944 - 1946 in the artillery in Germany/France. He worked for the Hormel company in Austin until he retired in 1982.

William was a lifetime member of the VFW in Port St. Joe, Florida. He enjoyed fishing, football, baseball, reading, and politics.

William is survived by his children, Sharon (Jim) Olson of Cleveland, and William (Danita) Young of North Mankato; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Also, 3 stepchildren, Debra (Dennis) Watkins of Enterprise, Alabama, Jan Comisak of Panama City, Florida, Paul Comisak of Panama City, Florida; 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

William is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ilene; second wife, Gloria; daughters, Wendy McFarlin, and Lori Hintz; siblings, Francis Ganfield, Robert Young, and Gordon Young; and stepson, Mitchell (Sue) Christiansen.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. Www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

William “Bill” Oliver Young
October 23, 1926—April 5, 2016 | Age 89 years 5 months and 13 days

Bill was born to Irvin Finley Young and Emma Adolphia Erkel Young in Bertha Minnesota. He was the youngest of four children; Francis, Robert, Gordon and William. In 1932, at age six, the family moved back to LeCenter, Minnesota to farm where he grew up helping on the farm. As a young boy he did a lot of fishing and hunting. He attended LeCenter schools, graduating from McKinley High School in 1944.

He served in artillery in Germany/France for the United States Army from October 1944-1946. After the war, he moved back to LeCenter and soon after moved to Austin Minnesota. He helped his sister Francis and her husband Lawrence work their restaurant known as the Log Cabin. There that he met his future wife, Ilene. He started work at the Hormel Company on December 10th 1947 and on January 17th 1948 married Ilene Mae Cramer. The newlyweds , ages 19 and 17, took in Ilene’s 12 year old sister, Marian, so Bill helped raise her. Bill and Ilene had four children: Sharon, March 15, 1949, Wendy, April 12, 1951; William, April 9, 1957; and Lori, February 22, 1962. Ilene died on February 8th 1972. On July 14,1973, he married Gloria Comisak.

He retired in 1982 after 35 years with the Hormel Company. Soon he decided to move “up north,” where they lived and played for almost ten years— fishing all summer and riding snowmobiles all winter, putting on hundreds of miles a year. When it got hard for him to pull the snowmobile out of the snowbank, they moved to Florida where friends Betty and Don Rudd lived. So in June 1992, after a big party, they headed south to Mexico Beach, Florida. On September 12, 1993, his daughter Wendy passed away at just 42 years old. Bill enjoyed Florida and continued fishing, even taking his son out on the gulf fishing for sharks. He and Gloria walked a lot on the beach. He missed his Viking football so much that he bought satellite to see every game. On February 14th 2001 at age 38, his daughter Lori passed away. Gloria passed away on May 01, 2002. For a few years after Gloria died, he drove to Minnesota for summer and back to Florida in the fall, until deciding in early 2011 to move back to Minnesota permanently.

Bill moved in with his daughter Sharon (and Jim) at her lake home in Cleveland, a home built by Bill’s dad, just six miles from LeCenter. He enjoyed remodeling the home. He was a good carpenter. He continued to enjoy fishing and reading on his deck. He took several bus trips to see the Twins play baseball. He was good with numbers. He had no patience! He had a good sense of humor. He knew a lot. He knew everything. He liked his bananas green. He liked the grass short. He was fussy about his car. He loved strawberry jam on his ice cream, rhubarb pie and peanut butter cups. He hated tea and rice. He was a good cook, but didn’t want to cook in his later years. He was especially proud of being able to have two five generation pictures taken. He wanted to make 90 and he couldn’t wait to vote in this years’ election. On April 5th 2016 Bill passed away at his home from COPD.


Bob Leary
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Bob Leary, our dear dad and beloved husband, loyal friend and kind neighbor was called HOME on April 14. Wake to be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 from 4 pm to 8 pm at St. Mary's Social Hall in Le Center and one hour before mass. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Le Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the St. Mary's Church building fund or to the Le Sueur County 4-H federation.

Robert John Leary was born 100% Irish May 10, 1932 in Caledonia, Minnesota to George and Ethel (Sheehan) Leary. He was the youngest, and most spoiled, of four boys. Upon high school graduation, on a whim, Bob enlisted in the Navy. He served on the U.S.S. Laffey during the Korean War. After his Navy discharge, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota. He was an enthusiastic and lifelong promoter of the Alpha Gama Rho (AGR) fraternity. On June 27, 1959, Bob married Susan (Denkinger) in St. Paul, Minnesota. He served as a County Extension Agent in Lac qui Parle, Jackson and Le Sueur counties. In addition to AGR, Bob delighted in his involvement and friendships through the Ancient Order of Hibernians, KCs, Community Club, community garden, the Bowler senior citizen bequest, 4-H/Extension and his wide assortment of chums through the county.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; sons, George (Jan), and Charles (Kathy); daughters, Mary Graves (Mark), Kathryn Hoffman (Steve), and Carolyn Beer (Michael); 12 grandchildren; one great grandchild; brother, Father Donald Leary.

Proceeded in death by parents; brothers, Harold (Rita), and Bill (Faith).

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

James Justin Medvec
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James Justin Medvec, age 79, of Montgomery, died on Monday, April 11, 2016 at his home. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny. Mass of Christian burial will also be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Church. Father Victor Valencia will be officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny.

James was born on November 12, 1936 in Minneapolis to John and Emma Znacko Medvec. James graduated from South High School in Minneapolis. After high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force. James was united in marriage to Rita Dvorak on October 8, 1960 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Minneapolis. James retired at age 55 from the Federal Government in Quality Assurance at Honeywell. He enjoyed woodworking, softball and traveling.

James is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rita of Montgomery; children, Barbara (John) Tauzell of Rochester, Bridget (Michael) Duzey of Wauconda IL., Gregory (Brenda) Medvec of South Haven, Diane (Allen) Overturf of Maple Plain, David (Rebecca) Medvec of St. Cloud, Dan (Jane) Medvec of Lake City, and Matthew (Jennifer) Medvec of Savage; 22 grandchildren, Sarah, Anna, Justin, Andrew, Christopher, Jonathan Tauzell, Joshua and Michael Duzey, Lauren (Dillon) Dougherty, Kirsten, Hannah and Taylor Medvec, Alyssa, Joshua, Spencer and Nicholas Overturf, Sam and Will Medvec, Mitchel and Madeline Medvec, Mason, and Maxwell Medvec; 3 great-grandchildren, Isabella and Peter Tauzell, and Nora Dougherty; sister, Marie Sharpe of Minneapolis, and brother, John Medvec of Minneapolis.

James is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Eleanor Grant; brothers, Jerry Medvec and Bob Medvec.

Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Lawrence John Smisek
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Lawrence John Smisek, age 84, of Montgomery, died on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Villages of Lonsdale. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at church. Father Victor Valencia will be officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Lawrence was born on August 10, 1931 to Edward and Julia (Trnka) Smisek. He was united in marriage to Helen Kalal in Lonsdale on May 15, 1956. He worked as a sod farmer, was an insurance agent for NPCL in New Prague, and a school bus driver for many years for the Montgomery- Lonsdale schools. Lawrence was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He was proud of his Czech heritage and enjoyed playing button accordion, ice fishing, playing cards, and dancing to old time music.

Lawrence is survived by his wife of 59 years, Helen of Montgomery; children, Larry (Meg) Smisek of Palatine, IL., Bruce (Sheila) Smisek of Montgomery, Steve (Becky) Smisek of Heidelberg, Cindy (Randall) Rivers of New Prague, Laura (Wade) Hintz of New Prague, and Brenda (Tim) Budin of Le Center; 14 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and brother, Arnie (Mary) Smisek of Elko.

Lawrence is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Mathew Smisek; and five siblings.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Lyle 'Bomber' Terwedo
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Lyle “Bomber” Terwedo, age 85, of Montgomery, died on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at his home. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery with Pastor Mark Wilms officiating with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery

Lyle was born on June 27, 1930 in Hennepin County to Albert and Margaret (Laumann) Terwedo. He graduated from New Prague High School in 1950. He was united in marriage to Alvina Smisek in 1956, 2nd wife Betty Vasko in 1958, and Myrna (Athey) Anderson December 18, 1971. Lyle worked for the railroad as a section crew member for 34 years.

Lyle enjoyed watching sports, playing sports in his younger years and was very proud of the Trojans District 13 football Champions in 1949 which he was a part of, lawn mowing, helping neighbors and friends, and listening to polka music.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Myrna Terwedo of Montgomery; children, Carl Terwedo of Sturgis, Michigan, Brian (Ai) of Lansing, Michigan, Scott of Chillicothe, Illinois, Bob (Katie) of Le Sueur, and Vicki Terwedo of Sturgis, Michigan; step-children, Donna (Gary) Arndt, Diane (Paul) Bengtson, Edward (Tina) Athey, Charles (Debbie) Athey, and Larry (Anette) Athey; grandchildren, Jeni (Al) Paur, Bobby (Jessica) Haefs, Katie Booth, Lacey, Lucus, and Austin Terwedo, Makayla (James) Dawson, Andrea, Justin, and Alexis Terwedo; 22 step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren, Ava, Mason, Aidan, Arianna, Sonya, and Jovi.; 21 step great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Zvanovec of New Prague; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lyle is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Milo Laumann, Albert “Duke- Dick” Terwedo; wife, Alvina; daughter, Linda Terwedo, and step-daughter Sheryl Athey Neubauer.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Dolores Margaret Wieland
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Dolores Margaret Wieland, 80, of St. Henry, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 4, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in St. Henry with Father Chris Shofner officiating with visitation one hour prior at the church.

Dolores was born in Cleveland, MN on October 29, 1935 to Walter and Margaret (Simonett) Rohlfing. Dolores was united in marriage to Richard J. Wieland in Cleveland, MN on July 17, 1956. Dolores worked at the St. Peter Hospital, the Le Center Leader and Telex Communications.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and the St. Henry Altar Society. She enjoyed winters in Arizona, camping in Lexington, playing bingo, garage saling, and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings.

Dolores is survived by her children, Tom Wieland of Le Center, Katie (Don) Holicky of Le Center, Peggy (Doug) Stern of Wanda, Bill Wieland of Kilkenny, and Margie (Dewey) Liebl of Winnebago; grandchildren, Jesica (Nate) Kidder, Mathew Wieland, Michael (Kayla) Wieland, Adam Wieland; Gary, Larry and Jodi Holicky; Ann (Johnny) Frank, Walter (Samantha) Stern, John Stern; Dustin Wieland, Sarah (Aaron) Le Mieux, Wendi (Andy) DeGrood; Corey Liebl (special friend, Kayla Micke), Kim Liebl (special friend, Chris Braun); great-grandchildren, Kryssa Kidder, Addison Wieland, Johnny and Jacee Frank, Oliver Stern, Aiden Wieland, Summer, Emily, Joseph and Anna Le Mieux; sister, Donna Jellum of Waseca, and brother, Bill (Julie) Rohlfing of Cleveland; brother-in-law, Tony Wieland of Le Center; and special friend of the family, Debi “Bootsy” Deboodt of Kilkenny.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents; siblings, Mary Lou Rohlfing, Jean Foley, Marvin Rohlfing, and Ann Rezac; brothers-in-law, Gordon Foley, Walter Jellum and Joe Rezac.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Frank G. Koubele
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Frank G. Koubele, age 93, of Montgomery, died on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be also held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Father Victor Valencia will be celebrating the mass. Interment will be in the St. John Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery.

Frank was born on July 9, 1922 at the home farm in rural Montgomery to Frank and Anna (Cervenka) Koubele. He was a graduate of Montgomery High School in 1941. Frank was united in marriage to Alvia Zellmer on March 4, 1946 in Montgomery.

He enjoyed working on the farm, mushroom hunting, his Czech heritage, traveling, visiting, and loved spending time with his family.

Frank is survived by his wife, Alvia Koubele of Montgomery; children, Sharon Koubele of Las Vegas, NV, Carol (Jim) Turek of Burlington, KY, Connie Kopet of Le Center, and Raymond Koubele of Montgomery; 8 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister, Agnes Gammon of Las Vegas, NV.

Frank is preceded in death by daughter, Judy Gaydon; sons-in-law, Russell Kopet and Lyndon (Buck) Gaydon; granddaughter, Jessica Turek; parents; and sisters, Betty Koubele, Emma Koubele, Anna Zahratka, Mary Gregor, and Helen Hamale

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
James 'Sam' Francis Prochaska
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James “Sam” Francis Prochaska, age 67, of Montgomery, died on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Heidelberg. Funeral Service will be also held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Father Dave Barrett and Father George Grafsky will be celebrating the mass. Interment will be in the St. Scholastica Cemetery in Heidelberg.

Sam was born on August 16, 1948 in New Prague to Francis and Evelyn (Wolf) Prochaska. He graduated from Montgomery High School. Sam served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War 1968 to 1969. Sam was united in marriage to Carol Miller on May 8, 1971 at St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Heidelberg. Sam worked for the City of Montgomery for many years and also farmed.

Sam was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and farming, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Sam is survived by his wife, Carol of Montgomery; children, Brian (Roxie) Prochaska of Montgomery, and Angela Prochaska of Montgomery; grandchildren, Cory, Haylee, Gabrielle and Makayla; siblings, Kathy Prochaska of Prior Lake, Greg “Butch” (Saundra) Prochaska of China, Dan (Ann) Prochaska of Montgomery, Margo (Jack) Mauser of Cleveland, Terri Novak of Savage, Steve “Butcher” (Jeri) Prochaska of Elko New Market, Tom “Perch” (Julie) Prochaska of Montgomery, and Lisa Prochaska Sole of Kentucky; sisters-in-law, Mary Stepka of Veseli, and Jeannette Miller of Northfield; many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Sam is preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law, Jerry Stepka, and Jim Miller; mother and father-in-law, John and Elizabeth Miller; nephew, Tony Stepka; and niece, Sue Miller.

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Marie Kukacka
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Dorothy Marie Kukacka, age 77 of Le Center, died Monday, March 14 2016 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 20 from 4pm to 8pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 21 at 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Father Victor Valencia will officiate. Interment will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on September 5, 1938 in Lexington Township to Robert and Christine (Srnec) Kaisersatt. She graduated from Montgomery High School in 1955. Dorothy was united in marriage to Leon Kukacka on June 7, 1960 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery.

Dorothy was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, she was a member of TOPS for many years, enjoyed sewing, gardening, and loved her rose garden.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Leon Kukacka of Le Center; son, Tom Kukacka (Jennifer Lindholm) of Mankato; granddaughter, Jasmynn; brother-in-law, Ben Barta of Montgomery, and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Roger G. Tuma
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Roger Tuma, age 66, of Montgomery, died on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 21, 2016 from 1pm to 3 pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral service will also be held on Monday at 3 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery.

Roger was born on April 25, 1949 in New Prague to Raymond and Lorraine (Schwitzenberg) Tuma. He was united in marriage to Emily McDonald on September 26, 1980 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Roger worked at the Le Sueur Foundry from 1982 until he retired in 2006. Roger enjoyed tractor pulls, fishing, lawn cutting and gardening.

Roger is survived by his wife, Emily Tuma of Montgomery; son, James Tuma of Montgomery; sister, Marjorie Smith of London, Minnesota; some nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Maureen Tuma; and favorite little dog, Hannah.

Roger is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Robert Tuma, and Nancy Hodgeman.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Marie Duffney
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Dorothy Marie Duffney, age 85 of Lonsdale, died Friday, March 11, 2016 at The Villages of Lonsdale. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. also on Saturday. Fr. George Grafsky will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Dorothy was born on May 19, 1930 to John and Mary (Kuchynka) Zvanovec. She graduated from Montgomery High School in 1948. Dorothy was united in marriage to Ambrose Duffney on May 12, 1949 in Montgomery.

She worked at seasonal at Green Giant, 3M at Northfield, housekeeping and farming. She was a 4H leader and enjoyed gardening, grand and great-grandchildren, card playing and dancing.

Dorothy will be deeply missed by children, Shirley Pumper of Montgomery, Bonny Duffney of Woodvillo, WI., Duane (Vicky) Duffney of Montgomery, and Deb (Dave) Pederson of Lonsdale; 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leonard (Irene) Zvanovec of Montgomery, Leonard (Rhoda) Duffney of Montgomery, Arnie Kukacka of Montgomery, and Roger (JoAnn) Duffney of Washington State.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Ambrose; and her parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Marqineta 'Keta' Hogan
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Marqineta “Keta” L. Hogan, age 58 of Le Center, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Mason City, Iowa. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday March 16 at the Le Center Funeral Home. Fr. Chris Shofner will officiate the service. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center.

Marqineta was born on January 18, 1958 to Louis and Eleanor (Jackson) Hogan in Rockford, Illinois. She graduated from Waterville, Elysian, and Morristown High School in 1978. She attended Rasmussen College in Mankato. She worked for Onan in St. Peter and then later at Care in Burnsville. She loved spending time with her granddaughter and family. She enjoyed playing board and card games with her father.

Marqineta is survived by her mother, Eleanor Hogan; daughter, Rebecca (fiancé, Ryan Deutchman) Hogan of Forest City, IA; goddaughter, Joleen “Jo” Hogan of Le Center; granddaughter, Emily Forbrook; siblings, Gayle (Debbie) Hogan of Waterville, Curtis (Lois) Hogan of Waterville, Douglas Hogan of Leland, IA, Teresa (Gregory) Goettl of Le Center, Melvin (Doreen) Hogan of Le Center, and Kevin (Carol) Hogan of Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, Louis Hogan and granddaughter, Kara Louise Hogan.
Evelyn Lukes
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Evelyn Clara Lukes, age 90 of Le Center, died Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter. Celebration of Life will be at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 14 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Rev. Dan Watland will officiate the service. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at the church on Monday. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center.

Evelyn was born on February 9, 1925 to George and Minnie (Kewitsch) Scheffert in Janesville, MN. She married Alvin “Bud” Lukes on September 10, 1946 in Le Center. She was a country school teacher. She enjoyed playing cards, canning, baking, visiting friends and family, and helping at Roxie’s Daycare.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Deb (Kenny) Adams of Le Center; son-in-law, Curt Roehmildt of Le Center; grandchildren, Bradley, Sarah, and Dayna Adams, Jill (Gene) Boyd and Chris (Michelle) Roehmildt; and 8 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, “Bud” Lukes; daughter, Roxie Roehmildt; and sister, Margie Scheffert.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center.
Alvin E. Jilek
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Alvin E. Jilek, age 87 of Montgomery, died Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Three Links Care Center in Northfield. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Rev. Tom Franklin will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 11 and one hour prior to service time all at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Czech National Cemetery in New Prague.

Alvin was born on October 1, 1928 in Montgomery Twp., Le Sueur Co., MN to Edward and Millie (Vita) Jilek. He attended country school in New Prague. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Hughes on November 6, 1971 in Morristown. In his earlier years he farmed. Later, he worked for Green Giant Company. He always took pride in his job, and making friends along the way. He loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing Rummy. Alvin loved dogs, especially German Shepherds and his side kick, Scruffy.

Alvin is survived by his daughter, Amy Brown of Montgomery; granddaughter, Jazmin; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty and their beloved dog, Scruffy.
Grant Karl Anderson
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Grant Karl Anderson, 70, of Le Center, died Monday, February 29, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation 1 hour prior at the funeral home. Father Chris Shofner will be officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Grant was born on April 18, 1945 in Madison, South Dakota to Oscar and Marguerite (Benz) Anderson. He graduated from the University of South Dakota and earned his masters degree at the University of North Dakota.  He worked as a teacher at the Le Center Junior High and High School.  Grant was united in marriage to Kathryn Hass on August 31, 1968.

Among the many passions Grant had were playing and coaching baseball, gardening, pheasant hunting, writing and publishing history papers and collecting Santa figures and baseball memorabilia. He was well known for his one liners including, "I would rather wear out than rust out."

Grant is survived by his wife, Kathy Anderson of Le Center; children, Christian (Denell) of Jordan, and Tara (John) Vig of Shakopee; 7 grandchildren, Aftyn, Maddyn, Landyn, and Devyn Anderson, Hayden, Archer, and Adam Vig and brother, Terry (Gretchen Lord) Anderson of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. Www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.



 


Geraldine Vivian Bentley
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Bentley, Geraldine (Gerry) Vivian (Kruchek) age 98, of New Prague, MN, formerly of Montgomery, MN, went home to be with the Lord February 9, 2016. Memorial service February 27, 2016, 9:30 AM at Schoenbauer Funeral Home, 200 Third Street SE, Montgomery, MN, 507-357-6116. Private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred.

Survived by cousin Lavonne Dietz, Montgomery, MN; nephews, Keith (Katherine) Bentley, Plymouth, MN and James (Sue) Bentley, Henderson, NV; David Kruchek ,Little Rock, AR and Darin Kruchek, Brainerd, MN; nieces Melinda (Don) Wiedell, Duluth, MN, Rachelle (Russ) Smith, Bemidji, MN; Sheila (Ron) Paulson, Little Rock AR, and Patti (Leland) Gregor, Wahpeton, ND; nieces and nephews of four of Irvin’s brothers and other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, Irvin; her parents; and brother, Allen Kruchek.

Her family wishes to thank the staff and residents of Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center, New Prague, MN for their care and love for Gerry.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Thomas Mariska
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Thomas Mariska, age 90, of Montgomery, died on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at the church. Pastor Mark Wilms will be officiating. Interment will be in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery. Memorials are preferred.

Tom was born on October 8, 1925 in Montgomery to Thomas and Emma (Krocak) Mariska. He was a farmer all his life and also owned and operated laundry mats in Belle Plaine, Shakopee, and Minneapolis. He was united in marriage to Pomala “Pam” Wilson on November 26, 1971 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery.

Tom was very active in the Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Association. He enjoyed horseshoes, bowling, dancing, playing cards, traveling, hunting, fishing, playing the concertina, and trapshooting. He especially enjoyed being with family and friends. He was a very social person who also known for being a jokester. His Czech heritage was very important to him.

Tom is survived by his wife of 44 years, Pam Mariska; daughter, Katherine (Michael) Bosshardt of Minneapolis; granddaughter, Michelle (Daniel) Rynda of Heidelberg; great-grandchildren, Allison and Adam Rynda; nephews, Stan (Robyn) Mariska of Brooklyn Park, and John (Mary) Kotek of Beaver Dam, WI; great-nephew, Andy (Michelle) Mariska; and great-niece, Kelly (Greg) Brown.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Stanley Mariska; sister-in-law, Alice Mariska, and niece, Judy Farmer.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Brielle Marie Trcka
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Brielle Marie Trcka, infant daughter of Matthew and Rae (Stangler) Trcka was born on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Mayo Systems New Prague, died peacefully in her parents arms Monday, February 15, 2016 also at Mayo Systems New Prague. Visitation will be on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Shieldsville. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the St. Michael Cemetery in rural Montgomery.

Brielle is survived by parents, Matthew and Rae Trcka of Montgomery; grandparents, Rodney Stangler of Veseli, and Amy (Dave) Peterson of Montgomery, and Karen and Dennis Trcka of Montgomery; great-grandparents, Phil and Linda Rueger, Shirley Trcka and Ruth Gaul, and Jim and Bernadine Peterson; aunts and uncles, Brianna (Kevin) Braith, Haylee Stangler, Terri Peterson, Tyrel Peterson, Jessica (Luke) Bach, and Amy (Karl) Heinbuch; cousin, Kaleb Braith, and many other relatives.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Sheryl B. Neubauer
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Sheryl B. Neubauer, age 52 of Montgomery, died Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague. Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Rev. Mark Wilms will officiate.

Sheryl was born on October 4, 1963 to Francis and Myrna Athey in Ortonville, MN. Sheryl graduated from Montgomery Lonsdale High School in 1982, Mankato Technical School in Human Services in 1983, Faribault Technical School as an LPN in 1987, and continued her education at Normandale College for an RN.

She married Roger G. Neubauer at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery on October 1, 2005. She worked as a nurse for 28 years. She recently was working at the American Legion in Montgomery. She enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Sheryl is survived by her husband, Roger; mother, Myrna (Lyle) Terwedo of Montgomery; children, Jim Neubauer of Rochester, Dan (Angie) Neubauer of Le Center, Mike (Jennifer) Neubauer of Le Center, Ryan Neubauer of Montgomery, and Damon (Sara) Athey of Fort Polk, LA; siblings, Donna (Gary) Arnt of Beardsley, MN, Diane (Paul) Bengtson of Washburn, ND, Edward (Tina) Athey of Montevideo, MN, Charlie (Debbie) Athey of Montgomery, Larry (Annette) Athey of West Concord, MN, and Bob (Katie) Terwedo of Le Sueur; grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Alexis, Emma, Jacob Neubauer, and Cooper Athey.

She is preceded in death by her father, Francis, and grandson, Joshuah Neubauer.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Mary Ann Krautkremer
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Mary Ann Krautkremer, age 92 of Montgomery, died Friday, February 5, 2016 at Traditions of Montgomery. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Monday, February 8, 2016 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. also on Monday. Fr. George Grafsky will officiate. Burial will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in rural Montgomery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Mary Ann was born on March 8, 1923 in Belle Plaine Township to Peter and Anna (Bartusek) Neisen. She was united in marriage to Alvin L. Krautkremer on June 30, 1942 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Union Hill. For the next seven years the family farmed in the Jordan area and operated a country store and bar in Augusta, Minnesota in Carver County. In 1949 they purchased a farm south of Montgomery where Mary Ann lived until her move to Traditions in Montgomery in 2009.

She worked at Green Giant for many summers. Mary Ann was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, member of the Arts and Heritage Association, Senior Citizens club, very active in the CCW and also was an active volunteer at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. She loved playing cards, crocheting, gardening, and baking. She was a farmer and a farmer’s wife, helping with chores and always interested in what was going on in the fields.

Mary Ann is survived by children, Sr. Connie Krautkremer Maryknoll Missions of New York, Dennis (Cindy) Krautkremer of Montgomery, Gene (Linda) Krautkremer of Montgomery, and LaDonna (Dennis) Cullen of Anacortis, WA; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Verena Deutsch of Shakopee, Jane Busch of New Prague, and Armella (Joe) Holden of New Prague; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Julia Krautkremer of New Prague, Gladys Busch of New Prague, and Rosella (Severin) Riesgraf of Belle Plaine; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by husband, Alvin in 2003; parents; brothers, Andrew and Herman; and sister, Clara Giesen.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Roger William 'Fidget' Dvorak
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Roger William “Fidget” Dvorak, 68, of Le Center, died Thursday, January 28, 2016 at his home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home concluding with a prayer service by Father David Barrett with military honors by the Montgomery Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Fidget was born December 21, 1947 in New Prague to William and Carolyn (Dietz) Dvorak. He graduated from Montgomery High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. Fidget was united in marriage to Dianna K. Eichler at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery in 1971. Fidget enjoyed his family, horses, dogs, ice fishing and nature.

Fidget is survived by his wife, Dianna Dvorak of Le Center; children, Michael Roger Dvorak of Le Center, Andrew Roger Dvorak of Cleveland, and Kelli Dvorak-Kielty of Kasota; grandson, Nathan Bradley Kielty; mother, Carolyn Dvorak of Montgomery; and brother, Kurt (Joy Svoboda) Dvorak of Montgomery.

Fidget is preceded in death by his father, William Dvorak; and sister Faye.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Stanley Busta
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Stanley William Busta, age 83 of Montgomery, passed away Friday morning, January 22, 2016 at the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery from 2 pm to 5 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 1, 2016 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. Lunch will follow burial at the American Legion in Montgomery.

