Marvin Jakes Sr.
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Marvin Jakes Sr., age 85, of Montgomery passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at the Family Residence in Northfield. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 4 from 3pm-4pm with Funeral service following at 4pm all held at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Interment will be at Bohemian National Cemetery at a later date.

Marvin was born on August 24, 1935 to Adeline (Kuzel) and James Jakes at their family farm in Montgomery. He graduated from Montgomery High School and was a farmer for 50+ years. Marvin was united in marriage to Irene Spoor and later divorced.

Marvin enjoyed growing and pruning trees, fixing up homes, fishing, and traveling to Arizona in the winter. Marvin was a member of the Montgomery Lions, Masons, St. John Lutheran Church Council, Bohemian Cemetery Board, Pioneer Power Association, AA Group, Arizona Mounted Posse.

Marvin is survived by his children, Sandra Sticha of Faribault, Marvin Jr (Mary) Jakes of Montgomery, David (Cindy) Jakes of Montgomery, Steven Jakes of Williston, ND., Kenneth Jakes of Montgomery; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Kaderlik of Lonsdale.

Marvin is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Robert “Bobby”.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Joseph 'Joe' R. Pelant
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Joe “Joseph” R. Pelant, age 75 of Le Center, passed away at St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee on Friday, July 16, 2021. Celebration of life will be August 1 at Lakefront Bar and Grill in Le Center from 1pm-4pm.

Joe was born on March 19, 1946 in New Prague to Elsie (Kukacka) and Joseph F. Pelant. He graduated from Montgomery-Lonsdale High School and Willmar Jr. College in Wilmar, MN. Joe was united in marriage to Barbara Springer on November 30, 1984 at their family farm. Joe returned to Montgomery and worked for Hiway Motors in Montgomery and then for the Montgomery Police Department for 32 years 1968-2000 and the last 6 years was Chief of Police and was a full-time farmer.

Joe enjoyed tractor pulling, spending summers at Lexington Clear Lake, and winters in Yuma Arizona.

Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Larry J. Pelant of Le Center, Leanne (Scott) Taft of Brooklyn Center; step-son, Todd A. (Stephanie) White of Puyallup, Washington; step-daughter, Tara (Corey) White-Kulseth of Minnetonka; grandson, Kyle; and step-grandchildren, Macayla, Cora, and Jacob.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Lillian Jean Tiede
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Lillian Jean Tiede, age 73, of Waterville, passed away Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Elm Homes in Waterville. Private family services. Memorial service at a later date.

Lillian was born on April 21, 1948 to Walter and Blayze (Moravec) Tiede.
Lillian enjoyed Karaoke singing- Johnny Cash, flowers, having coffee with her sister, baking, and sitting outside enjoying her flowers.

Lillian is survived by Gordy (Mary) Tiede, Aggie (Virgil) Gast, Leona Tiede, Marcy Tiede, Lyle Tiede, and Bette Tiede; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Lillian is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dennis Tiede.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Richard 'Dick' Francis Gregor
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Richard “Dick” Francis Gregor, age 82, of Montgomery passed away on Friday, July 23, 2021 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 29, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery at noon with visitation starting at 9:30am.

Richard was born on April 30, 1939 in Faribault to Mary (Kotek) and Ambrose Gregor. He was united in marriage to Marge Grundhoffer on December 26, 1964 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Richard was a graduate of Montgomery High School and attended the University of Minnesota. Richard was drafted into the United States Army. He worked at Green Giant in Montgomery for 38 years. During his retirement he worked at Don’s Foods in New Prague. He was a devout Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Richard enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, spending time with his grandchildren, family vacations and fishing trips up north. He had an impressive display of fishing and hunting trophies. Richard was a huge supporting fan of all Montgomery-Lonsdale sports and even followed after his children graduated. He was and an avid listener of KCHK and enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins, Gophers, Vikings, and Lynx.

Richard is survived by his wife, Marge Gregor of Montgomery; children Rick (Lori) Gregor of Prior Lake, Julie (Adam) Stone of Woodbury, Todd (Michele) Gregor of Waconia, Brad (Debbie) Gregor of New Prague, Jodi (Phil) Werner of New Prague, Mark (Nikki) Gregor of Lonsdale, Kari (Jeff) Rosival of Eagle Lake; siblings, Cletus (Jean) Gregor of Kilkenny, Dale (Susan) Gregor of Land O Lakes, Florida; grandchildren, Jenna Gregor and Maddie (Luke) Zahm, Carter, Ryan, and Jon Stone, Abbey and Jacob Gregor, Kaleb, Justin, and Benett Gregor, Kassie, Mariah, Belle, and Sam Werner, Morgan and Dylan Gregor, Kale and Jada Rosival; great-grandchildren, Eli Werner, and Emery Jaworski.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Darryll Gregor, James Gregor, Duane Gregor; and granddaughter, Morgan Mary Gregor.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Milo Joseph Holey Jr.
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Milo Joseph Holey Jr., age 70 of Montgomery died at his home on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 27 from 9am-11am at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Memorial Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11am. Interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Milo was born on April 6, 1951 in Faribault to Milo and Helen (Brown) Holey, Sr. He was a 1970 graduate from Montgomery High School. Milo was united in marriage to Lois Flynn in March of 1977 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. He worked and retired from Montgomery High School as a custodian. Milo enjoyed playing bingo, family picnics, and watching football. Milo was a member of the Montgomery Ambulance and the Knights of Columbus.

Milo is survived by his wife, Lois Holey of Montgomery; children, John Holey of Shakopee, Mike (Jenny) Holey of Montgomery, Pat Holey of Montgomery; grandson, Brandon Holey; siblings, Betty (Jerome) Messner of Blaine, Jean (Dan) Wolfe of New Ulm, and Jo Ann (Brian) Shaughnessy of Lonsdale; nieces and nephews; and other family.

Milo is preceded in death by his parents; and stepfather, Ray Filipek.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Bonnie Mae Phillips
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Bonnie Mae Phillips, 79, of Le Center died Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at Mala Strana Care Center. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 25 from 2pm-4pm with Funeral Service at 4pm. all at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Interment will be held in Woodland Cemetery in Le Center.

Bonnie was born on June 13, 1941 in St. Peter to Earl and Ethel (Chase) Bosacker. She graduated in 1959 from McKinley High School, Le Center. Bonnie was united in marriage to Charles "Jim" Phillips on October 25, 1969 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Le Center. In 1960 she began her lifelong nursing career where she spent her time working at Queen of Peace Hospital, Mala Strana Nursing Home, St. Peter Healthcare Center, Central Healthcare, and later retired from Golden Choices in Le Center. After retirement she served as a volunteer respite hospice caregiver. Bonnie also used this time wrapping silverware at her friend's cafe during her coffee time. She always felt bad when she couldn't be there to get it done.

Bonnie enjoyed having coffee with her friends, visiting, socializing, getting to know new people and telling stories with everyone around her. She was outgoing beyond measure and never knew a stranger. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and former member of the Le Center Lioness Club. She had a love for watching Minnesota sports and her "stories". She treasured her 1959 classmates and the get togethers they would have. For years, she created her needlepoint "fancywork" and shared it with those she loved. Bonnie enjoyed collecting cardinals, angels, and cookbooks/recipes. Her husband, her siblings, her kids, and grandkids were the most important parts of her life. She loved attending all of the grandkids' sporting events or activities, but most of all she loved being silly and creating memories with and for them. She always said, "I can't give them much, but I can give them memories."

Bonnie is survived by her 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, Duke; brothers, Curt (Karen) Bosacker of Le Center, and Lyle (Nancy) Bosacker of Fort Myers, FL; sister, Brenda (Chuck) Kotasek of St. Peter; brothers in law, Tom Phillips of Henderson, and Mark Phillips of Le Sueur; many other nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Charles "Jim" Phillips; her parents, Earl and Ethel Bosacker; in-laws, Maine and Alice Phillips; nephews, John Bosacker, and Chris Bosacker; sister-in-law, LaMona Phillips.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Michael Lee Elie
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Michael Lee Elie, age 38, of Le Center passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 6.

Michael was born on July 30, 1982 in Flint, MI. He was a lead railing man for Ugly Decks in Burnsville for the past 3 years and also worked at Structural Restoration, Inc. for 7 years. Michael enjoyed playing with his daughters and working.

Michael is survived by his mother from Arizona and his father from Michigan; fiancé; and daughters.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Ralph Gerald Hendrickson
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Ralph G. Hendrickson, age 82 of Kilkenny, MN, died at his home on Thursday morning, July 1, 2021. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 17 from 9am to 11am at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Memorial services will be at 11am all at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Interment will be held at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. John Church Steeple repair or Le Sueur County Relay for Life (American Cancer Society)

Ralph was born on August 31, 1938, in Belgrade, MN to Lester and Clara (Leverson) Hendrickson. He grew up in Belgrade, MN and graduated from Belgrade High School. He worked for a short time before entering the banking industry. He married Doris Maroschek on November 1, 1958 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belgrade, MN. He worked for several years at First National Bank in Minneapolis and later worked as a bank examiner for four years. The couple moved to the Montgomery area in 1966 where Ralph began a long career with First National Bank in Montgomery, retiring in 2009 as the President of First National Bank, Montgomery. Ralph was very active in the Montgomery community; Montgomery Ambulance charter member, Montgomery Area Community Club, Economic Development, Lions Charter member, director and President; Kolacky Days Committee; St. John’s Lutheran Church, President of the congregation and Endowment Fund Chair; American Cancer Society; Cub Scout Leader and Montgomery Park Board.

He is survived by his wife Doris of Kilkenny, MN; Children; Cynthia (fiancé, Tim O’Connor) Hendrickson of Farmington, Douglas Hendrickson of South Haven, Steven (Loeta) Hendrickson of La Salle, Co., and Eric Hendrickson of Parker, Co.; grandchildren, Rachel, Stefanie, Michael, Grant, Marrisa, and MaKayla Hendrickson, Stacey, Roger, and Adam Bullyan; great-grandchildren, Annie, Luke, Gracy Jo Hendrickson, Gavin, Sebastian Bullyan and Saniyah; brother, Laurel Hendrickson of Blaine.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Steven Joseph Wetzel
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Steven Joseph Wetzel, age 64, of Le Center passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 due to complications of Alzheimer’s. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 10 at 11am at United Methodist Church in Le Sueur. Internment will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Celebration of Life to follow at approximately 2pm at Wetzel’s Lake Lot in Cordova (Lake Gorman), located near the Cordova Town Hall (20386 Dodd Road, Le Center, MN 56057).

Steve was born on April 28, 1956 to Chester and Annette (Lang) Wetzel and raised on their farm outside of Le Center. He graduated from Le Center High School in 1974 at which time he purchased the Standard Gas Station and was owner/operator for 29 years. Steve was united in marriage on September 3, 1983 to Kathy (Blaschko) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Le Center. In 1998 he built a car wash, Wetzee’s Wash and Wax, where over the years it became his pride and joy greeting customers and providing a service for the community. Throughout Steve’s life he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, hunting, fishing and riding Harley. His passion for life was expressed through his contagious laughter that will never be forgotten.

Steve is survived by his wife Kathy, of 37 years; children, Cody (Lynnea) Wetzel and their children Ava, Jaxson, and Shay; Ben (Abby) Wetzel and their child, Maeve; Jake Wetzel (Megan Kaisershot); siblings, Mike Wetzel, Chris Wetzel, and Lori O’Malley; mother-in-law, Patricia Blaschko; and many in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Steve is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Linda Marie Wetzel in infancy; and father-in-law, Eugene Blaschko.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.



Jane Lynn Johnson
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Jane Lynn Johnson, age 65 of Montgomery, died Thursday, July 1, 2021 at her home surrounded by family and her loyal dog Binky. A celebratory gathering of friends and family will be held Thursday July 8th, 4-8pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Janie's “signature color” was actually wild cat print. Guests are encouraged to wear their tiger stripes and leopard spots in tribute. Informal attire welcomed.

Janie was the first New Year’s Day baby to be born in Chico, CA on January 1, 1956. She was born to Albert and Lillian (Jensen) Nelson. After the passing of Albert, Janie was raised by her mother and loving stepfather, A. Dale Hartje.

Janie graduated from Grafton High School in North Dakota in 1974. She then attended and graduated from Akers Business College in North Dakota with a degree in accounting. She was united in marriage to Harold Johnson on June 1, 1975. Janie lived in Grand Forks, ND until relocating to Montgomery, MN with her family in 1989, residing there until present.

Janie is survived by her husband, Harold; children, Heidi (Alex) Willoughby of Las Vegas, NV, Crystal (Warren) Mason of NE Mpls., MN, and Shawn Johnson of Moorhead, MN; grandchildren, Bryce and Josie Mason; brother, DJ (Diane) Hartje of Kilkenny, MN; sister, Kristy (David) Schwab of Texas; sister-in-law, Karen Nelson of Washington; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, Albert Nelson; mother, Lillian (Jensen) (Nelson) Hartje; stepfather, A. Dale Hartje and his second wife, Patsy (Sandvig) Hartje; sister, June Ritter; and brother, Bert Nelson.

Janie had many interests and would joke that she knew a little bit about a lot of things. These included Edgar Allen Poe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Vincent Van Gogh. She enjoyed reading true crime and Stephen King novels, listening to music and watching Star Trek. An avid crocheter and talented seamstress, Janie was known for creating unique costumes, a wedding dress for Crystal and many toys for her grandchildren. Not to mention regularly hemming and repairing Harry's work clothes. Her care and concern for her family knew no bounds and she was always crafting gifts for her family and friends. Janie was the lioness to Harry's pride, fiercely loyal to her children, she liked to say she was a tigress protecting her cubs. Janie was a unique and courageous person who will forever be remembered for the wit and wisdom that she imparted to everyone she met.
Sandra Jo (Shefland) Germscheid
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Sandra Jo (Shefland) Germscheid, age 75, of Le Center, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 10, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be held at the Le Center Funeral Home on Monday, June 14 from 4pm-7pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Henry Catholic Church in St. Henry on Tuesday, June 15 at 10am with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be at St. Henry’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred which will be donated in Sandy’s name to Le Sueur County 4-H.

Sandy was born on August 9, 1945 in Minneapolis to Juel and Loretta (Sheehy) Shefland, the middle of three children. She graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis and then attended Mankato State University. Motivated women from St. Henry introduced her to Karl Germscheid several times at Uncle Mike and Aunt Mary Hunt’s 25th anniversary reception at the Little Dandy in Le Center. Sandy and Karl were united in marriage on April 8, 1967. They celebrated 54 years of marital bliss this year.

Sandy was very active with the Church of St. Henry, frequently using her baking skills to keep mourners nourished after funerals. She was an exceptional wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed being Karl’s gopher on the farm, her time with grandkids, shopping, going to the theatre, reading, sewing, playing cards, and traveling to Washington, DC., Ireland, and California. She also enjoyed cruises with her mother, sibling couples, and aunt. She was generous with her time and talents.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Karl Germscheid; her children, Mark Germscheid (Rachel Flynn), Ann (Dan) Dixon, Sharon Budin (Cliff Haefner), and Daniel (Holly) Germscheid; grandchildren, Sam Germscheid, Heather Budin, Tyler Budin, Nora Dixon, Clare Dixon, Brendan Germscheid, Emma Germscheid, Jackson Germscheid, and Mackenzie Decker; sister, Nancy (Wyatt) Moe; brother, John (Mary) Shefland; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Sandy is preceded in death by her parents, Juel C. and Loretta E. Shefland; and parents-in-law, Ray and Gertrude Germscheid.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. Online condolences may be left at http://www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com/obituaries.php. Please share the name of your favorite of Sandy’s recipes or a favorite memory, either on the funeral home website, or in a personal note.


Billy D. Brown
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Billy D Brown, of Montgomery, Minnesota passed away on May 29, 2021 at the age of 86. Bill was born in Newby, Oklahoma and lived there with his mother, a schoolteacher and his younger brother, Clayton until he completed the 8th grade. The family then moved to Burr Oak, Kansas where he graduated from High School in 1952. Following High School, Bill returned to Oklahoma where he attended Oklahoma Central University in Edmond for 2 ½ years majoring in pre engineering. Shortly before his draft number came up in 1955, he joined the U.S. Navy as a cadet in their Pilot Training Program. This became the foundation of his lifelong career as a commercial airline Pilot for Northwest Airlines.

In 1956, after a whirlwind courtship, he married Faye Pettit, who he met in high school. Bill and Faye were stationed in San Diego, CA, Barber’s Point, HI, Pensacola, FL, and Iwakuni, Japan before he was discharged. They moved to Minnesota, the home base of Northwest Airlines where he started flying and where he would stay for 30+ years.

He retired in 1993 after more than three decades of service to Northwest, where he flew the Boeing 707-320, Boeing 727, and McDonald Douglas DC-10. For a significant portion of his career, he was a flight instructor and known throughout the Pilot Corp for his gregarious personality and easy laughter. Everyone who flew with Billy loved him.

Billy and Faye made their life on a farm outside of Montgomery, MN where they built a home in 1973, farmed, and raised two girls. Billy was a crop farmer and raised purebred Limousin cattle. The entire family enjoyed showing cattle and Bill and Faye were actively involved in the Minnesota Limousin Association and both the LeSueur and Rice County 4-H programs. He was a member of the American Legion, and the Montgomery Chapter of the Lions. He loved to socialize. Spending time with friends was the highlight of his day.

Billy was predeceased by his wife, Faye Caroline (Pettit) Brown. He is survived by two daughters: Renee Brown Goodell, Marlene (Steve) Pearce, two grandchildren, Madeline Goodell and Niklas Pearce, one brother, Clayton Brown; sisters-in law, Dixie (Ron) West, Marilyn Pettit and Virginia Pettit, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held June 12, 2021 at St John Lutheran Church in Montgomery, MN at 11:00 a.m., followed by an interment at the graveside and a celebration of life from 1:00p – 3:00p at The Revival on Main, Montgomery, MN. Visitation will be held 1-1/2 hours prior to the service at the church. Memorials in lieu of flowers should be sent to St. John Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Theresa Marie Hinderscheit
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Theresa Marie Hinderscheit, age 81, of Montgomery, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021 in Belle Plaine. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 3, from 4 to 7pm and Friday, June 4, from 8:30 to 9:30am at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 4, at 10am at St. John’s Catholic Church in Union Hill.

Theresa was born on November 1, 1939 in New Prague to Angela (Machacek) and Henry Simon. Theresa graduated from New Prague High School. She was united in marriage to Melvin Hinderscheit on September 13, 1958 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague.

Theresa was a bank teller in New Prague. She also worked at Mladek’s grocery store in Montgomery and Zack’s grocery store in New Prague. She enjoyed spending time with family, baking, cooking, reading, and counted cross stitching.

Theresa is survived by her children, Joanie (doug) Filzen of New Prague, Mary Thielke of Marshall, David (Joan) Hinderscheit of Northfield, Joey Hinderscheit of New Prague; siblings, Les (Darlene) Simon of Blaine, Angela Whipps of Le Center, Myles (Bev) Simon of Montgomery, Jim (Ann) Simon of New Prague; 11 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

Theresa is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; parents, Angela and Henry Simon; and brothers, Henry Simon and Ted Simon.

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


Harriet Catherine Schmidt
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Harriet Catherine Schmidt, age 93, of Le Center passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 1 from 8am to 10am with Mass of Christian Burial following at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Le Center, Mn. Interment will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland.

Harriet was born on June 10, 1927 in Cleveland Township to John B. and Florence M. Meyer. Harriet was united in marriage to William Schmidt at the Church of Nativity in Cleveland on August 12, 1947. Harriet was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, American Legion Auxiliary, and CCW at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. She was a charitable musician for Post 108 Auxiliary Legion since 1975 and Choir member in Cleveland and Le Center.

She loved the Lord, husband Bill, family and extended families. Played piano all her life and sang in Cleveland and Le Center Church choirs all of her life. She wrote families for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. and about 80 letters a month to people who needed cheering up also college kids in her family. She loved gardening, sewing, flowers, playing euchre and her Irish heritage. She felt so blessed to have her large family and was always so proud of all her 33 grandchildren, 67 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Harriet is survived by her children, Elaine (Dean) Randall of Le Sueur, Ronald (Karen) Schmidt of Le Center, Rita (Rick) Hastert of Lakeville, Lawrence (Sue) Schmidt of Le Center, William (Marlene) Schmidt of Burnsville, David (Deb Ginter) Schmidt of Waterville, Norman (Debbie) of Le Center, Theresa (Morgan) Lloyd of Jordan, and John (Cheryl) Schmidt of Jordan.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, husband William Frederick Schmidt; brothers, John, Emmet and Francis (Bud); sister Marion Kienlen; granddaughter Erin Randall; grand-son-in-law, Josh Oyler, parents; and special friend Frederick Zimmerman.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. Online condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com

Marian Katherine Tuma
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Marian Katherine Tuma, age 93, of Le Center passed away peacefully on Monday, May 24th at the Carriage House in Le Center with her daughter by her side. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 28 from 8am-10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 10am.

Marian was born in Rice County on November 11, 1927 to James and Mary (Kubes) Simon. Attended grade school at Holy Trinity School in Veseli and graduated from New Prague High School. After high school Marian worked at The Mill in New Prague. Marian was united in marriage to Bill Tuma in January 27, 1948 at Holy Trinity in Veseli. Following their marriage Marian and Bill made their home in Le Center, MN. They were blessed with two children, Randy and Mary Kay. Marian took great pride in being a homemaker while her children were young and worked various jobs. Marian retired from Winco after 26 years. She was a very active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center, a member of the Catholic Church Women (CCW), and spent countless hours sewing quilts for the mission. Marian was a volunteer at St. Mary’s Thrift Store until the age of 92 and enjoyed the lasting friendships made while there.

Marian always looked forward to time spent with family and friends. Some of her greatest past times included playing Euchre, baking Kolacky’s, and gardening. However, her most treasured times included countless hours spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren at sporting events and various activities. Marian moved into the Carriage House in February 2020. She was fortunate to have great care, enjoyed new friendships all while continuing to be able to share her love of cards and gardening.

Marian is survived by her loving daughter, Mary Kay (David) Whipps of Le Center; grandchildren, Angie (Terry) McDonough of St Peter, Jody (Marcy) Tuma of Madison Lake, Robin (Todd) Jordan of Cloquet, Andy (Jessica) Whipps of Le Center, and Steve (Bridget) Whipps of St. Peter; great grandchildren, Rachel McDonough, Tyler and Brayden Jordan, Dylan and Tristyn Tuma, Courtney, Caleb, Taelynn and Sophie Whipps and Nora, Brody and Josie Whipps; siblings, Bernard (Marion) Simon of Anchorage, Alaska, Ted (Lorraine) Simon of St. Patrick, Alice Schanus of Lonsdale; sister-in-law, Angie Simon of New Prague; many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Marian is preceded in death by her husband, William Tuma (September 1979); son, Randy Tuma; parents, Mary and James J. Simon; brothers, James C. Simon, Norbert Simon; sister, Bernice Simon OSB; mother-in-law, Clara Tuma; brothers and sisters-in-law, Pat (Edna) Tuma, Leonard (Evelyn) Tuma, and Robert (Betty) Tuma.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com


Marcella Margaret Thorsen
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Marcella Margaret Thorsen, 99 years young, entered her heavenly home on
May 22, 2021. She lived her life on her terms including staying in her home for her entire adult life.

Marcella was born in rural Kilkenny, MN on November 3, 1921, to Edward and Eda (Kuntz) Schwartz. In her youth Marcy attended District 24 Country School and graduated from Montgomery High School - Class of 1937. After graduation she attended Teacher Training in Le Center and Mankato, and taught at a rural school for one year. Marcy’s career veered when she was offered an office position at Minnesota Valley Canning Company in 1942. As the company changed to Green Giant and later Pillsbury, she was deftly able to adjust in management and technology changes ̶ she entered the era of computers with ease.

In 1949 Marcella met the love of her life, Lloyd Thorsen, when they both worked at Green Giant. Lloyd swept her off her feet and they married on May 13, 1950. They celebrated 58 years of marriage before Lloyd died on December 6, 2008, after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.

Marcy and Lloyd retired together from Pillsbury in 1985. They traveled to many different cities and had numerous adventures across the United States and Mexico. She enjoyed cut-work embroidery, playing bridge, gardening, canning and spending time with family.

Marcy was reborn with the birth of Dakota and Cailyn Meadows in 2008 and 2011. Her patience blossomed, her attitude relaxed and her sense of humor grew with each passing year. On family Sundays, she loved playing cards and RummiKub, which she ruled. Her famous “Marcy’s Jell-O” will live on as Dakota learned and Cailyn will soon learn how to make it.

Marcella is survived by nephews, Gary Petree, Dale (Sue) Dietz and Bruce (Allison) Dietz; plus niece Renee Crosby Southworth. Very special to her heart were Dakota and Cailyn Meadows, her great-great nieces; and they truly adored their Auntie Marcy. Survivors also include grandniece Claire Crosby-Meadows and handyman and one-to-call-on Dustin Meadows. Also grandniece Sabrina Southworth, in-laws Jackie (Milo) Eucker and Elton “Al” (Donna) Thorsen plus many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her beloved husband, Lloyd; her parents; her sisters Lucille (August “Augie”) Dietz and Rita (Lehman) Petree; in-laws Carl and Esther Thorsen, Warren “Shorty” (Dorothy) Thorsen, Lois (LeRoy) Hoppe, and Beverly (Jack) Richter.

A special thank you to Golden Heart Senior Care and Moments Hospice for their wonderful and loving care of Marcella throughout her last journey.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 26, from 9am-10am and Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am all at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Father Tom Niehaus officiating the celebration of Marcella’s life.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred. The memorials will be used to help create a nature and science program, involving the Ney Nature Center, for the students at Dakota and Cailyn’s school - Holy Redeemer School.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com


Kenny Holicky
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Kenneth “Kenny” Holicky, age 73, of Le Center passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021 at his home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 25 from 10am to 1pm at the Le Center Funeral Home. Funeral service will also be held at the funeral home at 1pm. Military Honors will be provided by the Le Center area Veterans Honor Guard.

Kenny was born on February 27, 1948 in St. Peter to Norbert and Helen (Flicek) Holicky. He attended McKinley High School in Le Center. Kenny served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, was a general contractor and owned and operated Circle K Resort in Browns Valley, MN. He loved country music, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He was a dancer, a chef and a teller of amazing stories. In his later years, Kenny came home to the family homestead farm where he was also member of the VFW and American Legion.

Kenny is survived by his children, Christopher (Chelsea) Holicky of Oregon City, OR., Melodie Lewis (David) of Milwaukie, OR., Helen Cleveland (Jeremy) of East Grand Forks, MN., and Kenneth “Norby” of Le Center; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; siblings, Barb Tiede of Le Center, Patricia (Mike) Blaschko of Le Center, Colleen (Gerry) Robinson of Le Center, Robert J. (Carol) Holicky of Belle Plaine, Theresa (Norman) Johnson of Algona, GA., Beverly (Myles) Simon of Montgomery, Kathleen Stang of New Prague, Joyce (Mike) Resch of Mankato, John (Linda) Holicky of Le Center, Jacqueline (Stan) Stocker of Le Center, and Mary Kay (Steve) Jindra of Montgomery; many nieces and nephews.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Suzanne (Robert) Wolff and 1st husband, LeAnder May; brothers-in-law, Jim Tiede and Mike Stang.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. Online condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com

If you would like to share any pictures or stories, please email them to melodielewis@ymail.com.

Michael “Mick” Reintjes
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Michael “Mick” Reintjes of Elysian, age 74, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021 at his home. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021 at Marysburg Catholic Church from 9am-11am with Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am with Father Sandquist officiating. Interment will be held in the Marysburg Cemetery.

Mick was born on April 29, 1947 in St. Peter to Lawrence F. and Catherine E. (Dunn) Reintjes. He was a Waterville High School graduate. Mick and Kathy Kewatt fell in love in the fall of 1969 and were married June 19, 1970. Mick worked at Birdseye in Waseca for 42-1/2 years. Mick enjoyed coon and deer hunting, farming, fishing- on lake on his land where he caught just enough for supper, doing things with his grandchildren especially teaching them to drive tractors, 4 wheelers and the Ranger.

Mick is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathy Reintjes; son, Dan (Lisa) Reintjes of Isanti; grandchildren, Gavin, Brooklyn, and Clayton; sister, Barb (Ben) Hawkins of Grand Rapids; nieces and nephews.

Mick is preceded in death by his parents; and 2 sons.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Rockford 'Rocky' Stangler
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Rocky Stangler, age 67, passed away on Saturday May 15, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 19, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Father Tom Niehaus officiating and visitation one hour prior.

Rocky was born on December 17, 1953 in New Prague to William J. and Shirley (Pomije) Stangler. He attended school in Columbia Heights through his junior year and graduated from Montgomery High School. Rocky married Carol Kriha on November 3, 1973 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. He worked for the United States Postal Service for 36 years until his retirement. He served as a clerk and carrier for many years until his promotion to Postmaster. First in Elysian, MN and then New Richland, Madison Lake, Le Center and finally finishing his career where he started as Postmaster in Montgomery.

Rocky was a member of the Sons of American Legion, the Montgomery Ambulance, the Montgomery Fire Department and the Elysian Fire Department, the Montgomery Golf Course and the Montgomery City Council. He enjoyed spending time with his wife and daughters, his son in- laws and grandchildren as well as his beloved dog Kasey. He also enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, playing cards and entering his car in car shows.

Rocky is survived by his wife Carol of Montgomery, daughters Sheri (Craig) Novotny of New Prague, and Kim (Dan) Hrdlicka of Lakeville; grandchildren Kyle and Kaitlin Ellingsworth, and Kali, Mason and Griffin Hrdlicka; sisters and brothers in-law, Mike and Kate Kriha, Wahoo and Neaner Kriha, Kathy and Rick Brockway, Bob and Christy Kriha, and Joni and Dave Tikalsky; and many nieces and nephews.

Rocky is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Shirley Stangler, parents in-law Jim and Gert Kriha, grandparents Joe and Emma Pomije and Elmer and Matilda Stangler.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. Online condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com


Fern Jeanette Bily
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Fern Jeanette Bily, age 80 a resident of Montgomery for 55 years, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at her home.

Fern was born on January 24, 1941 in Mower County to Fred and Mabel (Thorseth) Bjork. She was a graduate of Austin High School. She was united in marriage to Frank Bily on October 5, 1958 in Lansing Lutheran Church. Fern worked as an insurance agent at the 1st National Insurance for 21 years. Fern was a Sunday school teacher and an awesome mom. She enjoyed fishing, camping, spending time with grand kids, baking, and reading.

Fern is survived by her children, Gilbert (Chandra) Bily of Idaho Falls, ID. And Cynthia (Steven) Wacker of Montgomery; siblings, Joe (Janet) Bjork of Babbit, Delano (Mona) Bjork of Embarrass, Betsy Ritterath of Austin, Roger (Lila) Bjork of Decorah, IA., and Ruth Schmidt of Wisc.; grandchildren, Tamara Jackson, Kyle Bily, Shayne Bily, Nicole Wacker, and Brandon Wacker; 9 great-grandchildren.

Fern was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Bily; parents; siblings, Fred, Bill, Merle, Daisy, Laura, Elaine, Eugene, and Mae.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Robley 'Rob' Lee Blaschko
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Robley “Rob” Lee Blaschko, age 62 of Le Center, passed away on May 2, 2021 at his home. Visitation will be held Friday, May 14 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church from 1pm to 4pm with Memorial Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 4pm. Private interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

Rob was born on January 4, 1959 in St. Peter to Tom and Betty (Welckle) Blaschko. Rob was a graduate of Le Center High School and Mankato Votech. He was an IT Desktop Support Specialist for Pearson Vue in Burnsville. Rob was united in marriage to Kathleen Moorhead on June 7, 1999 in Las Vegas.

Rob enjoyed all sports, stratomatic baseball, prodraft football, line dancing, music, a huge dog and cat lover, loved spending time with his nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews and also loved going to the theater.

Rob is survived by his wife, Kathy Blaschko of Le Center; siblings, Debbie (Kenny) O’Connell of St. Thomas, Christy (Jeff) Gibbs of Kilkenny, Becky (Merle) Zimmerman of Wabasso, Bobbie (Paul) Schleeve of Le Sueur, Todd (Carolyne) of Le Center, Joel (Barb) Blaschko of Lakeville, Susie (Jim) McMillen of Le Center, and Shawn (Kim) Blaschko of Le Center; brother-in-law, Dave (Cyndi) Bryan of Thunder Bay; sister-in-law, Tracy Moorhead of the UK.; 12 nieces; 11 nephews; 36 great nieces and nephews, and 3 on the way.

Rob was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Patrick O’Connell; son “4 legged” L J; and in-laws, Annette and Clarence Moorhead; brothers-in-law, Murray Moorhead and Robert Moorhead.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com



Nancy Stocker
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Celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 14 at 6:30pm at the Le Center Calvary Cemetery in Le Center with fellowship to follow at the 4-H Building in Le Center.

Nancy is survived by her wife, Linda Nienaber, Mother, May Stocker; siblings, Stan (Jackie) Stocker, Tim Stocker, and Patty (Randy) Jones; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Stocker.
Clayton George Kukacka
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Clayton “Cookie” George Kukacka, age 84, of Owatonna, formerly of New Prague, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Medford at his daughter Deb’s house. Visitation will take place Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 9am-11am with a memorial service following at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Interment will be in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery. Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Clayton was born on December 7, 1936 in Montgomery to Louis and Lillian (Dejcmar) Kukacka. He graduated from Montgomery High School and began his life of serving his country proudly!

He was in the US Navy and was GMI aboard the USS MADDOX DD731. He enjoyed it very much! He crossed the equator and became a shellback and gunner’s mate. He was sergeant in the US Army Reserves for several years and donated many gallons of blood! He also was a Post Commander of the VFW, a member of American Legion Club, Eagles Club and Sportsman Club.

Clayton enjoyed listening to Old Time music and Classic Country on KCHK! When living in the country, he had a small hobby farm. He was fond of all animals, especially dogs! He enjoyed visiting with family, playing Euchre, being outdoors, gardening, recycling, marching in many parades as a gratified Navy Veteran, (The Kolacky Parade was his favorite), attending Pioneer Power shows, watching WWE and WWF wrestling, game shows, court and crime TV, comedies, and western movies.

He worked for Murphy Trucking, Amoco, Harvestore and other jobs throughout his lifetime.

Clayton is survived by his children, Kenny Kukacka of Lonsdale, Karen (Don) Chlan of Webster, Deb Forthun (Bob Gosse) of Medford, Darin Kukacka (Maggie Siedow) of New Prague, Lisa (Paul) Scharf of New Prague and Addie Kukacka of Bloomington; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings, Leon Kukacka of Le Center, Lila Korbel of Tennessee, Joel Kukacka of Heidelberg, Lucy Connolly of Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Clayton is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Lillian Kukacka; son, Leslie Max Kukacka; twin brother, Clarence Kukacka; brothers, Harold Kukacka and Jeff Kukacka.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Curtis Erwin Kuethe
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Curtis Erwin Kuethe, 81, of Montgomery died May 5, 2021 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 8 from 1pm to 2:45pm at the Le Center Funeral Home with funeral services to follow at 3pm at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with Pastor Ally Bowman officiating. Interment will be held in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Curtis was born on February 25, 1940 to Ervin and Irene (Breamer) Kuethe. He attended Country School and Albert Lea High School. Curtis was united in marriage to Kay Waldemar on September 21, 1957 in Hartland, MN. He worked for Wilson’s Meat Packing in Albert Lea, farmed, bought and ran Hide-a-Way Campground from 1976-1992, and ConAgra Mill in New Prague where he retired from. Curtis enjoyed watching sports- NASCAR, MN Twins, and the Vikings; playing cards, snowmobiling, and camping. He was a member of the Lexington Sportsman’s Club, and a longtime Minneapolis Moline Tractor exhibitor at Pioneer Power. But most of all he enjoyed visiting with friends and new acquaintances.