Stan was born on November 18, 1932 in Montgomery to James and Anna (Kaderlik) Busta. He served in the US Army during the Korean conflict. He worked as a custodian for the Montgomery School District for several years. After that service he worked as a custodian for Most Holy Redeemer Church and School. He also served as a guide/ instructor/ teacher of bowling to a great many Montgomery children. “Roll the ball, roll the ball.” After his retirement he enjoyed gambling bus trips and visits to many establishments in Montgomery. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and Knights of Columbus.

Stan is survived by his cousin, Helen (Kaderlik) Drentlaw, who he called his sister. He is also survived by Kenneth Drentlaw, Connie White Tupy, Jeremy Drentlaw, Annette White, Jason Drentlaw, Jacob Drentlaw; and special friends, Garry and Gloria Quance , and numerous relatives and friends.

Stan is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Milo Busta, and sister, Evelyn (Busta) Bily.

Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome .com.

 
Rosemary Margaret VonBank
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Rosemary Margaret VonBank, age 84 of New Prague, died Friday, January 22, 2016 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. also on Saturday. Fr. Victor Valencia will officiate. Burial will be at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery in New Prague.

Rosemary Margaret (Geiger) VonBank was the first-born child of Elmer and Alvina (Peters) Geiger. She was born at home on October 17, 1931 on a farm that her parents rented just east of New Prague during the Great Depression. They along with her siblings grew up on 4 other farms near the Jordan, St. Joe and Webster Minnesota area.

Rosemary was united in marriage to James VonBank on October 25, 1949. While raising 11 children, and gardening, she worked at various places including Anthony’s Department store and in the late 1990's she opened her own health food store Rosemary’s Garden, in Montgomery, MN. She later moved her store location to Main Street New Prague near the bakery. She truly enjoyed baking for family, friends and her regular customers of her kolackys and fruit pies at local farmers markets including the location in New Prague.

Rosemary is survived by her children, Linda (Ron) Deutsch of Hampshire IL, Greg (Connie) Montgomery, Terry of New Prague, Sandy (Mark) Scheffler of New Prague, Tom (Jana) of Savage, Diane Schmitt of Buffalo, MN, Jeff (special friend Camille) of Northfield, Kevin (Carol) of New Prague, and Bill of Prior Lake; daughter-in-law, Karen VonBank of New Prague; 34 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; siblings, Donald (Dorothy) Geiger of New Prague, LeRoy (Jean) Geiger of New Prague, Carol Ann Turner of Bokeelia FL, and Jim (Sharon) Geiger of New Prague.

Rosemary was preceded in death by parents; son, Steve VonBank in January 2014, daughter, Nancy Simon in May 1996; granddaughter, Candace Simon in June 1993, and infant grandsons, Michael, and Joseph VonBank; great-grandchild, Jase Simon.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
John Francis Vyskocil
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John Francis Vyskocil, 72, of Montgomery, died Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Mayo Health Systems in Rochester. Visitation will be Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will also be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will be at a later date.

John was born on June 13, 1943 in Montgomery to Edward F. and Agnes (Janouch) Vyskocil. He was a graduate of Montgomery High School and served in the U.S. Navy. John was united in marriage to Fern Foster on April 11, 1964 in Montgomery.

John enjoyed fishing and hunting with family, was a good family man, loved all animals, had a contagious laugh and had a twinkle in his eye. He also loved his work as an auto mechanic.

John is survived by his wife, Fern Vyskocil of Montgomery; daughters, Lisa (Kevin) Spieker of Bingham Lake, Stephanie Harvey-Vyskocil of Olean, New York and Jennifer Vyskocil of Montgomery; grandchildren, Emily and Sarah Speiker, and Amanda Richardson; siblings; Don (Sandra) Vyskocil of Coon Rapids, Mildred Hallet of Faribault, Viola (Walter) Kelsey of Faribault, and Mary Lou (Charles) Schmitz of Faribault.

John is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Henry, Alvin, George, Edward and Raymond; sisters, Irene Covey, and Elsie Boldt.

Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery Area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Rita Marjorie Minars
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Rita Marjorie Minars, age 74 of Le Center, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at her home. Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center on Saturday, January 23 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at the church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Fr. Victor Valencia will officiate.
Rita was born in Cleveland on July 31, 1941 to Clair and Frances (Simonette) Thomas. She was united in marriage to Richard Minars on September 24, 1960 and to Thomas Blaschko March 10, 2002. Rita was a VFW Auxiliary member and enjoyed fishing, cooking, canning, gardening, playing cards, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Debbie (Bob) Claffey of Le Center, and Melissa (Tony) Dobmeier of Le Center; grandchildren, Jimmy (Kayla) Claffey, Rachel Claffey, Cameron, Calob, and Rylyn Dobmeier; and a great-grandchild arriving in May of 2016; siblings, Jerry (Mary) Thomas of Belle Plaine, Pat (Harold) Hobday of St. Peter, Janet (Roger) Krenik of Mankato, and Kathleen (Lenny) Tiede of Montgomery; brother-in-law, Pete Glynn of Rochester; half-brother and half-sister, Robert (Diane) Thomas of St. Peter and LouAnn (Eddy) Chestnut of South Carolina, and Rita’s dog, Peanut.
Rita is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Dick in 1988, and Tom in 2003; son, Ricky Minars in 2009; siblings, Jim Thomas, Jack Thomas, Mary Coughlan, Ruth Leighton, and Joan Glynn.
Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Virginia 'Ginny' Thomas
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Virginia “Ginny” Thomas, age 83 of Montgomery, died Monday, January 11, 2016 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at St. Scholastica Cemetery in Heidelberg.

Ginny was born on January 15, 1932 in Hopkins to Leon and Helen Moes. She was a graduate of Hopkins High School and also went to the U of M. Ginny was united in marriage to Frank Thomas on August 22, 1959 in Hopkins.

Ginny is survived by her husband, Frank Thomas of Montgomery; children, Jeannine Mogan of Chanhassen, Michael Thomas of Duluth, Colleen (Michael) Traxler of New Prague, and Daniel (Sharon) Thomas of Burnsville; grandchildren, Kyle Mogan, Melissa Vining, John Traxler, Sally Traxler, Tommy Traxler, and Matthew Thomas.

Ginny is preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Patsy Ruth Griffith
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Patsy Ruth Griffith, 66, of Montgomery, died Monday, January 4, 2016 at her home in Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m.

Patsy was born on April 19, 1949 to Robert and Helen (O’Leary) Nelson in Fort Knox, Kentucky. She was a graduate of Elgin, Illinois High School, served in the United States Army and was united in marriage to Tony Griffith on April 21, 1969 in Illinois. She enjoyed gardening, reading and needle work.

Patsy is survived by her husband, Tony Griffith of Montgomery; sons, Anthony Robert Griffith, and Chad Anthony Carr Griffith; daughter-in-law, Jill; grandson, Devon; brother, Wayne Nelson; sister, Linda; half-brother, Mike Holman, and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.
Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery Area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Glenn Richard Tuma
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Glenn Richard Tuma, age 84, of Montgomery, died on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at his home in Rural Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 11, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Glenn was born on November 8, 1931 in Erin Township to Valentine and Justine (Dreyer) Tuma. He was united in marriage to Agnes Dorzinsky on June 7, 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lexington. He and Agnes farmed all his life in Erin Township.
He was a director of the Erin Township School Board District 1807, Montgomery Co-op Creamery, Le Sueur County DHIA, Citizens State Bank, Rural American Bank, and Frandsen Bank and Trust, volunteered at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, and was a member of the Montgomery Area Community Club, Czech Area Concertina Club, and the Farmers Union. He enjoyed music, especially Czech songs and concertina music, dancing, travelling domestic and international, fishing, playing cards and spending time with children and grandchildren.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Agnes Tuma of Montgomery; sons, Jeffrey Tuma of Montgomery, and Brian (Rebecca) Tuma of Cordova, Nebraska; grandchildren, Chloe and Zachary Tuma, and Jacob and Amberlyn Tuma; brothers-in-law, Edmund Dorzinski of Le Center, and Frank (Carol) Dorzinsky of St. Peter, and many other family and friends.

Glenn is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Helen (John) David, and Evelyn (Edward) Peroutka.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Reuben Harvey Svoboda
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Reuben Harvey Svoboda, 82, of Montgomery, died Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at his home. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral services will be on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at a later date.

Reuben was born on June 22, 1933 in Derrynane Township to Joe and Elizabeth (Schultz) Svoboda in the same Svoboda farm house as his father. He attended Lanesburg and Giesen country schools and graduated in 1951 from Montgomery High School. He then began farming with his parents. He was united in marriage to Carol Jean Erkel on September 16, 1954 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Le Center. They dairy farmed by Lexington and then moved to the George Wondra farm a mile east.

He enjoyed his mules, and gave many rides. For 19 years he drove for the Friendship Wagon Train to raise money for their camp, he also drove for the Le Sueur County Fair, Pioneer Power, weddings, parties and just for fun. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was diagnosed 7-1/2 years ago with Myeloma Cancer and was given 1 to 3 months to live. He tried a new drug which gave him these extra years and he wished to thank all who helped in anyway.

Reuben is survived by his wife, Carol Svoboda of Montgomery; children, Wayne R. Svoboda of New Prague, and Ruth A. (Svoboda) (special friend, Ron Pomije) Hoefs of Le Center; grandchildren, Jena L. (Hoefs) (John) Riley, and John Thomas Hoefs; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Jane, and Jean Riley; siblings, Bernice (Wayne) Bohnsack of Savage, and Lloyd C. (Peggy) Svoboda of New Prague; step-siblings, Patsy Lande of Le Center, and LeRoy (Doris) Tiede of Le Center; brother and sister-in-law, Floyd (Ellen) Erkel of Le Center; many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father Joe, mother, Elizabeth (Svoboda) Tiede; mother and father-in-law, Ervin “Ole” and Pearl Erkel.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Richard John “Dick” Wieland
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Richard John “Dick” Wieland, 82, of St. Henry, died Friday, January 1, 2016 at Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center concluding with a prayer service by the Knights of Columbus at 6:45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in St. Henry with visitation 1 hour prior at the church. Burial will be at St. Henry Cemetery. Lunch will follow at St. Mary’s Social Hall in Le Center.
Richard was born on the family farm (Est. 1889) in Sharon Township near St. Henry on July 15, 1933 to Joseph A. and Lucy M. (Traxler) Wieland. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Alaska from 1954 to 1956. Richard was united in marriage to Dolores Rohlfing in Cleveland, MN on July 17, 1956. Richard farmed and also worked as a rural mail carrier for Le Center.
He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and Catholic Order of Foresters. He enjoyed camping, spending time in Arizona during Minnesota winters with his wife, spending time with family and friends, loved dancing, and old time and country music, and feeding and watching birds.
Richard is survived by his wife, Dolores Wieland, of St. Henry; children, Tom Wieland of Le Center, Katie (Don) Holicky of Le Center, Peggy (Doug) Stern of Wanda, Bill Wieland of Kilkenny, and Margie (Dewey) Liebl of Winnebago; brother, Tony Wieland of Le Center; grandchildren, Jesica (Nate) Kidder, Mathew Wieland, Michael (Kayla) Wieland, Adam Wieland; Gary, Larry and Jodi Holicky; Ann (Johnny) Frank, Walter (Samantha) Stern, John Stern; Dustin Wieland, Sarah (Aaron) LeMieux, Wendi (Andy) DeGrood; Corey Liebl (special friend, Kayla Micke), Kim Liebl (special friend, Chris Braun); great-grandchildren, Kryssa Kidder, Addison Wieland, Johnny and Jacee Frank, Oliver Stern, Aiden Wieland, Summer, Emily, Joseph and Anna LeMieux; sister-in-law, Donna Jellum of Waseca, and brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Julie Rohlfing of Cleveland; and special friend of the family, Debi “Bootsy” Deboodt of Kilkenny.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and father- and mother-in-law, Walter and Margaret Rohlfing; sisters, Mary Lou (Arnie) Hannigan, Alice (Ed) Balk; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Bonnie Wieland, Mary Lou Rohlfing, Jean (Gordon) Foley, Walter Jellum, Marvin Rohlfing, and Ann (Joe) Rezac.
Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Area Honor Guard
Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Rose Malecha
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Rose Malecha, age 86, of Montgomery, died Sunday, January 3, 2016 at mayo Health Systems in New Prague after a brief illness. Visitation will be held Friday, January 8th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Mass of Christian burial following at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Montgomery, MN.

Rose Mary Louise was born in Credit River, Minnesota to Paul and Catherine (Schmitz) Ehlers on January 20, 1929. Rose graduated from Prior Lake High School in 1946 and was united in marriage to Joseph V. Malecha on June 15, 1946 in St. Peter’s Catholic Church near Credit River. She was a long-time employee at the Munsingwear plant in Montgomery, where she worked until it closed in the early 1980’s. After that, Rose and her husband, Joe, spent many years working as dedicated employees at the Montgomery Medical Clinic and the American Legion Club. Rose “officially” retired in 2003.

Rose was a devoted member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading, watching old movies and putting together puzzles and for many years was involved with the American Legion Auxiliary, Ladies VFW Auxiliary, DAV and CCW. She was especially proud of her grandchildren.

Rose is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Evelyn, Frances Benkovics, Edwin, John, Alvin, Paul, and Earl; loving husband, Joe; and son, Dr. Myron Malecha.

She is survived by her daughter, Jeannie (Mel) Malecha of New Prague; son, Gary (Linda) of Portland, Oregon; daughter-in-law, Cathy of Isanti; seven grandchildren, Steve Chesney, Lisa (Matthew) Thomas, Joe (Stephanie), Matthew (Jennifer), Katie, Craig (Lia) and Scott (Sherry) Malecha, one step-grandson, Eric Odegaared, and four great-grandchildren, Erinne Chesney, Carter, Colin and Julianne Malecha and sister-in-law, Ludy Malecha of Princeton.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Irene T. Gramling
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Irene T. Gramling, age 80 of Le Center, died Monday, January 4, 2016 at the Benedictine Living Community of St. Peter. Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center on Thursday, January 7 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Funeral Service will follow the visitation at the church at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Fr. Chris Shofner will officiate.

Irene was born in Mantorville, MN on August 31, 1935 to Patrick and Lorena B. (O’Connor) O’Leary. She graduated from high school in St. Paul, then married Earl T. Gramling on June 26, 1954 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Paul.

Irene was a member of the St. Mary’s CCW, American Legion Auxiliary, and the church choir. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, and enjoyed playing cards.

She is survived by her husband, Earl T. Gramling of Le Center; three children, Teri (Pat) Pribyl of New Prague, Peggy (Brian) Saeger of Shakopee, and Dave (Julia) Gramling of Le Center; 12 grandchildren; and 24 great grandchildren.

Irene is preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; and one brother.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Donald Eisert
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Donald Edward Eisert, age 73, of Savage, formerly of Montgomery, died on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at St. Gertrudes Health and Rehab Center in Shakopee. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Military Honors memorial service provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Supper to follow at American Legion from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Don was born on October 10, 1942 in Montgomery to Ervin and Helen (Trinka) Eisert. Don graduated from Montgomery High School and Minnesota School of Business in Computer Programming. He served in the United States Navy in the Airborne Division and during the Vietnam War. Don was united in marriage to Rose Blank on December 16, 1967 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. He worked as a computer programmer for United Power in Elk River, Continental Machines in Savage, and St. Louis County in Duluth.

Don was a member of the Montgomery American Legion, Montgomery VFW, Montgomery Lions Club, Holy Redeemer Church and School. He was very active in the Montgomery Community. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, his dog Duke, spending time with his family and friends, reading, and crypto quips.

Don is survived by his wife, Rose Eisert of Savage; children, Deb (Brad) Ristow of Ellsworth, WI, Diana Eisert of Blaine, Steve (Erin Mulligan) Eisert of Minneapolis, Tom (Missy) Eisert of Montgomery, and Karen Eisert (Chris Tidemann) of Minneapolis; 6 grandchildren, Alex, Luke, Abbey, and Zach Ristow, Braydon, and Kale Eisert.

He is preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Fred David; siblings, Fred, Leona Moravec, and Jim.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Sandra Judith Goettl
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Sandra Judith Goettl, 77 of Le Center, died on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 in Le Center. Visitation will be on Monday, December 28, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Father Chris Shofner officiating. Visitation one hour prior will be at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Sandra was born on August 8, 1938 in Mankato to Hadley and LaVerne (Klingle) Smith. Sandra was a 1957 graduate of Mankato High School. Sandra was united in marriage to Roger Frank Goettl on June 4, 1957 in Mankato.

Sandra was an American Legion Auxiliary member and also a member of the St. Mary’s CCW. She enjoyed lots of reading, cooking and playing bingo.

Sandra is survived by her husband, Roger Goettl of Le Center; children, Scott (Sue) Goettl of Burnsville, Cathy (Steve) Thielbar of Faribault, Greg (Teresa) Goettl of Le Center, Lisa (Chuck) Holicky of Kilkenny, and Tammy Goettl of Eagan; 11 grandchildren; 9-1/2 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Sue Smith of Henderson, NV, 1 niece, and 1 nephew, many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by parents, step-father, George Washburn, and brother, Dale Smith.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
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Marietta P. O'Brien
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Marietta P. O’Brien, age 85 of Montgomery, died Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at her home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 28 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Fr. George Grafsky will officiate. Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, December 27 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and will continue one hour prior to Mass at church on Monday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Marietta was born on February 25, 1930 to Joseph and Mary (Petricka) Hruby in Montgomery. She graduated from Montgomery High School. She married Robert O’Brien on September 8, 1951 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. She was involved with Meals on Wheels, MVAC for fuel assistance, many local card clubs, and the county Extension program. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Marietta is survived by her children, Connie (Joe) Daleiden of Lonsdale, Diane Pitan of Morristown, Jim (Kathy) O’Brien of Kilkenny, and Laurie (Andy) Zimprich of Le Sueur; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brother, Clarence Hruby of Montgomery; sister, JoAnn (Jack) Holomek of Montgomery; brother-in-law, Jerome (Cleo) O’Brien of Isle, MN; sister-in-law, Pauline O’Brien of New Prague, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Betty Hruby; husband, Robert O’Brien; sister, Eleanor Kauffmann; sister-in-law, Dorothy Hruby, and son-in-law, Cary Pitan.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Joan Clara McCabe
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Joan Clara McCabe, 87 of Le Center, died on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at her daughter’s home in Le Center. Visitation will be on Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on December 21 also at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior. Father Chris Shofner will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland.

Joan was born on January 27, 1928 to Sam and Marguerite (Doran) Biehn in Mankato. She was a graduate from Cleveland High School and Mankato Commercial College. Joan was united in marriage to Gordon McCabe on January 6, 1951 at Marysburg Catholic Church.

Joan was a member of the Altar Society at Church of the Nativity in Cleveland, and the CCW of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Joan and husband Gordon were the first Grand Marshalls of Le Center’s St. Patrick’s Celebration. She also hosted a traditional Sunday breakfast each week for her family and friends.

Joan is survived by children, Terry (Mame) McCabe of Le Center, Sheila (Jerry) Swan of Le Center, Ann (Phil) Kortuem of Madison Lake, Shannon (Kevin) Baker of Madison Lake, and Brian (Laura) McCabe of Le Center; honorary daughter, Laurie (Wayne) Armstrong of Waseca; 23 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Lois McCabe of Cleveland, and Dorothy Biehn of Circle Pines, and many other relatives and friends.

Joan is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gordon McCabe in 2005; brothers, Hilaire, and Lawrence Biehn.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
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Terry Jay Hinze
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Terry Jay Hinze, age 55, of Montgomery, died on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family after an 11 month battle with cancer. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 14, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Janesville with visitation 1 hour prior at the church, Rev. Larry Griffin will officiate. Interment will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery.

Terry was born on December 2, 1960 in Waseca to Kenneth and Loretta (Rux) Hinze. He graduated from Janesville High School in 1979 and Mankato State in 1983 with a Bachelors Degree. Terry was united in marriage to Pam Harter in Waseca on March 27, 1993. Terry worked as a Territory Sales Manager for 29 years for Air Quality Engineering. He enjoyed fishing, coaching, all aspects of basketball and being with his family.

Terry is survived by his loving wife, of 22 years Pam Hinze of Montgomery; sons, Hunter of Mankato, and Ryan of Montgomery; parents, Kenneth and Loretta Hinze; siblings, Kenda (Dale) Bruflodt of Elko, Trinette (Troy) Risting of Eagle Lake, Darin (Jodi) Hinze of Janesville , and Travis (Trisha) Hinze of Lakeville; many nieces and nephews.

Terry is preceded in death by his grandparents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Gene Claffey
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Gene Claffey, 92, passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny.

Gene was born on March 2, 1923 in Kilkenny to Francis and Grace (Doyle) Claffey. He was a graduate of Montgomery High School in 1941. Gene was united in marriage to Doris Loftus on May 26, 1945 at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny. She has been the love of his life for 70+ years. Gene and Doris lived in Kilkenny from 1945 to 1987 after retiring from farming in 1981 he worked at Green Giant for 11 years. They then moved to Le Center in 1987. Gene was a member of the Le Center Community Club, and St. Mary’s KC’s. He also enjoyed playing cards with friends and family.

Gene is survived by his wife, Doris Claffey of Le Center; children, Carol (Norm) Linnell of Hudson, WI., Linda (George) Martin of Colorado Springs, CO., Mary (Tom) Bezdichek of Brookings, SD., and Joyce (Bill) Bezdichek of Roseville, MN.; grandchildren, Susan Linnell, Tom Linnell, Jeff Martin, Katie Gonzalez, Jodi Cross, Michael Bezdichek, Annie Stratton, Jason Bezdichek, Amy Bezdichek and Megan Bezdichek, and 9 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by, parents; grandson, Brian Bezdichek; brothers, Clayton Claffey and Jerome Claffey.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Charles Louis Traxler
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Charles Louis Traxler, age 86, of Le Center, MN. Visitation is on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be on Friday, December 11 at 10 a.m. St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Burial at the Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Born March 6, 1929 and passed away December 7, 2015 from complications of Parkinson’s and heart failure.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, son’s Mark (Barb), Greg (Ann), David (Lady), his daughter Michelle, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He spent his professional career in the banking business and was the Chairman/CEO of the First National Bank of Le Center, MN. He served in the US Navy on board the USS Brownson from 1948-1952. He attended Le Center Public High School.

He was involved in many organizations including: The American Legion, member and past Commander of VFW Post 1803, Minnesota Bankers Assoc., and sporting memberships with Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. He was an avid hunter and believed in land conservation.

Chuck is remembered for his sense of humor, his integrity, kindness, devotion to God and love of family, friends, and his country.

The family wishes to thank all of his caregivers for their attention to the details of his care.

Military honors provided by the Le Center Area Veterans Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.


Joanie Marie Ruff
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Joanie Marie Ruff, 72 of Le Center, died on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at her home in Le Center. Visitation will be on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with Funeral at 11 a.m. Rev. Arne Jessen will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Union Cemetery in Le Center.

Joanie was born on November 4, 1943 to Wilbur “Bill” and Lorraine (Ballard) Thomas in St. Paul. She was united in marriage on November 4, 1983 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center to Ellsworth “Alex” Ruff. She enjoyed going to the family resort and fishing, trips to the casino, sitting on the sun porch reading, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by children, Kim Bonds of Faribault, Debbie (Richard) Madson of Kilkenny, Sharon Wolf of Waterville, and Billy Hartman of St. Paul; step-children, Rocky Ruff of Brainerd, Robbyn Ruff of Fargo, ND, and Sheila Ruff-Lutz (Dave) of Cologne; grandchildren, Arlen (Camille Schuster) Bonds, Dustin Wieland, Sarah (Aaron) LeMieux, Wendi (Andrew) DeGrood, Curtis Madson (fiancée, Jessie Bellcourt), Tina Madson, Billy Madson, Kaleena Wolf, Larissa (Steven) Nguyen, and Violet Hartman; many great-grandchildren, and sister, Sharon Zwirn of Le Center

Joanie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ellsworth “Alex” Ruff; son-in-law, Dale Wolf, and grandson, Jacob Wolf.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Faye Caroline Brown
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Faye Caroline Brown, age 80 of Montgomery, died Monday, November 23, 2015 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the church on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 5 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Rev. Mark Wilms will officiate. Interment will be in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Faye was born on February 2, 1935 to Irvin and Ellis (Lentfer) Pettit in Harrison Twp., Jewell County, Kansas. She graduated from Burr Oak Kansas High School in 1952 as valedictorian. On November 3, 1956 she married Billy Brown in Yuma, AZ. They made their home in Montgomery, MN. She was an active mom and was a talented seamstress. She enjoyed working with the livestock on the farm and traveling to various places around the world.

Faye is survived by her husband, Billy; daughters, Renee (Robert Goodell) Brown of Coon Rapids, MN and Marlene (Steve) Pearce of Gilbert, AZ; granddaughter, Madeline Goodell; grandson, Niklas Pearce; siblings, Russell Pettit of Lubbock, TX, David (Virginia) Pettit of Mankato, KS and Dixie (Ron) West of Manhattan, KS.

She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Paul Pettit, Alan Pettit and Phyllis Schutte.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauers.com.
Richard John Kukacka
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Richard John Kukacka, age 81, of New Prague, died on Friday, November 27, 2015 in Big Lake peacefully in his sleep. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Richard was born on May 1, 1934 in Montgomery on the family farm to Edward and Rose (Krenik) Kukacka. He graduated from Montgomery High School. He was drafted into the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne and served for one tour. Richard was united in marriage to Mary Delores Srnec on September 7, 1963 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery and worked as a heavy equipment operator for 43 years.

He was a member of the local 49ers Union and enjoyed raising cattle, polka dancing, old time music, his flower gardens, and watching birds outside his picture window.

Richard is survived by his loving children, Charles (Linda) Kukacka of New Richmond, WI., Lori Kukacka of Big Lake and Jim (Vicky) Kukacka of Le Sueur; grandchildren, Michael, Amy, Emily and Matthew Kukacka, many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Richard is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Delores; parents; daughter, Christine Marie in infancy; and brother, Donald Kukacka.

Military Honors provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Ellsworth 'Alex' Lyle Ruff
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Ellsworth “Alex” Lyle Ruff, 70 of Le Center, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with Funeral at 11 a.m. Rev. Arne Jessen will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Union Cemetery in Le Center.

Alex was born on June 15, 1945 to Henry and Gladys (Osterman) Ruff in Arlington. He was united in marriage for 35 years to Joanie Thomas. Worked as a skilled laborer at Unimin in Ottawa for many years. Alex enjoyed fishing at his family’s resort in Richmond, MN. He enjoyed being outdoors, grilling and spending time with his family.

Alex is survived by his wife, Joanie of Le Center; his children Rocky Ruff of Brainerd, Robbyn Ruff of Fargo ND, Sheila Ruff-Lutz (Dave) of Cologne; Grand Children, Cody (Rachael) Ruff of Bismarck, ND and Cameron Ruff of Cologne; great granddaughter, Lucy Ruff of Bismarck, ND; step children, Debbie, Kim, Sharon and Billy, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Brothers, Harvey (Sue) Ruff of Kasota, Paul (Norma) Ruff of Texas, Hiney Ruff of Henderson; sister, Evie (Bill) Aul of Bloomington; sister in-law, Janet Ruff of Le Center, and many extended family and friends.

Alex is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Gladys; his two infant sons Scott and Dustin Ruff; brothers George Ruff, Walter Ruff, Carl Ruff; sisters Verna Drescher and Selma Ruff.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
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Fletcher “Randy” Raymond Foote
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Fletcher “Randy” Raymond Foote, age 53, of Montgomery, died on Friday, November 27, 2015 at Mayo Systems Hospital New Prague. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date.

Randy was born on July 12, 1962 in Middlebury, Vermont to Fletcher Edgar and Sandra Mabel (Gerry) Foote. Randy graduated from High School in 1980. Randy was was united in marriage to Dana Locher in Pensacola, Fl. on August 29, 1981. He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years active duty and built a career in cryptological security systems in the military, after retiring from the military he continued his career in home securities and home improvements.

Randy fulfilled his life by enjoying the simple things. His passions included anything outdoors in nature, hunting, fishing and he also enjoyed playing cards, pool, and dart league. He was a proud father of 4 and grandfather of 7. He spent much time with his friends and family that he loved dearly.

Randy is survived by his wife, Dana Foote of Montgomery; children, Fletcher “Eric” (Christina) Foote of Houston, MN., Melissa Foote (Shaun Rosik) of Lake City, Megan Drentlaw of Northfield and Andrea Foote of New Prague; grandchildren, Lillian, Fletcher “Jayden” and Camilla Foote, Alarick and Nickolai Lesmeister, and Kira and Ryder Drentlaw; sisters, Becky Mashak of Vermont, Betsy Foote of Vermont and Bonnie Bathalon of LaCrosse, WI.

Randy is preceded in death by his parents.

Military Honors provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Milo John Vavra
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Milo John Vavra, 82, of Le Center, died Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be Monday, November 16, at the Le Center Funeral Home from 4 - 8 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, November 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Milo was born on October 1, 1933 to Fred and Anna (Holey) Vavra in Le Center. Milo served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Ann (Fix) Vavra in Hinckley, MN on September 12, 1959. Milo worked at the Ford Assembly Plant for 35 years and also farmed.

He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and United Auto Workers. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, reading, playing cards, and playing pull tabs.

Milo is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Le Center; children, Teresa (Don) Minni of St. Paul, James of Milaca, Brenda (Mike) Pittman of Faribault, Cynthia (Tom) Widmer of Le Center, Thomas (Jessie) of Le Center, Annette (Shawn) Yoraway of Loretto, Peter (Lesley) of Le Center and Rose (Dan) Gulbranson of Chaska; grandchildren, Leigh, Kyle, Anna (Jimmie), Crystal, Kayla, Stephanie, Trisha, Matthew, Jenna (David), Jon (Lynn), Tim (Michelle), Tricia (Nick), Todd (Meagan), Josie, Brandi (Leland Jr.), Austin, Jack, Claire, Megan, Lilly, Logan, Adam, and Oakley; great-grandchildren, Nevaeh, Ashton, James, Luke, Lucy, Ashlyn, and Payton; siblings, Chuck Vavra of Le Center and Shirley (Joe) Kopet of Shakopee; sister-in-law, Bonnie Vavra of Redwing; brothers and sisters-in-law, John Fix Jr., Mary Klar-Davis, Andy Helmbrecht, Josephine (Lee) Knutson, Margaret Plasek, and Joe (Sharon) Fix, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Milo is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Bev (nee Evans); siblings, Fred (Pat), George, Lucille (Roy) Schmidt, Ben (Deon), Stanley, and Geraldine (Bill) Lerbs, and great-granddaughter, Aurora Jean Love.

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Mary Lois (Dodie) Heilman
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Mary Lois (Dodie) Heilman, age 87, of Le Center, died on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center and one hour prior at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center on Thursday. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, located southwest of Le Center.

Dodie was born on July 20, 1928 to Silas and Lena (Kiewtsch) Sieveke. Dodie was united in marriage to Louis Heilman on June 6, 1949 in Le Center. They made their home on a farm northeast of Le Center. Dodie greatly enjoyed teaching country school near Le Sueur for many years. Through the years she also worked at Green Giant, the Le Sueur County Treasurers Office and Casey’s General Store. She also enjoyed teaching religious instruction, Sunday school and participating in the church choir. She was a member of the ALCW, VFW Post 1803 and American Legion Club 108.

Dodie is survived by her children, Robert (Sheryl) Heilman, Connie (Gary) Johnson, Dave (Tina) Heilman and Julie (Ron) Factor; along with her pride and joy, her 12 grandchildren and their spouses and 22 great-grandchildren.

Dodie was preceded in death by a grandchild, Corey Max Johnson; her husband, Louis Heilman; brother, Robert Sieveke and her parents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.

Arthur Theodore Weiers
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Arthur Theodore Weiers, age 82, of Montgomery, died on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, MN. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and will continue one hour prior at the funeral home on Wednesday . Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Arthur was born on May 30, 1933 in Derrynane Township to Albert and Mary (Solheid) Weiers. He graduated from New Prague High School. Arthur was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Phillips on June 1, 1957 at Nativity Church in St. Paul. Arthur was a self employed truck driver for Weiers Trucking.
He was a member of the American Legion, Montgomery Park Board, Holy Redeemer Parish Council, Minnesota over 60 Band and the Montgomery Community Band and also coached baseball and hockey. He enjoyed music, played the trombone, piano and accordion, enjoyed sports especially baseball , also enjoyed gardening and woodworking.

Arthur is survived by his children, Dale Weiers of Montgomery, Mark (Debra Beilke) Weiers of Savage and Gary (Jane) Weiers of Faribault; 4 grandchildren, Ted (Andrea) and Nick Weiers and Jordan and Chloe Weiers; sisters, Jean Jirik of New Prague, Charlotte (Jerry) Edberg of New Prague, Carol (Bob) Rynda of Bloomington and Irene Weiers of New Prague; sister-in-law, Barb Weiers of New Prague and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arthur is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Shirley in 1996; brother, Bob Weiers and brother-in-law, Fritz Jirik.

Military Honors provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Edward Wick
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Edward A. Wick, age 93 of St. Peter, formerly of Le Center, died October 28, 2015. Visitation with the family will be on Monday, November 9, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral service will also be held on Monday, November 9 at 11 a.m. also at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with Rev. Amy Wick Moore officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Le Center.

Edward was born February 16, 1922 to Ralph A. and Mildred (Miller) Wick on a farm outside of Walnut Grove. In September of 1926 he moved to Le Center with his family. He attended school in Le Center and graduated in the spring of 1940. A year later, on August 20, 1941 he joined the Army at Fort Snelling. After going through flight training he was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps on February 6, 1943. He was assigned and trained to be a B-17 bomber pilot. He and his crew trained at a number of bases in the United States and then he flew across the Atlantic on June 21, 1943 with their B-17 “The Wolf Pack”. He was in the 562 Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group. On his ninth raid, September 6, 1943, he was shot down over Germany and became a prisoner of war. Stalag Luft III became his home for the next 17 months. January 28, 1945 was the start of a forced march and train ride to Moosburg, Germany where the prisoners were liberated by the Third Army on April 29, 1945. Twenty months of prison life were over.

Edward returned to civilian life and started college. He married Helen Widmark from Ivanhoe, MN. on November 25, 1947 in Hendricks, MN. After graduating from college he taught one year and then was called back into the service during the Korean War. He decided to stay in the military and make it a career. He was stationed in many states plus Morocco and Guam. He served 27 years in the military and retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel. After retirement, he was the Mayor of Le Center from 1970 to 1976 and also owned a sporting goods store in Le Center.

He is survived by his children, Susan Wick of Waterville, Scot (Fumiko) Wick of IN., Bonnie (Scott) Hrdlichka of Maple Grove and Gary (Brenda) Wick of Le Center, and Robert Wick of St. Peter; son-in-law, Tom Burke of IL; 9 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and 2 step-grandchildren; brothers, Bruce and Larry; and sisters, Nona and Marilyn.

Ed was preceded in death by wife, Helen Widmark; daughter, Barbara Burke; sister, Nadine and her husband Norman Findahl and brother, Wayne.

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Angie Tuma
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Angie Tuma, age 78 of Montgomery, died Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Lodges on Natchez in Elko, Minnesota. Visitation will be held at Schoenbauer Funeral Home on Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Angie was born in Derrynane Township, Minnesota on May 21, 1937 to John and Helen (Miska) Holtz. She attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School for most of her elementary school years and graduated from Montgomery High School in 1955. She married Gerald Tuma at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on October 25, 1958. Together they raised four children.

Angie worked at Frandsen Bank and Trust, Hruby Implement and in the City Hall for the City of Montgomery. She enjoyed traveling in recent years, playing in many card clubs, spending time with family and socializing with friends. She volunteered at the food shelf, spent time with the Red Hat Ladies and counted money at church.

Angie is survived by her four children, Randy and Katie Tuma of St. Paul, Renee and Peter Blissenbach of Hastings, Robin and Mark Mikiska of Lakeville and Roxy Tuma of St. Paul; 18 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; one sister, Catherine Hanson of St. Peter; five sisters-in-law, Liz Holtz of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, Genevieve Holtz of Montgomery; Mary Ann Holtz of Montgomery; Joan Holtz of Plantation, Florida and Arvilla Hinesley of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; parents, John and Helen Holtz; daughter, Rebecca in infancy; and seven siblings, Mike, John, Edward, Cyril, Agnes, Tom and Fritz and granddaughter, Connie.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Lawrence Vincent Morgan
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Lawrence Vincent Morgan, age 65 of Montgomery, died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at his home in Montgomery. Visitation will be from Noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery.

Lawrence was born on August 8, 1950 to L.V. and Adeline M. (Nichols) Morgan in Minneapolis. He went to parochial grade school in Minneapolis, graduated from Montgomery High School and Mankato State. He enjoyed nature, wood working, cabinetry and painting. He had a degree in art and was a furniture maker.

Lawrence is survived by his mother, Adeline Morgan of Montgomery; siblings, Linda and Brian Comstock, Greg and Tammy Morgan, John Morgan and William Morgan; special friend, Stacie and many nieces and nephews.

Lawrence is preceded in death by his father, L.V. Morgan; twin brother, Thomas and brother Paul Morgan.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929.

Clement Andrew Haefner
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Clement Andrew Haefner passed away on October 17, 2015, at Oaklawn Rehabilitation Center in Mankato. Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny, on October 24, 2015 at 10:30 AM. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny. Military honors will be provided by the Le Center area Honor Guard. Visitation will be held at the Le Center Funeral Home on October 23, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service at the Church.

Clem was born in Mankato on September 15, 1920 to Andrew and Anna (Hartung) Haefner. He attended school in Mankato, worked on his Dad’s farm, and served in the Navy June 1942 - January 1946. Clem married Anna Marie Muldoon on October 15, 1946. They began their married life together by farming in Madison Lake from 1946 to 1950. In 1950 they purchased a farm in Le Center where they farmed until he retired in 1970. Clem also worked at the GTA in Le Center during the winter months.

Clem is a member of St. Canice Church in Kilkenny, the American Legion and the VFW in Le Center. Clem was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed farming, playing cards, building old fashioned wheel barrels, restoring antique wagons, and other wood working projects.

Clem is survived by sons: Bernard (Claranita) from Houston Texas, and Charles from Waseca. Daughters: Jo Ann (Stephen) Kortuem from Madison Lake, Marilyn (James) Holicky from Le Center and Lori (Tom) Jindra from Le Center. Brother: Robert (Ida) Haefner from Mankato, sisters: Valeria Frederick from Madison lake and Anna Marie Rohlfing from Cleveland. Sister/brother-in- laws, Pat (Beverly) Muldoon from Madison Lake, Theresa Denn from St Clair. Eleven grand children: Jonathan (Erica) Haefner, Matt(Sally) Kortuem, Katie(Brent) Olson, Bernie(Wendy) Kortuem, Tanya(Bill) Anderson, Angie(Dan) Neubauer, Ryan(Michelle) Holicky, Megan(Chris) Lamont, Chris, Mike, and Caitlin Jindra, twenty-five great grand children, two great-great grand children, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Marie (Muldoon) in 2008, parents Andrew and Anna, brothers Allie, Jerome, Anthony, Simon and Sylvester Haefner, father and mother-in -law, Michael and Catherine Muldoon, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, Donald Denn, Francis and Mary Ellen Veroven, Francis and Esther Hertz, Milton and Winn Clemons, John Muldoon, Paul Rohlfing, Cletus Frederick, Lorraine Haefner, Joan Haefner, Joann Haefner, Elfern Haefner, Phyllis Haefner, Bette Haefner and great-grandchild Joshuah Neubauer.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Robin James Bartyzal
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Robin James Bartyzal, age 50 of Eagan, formerly of Lakeville, died Monday, October 19, 2015 at his home in Eagan. Funeral service will be 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23 at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery.

Rob was born on February 5, 1965 to Kenneth and Shirley (Denzer) Bartyzal in Hopkins, MN. Rob had a passion for fishing, hunting and cooking. He was a diehard fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd and he enjoyed riding his Harley.

Rob is survived by his father, Kenneth of New Prague; children, Nick (Rachel Litke) Bartyzal of Farmington and Victoria Bartyzal of Lakeville; siblings, Gail Bartyzal of Burnsville, Dean (Natalie) Bartyzal of Lakeville, Mary (Mike) Sannan of Farmington and Melissa (Jimmy) Triggs of New Market. He is preceded in death by his mother, Shirley in 2011.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929.

Dorothy Irene Lloyd
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Dorothy Irene Lloyd, 96 of Cleveland, passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with Funeral Service at 11 a.m. Burial will be at a later date in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on August 3, 1919 in New Prague to Arthur and Esther (Bosacker) Huber. She was a graduate of Cleveland High School. Dorothy was united in marriage to Dale Lloyd on September 23, 1939 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center.

She was a Sunday school teacher and enjoyed baking, gardening, feeding birds, counted cross stitching, sewing and enjoyed watching sports. She and Dale enjoyed spending time together traveling various places around the world. Her greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Julie Lloyd of Cleveland, Carol (Lloyd) Schultz of St. Peter, Jim (Diane) Lloyd of Le Sueur, Linda (Lloyd) and Bruce Solom of Tulsa, OK and Rick Lloyd (fiancée, Renee Koch) of Cleveland; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and sister-in-law, Marilyn Huber of Wilmington, NC.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale; son, Gary; son-in-law, Willard Schultz; brother, Alvin Huber; sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Orville Wenger.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Marianne Young
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Marianne Young, 89 of Montgomery, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 due to complications of a heart attack. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with a Celebration of her Life at 11 a.m. also at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Born September 28, 1926, she resided in her home that she built in Montgomery since 1950. She was a loving and caring soul, who put her faith in her family, country, and her beloved Le Sueur County.

Raised a farmer’s daughter, her constitution was hardy. Blessed with good health and humor, she could be seen taking care of her home and garden just a few months before her death.

She married her sweetheart, Stan Young on September 3, 1949 and gleefully raised a family of 3 amidst a neighborhood full of friends abounding with other children. Her life was full and so she travelled on the path of her choosing.

Marianne was a member of the American Legion Post #79, Ladies Auxiliary for 66 years and enjoyed all of her friends there. A devout Catholic she found strength and peace within Holy Redeemer Church of Montgomery.

With much tenderness, we honor the life of our dear mother. Her beauty is everlasting and so she shall remain.

Marianne is survived by her children, Tom J. Young (T.Y.) (Margo) and family of New Prague, Patty Young (Doug Folkert) of Phoenix, AZ, Diane Young (Kerry Hanson) of Corvallis, OR.; brothers, Archie Daleiden of New Ulm and Arthur Daleiden of Faribault; grandchildren, Eric Young, Kurt and Cris Young; great-grandchildren, Trevor Knish, Nikaija Young (Honey Bunny) and Kaiden Young (Bearcat)

Marianne is preceded in death by her husband, Stan E. Young and sister, Evelyn Soukup.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116.
www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Delmer P. Braun
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Delmer P. Braun, age 92, of Montgomery, died on Monday, October 5th, 2015 at Central Health Care in Le Center, MN. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Delmer was born December 29th, 1922 to Paul E. and Pauline (Nuessmeier) Braun in Le Sueur County. He was baptized and confirmed in Dresselville Church in Sharon Township, Le Sueur County. He attended District #99 country school in Le Sueur County and graduated from Montgomery High School in 1941. Delmer served in the United States Army during World War II and was stationed in the Pacific Theater in the Philippines and Japan. He received a Bronze Star, Overseas Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Pacific Theater Service Medal. He was Honorably Discharged May 15th, 1946.

Delmer farmed his entire life in the Montgomery area and always took great pride in his crops and his cattle. Delmer was a member of St. John Lutheran Church for 74 years and served on the Church Council. He was also a member of the Montgomery Shipping Association and served on the Montgomery-Lonsdale School Board for several years. Delmer was a member of the Lions Club for many years and was currently a member of the American Legion Post #79 in Montgomery.

His marriage to Betty M. Kewatt took place on August 28th, 1951 at St. John Lutheran Church in Kilkenny. Delmer and Betty celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this past August. Delmer especially enjoyed playing cards, reading, watching wildlife, and solving puzzles. His greatest enjoyment was his family and family gatherings.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty M. Braun; children, Diane (Dave) Schirmacher, Owatonna, Delaine (Jimmy) Roberts, Oldsmar, FL; Harvey (Carol) Braun, Montgomery, and Gloria (Rick) Sorem, Big Lake; grandchildren, Amy (Schirmacher) Quaintance, Bloomington, Adam Schirmacher, Boulder, CO; Kelly Roberts, Orlando, FL; Eric Braun, Lakeville, Jackie (Andrew) Braun-Lewis, Lauderdale, Zachary Sorem, Big Lake, Kelsey Sorem, Big Lake, and great-grandchildren Caden and Adelyn Quaintance, Bloomington; sister-in-law, Rita Miskimen and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Delmer is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Vernon (Irma) Braun and Paul (Mary) Braun, and his sister Doris (Ray) Vlasak.

Military Honors provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

James August Dirks
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James August Dirks, 57 of Montgomery passed away on Friday, September 25, 2015 at his residence. Memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery.

James was born on January 23, 1958 in Minneapolis to Thomas and Kathleen (Hank) Dirks. He graduated from Minnetonka High School. He was united in marriage to Kristy Dirks on March 17, 1978. James worked at the Star and Tribune in Distribution. He enjoyed bird watching, hunting, photography and was a former track coach for Minnetonka Schools.

He is survived by his parents Tom and Kathy Dirks; children Jaymi; Ryan (Courtney) and Aubrey Soukup (Jeff); grandchildren Ana; Amelia; Adrien; Max; Emery and Ryker; siblings Blake (JoEllen); Paula (Bob); and Judy; nieces and nephews; special friend Shelli Musech and former wife, Kristy Dirks.

James is preceded in death by brother-in-law, Jerry Turnbull.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Robert (Bob) J. Meyer
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Robert (Bob) J. Meyer, 86 of Le Sueur, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2015 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be on Friday, September 18, 2015 from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Bob was born on July 16, 1929, in Mankato to Joseph V. and Frances (Doran) Meyer. He graduated from Cleveland High School in 1948. Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bob was united in marriage to Janet Biehn on November 17, 1952 at St. John Catholic Church in Mankato. He was a farmer, fur broker and also raised Ginseng.

Bob was a lifetime member and past commander of the VFW Post 1803, lifetime member of the American Legion Post 108, lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and National Deputy Chief of Staff and Past District 2 VFW Commander. He enjoyed spending time with his family and dancing.

He is survived by his wife, Janet of Le Sueur; sons, Larry of Fontana, CA., Steve (Julie) of Lakeville, Tim of Chanhassen and Pat of Royal Oak, MI.; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter and brother Joseph A. of Amery, WI.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents and son, Michael.

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Lucille Vivian Baldwin
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Lucille Vivian Baldwin, 96 of Jordan formerly of Montgomery and New Prague, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Valley View Assisted Living in Jordan. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Lucille was born on May 12, 1919 in Waconia to Henry and Emma (Reise) Lauman. She was united in marriage on March 9, 1963 in Iowa to Lyman Baldwin. She was a member of the VFW, American Legion Auxiliary, Degree of Honor and Ladies Aid. She also enjoyed playing cards and bingo.

She is preceded in death by, her parents; her husband, Lyman Baldwin; 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116.
www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Helen Justine David
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Helen Justine David, 93 of Montgomery, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2015 at Reedsburg Hospital in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 11, 2015 at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Trebon Cemetery in rural Sheildsville.

Helen was born on October 22, 1921 to Valentine and Justine (Dreyer) Tuma in New Prague. She was united in marriage to John Gene David on July 11, 1939 at the Holy Redeemer Parish House in Montgomery. She worked at Green Giant as a lead person and also sold Avon for 15 years.

Helen was a President of the Montgomery Sr. Citizens group, a member of the St. Canice CCW and the Degree of Honor. She enjoyed embroidery, sewing, crocheting, old time music, ceramics, loom rugs, gardening, fishing, dancing, visiting with friends, playing cards and traveling. She also spoke fluent Czech and German.

Helen is survived by her children, Yvonne (Alden) Redning of Mapleton, Betty (Paskell) Nichols of Corsicana, TX. Carol (Steven) Hadac of Hastings, Nancy (Charles) Turek of LaValle, Wisc. and Ruth David of Corsicana, TX.; daughter-in-law, Patricia (Carpenter) David of Northfield; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and brother, Glenn (Agnes) Tuma of Montgomery.

Helen is preceded in death by her husband, John David; parents; son, Glenn David; grandson, Troy Lapic and sister, Evelyn Peroutka.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116.
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Barbara Pauline Gehrke
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Barbara Pauline Gehrke, 70 of Le Center, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Mayo Systems Mankato. Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Memorial service will also be held on Tuesday, September 8 at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Barbara was born on October 15, 1944 in Mankato to Martin and Lucille (Prom) Ulmen. She graduated from Mankato High School and then college in Albert Lea. She was united in marriage to Carl Gehrke on December 12, 1970 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. She enjoyed fishing, flowers, reading and her grandchildren.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Carl Gehrke of Le Center; children, Dan (Cecilia) Austin of Cologne, Scott (Sheila) Gehrke of Le Center and Jeannie Austin of Belen, New Mexico; 8 grandchildren; siblings, Theresa Widmer of Le Center, Mary Ann (Lloyd) Bently of Danube, Patricia (Dennis) Juenemann of Clements, Norb (Doris) Ulmen of Monroe, Wisc., and Cy Ulmen of Assaria, KS.

She is preceded in death by, her parents; brother Martin “Sonny” Ulmen and sister, Iona Widmer.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
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LeRoy George Thelemann
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LeRoy George Thelemann, 82 of Cleveland, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Minnesota Valley Health Care in Le Sueur. Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with parish vigil service at 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Nativity in Cleveland with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at St. Henry Cemetery in St. Henry.

LeRoy was born on November 26, 1932 in rural Le Sueur to Art and Mary (Lang) Thelemann. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean Conflict. LeRoy was united in marriage to Helen Meyer on June 25, 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. He farmed, was a school bus driver for 25 years and also taught Le Sueur boat and water safety for 25 years.

He was a Pioneer Power founding member, Commander of Le Center Color Guard and enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, fishing, spearfishing Northerns, gardening, tractors, farming and raising hogs.

LeRoy is survived by his wife, Helen Thelemann of Cleveland; children, Susan (Rick) Smith of Rochester, Bill (Sheri) Thelemann of Le Sueur and Jeff (Dayna) Thelemann of Le Sueur; grandchildren, Cody Bunting, Kyle Thelemann, Riley Thelemann, Philip (Janet) Larson, Joe Larson, Pat Larson, Matt Larson, Peter (Amy) Thelemann, Anna (Guy) Tietz, Michael (Katie) Thelemann, and Molly (Mitchell) Sasse; great-grandchildren, Mark Larson, Twins- Helen and Thomas Larson, Alex Olson, Henry Thelemann, Rachel Thelemann, Jase Thelemann and Frank Sasse; siblings, Eleanor Ostrowski of Duluth, Maurice (Evie) Thelemann, St. Peter and Eugene (Rita) Thelemann of Edina.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dr. Art Thelemann Jr.; brother-in-law, Larry Ostrowski and sister-in-law, Bern Thelemann.

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Rose Mary Pelowski
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Rose Mary Pelowski, 80 of Jordan, formerly of Montgomery and Lexington died on Saturday, August 29, 2015. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lexington.

Rosie was born on June 8, 1935 in New Prague to James and Anna (Madera) Bastyr. She graduated from New Prague High School. She was united in marriage to Anthony Pelowski on October 11, 1958 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague. Rose enjoyed playing cards, bingo, watching TV game shows, soaps and puzzles.

She is survived by her children, Barbara Pelowski of Montgomery, Jim (Charlotte) Pelowski of Lexington and Maggie Pelowski of Montgomery; grandchildren, Jennifer (Greg) Simon, Amber Lambrecht and Krystal Lambrecht; great-grandson, Tyson Berg; and brother, Maynard (Lil) Bastyr of Jordan.

Rosie is preceded in death by her husband, Tony Pelowski; parents; and sister, Anne Fierst.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Derek Alan Alsaker
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Derek Alan Alsaker, 11 of Shakopee, died at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Visitation will be on Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with visitation an hour prior at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Derek was born on October 4, 2003 in New Prague to Eliza (Alitz) Alsaker and Jason Alsaker. Derek would have been starting school this year as a 6th grader. He enjoyed playing Xbox, Lego’s, watching movies and cartoons, playing with friends, camping and family trips.

Derek is survived by his parents, Jason Alsaker and Eliza (Alitz) Alsaker; step-father, Bob Emmers; grandparents, Clyde and Sal Alsaker, Albert Alitz and Crystal Henken (Mike Chounard); step-brothers, Luke and Zachary Emmers; aunts and uncles, Carrie (Todd) Schlager, Perry (Kim) Bly, Mike and Pat Johnston, Lori Alitz, Carla (Jason) Wallig and Emily Klema; cousins, Hailey Schlager, Anthony, Collon and Dylan Johnston, Thomas, Connor, Aidan and Rielly Wallig and many other family and friends.

Derek is preceded in death by his grandmother, Shirley Alsaker and great-grandparents, Ben and Dorothy Auferdhiede and David Kahl.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
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Gladys B. Sirek
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Gladys B. Sirek, 91 of Lonsdale passed away on Friday, August 21, 2015 at the Villages of Lonsdale. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Lonsdale. Mass of Christian burial will also be held on Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Church in Lonsdale at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Lonsdale.

Gladys was born on May 17, 1924 in rural Montgomery to Edward J. and Albina Wondra. She was united in marriage to George C. Sirek and farmed in rural Montgomery. Gladys worked at Green Giant seasonally, an egg candler for Dvorak in New Prague and also was a house cleaner for many years.

Gladys enjoyed gardening, reading, farming, crocheting, Czech music and dancing, volunteering at church and was very generous. She was also a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church CCW.

She is survived by her daughters, Carole (Dennis) Vlasak of Maple Grove, Dorothy Flicek of Farmington and son, Donald (Linda) Sirek of Montgomery; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson; siblings, Glenn Wondra, Sr. of Montgomery and Esther Kabes of New Prague.

Gladys is preceded in death by her parents and husband George.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Helen M. Vlasak
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Helen M. Vlasak, 97 of Montgomery went to be with our Heavenly Father on Friday, July 31, 2015. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will also be held on Tuesday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery.

Helen was born on July 15, 1918 in Montgomery to Josef and Eleanor (Pros) Koktavy. She was united in marriage on November 22, 1939 to Francis Vlasak in Montgomery. She farmed alongside her husband and also worked at Franke’s Bakery for 29 years.