Curtis is survived by his children, Debbie (Ron) Kopet of Le Center, Becky (Allan) Reak of New Prague, and Sue (Mike) Pekarna of Chanhassen; grandchildren, Matt (fiancé, Desiree Studnicka), Tim (Kim) Reak, Jon Reak, Heidi (Joe) Barber, and Chris (Kacey) Kopet; great-grandchildren, Blakely & Brenna Reak, Hudson Barber, Brody, Caleb and Madison Kopet; sister, Marlys (Ray) Hacker of Lake Mills, IA.; brothers-in-law, Jerry Waldemar of Sunray, TX., Tom (Cheryl Wangsness) Waldemar of Rochester; sister-in-law Julie (Bob) Peterson of Alden, MN.

Curtis was preceded in death by his wife, Kay; and parents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com


Teresa Mae Morse
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Teresa Mae Morse, age 60 of Le Center, passed away on May 2, 2021 at her home. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 7 from 3-4pm with memorial service at 4pm all at the Le Center Funeral Home.

Teresa was born on March 4, 1961 in Rockford, IL to Alton and Margaret (Martin) Rand. She attended Rockford, IL and Shell Lake, Wisc. Schools. Teresa worked for the City of St. Paul in the Park and Rec. Center and the Amaco Station in Le Center.

Teresa is survived by her children, Renee Beseke of Le Center, and John (fiancé Emma Nelson) Morse; grandchildren, Phillip, Wyatt, Hope, and Luke; siblings, Robert (Betty) Rand of Rockford, IL., Patricia “Patty” (Tom) Crane of Frederic, Wisc., Elmer (Kathy) Rand of Rockford, IL., and Peter (Robin) Rand of Rockford, IL.

Teresa was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Morse; her parents; siblings, Ronald (Ruth) Rand, and Beatrice (Tom) King.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Mayme Lucille (Dejcmar) Jindra
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Mayme Lucille (Dejcmar) Jindra, age 105 years 10 months and 6 days, passed away peacefully at her home in Montgomery on Monday, October 19, 2020. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 7 from 9am-11am at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery with Funeral Service at 11am with Pastor Jason Pollington, officiating. Interment will be held in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery.

Mayme was born on December 13, 1914 in Montgomery to Edward and Mary (Uhlir) Dejcmar. She graduated from Sherman High School in Montgomery in 1932. Mayme was united in marriage to the love of her life, John James Jindra, on October 12, 1940 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. They lived on a farm off highway 21 in Le Sueur County. While working the farm with her husband, she also enjoyed working at the drug store in Montgomery, until her retirement. When husband Jack passed in 1984, she stayed for a while on the home place before moving to a house within the City limits of Montgomery. When daily chores and yard work began to challenge her, it was finally time for her to relax and enjoy herself. She was one of the first residents to occupy the new assisted living facility, Traditions of Montgomery, where she resided until the day she died.

Mayme was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church, and was proud to donate the first octave of bells for the Church Bell Choir. She enjoyed traveling and seeing sites by land, sea, air, bus and train with her sisters, friends, and co-workers. She belonged to a card club, enjoyed reading, and self-taught herself to play the organ. When she moved to Traditions, she donated that organ to their Chapel. She had a great love for her Bohemian heritage, spoke Czech whenever she could, and enjoyed good old time music and Czech food.

She is survived by six nephews and five nieces; Leon Kukacka of LeCenter; Lila Korbel of Huntingdon, Tennessee; Joel Kukacka of New Prague; Lucille (Lucy) Connolly of Houston. Missouri; Dwight Richter of Dayton, Washington; David Richter of Madras, Oregon; Maryann Coon of Tigard, Oregon; William (Bill) Raatz of Albert Lea; Barry Raatz of Waterville; Suzanne McKee of Mason City, Iowa; and Penny Joecks of Waseca.

She is preceded in death by her husband John (Jack) James Jindra; her parents; siblings Lillian Kukacka, Gladys Richter, Lucille Raatz Ruth, Harold Dejcmar; and nephews Clayton, Clarence, Harold and Jeffrey (Jeff) Kukacka.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com



Nancy Cora (Poppe) Creger
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Nancy Cora Poppe Creger,1935-2021
Nancy Creger, 86, passed away peacefully with her family at her home in rural Kilkenny, Minnesota on April 29, 2021. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 4 from 4pm-7pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. An open house Celebration of Life will take place May 22 at the family farm beginning at 2 p.m. Arrangements by Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery.

On Jan. 9, 1935, the town doctor in Waverly, Iowa was called to the country to assist Lucille and Herman Poppe in the birth of the couple’s first child, Nancy Cora. Three years later, Barbara was born and the family was complete.

Nancy was a farm girl who delighted in her dog Shep and horses, notably Mr. Mike and Penny. She loved to read, often taking breaks from endless farm work, stealing away with a book behind a chair or in the wild grape patch in the pasture. Her favorite childhood book was “Heidi,” and she memorized and recited in church, at age 5, “A Visit From St. Nicholas.”

She graduated with honors from Waverly High School in 1953 and attended nearby Wartburg College for two years. She continued studies at the University of Iowa, with an aim at working with developmentally challenged children.

She had been dating Bob Creger, who grew up in nearby Plainfield. After his service in the Korean War, they decided to get married in 1956 and eventually moved to Minneapolis, where Bob had trained and started work in the painting and paperhanging trade.

After their first child, Leesa, was born in 1957, the couple built a home in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. Nancy and Bob had dreamed of having a large family, and soon came Trent, Eric, and Chris. Even with the growing family, they welcomed foster children into their home, often the most vulnerable of children.

In 1967, the Cregers added infants Michael and Troy into the family, eventually adopting both of them. Then Sarah and Shana were born.
Nancy was active in the church and neighborhood in Brooklyn Center and gained lifelong friends through shared motherhood and activities. The farm girl was taking to the city.

Then, in 1973, Bob and Nancy decided to leave the suburbs and take their eight children to the farm nestled in the hills of Kilkenny Township that has been the family hearth for nearly 50 years. Bob continued to work fulltime in the Twin Cities area.
Nancy was the compass on the farm. Her transition to life there, with a ramshackle house and holey barn, took some getting used to. But soon she utilized the skills learned in her Iowa farm days to whip the farm, and her children, into shape.

The Cregers housed a zoo of animals – geese, turkeys, chickens, goats, sheep, horses, pigs and cows among them. They had more than an acre of gardens. Nancy made life self-sustaining there, putting up hundreds of quarts of fruits and vegetables each year along with food from the animals. Grocery trips were rare.
The Creger children have passels of memories from the farm, where Mom’s rules were pretty simple: Go play outside. Finish your list of chores. Come and eat.

Nancy transitioned to keeping extraordinary flowerbeds as she and Bob became empty-nesters. They also traveled, by car, to nearly every state south and east of Minnesota. Nancy also travelled with her children, visiting every corner of the country along with a treasured trip to Scotland.

Nancy was a devout Christian, and active in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Montgomery, serving as the director of various choirs for many years. She also taught piano.

She remained a voracious reader of all types of books, from beach reads to the classics to historical biography. Her home was one where education and kindness was valued deeply.

She worked at a decorative bird import business in Lonsdale in the 1990s and then at First National Bank in Montgomery, where she gained a whole new set of friends.
Nancy continued to garden and dote on her dozens of grandchildren and great grandchildren. It was a badge of honor for them, and grownups as well, to hear Nancy exclaim “My stars” or “Bless your heart.”

She was preceded in death by her parents. Bob died in 2006. She lost granddaughter Corey Creger, Trent’s daughter, in 2007.

She is survived by all eight of her children, Leesa Wisdorf, Trent, Eric, Chris, Michael, Troy, Sarah Vergin, and Shana Gerdes; sons and daughters in law John, Michelle, Lisa, Leann, Randy and Mike; her sister Barbara Vette (George) in Waverly; 17 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and extended family in Iowa. Her children and their descendants will miss the large family gatherings at the farm with Mom at the center of activity — Easter, Thanksgiving and especially Christmas Eve.

A special thanks to daughter Leesa and her husband John for their precious time, patience, and loving and expert care as Mom’s health failed. She would never have been able to spend her last year at the farm without their help.
Thanks to the facilities in Northfield and Faribault that provided Mom a safe place for many months, and to hospice workers who were also so vital to her care. Support and use hospice programs, they are invaluable.

Mom had kind and helpful country neighbors, and we thank them as well.

The family had a small ceremony at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery to celebrate Mom’s life. Those who would like to share in memories of Nancy are invited to gather outdoors at the farm from 2 p.m. until the cows come home on May 22. Bring a chair. Her family would love to hear your stories and share in honoring a life well lived.
Memorials can be sent in Nancy’s name to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Montgomery. We are sure she also wouldn’t mind a glad thought of her this spring as you plant flowers.

The last few years of limited mobility were difficult for the always-busy Nancy, who at times was awash in frustration and longing to be at the farm, getting things done. Being able to live out her last year there was a godsend.

Today, the family grieves in the loss of her, that compass of Mom. We are warmed by memory; like the times she would take a clutch of her children for rides on backcountry roads in the area. We would squeal in glee, then clamor: “Are we lost yet?” Mom would flash that wry smile, then take on a resigned, Pooh Bear air: “Yes, I believe we may be.”
We always made it home.
Arlene Marie Lukes
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Arlene Marie Lukes, age 90, of Le Center, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 3 from 9am-10:30am with Mass of Christian Burial to follow with Father Sandquist officiating, all at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Interment will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Arlene was born on March 6, 1931 in New Prague to Joseph and Lillian (Krenik) Budin. She attended country school and Le Center High School. Arlene was united in marriage to Donald Lukes on August 21, 1951 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. She worked at various places including 1st National Bank, sold Avon, Coast to Coast, Little Bear Hardware Store, American Legion Kitchen, and was a farm wife. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cooking/ baking, and horse riding.
Arlene is survived by her children, Dennis (Chris) Lukes of Nicollet, Darryl Lukes and special friend Becky of Montgomery, and Douglas Lukes of Le Center; grandchildren, Corey, Marcus, Kele, and Kandace; great-grandchildren, Taylar, Tylar, Sunny, Mason, Bristol, Colton, and Oakley; sisters-in-law, Mary Agnes Budin and Mary Therese Budin; brother-in-law, Bill Hoffman.

Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; son, Dale in 1962 at age 10; daughter in infancy.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Carol Jean (Erkel) Svoboda
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Carol Jean (Erkel) Svoboda, age 85 of Le Center, passed away on April 16, 2021 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague with family by her side. Visitation will be on Thursday, April 29 from 4pm-8pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 30 at 11am at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery with Pastor Jason Pollington, officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior at the church. Interment will be held in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Carol was born on December 24, 1935 at her home in Le Center during a snowstorm to Ervin “Ole” and Pearl (Dahn) Erkel. Carol attended country school and then Le Center High School. Carol was united in marriage to Reuban Harvey Svoboda on September 16, 1954 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Carol was very devoted to the “Friendship Wagon” for Camp Courage, St. John’s Women of the Church, Sunday School Teacher and the Le Sueur County Extension. She loved gardening, caring for the farm animals, cooking, playing cards, and dancing.

Carol is survived by her daughter, Ruth Ann Hoefs (Ron Pomije) of Le Center; grandchildren, Jena L. (John) Riley, John Thomas Hoefs; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Jane and Jean Riley; brother, Floyd (Ellen) Erkel of Le Center; brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd (Peggy) Svoboda of New Prague, and Bernice (Wayne) Bohnsack of Savage; step sister-in-law, Patsy Lande; step brother-in-law, LeRoy Tiede.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Reuban Svoboda; son, Wayne Svoboda; her parents; sister, Lois Erkel; brother in infancy.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Genevieve Marie Holtz
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Genevieve Marie Holtz, age 90, died peacefully during the evening hours of Friday, November 20th, 2020, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 29 from 9:30am to 11am at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Memorial Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11am with Father Tom Niehaus, officiating. Burial will be held in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Genevieve was born September 4th, 1930, in rural Montgomery, MN to the late James B and Christina Petricka (nee Rosival). She was their only daughter, joining her big brother Mahlon, and later was joined by little brother Donald.

Genevieve was a lifelong resident of Montgomery, growing up during the great depression on the family farm south of town. It would have a lifetime impression on her by which she lived.

She received the sacraments, of Baptism, Confession, Communion and Confirmation as a child at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in Montgomery and would go on to graduate from high school in town. Genevieve met her future husband John at a dance in Lexington, MN and when love blossomed, they got married in 1951 at the local Catholic church.

Genevieve had a beautiful faith life in God. She served him the only way she knew how and that was through prayer and by serving others, especially her family. We will never know, in this lifetime, how many prayers she would have said for us and for others. It is beyond comprehension to realize how many meals she made, how many loads of laundry she washed, how many times she attended a sick child and how many times she would simply listen to her family’s daily happenings. Simply put, her family was her life!

She worked a number of different positions throughout her life, and she and her husband provided a loving home for their family. She definitely was not afraid of hard work. Her biggest role was being mom to her eight children. She was proud of her Czech heritage and enjoyed cooking Czech foods. She always made sure she had something to give you when you left her house. She had a huge garden and enjoyed sharing it with you, and also canned many an item from there. Genevieve loved to sew and sewed many things for her children, and there was always a quilt made by her for each grandchild upon graduation. She would spend many hours as well working on quilts with “the girls” at Holy Redeemer church. She had a loom and made many, many beautiful rag rugs, which she sold but more importantly gave to her children and grandchildren. Over the years Gen was involved in various organizations, and always made time for her children’s many activities. She was very proud to be able to live independently in her own home up until her passing.

Her life will be forever cherished by her children Joe (Sue) Holtz of North Branch, MN, Jerry Holtz of Montgomery, Bob (Candi) Holtz of Wellington, CO, Sandy (Dale) Bastyr of Lonsdale, MN, Nancy (Bob) Franke of Jordan, MN, Rick (Kathy) Holtz of Eagan, MN, and Judy (Dave) Stepka of Prior Lake, MN, her18 grandchildren, 17 great grand-children plus two on the way, her brother Donald and wife JoAnn, sisters-in-law Mary Ann, Liz, and Joan Holtz, and Mary Petricka.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Kay Holtz in 2011, husband John in 2012, grandson Bryan in 2017, son Pat in 2020, great granddaughter Graesyn Dreyer, brother Mahlon Petricka, brothers in law Mike, Fritz, Ed, Cyril, and Tom Holtz, sisters in law and brothers in law Aggie and Donald Kukacka, Catherine and Rolfe Hanson, and Angie and Gerald Tuma.


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Robert 'Bob' John Berger
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Robert “Bob” John Berger died peacefully in his sleep Sunday, April 18, 2021 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation two hours prior all at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Interment will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or donors choice is preferred.

Bob was born on October 15, 1949 in St. Peter, the fourth child to John and Helen (Knopf) Berger. His parents were thrilled to finally have their son after three daughters. Bob attended St. Mary’s Catholic School through 8th grade and graduated from McKinley High School in 1967 in Le Center. Bob worked his entire life in the same building in Le Center. First for Larsen, Co., then Brinktun Pool Table, Co. and finally for WINCO, Inc. He was a hard worker and well liked by his many co-workers over the years.

He was a wonderful son and helped his mom and dad stay in their home by doing many jobs for them. He especially enjoyed mowing their large lawn on the riding mower. Bob was loved by his siblings, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews and great-great- nieces and nephews. He remembered every single one of them on their birthdays and for every other special occasion of their lives.

Bob is survived by his sisters, Mary Jo McKenzie of Montgomery, and Carol Hanson of Mankato; 3 nieces, 6 nephews; many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joyce Stremski; his fiancé that he was engaged for over thirty years to his beloved Barb Wade. Barb died six years ago and Bob missed her very much.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com




Kenneth John Weber
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Kenneth John Weber, age 81 of Kilkenny, passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be on Saturday, April 24 from 9am-11am at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am with Father Tom Niehaus officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny. Military honors will be provided by the Kilkenny and Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Kenneth was born on June 11, 1939 in Clairmont to Bernard and Mary (Marsalik) Weber. Kenneth was a graduate of Le Center High School. He served in the US Army from 1958-1962. Kenneth was united in marriage to Connie Michaels on December 26, 1964 in Northwood, Iowa. He worked as a machine operator for Toro for 24 years.
Kenneth enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing guitar and would walk into a room dressed in black and say “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Connie Weber of Kilkenny; children, Jane Marie Brayton of Iowa, Kim Stangler of Kilkenny, Rhonda Weber of Kilkenny, and Randy (Bobbie) Sladek of Faribault; grandchildren, Bryce, Ashley, Ryan, Amanda, Judd, Dakota; great-grandchildren, Praydin and Grayson; siblings, Bernie (Sandy) Weber of Farmington, Ronnie (Phil) Weber of Plymouth, and Jerry (Mary Jo) Weber of Raleigh, NC.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Jane Ralidak.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.




Robert 'Bob' Joseph Stocker
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Robert “Bob” Joseph Stocker, age 65 of Cleveland, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at his home. Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 24 from 10am to 1pm at the American Legion in Le Center. Masks will be required. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Robert was born on February 9, 1956 in Mankato to Hilary and Mary Jo (Krenik) Stocker. He was a graduate of Le Center High School and South Central in North Mankato in Ag. Mechanics. Robert was married to Patricia Rohlfing on August 10, 1979 and they later divorced. Robert was remarried on June 8, 2007 to Diane Friedrichs at Gustavus Adolphus College Arboretum. Robert was a member of the SAL Post 207 in Cleveland and enjoyed grilling, fishing, gardening, feeding the birds, and spending time with his grandkids.

Robert is survived by his wife, Diane Stocker of Cleveland; children, Theresa (Jeff) Sons of Norwood, Becky (Dave) Hulke of Courtland, Katie (Paul) Fossen of Savage, and Laura (Blake) Thompson of Mankato; step-daughters, Jen (Troy) Benson of Waseca, and Amanda (Tom) Marzinske of North Mankato; grandchildren, Madalyn and Owen Sons, Lucas and Addison Hulke, Olivia and Grace Fossen, Aubree and Bryce Thompson, Halle, Amiyah and Eleanor Benson, and Kayden and Logan Marzinske; his mother, Mary Jo Stocker of St. Peter; siblings, John (Jeanie) Stocker of Le Center, Betty (Mark) Herberg of St. Peter, Dianne (George) Dickinson of Pine Island, Rosemary (Brian) Rynda of Montgomery, Hilary (Sandy) Stocker of Faribault, Sylvester (Jami) Stocker of St. Cloud, FL., Susan Uphoff of Herman, and Joan (Mark) Lubeck of Le Center; brother-in-law, John Barklow of Kasota; former wife, Patricia Stocker of Cleveland; many nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his father, Hilary Stocker, Sr.; sister, Anna Mae Barklow; brothers-in-law, Collin Burkhart and Jon Uphoff; grandparents; Rose and Alois Krenik and Ceil and Joseph Stocker.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Galen F. Krueger
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Galen F. Krueger, age 81 of Le Center, passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at his home. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 10 from 9am-10:45am at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral Services will also be on Saturday, April 10 at 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center, with Pastor Ally Bowman, officiating. Interment will be in the Savidge Lake Cemetery.

Galen was born on October 16, 1939 in Smiths Mill, MN to Frederick and Evelyn (Wohlford) Krueger. Galen was united in marriage to Caroline Roemhildt on September 12, 1964 at St. Peter Bell Lutheran Church.

Galen is survived by his wife, Caroline Krueger of Le Center; children, Todd (Tricia) Krueger of Le Center and Chad (Jenny) Krueger of Le Center; grandchildren, Shawn Deutsch, Zachary Krueger, Samantha (Collins) Hoelscher (Wes), Cameron Krueger, Chloe Krueger; brother, Glenn Krueger of Henderson; brother-in-laws, LeRoy Tiede of Le Center, Paul Vollmar of Montgomery, and Jerry Tobias of Lake City.

Galen is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Nancy Vollmar, Doris Tiede, Alice Flaten, and Lois Tobias; brother-in-law, Arden Flaten.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.


Edward (Eddie Licious) J. O'Neill
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Edward J. O'Neill age 79 passed away on Sunday March 7,2021 at Traditions Assisted Living in Waterville. Visitation will be on Saturday April 10,2021 from 10am - 11am, at St. Canice Catholic Church in KilKenny, Mass at 11am, Interment following at St. Michaels Cemetary in Montgomery.

Eddie was born on November 16, 1942 in New Praugue, MN to John D. O'Neill and Mae E. (Kennedy) O'Neill. He graduated from Holy Redeemer Catholic School of Montgomery. He retired from McQuays International in Faribault, MN. after 25 + yrs.

Eddie is survived by his children John, Bill and Molly (Lee) Berninghaus, from his first wife Mary Jane (Weber) Ralidak, grandsons Jake, Joe, Tim, Aaron, Wesley, Brian, grand daughters Sam, Sarah, Jessica, Briana, great grandson Aiden,Hudson great grand daughters Kendyl, Kylee, Mayta, Carmen

preceded in death by his father John D. O'Neill 1947, his mother Mae E. (Kennedy) O'Neill 1962, Gerald (Jerry) T. O'Neill 1988
James Myles Filipek
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James Myles Filipek passed away on March 16, 2021 at the age of 80, in his home. His battle with cancer in recent years showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile. Despite the pain, Jim came out a hero and stayed strong until the end. Visitation will be on Saturday, March 27 from Noon- 2pm at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Memorial Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 2p.m. Military Honors provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Most Holy Redeemer Church, 206 West Vine Ave, Montgomery, MN 56069 in Jim's name.

He was born and raised in Montgomery, MN the son of Frank Jr. and Mary Ann (Janouch) Filipek. He was a lifelong resident of Montgomery.
Jim started his adult life as a member of the Army National Guard of Minnesota and gained the rank of Sergeant E5 from July 1959-July 1965. He often spoke about the National Guard summer camp in Alaska before it became a state.

Jim was a true community member with his involvement as a youth hockey and baseball coach, 25 years on the Montgomery Planning and Zoning Commission, Montgomery City Council for 4 years, Montgomery Community Club, lead the softball tournaments at Kolacky Days and started the Montgomery Snowbusters as the Vice President.
Jim had built and remodeled hundreds of homes in his lifetime and was owner of Filipek Construction for 40 years and the City of Lonsdale Building Official for 27 years and another 10 years as Building Official in Montgomery. His skillset allowed him to build the beer stands at the annual Kolacky Day celebration for 25 years.

Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia (Vollmer) (married in 1962). Over the years they had 6 children; Tim Filipek, Amy (Jim) Card, Nick (Erin) Filipek, Tony (Jodi) Filipek, Jessa (Steve) Ellingsworth and Patrick (Shana) Filipek, his sister Evalyn Berg along with his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Jr. and Mary Filipek, his brothers Louis, Eugene and Robert and his sisters Agnes Richter, MaryAnn McKeirnan and Marlene Filipek and in-laws.

Arrangements are being handled by the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com

Ann Marie Jennings
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Ann Marie Jennings, age 78 of Montgomery, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at Central Health Care Center in Le Center. Services and interment will be held in Iowa at a later date.

Ann Marie was born on January 14, 1943 in Humeston, IA to Hamilton and Irene (Malone) Wilmot. She was united in marriage to Max C. Jennings on December 24, 1962 in Corydon, IA. Ann Marie enjoyed being with family, going for coffee, getting manicures, and playing bingo.

Ann Marie is survived by her children, Rose (Ken) Weber of Montgomery and Joseph Jennings of Allerton, IA; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings, June (Ken) Jackson of Hartford, IA., Kay (Stephen) Hersey of IA and Mary Warnick of Allerton, IA.

Ann Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Max C. Jennings; son, Ron; granddaughter, Krista Weber; and sister, Virginia Smith.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Evelyn Trcka
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Evelyn Trcka, age 102 of Shieldsville passed away peacefully on Thursday March 4, 2021 at Pleasant Manor in Faribault. Visitation will be held Monday, March 22, 2021 from 3 – 7 pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Shieldsville and will continue Tuesday morning 9:30 – 11 am. Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 11 am with Fr. Thomas Niehaus officiating. Interment will be held in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Shieldsville.

Evelyn was born on May 11, 1918 in Lonsdale to Albert and Rose (Flicek) Ceplecha. Evelyn was united in marriage to Alois Trcka on June 29, 1937 at the church of the Most Holy Redeemer in Montgomery.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Elgin Trcka of Shieldsville; son-in-law, Keith Archambault (Karen); grandsons, Dan (Kristi) of Owatonna, Scott (Melia) Archambault of Waconia, Ryan (Rachael) of Lakeville; sister-in-law, Barbara Ceplecha.

Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband, Alois; daughter, Sharon Archambault; brothers, Leonard, Marvin and sister, Margaret.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com


James Joseph Moudry
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James Joseph Moudry, age 77 of Belle Plaine, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Monday, March 15, 2021 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 19 from Noon to 3pm with a prayer service at 3pm all at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with Father Sandquist officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

James was born on February 25, 1944 in Minneapolis to Benjamin and Grace (Murray) Moudry. He attended Le Center High School. James worked at Brinkton’s and WINCO for over 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, and being with family and friends.

James is survived by his children, Chriss Glisczinski and special friend, Kevin of Belle Plaine and Barb (Troy) Skluzacek of New Prague; grandchildren, Stephanie (Blake) Dorweiler and Jillian, Brandon, and Chelsey Skluzacek; 2 great-grandchildren, Colton and Henry Dorweiler.

James was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.


Ron Germscheid
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Ron Germscheid, age 68 of Le Center, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 8, 2021 at his home with his loving family at his side. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 14 from 4pm-7pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, March 15 at 10am also at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior. The service will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/StMaryStHenry/. There will be overflow viewing in the social hall. Social distancing and masks will be required. Burial will be at St. Henry Cemetery in St. Henry. Memorials are preferred and will be given to organizations that were important to Ron.

Ron was born on November 7, 1952 in Le Sueur to Robert L. and Dolores R. (Wacker) Germscheid. He was a lifelong resident of Le Center. He was a 1970 honor graduate of Le Center High School and a 1974 cum laude graduate of the College of St. Thomas. After working a year for McCabe Tiling, Ron started working for Le Sueur County, where he worked for the next 34 years. He eventually became chief deputy auditor and then county auditor until his retirement in 2009. Ron was united in marriage to Patti Collins on October 20, 1979 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center.

He was very social and loved getting together with his many friends. He enjoyed working in the yard and reading.

One of Ron’s greatest interests was helping others. Over the years, Ron was a member of the KC’s, a founding member of the Le Center Lions Club, the Community Club, the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Youth Project, and the Le Center Volunteer Ambulance Service. He helped coach youth football and helped at St. Henry Church, St. Mary’s Church, American Legion Bingo, the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and the food shelf.
Ron is survived by his wife, Patti Germscheid of Le Center; siblings, Ralph (Ann) Germscheid of Apple Valley and Carol (Greg) Holicky of Le Center; and 26 nieces and nephews.

Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Dolores; niece, Katlyn Holicky; and parents-in-law, Bill and Agatha Collins.

The family would like to thank the wonderful medical professionals who cared for Ron since his cancer diagnosis in 2005. This includes the many doctors, nurses and staff at the Andreas Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic Hospice.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.



Jerome 'Jerry' Malone
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Jerome “Jerry” Malone, 84, of Montgomery and Surprise, AZ, died February 26, 2021, peacefully at his home. Visitation 10am-11am on Saturday, March 6 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Memorial Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11am with Father Tom Niehaus, officiating. Funeral will be live streamed at 11am https://www.facebook.com/Most-Holy-Redeemer-Catholic-Church-111741582196872

Jerome was born on February 3, 1937 in Wadena, MN to Robert and Elizabeth (Spahn) Malone. He graduated from Wadena high school and then went on to earn his Bachelor degree at the University of Minnesota. Jerome worked in sales management at The Maytag Co in Newton, Iowa for 38 years, where he finished his career as Vice President of Sales. Jerome was united in marriage on August 29th, 1959 to Anita (Finnegan) of Montgomery at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Jerome enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He also loved traveling with Anita and going on nature walks everywhere they went.

Jerome is survived by his wife, Anita; children, John (Laurie) Malone of Maplewood, MN, Molly Malone (Eric Smith) of Pleasanton, CA, James Malone of Roseville, CA, and Dan (Amy) Malone of New Braunfels, TX; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Dona Bauman of Deltona, FL; brothers, James (Peggy) Malone of Havre, MT and Robert Malone of Boulder, CO.

Jerome was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Betty Malone; brother, William Malone; sisters, Ellan Tetrault and Virginia Malone

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com

Clair Louis Pete
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Clair Louis Pete, age 91, died January 31, 2021 and was born August 25, 1929. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, February 23, at 10:00am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Le Center with a visitation 1 hour prior to mass at the church.

Eleanor Mary Schloesser and Meredith Anne Schloesser
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Eleanor Mary Schloesser and Meredith Anne Schloesser passed away peacefully in their parents arms on Monday, February 15th2021. Although their lives were short, they made a significant impact on the hearts of many. They will be greatly missed, but they are now wrapped tightly in the arms of God. Though they are no longer with us, they will be loved and remembered forever.

They are survived by their loving parents, Trevor and Samantha Schloesser; grandparents, Kim Wolter, Mark and Lynn Wolter, and Mike and Darcy Schloesser; aunts and uncles, Bailey (David) Haley, Justin (Kimberley) Schloesser, Brook Thomforde, Molly Thomforde, Leah (Kaleb Schwarz) Schloesser, and Rachel Schloesser.

There will be a private family service Monday, February 22nd 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Wayne Richard Blaschko
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Wayne Richard Blaschko, age 78 of Le Center, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021 at River’s Edge Hospital in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 20 from 1pm to 4pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Military Honors provided by the Le Center Area Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Wayne was born on August 21, 1942 to Leo and Lorraine (Prochaska) Blaschko. He attended Le Center High School, served in the US Navy, and was a truck driver whom drove across the United States. Wayne enjoyed NASCAR, gambling- poker and bingo, and fishing.

Wayne is survived by his children, David (Karen) Blaschko of Le Center, and Dori (Tom) Mutch of Elysian/ Spooner; siblings, Bonnie David of Le Center, and Jack (Audrey) Blaschko of Montgomery; several grandchildren; many great-grandchildren.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Larry Marvin Ceplecha
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Larry Marvin Ceplecha, 59, of New Prague, died February 9, 2021, at his home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 16 from 3pm to 7pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with a prayer service at 7pm with Father George Grafsky officiating. Interment will be at a later date this spring in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Larry was born on November 8, 1961 in Faribault to Marvin Edward and Barbara (Malecha) Ceplecha. He attended Montgomery High School and worked as a Processing Technician for Faribault Foods. Larry was an outdoorsman. He mostly enjoyed his time spent on the family farm. His special interests were cutting firewood, hunting, fishing, classic cars, and playing cards with friends. He had a special connection with his many nieces and nephews and was the life of the party at all of the family gatherings. Larry had the ability to make everyone around him smile and laugh. Family was especially important to him- he will be sadly missed by all.

Larry is survived by his mother, Barbara M. Ceplecha of Lonsdale; siblings, Susan Ceplecha-Novak (Tim Murray) of Faribault, Nancy (Greg) Busch of Montgomery, Diane (Gary) Fetters of Florida, Marilyn (Greg) Pint of Lonsdale, Alan (Tracey) Ceplecha of Jordan, Steven Ceplecha (Lisa Dahl) of Lakeville, and many nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Marvin E. Ceplecha; brother, James in infancy; and nephew, Lukas.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Kenneth Robert Griffis
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Kenneth Robert Griffis, age 71 of Le Center died on Sunday, after a short illness, January 31, 2021 at Mankato Mayo Hospital.

Kenneth was born on November 13, 1949 in Tipton, Iowa to Virgil Eugene (Venetta Lazetta Stiles) Griffis, Sr. He was a graduate of West Branch Community High School West Branch, Iowa. Kenneth served in the United States Army and was a truck driver for Western Specialized from July 16, 2014 until January 29, 2021. Kenneth was united in marriage to Debra (Tylee-Nost) on May 27, 2007 in Cedar County in Tipton, Iowa. Kenneth was a very strong person and loved his family, enjoyed his nephews, nieces, and great nephews and nieces.

Kenneth is survived by his wife and soulmate, Debra Griffis; stepdaughters, Shanna Tylee and Kiersten (Steven) Bassett; 4 step-grandchildren, 1st wife, Inez Thomas; 2nd wife Susan Haslip and her children; siblings, Virgil (Pauline) Griffis, Ted (Jean) Griffis, David (Susan) Griffis, Ed (Mary Beth) Griffis, Becky (Rick) McCaslin, and Patty Long; brother-in-law, Ron Lashmit; many nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Nancy Lashmit.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Eileen Florinda (Foss) Chapman
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Eileen Florinda (Foss) Chapman, age 78, of Montgomery, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at the Mayo Hospital in Mankato.

Eileen was born on April 2, 1942 in Reine Township (Skime) of Roseau County, MN, to Olaf and Florinda (Skime) Foss. She was a 1960 high school graduate of International Falls High School. Eileen met her sweetheart Harvey Chapman at a bowling alley in International Falls when she was 20 years old and they were united in marriage on March 14, 1964 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in International Falls. They lived in Eagan for a couple years where she worked as a teller at a local bank and then they moved to a farm north of Montgomery, where they have lived ever since. Eileen was a hardworking, caring homemaker and wife, raising four children until they were all in school. She then worked as a bank teller at the State Bank of New Prague, Marquette Bank in New Prague and then Citizens State Bank in Montgomery until her retirement. She was the spark plug of the family – always positive, always approaching life with gusto and fun no matter the circumstances. Eileen and Harvey provided a solid, loving and fun home on the farm where family loves to congregate. She and Harvey had an adoring marriage. She cherished her family and her grandchildren meant the world to her. Eileen loved the farm, going to the family cabin on East Battle Lake during the summers, playing games with her grandchildren, going to the casino, baking, jewelry (especially fun earrings), any and all flowers, pink lipstick, and the many birds that would visit her beautiful flower gardens and fountain.

Eileen is survived by her loving and doting husband of 56 years, Harvey Chapman of Montgomery; children, Beth Chapman of St. Paul, Michael (Carrie) Chapman of New Prague, Lisa (Troy) Kruse of Stillwater, and Jeff (Beth) Chapman of New Prague; grandchildren, Emma, Sophie, and Mark Chapman, Trey, Selena, and Jaslyn Kruse, James Lincoln, Lain and Jack Chapman; and brothers William (Faye “the sister she never had”) Foss, Cold Spring, MN, and Ell-Kay (June) Foss, Wannaska, MN, who both affectionately only called her “Sis.”

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, and brother in infancy.
A private family service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Montgomery.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery, 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Mary Joe Smith
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Mary Joe Smith, age 85 of Le Center, passed away on February 1, 2021 in St. Louis Park, MN. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 5, from 8am-11am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11am with Fr. Stiles officiating. A service by the American Legion Auxiliary will be held at 10am. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Mary Joe was born on September 25, 1935 in Janesville to Lloyd Louis and Grace Louise (Arnoldt) Sandberg. She was a graduate of Janesville High School and received her nursing degree at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul. Mary Joe was united in marriage to Patrick William Smith, Jr. on September 28, 1957 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Janesville. She was a Registered Nurse and worked for St. Joe’s in Mankato, Dr. Curtis in Le Center, and a Labor and Delivery Nurse at St. Peter Community Hospital in St. Peter for many years. Mary Joe enjoyed flower gardening, traveling, and reading.

Mary Joe is survived by her husband, Patrick Smith Jr. of Le Center; children, Theresa (Michael) Reger of Prior Lake, Mike (Lorri) Smith of W. St. Paul, Mark (Donna) Smith of Mora, and Patti Joe Claffey of St. Louis Park; grandchildren, Brett (Marni) Mason, Sarah Jane Mason, Molly Mason, Patrick (AnnaLee) Smith, Michaela Smith, Zachary Smith, Callie Smith, Katie Joe Claffey, and Cole Claffey; great-grandchildren, Emma Mason, Ryder Mason, Kal Mason, and Clare Smith; sister, Suzanne (Duane) Koehler of Rochester; sister-in-law, Ann Sandberg of Janesville, and Michele Sandberg of Janesville; and brother-in-law Chris (Sallie) Smith of Madison Lake.