Helen was a member of Card-O-Rama, Holy Redeemer CCW, KC Auxiliary and held offices in both organizations and was also a member of the Mala Melodies singing group at Mala Strana Nursing Home in New Prague. She enjoyed music, card playing, gardening, entertaining and travelling.

She is survived by her children, John (Jack) Vlasak of Montgomery, Elizabeth Remes of Prior Lake, Robert (Carol) Vlasak of Montgomery, Joyce (Jeff) Gammon of Round Rock, TX and Shirley (Dan) Harnish of Carmel, CA.; grandchildren, Debra (Rick) Skluzacek of Montgomery, Craig Vlasak (Kim Koldin) of Faribault, Kim Glende (Jason Steen) of Montgomery, Tressa (Tony) Sexe of Lonsdale, Tom Remes Jr. of Prior Lake, Melissa Delk of Savage, Tim Vlasak (Shawna)of Kenai ,AK. and Russ Vlasak of Montgomery; 14 great grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents; husband Francis; grandchildren, Mark David Remes and Alex Gammon; great-great grandson Ethan Scheffert; son-in-law, Tom Remes and step- siblings, Joseph, Mary (Joseph) Holey, Catherine (August) Tuma, Anna (James) Tuma, Emma (John) Kaderlik, Rose (Frank) Zoubek, Albina (Erwin) Karow.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Roger C. Welch
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Roger C. Welch, 64, of Le Center, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Immanuel St. Joseph Hospital in Mankato. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015 also at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be held at Cannonville Cemetery in Waterville.

Roger was born on February 5, 1951 in New Prague to Oren and Christine (Kral) Welch. He graduated from Le Center High School and served in the United States Army. Roger was united in marriage to Bonnie Fischer on September 27, 1973 at United Methodist Church in Waterville. Roger worked as a truck driver for Crystal Farms (Michael’s Foods) He also spent many years farming with George Weaver near Waterville. He enjoyed gardening, honey bees, fishing, trapping, hunting, canning and road trips, was a FFA member in high school and was a Le Center American Legion member.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Welch of Le Center; children, Oren Walch of St. Peter, Brandy Walch and special friend Craig Rossow of New Prague and Forrest Welch and Fiancée Mary Christianson of East Bethel; 2 grandchildren, Brianne Benes and Parker Benes; siblings, Rita (Gary) Harty of Le Center and Raymond Welch of Faribault and Nephews, Allan Welch, Danny Welch and Wade Welch.

Roger is preceded in death by his parents.

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Elaine Malecha
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Elaine Malecha, 82 of Montgomery, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be on Friday, July 17, 2015 from 9 am to 11 am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will also be held on Friday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 11 am. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Lonsdale.

Elaine was born on December 28, 1932 in Lonsdale to James and Anna (Novotny) Voracek Sr. She was a cook at Schumachers in New Prague and also HRS in Montgomery, also as a seamstress at Munsingwear in Montgomery. She was united in marriage to Joseph P. Malecha on September 12, 1950 in Lonsdale. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and needlework.

Elaine is survived by children, Ronald (Laurie) Malecha of Pasco, Washington, Steven (Julie) Malecha of St. Louis Park and Gerald (Sandy) Malecha of Montgomery; three grandchildren, Ryan Malecha, Cassie Malecha and Katie Malecha; great-grandson, Mason Malecha and brother, James (Marianne) Voracek Jr. of Lonsdale.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph P. Malecha; parents and brother, Henry in childhood.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery, MN 56069.
507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Richard Mark Swanson
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Richard Mark Swanson, 55, of Montgomery, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at his home in Montgomery. Arrangements are pending.

Richard was born on April 1, 1960 in Minneapolis to Paul and Mavel (Jones) Swanson. Was united in marriage to Michele Dascalos in Watertown, South Dakota on February 14, 2003.

He is survived by his wife, Michele Swanson of Montgomery; children, Michael Swanson of Montgomery and Emily Swanson of Montgomery; parents, Paul and Marvel Swanson of Farmington; sisters; Sandra Beckvall of Lino Lake, Janet Stadther of Farmington and Betty Johnson of Burnsville.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929.
www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Jackie Jean Breen
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Jackie Jean Breen, age 73, of Montgomery died Sunday, June 21, 2015 at her home.  Visitation will be held at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery on Monday, July 6 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Memorial service will also be held on Monday, July 6 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date.

Jackie was born on April 13, 1942 in Viborg, South Dakota to Kenneth and Lucille (Friman) Lineback. She graduated from Viborg High School and attended a business school in Sioux Falls, SD. She was united in marriage to Franklin G. Breen on August 19, 1961 in Viborg, SD.

Jackie played and taught piano for over 38 years, along with accompanying several students during their vocal and instrumental solos.  She did sewing for prom and
weddings by making wedding dresses, bridesmaids and flower girl dresses and tuxes for boys. She also enjoyed cooking and baking especially making cinnamon and caramel
rolls for her grandsons and making cupcakes with her granddaughter along with making very hot chili. 
Jackie enjoyed visiting her granddaughter in Alaska and going to her
grandchildren's activities.

Jackie is survived by her husband, Frank Breen of Montgomery; children, Gary Breen of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Terri (Frank) Orzolek of Darwin;
grandchildren, Mark and Steven Orzolek and Greer Breen; special family
member, Mark Kotek of Shakopee; siblings, Bobbie Evenson of Apple Valley and Dick (Ona) Lineback of Sioux Falls, SD.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery.
507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Sylvester L. (Syl) Schloesser
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Sylvester L. (Syl) Schloesser, age 85, died Sunday, June 14, 2015, in the care of his daughter in Georgia. Sylvester was born on November 25, 1929 in Le Center to John A. and Mary C. Schloesser.

He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, the former Phyllis Flowers Schloesser; his wife, Marilyn Hill Schloesser; a daughter, Roxanne Bruggeman (Asheville, NC); a granddaughter, Sarah Bruggeman; two brothers, Clarence “Butch” Schloesser and Herbert Schloesser.

He is survived by his son, Jon Schloesser (Kathy) of Lake Worth, FL; his daughter Jan Beum (Frank) of Suwanee, GA; brothers Alvin (Marge) and Richard (Colleen); sisters Bernadine Singer (Ray), Bernadette Engel, Helen Olson (Luverne) and Evelyn Tambornino (Steve) and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are private with burial at St. Henry’s Cemetery.
Robert “Bob” J. Riebel
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Robert “Bob” J. Riebel, age 86, of Le Center, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at his home in St. Henry. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 29, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in St. Henry with visitation 1 hour prior at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. Henry’s Cemetery.

Bob was born at the family farm in Le Sueur County on August 11, 1928 to Peter and Marie (Macho) Riebel. He attended District 77 Country School and U of M Farm School at the St. Paul Campus. He farmed the family farm until he was called to serve in the US Army in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Stangler at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Elysian on August 25, 1954.

He enjoyed Old Time music, dancing to polkas, farming, collecting license plates and teaching his sons and grandsons about restoring trucks, tractors and engines. Bob was active in the community, SWCS Le Sueur County Soil and Water, past commander American Legion and VFW, County Chairman of DFL, Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Association, Catholic Order of Foresters Court 1022, KWVA, member of St. Henry Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and a volunteer driver for the VA.

Bob is survived by his wife, Dorothy Riebel of St. Henry; children, Ann (Glenn) Holicky of Le Center, Neaner (Donald) Kriha of Montgomery, Donnie (Margie) Riebel of Le Center, Dale Riebel (Angie) of Le Center and Connie (David) Wood of Moorehead; 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, Loren (Sharon) Riebel of Le Sueur and Patty (Phil) Lehner of Cleveland; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Marie Riebel; sister, Dorothy Rapp and brother, Melvin Riebel.

In lieu of flowers- memorials may be directed to MCHS Mankato Hospice Services or American Legion Post 108, Le Center.

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Ricky Lee 'Fuzzy' Weldon
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Ricky Lee “Fuzzy” Weldon, age 56, of Montgomery died Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at his home in Montgomery. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Church of Our Lady in Menannah, Minnesota. Burial will be held at the church cemetery.
Victorine C. Fried
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Victorine Fried, a Montgomery Township native, passed away peacefully on June 22, at Traditions of Montgomery. She was 95.

Victorine was born June 3, 1920, in Montgomery, MN to parents Joseph F. Schleis and Sophie Janovsky Schleis. She was the oldest of three siblings. She attended St. Raphael Parochial School and Montgomery High School, graduating in 1938. She then set out for Minneapolis, attending Calhoun Secretarial School, and returned home to marry the love of her life, Richard, on July 30th, 1940 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. The couple had two sons, Richard Jr. and Donald, making their home in Montgomery. Richard worked as a Field Boss for Green Giant Foods until his retirement in 1979.

Victorine worked as a legal secretary in the office of Joseph F. Pany for 29 years, from 1949 to 1978, and for attorney Loren Barta in New Prague, from 1978 to 1989, until her retirement. She continued to work, volunteering in the community with her bookkeeping and administrative skills, well into her 80’s.

Victorine was a member of the C.C. W. of Montgomery, Montgomery Degree of Honor Society, and the Montgomery VFW Auxiliary where she was Secretary and Treasurer for many years. She also served as President of the Montgomery American Legion Auxiliary and Senior Citizens Group, worked with the Catholic Charities and volunteered at the church, organizing fund raisers and heading up special events. She enjoyed hosting social gatherings at her home in support of these causes. She loved baking and cooking, playing cards and doing word puzzles, and enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids.

Victorine will be remembered for her loyalty to her friends and family, her excellent work ethic and her wonderful Czech cooking skills, as well as her great love for the town and people of Montgomery.

Victorine leaves behind a son, Donald (Debra) and two grandsons, Scott F. Fried of St. Paul and Mark L. Fried of Prior Lake, MN, three nieces and one nephew. She is preceded in death by Richard, (1997), and son Richard Jr., (2010), brother, Mahlon Schleis (Doreen) of Stillwater, MN, and sister, Dorothy Bendickson, of Minneapolis, MN.

The Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at 1:00, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with interment following at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.
Melven J. Wolter
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Melven J. Wolter, age 81, of Montgomery formerly of Hopkins passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with funeral services at 11 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery in Hopkins.

Melven was born on April 19, 1934 to Elmer and Edna (Bongard) Wolter in Hancock Township. He was united in marriage to Phyllis (Kliniski) Wolter on August 25, 1962 in Denham Minnesota. Melven worked as a Computer Programmer Analyst for Unisys. He served in the Army from 1957 to 1963. Melven enjoyed fishing, music which he also copy wrote 4 songs, reading and spending time with family.

Melven is survived by children, Dianne (James) Wolbeck of Montgomery and Gary Wolter of Minnetonka; grandchildren, Jered, Sarina, Logan, Emmett and Owen Wolbeck and Alex Gustafson; sister, Elizabeth (Bill) Whiteaker of Montrose, Colorado and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Phyllis.

Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery American Legion Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Milo J. Krenik
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Milo J. Krenik, age 90, of Montgomery passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Three Links Care Center in Northfield. Visitation will be at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery on Monday, June 15, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will also be held at Schoenbauer Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at a later date.

Milo was born on October 28, 1924 in New Prague to James and Mary (Hanek) Krenik. He was united in marriage to Delores Mach on November 16, 1946 in Le Center. He was self-employed as a farmer and meat processor. Milo was a member of the Cody Lake Sportsman Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Milo is survived by his wife, Delores of Montgomery; children, Janet (Tom) Simon of Lonsdale, LeRoy (Debbie) Krenik of New Prague, Diane and partner Doug Behl of Navada City, CA., Darlene (Bob) Lund of Shoreview, Ken (Vicki) Krenik of Burnsville and Jim (Dawn) Krenik of Montgomery; 10 grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Filipek and Alice Peitso.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ludy Filipek and brother, Alvin Krenik.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929.
Ronald Wacker
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Ronald Wacker, of rural New Prague passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Mayo Clinic System - Rochester. Visitation will be on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at St. John Catholic Church in Union Hill. Funeral service will also be held Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1:00 at St. John Catholic Church in Union Hill. Private family burial at a later date. Memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic Department of Development for Research 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
www. philanthropy.mayoclinic.org.

Ronald was born on October 2, 1939 in Le Center to Anthony and Anna (Spaetgens) Wacker. He was united in marriage to Freda Swartz on January 11, 1964 at Fort Belvoir- Arlington, VA. Ronald was self-employed as Wacker Brothers Construction. He enjoyed fishing, visiting Mystic Lake Casino, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Ronald is survived by wife, Freda Wacker of rural New Prague; children, Mark (Laura) Wacker, Marcie Wacker (Timothy Harshman) and Jerry Bonner (fiancé Katie Rauchwarter); grandchildren, Bailey Wacker, Anthony Wacker and Timothy Wacker; Honorary grandchildren, Morgan Meger and Mariah Meger; brother, John Wacker; brother-in-law, Leonard Meger and sister-in-law, Maureen Wacker.

Ronald is preceded in death by parents, and siblings, Rita Ann Meger and Anthony Wacker.

Military honors will be provided by the New Prague Area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929.

Gladys Irene Turek
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Gladys Irene Turek, 87, of Montgomery passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation will be on Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Gladys was born on June 7, 1927 in Montgomery to Frank E. and Rose (Kupka) Jindra. She attended country school and Montgomery High School. She was united in marriage to Daniel B. Turek on November 5, 1946 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. She worked at Shattuck – St. Mary’s in Faribault and Spors in Le Center. Gladys also helped with the family farm and the family auction business. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

Gladys is survived by son, Daniel L. (Barb) Turek, Jr of Montgomery; grandchildren, Crystal (Adam) Smisek of Lonsdale and Travis (Jenny) Turek of Montgomery and one great-grandson, Carter Smisek.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel B. Turek; parents and brother, Francis.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929.
Alice W. (Holmes) McClune
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Alice W. (Holmes) McClune, 83 of Le Center, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015 at her home in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 1, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Alice was born on December 27, 1931 to Errol and Alice (Gambold) Holmes in Clover Township near Hinckley. She attended Standstone School. Alice was united in marriage to Thomas McClune on September 13, 1969. Alice was a tax preparer for H&R Block for 25 years, factory warehouse inspector for 20 years at Anchor Glass and also as an over the road truck driver. She enjoyed puzzles and reading.

Alice is survived by her husband, Thomas McClune of Le Center, children; Kathy (Michael) Reintjes of Elysian, Ken (Mary) Kewatt of Shakopee, Larry (Millie) Kewatt of Minneapolis, Marcia (Edward) Herrgott of Shakopee and Colleen (David) Mattke of New Ulm; John (Venessa) McClune of Le Center, Jean (Rick) Kes of Jordan and Susan (Ryan) Lehto of Buhl; 20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren and sister, Iris Edwards of Rock Island, IL.

She is preceded in death by parents; brothers, Loren Holmes, Alvan Holmes, Fremont Holmes and Francis Holmes and three grandchildren.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Mary Catherine Hunt
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Mary Catherine Hunt, 94 of Le Center, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015 at Central Health Care Center in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. FVW and American Legion Auxiliary will also hold a service at 5 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation 1 hour prior at the funeral home. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Mary was born on August 9, 1920 in Waterville to Mark and Blanche (Stowe) Sheehy. She graduated from Waterville High School. She was united in marriage to Michael Hunt on October 2, 1940. Mary worked at Hardeggar’s, Dr. Tiede DDS, Spors and Minnegasco.

She enjoyed word find puzzles, needle point work, card playing, reading, visiting with friends, baking and spending time with her grand and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, St. Mary’s CCW and Bloodmobile.

Mary is survived by children, Jim (Louise) Hunt of Baxter, Mary Jean Hunt of Le Center and Katie Hunt of Edina; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; Daughter-in-law, Marlene Hunt of Le Center and sister-in-law, Carol (John) Sheehy of Waterville.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Michael Hunt; son, Thomas Hunt; brothers, Ralph Sheehy, Herb Sheehy and John Sheehy and sister, Loretta Shefland.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Cecilia M. Jelinek
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Cecilia M. Jelinek, 96 of Montgomery, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will also be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Cecilia was born January 29, 1919 to Albert and Mary (Korbel) Factor in Le Center. She worked at Munsingwear as a seamstress for over 20 years, American Legion in Montgomery and Green Giant as a cook and also worked at Mangans Bakery and Spors

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, baking kolacky, visiting with friends and family and cooking for them.

Cecilia is survived by her children; Thomas (Sandy) Jelinek of Montgomery and Jerry (Lorretta) Jelinek of Elkins Arkansas; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Janet Factor of Bloomington and Luella McGillen of Montgomery.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Eldred; son, John; brothers, Milo, Elmer, Leonard and Don Factor; sisters, Dorothy Blaschko and Marie Keogh.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery, MN 56069.
507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Karen Pittman
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Karen A. Pittman, age 60, of Mesa, AZ (formerly of Montgomery) passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Visitation will be on Friday, May 22 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery.

Karen was born in Shakopee, MN on June 11, 1954 to James A. and Erma (Zoubek) Kotek. She attended Montgomery High School and graduated in 1972. On October 21, 1972 she married Greg Pittman at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. They were married 27 years. Karen loved to help and teach others. Throughout her career she worked in the school system in the special education department and as a Headstart preschool teacher. In 2002, Karen decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and move to Arizona where she lived happily for 15 years. During those 15 years, she worked with the elderly as an Activities Assistant at a nursing home and assisted living facility bringing joy into their lives with her beautiful smile. Karen enjoyed cooking and was proud of her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by Mike Erbstoesser, significant other, of Mesa, AZ; son Tim (Robin) Pittman of Savage; daughter Tracy (Patrick) Schoen of New Market; grandchildren Ryan, Katelyn and Jackson Schoen and brother Marvin (Pam) Kotek of Woodbury.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
John M. Schaefer
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John M. Schaefer, 58, of Montgomery passed away on May 6, 2015 at The Lodge in Elko New Market. Visitation will be on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral service will be on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Friedens Lutheran Church in New Prague with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at the Friedens Lutheran Cemetery.

John was born in Austin, April 24 to Viola and Ken Schaefer. He married Deb February 3, 1990 at the Candle Light Chapel in Las Vegas. After graduating from Austin Area Vocational Technical Institute, John worked for a local farmer farrowing to finish pigs. His love for farming came from his grandparents. In 1983 he moved to the Twin Cities and started working for a Ford dealer working his way up to a technician. John enjoyed Ham Radio, DXing for radio stations, dirt bike racing, antique tractor shows, getting together with good friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Deb of Montgomery; parents, Viola and Ken of Austin; brother, Jim (Sue) of St. Paul; sister, Kathy (Mike) Aguilar of Eagan and nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by Almeda and Clarence Beireis, Alma Miller and Richard Schaefer.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929.
Judy Christine Ramlo
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Judy Christine Ramlo, 73, of Madelia, formerly of Montgomery passed away on May 5, 2015 at the Luther Memorial Home in Madelia. Visitation will be on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Funeral service will also be on Thursday at 11:00 at the church. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Judy was born on June 1, 1941 in Duluth to Theodore and Lyla (Larson) Mehlum. She attended Denfeld High School in Duluth and worked secretary at Pillsbury in Minneapolis. Judy enjoyed time with her grandchildren, many years as a leader with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, playing cards and reading. She organized a group called “UfDa” and was a fan of Elvis and collected his memorabilia.

Judy is survived by her children, Alexander (Jeanne) Eotvos III of Nebraska, Lea Eotvos of Madelia, Joszeph (Kelly) Eotvos of Montgomery, Michael (Alicha) Eotvos of Le Sueur and Michelle (Kerry) Rasmussen of St. James; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Alexander and Glendon; parents and 2 brothers.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929.
Ralph Edward Dietz
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Ralph Edward Dietz, 70 of Montgomery passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Mayo Health Systems in New Prague.
Interment will be held Monday April 27, 2015 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday April 26, from 5 to 7 pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with Montgomery Veterans Honor Guard at 6:30.

Ralph was born on August 23, 1944 to Adolph and Annie (Studnicka) Dietz in Montgomery Township on the family farm. Ralph attended public school in Montgomery until 1960. He was drafted by the US Marine Corp in 1968 and was stationed overseas as a supply officer and honorably discharged in 1970.

Ralph held many positions in various industries, but he was passionate about farming and considered himself a farmer above all else. Ralph enjoyed helping others. Whether it was helping with maintenance on a house, raking hay or disking a field Ralph was there. Ralph had a jovial disposition and enjoyed visiting with others when paths crossed. Playing cards, fishing and hunting are a few things he enjoyed. As a boy Ralph would sit in the cedar tree on the farm and shoot pheasants with a side by side.

Ralph is survived by sister, Dorothy (Dietz) Denzer of Montgomery, brother Donald Dietz (Darlene) of
Montgomery; nieces and nephews, Deborah Kasper (Gregory) of Belle Plaine, Robert Denzer (Lynn)of Montgomery, Suzanne Novak of Ft Meyers; FL; Marvin DenzertJr (Shelly) of Waconia, Cynthia Benner
(Kevin) of Minnetonka, and Michael Dietz (Christina) of Montgomery; and 18 great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents, brother in law Marvin Denzer Sr and great nephew Franklin.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Mary Janovsky
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Mary was born in Le Sueur on February 4, 1921 to Hugh and Minnie (Erickson) Doherty. She graduated from Le Sueur High School and attended college in Mankato.
Mary and Edsel were married in Belle Plaine, MN on June 27, 1939 and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in June 2009.

Mary was a dedicated wife, a wonderful homemaker for her children and a master of holiday meals. She was an avid reader, excellent bridge player, enjoyed playing
with the Le Center Mudhens Softball Team, and spent many hours in a boat fishing with Edsel.
Mary and Edsel spent many winters in Weslaco, Texas where they developed skills in playing golf and shuffleboard and looked forward to re-uniting with their
winter friends from around the country.

Mary is survived by 3 children, Ed (Judi) of Weslaco TX and Garrison, MN; Rodney of Dickson, Tenn., Lynda (Jerry) of Waterloo, IA; 5 grandchildren,- Jim, Julie,
MaKai, Jessen, and Dustin; 10 great grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edsel in 2009, son, Robert in 2008, daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Janovsky in 2014; brothers Vincent and Joe Doherty,
half-brother Clinton and half-sister Margaret .

Memorial service will be held April 25th, 11:30 AM at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the church.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Bernard Martin Trzecinsky
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Bernard Martin Trzecinsky, age 89, of Montgomery, died on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian burial will also be on Monday, April 20 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Bernard was born on March 9, 1926 in Montgomery to John and Martha (Cemensky) Trzecinsky. He was united in marriage to Adeline Bastyr and worked as a farmer near Kilkenny. He enjoyed farming and dancing with his wife Adeline.

Bernard is survived by his siblings, Mary Trzecinsky of Minnetonka, Jim Trzecinsky of Cordova Township and Katie (George) Trnka of Montgomery, and Leo (Kathy) Andrews of Minneapolis and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Adeline; parents; and siblings, Margaret Trcka and John Trzecinsky.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Paul Carl Ehmke Jr.
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Paul Carl Ehmke Jr., 59, of Montgomery took his last breath on April 13, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. after a tough and brave battle with cancer. Paul’s Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please bring your fondest memory and photos of Paul to share. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the NRA.

Paul was born in Minneapolis’s Asbury Hospital on August 30, 1955 at 8:35 a.m. to Paul Carl Sr. and Ella Lorraine (Lingsweiler) Ehmke. He graduated from Montgomery High School. Paul was married to Kim Boreen on September 28, 1974; they were married 20 years.

He worked as a custodian and then later as an appraiser in the Assessors Office for Le Sueur County in Le Center. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with his boys and entertaining his grandchildren. He enjoyed adding to his numerous collections.

Paul is survived by children, Chad Ehmke and his significant other Kim Cartwright, Jeff (Sabrina) Ehmke (Pickell), along with their children, Sidney, Evan, Shafer and Soren, and Mark Ehmke and his significant other April Hubert; brother-in-law, Frank Pflaum; his beloved dog, Girlie; along with many more loved family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Donna Pflaum and dog CoCo.

The family expresses their great appreciation to Hospice Advantage of Lakeville especially to Paul’s caregivers, Eunie and Mary.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Betty Gnerer
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Betty Gnerer, 78, of Montgomery passed away on April 13, 2015 at her home in Montgomery. Visitation will be on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. also at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. Burial will be at Credit River Cemetery in Prior Lake.

Betty was born on August 24, 1936 in St. Paul to Art and Etta (Chaffin) Meincke. She was a graduate of Bloomington High School and the University of Minnesota. She taught school in Bloomington and was united in marriage to George Gnerer at St. John’s Church in Savage. She enjoyed her grandchildren, horse shows, gardening, cooking & baking, canning and farm animals.

Betty is survived by her children, Stacy (Craig) Lindblom of Montgomery, George (Tracy) Gnerer of Montgomery and Betsy (Chris) Messner of Northfield; 7 grandchildren, Brooke Gnerer, Katie Gnerer, Samantha Gnerer, John Lindblom, Kaitlyn Lindblom, Jessica Messner and Jake Messner; sister, Marlene George of Chaska.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George and her parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929.
Alice Marie (David) Hoefs
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Alice Marie (David) Hoefs, 95, passed away on March 31, 2015. Funeral service is schedule for Sunday, April 12, at 3:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 105 Spruce Avenue SW, Montgomery. Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. in the church. Lunch will be served at the church continuously from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery in Montgomery. All are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine.
Alice was born on January 1, 1920, to Jacob and Emma (Piha) David in Rice County. She married Gilbert Hoefs on October 11, 1938. Together they farmed south of Heidelberg and later south of Union Hill.
Alice is survived by daughter, Betty Jane Hoefs Bauer and son-in-law Dr. Milton Bauer; son, John Jacob Hoefs and daughter-in-law Patricia Ann Hoefs; seven grandchildren, Eric Bauer, Steven Bauer, David Bauer, Jena Lynn Hoefs Riley, John Thomas Hoefs, Adam Vaughn Heimer and Josie Marie Heimer and seven great-grandchildren, Isaac Bauer, Love Bauer, Joshua Bauer, Isabella Bauer, Matthew Riley, Jane Riley, Jean Riley.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband Gilbert Hoefs on August 21, 2002; brothers, George and Harry David; brothers-in-law, Norbert, Lee and Art Hoefs and sisters-in-law, Blanche David, Lois, Philly and Adeline Hoefs and Mrs. Harry David.
Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929.
Wayne McMillen
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Wayne McMillen, 87 of Le Sueur, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Minnesota Valley Health Care in Le Sueur. Visitation will be on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Le Sueur 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Funeral services will also be held on Saturday at the church at 11 a.m. Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the charity of your choice.

Wayne was born on June 18, 1927 in Le Center to Lawrence and Bess (Rohlfing) McMillen. He graduated from Le Center High School and Dunwoody School. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Kay (Byrne) McMillen of Le Sueur; children, David (Cindy) McMillen, Pat (Val) McMillen, Mark (Laurie) McMillen and Kelly McMillen; 5 grandchildren; sister, Shirley McMillen.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Barbara Lois Wade
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Barbara Lois Wade, 57 of Eden Prairie, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Edina Care Center in Edina. Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center in the gathering space. Mass of Christian Burial will also be held on Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Barbara was born on March 28, 1958 to Donald and Lorraine (Schreiber) Wade in Worthington, MN. She was a graduate of Worthington High School in 1976. She worked at Winco in Le Center and Nordic Ware in St. Louis Park. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and cooking.