Mary Joe was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, James Sandberg and Richard Sandberg

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at lecenterfuneralhome.com.


Bruce (Meat) Alan Traxler
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Bruce (Meat) Alan Traxler, age 64 of Le Center, passed away at his home on January 24th, 2021. He was born on December 31st, 1956 in Waseca, MN. He grew up in Le Center where he graduated from high school in 1975. Bruce proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp. He served much of his time overseas in places such as Okinawa, Japan, the Phillipines and Korea.

Bruce loved hunting and fishing. He spent time with family and had many friends. He loved to read, write poetry and listen to music, attending hundreds of concerts. He devoted much of his time to providing transportation to those in need.

Bruce is survived by his parents, Dale and Joyce Traxler; brothers, Jeff (Kathy), Pat (Kae), Mike (Colleen), Doug (Barb) and Paul (Jenny); sons Hardy and Josh (Julie); grandson, Carter; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandparents.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary’s Parish in Le Center on February 2nd, 2021, at 11:00am. Visitation will be prior to service from 8:00am to 11:00am. Following interment, the family will gather privately. Military honors will be given by the Marine Corp League in conjunction with the Le Center American Legion Post 108 and Le Center VFW Post 1803. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.


Patrick Huonder
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Patrick Huonder, 63, of Rush City, formerly of Le Center, died January, 17, 2021, at the Hospital in Wyoming, MN. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 26 from 4pm to 7pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center.

Patrick was born on February 19, 1957 in Mankato to James and Darlene (Scheffert) Huonder. He graduated from Le Center High School. Patrick was a truck driver, and enjoyed fishing.

Patrick is survived by his siblings, Theresa (Eric) Jensen of Le Center, Michelle (Bob) Krenik of Le Center, and Michael (Gretchen) Huonder of Le Center; nieces and nephews.

Patrick is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; aunts and uncles.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Gordon Wayne Ellanson, Jr.
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Gordon Wayne Ellanson, Jr., 59, of Le Center, died January, 14, 2021, at his home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 19 from 4pm to 7pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Private Family Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Interment will be held in Cordova Cemetery in Cordova.

Gordon was born on May 7, 1961 in Madelia to Gordon Wayne Sr. and Connie (Mickelson) Ellanson. He went to Le Center High School and worked for Le Sueur Inc. for 42 years.
Gordon enjoyed grilling and cooking, hunting, fishing, music, dancing, spending time with family and grandchildren, spending time up north, going to Canada, gardening, watching football, camping, floating down the river, and spending time with his woman!

Gordon is survived by his parents, Gordon Sr. (Connie) Ellanson of Le Center; wife, Nancy Ellanson of Le Center; children, Kayla (Jimmy) Claffey of Le Center, Stacy Mikel of Bowerville, Erica (Bryan) Dorenkamp of Rochester, and Jeff (Bernice) Finnesgard of Iwakuni, Japan; grandchildren, Harrison and Lennon Claffey, Alyson Dorenkamp, Zach and Adrian Finnesgard, Kearra, Isabelle, Chase, and Payton Mikel; siblings, Susan Olson of Le Center, Jesse (Linda) Ellanson of New Prague, Dawn (Dave) Weber of Le Sueur, Lisa (Phil) Simon of Le Center.

Gordon is preceded in death by grandparents, Palmer (Mary) Mickelson; uncle, Edward “Sonny” Mickelson; aunt, Lynn Morrow; niece, Crystal Jo Olson; and Gordon's dog.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com


Edward E. Holicky Jr.
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Edward E. Holicky, Jr, age 97, of Montgomery passed away on Friday, December 25, 2020 at Traditions Assisted Living Facility in Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 9 from 10am to 11am at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Montgomery with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11am with Father George Grafsky officiating.
Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard. Masks and social distancing must be maintained if in attendance. The family wants everyone to stay safe and recommends watching the service via the Schoenbauer Funeral home website under his obituary when available.

Edward Holicky was born on 16 March 1923, in Lexington Township, Minnesota, to Edward T and Helen (Benzick) Holicky. Edward’s early life was spent on the farm and he especially enjoyed riding horses and helping his dad. He attended school in Le Center through the eighth grade and then worked as mucker truck drive and carpenter helper. He later traveled to Mobile, AL where he worked for the War Department, United States Engineers office, as an assistant equipment inspector at the Tuskegee Army flying school-airport before being drafted in the Army. His first assignment was to Ft Meade, Maryland, guarding prisoners of war before being deployed to Italy where he served with the 5th Army. When he returned to the States, he married his longtime fiancé Catherine Genelin on 18 September 1945 at St Henry Catholic church. He was Honorably discharged from the Army in February of 1946 and settled in Montgomery. He worked several different jobs at the creamery and flour mill in Montgomery, he was a local Standard Oil bulk agent, a part owner of the Alba Bar in Montgomery, all before he settled into a career of road construction. Some of the construction jobs included work on I-494, I-94, state highway 60, Hennepin county road 10, Holman airport in St Paul, and the Prairie island Power Plant. He retired from construction in September of 1987. Edward enjoyed gardening, ice fishing, traveling, and helping his kids out with special projects. He enjoyed being with his family and always had a good story to tell. He donated his free time to helping at his local church and taking clothes up to Sharing and Caring Hands. He was an active member of the VFW (74 years), American Legion, and Honor Guard (72 Years), as well as the Knights of Columbus. He loved the town of Montgomery and often helped with setting up for the big Kolacky Day parades of years gone by.

Edward is survived by his children, Dan and Noriko Holicky of Lady Lake, FL, Karen and Dennis Dold of Summerfield, FL, Chuck and Cara Holicky of Frederic, WI, and Sandy Holicky of Grasonville, MD; Sister, Mary Catherine Holicky OSB, of St Joseph, MN and Ann and Mike Preble of Bloomington, MN; 9 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Edward is preceded in death by his wife, Catherine (Genelin) Holicky in 2001; his parents, Edward T (1977) and Helen (Benzick-1979) Holicky of Montgomery; his sister, Ethel Genelin (2011) of Le Sueur.

We ask that friends and family please raise a glass or milkshake, share a good story, have some chocolate, reminisce, and/or write a letter to a Veteran in his honor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Holy Redeemer Catholic School here in Montgomery, Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis or one of the many Veteran’s organizations.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Ryan Patrick McGillen
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Ryan Patrick McGillen, 38, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep, on December 26, 2020, due to a coronary artery rupture.

Ryan is survived by his wife Jenny, children Brooklyn and Patrick, parents Peter and Gail (Low) McGillen, brother AJ McGillen, in-laws Mike, Michele and Emily Haedrich, and his aunts, uncle, cousins, nephews and niece. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Edward and Mary Alice McGillen and Clarence and Olive Low.

Ryan was born on October 8th, 1982, to Pete and Gail McGillen. He was raised on a family farm near Kilkenny, MN. Ryan graduated from Montgomery-Lonsdale High School, and from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Construction Management. His love of farming and natural talent in construction led him to have careers in both construction management and sales at Kibble Equipment. On January 3, 2015, Ryan married the love of his life, Jenny Headrich. Together they had two children, Brooklyn and Patrick. Ryan was an amazing husband and father; he was truly remarkable.

Ryan was born with a passion for farming. He loved spending time on his grandparent’s farms as a child, and grew up to be a “real farmer” with his Dad. He learned early that a good portion of farming is breaking stuff, and then fixing it. Luckily, Ryan was creative and handy, and the farm gave him lots of opportunities to fine tune his craft. He was always there for friends and family to take on the next construction project or fix any problem they were facing. No matter the challenge, Ryan always said “It’ll be fine.”

From a young age, Ryan was a collector of all things, but especially memories. His steel trap of a mind always made for a good conversation, lots of laughs and big smiles. He loved spending time with his friends and family, ice fishing, hunting, attending sporting events, watching (and quoting) comedies, and celebrating his Irish Heritage.

When Ryan assumed the role of World’s Greatest Husband and Dad, he made the best and most important memories that built a solid foundation in his children. From the big memories in family vacations, to the small memories in everyday life, Brooklyn and Patrick will know that their Daddy was there for them, making each moment count.

Ryan had incredible balance in life. When it was time to work, he worked hard. When it was time to have fun, he made sure everyone felt included and kept the room smiling. When it was time take care of his family, that was his top priority. And when you needed help, Ryan always showed up. You could count on Ryan, which made him an extraordinary son, brother, husband, father, nephew, cousin, uncle and friend.

While we’ll forever miss Ryan’s laugh, smile, stories, we are blessed that his children have the same twinkle in their eyes. Your memories of Ryan, were Ryan’s memories too. Please, share a memory or two with Kelly Nelson or Kate McGillen via any form of communication. Letter, email, text, Facebook, phone call or skywriting, we’ll take them all. His memories will be compiled into a book for his children, so they understand the impact their Daddy had on this world, and can share the memories he collected. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal”

Due to the current restrictions, a private family Memorial service will be held on January 1st, 2020, with a celebration of life at a later date. Arrangements will be handled by Schoenbauer Funeral Home, Montgomery, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to support Jenny, Brooklyn and Patrick with future financial obligations.
Robert James Jakes, Sr.
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Robert James Jakes, Sr., age 72, of Montgomery passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020 at Northfield Hospital. Services are at a later date.
Robert was born on December 10, 1948 in St. Peter to James and Adeline (Kuzel) Jakes.

Robert is survived by his children, Jim (Lisa) Jakes of Montgomery, Sheila (Mary) Jakes of Faribault, and Kimberly Jakes (Jeremy) of Le Center; several grand and great-grandchildren; siblings, Marvin Jakes Sr. of Montgomery and Dorothy Spoors of Faribault. He enjoyed farming and his German Shepherd dogs.

Robert is preceded in death by his son, Robert Jr., and parents.

Funeral arrangements by Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
James C. Lorence
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James C. Lorence, Sr., age 89, of Montgomery passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Visitation will be held on, Monday, December 28, from 9am to 10am at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Mass of Christian Burial at 10am with Father Tom Niehaus officiating. Interment will be in the St. John Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery. Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery area honor guard.

Jim was born on January 6, 1931 in Montgomery. He served in the US Army in 1950 during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952. Jim worked for Munsingwear, where he met his wife, Tillie (Kopet) and they were united in marriage in 1953. He worked road construction for many years and retired from PCI Construction in 1993. Jim enjoyed trapping, hunting, fishing, and reminiscing about the old days.

Jim is survived by his children, Marilyn Schwartz of St. Cloud, and James Lorence and fiancé, Jodi Witt of Montgomery; grandchildren.

Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Tillie; son-in-law, Gary Schwartz.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Mary Agnes Dorzinski
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Mary Agnes Dorzinski, age 93 of Le Center, passed away on Friday December 4th, 2020 in New Prague. Private family interment will be at the Fort Snelling Cemetery. Mary Agnes was born on September 1st, 1927 in Belle Plaine Township, Scott County, MN to Lawrence and Mary (Schipreth) Reak. She was united in marriage to Edmund Joseph Dorzinski on August 28, 1954 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lexington. They had one son Edward Joseph, born on December 22, 1960.

Mary Agnes was very proud to display her three diplomas from McKinley High, Mankato State, and her Teaching Diploma. She was an elementary school teacher for 32 years. She relished spending time with family and friends, and enjoyed playing cards, reading and crocheting. Mary Agnes was very much a patriot of this country and lived every day to its fullest. She did not skip a beat when it came to her quick witted humor and had a tremendous memory right until her final days. She was strong, stubborn and a fighter to the very end. She spent most of the 93 years of her life insisting that she was only 39 years of age.

Mary Agnes is survived by her grandchildren, Heather (Matt) Petersen of Jersey City, NJ, Alex (Jenna) Dorzinski of New Prague and Adam (Lauren) Dorzinski of Tiffin, Iowa. Great-grandsons Max, Sam, and Leo. Niece Julie (Don) Skoy, and many other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by son Edward Joseph, husband Edmund Joseph, her parents and seven siblings Stanley, Dorothy, Jack, Leo, Evie, Theresa, and Pat.

Her favorite color was blue and favorite Holiday was Christmas. This year will truly be a Blue Christmas without her, and the daily phone calls will be missed greatly.


Mary Kay Freid
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Mary Kay Freid, age 72 of Montgomery, passed away on Friday, December 11th, 2020 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 19 from 10am-11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am with Father Tom Niehaus officiating. Interment will be held in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

Mary Kay was born on November 11, 1948 in St. Peter to Theodore “Ted” and Mary (Kucera) Blaschko. She was a Le Center High School graduate. Mary Kay was united in marriage to Harold Louis Freid on July 24, 1971 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Mary Kay worked for the First State Bank in Le Center as a bank teller. She enjoyed travelling, reading, word puzzles and gambling.

Mary Kay is survived by her son, Matt Freid of Montgomery; siblings, Judy (Dave) Ykema of Le Center, Steve Blaschko of Madison Lake, and Mark (Janie) Blaschko of Le Center; special friend whom was like a granddaughter, Anna Shippman.

Mary Kay is preceded in death by her husband, Harold Louis Freid, her parents, and sister-in-law, Florine Blaschko.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.



Leslie John Emmers
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Leslie John Emmers, age 90, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Visitation will be on December 16 from 9am-10am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Le Center with Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am with Fr. Timothy Sandquist, officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Le Center area Veterans Honor Guard and the Le Sueur County Sheriff's Department.

Leslie was born on April 20, 1930 in Mankato to John “Jack” and Marjorie (Kneefe) Emmers. He was a graduate of Le Center High School and later served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Leslie was united in marriage to Marlene Gostomczik at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lexington on April 23, 1957. He worked as a dispatcher and water patrol for the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Department for 37 years, retiring in 2008.

Leslie is survived by his children, John (Roxanne) Emmers of Blaine, and Bryan (Carrie) Emmers of Lonsdale; grandchildren, Tim (Rochelle) Emmers of Good Thunder, Tracy Jacobsen of St. Peter, Caley Emmers of St. Louis Park, and Jaden Emmers of Lonsdale; step-grandchildren, Nickole, Sheila, and Kyle; 10 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Jean Foster; and niece and nephew, Lisa Villwock and Dennis Foster, Jr.

Leslie is preceded in death by wife, Marlene; parents; brother, Richard Emmers; brother-in-law, Dennis Foster Sr.

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


John E. Ruhland
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John E. Ruhland, age 79, of Montgomery passed away at Mayo System Hospital in New Prague, on Tuesday, December 1.

John was born on August 30, 1941 in Montgomery, MN to Frank Ruhland and Dorothy (Dvorak) Ruhland, he was their only child. John graduated from Montgomery High School in 1959, attended Mankato State and was in the Army Reserves from 1960 to 1965.
John settled in Montgomery and went into business with his parents at the Red Owl Grocery Store in downtown Montgomery. In 1966 John took over the business and moved the store location to Oak Ave. His customers were his friends, and his employees, part of his family. John was proud to have given many young members of his community their first jobs. He taught many young men and women that hard work is important, and life should be fun. After he sold the store in 1988, he managed the Legion Club in Montgomery and retired after 17 years at North Star Auto Auctions in Shakopee.

John enjoyed hunting, especially his South Dakota pheasant hunts, fishing, playing cards, and spending time with family. It gave Johnny great joy to be a bit shocking to people, always hoping for an audience to give a wink to and draw a little snicker from. In his later years John treasured his work in profanity. Johnny's wit and colorful humor will always be missed.

John is survived by his wife of 29 years, Joannie; children Chris Ruhland (Liz),
Marina McGuire (Dan), Tena Tuttle (Curt), and Jason Ruhland; 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; stepchildren Joel Terrio and Jenny McMahon (Dan) and 4 step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Dorothy Ruhland.

There will be a private service held for his family.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Charles Vavra
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Charles Vavra, age 92, passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at his home in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 5 from 9am to 10am at Le Center Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 10am also at the Le Center Funeral Home with Pastor Ally Bowman officiating. Interment will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center. Military honors will be provided by the Le Center area Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials preferred to DAV (Disabled American Veterans).

Charles was born on September 25, 1928 on the family farm in Le Center to Fred F. and Anna (Holey) Vavra. He went through 8th grade at the Country School and received his GED while serving in the United States Air Force and from which he retired after 23 years. Charles was united in marriage to Marlys D. Ristow on December 26, 1950 in Le Center. Charles worked as a farmer and HVAC Mechanic after retirement. Charles was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Le Center. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, visiting with friends, doing wood carvings of airplanes and decoys, fixing and repairing work, wintering in Texas for 33 years, and enjoyed his family to the fullest.

Charles is survived by his daughters, Deborah Waldriff of Le Center and Linda (Greg) Forbes of Chatfield; grandchildren, Jennifer Waldriff, Jason Waldriff, Jeffery Waldriff, Gretchen Forbes, Ryan Forbes and Clinton Forbes; great-grandchildren, Dayla, Tyler, MiKayla, Riley, Isaac, and Owen; sister, Shirley Kopet of Shakopee.

Charles is preceded in death by his wife, Marlys Vavra; parents; siblings, Fred Jr. Vavra, George Vavra, Ben Vavra, Milo Vavra, Stanley Vavra, Lucille Schmidt, and Geraldine Lerbs.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116 On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth J. Tuma
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Elizabeth J. Tuma, age 90 of Le Center died peacefully at Pheasants Ridge in St. Peter.

Elizabeth was born on October 7, 1930 in New Prague to Ambrose and June (Whipps) O’Malley. She was a graduate of McKinley High School in Le Center. Elizabeth was united in marriage to Robert Tuma on May 3, 1949 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. She enjoyed genealogy and gardening, was very proud of her Irish heritage, and that she had 5 brothers who had served in the military, taught Sunday School and was also a volunteer at church.

Elizabeth is survived by her children, Linda Barry of Mankato, Larry (Adriana) Tuma of Snowflake, AZ., Pamela (James) Simonette of Cleveland, and Candace (Adam) Blume of Good Thunder; grandchildren, Cassie, Elijah, Calen and Clara,Victoria, Corey, Kelly; siblings, “Mike” Louis O’Malley, Darlene O’Malley, and Glenn O’Malley.

Elizabeth is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Tuma.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Shirley Scheffert
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Shirley Scheffert, age 82, of Montgomery, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at her home. Private Family Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2pm on Wednesday, November 25 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Fr. Tom Niehaus officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. Funeral will be live streamed and can be watched on https://www.facebook.com/100048786976933/videos/

Shirley was born on June 19, 1938 in New Prague to William and Helen (Kajer) Svobodny. She was a graduate of New Prague High School and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato where she received her LPN nursing degree. Shirley was united in marriage to Karl J. Scheffert on May 14, 1960 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague. She worked at Coast to Coast Store in Montgomery, Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague and for Montgomery-Lonsdale School where she worked proudly as the School Nurse.

Shirley was a member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church CCW, Red Hat Ladies, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Montgomery Arts and Heritage Center in Montgomery, also for the Holy Redeemer Festival and was an election judge. She enjoyed visiting with family, friends and grandchildren.

Shirley was survived by children, Mark (Roxanne) Scheffert of Las Vegas, NV, Scott (Diane) Scheffert of Watertown, SD, Mary Kaye (Kevin) Keohen of Shakopee, Donna (Dale) Hanson of New Prague and Susan (Bryan) Broholm of Shakopee; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Diana Svobodny of New Prague.

Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Karl Scheffert; her parents; brother, Dick Svobodny; and sister, Mary Jane Svobodny; step-mom, Mary Ann Slavik Svobodny.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.




Marcella A. Blaeser
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Marcella A. Blaeser, age 94, of Montgomery passed away Monday, November 9th at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee. Public services are postponed until a later date. Private interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Marcella was born April 16th, 1926 in Kimball, South Dakota to Joseph and Anna (McAvinney) Smith. She married Willard “Bill” Blaeser in January of 1952 and raised a family. She was known for her excellent tailoring and loved horses, sewing, flowers, gardening and puzzles.

Marcella is survived by her children, Anne-Marie Blaeser (fiancé Ken Pomije) of Montgomery, Patricia (Duane) Streit of Sun City West, Arizona; sister Mary Ellingson of Eureka, Montana; sister in law, Jeanette Gagnon of Eau Claire Wisconsin; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Marcella is preceded in death by her husband, Willard “Bill” Blaeser; parents; brothers, Owen (Kathleen) Smith, John (Dorothy) Smith; sister, Margaret (Eddie) Guido; brothers-in-laws, John Ellingson, Fran Gagnon, Cliff (Vadne) Blaeser, and Bernard (Beverly) Blaeser.

Funeral arrangements by Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com


Brian Patrick O'Connell
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Brian Patrick O’Connell, age 52, of New Port Richey, FL, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2020. Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, December 26 from 3pm-7pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery.

Brian was born on April 16, 1968 in New Prague to Dennis O’Connell and Jayne (Squires) Kline. He attended Le Center grade school, graduated from Jordan High School and Hennepin County Vo-Tech as a Welder and Mechanic. Brian was united in marriage to Teresa on August 12, 2017 in Blaine. He enjoyed swimming, fishing, hunting, and mud bogging.

Brian is survived by his wife, Teresa; children, Justin O’Connell from Champlin, MN and Jeffery O’Connell from Enterprise, Al.; brother, Chad Anderson from Montgomery, Il.; mother, Jayne Kline; grandmother, Lorretta O’Connell of Montgomery; aunts, Julie (Tim) Gowen, Judy Squires, Becky (Bob) Block, Lori (Rick) Gregor, and Vicki O’Connell; uncles, Tom (Sonya) Squires, Chuck (Valeri) Squires, and Jim (Marilyn) Squires; nieces and nephews.

Brian is preceded in death by his father, Dennis O’Connell; grandparents, Richard O’Connell, Buzzy and Helen Squires; uncles, Bill, Mick, and Jeff Squires; and Aunt, Susan in infancy.

Funeral arrangements by Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Jerry Charles Scheffert
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Jerry Charles Scheffert, 73, of Le Center, died Saturday, November 7, 2020, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. A public visitation will be held Saturday, November 14, 2020, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., at the Le Center Funeral Home. A private funeral will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center, Pastor Ally Bowmen officiating. Burial is at Greenwood Union Cemetery, Le Center, Minnesota.

Jerry was born on October 18, 1947, to Alfred Albert and Adela Caroline (Braun) Scheffert, in New Prague, Minnesota. He grew up on a farm near St. Henry and graduated from McKinley High School in Le Center.

Jerry married Patricia Ann Schmidt on November 27, 1971, in Le Center, and they settled in Lexington Township. He was a member of the United States Army Reserve. Jerry was a farmer and a Pioneer Seed Salesman. He drove a school bus route, and also enjoyed transporting students to their athletic events. He retired in 2013. Jerry enjoyed fishing, spending time in Northern Minnesota, bird watching, gardening, genealogy, reading, attending coffee with his friends, the television show ‘The Price is Right,’ traveling, and his red Corvette. He had an affinity for office supplies and writing instruments, always keeping at least one in his shirt pocket. He may have been the only farmer in Le Sueur County to wear loafers as standard work footwear. Jerry also enjoyed spending time with his family and would often drive his golf cart over to visit his grandchildren who live nearby.

Jerry is survived by his wife Patricia; daughter, Randee Kathleen, and her husband Shawn Onken, who was like a son to Jerry; granddaughter, Olivia Rose Onken; grandson, Owen Adam Onken; sister, Joan (Richard) Blaschko; all of Le Center; exchange student granddaughter, Maike Thiemann of Ehringhausen, Germany; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Robert and Cheryl Evenson, Thomas and Cynthia McCabe, Scott and Debbie Schmidt, and by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Kathleen Carol Scheffert.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com

Carl A. Stauff
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Carl A. Stauff, 63, of Kilkenny, passed away on Sunday, November 8th, 2020 at his home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 12th from 2PM to 6PM at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. A private funeral will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with pastor Alley Bowmen officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in the springtime.

Carl was born on November 29, 1956 in Mankato to George and Elaine (Meyer) Stauff. He was a 1975 graduate of Le Center High School. Carl was united in marriage to Jennie Rohlfing on January 18, 1980 in Cleveland.

Carl, known for his work ethic and jokes, worked in Le Center for most of his life in manufacturing. He worked for Robb Container, Pretium Packaging and for the last 20 years at European Roasterie. Carl looked forward to going to the Wharf at Mille Lacs to spend time with his friends and loved the schedule that consisted of fishing, campfires and happy hour. He enjoyed being in the outdoors, loved to fish, hunt and manage his land for all types of birds and animals.

Carl is survived by his wife, Jennie Stauff of Kilkenny; children, Steven (Kelly) Stauff of Shakopee, and Kristen (Erik) Hermanson of Mankato; grandchildren Clara, Natalie and June Stauff, Jakob and Zak Hermanson; siblings William (Lynette) Stauff of Le Center, and their daughter, Elora Stauff of Rochester, Jim Stauff of Kilkenny, and Julie Stauff (Dave Chambers) of North Mankato.

Carl is preceded in death by his parents; parent in-laws (John and Dorothy) and several aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Le Sueur County Pheasants Forever.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the family understands that you need to do what is best for you and your family. We respect your decision either way and if you are attending the visitation, we ask that you where a mask, do your best to socially distance and utilize best practices.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Ramona Rose Tietz
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Ramona Rose Tietz, 71, of Le Center, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at Benedictine Center in St. Peter. Open house will be held on Sunday, November 8 from 3pm-5pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center at 5pm.

Ramona was born on May 4, 1949 to Francis and Alice (Holicky) May in Lexington Township- Le Sueur County. She was a graduate of Le Center High School. Ramona was united in marriage to Ernie Tietz on July 27, 1968 in Le Center- had 3 children and were later divorced. Ramona worked for ADC in Le Sueur, and EI Microcircuits in St. Peter.

Ramona enjoyed being a member of MN Wings motorcycle group, line dancing, gardening both flowers and vegetables, sewing, camping, watching grandchildren’s sporting events, and motorcycling with her special friend, Joe.

Ramona is survived by her children, Sherry (Paul) Miller, Sarah Jaeger, and Shelly Schneider; grandchildren, Josh Terrio, Jared Miller, Lauren Miller, Chase Emmers, and Mia Pribyl; siblings, Dale May of New Prague, Wayne May of North Mankato, and Jim May of Nicollet; special friend, Joe Appelhof of Le Center.

Ramona is preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.


Orville Arnold Richter
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Orville Arnold Richter, age 96, of Montgomery died Sunday, November 1, 2020 at his home in Montgomery. Private family services.

Orville was born on June 4, 1924 in Montgomery to Arnold and Augusta Richter. Orville served in the United States Army from 1945-1946 and was stationed in Japan. He was united in marriage to his 1st wife, LoElla Lehman in 1945 in Paris, TX. Later he was remarried to Marilyn (Chase) Campbell on January 22, 1994 in Wisconsin.

Orville was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where taught Sunday School in his earlier years and was also a member of the American Legion. Orville was very proud of his registered herd of Brown Swiss cattle which he raised on “Lazy Lake Farm” and he and his children showed in numerous fairs and cattle shows. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cutting wood, and playing cards.

Orville is survived by his wife, Marilyn Campbell-Richter; children, Dr. Dana Richter of Hancock, MI., Becky (Joe) Carranza of Cathedral City, CA., and Wendy (Rich) Vargo of Montgomery; step-sons, Keith (Joyce) Campbell of Biloxi, MS. and Kevin (Joni) Campbell of Ham Lake; 10 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; along with other family and many friends.

Orville is preceded in death by his 1st wife, LoElla Richter; his parents; sister, Gretchen Edel; and a brother, Douglas in infancy.

Funeral arrangements by Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Donald G. Monson Sr.
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Donald G. Monson Sr., 80, of Le Center, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020 at his home. Private family services will be held. Memorials will be made to benefit autism and to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center, MN.

Donald was born on March 18, 1940, in Bowman, North Dakota, and the only child of Theodore and Mary (Palczewski) Monson. He graduated from Bethlehem Academy in 1958 and attended both Mankato State and Winona State Colleges. Donald and Judith Forster were married at SS. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Mankato on July 29, 1961. Donald served in the Faribault Army National Guard whose unit was recalled during the 1961 Berlin Crisis and sent to Englund Airforce Base near Alexandria LA. The unit was mustered out in 1962. Donald worked at two electrical wholesale houses in Mankato before joining the Mankato Police force in 1965. In 1970, he was accepted into the Minnesota State Patrol Academy and upon graduating, was stationed in Le Center. He was a member of the MN Law Enforcement Memorial Association Honor Guard, district delegate for the MN Troopers Association and retired with the rank of Sergeant in 1995.

He enjoyed motorcycling, volunteering, and spending winters in Arizona. He was an avid fan of high school football and followed amateur baseball religiously. His five children and ten grandchildren remained a source of pride.

Donald was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Le Center Sportsmen Club, Izaak Walton League, Minnesota Retired Peace Officers Association and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Donald is survived by his former wife, Judith Forster of St. Peter; children, Christopher Monson of Seattle WA, Lucy (Dave) Barta of New Prague, Patrick Monson of Greensboro SC, Megan (Chris) Conlon of Saint Peter, and Jay-Don Jr. (Sara Reul) of Hong Kong; grandchildren, Emily and Daniel (Lauren Carr) Barta, Anthony, Tess (Keaton Larrabee), Jessica, and Olivia Monson, Sam, Ben (Kelley Bevans), Luke, and Beth Conlon(Sean Dempsey); great grandchildren, Christopher Weatherson, Jordy Larrabee and Baby Conlon due in January.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Anthony 'Tony' Joseph Wieland
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Anthony “Tony” Joseph Wieland, age 94, of Le Center died Friday, October 30, 2020 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Family services will be held and a traditional service will be held at a later date.

Tony was born on May 18, 1926 in Lexington Township at home to Joseph “Joe” and Lucille “Lucy” (Traxler) Wieland. Tony attended St. Henry Country School. Tony was united in marriage to Bonnie M. LaDue on August 31, 1948 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Le Sueur. Tony farmed and also worked for Le Sueur County Highway Dept. and Brinkton’s in Le Center. Tony loved his family and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards.

Tony is survived by his children, Mary Jo (Ed Franks) Kennedy, of Le Center, Robert “Bob” (Cindy) Wieland of Le Center, Patti (Dale) Brenke of Mankato, Jeff Wieland of Le Center; grandchildren, Chuck Kennedy, Catherine (Rick) Plasschaert, Bonnie Kennedy, Michael Kennedy, Kelly (Peter) Matejcek, and Kris (Anita) Brenke; great-grandchildren, Tabitha, Taylor, Clayton, Ava, Finlee, Wila, and Mack; many nieces and nephews.

Tony is preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie M. Wieland in 2013; brother, Richard (Dolores) Wieland; sisters, Mary Lou (Arnie) Hannigan, and Alice (Ed) Balk.

Funeral arrangements by Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Iris Sullivan
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Iris Sullivan, 86, of Le Center, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at The Lodge in Elko- New Market. Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 7 from 10am to 11am at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas with Mass of Christian Burial following at 11am. Father Chris Shofner will be officiating. Interment will be held in St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery.

Iris was born on April 22, 1934 in New Prague to Stanley and Marcella (Zvanovec) Sindelar. She was a New Prague High School graduate. She was united in marriage to Robert Sullivan on November 5, 1955 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague.

She was an Avon Rep for 40 years, a member of the St. Thomas CCW, St. Thomas Sportsman Club- Women’s Softball League, and MCCL. She enjoyed doing puzzles, reading, going to grandchildren’s events, shopping, sewing, baking sugar cookies, she loved spending time with her family and Christmas.

Iris is survived by her children, Pat (Margaret) Sullivan of New Prague, Deb (Tom) Pedric of Bloomington, Punky (Arnie) Simon of New Prague, Mike (Cindy) Sullivan of Alabama, Todd (Peggy) Sullivan of St. Thomas, and Shannon (Craig) Ault of Eden Prairie; 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; siblings, Sheldon (Marian) Sindelar of Prior Lake, Daisy Babione of New Prague, and Joy Seema of New Prague.

Iris is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Sullivan; her parents, siblings, Russell Sindelar and Sally Schleeter; in-laws, Paul Seema, Hank Schleeter, Robert Babione, Jerry Retka, Dick Erkel and Gertrude and Jimmy Kriha; niece, Ann Marie; mother and father-in-law, Gerald (Loretta) Sullivan.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.


Raul Ruiz
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Raul Ruiz, 53, of Le Center, passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, November 4 at Noon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Raul was born on January 14, 1967 in Yuriria Guanajuato, Mexico to Jose Ruiz Rangel and Maria Alvarez de Ruiz. Raul was united in marriage to Ramona Mendez and he worked at Cambria in Le Sueur.

Raul is survived by his wife, Ramona Ruiz of Le Center; his parents, Jose Ruiz Rangel and Maria Alvarez de Ruiz of Yuriria Guanajuato, Mexico; children, Hugo Ruiz, Jesus Ruiz, Luis Ruiz and Kristofer Ruiz; siblings, Carmela Beto, Elviria Jose, Antoñ, Miquel, Lupe Yallo, Verna, and Mannel.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Loretta Mae Wiskocil
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Loretta Mae Wiskocil, age 88, of Montgomery, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Le Sueur. Visitation will be on Saturday, October 31 from 9am to 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial following at 11am with Fr. Tom Niehaus officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Loretta was born on November 6, 1931 in rural Kilkenny to Herbert and Emma (Polak) Grundhoffer. She attended Country School and a graduate of Montgomery High School. Loretta was united in marriage to Francis Clements Wiskocil on June 19, 1950 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. She worked at Great Giant seasonally and Munsingwear both in Montgomery. Loretta enjoyed her grandkids, baking, and doing crossword puzzles.

Loretta is survived by her children, John (Kathryn) Wiskocil of Montgomery, Milton (Peggy Sue) Wiskocil of Morristown, and Jennifer Cummins of Le Sueur; grandchildren, Jennifer Turek, Mark Turek, Danielle (Michael) Romig, Randy (Faith) Turek, Josh Cummins, Chris (Sandra) Wiskocil; great-grandchildren, Sophie, Trinity, Josiah, Autumn, and Brayden; son-in-law, Eldon Turek of Kilkenny.

Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Wiskocil in 2014; parents; daughter, Carol Turek in 1980 and son-in-law, Bruce Cummins in 2018; brothers, Jim Grundhoffer and Francis Grundhoffer.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Mildred Rose 'Mick' Schallert
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Mildred Rose “Mick” Schallert, 93, of Montgomery, Minnesota and most recently of Gifford, Illinois passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020. She was born on March 13, 1927 in Edgar, Wisconsin to the late Edward John and Mary Katherine (Bode) Schumacher. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 5, from 4pm-7pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 6 at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Fr. Tom Niehaus, officiating. Visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Mildred started her journey in education graduating from Grafton High School in Grafton, WI. She went on to complete her Bachelors and Masters Degrees and taught Physical Education and Science for the Waseca Public School System and Montgomery-Lonsdale Public School System, both in Minnesota. She was a certified tennis coach, cheerleading coach, certified firearms instructor and a loving caregiver. She loved teaching and substitute taught until the age of 83. Mildred was a Past President of the American Legion Auxiliary, a USTA Instructor and NRA Instructor.

One year prior to moving to Montgomery, Mick married her husband, Henry “Hank” Schallert on June 17, 1950 in Saukville, Wisconsin. Hank and Mick were both musically talented and they played in a band together; twice at Hard Rock Cafes with Mick on the drums. Mildred was devoted to her family and her Catholic faith; she was a member of Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, Minnesota. Mick joined St. Patrick Catholic Church in Urbana, Illinois where she moved to be closer to her daughter and joined SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish to be with Deacon Nate, Kathy, Mike and Kellie and that parish family.

Survivors include her children, Deacon Nate (and, Kathy) Schallert of Indianapolis, Belinda Martinez of Maplewood, MN, Miles (and, Annette) Schallert of Highlands Ranch, CO and Corinne Hannon of Urbana, IL; grandchildren, Michael Schallert, Charles Hannon, Heidi Fogle and Kellie Schallert; great-grandchildren, Doria Martinez and two other minors.