Barbara is survived by Fiancé, Bob Berger; siblings, Monica Wasmund of Sibley, IA., Jan Johnson of Mankato, Joan (Steve) Kruse of Worthington, Jim Wade of Mankato and Gary (Katherine) Wade of Rushford; many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by, her parents and brother, Steven.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Chris Apitz
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Agnes (Chris) Thyra Marie Christensen Apitz
7/8/1928 – 3/19/2015

Chris Apitz was born on July 8, 1928 in Jackson Minnesota. She was raised in Jackson and graduated from Jackson High School in 1946.

Chris worked in a drug store in Jackson during high school and when home from Mankato Teachers college. It was at Mankato where she met her future husband, Earl Apitz, while helping people evacuate during the Minnesota River flood of 1950.

She graduated from Mankato Teachers college in 1949.

Chris and Earl were married on March 8, 1952, and got trapped by a late winter snowstorm in Minneapolis trying to get to their honeymoon in northern Minnesota. They had one daughter, Lynnette, who was born in 1953.

Chris and Earl settled in Le Center Minnesota where they both taught school, Chris taught first grade and Earl taught Science and Industrial Arts.

After retirement Chris and Earl spent time on their 70 acre farm outside of Montgomery Minnesota.

A former student of both Chris (1st grade) and Earl (Industrial Arts), Jeannie Wohlers, began stopping by the farm to ask Earl’s advice about her own property. They became close friends and Jeannie asked Chris & Earl if she could call them Mom & Dad. With Lynnette’s blessing Jeannie became Earl & Chris’ adopted daughter.

Earl bought his first Harley Davidson Motorcycle when he was 70, without telling Chris, who was visiting friends in Hawaii. After she got home they both embraced motorcycling. Chris even earned her own motorcycle drivers endorsement.

Chris loved living in the country and, along with Earl, tended to their horses, gardened and canned the harvest and also enjoyed entertaining family and friends. She loved music; playing the piano and organ and singing were favorite times. Chris also loved to travel and with Earl explored this continent and her beloved Denmark, Norway and Germany.

The birth of her grandchild Cody was a highlight of her life.

Chris was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment in 2004 and after Earl passed away, required at home care and subsequently assisted living arrangements. She moved to Memory Care in Traditions of Montgomery in 2009. Visits from friends and children were always the best part of her day.

Chris’s family would like to thank the staff at Hospice Advantage for caring for Chris the last few weeks of her life with such caring and compassion. She passed away peacefully in her sleep.

A remembrance and celebration of Chris’s life will be held at Le Center Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Private burial will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Joseph Edward Frericks
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Joseph Edward Frericks, 77, of Le Center, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Mayo Health Systems in New Prague. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center in the gathering space from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Funeral will also be held on Tuesday, March 31 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be at a later date.

Joseph was born on February 2, 1938 in Wabasso to Al and Elizabeth (Barthole) Frericks. He graduated from Wabasso High School and served in the United States Army and National Guard. He was united in marriage to Joan Hammerschmidt on August 1, 1964 in Wabasso. Joseph helped his parents on the family farm, was a carpenter for Woelfel Construction and a bartender for the Le Center Municipal Liquor Store. He was a life member of the VFW and was a Le Center Fireman. He enjoyed fly fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Frericks of Le Center; children, Edward (Darlene) Frericks of Le Center, Susan (Mark) Broman of Mankato, Dianne (Neil) Nowotczynski of Finland, Charlene (Brian) Quist of Le Center, Roxanne (Brian) Prochaska of Montgomery, Daniel Frericks of Le Center and Nicole Schipper of Mankato; 18 grandchildren, 3-1/2 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lorraine Petersen of Wabasso, Jim (Lanay) Frericks of Silver Bay, Karen Pelzel of Wisconsin, and Ron (Linda) Frericks of Hopkins; sister-in-law, Marilyn Frericks of Silver Bay.

Joseph is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Don Frericks and Ken Frericks; brother-in-laws; Bob Petersen and Ken Pelzel.

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Harry LeRoy Ely
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Harry LeRoy Ely, 82 Cleveland, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Visitation will be on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with the Funeral service to follow. Burial will be at German Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Cleveland American Legion or Cleveland Fire Department.

Harry was born on August 26, 1932 In Le Sueur County to Sherman and Lela (Smith) Ely. He served in the United States Army. He was united in marriage to Alice (Iverna) Zimmerman on January 12, 1955 in Le Center at St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Cleveland American Legion and the Le Center VFW. He enjoyed dancing, fishing, camping trips and auto mechanics.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Ely of Cleveland; children, Darrell (Rebecca) Ely of Eagle Lake, Diane (Sonnie) Lambrecht of New Prague, Dayton Ely of Cleveland, DeNell (John) Cesafsky of Le Center and Darren (Corrinne) Ely of Cleveland; 14 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; sister, Marvis (Roger) O’Malley of Hutchinson, sisters-in-law, Ardis Ely and Elsie Ely of Cleveland, and brother-in-law, Kenneth Grice of St. Paul.

Harry is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mildred, Lola and Marion; brothers, Willis and Bud.

Military honors will be provided by the Cleveland Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Alice (Struthers) Schultz
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Margaret Alice (Struthers) Schultz, 85 of Le Center, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Benedictine Center in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Funeral service will also be held on Thursday, March 26, at 11 a.m. also at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Blue Grass Cemetery in Le Center.

Margaret was born January 27, 1930, in Lake Crystal to Harold and Ethel (Griffith) Weldon. She worked at Blue Lilly Farms in Le Center, Golden Choices as a Health care attendant and also Winco. She enjoyed bird watching, flower gardening, sewing, collecting American Indian keepsakes and loved eagles and spoiling her grandchildren.

Margaret is survived by children, Jean (Russ) Harkins of Le Center, Karen (Ron) Schmidt of Le Center and David Schultz of Missouri; 12 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Gwen) Weldon of St. Peter; and sister-in-law, Rose Weldon of Le Center.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Meryl Schultz; son, Gerald as an infant; parents; brothers, Robert and LeRoy; and sister, Lois Kruger.
Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Kathleen Marie Braun
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Kathleen Marie Braun, 59, of Montgomery passed away on March 23, 2015 at North Memorial Medical Center following a tragic fall at her home. Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Memorial service will also be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 25 at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lexington.

Kathy was born on February 21, 1956 in New Prague to Donald and Emie (Blank) Braun of Montgomery. She graduated from Montgomery High School in 1974 and was employed with Horizon Homes in Mankato. Kathy enjoyed cooking and her specialty was pies.

Kathy is survived by her mother, Emie Braun of Montgomery; sister, Cindy (Mark) Shaughnessy of Montgomery; niece, Kelly (Matt) Kramer of Rosemount; and great niece, Felicity Kramer of Rosemount.

She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Braun; grandparents, Oscar (Muriel) Braun and Joseph (Anna) Blank.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929
Jerome Patrick Claffey
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Jerome Patrick Claffey, 82, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at his home in Kilkenny. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny.

Jerome was born on January, 23, 1933 in Kilkenny to Francis and Grace (Doyle) Claffey. He was united in marriage to Patricia Loftus in 1952 at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny. Jerome was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who brought laughter to his family and those fortunate enough to know him. He enjoyed playing cards, spending time at the casino, socializing and loved working on the farm.

Jerome is survived by his children, Kathy Blaschko of Lonsdale, Margaret (Francis) Smith of Le Center, Colleen (Roger) Schrom of Maple Grove, John (Ann) Claffey of Le Center, Patti (Chip) Hutton of Eden Prairie, Michael (Sheila) Claffey of Dayton, Bobby (Debbie) Claffey of Le Center, Francis (Angela) Claffey of North Bend, WA, and Lori (Pete) Anderson of Prior Lake; 28 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, Gene Claffey of Le Center and special companion and loving pet, Sparky.

He is preceded in death by, parents; loving wife of 37 years Patricia Claffey; son, Jim Claffey and brother, Clayton Claffey.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Roger Vollmer
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Roger Vollmer, age 77, of Le Center, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at his home in Le Center. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Roger was born on March 28, 1937 on the family farm in rural Le Center to Roy and Merle (Eddy) Vollmer. He graduated from Le Center High School in 1955. He enlisted in the U.S. Army later that year serving his country in Korea as a combat engineer. He was united in marriage to Margaret Cashin on June 18th, 1960 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery MN.

Roger worked for the First State Bank of Le Center for 37 years. Upon retirement he worked for Palmer Transportation as a school bus driver. He was an active supporter of the Le Center community through his participation in the city council, Lion’s, Community Club, Jaycees, St. Mary’s church, and the VFW Color Guard. He was honored by the American Red Cross with his 10 gallon pin for blood donation. Roger was a lifetime member and past commander of Le Center VFW post 1803. His interests included motorcycling, golf, travel, and spending time with friends and family.

Roger is survived by children, Sheila (Larry) Thomas of Hastings, Robert (Melanie) Vollmer of Le Center; Grandchildren, Nathan, Connor and Lauren Thomas and Brennan and Gracelyn Vollmer; Siblings, Beth Barber of Le Center and Lloyd Vollmer of Hastings; Sister-in-laws, Mary Krenik and Rita Halloran; Brother-in-laws, T. Donald (Betty) Cashin and John “Jack” (Wilma) Cashin; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Margaret; sisters, Jean and Carol; two brother-in-laws, a sister-in-law; three nieces and one nephew.

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Evelyn H. Soukup
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Evelyn H. Soukup, 91 of Montgomery, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Traditions of Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will also be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Burial will be held at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery.

Evelyn was born November 27, 1923 to Thomas and Mary (Wondra) Daleiden. She taught school before being united in marriage to Frank H. Soukup on June 5, 1945 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Along-side her husband they owned and operated Franks Sport Shop for 30 years.

She loved gardening, quilting, sewing, crocheting, her grandchildren, fishing and traveling.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Steve (Cindy) Soukup of Prior Lake, David (Suzanne) Soukup of Montgomery and Alan (Mae) Soukup of Prior Lake; 8 grandchildren; siblings, Marion Young of Montgomery, Arthur Daleiden of Faribault and Archie Daleiden of New Ulm.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank H. Soukup in 2000 and parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery, MN 56069. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
William Alvin Miller
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William Alvin Miller, born July 31, 1928, passed away at the age of 86 the morning of Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Three Links Care Center, surrounded by his family. His visitation will be on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. His funeral will be held on Saturday, March 7th at St. John's Lutheran Church in Montgomery at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at the church. He will be laid to rest at St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery in the spring.

William, known as Bill, lived a full life working tirelessly on the farm, serving his country, and raising a family with his wife Marilyn. Bill was born on a farm in Kilkenny Township.

He was a lifelong farmer, and put in a full day's work, from dawn to dusk, every day of his life. During the Korean War, Bill proudly served his country in two tours with the army, where he earned two Purple Hearts.

When Bill returned from overseas, he farmed during the day and worked as a sheet metal worker at McQuay's. He became acquainted with Marilyn, a secretary at McQuay's, and in 1958 they were married. He worked the night shift at McQuay's in Faribault for 38 years. Over his 56 years of marriage to Marilyn, they raised five children on the farm a mile away from where he was raised. He taught them to be honest and hard-working.

In his small amount of spare time, Bill enjoyed ice fishing, deer hunting, and playing with his ten grandchildren, Jeremy (Ashley), Andrew, Amy, Rebecca, Matthew, Kristie, Beau, Megan, Hannah and Morgan. Bill continued his military service, and was a member of the VFW, Honor Guard and American Legion.

Bill joined his brother, Eldred Miller; parents, William H. and Mary Miller; and great-grandson, Ethan Michael Scheffert, in heaven. His legacy as a hard-working farmer and veteran live on through his wife, Marilyn; children, Douglas (Sue) Miller, Brenda (Gary Schienbein, Paige, Karli and Reed) Bokman, Karen (Doug) Gjerstad, Mark Miller and Bruce (Janice) Miller; siblings, Carlton (Mary Jane) Miller, Rose Perteet, Gloria Trcka, and Robert (Barb) Miller. He will be deeply missed.

Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929
Joseph Anthony Tamborino
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Joseph Anthony Tambornino, age 95, of Le Center, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Ecumen in Le Center. Visitation will be Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will also be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in the spring. Memorials are preferred to St. Mary's Building Fund.

Joseph was born on September 20, 1919 to Alphonse and Lillian (Farnan) Tambornino in Le Center. He graduated from Le Center High School. Was united in marriage to Edith Arlene Murray on September 8, 1943 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. He worked for Le Sueur Newspaper, Spors and also worked on the farm.

He enjoyed gardening, tree planting, being outdoors, square dancing, traveling throughout the United States visiting family and friends.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Edith Tambornino of Le Center; son, Steve (Evie) Tambornino of Le Center; grandchildren, Jay (Vickie) Tambornino of New Ulm, Sheila (Kevin) Huber of Le Center and Teri (Jason) Squires of Le Center and sister, Rita Tambornino of California; and great grandchildren, Marissa and Taylor Tambornino, Dan and Christina Huber, and Jordan and Matthew Squires.

He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, George Tambornino, Edith, Mary Grace and Alice.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Carol Ann Teel
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Carol Ann Teel, 68 of Le Center, passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at St. Peter Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Carol was born on March 7, 1946 in St. Peter to Robert and Helen (Zvanovec) Nelson. She graduated from Le Center High School in 1964 and Mankato State University in 1968. She was a Spanish Teacher, Home Bound Tutor and English Literature Teacher for over 30 years. She taught at Dover-Eyota , Cleveland and Le Center High Schools. Carol retired from teaching in 2006.

Carol was united in marriage to Leonard Teel on June 15, 1969 at the United Methodist Church in Le Center. She devoted her life to caring for her children and grandchildren. She loved spending time with family and friends, sewing, crafts, cooking, singing in the church choir, traveling with her Spanish classes to Mexico and Spain, casino trips and spending her winnings on the Home Shopping Network.

Those left cherishing her memory is her husband, Leonard Teel of Le Center, daughters, Michelle (Kevin) Hunter of Buffalo and Tricia Earle of St. Louis Park. The joy, inspiration and hope in her life, grandchildren; Khloe Carol and Kevin Hunter Jr., Sophie and Dayton Earle. Carol is survived by her brother Robert Nelson of Virginia Beach, VA.

She is proceeded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral services will be held at the Le Center United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2:00pm with visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will be at the Czech National Cemetery in New Prague.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
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Blaine Charles Lande
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Blaine Charles Lande, 57 of Burnsville, formerly of Montgomery, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015 at his home. Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 10 a.m. to Noon at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Funeral service will also be Tuesday at Noon at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery in Montgomery in spring.

Blaine was born on February 6, 1958 to Charles and Gloria (Thorsen) Lande in Waterloo, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years and worked on radar and missile guidance systems. Upon returning from the Navy he lived in Boston, MA. and worked on electronics. He enjoyed carpentry and automobile mechanics.

He is survived by his step-mother, Patsy (Brockway) Lande of Le Center; siblings, Brian Lande of Montgomery, Phillip Lande of Burnsville, Rick (Kathy) Brockway of Montgomery, Tammie (Steve) Pan of Montgomery and Gary (Marilyn) Brockway of Eyota; many nieces and nephews, other family and friends.

Blaine is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Gloria Lande and uncle Alan.

Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery, 507-364-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Phillip Steven Lande
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Phillip Steven Lande, age 52, of Burnsville formerly of Montgomery, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015 at his home. Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 10 a.m. to Noon at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Funeral service will also be Tuesday at Noon at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery in Montgomery in spring.

Phillip was born on July 19, 1962 in Fargo, North Dakota to Charles and Gloria (Thorsen) Lande. He graduated from Montgomery High School. He was united in marriage to Beth Cupp in 1985 at St. John Lutheran Church. Phillip worked for Comcast cable company for 20 years and then in sales for Ashley Furniture. He enjoyed cooking, being with people and outdoor activities.

Phillip is survived by daughter, Natalie Lande of Burnsville; Niece, Sydney Lande of Montgomery; step-mother, Patsy (Brockway) Lande of Le Center; siblings, Brian Lande of Montgomery, Rick (Kathy) Brockway of Montgomery, Tammie (Steve) Pan of Montgomery and Gary (Marilyn) Brockway of Eyota; many nieces and nephews, other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Blaine Lande.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Ambrose Edward Duffney
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Ambrose Edward Duffney, age 89, of Lonsdale, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Three Links Care Center in Northfield. Visitation will be on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Funeral service will also be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Ambrose was born on February 27, 1925 in Rice County. He served in the United States Army. He was united in marriage to Dorothy (Zvanovec) Duffney at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on May 12, 1949.
He was a member of the VFW of Montgomery, Lonsdale American Legion and the Knights of Columbus in Montgomery. He enjoyed fishing, time with his grandchildren, card playing and taxidermy.

Ambrose will be deeply missed by his wife, Dorothy Duffney of Lonsdale; children, Shirley Pumper of Montgomery, Bonny Duffney of Woodville, WI., Duane (Vicky) Duffney of Montgomery and Debora (Dave) Pederson of Lonsdale; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; brothers, Leonard (Rhoda) Duffney of Montgomery and Roger (JoAnn) Duffney of Washington State and brother-in-law, Arnold Kukacka of Montgomery.

He is preceded in death by his parents; 5 sisters and 1 brother.

Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery and Lonsdale area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929.


Lincoln O. Cramer
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Lincoln O. Cramer, 85 of Le Center, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with Funeral service also at the Le Center Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Winnebago.

Lincoln was born on February 12, 1930 to David T. and Mary (Lumburg) Cramer in Mankato. The youngest of 8 boys he was raised on the family farm south of Beauford. Lincoln graduated from Mapleton High School and served as a U.S. Marine in the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth E. Miller on April 1, 1955. They moved to St. Peter where they raised their family. Lincoln worked at several companies including ADC in St. Peter and Brinktons and Larson in Le Center.

He is survived by his children, Willa (Wayne) Bratsch of Le Center, William (Cherry) Cramer of Eagan and Ronald (Nancy) Cramer of Maple Grove; and 7 grandchildren.

Lincoln is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth in 2008, parents and 7 brothers, Marlow, Leslie in infancy, Merwin, Adrian, Sylvan, David I. and Brenton .

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
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Mildred Sautter
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Mildred Sautter, 93 of Le Center, passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at her home. Visitation is Monday, February 16, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Le Center with Memorial service at 2 p.m. Burial will be held in sprin g.

Mildred was born on June 9, 1921 to Joseph and Mary (Trcka) Flicek in Montgomery. She was united in marriage to Vernon Sautter. She was a cook at the Le Center School, the American Legion, and also at the Le Sueur County Enforcement Center. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, fishing and dancing.

Mildred is survived by her daugters, Jan (Loren Bahls) Pedersen of Webster and Roxann Sautter of Waseca; granddaughter, Lisa (Tim) O’Malley of Le Center and 2 great grandchildren, Parker and Myla O’Malley; sisters, Marion Bailey of Nerstrand and Irene Hahn of Texas and sister-in-laws, Marvel Harmeyer of Le Center and Shirley Sautter of New Prague.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Vernon Sautter and son Charles Eugene Sautter in infancy.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
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Addison J. Sommers
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Addison J. Sommers, infant daughter of Kyle and Kate (Richter) Sommers of Montgomery, was born and received in silence into God's loving hands on Monday morning, February 2.

Addison is survived by her parents; grandparents, Rick and Bunny Sommers of Waseca, and David and Karen Richter of Montgomery; great grandparents, Armin and Darlene Tesch of Waldorf; Charles and Shirley Richter, and Carol Gieseke of Montgomery; uncles, Derrick (Amanda) Sommers of Waseca, and Brad Richter of Montgomery; and cousins, Hannah and Abigail Sommers of Waseca.

Addison was preceded in death by her great grandparents, Janice and Buddy
Sommers of Waseca, and great-uncles Arlen Tesch and David Gieseke.

A private family service will be held on Monday, February 9. In lieu of flowers, the parents request memorials be given to Infants Remembered in Silence (IRIS), (www.irisRemembers.org) or to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home of Montgomery.
Donald Joseph Wondra
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Donald Joseph Wondra, age 81, of Montgomery, died on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Donald was born November 1, 1933 to Joseph and Mary (Blank) Wondra. He graduated from Montgomery High School and served in the U.S. Army Para Troopers during the Korean War.

He was united in marriage to Neala Kendall at St. Joseph Church in Lexington and had worked at Parson Plumbing & Hardware and did road construction. He later was operator for Montgomery’s Waste treatment plan and supervisor for the city crew.

Don is survived by his wife, Neala of Montgomery; son Brian of Prior Lake; daughter, Brenda of Montgomery; 2 grandchildren, Emma and Jake Wondra; and sister, Bettie Hertaus of Shakopee.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Dottie Ann in infancy; his parents and a brother-in-law, Marvin Hertaus.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Linda L. Skluzacek
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Linda L. Skluzacek, 60, of Montgomery passed away on January 14, 2015 at her home in Montgomery surrounded by her loving husband, children and sister after a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 1 p.m. the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior.

Linda was born on September 11, 1954 in Hialeah, Florida to Anthony and June (Renzelman) Talarczyk. She grew up in Bloomington and graduated from Lincoln High School class of 1972 in Bloomington. She was united in marriage to Lloyd G. Skluzacek on May 8, 1976 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. She worked at Washa’s Department Store, Skluzacek Oil and was owner of Our Gang Video in Montgomery. She enjoyed antiquing, her artwork and crafts, bird watching and most of all, she enjoyed her children and grandchildren.

Linda is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Lloyd Skluzacek of Montgomery; children, Tony (Dawn) Skluzacek of Montgomery, Lynnette (Dave) Eckblad of St. Peter, Sarah (Eric) Schlangen of St. Joseph and Lloyd J. (Shannon) Skluzacek of Mankato; 5 grandchildren and 6 step-grandchildren; siblings, Christine (John) Andersen of Salem, Utah and Anthony (Amy) Talarczyk of Vicksburg, Mississippi; sister-in-law, Ann Talarczyk of San Antonio, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Harry Talarczyk and Wayne Talarczyk.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929.
Ann Marie (Cooney) McShane
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Ann Marie (Cooney) McShane, 84 of Minneapolis formerly of Le Center, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Catholic Elder Care in Minneapolis. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with rosary at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Ann was born June 3, 1930, in Kilkenny Township, Le Sueur County, MN to Charles M. and Mary (Warnemunde) Cooney. She grew up on the family farm in Cordova Township with six brothers and a sister. She graduated from Le Center High School, attended Normal School and taught briefly in a one room school house near Sleepy Eye, MN. Then traveled to Southern California with her brother John and his family where she worked in an office. Married Donald M. McShane on May 24, 1952, and was a loving and caring mother of six children. She spent most of her married life in Onamia, MN then returned to Le Center in the early 1980’s. She was a member of Church of St. Mary and volunteered at the Le Center Food Shelf. Ann loved to read especially before going to sleep. She was an active patron of the Le Center Public Library.

Ann is survived by her children, Terry and Mark Lewis of Portland, OR their daughter Christina and fiancé Alex Wheatley, and son William Lewis, Daniel McShane of Ramsey and his son Zachary, Charles McShane of the Republic of Burundi and sons Evan and Spencer, Paula and Willie Monteiro of Minneapolis and their sons Marco and Thomas, Mark and Michelle McShane of Oak Grove and their children Abigale and Landon; brothers Patrick and Vi Cooney of Le Center and Ray and Janet Cooney of New Prague, and sister, Theresa and Warren Christianson of Ranch Mirage, CA.

She is preceded in death by her and husband, Donald; son, Thomas both in 1976, her parents; and brothers, Emmett, John, Urban, and Robert.
Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Grace Elizabeth Kendall
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Grace Elizabeth Kendall, 89 of Le Center, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Services will be held in spring and burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center.

Grace was born on June 28, 1925 to Fred and Elizabeth (Krueger) Zelmer in Kilkenny. She graduated from Montgomery High School in 1943. She was united in marriage to Wilfred Max Kendall “Jiggs” on November 6, 1955 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kilkenny.

She worked at EF Johnson-Waseca and Café Kilkenny, Montgomery Canning Factory and was a homemaker.

Grace is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Wilfred Kendall and daughter Kay Anne.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
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Blanche Delores Picka
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Blanche Delores Picka of St. Paul passed away on January 3, 2015 at United Hospital in St. Paul. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery at 10:30 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be held along side of her husband at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery.

Blanche was born June 17, 1925 to James and Bessie (Shetka) Wondra in Montgomery Township. She attended Rural School District 26 and Montgomery High School. Upon graduation, she attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis and thereafter she worked at Spors, Inc. in Le Center, Minnesota.

Blanche and her husband George corresponded during World War II and after the war ended, they married on November 27, 1946 and made their home in St. Paul. They loved each other for 64 ½ years in marriage and 2 years before marriage. They were so happy together. After her marriage, she worked as a Secretary for State Farm Insurance in the Claims Division serving Montana, North and South Dakota for eleven years. After the company moved out of state, she worked for the State of Minnesota, Driver’s License Division, and St. Paul Public Schools in the Early Childhood Program and Monroe High School Library. She retired in 1991.

While living in St. Paul, Blanche and family often went home to the farm on weekends to be with family. Blanche, George and her children loved the farm.
She loved traveling, gardening, canning, reading, sewing and crocheting. Travel included all 50 states and 30 countries always with her husband, George and her children. While traveling in the states, her little dog, Rufus, traveled with her because she never left anyone behind.

Blanche is survived by children, Katherine “Kitty” Josephine (Clayton Zimmerman), of Arden Hills, and twins, Constance “Connie” Marie (Ronald Brastad) of Rosemount and David Michael Picka (Kathy) of Mosinee, Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Kimberly (Adam Smith), Melinda (Dan Parker), Michael and Mariah Picka; and four great grandchildren, Kaia Maye and Alton Eric Smith and twins Audrey Vanessa and Lucas Joseph Parker (and another great grandchild Parker on the way).

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George, on August 13, 2011; her parents James and Bessie Wondra; brothers, Harry, Clarence and Arthur; and a baby sister.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929.
Elaine Mary Willette
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Elaine Mary Willette, 76 of Le Center, passed away on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Immanuel St. Joseph Hospital in Mankato. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with rosary at 2:45 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be also held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Elaine was born on January 19, 1938 to Edward and Hedwig “Hattie” (Kalis) Evan in Minnesota Lake Township. She attended Minnesota Lake High School. She was united in marriage to Marvin Willette on May 19, 1959. She was a loving wife and caring mother, she was a pillar of the community involved in church activities, 4-H, Home Ext., and volunteered for community events. She worked at Casey’s General Store for 26 years as the dedicated kitchen manager and enjoyed promoting the store to everyone she chatted with. She was also a passionate gardener, very hard worker, and loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Marvin Willette of Le Center; children, Jodi and Mark Rouse of Maple Grove their daughter, Emily and Derrick Diedrick, Judy and Dan Rogich from Fridley their daughter, Katherine and fiancé Chris Lindstrom, Alexia and Ronan Lindstrom, John and Jill Willette of Wells and their children, Emma Willette and fiancé Steven Santee and Tony Willette, Helen and Mike Heiland of Excelsior and their children, Lindsay, Kyle and Rachel Sather, and Tim and Amber Willette of Spring Valley; Siblings, Jeanne and David Becker of Mankato, Joyce and Warren Schneeberger of East Gull Lake, Helen and Mike Manders of Mankato, Barb and Dale Koplen of Pemberton, Muggs and Denny Zabel of St Clair, Alice and Oren Roeker of Minnesota Lake, Hona and Mark Beyer of Minnesota Lake, Chuck and Joan Evan of Minnesota Lake, Theresa Kirchner of Pella, IA. and Rose and Randy Cole of Good Thunder.


She is preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother in infancy, stepmothers and son, Tony.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
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Mary Ann Alys Meidlinger
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Mary Ann Alys Meidlinger, 86, of Le Center, died Friday, December 26, 2014, at the Northfield Care Center with family by her side. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 2, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. at Northfield Care Center chapel in Northfield.
Mary Ann was born December 14, 1928 in St. Paul to Ralph and Alice Reeves. She graduated from Harding High School in St. Paul. She married Arthur (A.J.) Meidlinger on May 14, 1949. Mary Ann was very active in church activities. She was known by family and friends as a great cook and by always being very hospitable. Mary Ann was co-founder of Armar Corporation. After starting retirement Mary Ann and A.J. spent their winters in Arizona and their summers in Minnesota. About 8 years ago she suffered a stroke which confined her to a wheel chair. She then moved into the Northfield Care Center. While she was there she enjoyed playing bingo.
She is survived by her children, Bruce (Debbie) of Le Center, Mark (Darcy) of San Tan Valley, Az., Roger (Sally), of St. Paul, Gary of Le Center, Margie (Mark) of Le Center; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Carol Bullman of St. Paul and many relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, A.J.; her parents, 3 brothers; 7 sisters and 2 grandchildren.
Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Alvin George Wondra
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Alvin George Wondra, age 86, of Montgomery, died at his home on Monday, December 29, 2014. Private family services will be held.

Alvin was born on February 13, 1928 at his home in Montgomery to George F. and Mary (Kotek) Wondra. He attended Sherman High School. Alvin taught auto mechanics and worked at Rydell, Zoff Chevrolet, Wondra Brothers, and MVE. He married Margaret M. Parsons.

Alvin is survived by his wife, Margie of Montgomery; Daughter, Chrys (Stephen) Vrzal of Montgomery; two sons, Steven (Gail) Wondra of Le Center and David (Lynn) Wondra of Montgomery; 9 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and brother, Marvin Wondra of Montgomery.

He is preceded in death by his parents.
Marvin Denzer Sr.
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Marvin Denzer Sr, 79 of Montgomery passed away peacefully at home Thursday December 18, 2014 surrounded by family. Celebration of Life will be held Saturday December 27, 2014 at Noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Montgomery, MN with Pastor Robert Kaul officiating. Visitation will be held 2 hours prior to service from 10:00 am to Noon. Spring interment will be held at St. John’s Cemetery in Montgomery.

Marvin was born August 19, 1935 in Lexington Township, Le Sueur County, MN to Wallace and Margaret (Ehrich) Denzer. He was united in marriage to Dorothy (Dietz) on November 5, 1960 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Montgomery, MN.

Marvin was an independent owner/operator who drove for International Transport (IT) in Rochester, MN from 1960 -1992 and for Transport Design in Savage, MN from 1992 until his retirement in June 2014. Marvin enjoyed participating in the Special Olympics Truck Convey on an annual basis and was a 10 year veteran of this event. He participated in convoys in both MN and CO and was present the year his granddaughter Tiffany was selected to Team Colorado for the Special Olympics National Games in Ames, IA in 2006. He also enjoyed attending the annual IT Truckers Reunion held in Fergus Falls, MN.
Marvin enjoyed his 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Marvin is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 54 years and four children, Deborah (Greg) Kasper of Belle Plaine; Robert (Lynn) Denzer of Montgomery; Sue (Dave Novak) Novak, Ft. Myers, FL; and Marvin, Jr. (Shelly) Denzer of Waconia; brother Cliff (Joyce) Denzer of Weslaco, TX; three sisters Agnes (Alvin) Tuma of Montgomery, Dorothy (Harry) Moravec of Veslie, and Margaret (Mike) LaPlant of Shakopee and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and two sisters.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery, MN. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com

LaVaughn M. Scheffert
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LaVaughn M. Scheffert, age 72, of Montgomery, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation will be at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery on Thursday, December 18 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Funeral Service will be at the funeral home on Friday, December 19 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at St. Michael Cemetery in Montgomery.

LaVaughn was born on February 21, 1942 in New Prague to Frank and Alice (Wondra) Janaszak. She attended St. Raphael’s Catholic School in Montgomery, and graduated from High School in Montgomery. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Scheffert on June 6, 1961 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. She was a homemaker and also worked at the Drive-in, Munsingwear and the Dry Cleaner in Montgomery.

LaVaughn enjoyed spending time with family, visiting with friends, being outdoors, and reading.

She is survived by her daughter, Katie (Bernie) LaCanne of Montgomery; three sons, Mike (Christy) Scheffert of Montgomery and Dan Scheffert of Faribault; brother, Don Janaszak of Park Rapids; five grandchildren, Jeremy (Ashley), Amy, Megan, Chelsea, and Connor; and one great grandson, Ethan.

LaVaughn is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; her parents, Frank & Alice Janaszak; and one son, Paul.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www. Schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Olga H. McDonald
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Olga H. McDonald, age 87, of Montgomery, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 at Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague. Private family services and burial will be held.

Olga was born to Frank and Emily (Kalina) Holetz on December 13, 1926 in Lexington Township, Le Sueur County. Attended country school in Lexington Township and lived on the farm from 1952 to 1968 and then moved to Montgomery. She worked at Armor meat packing in South St. Paul, Le Sueur Foundry, Control Data in Plymouth, Heat & Glow in Montgomery, Green Giant and Mala Strana. She enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, grilling, flowers, wild life, birds, all nature and her family.

Olga is survived by children, Emily (Roger) Tuma of Montgomery, Glen (Cheryl) McDonald of Montgomery and Nick (Bobbie) McDonald of Montgomery; grandchildren, Jamie Tuma, Samantha
(Torfinn) Zempel, Tabitha McDonald and (Andrew Dunbar), Cody and Trevor McDonald; great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Jack Zempel; siblings, Virgina Hruska of Faribault and Milton (Lois) Holetz of Montgomery; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Kenneth Harkins
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Kenneth Albert Harkins, of Le Center, lost his long battle with cancer at the age of 59 on Friday, December 5, 2014 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will also be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Kenneth was born on September 5, 1955 in Mankato to Clarence and Kathryn (Minars) Harkins. He attended McKinley High School in Le Center. He was employed as a cement truck driver and also worked in the oil fields in Alaska.

He enjoyed ice fishing, canning pickles, All Star Wrestling, mowing lawns, watching westerns on TV and detailing his beloved fishhouse and truck.

Kenneth is survived by his brothers, Mike (Pat) Harkins of Le Center and Russ (Jean) Harkins of Le Center; brother-in-law, Denny Lang of Le Center and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Kathryn Harkins and sister Bonnie Lang.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Mary Louise Janovsky
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Mary Louise Janovsky, 93, formerly of Le Center, passed away on Monday, December 8, 2014 in Waterloo Iowa. Memorial service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran in Le Center at a later date.

Mary was born February 4, 1921 in Le Sueur to Hugh and Minnie (Erickson) Doherty. She graduated from High School and attended college. She was united in marriage to Edsel Janovsky on June 26, 1939 in Le Sueur. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge and was a wonderful cook.
Mary is survived by her children, Lynda Spurgat of Waterloo, IA., Jerry Janovsky of West Weslaco, TX., and Rodney Janovsky of Dickson, TN. and five grandchildren
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edsel Janovsky and son, Robert Janovsky

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Russell Alvin Kopet
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Russell Alvin Kopet, age 59, of Le Center, died on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be held at Le Center Funeral Home on Sunday, December 7 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred toward another community member in need.

Russ was born on March 21, 1955 in St. Peter to Alvin and Dorothy (Pete) Kopet. He graduated from Le Center High School. Russ and Connie (Koubele) were united in marriage on April 26, 1980 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. He learned his trade as a heavy equipment operator working for his dad many years and later becoming proud owner of Russ Kopet Construction with his son Kelly, whom he has enjoyed watching take over the family business.

Russ enjoyed winter and summer fishing, traveling to Mille Lacs, snowmobiling, motorcycling, gambling, going for rides, socializing with morning coffee group at Home Plate and spending time with grandchildren, family and friends.

Russ is survived by his wife, Connie Kopet, of Le Center; children, Shannon (Peter) Esser of Cleveland and Kelly Kopet of Le Center; grandchildren, Ellie and Max Esser; siblings, Ron (Deb) Kopet of Le Center, Rich (Annie) Kopet of Le Center, Brenda (Curt) Kunkel of Plymouth and Robbie (Jaci) Kopet of Cleveland; parent-in-laws, Frank and Alvia Koubele of Montgomery; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Sharon Koubele of Las Vegas, Raymond Koubele of Montgomery and Carol and Jim Turek of Kentucky and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Judy Gaydon.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Lucille Jeanette Krenik
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Lucille Jeanette Krenik, 100 of Le Center, went home to be with her heavenly father on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Central Health Care of Le Center. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, December 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation 2 hours prior at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Lucille was born on August 12, 1914 in Cleveland, MN to Hugo and Kate (Hart) Bolke. When she was six months old her family moved to Le Center after her father was elected Sheriff of Le Sueur County and they lived in the jailhouse quarters on Park Ave. Lucille lived a total of twelve years at the jailhouse while her parents took care of the Sheriff and Jailer responsibilities and she assisted with all of these duties. She graduated from McKinley High School in Le Center in 1931 followed by Teacher’s college and taught all grades in area country schools for three years.

She was united in marriage to Theofil Krenik at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center on August 27, 1935. They purchased the Frank Krenik farm and farmed there until retirement in 1973 that same year they sold the farm and built a new home in Le Center. Lucille worked for many years raising their family, large gardens, canning, and helping care for the farm. Later on she worked for many years at Central Health Care in Le Center in the dietary department.

Lucille was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Parish and CCW. She was well known for her excellent cooking, hospitality and loved the holidays.

Lucille is survived by children, Gerald (Gloria) Krenik of Easton, PA, Kenneth (Patricia) Krenik of Le Center, Ronald (Sanarose) Krenik of Le Sueur, Alan (Judith) Krenik of Porter, TX., Connie (Dennis) Schwab of Corwith, IA.; 14 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Theofil Krenik in 2003; grandparents Herman Bolke (1888) and Helma Bolke (1905), Fred Hart (1912) and Elizabeth Hart (1918); parents, Hugo Bolke (1933) and Kate (Hart) Bolke (1963); brothers, Arthur Bolke (1940), Fredrick Bolke (1970) and Rinard Bolke (1943); sister, Dorothy (Bolke) Traxler (1997); great-grandson, Dillon Brian Krenik (1999).

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com

David Lewis Kahl, Jr.
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David Lewis Kahl, Jr., age 87 of Le Center, died Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Central Health Care Center in Le Center. Visitation will be held at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center on Wednesday, November 12 from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. An Oddfellows service will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday at 10:30. Funeral Service will also be at the Funeral Home on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

David was born on January 23, 1927 in Ft. Dodge, Iowa to David Lewis, Sr. and Madaline (Loux) Kahl. He attended school in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, then married Harriet Larson on February 3, 1962. He worked at the GTA Elevator, for Hrdlicka Trucking, and was a part time police officer in Hayfield and Olso, MN. David was a member of the Elks, Moose Lodge, and Oddfellows. He enjoyed woodworking, painting, and travelling.

David is survived by his wife, Harriet; three sons, William & Linda Alitz, Albert Alitz & Cindy Davis, and Robert & Michele Kahl all of Le Center; daughter, Sheryl & Lamar Palmquist of Le Center; 20 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; and brother, Harold Kahl of Grandmeadow.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Carlos Alitz; and three brothers, Maynard, Darrell, and Calvin.
Edward J. Skluzacek
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Edward J. Skluzacek age 85, of Montgomery, passed away on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Mayo Systems Hospital in New Prague. Visitation will be on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Edward was born on June 3, 1929 in New Prague to Edward E. and Christina (Malecha) Skluzacek. He graduated from New Prague High School. He served in the United States Army from 1953 – 1956. He was united in marriage to Ann Rose Brezina on April 29, 1958 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Edward worked for the City of Montgomery for 20 years. He was a member of the VFW in New Prague and enjoyed gardening and reading.

Edward is survived by his children, Marie Cooper of Waseca, Kenneth (Theresa) Skluzacek of Madison, South Dakota, Timothy Skluzacek of Galveston, TX., Charles (Patti) Skluzacek of Madison, South Dakota, Debra Skluzacek of Montgomery and Greg (Tracie) Skluzacek of Jordan; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary (Harold) Gregory Skluzacek of Belle Plaine, Joseph (Eileen) Skluzacek of New Prague, Betty Odenthal of New Market, Bernard (Jan) Skluzacek of Chicago, IL., and Patricia Ranzau of Burnsville.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ann Rose; daughter, Cathy at birth; and sister, Rita Wagner.

Military Honors provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Milo H. Chlan
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Milo J. Chlan, age 85, of Montgomery, passed away Friday, October 24 in New Prague, 2014. Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral service will be Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with visitation 1 hour prior at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Milo was born on November 19, 1928 in Veseli to Thomas and Agnes (Sempaur) Chlan. He served in the United States Army in Germany from 1951 to 1953 where he met and was united in marriage to Hedi Gartner on July 11, 1953 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Upon returning to the United States he worked for Sanitary Creamery and Green Giant for 18 years.

He was a member of the VFW of Montgomery. He enjoyed fishing- all year long, helping others with jobs, craft work and his grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Milo is survived by wife of 61 years, Hedi Chlan of Montgomery; children, Hedi (Bill) Pelowski of Montgomery, Aggie (Ray) Otero of Riverside California, Susan (Richard) Olson of Faribault and Linda Chlan (James) Grindle of Lakeville; 5 grandchildren, Brian (Mia) Pelowski, Jeff Pelowski, Kevin Pelowski, Kathy (Nate) Carlson and Margaret Hanson; great-grandchild, Drew Pelowski, and brother, Emil (Gertie) Chlan of New Prague and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Tom Chlan and George Chlan; sister, Agnes Noiske and granddaughter, Teresa Otero.

Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Phyllis Hrdlicka
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Phyllis Hrdlicka, 92 of Le Center, passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Rivers Edge Hospital in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Phyllis was born on February 28, 1922 in Belle Plaine to Michael Sr. and Elizabeth (Gliczinski) Plonski. She was united in marriage to Clement J. Hrdlicka on April 2, 1940 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lexington. She worked for Farmer Seed and Nursery and Spors in Le Center.

She is survived by children; Joyce Zelenka of St. Peter, David Hrdlicka of Peoria, AZ., Jerry (Linda) Hrdlicka of Rogers, and Nancy (Ken) Franek of New Prague; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Marge Freier of Minneapolis, Theresa Spence of Minneapolis, and Larry Plonski of Belle Plaine.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clement Hrdlicka; infant daughter and grandson, Jeremy Franek; brothers Michael Plonski, Joe Plonski, John Plonski; sister, Marion Blaha and Betty Manjoni.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Dwight Thomas Traxler
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Dwight Thomas Traxler, age 55, of St. Peter, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center on Monday, October 27, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Funeral services will be held also at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center on Monday, October 27 at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to charity of your choice.

Dwight was born on August 16, 1959 in Mankato to Tommy and Kathryn (Krenik) Traxler. He attended vocational Tech school and worked as an electrician for Dome Pipeline.

Dwight is survived by his mother, Kathryn Traxler and his son, Jonathon Traxler of Cookville, TN.
He is preceded in death by his father Tommy Traxler and brother Jim Traxler.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Mary Ann Wood
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Mary Ann Wood, 85, of Le Center, passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Horizon Place in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Memorials preferred to St. Mary’s Church building fund.

Mary was born on November 10, 1928 in Jordan to Nicholas and Christine (Wick) VonBank. She went to St. John’s Catholic School and High School in Jordan. She was united in marriage to Russell Wood in Jordan on April 28, 1949. She worked at Spors Company, along with various jobs, with retiring at WINCO in Le Center. Her and Russell also owned Woods bar in New Prague.

She did much volunteer work for St. Mary’s Thrift Store, food shelf, St. Mary’s Quilting, along with being a Eucharistic Minister. She enjoyed gardening, loved her children and grandchildren immensely, going to family events, along with cooking and baking.

Mary is survived by her children, Cheryl Wolff (Roger Thompson) of Clearwater, Arlie (Luanne) Wood of Deland, FL., Steve (Karen) Wood of Rice, Mary (Chuck) Prososki of Le Center, Lynn (Ken) Klingsporn of North Mankato, Ken (Gina) Wood of Maplewood and David (Connie) Wood of Moorhead; daughter-in-law, Lisa Valiant of Annandale; 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings, Clete (Shirley) VonBank of Marshall, Marge Kochlin of Jordan, Jack VonBank of Le Center, Sister Sue VonBank of Seattle, WA; and sister-in-law, Shari Wood.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Russell Wood; son, Rusty Wood; parents, Nicholas and Christine VonBank; brother-in-law, Curt Kochlin; sister-in-laws, Jeanne VonBank, Arlene Mach and Patty Zweber.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Delores Vollmer
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Margaret Delores Vollmer, age 75, of Le Center, passed away on Monday, October 20, 2014. Visitation will be held at Le Center Funeral Home on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the Le Center Funeral Home. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret was born on April 11, 1939 on the family farm in Rural Montgomery Township to John and Cecelia (Shaugnessy) Cashin. She graduated from Montgomery High School in 1957 and graduated from the first the Nursing Class at District One Hospital in 1959. She was united in marriage to Roger Vollmer on June 18, 1960 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Margaret was a dedicated nursing professional for 54 years beginning her career at St. Peter Community Hospital from 1960- 1966 and was one of the first nurses hired at Central Health Care in 1966, retiring in 2013 after 47 years of service.

Margaret spent her life caring for others. She enjoyed travel and spending time with friends and family. Margaret celebrated her Irish heritage annually by hosting the Cashin clan gathering every St. Patrick’s Day.

Margaret is survived by husband, Roger Vollmer of Le Center; children, Sheila (Larry) Thomas of Hastings, and Robert (Melanie) Vollmer of Le Center; 5 grandchildren, Nathan, Connor and Lauren Thomas and Brennan and Gracelyn Vollmer; siblings, Mary Krenik of Le Center, T. Donald (Betty) Cashin of Albert Lea, John “Jack” (Wilma) Cashin of Woodbury and Rita Ann Halloran of Plymouth; Brother-in-law, Lloyd Vollmer of Hastings and sister-in-law, Beth Barber of Le Center and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother-in-law and one nephew.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Emil Knish
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Emil Knish was called into God’s loving embrace on Thursday, October 9, 2014, surrounded by his family. Visitation will be on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral service will be held on Monday, October 13, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the Church. Burial will be at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Le Center.

Emil, age 94 was born on September 2, 1920, in Elysian Township, Le Sueur County to Emil Knish Sr. and Augusta (Meier) He was the second youngest of 10 children and the last survivor. He enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Korea from 1946-1947.

On May 24, 1951, he married Mamie and they resided in Le Center and were life-long members of St. Paul Lutheran Church. They were blessed with 8 children. Emil worked road construction. He retired in 1988. He enjoyed gardening and marketing his beautiful vegetables at the St. Peter Farmer’s Market, where the other vendors became his extended family. He was an avid trapper for over 60 years and also a scrap dealer. Emil was a member of the American Legion Post 108, VFW, Izaak Walton, Le Center Community Club and the German Jefferson Sportsman Club. His kind heart and gentle strength were known to all who knew him.

Emil enjoyed reading, playing cards, word find puzzles and Yahtzee with his family. He loved fishing trips with his sons and a good fish fry with family and friends.

Emil is survived by his wife, Mamie; children, Barbara (Wayne) Krohn, Robert (Ordella) Knish, Gary Knish, Bonnie (Wayne) Johnson, Randy (DeAnn) Knish, Steve (Patricia) Knish, Emil III (Terry) Knish, Kimberly (Hermann Klaas) Knish; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers; 7 sisters; grandson, Jason Bradshaw; daughter-in-law, Lori Knish and great-granddaughter, Annalise Knish.

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Area Honor Guard.

Our family wishes to thank Dad’s team of angels at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter, River’s Edge Hospital Staff and United Heart and Vascular Staff in St. Paul.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
David Edward Marsh
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David Edward Marsh, age 68, of Montgomery, died Monday, September 15, 2014 at Mayo Systems New Prague. Memorial service will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Hilltop Hall in Montgomery at Noon. Burial at Woodville Cemetery in Waseca at a later date.
David was born to Wilbert and Inez (Hofmeister) Marsh on January 29, 1946 in Waseca. He graduated from Central High in Waseca. He served in the Air Force from 1966 to 1969. He enjoyed dancing, motorcycles and fixing radios.
Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home of Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Mabel M. Hallock
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Mabel M. Hallock, age 99, formerly of Le Center and Montgomery, died Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Central Health Care Center in Le Center. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 9 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Funeral Service will be on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery.
Mabel was born to John and Lena (Vollmer) Ballman in Cordova Township of Le Sueur County, MN on September 6, 1915. She attended Rural School Districts 52 and 13. She married Emil Holey in 1955, and together they lived on farm outside of Le Center until later moving to Montgomery. After Emil’s death, Mabel later married Lucius Hallock in 1991. She was an active member of the Senior Citizens Group of Montgomery for many years.
Mabel is survived by her sister, Frances Bahl of Winona; sister-in-law, Lorraine Ballman of Le Center; step-daughter, Dorothy Binstock of Salt Lake City, Utah; and 10 nieces & nephews in Minnesota & Illinois.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Emil Holey; second husband, Lucius Hallock; parents; four brothers, Raymond, Gordon, Leonard and John Ballman; and sister, Beatrice Herrick.
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home of Montgomery.

Marjorie Ann Gruetzmacher
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Marjorie Ann Gruetzmacher, 86, of Le Center, passed away on Monday, September 29, 2014 at Benedictine Living Center in St. Peter. Visitation will be on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center from 4:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m with one hour prior at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center on Monday, October 6, 2014. Funeral Service will be on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center.
Marjorie was born to Albert and Lenore (Welckle) Whipps on June 23, 1928 in Cordova Township. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. She attended rural schools and the Le Center Public School. Upon graduation she attended Teacher Training and taught for rural schools. She took her turn at teaching Sunday school and Bible school at St. Paul’s. She was united in marriage to Loren H. Gruetzmacher on June 23, 1949 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. She worked off the farm for many years at Farmer’s Seed and Nursery and also in the Le Center Public School system as a paraprofessional and a library aid.
She enjoyed reading, cooking, cross stitch and playing cards. She was a member of the Le Sueur County Extension group since 1949.
Marjorie is survived by children, Linda Hurtgen of New Freedom, PA., Kevin Gruetzmacher of Le Center, and Bonnie (Doug) Anderson of Omaha, NE.; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lyle Whipps of North Branch, MN., and Rita Whipps of Waterville.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Loren H. Gruetzmacher; son, Larry Gruetzmacher; granddaughter, Jenny Gruetzmacher; grandson, Peter Hurtgen; parents, Albert and Lenore Whipps; brother, Roger Whipps and son-in-law, John Hurtgen.
Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Betty Welckle Blaschko
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Betty Welckle Blaschko, of Le Center, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on her 79th Birthday, Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at Three Links Care Home in Northfield. Visitation will be Saturday, October 4, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Funeral service will also be on Saturday, October 4 at 10:00 a.m. also at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center.

Betty was born to George and Dorothy (Gostomczik) Welckle on September 24, 1935 in Le Center. Graduated from McKinley High School in Le Center. She was employed as a chemical dependency counselor for Le Sueur County and also as a probation officer for Pima County in Arizona.

She was a member of AA for 43 years, the Dry Riders, Saddle Club and also the Bon Bon Clown Club. She enjoyed motorcycle riding, horseback riding, traveling, snowmobiling, softball and cross stitch work.

Betty is survived by children, Debbie (Kenny) O’Connell of St. Thomas, Christy (Jeff) Gibbs of Kilkenny, Becky (Merle) Zimmerman, of Wabasso, Rob (Kathy) Blaschko of Burnsville, Bobbie (Paul) Schleeve of Le Sueur, Todd Blaschko of Le Center, Joel (Barb) Blaschko of Lakeville, Susie (Jim) McMillen of Le Center and Shawn (Kim) Blaschko of Le Center; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, George (Janice) Welckle of Le Center and Dennis (Carol) Welckle of Cleveland and sister, Joyce (Del) Mitzel of Sioux Falls, SD.

She is preceded in death by Tom Blaschko, her parents, grandson, Patrick O’Connell and son-in-law, Jon Stueven.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Thomas J. Matejcek
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Thomas J. Matejcek, age 90, of Le Center, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with services by the KC’s at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Thomas was born to Charles and Antoinette (Traxler) Matejcek on March 29, 1924 in Le Center. He graduated from High School in Le Center, attended St. John’s College, served in the U.S. Army during WWII and upon returning home graduated from the U of M with a Civil Engineer Degree. He was the Waseca City Engineer prior to being one of the developing engineers of Wells Concrete Products. Thomas was united in marriage to Mary (Byrne) Matejcek in St. Thomas on June 12, 1948.
He enjoyed gardening, singing in the St. Mary’s Choir, spending time with family and St. Mary’s Church activities.
Thomas is survived by wife, Mary Matejcek of Le Center; children, Anne M. (Rick) Becker of Le Center, Nancy J. (Jack) Sousa of Minneapolis, Mary L Dymond (Carl Ahlberg) of Minneapolis, Tom L. Matejcek of Minneapolis, Michael G. Matejcek (Lisa Ray) of Minneapolis, Catherine A. Matejcek (Al Werner) of Shutesbury, Massachusetts, and Jon P. Matejcek of Minneapolis; 12 grandchildren, Amber, April, Bridget, Bethel, Mark, Stephen, Frances, Catherine, Ian, Charlie, Margaret and Susan; 3 great-grandchildren, Nolan, Reagan and Emma; and sister Donna M. (Murphy) Stauff of Faribault.
He is preceded in death by parents.
Military Honors provided by the Le Center Area Veterans Honor Guard.
Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Alfred A. Scheffert
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Alfred A. Scheffert, age 98, of Le Center, passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Funeral Services will also be on Friday, September 26 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Le Center.
Alfred was born to Charles and Clara (Krueger) Scheffert on December 10, 1915 in Cordova Township, MN. He was united in marriage to Adela Caroline Braun on February 5, 1941 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. He was a life long farmer.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, dice and card playing, traveling and playing pool. He was a Le Center Community Club member.
Alfred is survived by children, Jerry (Patricia) Scheffert of Le Center and Joan (Richard) Blaschko of Le Center; 4 grandchildren, Kari (Jason) Reich, Randee (Shawn) Onken, Kelly (Amy) Blaschko and Kory Blaschko; 7 great-grandchildren, Emma, Madison, Olivia, Sam, Tyler, Owen, Brenden; sister, Anna Pope of Le Center.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Adela Scheffert in 2013; daughter, Kathleen in 1995; parents; sisters, Abby Quast, Laura Burgess and Evelyn Gehrke; brother, Clarence Scheffert and a brother in infancy.
Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Edward Richard Griffiths
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Edward Richard Griffiths, age 67, of Cleveland, passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at his home in Cleveland. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Burial will be at a later date. Luncheon will follow service at the 4-H Family Center on the Le Sueur County Fairgrounds.
Edward was born on October 16, 1946 in Mankato to John and Mildred (Othoudt) Griffiths. He graduated in 1964 from Lake Crystal High School. He was united in marriage to Lona Johnson on December 15, 1967 in Columbus, North Dakota. He was a diesel mechanic in the U.S. Air Force from 1966-1970. During that time, he was stationed at the Fortuna Air Force Station in Fortuna, ND, the Panama Canal Zone, Panama and NORAD in Colorado Springs, CO.
Edward is survived by his wife, Lona Griffiths of Cleveland; children, Melissa Alam of Eagle Lake, Kami Griffiths (Kevin Terhune) of Oakland, CA., and John (Miriam) Griffiths of Woodbury; grandchildren, Shyla Alam, Shazia Alam, Ian Alam, Tove Griffiths, Edward Griffiths and Alexander Terhune; siblings, Jane Griffiths of Mankato and Alan (Elaine) Griffiths of Lake Crystal.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Michael Alfred Simon Sr.
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Michael Alfred Simon Sr., age 65, of Montgomery, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at his home. Visitation will be on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Celebration of Life will also be on Thursday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. also at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Burial will be at a later date.