Mick was preceded in death by her loving husband, Hank Schallert in 2002; infant daughter, Mary Catherine Schallert; siblings, Rose Hintz, Marie Schumacher, Mathias Schumacher, Cecelia Benton, Alois Schumacher, Dorothy Wetzel, Edward Schumacher, George Schumacher and Alfred Schumacher; and granddaughter, Briana (Martinez) Pasqua.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Harold William Wagner
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Harold William Wagner, age 82, of Le Sueur, died on Friday, October 23, 2020 at his home. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 28 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, October 29 at 11am at Zion United Church of Christ in Le Sueur with Rev. Kent A. Meyer officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior at the church. Interment will be in Mound Cemetery in Le Sueur.

Harold was born on November 2, 1937 in Le Sueur to George Phillip and Evelyn (Christian) Wagner. He attended Country School and was a Le Center High School graduate in 1956. Harold was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Wendt on March 12, 1958 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Elysian. He was a farmer and also was a field Mechanic on a high line in California and Arizona. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, snowmobiling, and horseback riding.

Harold is survived by his wife, Shirley Wagner of Le Sueur; children, Robert Wagner (special friend, Bernadette) of Le Sueur, Carol (Patrick) Osborne of Le Center, Brian (Julie) Wagner of Cleveland, and Brad (Denise) Wagner of New Prague; grandchildren, Zachary Wagner, Kevin Wagner, and Corey Wagner; brother, Lyle Wagner of Le Sueur; sister-in-law; Carol Ann Wagner of Belle Plaine; many nieces and nephews.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Alvin Wagner, Kathryn Swecker; sister-in-law, Harriet Wagner; brother-in-law, Darrell Swecker.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Lawrence Albert Trnka
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Lawrence A. Trnka, age 74, of Montgomery, died on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at his home in Montgomery. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 p.m. with Father Tom Niehaus officiating. Interment will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery. Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Color Guard.

Larry was born on April 19, 1946 in St. Patrick to William and Emily (Flicek) Trnka. Larry attended Country School, Lonsdale Catholic School and was a graduate of New Prague High School. Larry served in the Army. Larry was united in marriage on May 13, 1967 to Mary Kabes. They had bought a farm in 1974. She passed away on July 11, 2008.

Larry was remarried on December 1, 2012 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague to Mary (Barta) Bisek. They had farmed until spring of 2020 which then he and Mary moved to Montgomery. He also worked for Rice County in road maintenance. Larry enjoyed playing cards, camping, fishing, going out to eat (especially Pizza Ranch), farming, and listening to old time music.

Larry is survived by his wife, Mary Trnka of Montgomery; children, Randy Trnka of Le Center, Steve (Susan) Trnka of Lake Crystal, Mike Trnka of Montgomery, and Sue (Jeremy) Schwartz of Waterville; step-children, Dale (Dawn) Bisek of Alta Loma, CA., Doug Bisek of Northfield, and Jodi (Chris) Chromy of New Prague; grandchildren, Alex Schwartz, Alyssa Schwartz, Jaiden Trnka, Hunter Trnka, and Jake Trnka; step-grandchildren; great-step-grandchildren; siblings, Robert (Mary Jane) Trnka of Lonsdale, Arlene (Dale) Malecha of Northfield, and Donald (Deb) Trnka of Minnewaukan, ND.; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Trnka of Chaska.

Larry is preceded in death by 1st wife, Mary (Kabes) Trnka, son, Russell; and parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Gilbert Arnold Kline
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Gilbert Arnold Kline, age 92, of Montgomery, died on Friday, October 9, 2020 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery at 11 a.m. with Father Tom Niehaus officiating. Interment will be in Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery. Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Color Guard.

Gilbert was born on January 14, 1928 in Montgomery to Arnold and Slyvia (Taraba) Kline. He was a graduate of Montgomery High School and Dunwoody. Gilbert served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1948 and received the WWII Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Japan. Gilbert was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Rotter on October 9, 1948 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Gilbert farmed, was an electrician at Green Giant in Montgomery for 22 years and a school bus driver.

Gilbert was a member of the Montgomery American Legion and VFW. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and playing cards.

Gilbert is survived by son, Paul (Berna) Kline of Montgomery; daughter-in-law, Jayne Kline of Montgomery; grandchildren, Stacy Kostelnik, Bill Kline (Heidi), Christopher Kline (Korrie), Amy Woxland (Corey), and Jake Kline (Angie); 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, Loretta O’Connell of Montgomery and Deanna (Darrell) Bowen of Florida; brother-in-law, Wayne Roberts of Florida.

Gilbert is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Kline; his parents; children, Douglas (1st wife Shirlee) and Mark; sisters, Arlene (Dale) Shiers and Sally Roberts; brother-in-law, Richard O’Connell; great-granddaughter, Hillary in infancy.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Helen Ann( Zelenka) Borg
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Helen Ann( Zelenka) Borg, of Montgomery passed away on October 1, at the age of 77, the victim of Covid-19.

Helen was born November 4, 1942, the daughter of Jim and Emma Zelenka. She graduated from Montgomery high school in 1960 and graduated from nurses training through Swedish Hospital in 1962. Her nursing career included work at Abbott Hospital, Fairview Hospital, a hospital in San Diego, and over 12 years at Group Health in Bloomington.

Helen and Brian were married on April 27, 1988. Helen enjoyed traveling, music, dancing, volunteering and spending time with friends and family. She is survived by her husband, Brian; sister, Mary Zaun, Lakeville, brother, Bob (Sharon) Zelenka, Eagan. She was a fun-loving Aunt to six nieces and nephews and 13 great nieces and nephews.


Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-3567-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com

DeWayne Tuma
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DeWayne Lee Tuma of Crystal, passed away peacefully of stroke related complications while in hospice care at North Memorial Hospital Robbinsdale on March 21st, at the age of 81.

DeWayne was born April 8, 1938 in New Prague Minnesota. He played on the New Prague High School basketball team and enjoyed playing in the Minnesota state high school basketball tournaments in both 1955 and 1956 with teammate Ron Johnson. While in high school he met his future wife, Deanna Rotter, who attended his rival high school in Montgomery. He graduated from New Prague High School in 1956 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1960, the year in which he also wed Deanna on August 13th.

DeWayne spent his career working in commercial insurance before retiring in May of 2003 from his long-term employer T.C. Field and Company Insurance, St. Paul Minnesota, where he filled the role of Vice President.

Anyone who knew DeWayne was aware of his great business and financial acumen as well as his love for investing. Lesser known is that he spent so much of his life, as well as many of his retirement years, focusing on his family to make certain they would be taken care of once he was gone. From researching the best way to ensure his daughter Michelle, with special needs, would be taken care of, through to finding the best college savings plans for his granddaughter Alexa (who is currently attending his alma matter Gustavus Adolphus), it is clear that DeWayne’s family meant absolutely everything to him and he did all that he could to protect them. His happiest moments were spent with family, enjoying fishing vacations over the summer months at lakes in northern Minnesota, attending Twins games and horse races at Canterbury Downs, and simply sitting down to Sunday night dinners, these were the moments DeWayne cherished. Described by many as a very gentle man with a kind soul, he drew people to him and greatly appreciated those who helped him. DeWayne fought in his later years with many health issues and never gave up, probably doing so more for his family than himself. DeWayne has surely reunited now with his wife and other loved ones in heaven. May his beautiful soul rest in the peace he so deserves.

He is survived by his daughters Susan (Dennis) Paulson and Michelle Tuma; beloved granddaughter Alexa Paulson; nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Deanna (Rotter); parents Thomas and Mathilda (Schlauderaff); sister Genevieve Nelson and brother in-law Curtis Nelson; brother Lloyd Tuma and sister-in-law Shirley (Johnson); sister Ardelle Tuma.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, October 10th, 2020 at 11:00 am at St, John’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials can be given to The Willows of Arbor Lakes, a memory care facility in Maple Grove, Minnesota, where DeWayne lived out the last months of his life under wonderful care.
Margaret Jane Doran
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Jane Doran, 78, passed away peacefully August 21, 2020 in Clearfield, Utah. She was born March 10, 1942 in St. Peter, Minnesota to George Doran and Irene (Connor) Doran.
Growing up, Jane was active and did well in school. She attended John Ireland Elementary and St. Peter High School in St. Peter. She attended St. Catherine College in St. Paul and graduated from Ball State in Muncie, In. She also earned a Masters Degree from Utah State University.

After graduation, Jane moved to Salt Lake City and began her career as an elementary school teacher. Her specialty was teaching first grade students to read. She made sure hundreds of children knew how to read and think; skills that would serve them well in life.
Jane’s other passions were English, horseback riding, where she competed nationally and her three Welsch Corgi dogs who never left her side.

Jane is survived by her cousins, Mary Ellen (Connor) Jaworski, Colleen (Connor) Ryan, John Connor, Tim Connor, and Norita (Finch) Holmes; friends and the many children she helped to educate and raise.

There will be a graveside service at Marysburg Cemetery, Friday, October 9 at 2 p.m.
Roman A. Malecha
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Roman A. Malecha passed away on September 18, 2020 at the age of 80.

He was preceded in death by Parents, Albert G and Ludmilla (Havel) Malecha; first wife, Darlene Malecha; brothers and sisters, Lillian Tupy, Helen Novak, Albert, Stanley, Joe, Robert and George Malecha.

Roman was a man of deep faith who dedicated his life to his family, church, friends and community. Roman attended Bethlehem Academy and Seminary school intending to be a priest, until he met Darlene Horejsi at a wedding dance and decided to take a new path in life. Roman and Darlene were married at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Veseli, MN on June 29, 1961. They made Montgomery their home and enjoyed life together for almost a decade before adopting Cheryl and Carol in the early 70’s. He and Darlene raised their two daughters in a home filled with warmth, laughter and love.

Roman worked long hours to provide for his family yet he did so without complaint and was always in a happy mood when he came home – even after some of those 90-100 hour work weeks during the summer out in the fields. He started out at Westerman Lumber, followed by Korbel Motor and Appliance. He then spent more than 40 years at Green Giant and Seneca, while also running an appliance service on the side – applying what he’d learned from Clarence Korbel.
Never one to sit still, Roman somehow also found time to demonstrate his unparalleled woodworking and handyman skills. As if that weren’t enough, he also gave back to his community in a multitude of ways, serving on the Montgomery Fire Department for 21 years, teaching high-school religion and serving on the boards of Holy Redeemer School and Calvary Cemetery. His selflessness continued into retirement when he volunteered as a driver for Aging Services in Montgomery into the final weeks of his life.

After Darlene’s tragic passing in 2007, Roman found a new focus in life when he and Bonnie (Korbel) Sery began spending time together. Their friendship blossomed into romance and they married in 2008. Roman loved telling the story of how the two of them came together, more than five decades after he had worked for Bonnie’s dad. Roman embraced his new extended family, treating his bonus children and grandchildren as if they were his own. He and Bonnie lived full, active lives with their blended family, their many friends and their community service. Yet Roman also appreciated life’s simple pleasures. He cherished what he called “My morning coffee with Bonnie and God.”
Roman was a proud Czechoslovakian and enjoyed speaking the language, listening, singing, and dancing to Czech music and of course enjoyed pork chops, dumplings and sauerkraut as a true Bohunk would. He loved traveling, playing cards, dancing, visiting with friends, spending time with his granddaughters, grandsons, and of course fishing. Anyone lucky enough to join him on an angling trip would say the same thing: Roman Malecha knew how to find the fish.
While his family is deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, we are heartened in knowing that Roman has been reunited with Darlene and his siblings in God’s heavenly kingdom. And we love the thought of him getting an opportunity to cast a line with Jesus, another man who knows a thing or two about fishing.

Roman is survived by his wife, Bonnie Sery-Malecha of Montgomery; his children, Cheryl (Malecha) and Joe Kollasch of Prior Lake, Carol Malecha of New Prague (& Jon), Todd Sery of Montgomery, and Melissa (Sery) and Mike Voss of Plymouth; grandchildren, Kayla (& Austin), Lexy, Riley, Sawyer, Benjamin, Jamie, Becky (& Bryce), and MacKenzie; great-grandchild Tatum; brother, Leonard Malecha of Lonsdale; sisters and brother-in-law, Lillian Malecha-Novotny of Montgomery, Marion Malecha of Henning, and Mark and Beverly Vogel of Charlotte, North Carolina; and many Godchildren, nieces, and nephews.

There will be a private burial service for Roman, with his immediate family as he had wished.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Keith Frank Bentley
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Keith Frank Bentley, 73, went home to be with his Lord September 18, 2020 in Dunnellon FL.

He was born in Montgomery MN, living his adult life in Plymouth, working for the Federal Reserve System.

Survived by wife, Katherine; brother, Jim (Sue); son, Eric (Marylou); daughter, Tara (Joel) Kurzynske; step sons, Rick (Katie) Rabenort and Christopher (Holly); grandchildren, Marissa, Madelyn, Evalena, Frank, Grace, and Greysen.

Preceded in death by wife, Candace; and parents, Milton and Helen.

Celebration of Life Service to be determined.
Arlene Washa
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Arlene Washa, age 86, formerly of Le Center MN, died at Traditions in Waterville MN on September 22, 2020. Private family graveside services will be held due to Covid 19. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. John Lutheran Bell Tower Fund.

Arlene was born in Mankato, MN on December 12, 1933 to Anna and Wilhelm Kolander. She was raised in Le Center MN and graduated from McKinley High School in 1951. She completed pre-nursing courses at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter MN and was a 1954 graduate of the Bethesda School of Nursing in St. Paul with a R.N. degree. She worked at Bethesda Hospital for two years until her marriage. She was united with John Washa on August 11, 1956 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center and they farmed in rural Le Center. She worked as an R.N. for various medical providers in the Montgomery area including 20 years for Dr. A.J. Lehrer and 10 years for Green Giant/Seneca, retiring in 1997. She was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery serving on the church council, as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent, played in the bell choir for ten years and was a member of the ALCW. She was an active with the Volney Volunteers 4-H club while her children were members. She was the first woman elected to the Le Sueur County Fair Board and served for 33 years, including several years as president. She attended state and regional fair conventions.

She is survived by her children, Charlene of Le Center, William of Kilkenny and Alan of New Prague; sister, Violet Kaisershot of Cleveland; five grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John in 2001; son, David in 2014; sister, Dorothy Holicky in 2004; and her parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Delores 'Dee' Balfe
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Delores “Dee” Balfe, age 82, of Waterville, died on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 26 from 9am to 11am at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny.

Delores was born on June, 6, 1938 in Faribault to Stanley and Regina (Chlan) Janovsky. She was a Montgomery High School graduate. Delores was united in marriage to Melvin Balfe on November 1957 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. She worked in insurance for herself and then Waterville Insurance Agency. She enjoyed card playing, visiting casinos, spending time with family, and when she remarried, to Earl Kleist, they enjoyed traveling together.

Delores is survived by her children, Ken (Jolene) Balfe of Kilkenny, and his son, Aaron Balfe and his daughters, Kendyl and Kylee, and Jim (Barb) Balfe of Kilkenny and their children, Amber Balfe and Brooke Balfe; brother, Donald (Kathi) Janovsky of Lonsdale; and many nieces and nephews.

Delores is preceded in death by her 1st husband, Melvin Balfe; 2nd husband, Earl Kleist; parents; sister-in-law, Mary Kay Burgess; nephews, Rick Burgess and Bill Howlett.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Joe Pete
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Joe Pete, 68, of Kasota, formerly of Cordova died on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at his home. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 5pm at the Nativity Church of Cleveland.

Joe was born on September 26, 1951 in St. Peter to Nicholas and Joyce (Merritt) Pete. Joe attended McKinley High School in Le Center. Joe was united in marriage to Sandra Nanette Green in West Plains, MO on January 7, 1974. He was a carpenter and worked for 30 years in Le Center.

Joseph is survived by his children, Tina (Terry) Schloesser of Le Center, Sandra (Douglas) Perkins of Le Center, Joseph Pete of Mankato, Susan (Scott) Hofbauer of Kasota, Viola (Gilberto) Figueroa of Le Center, Mary (Jose) Hernandez of Le Center, Nicholas (Heidi) Pete of Riceville, IA, Andrew (Alishia) Pete of Kasota, and Leo (Mandy) Pete of Kasota; grandchildren, Alisha, and Molly Schloesser, Cauy Perkins, Brandon, Cody, Bianca, and Kailey Hernandez. Cassandra, Adriana, Briana, Valeria, and Marcus Figueroa, Sandra and Jose Hernandez, Alisha and Destiny Pete, Danielle and Andrew Pete Jr.; great-granddaughter, Adalyn; siblings, Dave Pete of Belchester, Joyce (Brandon) Kolb of Rochester, and Tony (Nichol) Pete of Mountain Lake.

Joe is preceded in death by his wife, Sandra; son, William (Bill) Pete; daughter, Grace Pete; his parents; 3 brothers, Leonard, Robert, and Nicholas

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.



Paul Siebert
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Paul A Siebert, age 83, of Cleveland, passed away peacefully on September 5th, 2020. A family services will be held.

Paul was born on April 22, 1937, in Le Center to Paul and Meta (Kahn) Siebert. Paul graduated from Cleveland Public School in 1955. Shortly after graduation he began working for Modern Auto in Le Center as an apprentice in the body shop. The business became an AMC Rambler dealership, and that is how Paul became a fan of Ramblers for life. In 1960 he was drafted and was assigned to the 69th Signal Battalion. During his service he met his wife, Diane and they married on August 24th, 1963, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Janesville. Paul returned home and started his own business, Paul’s Auto Body in Cleveland.
Paul served on the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of German Lake church council for 12 years, also served on the Cleveland City and Planning & Zoning Committee. Paul was a member of The American Legion and also a member of the AMC Rambler Club.

Paul enjoyed spending his time with his family and friends, and lending a helping hand. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to go hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, gardening and making maple syrup. Paul also enjoyed restoring classic cars, especially Ramblers, and attending numerous car shows, winning many trophies for his restoration efforts.

Paul is survived by his wife, Diane of Cleveland; his children, Brenda (Kelly) Krause of Madison Lake, Douglas Siebert of Waterville, and Rodney Siebert of Cleveland; siblings, Darlene (Richard) Derner of St. Peter, Lillian Siebert of St. Peter; 3 grandchildren, Kaci (Jeremy Koelln) and Kylie Krause, Tony Siebert; 1 great-grandchild, Jameson Rech; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death in death by his parents; his in-laws, Walter and Dororthy Sommer; sister-in-law, Sherron Kriett.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Kathleen M. Schloesser
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Kathleen Mary Schloesser, age 73, of Le Center passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Visitation will be held at The Le Center Funeral home from 4-8 on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, September 10th, 2020 at 10:00 St. Mary’s Church in Le Center.

Kathleen was born July 24th, 1947 in St. Peter to Stanley and Mary (Schoenbauer) Krenik. Kathleen was united in marriage to Clarence “Butch” Schloesser on July 11th, 1964 in St. Thomas. She graduated high school from Le Sueur High School and went on to attend Rasmussen College. She worked as a secretary doing paperwork for the Harry Christian Attorneys Office.

Kathleen was a member of the Ewenique Quilters Guild. She also volunteered at the food shelf, thrift store and St. Mary’s Church. Kathleen enjoyed watching Twins baseball, traveling, gardening and crafting. She also enjoyed going for walks and playing bridge with her friends.

Kathleen is survived by her children, Andy (Luann) Schloesser of Le Center, Tom (Michelle) Schloesser of Cleveland, Matt (Kelly) Schloesser of Willmar; grandchildren, Joey Schloesser and Danielle, Tanya (Matt) Rooney, Alex Schloesser and Jack Schloesser; great-grandchildren, Mabel Schloesser; brothers and sisters, Ruth Ische, William (Julia) Krenik, Christine (David) Vos and Anne (Scott) Nelson.

Kathleen is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence “Butch”; son, Peter

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Donald 'Donny' Moravec
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Donald “Donny” Frank Moravec, age 78, of New Prague, formally of Montgomery, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 at 11 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with visitation held 2 hours prior.

Donny was born May 3rd, 1942 in Lanesburgh Township to Eugene and Alice (Holey) Moravec. Donny attended Country School in Montgomery through 8th grade and graduated high school at Montgomery/ Lonsdale High School. He went on to join the National Guard after graduation. Donny worked as a sheet metal worker at MVE for many years.

Donny enjoyed many things in life like visiting with family and friends, drinking beer, and dancing. He also enjoyed spending time fishing and hunting. Donny loved playing euchre with family and friends.

Donny is survived by his children, Joseph (Linda) Moravec of Waterville, Julie (Clint) Swanson of Big Lake; siblings, Clarence (Betty) Moravec of Le Center, Harold (Dorothy) Moravec of Veseli, Darlene (Delbert) Malecha of Dundas, Delores (Joseph) Novotny of New Prague, Dorothy Moravec of Mankato and Debbie (David) Warnemunde of Shieldsville; grandchildren, Colton (Heather) Swanson, Amanda (Luke) Travis, Kaitlyn, Megan and Brandon Swanson, 4 great-grandchildren; special cousin and caregiver Brenda Pederson, and many other relatives and friends.

Donny was preceded in death by his parents; former wife, Patricia (Barber) Linder.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Delores Reak
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Delores C. Reak, age 93 of Le Center (Lake Volney) formally of Montgomery passed away on August 31st, 2020 surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 at Schoenbauer funeral home. Visitation from 2-3:30 and services at 3:30 with a private burial to follow.

Delores was born on July 11th, 1927 to Harry and Clara (Kuzel) Pexa. Delores was united in marriage to Leo Reak in 1945 and they had 5 children together. Delores worked at Pexa Drug Store for many years and also worked at Green Giant. She retired at the age of 62 from Flicek Insurance Agency.

Delores enjoyed baking banana bread, cooking, playing bingo, playing cards. She also enjoyed spending time with family and enjoying grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Delores also enjoyed spending time with Sophie and Oliver (family dogs).

Delores is survived by her children, Robin (Lloyd) Tribbitt of Ventura, CA, Kim Reak of Montgomery, Lisa (Lloyd) Wiechmann of Montgomery, and Todd (Chris) Reak of Montgomery; grandchildren, Brittni (Andrew) Cossette, Brooke Wiechmann (fiancé Chris Brase), Brandilyn and Brianna Reak, and Bradley Reak; great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Weston Cossette; special dogs, Oliver and Sophie.

Delores is preceded in death by Leo Reak; her son Shawn; and special dog Cuddles

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Isabelle Kading
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Isabelle Kading, age 92, of Montgomery passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 3rd, 2020. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Visitation will be from 9-11 with services to follow at 11 with Fr. Tom Niehaus officiating.

Isabelle was born on April 24th, 1928 to Frank Jr and Martha (Gall) Rathman. Isabelle was united in marriage to Robert Kading on October 13th, 1946 in St. James and had 5 children together. Isabelle graduated high school in Comfrey and went on to college at Mankato State Teachers College. Prior to moving to Montgomery in 1957 they both taught at schools in Nicollet and Janesville. Isabelle started working at Holy Redeemer Catholic School in 1970 and continued working there for 27 wonderful years.

Isabelle enjoyed planning vacations and traveling with her family. She also enjoyed watching wildlife and growing her flowers in her flower garden.

Isabelle is survived by their children, Christine (Todd) Dahlgren of Maple Lake, Kathleen Kading (Jeff Blue) of Illinois, Stephanie Ponath of Belle Plaine; 9 grandchildren, Stephanie, Christopher, Kristian, Jamie, Nikolaus, Taylor, Maxwell, Mason, and Noah and 4 great-grandchildren

Isabelle is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her son, Brian Kading; daughter, Mary Sorum; sister, Loretta Lau; and her parents;

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Martha A. Paur
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Martha A Paur, age 78 of Kilkenny, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, August 30th, 2020. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 4th, 2020. Visitations held 2 hours before Mass at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery from 8:30-10:30am and Mass to follow at 10:30 with Fr. Tom Niehaus officiating. Burial at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. There will be a luncheon at noon at the American Legion in Montgomery after the burial.

Martha was born on July 8th, 1942 to Tom and Martha (Franek) Schoenbauer at their home in New Prague. Martha was united in marriage to John Paur in New Prague on May 12th, 1962. She worked at the New Prague Hospital as a cook for many years. Martha also worked at the American Legion as a cook in Montgomery for 6-7 years.

Martha enjoyed spending time with her husband and family. She also enjoyed playing cards, playing games and going out to eat with friends and family. She also enjoyed spending her time gardening and cooking.

Martha is survived by her husband, John of Kilkenny; their children, Kevin (LaVonne) Paur of New Prague, Carol (Doug) Fronk of Gilbert, AZ, Brian (Julie) Paur of New Prague, Alan Paur of New Prague, and Shawn Paur of Kilkenny; grandchildren, Lauren and Logan; siblings, Delores (Roger) Poohl of Osage, IA, Tom (Jeanne) Schoenbauer of Faribault, Yvette (Greg) Goodrich of Blue Earth, and Marilyn (Paul) Hentges of Jordan; brother-in-law, Val Pink of Shakopee.

Martha is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marge Pink; brother-in-law, Harold Heil; sister-in-law, Irene Heil.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Emily Christine (Kriha) Moore Vlasak
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Emily Christine (Kriha) Moore Vlasak, formally of Montgomery, passed away peacefully at Mala Strana in New Prague, MN on Sunday, August 23, 2020. Emily was born on April 3, 1927 to Thomas and Emma (Rynda) Kriha on the family farm near Heidelberg, Minnesota.

The youngest of three daughters, Emily graduated from Montgomery High School. After high school she worked as a secretary at the Montgomery mill until her marriage on September 7, 1949 to John (Jack) Moore at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Montgomery.
Raising four children, Emily was an active homemaker while Jack worked long hours at Bachman’s Nursey in Minneapolis. She was an avid gardener, canning and freezing the bounty of each year, growing beautiful flowers and always having fresh floral arrangements in the kitchen. Emily mastered the art of making almost everything from scratch. There were always home baked cookies, pies, cakes, kolacky, or other sweet treats waiting for the kids when they came home from school. Emily also was a dedicated member and volunteer at many church and community organizations including the Alter Rosary Society, Le Sueur County Extension Club, CCW, Co-Chair of the donut sales, Meals on Wheels, Girl Scouts, Holy Redeemer School, Lay Eucharistic Minister, and co-chair of a Holy Redeemer Church Festival booth for many years. Emily and Jack enjoyed their family and traveling before Jack passed away on June 12, 1993.

Emily found new adventures when she married Alvin Vlasak on May 7, 1994. Emily and Al loved to polka dance, travel to Czech festivals and California in their motor home, and a wonderful trip to the Czech Republic before Al passed away on July 4, 2004.

Emily spent the final phase of her life at Mala Strana Assisted Living and Rehabilitation Center in New Prague. Emily was a social butterfly for the 12 years she lived in her apartment, enjoying the many activities, card games and especially working on puzzles. Her final two years were spent in the memory care center where she continued to enjoy being around people.

Emily was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, sisters Rose Marie (Emil) Turek and Mary Ann (Joe and Andy) Cronin Warner, both of California.

Emily will be sadly missed by her children Vic (Martha) of Woodbury, Gary (Mary) of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Gale (Robyn) of St. Charles, Shari of Eagan; grandchildren Nicholas (Lisa) of Fort Dodge, Brady (Courtney) of Missouri City, Texas, Jonathan (Catherine) of Savage, Trevor (MacKenzie) of St. Charles; great- grandchildren Jacob, Lucas, Liv, Camden, Delaney, Murphy; and many nieces and nephews.

A small visitation will be held on Thursday, August 27 at 10:00 am with the funeral mass at 11:00 am at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Montgomery. Masks and social distancing must be maintained. Emily’s children want everyone to stay safe so they will understand if friends and family can’t attend. Eat a piece of chocolate and listen to a polka in her honor. Interment will be following at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Leslie (Les) Ray Eager
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Leslie (Les) Ray Eager, age 70 of Le Center, died peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at his home. Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 1 PM. Please join us in celebrating the life of Les on Saturday, August 22nd at 1:00 PM at his home, 37151 231st Ave, Le Center, MN 56057 We will have a short service with Military Honors as well. Lunch will be provided following the memorial service. Please stay with us after to share memories, lots of laughs, many good stories, and a bonfire.

Following the MN DOH guidelines we will follow proper social distancing as a vital tool for minimizing the spread of COVID-19. The lowest risk is Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear cloth face coverings, do not share objects, and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).


Les was born on February 10, 1950 in Madelia, MN to Leonard and Arlene (Johnson) Eager. Les served in the United States Navy from 1968 to 1973 reaching the level of E5 and receiving a Vietnam Service Medal. Les was united in marriage on January 8th, 1969 to Cheryl Hanson. They moved to Le Center in 1973. Les and Cheryl divorced in January 1990 and he later married Kathy Knish on September 14, 2002. They divorced in 2014, but remained close friends.

Les was an Electrician and owned and operated Eager Electric for over 40 years. He loved being an Electrician. Les was a past VFW Le Center Post 1803 Commander and member of the American Legion Le Center Post 108. He was an avid horseman and could be often found around town with his favorite horse Dusty and later his mule, Stick. He loved his 1952 Ford Truck and 1963 Chevy Impala, which he won a number of awards with. He also enjoyed numerous hobbies over the years including: boating, camping, motorcycling, snowmobiling, fishing, playing cards, gardening, and always having a good time. Later in life, he loved having his children, step-children, grandchildren, and step-grandchildren visit. Les was bigger than life and he, typically in his cowboy hat, took over a room when he made his entrance. Fun and excitement followed Les. He lived life to the fullest. He was a wild spirit with a tender heart and soul.

Les is survived by his children, Jodi (Todd) Maas of Mapleton, Jessica (Troy) Mediger of Henderson, Jason (Nicole) Eager of Le Center, and Joshua (Jennifer) Eager of Eau Claire, WI; step-children, Jeff Knish of Le Center, Brady (Angela) Knish of Le Center, and Mandy (Wade) Simonette of Le Sueur; grandchildren, Tyler, Lauren, Logan, Cayden, Ethan and Ella; step-grandchildren, Fischer, Reid, Porter, and Harper; siblings, Jeanne Kappel, Lynnae (Jerry) Mueller, Deborah (Ron) Becker, Bradley Eager, Larry Eager, and Natalie Fuller; ex-wives, Cheryl of Mapleton and Kathy of Le Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Dori Eager; niece, Ashley Eager.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Mykel Jonathan Kime
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Mykel Jonathan Kime, age 24 of St. Paul, Minnesota died on Tuesday, July 21st, 2020. Celebration of Life/ Memorial Service taking place on Sunday, August 16 from Noon to 5pm at Richter Woods County Park in Montgomery.

Mykel was born on June 5, 1996 to Brenda Lee Hentges of Le Center and Jonathan Richard Kime of St. Paul. Mykel shared 2 loving and energetic children with Bernadette McClune; Aria Lillian Kime age 4, and Kolton Arthur Kime age 16 months of Le Center. Mykel has an older brother, Dylan Hentges of Hastings, Minnesota; younger sister, Sonya Greenslade of Owatonna, Minnesota; nephew, Spencer Michael Kubes age 2 of Owatonna, Minnesota.

He attended Le Center High School in Le Center, but graduated from Willmar, Minnesota. Mykel was a hard worker and had various jobs throughout his life but preferred working outdoors and fixing vehicles. His true passion was spending quality time with his children who meant the world to him.

Mykel is survived by his mother; father and friend Jessica Stadler; children; siblings; nephew; maternal grandparents, Deb and Gene Lewis of Le Center, and Myron and Peggy Hentges of Montgomery; and paternal grandparents, Mike and Mariellen Wood of Sauk Center. Mykel is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Aria Lillian Kime and Kolton Arthur Kime College Trust Fund at the First State Bank of Le Center, Minnesota.
Robert 'Bob' Michael Turek
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Robert (Bob) Michael Turek, age 76, of Montgomery, passed away peacefully on his family farm surrounded by his wife and family following a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, July 4, 2020. There will be no formal services. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 15 from 3pm to 6pm at the Rustic Farmer in Montgomery. A car cruise will start at 1pm at Frandsen Bank parking lot arriving at the Rustic Farmer at 3pm. We will share memories and stories. Must practice COVID safety procedures. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

Bob was born on March 21, 1944 in Montgomery to John and Evelyn (Pinc) Turek. Bob attended country school and Montgomery High School. Bob farmed and also worked at Seneca, Heat & Glow, United Steel and Master Motive in Savage. Bob married the love of his life, Sally Sembauer on May 11, 1963. Together they raised a family of 5 children on their family farm.

Bob’s great love besides family was collecting vintage tractors and cars, playing euchre, listening to country and polka music, watching old classic shows and playing with his furry grand puppies. Bob’s big heart, gentle smile and family pats on the head will be greatly missed by the many left behind.

Bob will be sadly missed by his wife, Sally; children, Laura (Russ) Turek, Barb (Dennis) Gregor, Bobbie (Nick) McDonald, Mike (Tina) Turek, and Kevin Turek; grandchildren, Jeff (Jacquie) Ruhland, Sarah (Alex) Lemley, Cody McDonald, Trevor McDonald, Jessica Turek-Widboom; Patrick Schaefer, Taylor Turek and his little buddy, Landen Turek; brother, John Turek; sister, Karen David; brothers-in-laws, Darvin Sembauer, and Ray Stier; sister-in-law, Karen Montanez; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents; In-laws; Myles and Rosalyn Sembauer; sisters-in-laws, Trudy Sembauer, Kay Sembauer, Char Turek, and Debbie Stier; brothers-in-law, Buddy Sembauer and Arnie David.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Dr. Ken Traxler
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Dr. Ken Traxler, 53, of Bemidji died Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 9 from 4pm to 8pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. With Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, August 10 at 10am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the church.

Ken was born on July 31, 1966 in Le Sueur to John and Mary (Hankins) Traxler. He was a graduate of Le Center High School and University of Minnesota -Morris (UMM). At UMM Ken majored in chemistry and played football for the “Mighty Cougars”. Ken was loved by all as he easily made friends with arguably the entire UMM Campus- Everyone from the janitor who cleaned the weight room, Chuck the campus cop, students in every walk of life, faculty members in all disciplines as well as Chancellor Imholte himself. Ken finished up his undergrad at UMM spending the last couple of his years as an assistant defensive coach for the Cougars. He picked up rugby at the University of Denver while completing his PH.D. in Chemistry.

Ken enjoyed a productive 23+ year career as a Professor of Chemistry at Bemidji State University. While teaching Biochemistry, Principles of Chemistry, General Chemistry, Criminalistics, Biochemical Toxicology, specializing in biochemistry and was chair of the department for nine of those years. Admissions and the athletic department knew he would gladly help them promote BSU and in that role he spoke with and provided 100’s of students tours of the chemistry department.

His BSU work was not confined to the classroom or laboratory. Ken was a BSU football coach for 22 years achieving 154 wins (second most among BSU football history) and this was as a volunteer! He was one of the founders and early president of Beaver Pride, an organization that provides scholarships for BSU athletes. Ken received recognition for his giving as the Beaver Pride Volunteer of the Year and he was a recipient of BSU Alumni Foundation Builder’s Society during their 2018 Gala.

Ken’s philanthropy was not confined to BSU. He has been a long-time member of the Elks Lodge 1052 serving as an Exalted Ruler and Director of The Elks Hoop Shoot. He was a member of the Bemidji Lions Club. He even served as the University of MN-Morris alumni president.

Ken is survived by his brother, Marty (Betty) Traxler of Torreon Mexico; sister, Megan (Matt) Holicky of Le Center and their children, Josh, Caleb, Noah, Zach and Elizabeth.

Ken is preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.


John Arnold Schleis
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John Arnold Schleis, age 76, of Montgomery, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020. Private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to donor’s choice or Wee3beasties: Saving the Strays in New Prague.

John was born on August 15, 1943 in New Prague to Arnold and Emily (David) Schleis. John attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School and Montgomery High School. John was united in marriage to Mary Jo Pitmon on October 26, 1963 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. John worked at the Montgomery Feed Mill and the Ford Assembly Plant in St. Paul for 30 years.

John loved his wife Mary Jo and his family, 22 years of retirement, drag racing for several years, his Mustang cars and cats, bicycling and visiting with friends- John had “the gift to gab.”

John is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jo Schleis of Montgomery; children, Kimberly (Bruce) Ulman of Mankato and John Schleis of Eagan; siblings, Ken (Luella) Schleis of Montgomery, Jeanne (Ray) Gates of Eagan, and Judy Bell of Minneapolis; many nieces and nephews.
John is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert and Ronald Schleis.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Georgia M. Traxler
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Georgia M. Traxler, age 84 of Edina, passed away on July 18, 2020 in Minneapolis.

Small and private family ceremony is being planned due to necessary precautions. Georgie’s final resting place will be at Saint Mary’s Calvary Cemetery in Le Center, MN.

She was born in Le Center, MN. Preceded in death by her beloved son, Laurence “Larry” Traxler; her parents, George and Phyllis; and sisters, Shirley Curley, Dolores Birkeli, and JoAnn Sundstrom.

Survived by her sisters, Mary Lou (Gerald) Luckow of Warsaw, MN, Annette (late Eugene) Fosket of Torrance, CA., Barbara Steigauf of Eden Prairie, MN., and Linda (Mike) Hergert of Grand Forks, ND; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A special thanks to Grace Hospice and Mount Olivet Careview Home for their attentiveness and care during her final days.
Myles Leon Genelin
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Myles Leon Genelin, age 3, of Le Center, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 24 from 4pm to 8pm at the Le Center Funeral Home continuing at 9am to 10am Saturday, July 25 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Le Center with Mass of Christian Burial at 10am.

Myles was born in Rochester on March 14, 2017 to Michael and Ashley (Schloesser) Genelin.

Mighty Myles was a real-life superhero that touched the hearts and lives of many in just three short years. He was a fighter from the minute he was born. He demonstrated perfect strength, love, grit and happiness every day of his life. Myles loved his brothers more than anything. His favorite time of the day was morning time, when his brothers would snuggle in bed and watch cartoons with him. Myles loved his soft blankies, and kept one by his face every minute of the day. Myles showed his family unconditional love. Even though Myles fought for his life for 1,149 days, his contagious smile remained as his trademark and a reminder to us all to take time to stop and enjoy every possible moment. Myles loved being social, playing with his fingers, “5 Little Ducks,” music therapy, being outside, watching “Duck, Duck Goose,” camping in his Make-A-Wish camper, going for walks, lights, rides on the wagon with the mules, swimming and rubbing his hands and feet on Mom and Dad’s legs. His family will miss his middle-of-the-night play parties, his sweet voice, him reaching to touch their faces, the cute tuft of curls on top of his head and every other perfect part of him. There aren’t words powerful or profound enough to accurately describe the impact he made on the world in such a short time. His family would like the community to know how grateful they are for the acceptance and support they showed Myles his entire life. They would also like to thank all of his doctors, nurses and caretakers for caring for Myles like their own. His life was short, but exceeded every limit despite the physical challenges he faced. Although the days were few, his impact was enormous. He is loved beyond measure.

Myles is survived by his parents, Mike and Ashley Genelin of Le Center; brothers, Lane and Crew Genelin of Le Center; grandparents, Bill and Shelly Genelin of Le Center, Chip and Carol Schloesser of Le Center, Paul and Christa Dumdei of St. Peter; aunts and uncles Sami and Mark Christian of Le Center, Molly Schloesser of Minneapolis, Jared Schloesser of Le Center, Phil and Chrissy Heitner of Le Center, Tom Genelin of Le Center; cousins Joseph and William Heitner of Le Center, Harry Christian of Le Center; great grandparents Patti Deutschman of Le Center, Lonnie and Mary Boettcher of Le Center, and Wayne and Donna Schloesser of Le Center

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com

Orville 'Orv' William Sawatzky
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Orville “Orv” William Sawatzky, age 88, of Montgomery, passed away at Mala Strana in New Prague on Friday, July 17, 2020. Private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.

Orv was born on September 26, 1931 in Faribault to Ernest and Bertha (Behm) Sawatzky. He attended Montgomery Public School. Orv served in the United States Army from 1950-1952 in Korean War. Orv was united in marriage for 65 years to Gwen Eastman on May 20, 1955 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Faribault. He worked as a sheet metal worker for Marvin Bauernfiend and Vern Goedtl (Bauernfiend and Goedtl). Orv farmed on the homestead and enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, watching westerns, Twins and the Vikings.

Orv was survived by his wife, Gwen Sawatzky of Montgomery; children, Cindy (Duane) Holicky of Le Center, Julie (Lyle) Holicky of Le Center, Matthew Sawatzky (special friend, Carla Vossen) of Montgomery, and Paul Sawatzky of Montgomery; 9 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 4 step great-grandchildren.

Orv is preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael; brothers, Gerhardt (Elsie) Sawatzky and Franklin “Fritz” Sawatzky; sisters, Pauline (Ernie) Fredenberg and Viola Kohout.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Allen August Kewitsch
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Allen August Kewitsch, 81, of Le Center passed away peacefully after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, on Monday, March 30, 2020. He was surrounded by his family. Graveside service will be on Friday, July 24th at 11am at Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center.

Allen was born on January 23, 1939 to Alden and Edna (Reiter) Kewitsch. He graduated from McKinley High school in 1956. He entered the Army in 1960 spending time in the US at Ft. Gordon, Ft. Benning and Ft.Collins as well as active duty in Germany as a radio technician. He was united in marriage to Patricia Pischel on June 19, 1965 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Le Center. He worked at Fire & Safety with Pat’s Dad, Larson Industries and the majority of his career at Winco Inc. He retired after 30 years.

Allen was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved to travel and was able to take many trips with Pat and their children throughout the US. Al & Pat spent many winters in the warm Arizona sunshine after retirement with other friends from Le Center.

He is survived by his son Paul (Gretchen) Kewitsch of Farmington, MN; daughters Nancy (Russ) Prososki of Lakeville, MN, and Christine (Alex) Reese of Oakdale, MN; six grandchildren Rachel and August Kewitsch, Lucas and Abigail Prososki, and Aiden and Nora Reese; sisters Marjorie Schmidt of Mankato, MN and Ardelle Barten of North Mankato, MN.

Allen is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pat in 2018 and brothers-in law Donald Schmidt and John Barten.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Verna Marie Ziegenhagen
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Verna Marie Ziegenhagen, 103, of Kilkenny died Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 21 from 11am to 12:45pm at the Le Center Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 1pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with Pastor Ally Bowman officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Verna was born on February 19, 1917 at home in Lexington Township, the place she lived her entire life to Henry and Rosa (Bornholdt) Ziegenhagen. Verna attended country school District 99, McKinley High School from 1929-1933, Teacher Training in Le Center from 1933-1934 and Mankato State for her BS Degree. Verna taught at Country Schools in Le Sueur County for 17 years, 4th grade in Le Sueur Public School for 36 years for a total of 53 years of teaching. She served on State Delegate Assembly for 20 years, was department chairperson of Elementary School in Le Sueur, was “Teacher of the Year” 2 different times while in Le Sueur and each time was a Teacher of Excellence in Minnesota and is mentioned in the United States Congress minutes in 2003.

Verna attended and volunteered regularly at her church, taught Sunday School for 22 years and prepared some classes for Confirmation, was a choir member many years, and served on the Altar Guild. She enjoyed bowling, leather work and loved teaching children. She bought a school house and moved it to her family farm that she had many treasures in and gave many tours.

Verna is survived by her niece, Andrea (Marvin) Edel, Carol (Danny) Smith; nephew, Bil (Karen) Hawks; great-nephews, Mitchell Schleis (Tammy Marsden), Michael (Michelle) Hawks and their children, Shelby, Allison, Michael Jr., Steve (Carol) Hawks, Mark (Kim) Hawks; great-nieces, Annette (Danny) Gregor and their children, Zach (Amy) Gregor and their children, Michael and Elijah; Justin Gregor and his daughter, Bralynn; and Ashley Gregor, Lisa (Bob) Farrell and their son, Robby, and Gloria Hawks; many co-workers, students, and friends.
Verna is preceded in death by parents; sisters, Irma Hawks and Rosa Guessen; brother-in-law, Cleo Hawks; nephew, Bob (Elizabeth) Hawks; niece, Sherin Hawks.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.


Carolyn Mary Wondra
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Carolyn Mary Wondra, age 75, of Le Center, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Mayo Hospital in Mankato. Visitation will be on Friday, July 17 from 1pm to 3pm with a prayer service at 3pm all at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Carolyn was born on February 28, 1945 in St. Peter to Oscar and Adeline (Hrdlicka) Olsson. Carolyn graduated from Le Sueur High School. She was united in marriage to Milo Cyril Wondra in St. Peter. She was a homemaker, farmer, and also worked at Winco in Le Center for 20+ years. She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, farming, snowmobiling, motorcycling, and hunting.

Carolyn is survived by her son, Matthew Wondra of Le Center; step-daughter, Julie Monahan of Winona; brother, Donald Olsson of Le Sueur; grandchildren, Brady, Angel, Cheyenne, Alexis, Samantha, and Vanessa; great-grandchildren, Vincent, Jaxson, and Alice.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her husband, Milo; her parents; brothers, Richard (Dick), and Stephen (Steve).

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.




Darleen Carole Barclay
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Darleen Carole Barclay of Shakopee passed away on Thursday, June 25th 2020 at the Luthern Home in Belle Plaine. Services will be Friday July 17th at Saint Mary Catholic Church in LeCenter MN. 9am Visitation, 10am mass then out to the Calvary Cemetery.

Darleen was born January 20th,, 1946 in Wisconsin along with her twin sister Doreen to parents Wesley Barclay and Carole(Harland) Barclay. When Darleen was young they moved to New Prague, MN. Darleen graduated New Prague High School. Class of 64. Darleen was united in marriage to William Richard Kemnitz. Thier Daughter Jacquelyn Marie Kemnitz was born Nov. 26th 1965. Darleen's Husband died Dec. 2nd 1972. Darleen married 2 times after to Elmer and Leo. Darleen spent most her later years single. Darleen enjoyed spending time with her daughter and grandson, having coffee and chatting with friends, Elvis, Angels, Puzzle books, The Antique Road Show, Crocheting.
Darleen was fun, good-hearted and kind. She wants people to remember her for who she was and that the small stuff does not matter. Do not judge others, that is God's job and to Accept people for who and what they are and love them.

Darleen is survived by her daughter, Jacquelyn Kemnitz and Grandson, Wesley Daughtery both of New Prague, Siblings, Gary Barclay of Prior Lake and Howard Barlay of Rockford, Illinois and Betty Barclay of Rockford, Illinois, From William Kemnitz Step Daughter Jean Skluzacek and Step grandchildren Shiela and Danny
Darleen was preceded in death by her first husband William Richard Kemnitz 12/2/1972, Twin sister Doreen (Barclay) Schoenecker, and parents Wesley and Jacqueline Barclay and Carole and Francis Krohmer.



James Walter Krenik
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James Walter Krenik, age 62, of Lonsdale, died on Friday, July 10, 2020 at his home. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 15 from 10am to 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Mass of Christian Burial at 11am with Fr. Tom Niehaus and Fr. Tom Krenik officiating. Interment will be in the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in New Prague.

James was born on February 1, 1958 in New Prague to Donald and Pauline (Busch) Krenik. He was a graduate of Montgomery High School and worked as a heavy equipment operator and turned to farming. James enjoyed ice fishing and playing pool in winter months and summers were filled with his organic farming. He also enjoyed a simple down to earth living and sharing time with his family.

James is survived by his siblings, Fr. Tom Krenik of Apple Valley, Patricia (Richard) Preston of St. Paul, Martin (Colleen) Krenik of New Prague, Mary (Greg) Laban of Webster, John Krenik of Plymouth, MA, Donna Morgan of Montgomery, David Krenik of Morristown, and Christopher Krenik of Faribault; many nieces and nephews.

James is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Anthony.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Frank Bily
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Frank Bily, age 82, of Montgomery, died on Friday, March 20, 2020 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center in New Prague. Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 1pm on the family farm with Pastor Jason Pollington officiating.

Frank was born on July 11, 1937 in Kilkenny to Frank Joseph and Margaret Louise (Staddler) Bily, Sr. Frank was united in marriage to Fern Bjork on October 5, 1958 in Lansing, MN. He was a farmer whom also worked at Hruby Implement, Auto dealerships, Winco, and as a maintenance foreman at United Steel. Frank enjoyed fishing and woodworking especially cabinetry.

Frank is survived by his wife, Fern Bily of Montgomery; children, Gilbert (Chandra) Bily of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Cindy (Steve) Wacker of Montgomery; grandchildren, Kyle and Shayne Bily, Nicole Wacker, Brandon (Younga) Wacker; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Swanson of Le Center; sister-in-law, Barb Bollag of Bloomington.

Frank is preceded in death by parents; brother, Fred Bollag; and sister, Margie Kukacka.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Tim “Peach” Simonette
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Tim “Peach” Simonette, age 63, of Le Center passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 10 at 10 am with visitation prior at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Le Center.

Tim was born on December 19, 1956, to LeRoy and Charlotte (Krenik) Simonette. Tim was a graduate of Le Center High School. After graduation he worked as a heavy equipment operator. Due to his illness, Tim took an early retirement, spending the summer months at The Hideout Resort in Black Duck MN where he continued “Living the dream”. This is where he met Jamie Arp who along with his wife Angie and children, quickly became his second family. Tim was a generous man, avid fisherman, talented cook and gardener and beloved son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and great uncle.

Tim was blessed with many friends, including close friends, Ron and Debbie Kopet, Frank Muse, Jamie Arp (my brother from another mother) and family, and Greg and Lori Rother.

Tim is survived by his mother, Charlotte Simonette, siblings, John (Rhonda) Simonette of Waseca, Pat (Patti) Simonette of Le Center, Jim (Pam) Simonette of Cleveland, Mary Jane (Jeff) Bruns of Waterville, Tom Simonette of Le Center, Andy Simonette of Le Center, Jerry (Kelly) Simonette of North Carolina, Marty (Christina) Simonette of Madison Lake; nieces and nephews, Tina (Brock) Mader and their children, Ethan and Riley; Bobby (Liana) Simonette and their children, Lyla and Willa; Cody and Savannah Simonette; Ryan (Emily) Simonette and their children, Greyson, Blake and Landon; Erin (Mike) Rybicki and their child, Brayden; Cassandra Simonette; Amy and (Jon) Buker and their children, Jase and Aubree; Matt Hoppe; Josh (Brianna) Bruns and their child, Jayde; Mandy (Luke) Randt and their child, Brandon; Charley, Jordan and Sami Simonette; Ben, Zach and Eli Simonette; Courtney, Luke, Drew and Noelle Simonette.

Tim fought a courageous nine-year battle with cancer. He will always be remembered for his words of endearment “I Love Ya and I Like Ya”.

Tim is preceded in death by his father LeRoy Simonette and nephew Nicholas Simonette.



Donna J. Coughlin
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Donna J. Coughlin, age 78 of Montgomery, died on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Mayo Health Systems in New Prague, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Montgomery, MN. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00 a.m. ~ 11:00 a.m. that morning. Burial will take place following Mass at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery near Montgomery. Fr. Tom Niehaus will officiate the services.
Donna was born on April 2, 1942 to Charles & Leona (Honza) Horejsi in New Prague, MN. She attended Kilkenny Schools and Montgomery High School. She married Donald Coughlin on June 26, 1965 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Montgomery, MN. She worked for a short time at Munsingwear in Montgomery and later, seasonal work with Green Giant, (Seneca) and also a homemaker and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Donald; children; Cindy Hlavac of Farmington, MN; Dale (Arunee) Coughlin of Thailand and Sheila McGuiggan of New Prague, MN. Grandchildren; Kevin (May) Hlavac, Matt Hlavac, Adam (Amber) Hlavac, Taylor (Brian) Pederson, Nick McGuiggan and Bryor McGuiggan. 2 Great-grandchidlen; Aden & Avia Hlavac. Siblings; Donald (Nancy) Horejsi of New Prague, Dallas (Marsha) Horejsi of Jordan, MN, Dalleen (Eddie) Sticha of New Prague, MN, Duane Horejsi of Montgomery, MN, Darrell (Sharon) Horejsi of Montgomery, MN and Diane McClintock of New Prague, MN.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Dennis.


Andy Pany
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Andy Pany, age 61, of Montgomery, MN passed away at his home on June 9, 2020.

Burial will be held on Saturday, June 20 at 3:00 at the National Bohemian Cemetery in Montgomery. A visitation will be held at 4:00 at the Rustic Farmer, Montgomery. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Andy, the son of Alvin and Gerry Pany was born January 20, 1959. After graduating from Montgomery High School Andy went to school and became a journeyman Electrician and worked for St. Paul Electrical Union. He enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles, auctions, hunting, time with friends and the companionship of his dog Peanut.

He is survived by mother, Gerry of New Prague; brothers, Dave of California, Steve of Prior Lake, Jeff of New Prague, and Laura (Terry) Vedder of Rochester; many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Alvin in (2019); sister, Lisa in (1985).

Kathryn Evelyn Traxler
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Kathryn Evelyn Traxler, age 90, of St. Peter, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Benedictine Center in St. Peter. Graveside service will be held at 3pm on Wednesday, June 17 at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Kathryn was born on September 23, 1929 in New Prague to Tedd and Evelyn (Spors) Krenik. She was united in marriage to Tommy Traxler in Kilkenny on August 30, 1951. Kathryn worked for the Le Sueur County Highway Department.

Kathryn is survived by grandson, Jonathan Traxler.

Kathryn is preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Traxler; children, Herbert, Randy, Jim, Mary, Kathryn, and Dwight; sister, Lucy.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Rich Kopet
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Rich Kopet, 61, of Le Center died Friday May 1st at his home surrounded by family and friends. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 11 from 4:00 to 7:30pm at the Le Center Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, June 12 at 10:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the Church. Funeral service will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/StMaryStHenry/ and over flow viewing in the social hall. Also, masks are encouraged.

Rich was born July 3, 1958 to Alvin and Dorothy (Pete) Kopet in St. Peter, MN. He graduated from Le Center High School and drove trucks for Selly Construction and Max Johnson before starting his own “Kopet Trucking” which he owned/operated for 23 years.

Rich married Joanne “Annie” Malinski on November 21, 1987 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lexington, MN. He enjoyed the company of friends, deer hunting, and visiting casinos. He was an avid fan of his son Justin’s sporting events.

Rich is survived by his wife, Joanne “Annie” Kopet; and son, Justin Kopet of Le Center; brothers, Ron (Deb) Kopet of Le Center, and Robbie (Jaci) Kopet of Clevland; sister, Brenda (Curt) Kunkel of Plymouth, sisters-in-law, Connie Kopet of Le Center, Jenny (Dale) Russell of Buffalo and Maureen (Tim) Blaschko from Le Center; brothers-in-law, Robert (Priscilla) Malinski of Le Center, Marty (Kim) Malinski of AZ, John Malinski of Le Center, and Brian Malinski of Le Center; also many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Russell Kopet, and sister-in-law, Theresa Malinski.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Eugenia B. Jones
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Eugenia B. Jones, age 97, formerly of Montgomery, Minnesota passed away peacefully on Friday, June 5, 2020 at the Commons on Marice in Eagan. A private mass will be held on Tuesday June 9th with Interment at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

“Gene” was born on March 31, 1923 in Pulaski, Wisconsin to Peter and Catherine (Nowak) Czarapata. She graduated from Pulaski High School. After graduation she worked as a secretary at the high school. Gene was united in marriage to Robert Jones on June 1, 1946 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Pulaski Wisconsin. They made their home in several towns through the years as Bob’s job for Green Giant transferred him and eventually moved to Montgomery in 1964 where Gene remained until 2010. Gene stayed home to raise and care for their 4 children until Bob’s death in 1971. She worked in the office at Green Giant until her retirement in 1987. She loved playing cards, especially bridge, doing crossword puzzles and baking treats for her grandchildren. But mostly she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She exhibited incredible grace throughout her life, accepting adversity without complaint. She was a woman of deep faith, kindness, wisdom, humor and unconditional love. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Gene is survived by her children, Cheryl Otting of Edina, Mary Ellen Vitello of Eagan and Patti (Jeff) Budin of Burnsville; 4 grandchildren, Matthew Vitello, Michael (Kallie) Budin, David Budin and Katie Budin; and 1 great grandchild, Olivia Budin.

Gene is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Dorothy and Isabelle; her husband, Bob Jones; son, Greg Jones; son-in-law, Larry Vitello; and grandson, Christopher Budin.

We would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers; Bluestone Physicians, The Commons on Marice, Interim Healthcare and Brighton Hospice for their care and kindness shown during her 7 year battle with dementia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to a local food bank would be appreciated.

Schoenbauer Funeral Home – Montgomery, MN 507-364-7929


Robert M. Foley Sr.
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Robert M. Foley Sr., age 86, of Montgomery, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 8 from 4:00 to 7:00pm with KC Rosary to conclude the visitation at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery and will continue Tuesday, June 9 from 10:00 to 11:00am with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am with Fr. Tom Niehaus officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Bob was born on June 21, 1933 in Faribault to Mahlon and Leone (McDonough) Foley. Bob attended Rice County Country School and was a 1951 graduate from Montgomery High School. Bob was united in marriage to Jackie Selly on October 10, 1953 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Le Center. Bob was a farmer on the family farm which was established in 1880, carpenter for Ken's Cabinetry, and also worked at Met-Con Companies in Faribault for 20 years.

Bob was a Trustee at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Communion distributor, Board member of the Montgomery COOP Creamery, a member of the Montgomery KC's, Faribault Eagles, Elk's, 4H, Lucky 13 Sportsman Club, Montgomery Arts and Heritage and then chosen as the 2009 Irish family of the year. He coached baseball for Babe Ruth & 4H, served on the Erin Township Board and ASCS (FSA) in Rice County Farm Service Agency. Bob enjoyed card playing, fishing and bowling.

Bob is survived by his wife, Jackie Foley of Montgomery; children, Faye (Daniel) Griffin of Rochester, Patti (Randy) Soukup of Montgomery, Robert F. (Rebecca) Foley of Montgomery, and Chris (Paula) Foley of St. Cloud; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Loretta (Ken) Mracek.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Rosalyn Sembauer
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Rosalyn Sembauer, age 98, of Montgomery, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at Pleasant Manor in Faribault. Family Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 1 at the Church of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Shieldsville at 10:30 a.m. with visitation 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Interment will be held in St. John Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery.

Rosalyn was born on October 25, 1921 to Frank and Christina (Vyskocil) Filipek in Montgomery. Rosalyn was united in marriage to Myles Sembauer on June 28, 1938 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. The couple made their home in Montgomery, Minnesota where they owned and ran the Monty Theater. Rosalyn was also employed at Munsingwear as a seamstress and also worked at Green Giant.

Rosalyn is survived by her children, Darvin Sembauer of Faribault and Sally (Robert) Turek of Montgomery; daughter-in-law, Karen Montanez; son-in-law, Ray Stier; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Rosalyn is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Myles Sembauer; son, Myles (Buddy) Sembauer Jr. and infant son, Bobbie Sembauer; daughters, Deborah Stier and Trudy Sembauer; two grandsons; daughter-in-law, Kay Sembauer.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Lorraine Ballman
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It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce Lorraine Lois (Ewest) Ballman passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 26th surrounded by her loving family. She will forever be remembered as a woman of both strong-will and strong-heart.

Lorraine was born on Sunday November 28th, 1926. The only child of Louis and Clara (Schultz) Ewest of Wilton Township, MN.

Her earlier years were spent helping on the family farm until 1965, when her family moved north to Waseca, MN. She graduated from Waseca High School and went on to attend Mankato Commercial College. Afterwards, she was employed by Federated Insurance of Owatonna and later by Wolf & Habein of Waseca. It was at Wolf and Habein that her sharp math skills and keen fashion sense earned her a position as both clerk and buyer for her department. She delighted in attending fashion shows and in helping women select the perfect outfit for any occasion.

Lorraine was united in marriage on November 16th, 1973 to John Ballman of Le Center, MN. They spent many happy years living on their family farm, located just south of Le Center, before retiring in 1988 and moving into town where they could be closer to their cherished only daughter Tammy.

Lorraine was a gifted cook and baker who delighted in surprising her ever-growing family with an assortment of delectable baked goods. In addition to cooking, Lorraine loved to go dancing and she and John were known to light up the dance floor at the Kato Ballroom. Lorraine also enjoyed keeping up on current events, shopping, visiting with family and friends, and baking with her many great-grandchildren.

Lorraine is survived, and will be sorely missed, by her daughter, Tammy (Paul) Schley of Le Center, MN; grandchildren, Scott Schley, Chad (Kit) Schley, and Jennifer (Martin) Juarez of Le Center, MN; as well as 10 great-grandchildren, Allison, Alex, Adam, Emily-Jo, Brooklynn, Jackson, Paul, Marty, Logan, and Breckyn.

She is welcomed into God’s Kingdom by her husband John, her parents Louis and Clara, as well as countless relatives and friends. A private family service is planned.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Thomas George Jindra
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Thomas George Jindra, age 56, passed away at his home on Friday, May 22nd, 2020. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 26th from 4 to 7pm at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 27th at 10 am with visitation an hour prior. Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny, MN.

Tom was born on August 11th, 1963 in Northfield, MN to George and Marian (Holey) Jindra. He graduated from Le Center High School and worked various jobs before becoming a full-time farmer. Tom was united in marriage to Lori Haefner on October 9th, 1987 at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny, MN.

Tom enjoyed farming, camping, going on annual vacations, dancing and watching bands perform and visiting with friends. You might have caught him any given day with a cigar in his mouth, waving from the driver seat of his pickup. He always had a good story to tell and knew how to make people smile.

Tom is survived by his wife, Lori Jindra of Le Center; children, Christopher Jindra of Le Center, Michael (Melinda Horejsi) Jindra of Montgomery, Caitlin (Tommy Witte) Jindra of Le Center; brother, John Jindra of Le Center; sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Jim) Holicky of Le Center, JoAnn (Steve) Kortuem of Madison Lake; brothers-in-law, Chuck Haefner of Waseca, Bernie (Claranita) Haefner of Houston Texas; and many nieces and nephews

Tom is preceded in death by his parents, George and Marian Jindra; brother, George Jindra; grandparents, Ray and Ann Holey, Clem and Anna Haefner; and nephew, Joshua Neubauer.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Ann Applegarth
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Margaret Ann Applegarth, age 75, of South Saint Paul, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020 at her home. Services are pending.

Margaret was born the only child to Ralph and Irene (Prchal) Cummings on June 21, 1944 in St. Peter. She was a graduate of Le Center High School. Margaret was a Critical Care Tech for Burlington Medical Center in Iowa for many years and also for St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee. She was a proud and faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church being brought up in a strong Irish Catholic environment. She was involved with the food pantry in Burlington which she loved doing for many years along with going to the YMCA. She loved cats, swimming and sitting in the sun.

Margaret is survived by her children, Brian (Lynn) Whipps of Burlington, Iowa, Bruce (Vanessa) Applegarth from Belle Plaine, and Kelly Applegarth of South St. Paul; grandchildren, Tyler Brekke, Blake Whipps, Maggie Applegarth, Tychic Sterenson, and Tachelle MacDonald; great grandchildren, Neil Sterenson, Aliyah Mears, and Lily MacDonald.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Gladys E. Dols
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Gladys E. Dols, age 88, of Montgomery, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Private family services will be held.

Gladys was born on September 10, 1931 in Montgomery to Frank and Rose (Fierst) Taraba. Gladys was a 1949 graduate of Montgomery High School and also from teaching school in Le Center in 1950. She taught 8 years in Rice and Le Sueur County rural schools, 1st and 2nd grade in Prior Lake, M.L.P. School, Paraprofessional for 17 years, and New Prague Elementary as a Reading Teacher. Gladys was united in marriage to Leonard C. Dols at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on August 23, 1955.

Gladys is survived by her children, Laure A. (Kevin) Jirak of New Prague, Debbie R. (Mike) Brockway of Le Center, and David Dols of Lonsdale; grandchildren, Tim Brockway, Jenny (Blake) O’Rourke, Ryan (Abby) Jirak, Matthew Dols, and Jacob Dols; great-grandchildren, Luke Brockway, Joe Brockway, Brynlee O’Rourke, Bria O’Rourke; siblings, Bernice Lapic of New Prague and Bob (Bonnie) Taraba of Montgomery; sister-in-law, Darleen Tupy of New Prague.

Gladys is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard C. Dols in 1996; daughter, Mary in infancy; granddaughter, Stacy Jirak; and her parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Debra Lee Connor
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Debra Lee Connor, 65, of Montgomery passed away at her home on Thursday, April 30, 2020. There will be private family services at a later date.

Debra was born on October 25, 1954 in Minneapolis to Don and Evon (Peck) White. She attended school in Minneapolis. She enjoyed reading.

Debra is survived by her mother, Evon White of Montgomery; son, Justin Connor of Montgomery, AL.; siblings, Dan White of Robbinsdale, Holly Newell of Montgomery, Kim Edelman of Elk River, Chuck White of St. Petersburg, FL., and Robyn Quick of Longville, MN.; and 3 grandchildren.

Debra is preceded in death by her father, Don.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Jean Elizabeth Goff
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Jean Elizabeth Goff, age 81, of New Ulm passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020 at
Abbot Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Jean was born on March 3, 1939 in Minneapolis, MN to Charles and Edna (Peach) Sower. After finishing her nursing degree at Hamline University, she married Richard Goff on September 7, 1961 at Anoka Baptist Church in Anoka, MN. God blessed Jean and Richard with two children, Deb and Rick and five grandchildren here on earth.

Jean loved her Lord, her family, and her music. For several years, she volunteered at the New Ulm Christian School, teaching health classes and organizing the school library. Jean also taught piano lessons for over 40 years and was an active member of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. After her own children were out of the home, she returned to college and earned a music degree from Martin Luther College. Jean was active in her local church, First Baptist Church of New Ulm. Her ministries there included playing piano, organizing the music schedule, refreshing the pulpit floral displays, and teaching a children’s Sunday School class.

Jean is survived by her husband, Richard Goff of New Ulm; children Deb (Andrew) Hudson of Janesville, WI, and Rick (Jodi) Goff of New Ulm; grandchildren, Elizabeth Hudson, Jason (Rachael) Hudson, Seth Hudson, Ethan Goff, and Alexandra Goff.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, several dear aunts and uncles, and one grandchild.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Frank Huber
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Frank Huber, age 86, of Montgomery, passed away April 19, 2020 peacefully at the Northfield Hospital from a complication of pneumonia. Services and interment will be at a later date.

Frank was born in Waconia on March 6, 1934 to Oliver and Louise (Soller) Huber. He graduated from Montgomery High School in 1952, went to St. John’s University and then to Dunwoody to take up TV and Electronics. He was united in marriage to Ruth Nickolay at St. Wenceslaus Church in New Prague on April 26, 1960 and passed away just short of their 60th anniversary.

Frank operated Huber’s TV in Montgomery until his retirement. He was active in the Montgomery Fire Department and acted as treasurer for many years. He was a man with many interests including antique cars, photography, metal works and travel and enjoyed spending the winter months in Arizona.

Frank is survived by his wife, Ruth Huber; children, Ann (Greg) Sherlock, Tom (Megan) Huber, Kristin (Brent) Larson; 5 grandchildren, Makenna, Bella, Keenan Huber, Gavin and Cameron Larson.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jerome; sister, Genevieve.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Andrew John Maxa
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Andrew John Maxa
Born ~August 23rd 1988 ~ Shakopee MN
Died ~April 7th 2020 ~ Jordan, MN
Graduated from New Prague High School

Tuesday April 7th, 2020 Andrew Maxa suddenly passed away at a very young age and was taken from us way too soon. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 we are unable to have a large viewing at this time, they are only allowing immediate family to attend a viewing in person. There will be a celebration of life for Andrew at a later date that is to be determined after we are allowed to plan a gathering.

Andrew was a true outdoors man. He was an avid year-round fisherman, who loved camping, frisbee and regular golf, hockey, and football. He truly had a love for playing instruments and was a musician at heart. Andrew also enjoyed blowing glass, he was a real talented artiste, who also enjoyed a new challenge. He always brought so much joy to others. He could make anyone smile or laugh by his witty humor and positivity. He truly had an amazing heart and would help anyone who was in need without hesitation, even when he didn't have much, and never expected anything in return. Andrew never really need much in life but happiness. Andrew has touched many lives, and was loved by all who
ever crossed his path. He will be deeply missed, cherished, and loved by all.

Andrew is survived by Father, Ricky John Maxa; Mother, Robin Ann Denison; siblings, Nichole May, Anne (Nate) Marshall, and Chelsey (Phil) Sorter; grandparents; Emil and Patricia Maxa, Phil Denison, Valerie Denison; nieces and nephews; Isaac, Daymon, Nolan, Aubree, Sage, and Wesley; and many aunts and uncles; and cousins.

Andrew is preceded in death by his grandma, Judy Vlasak; and brother, Nicholas May.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Marvin Milton Sladek
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Marvin Milton Sladek, 82, of Le Center died on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Private family graveside service will be held.

Marvin was born on November 13, 1937 on the family farm near Greenleaf Lake near Montgomery. He married Joyce Ehrich on June 23, 1962. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a truck driver most of his life.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Joyce Sladek of Le Center; daughters, Michelle K. (Criss) Miller and Dawn M. (Tim) Shaughnessy; 5 granddaughters, 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Vernon Sladek and Roger (Chris) Sladek, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Another Trucker on his way.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Freda Joyce Wacker
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Freda Joyce Wacker, age 78, of New Prague, died on Monday, February 24, 2020 Mayo Systems in Rochester. Private family services will be held in West Virginia at a later date.
Freda was born on June 7, 1941 in Hollygrove, West Virginia to Frank and Viola (Hill) Swartz. Freda was united in marriage to Ronald Wacker January 11, 1964. Freda enjoyed gardening, flowers, babysitting, cooking/ baking, traveling, and dog sitting.
Freda is survived by her children, Mark (Laura) Wacker of New Prague, Marcie (Timothy Harshman) Wacker of Vadnais Heights, and Jerry Bonner (Katrina Busick) of Golden Valley; grandchildren, Bailey Wacker, Anthony Wacker, Timothy Wacker, Morgan Meger and Mariah Meger; siblings, Anna Lou Bateman of Oak Hill, West Virginia, Mary (Bob) Lokey of Hollygrove, West Virginia, Mitchell (Judy) Swartz of Hollygrove, West Virginia, and Dennis (Natalie) Swartz of Dunbar, West Virginia; brother-in-law, Kenneth Keesee of Galion, OH; sister-in-law, Kay Swartz of West Virginia.
Freda is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald in 2015; siblings, John Swartz, Paul Swartz, James Swartz, Viola Knight, Pauline Keesee and Nancy Bonner; brothers-in-law, Anthony Wacker, Jack Wacker, Ted Bateman, Jerry Bonner Sr, and Denny Meger; sisters-in -law, Rita Ann Meger and Maureen Wacker.
Alvin Tuma
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Alvin Tuma, age 89, of Montgomery, died on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Mayo Systems Mankato. In cooperation with the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health during the current health crisis, there will be a private family Interment on Saturday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery. Memorials are preferred to St. John Lutheran Church Bell Tower Renovation/ repair.

Alvin was born on February 26, 1931 at home in Rice County near Twin Lakes to James and Anna (Kotavy) Tuma. Alvin was united in marriage to Agnes Emma Denzer on June 30, 1962 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. He enjoyed farming and was a member of the Twin Lakes Sportsman’s Club.

Alvin is survived by his wife, Agnes Tuma of Montgomery; sisters-in-law, Margaret “Kookie” (Michael) LaPlant of Shakopee, Dorothy (Harry) Moravec of Veseli; brother-in-law, Clifford (Joyce) Denzer of Branson, MO.
Alvin is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard Tuma and Milo Tuma; sisters, Alice Josten, Gladys Tuma and Gerty Tuma.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Russell Clarence Harkins
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Russell Clarence Harkins, age 70, of Le Center, died on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 5 at the Le Center Funeral Home from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Fr. Tim Sandquist, officiating. Interment will be at a later date.