Michael was born to Edward Jr. and Elizabeth (Eisert) Simon in Concordia, Kansas on October 17, 1948. He was united in marriage to Sandra (Dressel) Simon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on August 19, 1966. He was a machine operator for his construction excavating company, Simon & Eisert Construction until his retirement in 2004.

He enjoyed Card playing, fishing, motorcycle and car racing and spending time with his family.

Michael is survived by his wife, Sandy; children, Shelly (Paul) Roemhildt of Montgomery, Melinda (Jerry) Skluzacek of New Prague, Melissa (Brad) Westerlund of Jordan and Michael Simon Jr. and fiancé Nichole Scheel of Montgomery; 9 grandchildren, Kyle, Abby, Danielle, Whitney, Dylan, Kayla, Trevor, Ashley and Leelynn; 1 great-grandson due November 2014; siblings, Nicholas (Cheryl) Simon of Montgomery and Frederick Simon and Karen Steinhoff of New Prague; sister-in-laws, Judy Siemers and Kathy Friedrich; sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia (Gary) Persell and Roxanne (Scott) Tuma, many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Marcelline (Marcy) Delores Pribyl
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Marcelline (Marcy) Delores Pribyl, age 84, of Montgomery, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation will be on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Memorial service will also be held on Saturday, September 6 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery at 11:00 a.m. Private family burial will be at a later date.
Marcy was born to Albert and Emily (Minnette) Carpentier in Faribault on July 26, 1930. She was united in marriage to Willard Michael Pribyl in Faribault on August 27, 1949. They made their home in Montgomery and owned and operated Pribyl Body Shop together since 1957. She was a devoted wife and mother and together they raised 5 children.

Marcy is survived by her children, Susan (Phil) Meyer of New Prague, Michael Pribyl of Montgomery, Renee Pribyl of Montgomery, Garry Pribyl of Montgomery and Steven Pribyl of Montgomery; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Julianne Carpentier of New Market and step-sister, Mavis Caron.

She is preceded in death by, her husband Willard on December 3, 2013; her parents; her brothers, Roger, Laverne and Lawrence Carpentier and sisters, Catherine Cook, Marian Swartfiguer and Lucille Cook and Step-mother, Frances Carpentier.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Dennis Hanks
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Dennis Hanks, age 78, of Kilkenny passed away on August 12, 2014. Visitation will be held Friday, August 15,, 2014 from 9-11 AM at Schoenbauer Funeral home in Montgomery. Funeral services will also be held on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with a luncheon at the American Legion following services. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny.
Dennis was born September 15, 1935 to Edward and Bertha (Weber) Hanks. He attended Horseshoe Lake School in Le Sueur Co. He was self-employed as a dairy and hog farmer. He enjoyed fishing, card playing, visiting with family and friends.
He is survived by his children, Sue (Tom) Holicky of Le Center, Joan Keskee of Eagle Lake, Margaret (Mike) Jabas of Kilkenny, Lois Atchley of Mankato and Duane “Butch” Hanks of Grafton, North Dakota; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Maureen (Glenn) Erickson of Wisconsin and three sister-in-laws.
Dennis is preceded in death by his wife, Rita (Svoboda) Hanks; parents; brothers, Irvin Hanks, Lawrence Hanks and Bernard Hanks; and grandchild Sarah.
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Troy D. Lancaster
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Troy Duane Lancaster, age 45, of Montgomery passed away on August 8, 2014. Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 13,, 2014 from 4-8 PM at Schoenbauer Funeral home in Montgomery. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with a meal to follow at The Palace Bar & Grill in Montgomery.
Troy was born August 15, 1968 to Jerry and Mary Ann (Busse) Lancaster in St. Paul. He graduated from Amboy-Good Thunder High School in 1986 and enjoyed his career as owner of LT Drywall in Montgomery. Troy also worked with Midwest Monitoring & Surveillance. When he was not on a job site he could usually be found helping anyone who called upon him to do so.
In his free time he enjoyed playing pool, hunting, playing cards, fishing, demolition derby, playing golf and camping. Troy was a generous man with an infectious laugh who simply loved to be with his family and friends.
He is survived by his significant other, Charlene Quist; sons, Trevor (Danielle) Lancaster, Samuel Lancaster; daughters, Mary and Rose Lancaster; grandson Carson Lancaster; mother, Mary Ann Lancaster; brothers, Gene (Melissa) Lancaster, Mark (Tricia) Lancaster, Dave (Debi) Hein and Lance (Brenda) Lancaster; sisters, Stacy (Frank) Lancaster, Mary Helen (Chad) Nordstrom and Brenda (Louis) Riley; and many nieces and nephews.
Troy is preceded in death by his father; sister, Melinda Lancaster in infancy; granddaughter, Quinn Lancaster in infancy; and grandparents, Wilbur and Eula Mae Lancaster and Walter and Helen Busse.
The family would appreciate donations to help cover expenses in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Mary Josephine Janovsky
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Mary Josephine Janovsky, long time Mankato Clinic nurse, died at her home in Le Center, MN on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Le Center on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be at Le Center Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 12 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and also one hour prior at the church.

Mary was born on January 3, 1953, to Vernon C. and Catherine (Ballman) Benson. She graduated from Cleveland High School, attended Mankato State and graduated from South Central College in Faribault. Following Graduation, she began her nearly 40 year career with the Mankato Clinic. On March 21, 1979, Mary and Robert Janvosky were married in St. Augustine, Florida. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Jessen and Dustin. Together, they all enjoyed many fishing and hunting adventures. Mary was also passionate about writing poetry, ice fishing, Mille Lacs Lake Lunkers, and, most of all, her family and friends.

Mary is survived by her beloved sons and their families, Jessen & Jennie, and children Addison, Benson, and Maryn of Le Center and Dusty & Sarah and their children, Colton and Kinley of St. Peter; three sisters, Shirley & Philip Hodapp of Cleveland, Nancy & Rich Pehrson of St. Peter, and Bette & Robert Melton of Oronoco; mother-in-law, Mary Janovsky of Waterloo, IA; and many close friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bob; parents; nephew, Chad Pehrson, and father-in-law, Edsel Janovsky.

Memorials are preferred to Le Sueur County Cancer Research and St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Jerome Johnson
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Jerome Johnson, age 62, of Le Center, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Central Health Care Center in Le Center. Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Funeral service will also be Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Burial will be at a later date.
Jerome was born August 6, 1952 in St. Peter to Arthur and Bernadine Johnson. He graduated from Cleveland High School and Vo-tec in Mankato. He was united in marriage to Ana Babauta on November 25, 1977 at Church of the Nativity in Cleveland by Fr. Meyer and was the 1st wedding at the church.
He worked doing factory work at Rob Container, Winco, Le Sueur Foundry, Midwest Electric, V-Tech and Year Around Cab. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry, mechanical work, muzzle loader gun smithing and visiting with friends and family.
Jerome is survived by wife, Ana Johnson of Le Center; siblings, Barb Wilmes, Mike (Ruth) Johnson, Larry (Candi) Johnson and Mark (Nancy) Johnson; sister-in-law; Maria (Patrick) Ferguson; nephews, Lyle, Bobby, Lee, Chris, Terry and David; Nieces, Bernie, Jean, Misty and Helene; and several great nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Stephen Edward Davis
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Stephen Edward Davis, age 69, of Le Center, passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014 at his home. Visitation will be on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Church of Christ in Cleveland. Funeral service will also be Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. also at Church of Christ in Cleveland. Burial will be at a later date.
Stephen was born to Floyd and Doris (Sadhoff) Noland on January 15, 1945 in Park Rapids. He was united in marriage to Brenda (Zuelch Holicky) Davis on August 9, 1999 in Floyd County Iowa. He was a self-employed truck driver.
He enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Stephen is survived by wife, Brenda (Zuelch Holicky) Davis of Le Center; children, Rebecca Davis of the Burnsville, Christopher Davis of Mankato and Alexander Davis of Oronoco; step-children, Jason (Tammy) Holicky of Kilkenny, Doug (Lori) Holicky of Heidelberg and Troy (fiancé Courtney Damman) of Ruthton, siblings; Daryl (Char) Davis of Pillager, Mike (Cee Cee) Davis of Chisago City, Jim (Wendy) Davis of Highlands Ranch, Co., Gary (Sandy Helle) Davis from Cottage Grove and David (Evonne) Davis of Mason City, IA.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Alfred Viskocil Jr.
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Alfred Viskocil Jr., age 59, of Montgomery, passed away on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at his home. Visitation will be held at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery on Wednesday, August 6 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be on Wednesday at the funeral home at 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Cancer Research.

Al was born on March 19, 1955 in New Prague to Alfred and Eleanor Viskocil. He graduated from Montgomery High School in 1973. Al worked for Chart (MVE) in New Prague, then later as a self employed contractor.

He married Rosie Kotek. He enjoyed being with family, hunting, fishing, playing cards, woodworking, and gardening.

Al is survived by his wife, Rosie; children, Terry (Robin) Viskocil of Le Center and Penny Viskocil of Montgomery; stepchildren, Gothan (Lisa) Krocak of Montgomery and Sarah (Gregg) Kocina of New Prague; 8 grandchildren; brothers, Larry (Mary Ann) Viskocil of Shieldsville and Lloyd (Ruth) Viskocil of Montgomery; sisters, LaVonne (Jerry) Adamek of Montgomery, Linda Dahn of Bloomington, and Lenore Viskocil of Le Center; and brother-in-law, John Peitterson of Kasota.

He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ladene Peitterson.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to cancer research.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Leona Katherine Winterfeldt
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Leona Katherine Winterfeldt, age 72, of Montgomery, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Traditions in Montgomery. Visitation will be on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Funeral service will also be Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. also at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.
Leona was born to Francis and Thirza (Butler) Fiddler in Wells on September 10, 1941. She was united in marriage to Alvin Winterfeldt on May 18, 1962. She worked at the Faribault State School.
She enjoyed crafting, reading, collecting cardinals and frogs and visiting with friends.
Leona is survived by her husband, Alvin Winterfeldt; daughters, Linda (Kevin) Keilen of Faribault and Cynthia (Ruben) Navejas of Montgomery; grandchildren; Nathan (Amy) Keilen, Joseph Keilen, Matthew Gallagher, Bianca Serna, Michaela Navejas and Nickolas Navejas; 6 soon to be 7 great-grandchildren and sister, Phyllis Johnson of Faribault.
Preceded in death by, her parents; husbands parents, sister, Mary Meech; and grandson, Jonathan Keilen.
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Francis J. Trcka
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Francis J. Trcka, age 83, of Montgomery, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at his home. Visitation will be on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral service will be Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. also at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at St. John Catholic (Budejovice) Cemetery in Montgomery.
Francis was born to Frank and Elizabeth (Kotek) Trcka on June 6, 1931. He attended Montgomery schools. He was united in marriage to Yvonne Turek in Faribault on February 24, 1962. He was employed with Janutka Lumber Company in Montgomery, New Prague Flour Mill, Treasure Cave in Faribault, Polar Panel in Montgomery and Minnesota Valley Engineering (Chart Industries) in New Prague.
He enjoyed gardening, going on trips, collecting Kolacky buttons, and visiting with family and friends.
Francis is survived by wife, Yvonne Trcka of Montgomery; children, Ron (Therese Barnett) Trcka of Shieldsville, Char (Bruce) Davis of Montgomery and Brian (Julie Gronli) Trcka of Lakeville; five grandchildren, Jenny Trcka, Kelsey Davis, Brad Davis, Sara Trcka and Kate Trcka and 1 great-granddaughter, Avery Angelow, sister-in-law, Erna Trcka and niece, Elizabeth Callahan.
He is preceded in death by his parents; special aunt and uncle who raised him from a young age, Adolph and Albina Petricka; brothers, Stanley, Milo and James; step-sister, Albina Tuma. Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Ralph Lee Trzecinski
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Ralph Leo Trzecinski, age 59, of Le Center, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral service will be Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Ralph was born to John F. Jr. and Norma K. (Schwartz) Trzecinski on September 18, 1954 in St. Peter. He was a graduate of Le Center McKinley High School and Alexandria Police Academy. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Majusiak on May 10, 1985 at St. Paul’s Chapel in Le Center. He was a security guard in Alexandria, a police officer in Le Center for 7-1/2 years, and also worked at ConAgra in New Prague for 17 years and Seneca for 14 years.
He enjoyed police history, fishing and trapping.
Ralph is survived by wife, Betty Trzecinski of Le Center; mother, Norma Trzecinski of Le Center; children; Jennifer (Todd) Rasmussen of Apple Valley and Rebecca (Marcus) Lewis of Langdon, North Dakota; grandchildren, Keegan and Nathan Rasmussen and Nadia Lewis; sister, Kathy (John) Wiskocil of Montgomery.
He is preceded in death by his father, John F. Trzecinski Jr.
Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Michelle Ann Deneffe
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Michelle Ann Deneffe, 46 of Red Wing, formerly of Montgomery passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Red Wing Health Center in Red Wing. Services are pending with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929.
Dennis Michael O'Connell
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Dennis Michael O’Connell, age 65, of Edina, formerly of Montgomery, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 at his home. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Celebration of Life will be at 6:30 also at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Burial will be at a later date.
Dennis was born to Richard John and Loretta Mary (Kline) O’Connell of on August 11, 1948 in Montgomery. He graduated from Montgomery Lonsdale High School and Normandale Community College graduating in 1988 with a engineering degree.
Enjoyed his place in Aitkin, MN where he spent weekends and vacations for 22 years. He enjoyed flower gardening, reading, especially Ernest Hemingway. He was very proud of his Irish heritage and his grandchildren.
He is survived children, Brian Patrick O’Connell of Anoka and Sara Jo O’Connell of North Minneapolis; grandchildren; Justin, Jeffery, Sadrea, Sade, Frank, Sarod; mother, Loretta O’Connell of Montgomery; siblings, Becky (Bob) Block, Vickie O’Connell & Dave Schlingmann and Lori (Rick) Gregor.
He is preceded in death by his father Richard John O’Connell.
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Mary Jo Blumhoefer
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Mary Jo Blumhoefer, age 76, of Montgomery passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Abbott Northwestern Hospital on Monday, June 30, 2014. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, July 7, 2014 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery at 10:30 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at a later date.

Mary was born February 21, 1938 in St. Paul, MN to John and Catherine (Youngquist) Boyle. She was united in marriage to Eddie Jo Blumhoefer on August 11, 1962 in St. Paul. She worked as a teacher and librarian in Montgomery, New Prague, Belle Plaine, and ended her career in Le Center. As reading was her passion, she was instrumental in securing grants that led to the successful completion of the beautiful Montgomery Community Library. She was also a founding member of the Montgomery Area Friends of the Library. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, family gatherings, travel, music and her grandchildren.

Mary is survived by her spouse of 51 years, Eddie Jo; children and grandchildern, Mary Rose Blumhoefer (Mike Anderson) Nick and Nia Arguedas of Montgomery, Patti Molitor (Mike), Zach, Jake, Peter and Brian of New Prague, Katie Bolton (Tim) Jay, Andy, Nikki and Aaron of Montgomery and Jodi Blumhoefer, Sam, Mary, Rose and Trevor Lancaster of Montecello; sister, Jane Wiljamaa (Alan), brother-in-laws Norbert (Bev) Blumhoefer and Gene Blumhoefer, both of Fairfax and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Joseph and sister Catherine and husband Jerome Malluege, brother-in-law Donald Blumhoefer and sister-in-law Lois Blumhoefer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-364-7929.
Patrick John Blaschko
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Patrick John Blaschko, 79, of Le Center, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014 in Le Center. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 1, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian burial will also be Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.
Patrick was born on January 31, 1935 in Cleveland to Alphonse and Catherine (Kane) Blaschko. Went to Le Center High School and was a truck driver in the Twin Cities. He enjoyed his dogs Misty and Molly, fishing, hunting and was an avid outdoorsman. He served in the US Navy on board the USS Missouri in the Korean War Era.
He is survived by long time special friend Joanne Schmeltzer of New Hope; his canine companion, Molly; many cousins, special cousins Mary Therese (Carl) Traxler-Orstad of Crystal and Ellen (Curt) Ericson of Mankato and many special friends.
Patrick is preceded in death by his parents.
Military honors will be provided by the Le Center area Honor Guard.
Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Elsie Agnes Kuchinka
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Elsie Agnes Kuchinka, 88, from Lonsdale, passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at The Villages of Lonsdale in Lonsdale. Visitation will be on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Shieldsville. Mass of Christian burial will be held also on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Shieldsville.
Elsie was born February 18, 1926 in Shieldsville Township to Joseph and Mary (Sempaur) Pesta. She was united in marriage to Arnold Kuchinka on June 30, 1943 in Faribault. She worked at Green Giant in Montgomery, Lonsdale Egg Plant, housekeeping and also farmed along side of her husband in Lonsdale until 1975 when they retired.
She enjoyed gardening, fishing, sewing, making cakes for grandchildren and shopping at Kmart.
Elsie is survived by her children, Harold (Lucy) Kuchinka of Lonsdale, Larry (Doreen) Kuchinka of Montgomery and Colleen (Glenn) Franek of Northfield; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-granchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; siblings, Julia (Joe) Rosival, Mayme (Joe) Koldin, Angela (John) Tuma, Annie Pesta in infancy, Jack (Marcie) Pesta and Joe (Helen) Pesta.
Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
George Noiske
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George Noiske age 85, of Le Center passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Funeral services will also be held at 1:00 p.m. also at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran in Montgomery.
George was born to Joe and Anna (Blaha) Noiske on January 18, 1929. He was united in marriage to Hildur Hegg on November 25, 1952 in New Prague. He worked at Green Giant in Montgomery and Eaton Corporation in Eden Prairie as a machinist. He enjoyed fishing, accordion playing, old time music and working on cars.
He is survived by son, Dave (Debbie) Noiske of Montgomery; step-children, Shirley Juaire of Lakeville and Bob (Leilani) Logan of Columbia, Missouri; 6 grandchildren; siblings, Alice Will of Le Center.
George is preceded in death by his wife, Hildur; parents; siblings, Maylon Noiske and Leona Noiske.
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Anthony G. Boyer
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Anthony G. Boyer, age 68, of Le Sueur passed away on June 10, 2014 at Rivers Edge Hospital, St. Peter. Visitation will be on Monday, June 16, 2014 from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Le Center Funeral Home, Le Center. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at First Lutheran Church from 11:00 am in Le Sueur with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at Mound Cemetery, Le Sueur.

Anthony was born in Worthington, MN to Fern and Floyd Boyer. He graduated from Round Lake High School, earned his Associate of Arts degree from Worthington Community College; Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Sixth Year Degree, and Superintendent Endorsement all from Mankato State University. Anthony served as a public school educator for forty-two years, beginning as a Social Studies and Physical Education Teacher, as well as an athletics coach, in both the Brownton and Le Center Public School Districts. Tony continued his career as a High School Principal at NRHEG and New Prague Public Schools. Tony’s career concluded as the Superintendent of Schools at Le Center Public Schools for 14 years and upon retirement served as interim Superintendent and educational advisor for the districts of McCleod West, Nicollet and GFW Public Schools. Tony was awarded Region 2A Superintendent of Excellence in 2003. He was an active member of many local and professional organizations and First Lutheran Church, Le Sueur serving as a youth educator.

Tony was an avid reader, sports fan, life-long learner, spiritual leader to his family and friends, dear friend to many, passionate educator, outstanding coach, caring brother, affectionate grandfather, devoted father, and committed and loving husband.

Anthony is survived by his wife, Maxine (Jacobson) of Le Sueur; his children Leslie (Gene) of Le Sueur, Timothy (Audra) of Waseca, and Nathaniel (Kristie) of Young America; his grandchildren Christian, Ethan, and Gretchen Dwyer; Olivea, and Augusta Boyer; Avery, Isiah, and Talia Boyer; 4 sisters and 5 brothers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and mother and father-in-law.

Tony fought a courageous 5 year battle with kidney cancer and his family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to all who helped care for him and his family.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Bessie Marrie Reak
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Bessie Marrie Reak, 88 of Montgomery, went to sleep peacefully in Jesus’ arms while holding Gods hand on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Traditions in Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 15, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and also on Monday, June 16, 2014 one hour prior to funeral services at the church. Mass of Christian burial will be Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Fr. George Kallumkalkudy officiating. Burial will be next to her beloved husband at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Lexington.

Bessie was born on April 25, 1926 in Lexington Township in Le Sueur County the fifth of seven children to Frank and Mary (Kudlik) Picka. She was united in marriage to Stanley Reak on November 28, 1945 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. She enjoyed playing cards, grandchildren, being at the lake, listening to music and was able to live and see 5 generations gathered.

She is survived by her ten children, Dan (Alice) Reak of Sauk Center, Jane (Wayne) Offenhauser of Elysian, Sue (Harry) Mach of Le Center, Donna (Pat) Mulroy of Prior Lake, Donald (Bonnie) Reak of Le Center, Allan (Becky) Reak of New Prague, Roger (Eileen) Reak of Le Center, Mary Ann (Jerry) Schiprett of New Prague, Steve Reak of New Prague and Doug Reak of Crystal; twenty-one grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild and brother Harry (Kathy) Picka of Fairmont.

Bessie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Stanley; siblings, Frank Jr, George, Eddie, Margaret Wacker and Gracie Plonsky, and grandson, Travis Reak.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Marchie August Richter
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Marchie August Richter age 96, of New Prague, formerly of Montgomery passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Belle Plaine Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Visitation will be on Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. also at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Burial will be at Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery.
Marchie was born to Herman C. and Dora C. (Gruetzmacher) Richter on March 9, 1918 in Le Sueur County. He was enrolled in District #60 country school and graduated after 8th grade. After school he helped his parents and brothers on the family farm.
On January 29, 1966, with the outside temperature of -36 degrees he was united in marriage to Elsie Shetka Paur at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. In February of 1966 they went on their honeymoon to the Hawaiian Islands. After their honeymoon, they did a lot of traveling to all 50 states and 7 continents, until their health started declining.
Marchie is survived by sisters-in-laws, Eleanor Richter of Montgomery and Mayme Richter of Mound; nieces, Carolyn Richter of New Prague, Darlene Richter of Edina and Sharon Tester of Mound; and many other family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Richter (1918-2006), parents Herman C. Richter (1874-1954), Dora C. (Gruetzmacher) Richter (1889-1970); brothers, Elmer C. Richter (1910-1962), Harry H. Richter (1911-1997), John C. Richter (1914-1978) and Clarence L. Richter (1920-2000).
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Margie H. Prochaska
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Margie H. Prochaska, 78, from Heidelberg passed away on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Traditions of Montgomery. Visitation will be on Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and continuing at the funeral home one hour prior. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, June 2 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Scholastica Church in Heidelberg. Burial will be at St. Scholastica Cemetery in Heidelberg.
Margie was born April 9, 1936 in St. Thomas to Connie and Dorothy (Connelly) Kilduff. She graduated from Le Center High School. She was united in marriage to Alois Prochaska on October 8, 1955.
She was very proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed celebrating it and loved spending time with her family and watching her children at sporting events in their youth.
Margie is survived by her husband, Alois Prochaska; children, Paula (Greg) Hoy of Keller, TX., Patricia (Bruce) Boe of Plymouth, Terence (Erica) Prochaska of Shakopee and Timothy Prochaska of Prior Lake; 9 grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Schindler of Le Center.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, O’Brien Kilduff, Thomas Kilduff, Raymond Kilduff and James Kilduff; and sister, Mary Ruth Weldon.
Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Ronald LaRoy Arndt
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Ronald Laroy Arndt, 62, of Rockford, TN passed away on December 26,2013 at home following a short battle with cancer. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center.
Ronald was born as a set of twins to Wilmer and Amy (Peterson) Arndt on April 9, 1951 in Mankato, MN. Ronald was baptized at St Peters (Bell) Lutheran Church and was confirmed in 1965. He attended parochial country school at St. Peters (Bell) Lutheran Church through the 5th grade and then transferred to Waterville-Elysian Public School graduating in 1969. He enlisted in the US Army in December 1971. He served 10 years and 4 months as a general construction equipment operator in the Corp of Engineer. During his service in Alaska he met and married Lilja and had 2 sons, Mical and Eric.
He enjoy photography and taking pictures in the Smokey Mountains and riding his horses.
He was a driver for several trucking companies near Knoxville, Tennessee, before purchasing his own semi-tractor and became an owner/operator.
He is survived by his sons, Mical & Eric; brother, Rodney of St. Peter; sisters: Bonita Hofschulte & friend Jim Evans, of Wanamingo; twin sister Ronita Walburn (Lloyd) of Rice; Linda Hagel (Tom) of Brainerd and Renea Hrdlicka (Mike) of Montgomery. He also leaves many nieces and nephews and aunts & uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and brother, Gilbert in 1999.
Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Mildred C. Lundahl
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Mildred C. Lundahl, 83, from Minnetonka passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Mayo System New Prague. Private family burial will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Mildred was born October 30, 1930 to Francis Andrew and Anna B.M. (Wieland) Koehnen. She was united in marriage to Richard Lundahl on June 13, 1953 in Minneapolis. She worked for Minneapolis Moline for many years. She enjoyed travelling, including many trips to Hawaii with family, loved flowers and spending time outside in the sun.
She is survived by Paul and Shari Laskey of Montgomery, Pamela and Dominic Thornton of Colorado, Michael and Karen Koehnen of Colorado, and other family and friends.
Mildred is preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Richard of 51 years; and brother, Richard George Koehnen.
Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Roselyn H. Ceplecha
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Roselyn H. Ceplecha, 77, from Montgomery passed away peacefully on Friday, May 16, 2014 at her home in Montgomery surrounded by her family. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and continuing 1 hour prior from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on Wednesday, May 21. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Lonsdale. A luncheon will also be held in Lonsdale at the American Legion following burial.
Roselyn was born July 17, 1936 in New Prague to John J. and Emily (Hruza) Havlicek. She graduated from New Prague High School. She was united in marriage to Roman Ceplecha on October 18, 1954 in Veseli. Roselyn owned and operated R&R Lakeside Greenhouse with her husband Roman for 21 years.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and garden club, enjoyed gardening, cooking, embroidery, crafts, floral arranging and spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends. She volunteered at the food shelf and Heritage Hall both in Montgomery.
Roselyn is survived by her husband, Roman Ceplecha; children, Rosanne (Dave) Novak of Minneapolis, Rita (Mike) Sullivan of Eden Prairie, Renee (Brad) Mitchell of Prior Lake and Rick (Kori) Ceplecha of Elko New Market; 6 grandchildren; sisters, Eleanor Novak of New Prague and Martha Svoboda of New Prague.
She is preceded in death by, parents; son, Rodney Ceplecha; brother John F. Havlicek; sister, Emily Smisek brother-in-laws, Stanley Novak, Eman Smisek and Leroy Svoboda and sister-in-law, Angela Havlicek
Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
David Anton Washa
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David Anton Washa “Pinhead”, age 51, of Montgomery passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and continuing Saturday, May 17 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church. Burial will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.
David was born in New Prague on September 6, 1962 to John and Arlene Washa. He was raised on the family farm east of Le Center. He graduated from Le Center High School in 1981.
He was a member of 4-H, FFA and wrestled for LCHS. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery and had served on the church council and as president of the congregation he also was an avid Minnesota sports fan. He was currently employed by Cemstone and Bill Gallagher.
David is survived by his daughters, Becca Washa and Allison Washa; mother, Arlene Washa; sister, Charlene Washa and brothers, William Washa and Alan Washa; a niece and two nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
George Charles (Chuck) Kaderlik
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George Charles (Chuck) Kaderlik, age 62, of Lonsdale passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Three Links Care Center in Northfield. Visitation will be on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Funeral services will also be held on Thursday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.
Chuck was born in New Prague on August 4, 1951, the son of George J. and Mabel (Choudek) Kaderlik. He graduated from Montgomery High School in 1969. After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force Reserves serving his country until 1975. He married Carol Beer on May 11, 1974 at St. Henry Catholic Church in rural Le Sueur. They lived and raised their six children on the home place where Chuck grew up. Chuck worked with his dad in the family business, Kaderlik Well Drilling and Service until 1992.
He was a charter member of the Rice Krispies 4-H club and a boy scout in his youth. He was an active member of the Montgomery Knights of Columbus and Lonsdale American Legion, Lonsdale Jaycees, Lonsdale Lions and was on the Holy Redeemer school board. He was very involved with the Minnesota Water Well Association holding numerous offices including President in 1985.
Chuck was very much a people person and could start up a conversation with anyone and everyone. During the Christmas season he enjoyed playing Santa’s helper bringing much joy to young and old alike.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Corey (Brenda) Kaderlik of Montgomery, Heather (Mark ) Jensen of New Prague, Jennifer (Aaron) Stender of Rosemount, Christine (John) Todaro of Attleboro, MA, Nathan (Krystle) Kaderlik of Prior Lake, and Holly Kaderlik of Fargo, ND.; 9 grandchildren; sisters, Cindy (Tom) Gilhousen and Sue Richardson; nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Military Honors will be provided by the Lonsdale area Honor Guard.
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Agnes M. Boswell
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Agnes M. Boswell, 83 of Le Center, died Monday, April 28, 2014 at Villages of Lonsdale in Lonsdale. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center and continuing on Friday 1 hour prior at the funeral home. Funeral services will be Friday, May 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Agnes was born on August 2, 1930 in Le Center to Paul and Isabel (Berger) Schloesser.
She graduated from Le Center High School and Mankato Commercial College. She was a file clerk at Green Giant in Le Sueur, Federated Mutual in Owatonna and Pillsbury in the Cities, also worked for 13 years at CHC in housekeeping. She enjoyed gardening and volunteering.