Russell was born on August 21, 1949 in Mankato to Clarence and Kathryn (Minars) Harkins. Russell served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970 and received a purple heart during his time of service. Russell was united in marriage to Vergene (Schultz) on November 16, 1968 in Le Center. Russell was an Electrician and owned and operated Harkins Electric for 47 years.

Russell was a past VFW Commander, member of the Lexington Sportsman Club, and American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, spending time with grandchildren, and loved being an electrician.

Russell is survived by his wife, Vergene “Jean” Harkins of Le Center; children, Derrick (Annette) Harkins, Angela (Brent) Christian, Clint (Vicki) Harkins, Brooks (Brad) O’Keefe, and Emberlie (Jeff) Tellijohn; grandchildren, Sara, Vanessa, Codie, Victoria, Alex, Katrina, Ted, Cassie, Lizzy, Pat, Emily, Kaylee, Brendan, Kellen, Eian, Tristan, Tycen, and Teegan “Russell”; great-grandchildren, Myah and Raiden; siblings, Mike (Patti) Harkins and Denny Lang.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Evelyn L. Vlasak
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Evelyn L. Vlasak, age 92, of Montgomery, died on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center in New Prague. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 28 at ¬¬¬11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Father Tom Niehaus officiating with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Evelyn was born on September 23, 1927 in Erin Township Rice County to John and Katherine (Uhlir) Peterka. She graduated from Montgomery High School in 1944, worked at a Hemp Plant and then attended Teacher Training. Evelyn was united in marriage to George Vlasak on September 2, 1947. She taught for 2 years in Rice County #46 Country School, Le Center School, 10 years at LNMV Area School and 2 years at Holy Redeemer Catholic School.

Evelyn was a member of the 1st Streeters Club and CCW. She enjoyed reading, travelling, and card playing at the Senior Citizens Center.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Jane (George) Brezina, Michael (Jan) Vlasak, and Dianne (Rick) France; grandchildren, Dawn (Bruce) DePauw, David Brezina, Tony (Emily) Vlasak, Dan (Eileen) Vlasak, Krista (Bruce) Johanson, Jennifer (Luke) Robertson, Hilary France, and Justine (Matt) Rush; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild.

Evelyn is preceded in death by husband, George; sisters, Helen (Ben) Novotny, Anna (Frank) Duban, Blanche (Jacob) Korbel, Tillie (Mahlon) Fierst, and Mary (Ray) Kadlec; brother, Emil (Lillian) Peterka, and Milo in infancy.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Alvia Ann Koubele
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Alvia Ann Koubele, age 96, of Montgomery, died peacefully on Monday, February 10, 2020 at home. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 22 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 am with Father Tom Niehaus officiating. Interment will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery.

Alvia was born on September 20, 1923 to Edward and Sophia (Springer) Zellmer. Alvia was united in marriage to Frank G. Koubele in Montgomery on March 4, 1946.

Alvia enjoyed gardening and flowers, outings to casinos, vacationing, and shopping for the ultimate bargain. She loved visiting with her family and friends.

Alvia is survived by her children, Sharon Koubele of Las Vegas, NV, Carol (Jim) Turek of Burlington, KY, Connie Kopet of Le Center, and Ray Koubele of Montgomery; 8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild; sisters-in-law, Aggie Gammon and Blanche Zellmer.

Alvia is preceded in death by her; husband, Frank Koubele; parents; daughter, Judy Gaydon; sons-in-law, Russell Kopet and Buck Gaydon; granddaughter, Jessica Turek; sisters, Margaret Vargo and Cecelia Tupy; brothers, Louis Zellmer and Ed Zellmer;

The family would like to thank Brighton Hospice and Intrepid USA Healthcare Services.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Mary Jane (Weber) Ralidak
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Mary Jane (Weber) Ralidak, age 76, of Kilkenny, died on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Mayo Health Systems in Mankato. She was surrounded by her family when she passed away. Visitation will be on Thursday, February 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny, with Memorial Mass following at 11:30 a.m. with Fr. Tom Niehaus, officiating.

Mary Jane was born on July 19, 1943 in Claremont to Bernerd and Mary (Marsolek) Weber. She was raised on a farm outside of Kilkenny. She belonged to St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny. She attended Hillside District 31 country school through grade 6 and graduated from McKinley High School in Le Center in 1961. She worked at Spors, Inc., Brinktuns, McQuay’s, and the last 20 years at Winco in Le Center. She married and divorced Edward J. O’Neill, and Dennis Ralidak.

She loved animals, country music, gardening, dancing, traveling, crocheting, sewing, and antiques.

Mary Jane is survived by her children, John O’Neill, Bill O’Neill, and Molly (Lee) Berninghaus; 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; brothers Jerome (Mary Jo Traxler) of NC, Ronald (Phil Horne) of Plymouth, MN Kenny (Connie Michaels) of Kilkenny, MN, and Bernie (Sandy Gregor) of Farmington, MN; step-son’s, Denny Jr. and Chris Ralidak; close friend, Paul Hruska.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Emil Edward Knish
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Emil Edward Knish, age 57, of Montgomery died on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at his home. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with a Masonic Lodge service. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 13, at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery with Pastor Jason Pollington officiating and visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will take place at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Le Center.

Emil was born on September 4, 1962, in St. Peter to Emil F. and Mamie (Kopet) Knish. Emil was a Le Center High School graduate and also went to Faribault Vo-Tech for 2 years. Emil was united in marriage to Theresa L. Soulek on September 21, 1985, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Le Center. Emil worked as a Field Coordinator for Opus Design Build, LLC., for 35 years.

Emil was a member of the MN River Valley Lodge No. 6 Masonic Lodge, Scott-Carver Threshers, and Carpenters Local Union No. 322. He enjoyed antique gas engine collecting and restoration, gardening, wood working and carpentry, wine making, cabinetry, deer hunting, trapping, grilling, history and historic buildings, spending time with family, rescuing pets, and landscaping.

Emil is survived by his wife, Theresa L. Knish; mother, Mamie Knish; children, Emily (Nels Anderson) Knish-Anderson of Prior Lake and Kelsey Knish (Jesse Proctor) of Philadelphia, PA.; siblings, Barb (Wayne) Krohn of Le Center, Bob (Ordella) Knish of Gaylord, Bonnie (Wayne) Johnson of Mankato, Steve (Evonne) Knish of Faribault, Gary Knish of Belle Plaine, Randy (DeAnn Mick-Knish) Knish of Faribault, and Kim Knish (Hermann Klaas) of Savage.

Emil is preceded in death by his father, Emil F. Knish; in-laws, Venda (Helen) Soulek; nephew/ God-child, Jason Bradshaw; and sister-in-law, Lori Knish.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery, (507)-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.








Elizabeth 'Betty' Vikla
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Elizabeth “Betty” Anna Vikla, age 90, of Montgomery, died on Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Mayo Health Systems in Mankato. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 10 from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with Rosary at 3:45 pm. There will be an American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary service. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, February 11 at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Father Tom Niehaus officiating with visitation 9:30 am to 11 am at church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Elizabeth was born on November 30, 1929 to Thomas and Anna (Ginter) Simacek in Montgomery. Betty was united in marriage to Emmanuel Albert Vikla at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on October 2, 1948. Betty worked as a nanny in Florida previous to marriage and part-time at Green Giant Canning Factory in Montgomery.

Betty was a member of the Montgomery American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, CCW member, and Degree of Honor. Betty enjoyed crocheting, reading, card playing, she did much volunteering with the Bloodmobile, poppy drive and working at the American Legion in Montgomery.

Betty is survived by her children, Tony Vikla of Lonsdale, Cathy Vikla of Faribault, and Margie Mach of Montgomery; grandchildren, Michelle (John) Dunkel, Willie (Jessica) Vikla, and Becky Vikla; great-grandchildren, Brooke Forte, Colby Dunkel, Hailey Dunkel, Sami Dunkel, and Isabel Vikla; siblings, Bernerd (Judy) Simacek of Lonsdale and Rosie Bethke of Faribault; sister-in-law, Rita Simacek of Inver Grove Heights.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Emmanuel; son, Thomas Vikla; daughter-in-law, Sheila Vikla; son-in-law, Robert Mach; brother, Donald Simacek; sister, Alvina Terwedo.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
LaVerne A. 'Vernie' Hrdlichka
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LaVerne A. “Vernie” Hrdlichka, age 81, of Le Center, died on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at his home. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Father James Stiles, officiating. Spring interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

LaVerne was born on August 14, 1938 to Lloyd and Mary (Smisek) Hrdlichka at home in Le Sueur County near Lexington. He attended St. Mary’s Parochial School in Le Center and attended from McKinley High School in Le Center. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years. Vernie was united in marriage to Carol Tuma on September 10, 1960 in Lonsdale. He worked for Spors, Wright Body Shop, self-employed home builder.

Vernie was a member of the VFW in Le Center. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren, carpentry work, card playing, and cheering on the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.

Vernie is survived by his wife, Carol Hrdlichka of Le Center; children, Susie (Glenn) Brehmer of Rice, Carrie Hrdlichka of Le Center, and Lloyd Hrdlichka of Le Center; grandchildren, John Holicky (Susan), Patrick Holicky, Michael Brehmer, and Austin Brehmer (June); siblings, Donna Parent of Mora, Shirley (Rich) Bornholdt of Cleveland, and Kathy Grasser of Le Center; brother-in-law, Pat O’Meara of Le Center.

Vernie is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jeanne O’Meara; brother, Tom O’Connell; brothers-in-law, Bill Parent and Don Grasser.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Shawn Jeffrey Reak
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Shawn Jeffrey Reak, age 58, of Albert Lea, died on Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Mayo Health Systems in Austin. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 2 from 1-2:30pm with memorial service at 2:30pm all at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Interment will be at Bohemian National in Montgomery in Spring.

Shawn was born to Leo T. and Delores Reak on September 30, 1961 in New Prague. Shawn had mental disabilities and at around the age of 9 he moved to a group home in Austin before transferring to Woodvale in Albert Lea and for the last 30 years lived at REM in Albert Lea where he would live the rest of his life.

Shawn worked at Cedar Valley Services- shredding paper and other little tasks. Shawn enjoyed the little things in life. Listening to music and singing, watching TV and mostly lounging in his chair.

Shawn had a place in everyone’s heart at REM and he will be sadly missed by all of his caregivers. Especially his #1 caregiver Brianna. We will miss him blowing us kisses and yelling “Ma”.

Shawn is survived by his mother, Delores Reak of Montgomery; sisters, Robin (Lloyd) Tribbitt, Kim Reak, Lisa (Lloyd) Wiechmann; brother, Todd (Chris) Reak; nieces and nephews, Brittni (Andrew) Cossette, Brooke Wiechmann, Brandilyn and Brianna Reak, and Bradley Reak; and great-nephews, Wyatt and Weston Cossette.

Shawn is preceded in death by his dad, Leo T. Reak.

“People with disabilities lead lives just like everyone else, they laugh, they cry, they love, they dream- just like you.” Blessed be his memory!

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Milton F. Holetz
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Milton F. Holetz, age 89, of Montgomery passed away suddenly but peacefully Monday, December 9, 2019, at his home on the farm where he lived for 53 years.

Milton was born in rural Lexington Township, Le Sueur County, on May 14, 1930 to Frank and Emily (Kalina) Holetz. As a child he attended country school and helped his parents on the farm back when fields were plowed with a team of horses and everyone looked forward to threshing day in the fall. He graduated from Montgomery High School and attended a commercial college in Mankato to be an accountant.

He married Lois Beinhorn of New Prague September 12, 1952 and proudly served as Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps 1951-1953 during the Korean War. During his working life he was employed with the Montgomery Creamery, Bentley Motors, Polar Panel, Harvestore, Prior Lake Machining, "C" Lind Ford and New Prague Ford, retiring in 2002.

He enjoyed the Czech language and his heritage and the local czech celebrations of Kolacky Days and Dozinky. He was proud to say he never missed a Kolacky Days parade except for his two years in the service. He loved spending time with family and sharing his stories and silly humor. His favorite interests included horses, cars and trucks, tractors, tinkering in the shop fixing and building, reading the newpapers and, Googling and texting.

Milton is survived by his wife, Lois, and three daughters, Tamara (Bill) Ove of St. Peter, Heidi Wellentin of Lonsdale and Deidra (Mark) Slavik of New Prague, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.. He is preceded in death by his parents; son in-law, John Wellentin, sisters and brother-in-law Virginia (Charles) Hruska and Olga McDonald.

There will be no formal services. A private family burial will be held in the spring. Schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Arnold Joseph Kukacka
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Arnold Joseph Kukacka, age 96, of Montgomery, died on Monday, January 27, 2020 at his home in Montgomery. Visitation and prayer service will be held on Friday, January 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Interment will take place at Bohemian National Cemetery in spring.

Arnold was born on June 14, 1923 in Montgomery on the family farm to Joseph and Anna (Tarba) Kukacka. Arnold was united in marriage to Delores Duffney on November 18, 1941 in Montgomery. Arnold was a bus driver for 43 years for the Montgomery School District he was very committed and enjoyed it very much. He also worked as a milk route driver and also for Green Giant for 10 years. Arnold raised his family, owned a farm, and worked hard his whole life. He retired in 1995.

Arnold collected books (farm books, textbooks, and maps, old papers) as well as printing books and scrapbooking everything for his kids. He traveled to Canada, Alaska, Texas, and Hawaii and loved sunsets and northern lights. He enjoyed playing accordion and listening to old time music.

Arnold is survived by his children, Ardell and Connie; grandchildren, Debra, Donald, Robert, Steve, and Sue; great-grandchildren, Domanick, Delyla, Breya, Michael, Kallie, Ashley, Justin, Zachary, David, and Thomas; great-great-grandchildren, Alex, Damian, Jazmyn, Temperance, Jovanny, Xaviar, and Weston.

Arnold is preceded in death by his wife, Delores Kukucka; granddaughter, Delyla; parents; brothers, George and Harry; sister, Esteline.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Leonard Joseph Wondra
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Leonard Joseph Wondra, age 95, of Montgomery, died on Monday, January 13, 2020.

Leonard was born on January 18, 1924 at home in Le Sueur County to Joseph and Rose (Janovsky) Wondra. Leonard was united in marriage to Viola David at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in 2017. Leonard farmed full-time until 1966, then joined Borson Construction as a carpenter, retiring in 1986. In his retirement, he managed Meadow Ridge Apartments in Montgomery for twenty-five years.

Leonard served as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus where he was a member since 1951, President of the Shakopee Carpenters Union Local 1644 from 1980 to 1985, Clerk of the Country School Board, and member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic School Board, Holy Redeemer Parish Council, Arts & Heritage Center, and Mobilize Montgomery. Leonard enjoyed travelling, reading, woodworking, and playing cards with family and friends.

Leonard is survived by his children, Kathleen (James Chapman, deceased) of Tualatin, OR., Terese of St. Louis, MO., David of Minneapolis, Joseph (Susan Hanek) of New Prague, and Thomas (Kellyanne Kozicki) of North Prairie, WI.; grandchildren, Emily (Chapman) McDonald, Joseph Chapman, Michael Chapman, Lucas Brown, Carly (Brown) Warhurst, Jennifer Wondra, Anna Wondra, Emilee Wondra, Theresa (Wondra) Friendshuh, Laura Wondra, Josh Wondra, Ellen Wondra, Nick Wondra, Matt Wondra, Maura Wondra, Karlyn Justen, and nine great-grandchildren.

Leonard is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Lucille, Delores, Leola, Evangeline, Ella Jean, and wife, Viola.

Visitation was held at Schoenbauer Funeral Home on Friday, January 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. The Knights of Columbus held a rosary service at 6:30 p.m.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 18, at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church in Montgomery with Reverend Tom Niehaus officiating. Pall bearers were his grandsons. The gift bearers were his granddaughters.

Leonard’s children Joseph and Terese gave the scripture readings. David played a trumpet solo, “How Great Thou Art.” Thomas sang “One Day at a Time,” accompanying himself on the guitar. Kathleen gave the eulogy.

Interment will take place at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in spring. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Beverly Jean Kroll
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Beverly Jean Kroll, 90, of Le Center, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2020 at Pheasants Ridge. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 16, from 4:30pm to 7pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Memorial Services will be on Friday, January 17 at 11am at the Le Center Funeral Home with Pastor, Terri Horn officiating. Interment will be in the Wood Lawn Cemetery in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Mayo Hospice.

Bev was born on January 3, 1930 to Delbert and Jennie Wagner in Mason City, Iowa. She graduated from Mason City High School, she went on to nursing school at St Luke’s School of Nursing in Davenport, Iowa. Although nursing was her passion, when her husband Virgil died (1971), her primary job became raising her four young children.

Bev loved Le Center and spent her lifetime giving back. She was the first female to serve on the city council and also as the mayor. Bev was a loyal member of the Le Center United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary and VFW. Beverly was presented with the Certificate of Recognition from the Mayor of Le Center and Governor, Albert H. Quie for being an outstanding citizen of the City of Le Center and the State of Minnesota by freely giving the generous gift of time, talent, and energy as a Volunteer. She donated hundreds of hours of volunteer service, including: pre-school hearing and vision testing, Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scouts, Red Cross Director, Red Cross blood program (45 years), A.F.S Program, United Methodist Church, United Fund Drive, Region 9 Representative, Le Sueur County Foster Parent Program.

Bev loved being a grandmother and great grandmother; she was quick to share funny stories or pictures whenever the opportunity presented itself. She was an avid Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves fan. When her teams were not playing she could be found playing cards, playing bingo, baking or reading. Bev loved sharing her books and her baked goods.

Bev is survived by her children Terry (Jeff) Markham of Arizona, Robin (Randy)Bode of Le Center, and Scott (Don) Kroll of California; grandchildren, Amanda (Dom) Pernai, Molly (Adam) Baslow, Ryan (Jessie) Bode, Brady (Kassie)Hartmann, Jameson Bliss, Riley Bliss; sister Phyliss Preftakes of Mason City; niece Jean (Norm)Nordstrom of Michigan, great niece Nicole Nordstrom and eight great grandchildren.

Bev was preceded in death by her husband Virgil Kroll; son Timothy Benton; sister Delores Wagner and brother in-law Alex Preftakes.

Her legacy will live on through her family and friends. She was an independent and resilient woman who taught us to: believe nothing is impossible, be gracious in all that you say and do, and to give more than you receive. She was one of a kind and we will miss her dearly.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Janet T. Meyer
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Janet T. Meyer, age 87, of Le Sueur passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 12 from 4pm to 7pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with rosary at 3:45pm and prayer service with Father Chris Shofner at 6:30pm. Interment will be held in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date.

Janet was born on February 3, 1932 in St. Peter to Lawrence and Frances (Young) Biehn. She graduated from Mankato High School. Janet was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Meyer on November 17, 1952 at St. John Catholic Church in Mankato.
Janet was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary. She loved going to church and loved praying.

Janet is survived by her children, Steve (Julie) Meyer of Lakeville, Pat Meyer of Royal Oak, MI., Tim Meyer of Chanhassen, and Larry Meyer of Fontana, CA; grandchildren, Nicholas Meyer of Minneapolis, and Jacob Meyer of Lakeville.

Janet is preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob”, son, Michael; her parents; and siblings.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral home. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Alvin R. Pany
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Alvin R. Pany, age 90, of New Prague, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at Mayo Systems Hospital New Prague. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 9am-11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Memorial Mass at 11am with Father George Grafsky officiating. Burial will be in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery.

Alvin was born on July 17, 1929 in Montgomery to Herman and Vlasta (Trcka) Pany. Alvin was a graduate of Montgomery High School in 1947 and University of MN for Mortuary Science. Alvin served in Germany at a US Hospital for the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 as an Army Corporal during the Korean War. Alvin joined his father to work in the funeral and ambulance service, hardware store, furniture store, appliance business and International Harvester farm machine business. They worked together 11 months when his father died at the age of 52. He also worked in Real Estate Sales, and farming. Alvin was united in marriage to Geraldine M. Fox on October 14, 1954 at St. Peter and Paul’s Church in Mankato.

Alvin enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing, remodeling buildings, and wintering in Florida. Alvin was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.

Alvin is survived by his wife, Gerry Pany of New Prague; children, David Pany of Glendale, CA, Steve Pany of Prior Lake, Andy Pany of New Prague, Jeff Pany of New Prague, and Laura (Terry) Vedder of Rochester; grandchildren, Andrew (Jessica) Vedder and Michael (Charlyn) Vedder; 3 great-grandchildren, Micah, Mira, and Robby.

Alvin is preceded in death by daughter, Lisa Pany in 1985; parents; and sister Ardyce Rainey.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Dorine Nadean Tolzman
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Dorine Nadean Tolzman, age 80, died on Monday, December 30th, 2019, at Ecumen Prairie Hill in St. Peter. She was in the presence of her loving family. Visitation will be on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 9am-11am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church German Lake, with funeral service at 11am. Interment will be held in the German Lake Cemetery.

Dorine Nadean Roemhildt was born to Marvin and Ella (Worrell) Roemhildt on January 21, 1939. She grew up on the family farm in rural Elysian, graduating from Waterville High School. While working as a waitress, she met Richard E. Tolzman and they married on July 13, 1957. Making their home in rural Le Center, they raised two children, Edwin and Lori. Dorine was a homemaker, also working at various jobs until following her true passion of caring for children. She provided day care in her home to many families for several years, then worked as a teacher’s aide at the Children’s Learning Center. After retiring she delighted in seeing many of the children, whose lives she had touched, grow up. Dorine’s life changed after being diagnosed the dementia but her love of children never did. Grandma Dorine’s face would light up at the site of her great-grandchildren and other kids who would visit.

Dorine was a long-time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church German Lake where she was active with Sunday School, altar guild and the quilting group. She enjoyed morning coffee with friends, country music, but especially being with her family.

Dorine is survived by her children, Edwin (Patty) Tolzman of Gaylord and Lori (Bruce) Collins of St. Peter; eight grandchildren, Jessica, Stacy, Marcus, Ian, Ryan, Corine, Tina, and Shanna; 22 great-grandchildren; siblings, Shirlene Steinhaus, Guy (Mary) Roemhildt, and Stan (Dianne) Roemhildt; sisters-in-law, Ruth Sunderman, Jeannie Tolzman, and Carol Schaub; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Dorine is preceded in death by her spouse; and parents.

Dorine’s family wishes to thank the staff at Ecumen Prairie Hill for their care and kindness to her and Mayo Clinic Hospice for their support in her last months.

Her love and smile will live in our hearts forever.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Ryan Patrick McGillen
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Ryan Patrick McGillen, 38, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep, on December 26, 2020, due to a coronary artery rupture.

Ryan is survived by his wife Jenny, children Brooklyn and Patrick, parents Peter and Gail (Low) McGillen, brother AJ McGillen, in-laws Mike, Michele and Emily Haedrich, and his aunts, uncle, cousins, nephews and niece. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Edward and Mary Alice McGillen and Clarence and Olive Low.

Ryan was born on October 8th, 1982, to Pete and Gail McGillen. He was raised on a family farm near Kilkenny, MN. Ryan graduated from Montgomery-Lonsdale High School, and from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Construction Management. His love of farming and natural talent in construction led him to have careers in both construction management and sales at Kibble Equipment. On January 3, 2015, Ryan married the love of his life, Jenny Headrich. Together they had two children, Brooklyn and Patrick. Ryan was an amazing husband and father; he was truly remarkable.

Ryan was born with a passion for farming. He loved spending time on his grandparent’s farms as a child, and grew up to be a “real farmer” with his Dad. He learned early that a good portion of farming is breaking stuff, and then fixing it. Luckily, Ryan was creative and handy, and the farm gave him lots of opportunities to fine tune his craft. He was always there for friends and family to take on the next construction project or fix any problem they were facing. No matter the challenge, Ryan always said “It’ll be fine.”

From a young age, Ryan was a collector of all things, but especially memories. His steel trap of a mind always made for a good conversation, lots of laughs and big smiles. He loved spending time with his friends and family, ice fishing, hunting, attending sporting events, watching (and quoting) comedies, and celebrating his Irish Heritage.

When Ryan assumed the role of World’s Greatest Husband and Dad, he made the best and most important memories that built a solid foundation in his children. From the big memories in family vacations, to the small memories in everyday life, Brooklyn and Patrick will know that their Daddy was there for them, making each moment count.

Ryan had incredible balance in life. When it was time to work, he worked hard. When it was time to have fun, he made sure everyone felt included and kept the room smiling. When it was time take care of his family, that was his top priority. And when you needed help, Ryan always showed up. You could count on Ryan, which made him an extraordinary son, brother, husband, father, nephew, cousin, uncle and friend.

While we’ll forever miss Ryan’s laugh, smile, stories, we are blessed that his children have the same twinkle in their eyes. Your memories of Ryan, were Ryan’s memories too. Please, share a memory or two with Kelly Nelson or Kate McGillen via any form of communication. Letter, email, text, Facebook, phone call or skywriting, we’ll take them all. His memories will be compiled into a book for his children, so they understand the impact their Daddy had on this world, and can share the memories he collected. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal”

Due to the current restrictions, a private family Memorial service will be held on January 1st, 2020, with a celebration of life at a later date. Arrangements will be handled by Schoenbauer Funeral Home, Montgomery, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to support Jenny, Brooklyn and Patrick with future financial obligations.
Ryan Patrick McGillen
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Ryan Patrick McGillen, 38, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep, on December 26, 2020, due to a coronary artery rupture.

Ryan is survived by his wife Jenny, children Brooklyn and Patrick, parents Peter and Gail (Low) McGillen, brother AJ McGillen, in-laws Mike, Michele and Emily Haedrich, and his aunts, uncle, cousins, nephews and niece. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Edward and Mary Alice McGillen and Clarence and Olive Low.

Ryan was born on October 8th, 1982, to Pete and Gail McGillen. He was raised on a family farm near Kilkenny, MN. Ryan graduated from Montgomery-Lonsdale High School, and from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Construction Management. His love of farming and natural talent in construction led him to have careers in both construction management and sales at Kibble Equipment. On January 3, 2015, Ryan married the love of his life, Jenny Headrich. Together they had two children, Brooklyn and Patrick. Ryan was an amazing husband and father; he was truly remarkable.

Ryan was born with a passion for farming. He loved spending time on his grandparent’s farms as a child, and grew up to be a “real farmer” with his Dad. He learned early that a good portion of farming is breaking stuff, and then fixing it. Luckily, Ryan was creative and handy, and the farm gave him lots of opportunities to fine tune his craft. He was always there for friends and family to take on the next construction project or fix any problem they were facing. No matter the challenge, Ryan always said “It’ll be fine.”

From a young age, Ryan was a collector of all things, but especially memories. His steel trap of a mind always made for a good conversation, lots of laughs and big smiles. He loved spending time with his friends and family, ice fishing, hunting, attending sporting events, watching (and quoting) comedies, and celebrating his Irish Heritage.

When Ryan assumed the role of World’s Greatest Husband and Dad, he made the best and most important memories that built a solid foundation in his children. From the big memories in family vacations, to the small memories in everyday life, Brooklyn and Patrick will know that their Daddy was there for them, making each moment count.

Ryan had incredible balance in life. When it was time to work, he worked hard. When it was time to have fun, he made sure everyone felt included and kept the room smiling. When it was time take care of his family, that was his top priority. And when you needed help, Ryan always showed up. You could count on Ryan, which made him an extraordinary son, brother, husband, father, nephew, cousin, uncle and friend.

While we’ll forever miss Ryan’s laugh, smile, stories, we are blessed that his children have the same twinkle in their eyes. Your memories of Ryan, were Ryan’s memories too. Please, share a memory or two with Kelly Nelson or Kate McGillen via any form of communication. Letter, email, text, Facebook, phone call or skywriting, we’ll take them all. His memories will be compiled into a book for his children, so they understand the impact their Daddy had on this world, and can share the memories he collected. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal”

Due to the current restrictions, a private family Memorial service will be held on January 1st, 2020, with a celebration of life at a later date. Arrangements will be handled by Schoenbauer Funeral Home, Montgomery, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to support Jenny, Brooklyn and Patrick with future financial obligations.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Milo Cyril Wondra
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Milo Cyril Wondra, age 78, of Le Center, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Rivers Edge Hospital in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 23 from 4pm to 7pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with a prayer service with Fr. Sandquist at 6:30pm. Interment will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Le Center at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Milo was born on July 1, 1941 to Cyril and Lillian (Paur) Wondra. Milo was united in marriage to Carolyn Mary Olsson in St. Peter. Milo enjoyed fishing, hunting, and farming.

Milo is survived by his wife Carolyn Wondra of Le Center; children, Matt Wondra of Le Center and Julie Monahan of Winona; grandchildren, Alexis, Samantha, Vanessa, Brady, Angel, and Cheyanne; great-grandchildren, Vincent, Jaxson, and Alice; siblings, Leo Roger (Margaret) Wondra of Le Center, and Donna Kaderlik of Prior Lake.

Milo is preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Kassandra Cork
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Kassandra Cork, 48, of Le Center, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Mayo Systems Mankato.

Kassandra was born on December 28, 1970 in Wilmar, MN. Graduated from Moundsview High School. Kassandra had worked at Carlton College in Northfield.

Kassandra is survived by parents, Jack and Judy Cork of North Port, Florida.
JoAnn Milda Cemensky
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JoAnn Milda Cemensky, 77, of Le Center, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at her home in Le Center surrounded by her family. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 17, from 3pm to 7pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with the rosary at 2:45pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, December 18 at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Father James Stiles officiating with visitation two hours prior at church. Interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

JoAnn was born on April 16, 1942 in Waseca to Joseph and Milda (Arndt) Androli. She graduated from Waseca High School and Mankato Commercial College. JoAnn was united in marriage to Joseph Cemensky Jr. on February 12, 1966 at St. Jarlath’s Catholic Church in Iosco Township in Waseca County. JoAnn worked alongside her husband, Joe farming and raising a family of four her entire married life.

JoAnn was actively involved with the St. Mary’s Funeral Committee, St. Mary’s CCW, where she served as president and circle chairperson, devout worshiper for Perpetual Adoration for 16 years, American Legion Auxiliary member, member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Faribault. Her strong Catholic faith carried her through her 10 ½ year journey with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). JoAnn enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends. She loved to travel and enjoyed her bus trips. Her travels have taken her to China, South Africa, Israel, Mexico, Ireland and Rome to see Pope Francis and many other places around the United States. She also enjoyed going to garage sales and on other adventures with her best friend, loved gardening and tending to her numerous flower gardens. JoAnn was an avid Wheel watcher. She was known for her delicious mocho cakes, that she loved to share with friends and donate to church fundraisers.

JoAnn is survived by her children, Jean (Tim) Cemensky-Mohr of St. Peter, Jodi (Paul) Peterman of Zumbrota, Jolene Cemensky of Le Center, and Joseph (Michael) (Betsy) Cemensky of Le Center; grandchildren, Cooper Arnold, Katherine Peterman, Joseph Peterman, Mason Cemensky and McKenzie (Aggie) Cemensky; siblings, Roger Androli of Janesville, Robert (Carol) Androli of Janesville, and Bonnie (Curt) Suemnick of Waterville.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Cemensky Jr.; parents; Joseph and Milda Androli; sister-in-law, Karen Androli.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Nancy Harriet Magnuson
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On Nov. 28, 2019 at the age of 90, Nancy Harriet Magnuson passed away peacefully in Le Sueur, Minn. She left us to join her loving husband, parents, siblings, cousins and friends - all of whom are sure to be reveling in her warm smile and storytelling.

Nancy’s story started on April 29, 1929, in Duluth, Minn. What was supposed to be the birth of “a big boy” turned out to be twin girls. The twins’ arrival turned them into local celebrities.

Nancy would tell you she had an idyllic life and childhood. One spent at her father’s general store, on the family “farm”, in 4-H - all surrounded by cousins and friends. She most treasured moments at the family’s lake where she created and shared countless traditions and memories with those she loved.

She was most proud of her education: a graduate of Hermantown High School (she was valedictorian) and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. School provided her with a wealth of experiences – it quenched her thirst for knowledge, pushed her work ethic (so did Bridgeman’s Ice Cream shop), inspired her adoration for poetry and the performing arts, and nurtured her social calendar (i.e. if you could dance, you would be fast friends).

Nancy was a natural teacher and quiet leader. She taught in schools: was a Home Economist at Central High School in Duluth. And throughout the community: Sunday school (30+ three-year-olds), cooking classes for immigrants, regularly fed over 200+ people at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, was a Girl Scout troop leader, and so much more.

Her story started a new chapter on August 7, 1954, when she married Burton D. Magnuson. Together they poured everything into the family's business - Magnuson Lakeside Pharmacy - and built an amazing life with their four children: John (Peggy) Magnuson of Arden Hills, Ellen (Richard) Sletten of Hansville, WA., Ann (Greg) Traxler of Le Center and Jeanne (Theodore) Bredenkamp of Anoka.

Nancy enjoyed cooking for everyone, was a whiz with a sewing machine and enjoyed flexing some intellectual muscle with a rousing game of bridge, cribbage or an episode of JEOPARDY! She took every opportunity to dote upon her 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren – including telling tall tales of “Little Orhpant Annie”, making their favorite foods (cooked-to-order breakfasts, banana bread, lefse, her beloved spaghetti sauce, etc.), sewing matching outfits or fulfilling birthday and Christmas wish lists.

To quote her favorite poet, Kahlil Gibran, is to sum up the simple yet grand way she lived her life: It is my fervent hope that my whole life on this earth will ever be tears and laughter. Tears that purify my heart and reveal to me the secret of life and its mystery. Laughter that brings me closer to my fellow men. Tears with which I join the broken-hearted. [And] laugher that symbolizes joy over my very existence. - - As we recount the endless stories of our dear mom, grandma and great-grandma – it’s safe to say, she has left us with both.

A service will be held at Lakeside Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 13 at 11:00 am.
Joyce Evangeline Ekegren
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Joyce Evangeline Ekegren of Bloomington, age 94, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Central Health Care Center in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 13, 2019 at Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington at 10am. Funeral Service will follow at 11am with Pastor Ed Treat officiating. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Bloomington.

Joyce was born on January 3, 1925 in Annandale to Raymond and Ellen (Nivala) Gunnerson. She was a graduate of Annandale High School. Joyce was united in marriage to Robert Theodore Ekegren in Annandale July 1951. She enjoyed reading, word puzzles, birds and dogs, and gardening.

Joyce is survived by her children, Robert Ekegren of Le Sueur, Cheryl (Dennis) Ekegren -Kirby of Plymouth, and Diane Ericson of Prior Lake; 3 grandsons, John, Michael, and David; sisters, Ardella (David) Rued of Aitkin and Annette (Ivan) Russell of Isanti.

Joyce is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; and her parents; siblings, Donald, Colin, Douglas, twins- Harry and Harriett in infancy, Elaine, Carol, and Judy.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
James J. Hruska
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James J. Hruska, 97, of Montgomery, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be at 10am on Wednesday, December 11 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Mass of Christian Burial at 11am. Interment will be at a later date in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lexington. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Non-Profit Animal RESCUE 55021 in Faribault, MN.

Jim was born on September 25, 1922 in Erin Township in Rice County to James and Frances (Sevcik) Hruska. Born and raised on a farm, he attended Rice County District #46 and Immaculate Conception Catholic School. He married Marie Singer on November 29, 1947 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery.

Throughout his lifetime, Jim held several jobs. He hauled milk for Montgomery Creamery, was part owner of Highway Motors in Montgomery, and worked road construction up North and in Faribault. But his favorite job was hauling grain for Purfeerst out of Kenyon, MN. He loved being a truck driver and it was very difficult for him to retire.
He loved playing cards of all kinds and visiting with friends and neighbors and was very devoted to his pet dogs, especially Molly and Buddy. He was well known for always wearing a cowboy hat and cowboy boots.

Jim is survived by his special caretakers, Betty and Dave Bruzek; and many other nieces, nephews and friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his wife Marie of 72 years, who passed away October 29, 2019; parents; siblings, Richard (Mary) Hruska, Lillian (Frank) Hruby, Marcie (Leon) Hennes, Arthur (Stella) Hruska, and Alice (Robert) Bruzek.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Eleanor Marie Williams
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Eleanor Marie Williams, 98, of Le Center, passed away on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Private family services will be held.

Eleanor was born on November 26, 1920 to Art and Elizabeth Zinnell in West Bend, Iowa. She owned and operated Alba Hotel in Montgomery which is now the Monty bar. She learned how to play golf at the age of 60 and she enjoyed fishing with her family.

Eleanor is survived by children, Gail Novak of Le Center, Dennis (Pam) Berninghaus of Savage, and Larry Berninghaus of Montgomery; 9 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren.

Eleanor is preceded in death by first husband, Edwin Berninghaus of 45 years; second husband, Wilson Williams of 25 years; parents; siblings, Alvin Zinnell, and Viola Daul.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Alvin Fredrick August “Gunner” Winterfeldt
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Alvin Fredrick August “Gunner” Winterfeldt, age 80, of Montgomery, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Traditions in Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 6, from 9am to 11am at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery with funeral service to follow at 11am with Pastor Jason Pollington officiating.
Interment will be held in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Alvin was born on January 4, 1939 in Montgomery to Edwin and Helen (Kukacka) Winterfeldt. He was a graduate of Le Center High School. Alvin was united in marriage to Leona Fiddler on May 18, 1962. Alvin worked at the Culvert Plant in Shakopee for 30+ years and also worked at Montgomery Oil for Jerry and Lorraine David. Alvin loved working in the backyard with flowerbeds and his garden.

Alvin is survived by his daughters, Linda (Kevin) Keilen of Faribault, and Cindy (Ruben) Navejas of Montgomery; grandchildren, Nathan (Amy) Keilen, Joseph (Laura) Keilen, Matthew (Jessica) Gallagher, Bianca (Ethan) Richardson, Michaela (Hunter) Navejas, and Nickolas Navejas; great-grandchildren, Alex, Alexis, McKenzie, Landon, Madison, Karson, Huxlie, Rhiley, Brynlee, Jameson, and Georgia; sister, Donna (Verne) Schuleter of Arlington.

Alvin is preceded in death by his wife, Leona Winterfeldt; grandson, Jonathan Keilen; parents; brother, LeRoy Winterfeldt; and parents-in-law, Thirza and Francis Fiddler.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Marie 'Bobbie' Hruska
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Marie “Bobbie” Hruska, age 91, of Montgomery, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 2, from 9am to 11am at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11am at the funeral home with Father George Grafsky officiating. Interment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery in Lexington. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Animal Humane Society.

Marie was born on March 22, 1928, in Minneapolis. She grew up in Lexington and attended Lexington Country School. On November 29, 1947, Marie and Jim Hruska were united in marriage at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery.

Throughout her lifetime, Marie held several jobs, besides being a homemaker, which included waitressing, Munsingwear, School for the Deaf in Faribault, American Greeting Cards at White Mart, also in Faribault, and would do alternations on clothing for people. She also sewed many, many, beautiful doll clothes for the American Doll and sold these at Craft and Gift stores throughout Minnesota and out of her home.

She was well known for playing cards, crocheting intricate doilies and book markers, baking and always having a pot of coffee ready for company, her delicious Vomacka and Booya and playing her guitar and singing country western music and hymns, and making and donating caps for the Veterans. But most of all, she was very dedicated to her family of many pets, dogs, cats, and birds, which she loved dearly.

Marie is survived by her husband, Jim of 71 years; special caretakers, Betty and Dave Bruzek; and many other nieces, nephews, friends, and her cats, Kitty Girl, Tommy Boy, and Striper.
Marie is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Anna Singer; beloved dogs, Buddy, Molly, Puffie, and Poozer.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Vincent “Vince” Leonard Holicky
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Vincent “Vince” Leonard Holicky, age 97, of Le Center, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 29 from 4pm to 7pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, October 30 at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the church with Father James Stiles officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Military honors will be provided by the Le Center area Honor Guard.

Vincent was born in Cordova Township on May 21, 1922 to Albert and Albina (Deutsch) Holicky, Sr. Vincent served in the United States Army from 1946-1947. He was united in marriage to Jeannine Schwartz on October 3, 1950 at St. Canice Church in Kilkenny. He and Jeannine farmed all their life. Vincent enjoyed fishing, pheasant/ deer hunting, playing the harmonica, spending time with his grandchildren, and also known for his pie baking.

Vincent is survived by his daughters, Marilyn Conroy of Red Wing, and Charlene (Rick) Manke of Lake Crystal; grandchildren, Michael (Jennifer) Conroy Jr., Melissa Conroy, Vincent Conroy, Todd Manke, and Holly (Michael) Peitz; great-grandchildren, Kayden Tucker, Landon Conroy, Zoey Tucker, Michael Conroy III, and Thomas Conroy; sister-in-law, Maryanne Holicky of Le Center.

Vincent is preceded in death by his wife, Jeannine on March 7, 1996; his parents; grandson, Thomas Conroy; siblings, Albert Jr. (Dorothy), George, Francis (Mary Evelyn), Adolph (Ruth), Wilber (Marjorie), Helen (Thomas) David, and Leonard.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lcfuneralhome.com.
Ruth Annette Le Brun
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Ruth Annette Le Brun, age 82, of Montgomery, passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at her home. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 25 from 4pm to 8pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, October 26 at 10:30am at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny.

Ruth was born on May 4, 1937 in Cleveland to Aloysius (A.J.) and Gertrude (Blaschko) Genelin. She was a graduate of Cleveland High School. Ruth was united in marriage to De Lano Le Brun on June 14, 1955 at the Church of Nativity in Cleveland. She worked as a nursing assistant at Central Health Care in Le Center for 16 years, hotel clerk at Best Western Galaxy Inn in Faribault for 16 years, and as a home daycare provider for 30 years. Ruth was a member of the Rosary Society at St. Canice Catholic Church, Extension- Kilkenny Katies, and a leader for 4H.

Ruth is survived by her children, Kathleen (Dale) Hamele of Kilkenny, (Eve) Le Brun of Montgomery, Deborah Le Brun of St. Cloud, John (Kim) Le Brun of Waterville, Tammy (Dale) Ross of Hutchinson, Theresa (Steve) Trcka of Lonsdale, Joseph (Lisa) Le Brun of Lonsdale, and Laura Johnson of Montgomery; 28 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; siblings, Jim (Pat) Genelin of Tomahawk, WI., Ted (Joan) Genelin of North Mankato, and Trudy Eisenhauer of St. Peter.

Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, De Lano Le Brun; sons, Steven and Thomas Le Brun; parents; sisters and brothers-in-laws, Marge (Jim) Baker, La Vonne (Willie) Goettl, Beverly (Al) Juliar, and Jerry (Ellen) Le Brun; parent-in-laws, George and Laura (Sack) Le Brun.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Mark 'Cid' Choudek
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Mark “Cid” Choudek, age 63, of Montgomery, passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at his home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 24 from 3pm to 7pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, October 25 at 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Holy Redeemer School or Montgomery Community Foundation.

Mark was born on July 17, 1956 in New Prague to Edgerton and Ramona (Ruhland) Choudek. Mark attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Montgomery and was a 1974 graduate of Montgomery High School. Mark was united in marriage to Nanette Swan in 1978 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery and spent the last 24 years with special friend, Michele Calvo. Mark worked construction for Lunda Construction, and Montgomery Golf Course. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, golfing, card playing, watching sports, woodworking, and traveling. Mark was a member of the Son's of the American Legion.

Mark is survived by his children, Codi (David) Dvorak, and Kari Swan; grandchildren, Tanner, Owen, Morgan Dvorak, Erin (Calvin) Leisenheimer, Brandon, Taylor, Jordan Reichel, Theodore, Tyson, and Brooklynn Francis; mother, Ramona McGuire of Montgomery; special friend, Michele Calvo of Montgomery; siblings, Cindy (Bob) Gregor of Chaska, Laurie (Kevin) Thoresen of Shakopee, Paul (Julie) Choudek of Brandon, SD., Nancy (Mike) Maxa of Le Center, Dan (Mickey) Choudek of Prior Lake, Becky (Steve) Smisek of New Prague, and Eric (Jessica) Choudek of Bloomington; and many beloved nieces and nephews; and also step-siblings, Mick McGuire, Colleen (Ted) Wondra, Pat (Roxy) McGuire, Sue (Dave) Gregor, Dan (Marina) McGuire, Brian McGuire, and Maureen (Jeff) Franek.

Mark is preceded in death by his father, step-father, Mike McGuire; and many beloved dogs.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Leonard Wilbur Teel
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Leonard Wilbur Teel, 79 of Le Center, passed away at his home on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Visitation will be held Friday, October 18 from 9am-11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with services to follow at 11am. Private family interment will be at the Czech National Cemetery in New Prague.

Leonard was born on October 26, 1939 in Burke, South Dakota to Roy and Myrtle Teel. He graduated from Burke High School, SD in 1957 and Southern State Teacher’s College, SD in 1963. He was the Le Center High School Band Director for 30 years, retiring in 1997.
Leonard was united in marriage to Carol Nelson on June 15, 1969 at the United Methodist Church in Le Center. He devoted his life to his family. He loved singing and playing music, traveling, gardening, and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Those left cherishing his memory are his daughters, Michelle (Kevin) Hunter of Buffalo and Tricia Earle of St. Louis Park. The grandchildren who loved their “Boppa”; Khloe and Kevin Hunter Jr., Sophia and Dayton Earle. Leonard is also survived by his sister, Iris Holtz of Burke, SD.

Leonard is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carol; and siblings.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Herbert “Frank” Thomas
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Herbert “Frank” Thomas, age 90, of Montgomery, died on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 17, 9:30am to 11:30am with a rosary at 10am and Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30am at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Interment will be in St. Scholastica Catholic Cemetery in Heidelberg.

Frank was born on December 17, 1928 in Portland, Oregon to Herbert Franklin and Mabel (O’Brien) Thomas. Frank was a 1946 graduate of Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon he then attended Oregon State for 2 years and graduated from the University of Oregon. Frank served in the United States Military during the Korean War. Frank was united in marriage to Virginia “Ginny” Moes on August 22, 1959. Frank was a self-employed Lumber Broker and worked in the lumber business for most of his life. Frank enjoyed playing tennis, downhill skiing, playing bridge, sailing, and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Frank is survived by his children, Jeannine Mogan of Biwabik, Mike Thomas of Duluth, Colleen (Michael) Traxler of New Prague, and Dan (Sharon) Thomas of Bloomington; grandchildren, Melissa (Kyle) Vining, Kyle Mogan (Micky Marroquin), Matthew Thomas, John Traxler, Sally Traxler, and Tommy Traxler.

Frank is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia “Ginny” Thomas; his parents; siblings, Marjorie (Pat) Lonergan, and William Thomas.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolence may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Susan Marie 'Granny' Baker
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Susan Marie “Granny” Baker, 66, of Cleveland, passed away with her family be her side on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 15, from 3pm to 8pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, October 16 at 10 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Marysburg with Father James Stiles officiating with visitation one hour prior at church. Interment will be held in Calvary (Scotch Lake) Cemetery in Cleveland.

Susan was born on February 21, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan to Jack and Patricia (Grandin) Connelly. Susan attended County School in Madison Lake and was a graduate of Mankato West High School. Susan was united in marriage to Harry Baker on June 17, 1972 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Marysburg. Susan loved camping and family time, entertaining, canning, and time with grandchildren.

Susan is survived by her husband, Harry Baker of Cleveland; mother, Patricia Connelly; children, Chris (Nikki) Baker of Cleveland their children Cody (Christi), Dylan (fiance Emily Paulson) and Levi , Todd Baker of Eden Prairie, Ryan (Jody) Baker of Le Center their children, Hannah and Mitchell, and Nikki (Jamie) Kriha of Le Center their children, Cade and Riley; brother, Gary Connelly of Madison Lake.

Susan is preceded in death by her father, Jack Connelly.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Clarence Hruby
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Clarence Hruby, age 92, of Montgomery, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 13 from 4pm to 8pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, October 14 at 10am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home with Father Tom Niehaus officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Clarence was born on April 4, 1927 in New Prague to Joseph and Mary (Petricka) Hruby. At a young age, Clarence’s mother passed away. Clarence’s father remarried Betty Turek. Clarence attended St. Raphael’s and was a graduate of Montgomery High School. Clarence served in the US Navy. Clarence was united in marriage to the love of his life, Dorothy Duzan on May 14, 1949 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. He was a John Deere dealer and also owned and operated Hruby Rentals, both in Montgomery. Clarence was a proud member of the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department, Knights of Columbus, and the Montgomery American Legion. He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, cooking, dancing, fishing, and working.

Clarence is survived by his children, Richard Hruby of Bloomington, Chris (Mark) Bisek of Montgomery, Mike (Robyn) Hruby of Montgomery, and Lisa (Tony) Kozitza of North Mankato; son-in-law, Dale Ferguson of Colorado Springs, CO.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, JoAnn (Jack) Holomek of Montgomery.

Clarence is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; parents, daughter, Sue Ferguson, and sisters, Eleanor Kauffman and Marietta O'Brien.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Lawrence 'Larry' John Germscheid
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Lawrence “Larry” John Germscheid, age 74, of Le Center passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at St. Benedictine in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 9 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center from 8am to 10am with Mass of Christian Burial at 10am with Father James Stiles officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Military honors will be provided by the Le Center area Honor Guard.

Larry was born on August 5, 1945 in St. Peter to Cletus and Lorraine (Doheny) Germscheid. Larry attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Le Center through 8th grade where he acquired a strong faith base, then he attended McKinley High School, Le Center, graduating in 1963. He served in the Army Reserves from 1963 -1969. He farmed all his life, raised cattle, pigs, and horses and also was a truck driver for Selly Construction and Met Con Construction for 20 years. He was united in marriage to Shirley Pope on September 10, 1966. They were blessed with 3 children.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and helped by being an eucharistic minister, member of the KC’s and the American Legion in Le Center.

Larry was a dedicated and hard worker in everything he did. He enjoyed gardening and landscaping his home area, riding horses, camping with family and friends, sports, hunting, and traveling. He took great joy in watching his children and grandchildren’s sporting and school events. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren.

Larry is remembered for being a friend of Bill W. for 45 years and helping others, his positive attitude, his devotion to God and love and kindness to his family and friends.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Shirley of Le Center; sons, Pat (Sue) of England, and Chris (Brenda) of Kasota; granddaughters, Elisabeth and Catherine of England and Sydnee of Kasota; brother, Tom (Cindy) of New Mexico; sister, Kitty (John) Marszalek of Coon Rapids; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jim (Rita) Konen of Mendota Heights and Ken (Judy) Franek of North Carolina; nephews and nieces.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Gina in 1992; sister, Rose Lynn; and brother-in-law, Hugh Armstrong.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
John Charles Cooney
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John Charles Cooney, 73, of LeCenter passed away at the Mankato Hospital on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Visitation will be on Saturday, September 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 with Mass of Christian Burial following at 10:30 a.m. all at the Church of the Nativity in Cleveland with Father Ray officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Military honors provided by the Le Center Area Honor Guard.

John was born on December 23, 1945, in St. Peter to John Joseph Cooney and Ann Margaret (Schoeb) Cooney. He was the 3rd of 4 children. He attended Cleveland School and graduated High School in 1963. John attended Mankato State University on a football scholarship and Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls, SD. He served in the US Army for two years and was stationed in Germany. John was married in 1967 to Pam (Smith) Cooney and they had 3 children.

Since 1969, John farmed and was in partnership with his dad and brother, Jerry. They also raised JRC Registered Angus along with Uncle Robert Cooney who started the heard. John & Jerry sold Blaney & Northrup King seed corn and soybeans. Agronico, a soybean processing plant, came to fruition on John’s homestead in which he was part owner and very involved for several years. John lived his life on his family farm, in the same home he was raised in, on Silver / Decker Lake in LeSueur County. He was a 4th generation Irish Catholic farmer.

John’s sense of humor always brought on a smile and laugh. His greatest joy was time spent with friends and family. He loved fishing, playing cards, cribbage, Vikings football, arrow-head hunting, and wildlife hunting. John loved his peacocks, chickens, birds and all facets of nature. His family will miss the annual fall corn shock making and pumpkin carving with bonfire and hayride at his home.
John was a lifetime member of the VFW, Knights of Columbus, Livestock Feeders Association, Sons of the American Legion and Izaak Walton League/Sportsman’s Club. Some of his favorite events were cooking for the Sportsman’s Club and hosting the annual Cooney St. Patrick’s Day gathering and parade.

Survived by his 3 children, Michelle (Jerry) Conlon, Tim (Nancy) Cooney, Christine (Randy) Lantinen; 5 grandchildren, Margaret, Ryan & Sarah Conlon, Bishop & Miia Lantinen; special friend, Sherila Hamill; godchild, Kelly Cooney; siblings, Joan (Guy) Jenks, Jerry (Peggy) Cooney, Barbara Strubhar; aunt, Margie Cooney; uncle, Ray (Jan) Cooney.

John proceeded in death by his parents, John and Ann; and brother in law, Ray Strubhar.


Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Wava Jean Sinclair
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Wava Jean Sinclair, age 91, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2019 in Le Sueur. Celebration of Life Service will be held on July 11, 2020. Interment will be in the Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan, MI. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Wava was born on September 6, 1928 in Alba, MI. to Noel and Lula (Hale) Thomson. She was a graduate of East Jordan, MI. Wava was united in marriage to Daniel G. Sinclair on March 19, 1949 in East Jordan, MI. Wava enjoyed golf, sewing, raising grandkids, and family.

Wava is survived by children, Steven J. (Mary) of Conroe, TX, Jana L. Frost of Mesa, AZ, Mary Jo O’Malley of Elysian, Daniel S. Sinclair of Morris, and James E. Sinclair of Havre, MT; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings, Quendolyn (Edward) of Fort Mill, SC, and Duane Thomson of Petosky, MI.

Wava is preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Gene Sinclair; her parents; siblings, Ivay Ada, Merta, Link, Helen, Edward, Arless, Virqeleen, Irma, and Arnie.

Jeffrey John Hayden
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Jeffrey John Hayden PHD, age 52, passed away peacefully at his home in Bluffton, South Carolina with his Wife, Oanh; daughter, Shauna; and aunt Dorothy at his side. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Father James Stiles officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Jeff was the oldest son of Mary and Don Hayden. He had a full but short life filled with study and adventures. After graduating from the U of M, with his Chinese class took a trip to Beijing, China and Jeff stayed in China and took a train to Shanghai and continued studies. Later he returned to Beijing, he worked there translating Chinese to English. During this time he played the bass guitar with a rock band, and he rode a camel in Mongolia. Jeff met his wife to be, in Beijing. Oanh as born in Viet Nam and was working in China where they married. They returned to Honolulu, United States and both continued their studies. Jeff received a PHD in Chinese language and literature. Oanh received her Master’s in accounting.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Oanh; daughter, Shauna; brother, John Paul (Saundra) Hayden; niece and nephew, Kennedy and Kyle; parents, Mary Louise and Don Hayden; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jeff is preceded in death by his grandparents, Grace and John Halloran and Mabel and Jerry Hayden.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Glenn Edward Wondra
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Glenn Edward Wondra, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Traditions of Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral Service will be on Thursday, September 26 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one-hour prior all at the funeral home with Father George Grafsky officiating. Interment will be at Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Lions Gift of Sight.

Glenn was born on December 18, 1930 at home in Erin Township in Rice County to Edward J. and Albina (Novotny) Wondra. Glenn was united in marriage to Audrey Kuchinka on November 16, 1951 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Glenn worked as a farmer, also for Lampert Lumber Yard, Chlan Transfer (Murphy Motor Freight), Montgomery Golf Club, and Krenik Reality.

Glenn was a Certified Instructor for the gun safety program of the Montgomery Sportsman Club for many years, past member of the Wheatland Sportsman Club and was a strong advocate for wild life habitat, and was a member of the Montgomery Lions Club. Glenn enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, dancing, old time and country music- in his younger years he played button accordion and Tuba.

Glenn is survived by his children, Glenn A. (Darlene) Wondra, Candace V. Bradley, and Patrick E. Wondra; grandchildren, Denise (Special friend Carl Treu) Wondra, Kelly (Chad) Holicky, Reid (Veronica) Wondra, Lesley (Matt) Heimer, and Paula Wondra; great-grandchildren, Creighton, Victoria, Alex Soukup, Cole, Ethan, Justin Holicky, James and Adam Heimer; sister, Ester Kabes; and special friend, Darleen Tupy.

Glenn is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Audrey; sister, Gladys Sirek.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Mary Jean 'Minnie' Hunt
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Mary Jean “Minnie” Hunt, age 76, passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in Rochester. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Father Tim Sandquist officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Mary Jean was born on May 9, 1943 in St. Peter to Michael J. and Mary C. (Sheehy) Hunt. Mary Jean was a Le Center VFW Auxiliary Life Member. Mary Jean enjoyed being with kids, playing bingo, going to the casino, eating sweets, and was an Elvis Presley fan.

Mary Jean is survived by siblings, James (Louise) Hunt of Baxter, and Katie Hunt of Edina; sister-in-law, Marlene Hunt of Le Center; 7 nieces and nephews; 16 great-nieces and nephews; caregiver and friend, Colleen Royle of Mankato;

Mary Jean is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Thomas J. Hunt.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Betty Ann Trinka
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Betty Ann Trinka, age 84, of Montgomery, died Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Northfield Hospital. Visitation will be on Friday, September 20 from 1pm to 3pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with sharing of memories at 2pm. Interment will be in Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery.

Betty was born on October 5, 1934 in Montgomery to Rudolph and Christine (Holy) Shetka. Betty was united in marriage to Robert Trinka Sr. on December 25, 1953 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Betty enjoyed farming side-by-side with her husband, gardening, baking, puzzle games, fishing and loved animals.

Betty is survived by daughters, Peggy (Creagg) Steinhouse of Lonsdale and Linda (Adrian) Herrera of Montgomery; grandchildren, Neil Steinhouse, Becky Steinhouse, Alaina Olson, Gabrielle DeGrood, and Melanie Christensen; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Maria, Max, Jack, Daniel, Belle, Ashlyn, Emily, Grace, Olivia, Lillian, and Leonidas.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Trinka Sr., son, Robert Trinka Jr; and her parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Blanche (Maxa) Sorenson
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Blanche (Maxa) Sorenson, age 86, of Montgomery, died peacefully Sunday, August 25, 2019 in her apartment at Traditions of Montgomery. Her daughter and her best friend, Carol Kotasek were with her at the time. Visitation will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Montgomery on Saturday, September 7, at 10:00 a.m. Church service is at 11:00, followed by a luncheon.

Blanche was born on March 28, 1933 to James and Emma Maxa of Montgomery. She attended school in Montgomery and graduated in 1951. She took a year of training to go into nursing until funds ran dry, then worked at Minnesota Mutual Insurance in the actuarial department in St. Paul. She met her husband, Marvin, through his sister, Shirley while they were roommates. Marvin was in the U.S. Air Force.

Blanche and Marvin were married August 13, 1955. They were married for 29 years and lived in 4 states and 2 different countries until Marvin retired from service in 1972, then settled in Montgomery. Blanche worked at various jobs in Montgomery and New Prague. When Marvin passed away, she went to school and became a Human Services Technician at Faribault State Hospital until she retired. She also served as an EMT with Montgomery Ambulance. She was a member of the American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries. After retirement, she worked with Aging Services providing respite for caregivers, and volunteered with other organizations as well. Blanche was known for her love of children, her outgoing friendliness, and of course, for her stories!

She is survived by her daughter, Renee Sorenson; grand-daughter, Nicole (Schweitzer) Sorenson; sister, Mabel (Maxa) Craig.

Blanche was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Irene (Maxa) Kubik.

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

Vincent Francis Coffey
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Vincent Francis Coffey, age 72, of SaddleBrooke, AZ (Tucson), died July 27, 2019, at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. He had valiantly battled a series of complications following surgery in June.

Vince was born to Vincent F. Coffey and Margaret (Cody) Coffey in Jersey City, NJ, on June 2, 1947. He served in the New Jersey Army National Guard and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from St. John’s University (formerly The College of Insurance at New York, New York) in January of 1972.

Vince pursued a very successful career in the insurance industry. He worked in Beirut, Lebanon, as an insurance underwriter for two years; lived in Chicago and was an executive for Sara Lee Corporation in the Risk Management Department for many years; and, was most recently with Novelis in Atlanta, GA, as Director of Risk Management and Insurance. Shortly before retirement from Novelis, he was honored in Mumbai, India; receiving the prestigious Aditya Birla Award for Exceptional Contributor. This was in December of 2015.

Vince married Toni Ellen (Kaisershot) of Le Center, Minnesota, and was a devoted husband. Together, they nurtured a rare relationship of mutual trust, love, and respect and were a team for nearly 40 years. Being very fond of young people, they were blessed to become godparents to five beloved children over the years. Vince and Toni traveled extensively and enjoyed a variety of activities together, continuing their educations on a wide-ranging number of topics. Vince loved to have fun, possessed an excellent sense of humor, and was an expert on music trivia with fond memories of attending Woodstock in 1969. He was an avid sports fan and relished going to the NCAA Basketball Tournaments for many years along with the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA. He was an enthusiastic fan of Chicago sports teams and tolerated the Minnesota Vikings. Vince was a Paid-Up-For-Life Member of the American Legion Post 108, Le Center, Minnesota.

Vincent was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Toni Ellen Coffey of Saddlebrooke; a brother, John Coffey (Liz) of Bayonne, NJ; mother-in-law, Violet Kaisershot; sisters-in-law, Julie Agard (Dave), Marion Doheny (Dan), and Susie Soulek (Jim); along with the extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues, and a legion of friends. He will be greatly missed by them all.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Le Center, Minnesota, on September 7, 2019, at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. with a lunch immediately following the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Le Center area Veterans Honor Guard.

A "Gathering of Friends" for a celebration of life will be held at the Woodridge Park District Clubhouse in Woodridge, IL on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Bruce Felix Peltonen
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Bruce Felix Peltonen, 69, of Le Center, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at his residence. Visitation will be on Saturday, September 7 from 3pm to 4pm with memorial service following at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center, MN followed by a service in Cook, MN at a later date.

Bruce was born on May 21, 1950 in Virginia, MN to Walter Felix and Alvira Elizabeth (Czernewski) Peltonen. Bruce graduated from Cook High School in 1968. He attended Eveleth Area Vo-tech and received a certificate as an Auto Mechanic on May 27, 1969. Bruce was united in marriage to Arlene Faye (Cin) in Cook, MN on August 2, 1969. Bruce worked for Eaton Corporation in Eden Prairie for 35 years.

Bruce is survived by his children, Bruce (Theresa McDaniel) Peltonen from Belle Plaine, and Brenda (Brandt) Vinkemeier of Mankato; grandchildren, Christina (Drew) Reed, Darian (Travis) Grubb, Cody (Ashley) Peltonen, Krista Peltonen, Jacob (Fiancé Courtney) Vinkemeier, Justin Vinkemeier, Paige (Jeremy) Bisek, and Olivia Meger; great-grandson, Brandt Grubb; step-grandson, Joseph.

Bruce is preceded in death by former wife, Arlene Wolpern; his parents; his siblings, Dennis Luety and Ardith Lappi.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Betty Marie Sapp
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Betty Marie Sapp was born to John George Wohlers and Amelia Margaret Wittman, September 8, 1927 in the Wohlers’ farmhouse east of Le Center, Minnesota. She was a baptized and confirmed member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in LeCenter. She attended country school through second grade. When her oldest sister, Ruth, started high school, Betty began attending school in town. She graduated from McKinley High School in 1945.

Betty grew up during the Depression and war years. There wasn’t extra money but they always had food to eat and family and friends to share it with. Betty never had a store bought dress, but had dresses lovingly made by her Mom. During the war years, her Mother would make dresses out of the flour sacks. They didn’t have the money to go to movies, but Betty made mud pies with an occasional egg nabbed from the hen house, swam with her siblings in the huge cow watering tank when Murrays filled it first thing in the Spring, and helped her Mom with chores like shucking ground cherries each fall. Dresses, not slacks, were always worn – even for playing Annie, Annie Over, Hop Scotch, Fox and the Goose, and riding bike or playing on the rope swing. Social activities and fun almost always involved the neighbors across the road. The Murrays and later, Edith (Murray) and Joe Tambornino became lifelong friends. There were hundreds of card games played, get-togethers with plenty of food and usually home-made ice cream.

After Betty graduated, she worked at the Le Sueur County Court House in the Triple A Office (AAA stood for the Agricultural Adjustment Act, a federal law of the New Deal era). She was a secretary and later the Office Manager during her five years working on the 3rd floor of the court house. Betty and a good friend decided they wanted to work in the cities so they both found jobs and moved to downtown Minneapolis in late 1949. Mom was a secretary for the Kalvinator Ice Cream Cabinet Division.

Betty was asked out by her future husband and companion of 54 years shortly after she moved to the city. She knew him a bit from being in Church Choir together. Dale and Betty had a fairly short courtship and were married on September 24, 1950 at the church where both of them had been baptized and confirmed. Their marriage was blessed with
four children: Robert, Ruth, Rita and Robyn.

Betty loved being a Mother and a farmwife; she was known by many for her warm welcome to anyone who appeared at the door. There were always cookies, cake or maybe a crisp or pie to serve so they wouldn’t go away hungry. Cooking for farm hands, threshing crews, and silo fillers meant planning and preparing a full meal – meat, potatoes, vegetables, breads, and always dessert. When the men were working in the fields, Betty would make lunch and drive it out to the field. Betty was in her element in the kitchen – always wearing an apron with pockets that were filled with odds and ends from that day.

Music was a constant throughout both Betty and Dale’s lives. Their parents were musical and Betty and Dale both played piano and sang. They, in turn, supported their children’s passion for a variety of musical endeavors, faithfully in attendance at performances ranging from church picnics to talent contests, and high school and college concerts to listening to 1980’s Top 40 at the Blazer Lounge. When the next generation also became heavily involved in music, Betty wasn’t able to go out to hear them, but would sit outside the music room door listening to their latest piano lesson material. This gift of support for music will continue to influence Betty and Dale’s descendants for years to come.

Betty and Dale complimented each other perfectly through their 54 years of marriage and together provided a strong, secure and loving foundation for their family. When asked years ago for parenting advice, Mom said that the most important thing she could think of is to spend time with your kids and to do things together. She also said that right and wrong needed to be taught every day from little on.

Betty Sapp passed from this world to eternal life on August 31, 2019 at Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter, MN. Betty is survived by two sisters; Darleen (Ganfield) and Sylvester Schreitmueller of Apple Valley, Maribell Chauncey, also of Apple Valley; one son, Robert and Jane of LeCenter; daughter, Rita of New Prague; daughter, Robyn and Carl Menk of LeCenter; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dale; her oldest sister, Ruth, her only brother, George, and her oldest daughter, Ruth. Even though Betty’s absence in this life is keenly felt, there is a joyous reunion taking place in heaven!

Our family would like to thank the staff at Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter, MN where Mom has made her home since June of 2014. The nurses and aides who helped with her daily needs, the custodial staff who patiently came to Mom's room to change batteries, fix her TV, and do numerous other little "tasks" that Mom would think of, the understanding kitchen staff who made trips back and forth to the milk carton and microwave until Mom's oatmeal was just right, and so many others too numerous to mention - we appreciate your loving care for our Mom.

Visitation will be Friday, September 6th, 2019 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., with the Celebration of Betty’s Life following at 11:00 a.m. All at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. The family extends a warm welcome for everyone to gather for lunch after the service.


2 Corinthians 5:6 -
Now we look forward with confidence to our heavenly bodies, realizing that every moment we spend in these earthly bodies is time spent away from our eternal home in heaven with Jesus!
Robert Dvorak
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Robert Lawrence Dvorak, age 93, of Montgomery, died on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 5, 9:30 am to 11:30 am with Memorial Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:30 am all at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School blessed be his memory.

Robert was born on March 14, 1926 in Montgomery to Wenceslaus “Jim” and Sophie (Rynda) Dvorak. He attended St. Raphael’s Catholic School in Montgomery, graduated from Montgomery High School, and 2 years at the U of M School of Forestry. Robert was united in marriage to Mary Louise Ceminsky at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on June 15, 1948. Robert worked for Interstate Power, Prudential Insurance, Western Fraternal Life Insurance, Real Estate Agent for Al Vlasak, and Stadstad Plumbing and Heating. Bob’s faith was important to him, and he was a former Knights of Columbus member. He enjoyed visiting and connecting with family and friends, sharing his knowledge of Montgomery history, watching professional football and baseball, college football and basketball, Sunday’s he would call his brother, Earl, in Indiana and they would discuss the games, hunting, fishing, and raising Weimaraner’s and Brittany’s.

Robert is survived by daughter; Gwen (David) Stadstad of Montgomery; granddaughter, Kjersten (Steve) Merila of North St. Paul; sister-in-law, Mercedes Dvorak of Prior Lake, and Colleen and Alfred Hodges or Rochester; many nieces and nephews.

Robert is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou; his parents; brothers, Lyle, Jim, Clarence, Clayton, William, Donald, and Earl; sister, Janet Haupt.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Jacob DeGonda
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Jacob DeGonda, age 87 of North Mankato, passed away on August 26, 2019. Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 3 from 9am to 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Mass of Christian Burial following at 10am. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

He was born on June 6, 1932 to Louis and Sabina (Schloesser) DeGonda. Jacob will be remembered for his kindness, warm smile and sense of humor. He enjoyed drives in the country side and to neighboring towns, especially his home town of Le Center. Jacob never missed a Minnesota Twins game on TV and was a frequent customer of the North Mankato Happy Chef.

Jacob is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Dorothy (Denzer) Shaughnessy, Elizabeth Cammack and Mary Joan Moutoux. He will be missed dearly by his roommates, Richard, Oliver and Joe; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jacob's family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Elm Homes for the extraordinary care that was given to Jacob over the many years.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Jeanne (Hrdlicka) O'Meara
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Jeanne (Hrdlicka) O’Meara, age 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at St Mary’s Hospital in Rochester on August 27th, 2019. Visitation will be held at the Le Center funeral home on Friday, August 30th, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. with the American Legion Auxiliary service at 5:00 pm. and one hour prior to the mass at church on Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday, August 31 at 10:00 a.m. with Father James Stiles presiding. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Jeanne was born September 18, 1942 in Le Center MN to Lloyd and Mary (Smisek) Hrdlicka. Jeanne attended Le Center and Cleveland high schools.

Jeanne married her high school sweetheart, Patrick O’Meara on October 31, 1959 and they were blessed with 60 years of happiness. She raised her family and was the face of Coast to Coast & Hardware Hank in Le Center for over 30 years. Jeanne’s faith and her family were most important in her life. She was involved in many church and community events. In 2008 Jeanne and Pat were Grand Marshall’s in the Le Center St. Patrick Day celebration.

Jeanne is survived by her husband, Patrick O’Meara of Le Center; children Pam (Dwight) Voit and Colleen (Scott) Stoffel both of Cleveland, Tim (Julie) O’Meara of Naples FL, Peggy (Jeff) Johnson of Kilkenny; brother, Vernie (Carol) Hrdlichka of Le Center; sisters, Donna Parent of Mora, Shirley (Rich) Bornholdt of Cleveland, and Kathy Grasser of Le Center; 7 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Jeanne is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Tom O’Connnell; brothers-in-law, Bill Parent, and Don Grasser.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Richard Edward Schloesser
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Richard Edward Schloesser, 84, of Le Center, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 28 from 8am to 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Celebration of Life to follow at 10am. Private family interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Richard was born on July 4, 1935 in Le Center to John and Mary (Lang) Schloesser. He was a graduate from McKinley High School in Le Center. Richard was united in marriage to Colleen McCabe Kortuem on May 19, 1989. He worked as a dairy farmer all of his life. Richard was a member of the St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Le Center school board.