She is survived by children, Steve (Gayle) Boswell of Blaine, Susan (Dann) Dunham of Sachse, TX. and Lori (Gary) Edel of Montgomery; siblings, Patty Gibbs of Le Center, Kathy (Gary) Gentz of Le Center, Jerry Schloesser of Norwalk, OH., and Wayne (Donna) Schloesser of Le Center; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-granchildren.

Agnes is preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Donald Gibbs.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com


Norman E. Gieseke
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Norman E. Gieseke, age 83, of Kilkenny, died on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be held at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. continuing Monday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Kilkenny. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Sabre Lake Cemetery in Kilkenny.

Norman was born on June 12, 1930 in Courtland to Emanuel and Eva (Schlottmann) Gieseke. He graduated from New Ulm High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a farmer and in 1986 began working for Le Sueur County.
He enjoyed visiting casinos and ballroom dancing.

Norman is survived by siblings, Karen (Curt) Bosacker of Le Center, Gene (Barbara) Gieseke of Kilkenny and Beverly Stables of Kilkenny; many nieces and nephews, other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harvey Gieseke; sisters, Muriel Johnson and Lois Barnett.

Military Honors provided by the Le Center area Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Dan Taraba
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Dan Taraba, 47, of Montgomery, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Private family services will be held at a later date.
Dan was born on November 1, 1966 in New Prague to Robert and Bonnie (Svihel) Taraba. He graduated from Montgomery Lonsdale High School and Vo-tech in Faribault. He worked at United Steel in Montgomery and also did carpentry work. He enjoyed fishing, motor cycling, computers, deer hunting, his 1965 Ford Convertible that he and his father restored, his dogs- Harley and Amber, hockey and carpentry work. He was a member of the Montgomery Fire Department for 20 years and also EPU (Emergency Preparedness Unit) in Montgomery.
Dan is survived by parents, Robert and Bonnie Taraba of Montgomery; sister, Lynn (Bob) Denzer of Montgomery, Nephews and their families, Jeremy (Erica) Denzer, Porter and Griffin, Adam (Megan) Denzer and McKenzie and Jackson, and Ryan (Shannon) Denzer and Kaden; Aunts, Pam (Tim) Dorn of New Prague, Gladys Dols of Montgomery and Bernice Lapic of New Prague.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank (Rose) Taraba and Les (Ruth) Svihel.
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Beverly J. Boys
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Beverly J. Boys, 84 of Le Center, died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center and continuing Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 am also at funeral home. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Communion Episcopal Church in St. Peter, followed by a memorial and luncheon at the Le Center American Legion at 12:30. Burial will be at Lake Gorman Cemetery in Cordova following the luncheon.

Beverly was born on September 12, 1929 in New Prague to Jess and Ella (Humber) Brockway. She was united in marriage to Robert Lee Boys in Le Center on July 7, 1951.

She was born, raised and lived in Le Center her entire life, most of those years on the family farm. She was a wonderful wife and mother, spending much of her time doing her part as farmers wife. Beverly was a long time member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a very active member of the community. She loved to take part in many of the local celebrations and loved to sing in church, at gatherings or just for the fun of it. She loved to collect anything to do with cows, and she never forgot birthdays, anniversaries or holidays and kept in touch with many people throughout the years.

She is survived by daughter, Lynn (Bob) Karasch of East Bethel and son, Mark Boys of Montgomery; granddaughters, Taylor and Abagail Karasch, Sarah Belz, Debbie and Kristin Boys and 7 great-grandchildren.

Beverly is preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert and son Robert Jr. in infancy.

Anyone bringing food can deliver it to the Le Center Legion Club between 9-12 on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Eileen Factor
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Eileen Factor, 85, from Le Center passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014. Visitation will be Monday, April 21, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center continuing Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the funeral home from 9:00 am to 10:00 am with mass of Christian burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center at 10:00 am. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Eileen was born July 11, 1928 in Le Center on the family farm to Joseph and Nora (Frassel) Blaschko. She was united in marriage to Leonard Factor on February 23, 1949 at St. Mary’s Church in Le Center. She worked at Jack Sprat grocery in Le Center, Brinktons (Larson’s) and also did daycare. She enjoyed playing Pfeiffer cards and being with family and friends at Dead Lake, sewing for children and grandchildren, gardening and canning.
Eileen is survived by her children, Gary (Becky) Factor of Le Center, Bonnie (Duane) Stuehrenberg of Breckenridge, Bob (Lynn) Factor of Cleveland, and Rupert (Julie) Factor of Le Center; 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lenny (Shirley) Blaschko of Henderson, Barb (Jim) Brandt of Le Center and Helen (John) Percevich of Deadwood, SD.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard Factor; siblings, Donny, Harry, Ralph and Vernie Blaschko, Toots Shaughnessy and Dolores Erkel.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Magdalene Ballman
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Magdalene (Maca) Ballman, 94, from Le Center passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be Monday, April 21, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian burial will also be on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.
Magdalene was born November 17, 1919 in Le Center to Charles and Mary Catherine (Hejl) Maca. She graduated from McKinley High School in Le Center in 1938 and also teachers training school in Mankato. She was a teacher and taught in Le Sueur, St. Henry, Cleveland and Le Center Elementary School. She was united in marriage to Leonard Bellman on August 17, 1973 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center.
She is survived by Nieces and Nephews and their families Leonard's daughters, Janice (Larry) Woitas and Judy Ballman and their families. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard Ballman; siblings, Genevieve Srnec, Elsie in childhood, Charles Maca Jr., Gerard Maca and SR. Charles Mary CSJ (Mildred).
Memorials are preferred to St. Mary's Catholic Church in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Marion Speikers
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Marion A. (Pasek) Speikers, 89, from Montgomery passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be Monday, March 31, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with funeral at 11:00 also at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Marion was born June 1, 1924 in New Prague to James and Mary (Cecka) Pasek. She was united in marriage to Bernard Speikers on January 19, 1946 in New Prague. She was a homemaker who was known for baking especially her kolaches and provided love and care for her grandchildren.
She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, and also was a past president. She enjoyed reading, bowling, watching her programs and loved and enjoyed all who entered her home.
Marion is survived by her children, Bernie (Linda) Speikers of New Prague, Susan Honza of Montgomery, Patty Tikalsky of New Prague, Mary Beth (Gary) Grassman of Cleveland, Chuck Speikers and special friend Lynne of Shakopee and Michael (Carrie) Speikers of Jordan; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Jimmy Pasek, Dorothy (George) Dvorak of Montgomery and John (Lois) Pasek of Prior Lake; sister-in-law, Marietta Kukacka of Montgomery.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bernard; sister, Elsie Pasek; Brother-in-law, George Kukacka and Joseph Speikers; and son-in-law, Ernie Tikalsky.
Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Hruby
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Dorothy Hruby, 84, from Montgomery passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Mayo Health System Hospital of New Prague. Visitation will be Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. With one hour prior at the church on Friday, March 21, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Dorothy was born July 13, 1929 in Le Sueur to John and Frieda (Bauman) Duzan. She attended Le Sueur High School. She was united in marriage to her best friend and life partner Clarence Hruby on May 14, 1949 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery.
She enjoyed golf, teaching swimming at Lake Volney, tutorial reading to grade school children, being a cheerleader, loved to dance, go on vacations, playing cards, spending time and showing her unconditional love to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, reading books, writing poems and had a wonderful sense of humor.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Clarence Hruby of Montgomery; children, Sue (and Dale) Ferguson of Colorado Springs, Co., Richard (and Kimberly) Hruby of Northfield, Chris (and Mark) Bisek of Montgomery, Mike (and Robyn) Hruby of Montgomery and Lisa (and Tony) Kozitza of North Mankato; 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Betty Doran; brothers, Buster Duzan, Lorny Duzan, Walter Duzan and Floyd Duzan.
Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Vernon Arthur Braun
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Vernon Arthur Braun, 95, of Roseville formerly of Montgomery and Faribault, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at United Hospital in St. Paul. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Funeral Services will also be on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 2 p. m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Burial will be at a later date.
Vernon was born on September 17, 1918 in Timber Lake, South Dakota to Paul and Pauline (Nuismeier) Braun. He proudly served in the U.S. Army for 51 months. Was united in marriage for 55 years to Irma (Harmeyer) Braun whom passed away March 26, 2001. On January 12, 2008 he was united in marriage to Rita Miskimen. Vernon loved farming, the outdoors, fishing, travelling, reading, was a very kind man with a wonderful sense of humor.
Vernon is survived by wife, Rita Miskimen of Roseville; children, Linda Braun Pollari and life partner Barry Engle of Roseville, Larry Braun of Roseville; four stepdaughters, Mary (Gary) Clark, of New Mexico, Patricia (John) Lankenau of New Mexico, Julie (Jim) Curtsinger of Roseville and Marcia Miskimen of Roseville; six grandchildren; brothers, Delmer (Betty) Braun of Montgomery and Paul Braun of Le Sueur and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; 1st wife, Irma Braun; sister, Doris Vlasak.
Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Charles Joseph Lande
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Charles Joseph Lande, 80 of Le Center, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Central Health Care Center in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center and one hour prior at the church on Monday. Funeral service will be on Monday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Burial will be at a later date at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Charles was born on June 7, 1933 in Palo Alto, Iowa to Joseph O and Julia Iva (Hampson) Lande. He attended Iowa High School, Estherville Jr. College & received his BA degree from Iowa State Teachers College. He was united in marriage to Gloria (Thorson) Lande in December of 1953. She passed away in 1990. He served in the US Army. He was united in marriage to Patsy Ann (Tiede) Brockway on October 3, 1992 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Charles was a salesman for L.D. Caulk retiring in 1992.

He was a member of the American Legion of Le Center, AA and a past member of the Montgomery Lions Club. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading newspapers.

He is survived by wife, Patsy (Brockway) Lande of Le Center; Children, Blaine Lande of Sauk Center, Brian Lande of Montgomery, Phillip Lande of Shakopee, Gary (Marilyn) Brockway of Eyota, Rick (Kathy) Brockway of Montgomery, and Tammie (Steve) Pan of Montgomery; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sisters, Julie Lande of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Patricia Holdorf of Spirit Lake, Iowa; sister-in-law, Charleen Lande of Coon Rapids and brother-in-law, LeRoy (Doris) Tiede of Le Center.

Charles is preceded in death by his 1st wife, Gloria Jean (Thorson) Lande; his parents and brother Allen Lande.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Honor Guard.
Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Milton Chlan
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Milton William Chlan, 86 of Montgomery, died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and one hour prior at the Church on Saturday. Funeral service will be on Saturday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.
Milton was born on January 7, 1928 in Lanesburg Township to Frank and Mayme (Schoenbauer) Chlan. He went to parochial and public school in Lonsdale. He was united in marriage to Rose Mary Shambour on April 26, 1949 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague. He worked for 3M in Minneapolis, Polar Panel in Montgomery, Furman Plumbing in New Prague and Lonsdale area, with his dad’s auto garage, worked as a freight hauler for Murphy Trucking, a milk hauler and had worked as a custodian at the Montgomery Lonsdale High School for 17 years, retiring in 1993.
He was a member of the KC 3rd Degree. He enjoyed grandchildren, hunting and fishing, gardening, card playing and farming 1951-1986.
He is survived by children; Barbara (and John) Richter of Milaca, Joyce (and Fred) Forcelle of Montgomery, Kathleen (and Doug) Ronsberg of Oakdale and Mark (and Lori Lee) Chlan of St. Joseph, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, sisters, Jenny Mesenbrink of Belle Plaine, Lillian Thomas of Lakeville and Delphine Odette of Farmington; sister-in-laws, Harriet Chlan of Montgomery, Shirley Trcka of Lonsdale and Marcy Tupy of New Prague.
Milton is preceded in death by his wife, Rose Mary Chlan; his parents; 2nd mother Rose Wohnoutka Chlan; and brother Raymond.
Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Mona T. Smisek
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Mona T. Smisek, age 85, of New Prague, died on March 10, 2014 at Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague. Visitation will be Friday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. with Father Chris Shofner officiating. Spring interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.
Mona was born July 24, 1928 in New Prague to Frank and Theresa (Ziegenhagen) Smisek. Mona attended school at District #8 in Lexington Township. She worked on the farm and at Green Giant canning factory in Montgomery. In 1952, Mona moved to Minneapolis and worked at various hospitals and factories. Mona moved back to New Prague in 1964 and worked in housekeeping for the next 43 years, at Queen of Peace Hospital, until her retirement in 2007.
She enjoyed traveling, talking many trips in the US to New Orleans, New York City, California and Hawaii. She also traveled to Canada and London, England with the Hymnus Choir. Mona enjoyed country western and old-time music and dancing and she sang in the St. Wenceslaus choir.
Mona is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Pallbearers are nephews, Ron Smisek, Tony Smisek, LeRoy Smisek, Mark Smisek, Lyle Smisek and Wayne Smisek.
She is preceded in death by her parents, twin sister, MoAnn Smisek; sister, Myrtle Budin; and brother Francis Smisek.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
William
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William “Barry” Campbell, age 60, of Le Center, died on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Mayo Hospital in New Prague. Visitation will be held at Le Center Funeral Home on Friday, March 7 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a Service of Remembrance and Sharing at 7:30 and Knights of Columbus Service at 8:00. Funeral Services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center on Saturday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center at a later date.

Barry was born on October 19, 1953 in St. Peter to Robert & Florence (Meger) Campbell. He graduated from Le Center High School then attended Mankato Technical College for Culinary. Barry married Judy Sylvester in Le Sueur on April 2, 1984. He did facility maintenance at Winco in Le Center, ADC in Le Sueur, Mystic Lake Casino, and Tri-City United Schools in Le Center.

Barry was a past member of the Civil Defense and Planning and Zoning Committee. He was a current member of the 4th Degree KC’s, Sons of the American Legion, and the St. Mary’s Church Choir. He enjoyed driving his scooter around town, grilling and yardwork. Barry was a big family man, Vikings fan and jokester.

Barry is survived by his wife, Judy; three sons, Robert “Bobby” (Erica) of Excelsior, Nicholas (Miriam) of Chicago, IL and Philip (Shannon) of Le Center; five grandchildren, Kristian, Dylan, Jack, Kailey, and Blake; his dog, Boo; two grand-dogs, Cubby and Twinky; three brothers, Robert “Gregory” (Barb) of Glencoe, Ronald of Waseca, and Norman of Le Center; and two sisters, Roxanne Karnes of IN and Gail (Jeff) Pottebaum of IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Randolph “Randy” Campbell.

Carol Ann Elizabeth Widmer
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Carol Ann Elizabeth Widmer, age 42, formerly of Le Center, died Monday, March 3, 2014 at Immanuel St. Joseph Hospital in Mankato.

Visitation will be held at Le Center Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 5 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be at St. Henry Catholic Church in St. Henry (38807 261st Avenue, Le Sueur, MN) on Thursday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. Henry Catholic Cemetery.

Carol was born on January 13, 1972 to Eddie and Iona (Ulmen) Widmer. She attended Le Center Public School.

Carol is survived by seven older siblings, Mike & Shannon Widmer of Le Sueur, John & Carol Widmer of Idaho, Steven of Le Sueur, Jim of Coon Rapids, Gerald Widmer of Le Sueur, Kathleen & Steven Jacobs of Silver Lake, and Ronald & Maureen of Le Sueur.

She is preceded in death by her parents and godfather, Bernard Widmer

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Bonnie Callisto
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Bonnie Callisto, age 84, of Le Center, died Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Funeral services will also be on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center at 10:00 a.m. Spring burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.
Bonnie was born on June 19, 1929 in Grey Eagle, MN. to Emil and Rose Hiltunen. She attended Grey Eagle School and graduated at age 16. She was united in marriage to Donald Callisto in Grey Eagle in 1963. She worked at St. Mary’s Parochial school and Boyds Department Store in Le Center.
She is survived by her husband, Donald of Le Center; children, Sandra Callisto of Spain, Shelley (Bob) Zins of St. Cloud, Sean Callisto of Opole, MN. and Mary (Jeff) Brendel of Woodbury; 8 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; and siblings, Virginia Lidstome of Punta Gorda, Florida, Mimi “Emily” Rangitsch of St. Paul, Ron Hiltunen of Punto Gorda, Florida and Don Hiltunen of St. Paul.
Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents; son, Steven; grandson, Nicholas; sisters, Helen Hiltunen, Darlene Healy, and Gloria Mathre.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Francis C.Wiskocil
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Francis C. Wiskocil, 85, of Le Sueur, formerly of Montgomery, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 at MN Valley Health Care in Le Sueur. Visitation will be Monday, February 24, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.
Francis was born on April 24, 1928 at home in Montgomery to Frank and Mamie (Guessen) Wiskocil. He was united in marriage to Loretta Grundhoffer at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on June 19, 1950. He worked for Montgomery Sanitary Creamery which was bought out by MN Valley and then AMPI from 1946 to 1986. He served as the Mayor of Montgomery for 14 years, was a independent realtor in Montgomery for 30 years and enjoyed farming, and old time music.
Francis is survived by wife, Loretta Wiskocil of Le Sueur; children, John (Kathryn) Wiskocil of Montgomery, Jennifer (Bruce) Cummins of Le Sueur and Milton (Peggy Sue) Wiskocil of Morristown; grandchildren, Randy Turek, Mark Turek, Jennifer Turek, Danielle Romig, Christopher Wiskocil and Josh Cummins; great-grandchildren, Autumn Romig, Josiah Turek, Trinity Turek and Sophie Kaunonen.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Carol Wiskocil-Turek; sister, Mamye Wiskocil; and nephew, Richard Turek.
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Jerry A. Fennell
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Jerry A. Fennell, 65, of Le Center, passed away Friday, January 24, 2014 at his home. Visitation will be at Le Center Funeral Home on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Jerry was born on July 29, 1948 in Benson to Arthur and Gladys (Lageson) Fennell. He owned the Hide-a-way in Lexington, owned a hotel in New Ulm and a mobile home lot owner and repair business.
He was involved with AA, enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with his grandchildren, visiting with friends and family
Jerry is survived by children, Adam (Tammy) Fennell of Le Center and Stacy (Jerry) Schaefer of Le Center; grandchildren, Kayley and Cole Fennell, Ashley and Tom Carey, and Chester Schaefer; siblings, Shari (Bill) Ahrendt of Arizona, Dick Fennell (Jean) of Breezy Point, and Ken (Doris) Fennell of Waconia.
He is preceded in death his parents; and brother, Ron Fennell.
Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Francis
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Francis Joseph “Duke” Tadych, 69, of Le Center, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014 at his home in Le Center. Visitation will be at Le Center Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Francis was born on March 19, 1944 in Minneapolis to Frank and Ann (Sand) Tadych. He was united in marriage to Linda (Bishop) Tadych on January 17, 1967 and worked as a truck driver for Brown Printing and SVP.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, video games and computer, woodworking, card playing, tinkering and repairing things.
Francis is survived by wife, Linda; children, Bart Tadych of Le Center and Vance and Pearl of New Ulm; 5 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, 6 great-granddaughters and 4 great-grandsons; siblings, Marcella Lentsch of Mentor, Roger Tadych of TX. and Bonnie and Curtis Qualley of Erskine.
He is preceded in death his parents; siblings, Jeanette Tadych, Jerome Tadych, Delroy Tadych, and Richard Tadych.
Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Edward Balk
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Edward Andrew Balk, 90, of Montgomery, passed away Friday, January 17, 2014 at Oak Terrace in Jordan. Visitation will be Sunday January 26, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Sueur.
Edward was born on February 11, 1923 in Algona, Iowa to Henry and Laura (Hammer) Balk. He attended Le Sueur School. He was united in marriage to Alice M. Wieland on November 27, 1946 and worked as a rural mail carrier for the United States Post Office retiring in 1980.
He was a member of the American Legion Club, liked to fish, help with maintenance and bookwork at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pine River and enjoyed gardening.
Edward is survived by children, Joseph (Betty) Balk of Savage, Charles (Kathy) Balk of Brainerd, Michael (Claudia) Balk of Hastings, Constance (Curt) Jackson of Northfield and Sally (Greg) Rademacher of New Prague; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and sister Darlene Puchner of Nebraska.
He is preceded in death by his wife Alice, parents, brothers, Jake Balk, and Hugo Balk; sisters, Joyce Andresen and Mildred Aalid.
Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Holy Redeemer Catholic School.
Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Alvin Sladek
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Alvin Sladek of Montgomery, passed away after a short illness Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Regina Medical Center in Hastings, MN. Visitation will be held at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery on Tuesday, January 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be at the funeral home on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery.

Alvin was born in Montgomery, Minnesota October 5th, 1934. He was the son of George and Helen Sladek. He attended country school and graduated class of 1953 from Montgomery High School. He was a military veteran. He attended Faribault Vocational School, and was a certified machinist. He retired from Continental Machinery Company where he was employed for 25 years. He spent his golden years on his farm by Green Leaf Lake in Montgomery. He loved to fish and his hobby was raising sheep. He was the number three wool producer in the state of Minnesota. A deed he was very proud of.

He is survived by three brothers, Marvin, Vernon, and Roger Sladek; two nieces, Dawn Shaughnessy and Michelle Miller; and one nephew, Jonathan Sladek.

Arrangements with Schoenbauer Funeral Home of Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Nels Edward Olsen, Jr.
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Nels Edward Olsen, Jr. age 49, of Rifle, Colorado, lost his struggle with addiction and depression on December 8, 2013 and went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Memorial service will be at the Church of Christ in Cleveland at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Visitation is at 10 a.m. one hour before the service with Pastor John Kester officiating. Interment will be at a later date.

Nels was born in Thousand Oaks, California on July 31, 1964. He was baptized in Thousand Oaks and confirmed at Messiah Lutheran Church in North Mankato. Nels grew up in Mankato. He went to both Mankato West and Mankato East Schools but graduated from high school in Austin in 1981. Nels joined the Army in 1986 and served for 2 years. He then worked for several companies in Mankato until his 30’s when he moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He worked at the Pacific Sheet Metal Co. in Carbondale, Colorado for 10 years. Nels went to school in Denver in 2009 to become a semi truck driver. He drove a bus taking tourists to the ski resorts, for a year and then found a truck driving job with Transystems Trucking Co. in Renville, Minnesota.

He loved the Mountains, Mountain climbing, caving, snow skiing, snowboarding, hiking and motorcycle. He motorcycled to Sturgis for the past 7 years and camped at the “Friends of Bill W.” ranch. Most of all, he loved his family and friends.

Nels is survived by his father and stepmother, Nels and Mary Olsen of Mankato; mother and stepfather, Iris and Wally Krenik of Cleveland; son, Brandon Bailey of St. Petersburg, Fl.; brother, Eric Olsen of Mankato; sisters, Gina (Tom) Massop Minnesota Lake, Dawn (Kelly) Sandborg of Mapleton and Erin Drews of Mapleton; stepbrother, Jesse Raatz of Mankato; stepsisters, Tammy (Tim) Reinert of Talkeetna, Alaska, DeNell (Kieth) Kerns of Belle Plaine, Brenda (Tom) Weber of Burnsville, Jenny Lemke of Lake Crystal, and Paula (Mike) Zahratka of Montgomery; many nieces and nephew’s.

Nels was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Helen Novak
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Helen Therese Novak, age 94, of Montgomery, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Central Health Care Center in Le Center. Visitation will be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on Wednesday, January 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be at the church on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in New Prague.
Helen was born on October 16, 1919 in Erin Township to Albert G. and Ludmilla (Havel) Malecha. She married Eugene Emil Novak at Immaculate Conception Church in Lonsdale on October 14, 1940. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague for 20 years. Helen enjoyed cooking and gardening. She was a member of the Montgomery Senior Citizens Group, St. Patrick’s CCW, and Progressive Homemakers of Cedar Lake, was a 4-H leader for the Helena helpers, and was Past President of Catholic Women’s Deanery.
Helen is survived by her four children, Joan (Dennis) Kadrlik of Montgomery, Betty (Bob) Kubes of Webster, Donald (Annetta) Novak of Jordan, and Lorretta (Drew) Lawrence of Waunakee, WI; 16 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and three brothers, Albert Malecha of Montgomery, Leonard Malecha of Lonsdale, and Roman Malecha of Montgomery.
She is preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Stanley, Robert, Joseph, and George Malecha; sister, Lillian Tupy; and daughter-in-law, Kathleen Novak.
Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
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