Richard is survived by his wife, Colleen Schloesser of Le Center; children, Julianne and Bruce, JScott, Dale and Jeanne, Mike and Darcy, Kelle and Scott, Terry and Tina, Jamie and Vicki, Chris and Nick, Tony, Devlin and Jodi, Emily and Jason, Greg and Jessica; grandchildren, Luke, Paul, Justin, Leah, Trevor, Rachel, Abbey, Ben, Lauren, Alisha, Molly, Chelsea, Casey, Sara, Jordyn, Ellie, Carter, Mylie, Grayce, Simon, Hailey, Elizabeth, Mallory, and Cardi; great-grandson, Ayden; siblings, Bernadine (Ray) Singer, Bernadette (Marv) Engel, Alvin (Marge) Schloesser, Helen (Vern) Olson, and Evie (Steve) Tambornino.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Beverly; son, Jody; siblings, Syl Schloesser, Herb Schloesser, and Clarence Schloesser.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Catherine Herrmann (Rathmanner)
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Catherine Herrmann (Rathmanner) left this world peacefully on August 22, 2019 at the age of 80 surrounded by her family. Visitation will be Monday, August 26 from 3 pm to 8 pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 27 at 11 am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Father Tom officiating. Private family interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Catherine was born on October 14, 1938 in New Prague, MN to Dr. M.A. and Florence (Ziska) Rathmanner. She attended St. Wenceslaus School, graduated from New Prague High School in 1956 and from the College of St. Catherine in 1960.

Catherine was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Jerry Herrmann in 1961 and settled in Montgomery, raised their family and worked alongside her husband for over 58 years. Catherine’s three great passions were her faith, her family, and her community. She was a wonderful loving wife and mother, providing her husband and six children with endless support throughout her life. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and she loved being part of their lives.
Catherine’s involvement in her community was far reaching and she strived to make a positive impact. She and Jerry were honored to represent Montgomery as Grand Marshals of the 2000 Kolacky Day parade, an event of which they took great pride. She was humbled to receive the St. Paul Diocese 2018 CCW/Lay Women Volunteer of the Year.

Catherine touched many people throughout her lifetime with genuine care, compassion and kindness. She found great joy spending time with friends and family in past times including golf, gardening, sewing/ quilting, theater, playing piano, traveling, bridge and book clubs, and throwing a good party.

Catherine is survived by her husband, Jerry Herrmann of Montgomery; children, Dr. Martin (Anna) Herrmann, Mary (Tom) Franta, Katy (Brad) Christian, Susy (Troy) Rabenberg, and Michael (Katie) Herrmann; sisters, Patty McDonald, Mary Ellen Steveken, Margaret Sharkey, and Ann Walker; 18 grandchildren.

Catherine is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dr. Martin Rathmanner; son, Jerry Herrmann.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolence may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Wolodymyr “Walter” Procenko
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Wolodymyr “Walter” Procenko
A man with a big heart, who brought joy, laughter and love to so many, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 17. Wolodymyr “Walter” Procenko, 81, of Champlin, formerly of Montgomery, spent his final days with family by his side at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Funeral services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 11:30 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery Area Honor Guard. Interment will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Walter was born to Hryhory and Sofia (Sadovska) Procenko on April 20, 1938. He grew up in the Ukraine and Poland before his family moved to the United States in 1948 and settled in Champlin.
Walter proudly served in the U.S. Army starting in 1957. He was stationed in the United States and Germany before being honorably discharged in 1963. He moved to Montgomery in 1974 and worked for more than 20 years at United Steel Products. He also worked in the restaurant industry at Freddie’s, the NorthStar Inn, and was a long-term employee of Murray’s Steakhouse in Minneapolis. Walter was a hard worker, a gifted troubleshooter and draftsman. He loved his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He never missed a birthday or holiday and often spent hours picking out the perfect card. Walter had a passion using his hands for creative repairs. He loved fixing and building things for other people, and bringing others joy. He loved watching wrestling on TV and was an avid follower of the Minnesota Twins and the Vikings. A win on the Lucky 7 slot machines and good buffet always made him smile. Fishing, playing cards, spending time at the “Ranch”, and visiting with family around the campfire brought him much enjoyment. He loved being outside with birds and nature.

Walter is survived by his six children, Linda (Jim) Bachman, Ronald Procenko, Stephen Procenko, Elizabeth (Richard) Vlasak, Bonnie (Wade) Young, Mary (Jarred) Miland; 11 grandchildren, Anna (Scott) Harms, Andy (Mary) Bachman, Sarah Vlasak, Holly (Nick) Bartels, Benjamin Vlasak, Hannah Young, Isaac Young, Mecca Nightingale, Alexander Miland, Dominick Miland, Aidan Miland; eight great-grandchildren, Ethan, Addison and Elle Harms, Noah, Ian and Jonathon Bachman, Elijah and Connor Bartels; former wife, Karen (Doug) Thompson; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leonid; nephew, Greg, and loving friend, Donna Salhus.

Services were provided by Schoenbauer Funeral Home, Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com 507-357-6116.
Frank Breen
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Franklin (Frank) George Breen, age 81, of Montgomery, died on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Augustana Lakeside Community Home in Dassel. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 23, 10 am to 12 Noon with funeral service following at 12 Noon all at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Interment will be at a later date.

Frank was born on May 2, 1938 in Armour, SD to George W. and Ella J. (Herron) Breen. Frank graduated from Armour High School and also Southern State College in Springfield, SD. Frank was united in marriage to Jackie Lineback on August 19, 1961 in SD. Frank taught in Stickney, SD, Brewster, MN, and Montgomery Lonsdale High School where he taught Social Studies and was a football and track coach for 34 years. During the summers he worked at Green Giant in Montgomery. After retiring from teaching he drove school bus for Benjamin Bus in Montgomery.

Frank enjoyed many successful years of coaching football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. He also enjoyed “coaching” the Vikings from the couch. During the spring and summer months Frank raised tomatoes and fed his wild birds. Frank collected baseball caps, loved to fish and hunt. He also enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s activities with his wife Jackie.

Frank is survived by his children, Terri (Frank) Orzolek of Darwin, MN, and Gary Breen of Fairbanks, Alaska; grandchildren, Mark Orzolek, Steven Orzolek, and Greer Breen; great-grandson, Ryder Struck; siblings, Robert Breen of Wagner, SD, Jane Weinreis of Doland, SD, Sharon Dietz of Easily, SC, and John (Ruth) Breen of Baltic, SD; special family friend, Mark (Robin) Kotek of Shakopee; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Frank is preceded in death by his wife, Jackie Breen on June 21, 2015; his parents; siblings, Nellie Morse, Vera Stransky, Patrick Breen, George Breen, Mary Ann Perman, and Mike Breen.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
George Marvin Korbel Jr.
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George Marvin Korbel Jr., age 80, of Kilkenny, died on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with Holy Redeemer Knights of Columbus service at 6:30 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Father Tom Niehause officiating with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. Military honors provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

George was born on May 27, 1939 at home in Kilkenny Township to George and Emily (Honza) Korbel. George attended Country School in Kilkenny and graduated from Montgomery High School. George was united in marriage to Jeanette Javurek on April 15, 1961 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague. George farmed all of his life, worked for Le Sueur County for the Highway Department from 1969 to 1999.

George was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Montgomery, member of the Montgomery Czech Singers, New Prague area Czech Concertina Club and the Montgomery American Legion. He enjoyed Hereford Beef Cattle, Farmall Tractors, playing concertina and broom base, playing cards and games with friends and family.

George is survived by his wife, Jeanette Korbel of Kilkenny; children, Dale (Alicia) Korbel of Montgomery, Gary (Ann) Korbel of Trout Valley, Illinois, Terrance (Tamara) Korbel of Waconia, and Kimberly (Paul) DeVries of Blaine; grandchildren, Daniel (Alex) Korbel, Crystal Blasing, Megan Young, Helen Korbel, Kendra Korbel, Mary Korbel, Katelyn Korbel, Lexie DeVries, and Peter DeVries; great-grandchildren, Cortlynn Blasing and Caylee Blasing; siblings, Richard Korbel of New Prague and Dorothy (Matt) O’Connell of New Hope; sister-in-law, Joyce Korbel of Lonsdale.

George is preceded in death by son, Francis in infancy; parents; brothers, Donald (Evelyn) Korbel and Milton Korbel; sister-in-law, Georgeanna Korbel.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
William Charles Norris, Jr.
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William Charles Norris, Jr., age 74, of Le Center died on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be held Monday, August 12 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Le Center Funeral Home, with a prayer service and sharing of memories at 3:30 PM. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 13 at 10:00 AM, with visitation at 9:00 AM, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center, with Father James Stiles officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Area Veterans Honor Guard. Following mass, interment will be at St. Henry Cemetery, and then lunch will be served at St. Mary’s.

William was born on July 16, 1945, in Washington, DC, to William C. Norris and Betty Jane (Malley) Norris. He grew up in St. Paul and graduated from St. Thomas Academy. He served with honor, dedication, and distinction in the U.S. Army, 3rd Armored (“Spearhead”) Division, in Germany. He received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and earned his law degree from Creighton University. He was an attorney for 25 years, operated various small businesses, and worked in security. He was an accomplished woodworker and was exceptionally well read in religion, philosophy, art, and many other fields.

William is survived by his wife, Linda (Fredrickson) Norris; and by his children, Claudia Norris of Bloomington, Howard (Stephanie) Norris and Robert (Gina) Norris of Denver, Rana (John) Smalley of La Crosse, Wisconsin; John Norris, Leah Norris, Jane (Josh) Glende, and Mara Norris of Le Center, and Michael (Rachel) Norris of Eagan; siblings, George Norris, Daniel Norris, Brian (Pat) Norris, Connie (Greg) Van Hoven, Roger Norris, Mary (Tom) Keck, and David (Erin) Norris; grandchildren, Adam Norris of Boston, MA; Lily, Samuel, Isabelle Norris, Meagan and Michael Greckel of Denver, CO, Jack and Allison Smalley of La Crosse, WI, Alexander and Macie Glende, Jude, William, Roman, Lincoln, and Julian Soto of Le Center. William was outlasted by Buster, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi of substantial intellect and serene disposition.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Lorraine Marie (Weiers) Brown
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Lorraine Marie (Weiers) Brown, 91, of Mankato passed away at Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato on Sunday, July 28, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, August 1 at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Father Chris Shofner officiating. Visitation will be held at the Church from 8am to the time of funeral. Interment will be held at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery.

Lorraine was born on August 19, 1927 in Montgomery to John and Laura (Cordes) Weiers. Lorraine was united in marriage to Harold (John) Brown of St. Thomas on October 16, 1947. Lorraine had worked at the Munsingwear factory, Green Giant, Farmers Seed and Nursery, and Midland Glass. She and her husband farmed for many years in the St. Thomas area before moving to Le Center, Lake Jefferson, and then Mankato.

Lorraine is survived by her sons, Mike (Betsy) of Racine, MN., Allen (Mary Lou) of Mankato, and Jim (Julane) of Deer Park, WI.; son-in-law, Bob Hillman of St. Cloud; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Irene Brown of Northfield and Jo Brown of Laurie, MO.

Lorraine is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; daughter, Yvonne; brother, Alvin (Ann) Weiers.

A special thank you to the Ecumen Pathstone Living Facility, Mayo Clinic Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice for the loving care and special care you have given.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Merlyn Robert Duenow
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Merlyn Robert Duenow, age 91, of Montgomery died on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Traditions in Montgomery. Services are in St. Ansgar, Iowa at Schroeder and Sites funeral home on Saturday, July 20 at 1pm.

Merlyn was born on February 23, 1928 in Worth County, IA to Carl August and Edna Susan (Koster) Duenow. He graduated in St. Ansgar, IA. Merlyn was united in marriage to Luanna Margaret Moen in St. Ansgar, IA in 1946. Meryln worked as a line worker for Interstate Power/ Alliant Energy. Merlyn sang in a barbershop quartet and in church choir. He enjoyed bowling, playing pool, travelling, camping and fishing.

Merlyn is survived by children, Thomas (Judy) Duenow of Elk River, Mark (Cindy) Duenow of Minneapolis, Bradley (Sheila) Duenow of Eagan, and Susan (Kim) Schumann of Apple Valley; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Duenow of Rosemount; grandchildren, Jen (Paul) Hanson, Amber (Joe) Kunz, Marty (MacKenzie) Duenow, Lucas Duenow, Becky Duenow, Nathan (Erin) Schumann, Josh (Ashlee) Duenow, Mandy Duenow (Jeremy) Johnson, Julia Huffman, and Denise Boss; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Paul Hanson Jr., Jacob Marcy, Kendall Marcy, Taylor Kunz, Aubrey, Riley and Leighton Duenow, London, Ayreland Duenow, Robby and Jess Johnson; siblings, Kenneth Duenow of St. Ansgar, IA, and Margaret Runtsch of Rochester.

Merlyn is preceded in death by his wife, Luanna; children, Jeffrey Duenow, Cindy Duenow-Palafox, and Robert Duenow; siblings, Wayne, Carl, John, Shirley, and Eleanor.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
James Thomas Emmers
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James Thomas Emmers, 56, of Le Center, died on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Le Center. Visitation will be on Friday, July 19 from 9am to 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Mass of Christian Burial following at 10am with Father Tim Sandquist officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

James was born on March 13, 1963 in St. Peter to Wayne and Mary (McCoy) Emmers. He was a Le Center High School Graduate and worked at Crown Extrusions in Chaska. James enjoyed bird watching, bowling, camping, flowers, metal detecting, and he was very outgoing.

James is survived by his father, Wayne Emmers of Le Center; mother, Mary (Donald) Easter of Pensacola, FL; children, Cassandra (Angelo) Higginbottom of Kenyon, and Kelley (Kevin) Mentes of Rice Lake, Wisc.; brothers, Bobby Emmers of Le Center, Tommy Emmers of Mankato, and Michael (Mandy) Emmers of Blue Earth; grandchildren, Connor, Arianna, Payton, Annabelle, Kevin III, Angelo Jr, and Anjuan.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Terrill Lee Roquette
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Terrill Lee Roquette, age 69, passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at River’s Edge Hospital in St. Peter. Celebration of life will be held at the American Legion Post #108. 97 S. Park Ave, Le Center, MN 56057 on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm.

Terrill was born in Sauk Centre to Dallas and LoLeta (Smith) Roquette on November 14, 1949. Terrill graduated from Sauk Centre High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bemidji State University where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. Following graduation he taught industrial arts and art at Shakopee High School. In 1979 he began his career at Shakopee Public Utilities, and retired after 32 years.

Terrill enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and his dog Windsor. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, and camping. He also enjoyed playing bingo, darts, and bowling.

Terrill is survived by his children, Katie (Matt) Davis of Chaska, Amy (Eric) Madson of Zimmerman, Jake Roquette of Le Center. Grandchildren; Mason, Maya, and Lincoln Davis. Gavin and Preston Madson. Siblings; LoRita Curtis of Branson, MO, Vickie (Steve) Cahow of Apple Valley, and Twilla Kaiser of Omaha, AR.
Terrill is preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Corinne (Weiss) Edmonson
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Corinne (Weiss) Edmonson 1934–2018 Walnut Creek, CA—Edmonson, Corinne (Weiss) Age 84, formerly of Le center, MN, and Walnut Creek, Ca, passed away on Dec 20th, 2018, at the Willow Creek Memory Care Facility.
She is preceded in death, by her husband, Jody Edmonson and her mother and father, Frank and Cora Weiss of Le Center.
Corinne and Jody were married for 30 years. Corinne was born and raised in Le Center and graduated from McKinley High school in 1952. She got her 3-year nurses training at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN, which was affiliated with the Mayo Clinic. She later received a B.S. degree in Nursing Education from Holy Names College in Oakland, CA. in 1986. She was a passionate reader and had many books going on simultaneously. She had a curious mind and loved her coffee latte's and martini's. Corinne retired from Kaiser Permanante of Oakland, CA. after 40 years, as an RN and Clinic Administrator in Orthopedics. Her passion was the history of England. Over many years, she led groups of women's tours to the British Isles. She was a true Anglophile.
She is survived by two sons, Spencer, (Alecia) and 3 grandkids, Natalie, Vanessa and Mateo; and son Eric and his wife Emira, of Bosnia-Herzogovina. Also her brother Harvey Weiss, niece Julie Opheim and nephew Tim Weiss, all of Minneapolis MN. Another niece Jan Dehning and Bryan of CA. Services were held Jan. 19th, 2019, in Walnut Creek, at St. Peter's Catholic Church with many former workers and friends and family. A reception for friends and family was held at Rossmoor Senior Center, in Walnut Creek, CA.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Le Center, at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home at 2 p.m, followed by a reception at the Le Center American Legion Club, across from the County Court House in downtown Le Center. Any Memorials can be made out to, Central Health Care, Le Center, Minn.
Ludmilla (Ludy) Korbel
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Ludmilla (Ludy) Korbel, 88, of Montgomery passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Visitation will be held from 9:30am to 10:30am on Friday, July 12 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10:30am with Father Tom Niehaus officiating. Interment will be in St. Wencelsaus Cemetery in New Prague.

Ludmilla was born in New Prague on December 6, 1930 to Edward and Elizabeth (Minar) Korbel. She attended country school in rural New Prague and later graduated from New Prague High School. Ludmilla was united in marriage to John Korbel in a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Sylvia on May 28, 1957 at the Church of St. Wencelsaus in New Prague. Ludmilla was a lifelong resident of the Montgomery/ New Prague area. Ludmilla embraced the farm life and she enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, baking, bird watching, fishing, and helping people in any way she could. Up until this year she maintained a large garden and she always generously shared her garden produce with the whole neighborhood each summer. Unless the rabbits win, her garden will continue to supply the neighborhood this year. Her friends and neighbors also shared their bounty with her. Whenever she got apples in the fall, she gave everyone she knew a pie. Her philosophy was waste not, want not, which came from growing up during the depression years. Ludmilla was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery and a member of the Twin Lakes Sportsman Club.

Ludmilla loved her family and friends dearly. Ludmilla is survived by three children, Patti (Phil) Sheridan, Anita Korbel, John (Terri Ellen) Korbel all of Montgomery; grandchildren, Jessica and Phil Sheridan.

Ludmilla is preceded in death by her husband, John Korbel; sisters, Antonia Minar and Sylvia Sticha; brothers, Joseph and John Minar.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Joseph William Connolly
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Joseph William Connolly, 74, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019 at his home in Le Center surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be held Friday July 5 from 3pm to 7pm and Saturday July 6 from 8:30am to 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Funeral service will be held Saturday July 6 at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Father James Stiles officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Area Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be at St. Henry Cemetery.

Joseph was born in St. Peter to Walter Connolly and Mary (Shaughnessy) Connolly on October 27, 1944. Joe’s father Walter, passed away in a vehicle accident when Joe was 2 years old. At the age of 7, his mother re-married to Joseph Genelin. Joseph graduated from McKinley High School in Le Center. He served in the United States Army from September 30, 1963 to March 27, 1971. Joseph was united in marriage with Carol Burgess on August 23, 1969 at St. Henry Catholic Church. He was a farmer all his life, county commissioner for 20 years, and owner and operator of C&S Ag Lime.

Joseph was a member of the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Posse for 48 years and was involved with the Sheriff Youth Project. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 108 and past commander, Ancient order of Hibernians, Color/Honor Guard, and was a founding member of the Le Sueur County St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, and 4-H riders with disabilities program. Joseph enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, hosting friends and family, and volunteering. He loved animals, especially horses and dogs, and loved celebrating his Irish heritage.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Carol Connolly of Le Center; daughter, Megan (Joe) Gramling of St. Louis Park; siblings, Jeanne Connolly of Le Center, Bill (Shelly) Genelin of Le Center, and Mary Lynn Sycks (Larry) of Le Sueur; grandchildren, Clare Gramling and TJ Gramling.

Joseph is preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Joseph Genelin; son, Timothy Connolly; sister, Denise Wolf; brother-in-law, Gene Ehlers.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

James 'J.T.' Timothy O'Meara
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James “J.T.” Timothy O’Meara died June 25, 2019 at Mayo Systems Hospital in Mankato. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 28 from 3pm to 7pm and Saturday, June 29, 1 hour prior to mass, both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Stiles officiating. Military honors provided by the Le Center Area Veterans Honor Guard.
Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

J.T. was born at home in Le Sueur County to James Vincent O’Meara and Mary Adeline (Cashin) O’Meara on November 22, 1932. J.T. graduated from McKinley High School in Le Center and the University of Minnesota. He served in the United States Navy from February 26, 1951 to May 7, 1954. He was united in marriage to Monica Muellerleile on April 4, 1964 at the Church of Nativity in Cleveland. He was a lifelong farmer and served as Le Sueur County Commissioner from 1975-1987. J.T. was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed farming and spending time with his friends and family.

J.T is survived by his wife, Monica O’Meara; children, Theresa (James) Rodriguez of Chaska, Tom (Debbie) O’Meara of Northfield, Emmett (Cory) O’Meara of Los Angeles, Patty (Kent) Johnson of St. Michael, and Mike (Christine) O’Meara of Le Center; grandchildren, Ryan Rodriguez, Connor Rodriguez, Shannon O’Meara, Brian O’Meara, Kellie O’Meara, Scarlett O’Meara, Seamus O’Meara, Addie Johnson, Katie Johnson, Bridget Johnson, Keegan O’Meara, and Riley O’Meara; siblings, Virginia Stoering of Springfield, Gerald O’Meara of Rosemount, Lenny (LaVonne) O’Meara of Le Center, and Patrick (Jeanne) O’Meara of Le Center.

J.T. is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Mary Haggerty; brothers-in-law, Amby Pate, Denny Haggerty, and Gene Stoering.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Evelyn Mary Blank
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Evelyn Mary Blank, 93, of Le Center, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Three Links Care Center in Northfield. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 25, from 8:00 to 10:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Mass of Christian Burial following at 10:00am. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Evelyn was born May 8, 1926 to Frank and Rose (Deutsch) Holicky. She attended Lexington Country School District 8. Evelyn was united in marriage to John Blank on November 20, 1945 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Evelyn worked at Green Giant and Munsingwear in Montgomery and ADC in Le Sueur.

Evelyn enjoyed bus trips, traveling, gardening, cooking, baking, and spending time with her grandkids fishing and dancing. Evelyn was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary and St. Mary’s CCW.
Evelyn is survived by her children, Rose A. Eisert of Savage, Joan L. Bennerotte of Rochester, Cary K. (Diane) Blank of Le Center, and Keith D. (Bobbi) Blank of Le Sueur; grandchildren, Deborah (Bradley) Ristow, Diana Eisert, Thomas (Missy) Eisert, Stephen Eisert, Karen Eisert, Charles (Shannon) Graupman, Kathleen Graupman, Christy (Dave) Lang, Jenny Blank, Mike (Jenny) Blank, Brian Blank, and Ryan Blank; great-grandchildren, Alex Ristow, Luke (Amber) Ristow, Abbey Ristow, Zach Ristow, Braydon Eisert, Kale Eisert, Erica Graupman, Joseph Graupman, Emily Graupman, Jaxson Graupman, Jaden Lang, Brylie Lang, and Sophia Blank.

Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband, John; parents; sisters, Irene Zimmerman, Mary Miller, Agnes Miller, Alice May, and Grace Werth; brothers, Ambrose, Alfred, and Joe Holicky; son-in-law, Donald Eisert; grandson; granddaughter; and great-grandson.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Donna Lea Smith
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Donna Lea Smith, age 74, died on June 21, 2019 at her home in Le Center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, June 24 at 10:00am at the Le Center Funeral Home. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Donna was born November 5, 1944 to Keith and La Donna (Bierman) Hadley in New Hampton, IA. Donna attended Fredericksburg High School. She was united in marriage to Thomas Calvin Smith on September 1, 1963 at United Peace Church in Fredericksburg, IA. Donna was an elementary school secretary. Donna was also a partner with her husband, Tom in R&H Meat Market in Muscatine, IA before working as a cashier at Wal-Mart for more than 26 years before her retirement.

Donna devoted her life to her family. She enjoyed spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren’s sporting events. Donna also enjoyed cooking, baking, planting flowers, writing poems, sketching, taking care of her home, and antiquing.

Donna is survived by her husband, Thomas Smith of Le Center; daughter, Susy Roemhildt (Keith Swaggert) of Le Center; sons, Scott (Angela) Smith of Fredericksburg, IA and Tim (Megan) Smith of Johnston, IA; grandchildren, Morgan Kes of Montgomery, Austin Roemhildt-Herda of Le Center, Reagan Roemhildt-Herda of Le Center, Madison Roemhildt-Herda of Le Center, Cooper Smith of Johnston, IA, and Jackson Smith of Johnston, IA; brothers-in-law Richard (Rita) Hadley of Colbert, WA and Jack Smith of Fredericksburg, IA; sisters-in-law Sue Hadley of Tuscon, AZ, Mary King of Fredericksburg, IA, and Margaret (Howard) Campbell of Nashua, IA.

Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Keith and La Donna Hadley; brother, Roger Hadley; father and mother-in-law, Calvin and Helen Smith; sister-in-law, Diane Speicher; and brother-in-law, Harry King.
Danny (Dan) Lee Standfield
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Danny (Dan) Lee Standfield, age 71, of New Prague, died on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at his home. Services will be in Farmersville, Texas.

Danny was born on November 16, 1947 in Dallas, Texas to Lee Roy and Francie Marie (Kaufman) Standfield. He was united in marriage to Carolyn Woodcock on September 25, 1965. Danny was involved with AA, enjoyed spending time with family, helping others with addiction, working with his hands, and his fish pond.

Danny is survived by his mother, Frances Little of Carrolton, Texas; children, Kim (Damon) of Rowlett, Texas, and Karey (Ryan) Stadler of New Prague; siblings, Jerry (Mary) Standfield of Merit, Texas, and Tammy (Denny) of Carrolton, Texas; grandchildren, Jessica Parker, Justin James, Cody James, Dax Cook, Terry Cook, Haylee Cook, Hayden Cook, and Urian Stadler ; great-grandchildren, Alexandra Parker, Daisy Cook, Dax Allen Cook II, and 2 others on the way.

Danny is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Standfield; father; siblings, Gordon Little; grandson, Justin James.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Samantha Marie Gooche
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Samantha Marie Gooche, 25, of Minneapolis passed away in Minneapolis on June 6, 2019. Funeral service will be Friday, July 12 at 2:00pm at the Le Center Funeral Home with Pastor Ally Bowman.

Samantha was born December 5, 1993 in Pomona, CA. She attended Chino Hills High School in California.

Samantha is survived by 3 children; daughter, Emma Rose Gooche of Le Center; and sons, Kevin (Evan) Brendemeuehl of Las Vegas and Skyler Andrew Turner of Las Vegas; parents, Jennifer and Jimmie Lunsford of Le Center; siblings, Jacob Michael Gooche of Le Center, Anthony Carl-Eugene Richardson of Le Center, Ashley Cristian (Zachary) Knowlton of Smith River, and Jack Allen Lunsford of Le Center.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Michael 'Carp' Sery
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Michael “Carp” Sery, age 67, of Montgomery, passed away on Tuesday, June 11 at his home in Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 21 from 9am to Noon at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with funeral mass following. Private interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to establish a scholarship fund in Michael’s name.

Michael was born on October 2, 1951 in Faribault to John and Anastasia “Babe” (Furlong) Sery. He attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School and graduated from Montgomery High School. Michael attended St. Cloud State University. Michael was united in marriage with Carol Shipley on October 4, 1975 at the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Michael taught at Montgomery Lonsdale Elementary School for 35 years.

Michael coached baseball for many years, enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching baseball, mowing lawn and spending time with his boys and grandchildren.

Michael is survived by his wife, Carol Sery of Montgomery; children, Ryan (Jess) Sery of Montgomery, Craig (Abbie) Sery of Bloomington, and Adam Sery of Brooklyn Park; grandchildren, Anton, Grace, Lukas, and Kipton; siblings, Cathy Sery of Hastings, Mary Sery of West St. Paul, Joe (Sandy) Sery of Montgomery and John (Linda) Sery of Georgia.

Michael is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Jimmy Sery.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.


Betty Marie Braun
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Betty Marie Braun, age 88, died on Monday, June 17, 2019 at Mayo Systems Hospital in New Prague. Visitation will be held Friday, June 21, 2019 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday June 22, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Betty was born June 26, 1930 to Theodore and Helen (Boldt) Kewatt in Kilkenny. She attended McKinley High School in Le Center, Normal Training in Le Center, and graduated from Mankato State Teachers College in Mankato. She was united in marriage to Delmer P. Braun on August 28, 1951 at St. John Lutheran Church in Kilkenny.

Betty was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Kilkenny and the St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Betty was also a member of Women of the Church, AAL Thrivant Financial, and Bakers Dozen Extension Group. She was a 4-H leader and a Sunday School teacher. Betty enjoyed traveling, playing cards, and visiting with family, friends, and neighbors.

Betty is survived by her children, Diane Schirmacher of Owatonna, Delaine (Jimmy) Roberts of Oldsmar, FL, Harvey (Carol) Braun of Montgomery, and Gloria (Rick) Sorem of Big Lake; brothers, Donald and Jerry Kewatt; 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Delmer Braun; parents; brothers, Charles Kewatt, Henry Kewatt, Orville Kewatt, and Teddy Kewatt (in infancy); sisters, Louise Bartusek, Alvera Schnoor, Shirley Bluhm, Joan Bruns, and Phyllis Kewatt (in infancy), and son-in-law Dave Schirmacher.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Russell Harry Dietz
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Russell Harry Dietz, age 72, of Montgomery, passed away after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Mayo Systems Hospital in Mankato, surrounded by family. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 20 from 1 to 4pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with a funeral service following. Interment will be at a later date.

Russell was born on September 30, 1946 to Harry and Leota (Busta) Dietz. He graduated from Montgomery High School. He was in the US Army Reserves and Montgomery Police Reserves. Along with working at the flour mill in New Prague, he owned and operated his own auto body shop, and then bakery in Montgomery. He was united in marriage with Joyce Hatten on May 29, 1969 in Bancroft, Iowa.

Russell enjoyed fishing, tractor pulling, polka music, playing concertina for the “Stray Cats”, and was active in Pioneer Power.

Russell is survived by his children, Jason (Megan) Dietz of Osakis, Jennifer (Sean) Buckridge of Lonsdale, Matthew (Audrey) Dietz of New Prague, Jonathan (Jennifer) Dietz of Slinger WI, and Mitchell (Caitlin) Dietz of Shakopee; siblings, Judi Dietz and Katie Dietz both of Apple Valley; 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Russell is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; his parents; and sister, Linda Dietz.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.





Thomas J. Engelrup
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Thomas James Engelrup, age 60, of Le Center went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Central Health Care Center in Le Center.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 8 at Noon at the Church of Christ in Cleveland.

Tom was born March 5, 1959 to Alvin and Evelyn (Lumex) Engelrup. He lived with his parents most of his life in Le Center. He graduated from McKinley High School in 1977 and later attended the vocational school in Mankato for HVAC. He worked at Central Health Care Center in Le Center for many years as the maintenance engineer; his co-workers said he had a good sense of humor and they enjoyed working with him. Over the years he enjoyed photography, riding his bike and going on an Alaskan cruise with friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his cousins Rhonda Lofland of Bloomington and Rebecca Bilder (Tom) of Lino Lakes and brother, Dwight, of Georgia.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Elroy Milton Picha
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Elroy Milton Picha, age 90, of Montgomery, passed away Monday, June 3, 2019 at Mayo Systems New Prague Hospital. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 6 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Mass of Christian Burial at 2:30pm with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Burial will be at Trebon Cemetery.

Elroy was born on March 11, 1929 at home in Lanesburg Township to William and Hortense (Chromy) Picha. Elroy was a graduate of New Prague High School. Elroy was united in marriage to Joan Shetka on October 16, 1951 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Elroy was a farmer all his life who took great pride in his farm and the equipment he used. He enjoyed tinkering, fixing things, and being outdoors and was a proud member of Pioneer Power.

Elroy is survived by his wife, Joan Picha of Montgomery; children, Karen (David) Kreuser of Jordan, Steven (Rita) Picha of Montgomery, Dave (Colleen) Picha of Northfield, and Michael (Diane) Picha of Owatonna; 9 grandchildren, Stacey, Jennifer, Tom, Lisa, Rachel, Stephanie, Chelsea, Tyler, and Tanner; 10 great-grandchildren.

Elroy is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Myron Picha.

Arrangements with Schoenbauer Funeral Home, Montgomery, MN. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Jordan Russel Gish
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Jordan Russell Gish, age 72 of Le Center, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at Benedictine Nursing Home in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 4th from 4pm to 7pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 5th at 11am at the Cleveland Church of Christ with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Savidge Lake Cemetery in Cleveland. A reception will follow burial at the Cleveland Church of Christ.

Jordan was born March 28th, 1947 in Mankato, MN to Chris and Virginia (Goldsmith) Gish. He graduated from McKinley High School, Le Center, MN in 1965. Jordan attended Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN in 1969 earning a degree in business administration/economics. During his time at Gustavus he was actively involved with the Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity. Jordan married Linda Schaus in 1975 and they had two children together. They later divorced. For much of his professional career Jordan owned and operated a successful insurance agency in Le Center. In retirement he enjoyed driving school bus for both the St. Peter and Cleveland school districts. Jordan found great joy giving back to his community and was involved in a number of organizations including the Le Center Lions Club, Sons of the American Legion, the Izaak Walton League, and he dutifully served as a member of the Le Center School Board in the early 1990’s. Jordan’s love for music was a theme throughout his life. He played piano and organ regularly at his local church, the Cleveland Church of Christ. He was a member of the Rhythm Kings (also known as the Mike Glieden Trio) for over four decades playing keys, bass, and singing back-up vocals. Jordan also enjoyed playing various brass instruments with Le Center’s Community band, as well as the Echoes. In 2008, Jordan was inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame, an honor he cherished dearly. Jordan will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He will always be remembered for his love of the Lord, his family, buying and selling old cars, and his music.

Jordan is survived by his children, Arnie (Jen) Gish of Lawton, OK, and Katie Gish of Le Center; sister, Aprille Schunk of Jordan; grandchildren, Payton Lange of Mankato, Tyler, Gideon, Abby, and Samuel Gish of Lawton, OK.

Jordan is preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Virginia Gish and brother-in-law, John Schunk.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Denzer
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Dorothy Denzer (Dietz), 77 of Montgomery passed away peacefully at home Monday May 20, 2019 surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Celebration of Life will be held Saturday May 25, 2019 at 10:30AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 105 Spruce Street NW with Pastor Jason Pollington officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00AM to 10:30AM at St. John’s prior to service. Interment will be held at St. John’s Cemetery in Montgomery.

Dorothy was born January 4, 1942 in Montgomery to Adolph and Annie Dietz (Studnicka). She was united in marriage to Marvin Denzer, Sr. on November 5, 1960 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Montgomery, MN.

Upon graduation from Montgomery High School in June 1960, Dorothy moved to St. Cloud. In 1962 Dorothy returned to Montgomery and went to work at Munsingwear until the facility closed. She was then employed at Franchise Mailing for a time. She started work as a “seasonal” employee in 1982 for Seneca (Green Giant), became a full time employee a few years later and worked there until her retirement in August 2016.
Dorothy was an avid seamstress, sewer and loved spending time with family, she was especially proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dorothy loved betting on football games with the grandchildren. She always favored Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers over all other teams, much to the chagrin of the grandchildren. Dort loved to talk on the phone; friends, family and especially grandchildren. She had time for anyone who called and would talk for hours. Even wrong numbers got respectful conversation.

Dorothy is survived by four children, Deborah (Greg) Kasper of Belle Plaine; Robert (Lynn) Denzer of Montgomery; Sue Novak (Dave) of Montgomery; and Marvin, Jr. (Shelly) of Waconia; and brother, Donald (Darlene) Dietz of Montgomery; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brothers-in-laws; sister-in-laws; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, Sr.; parents; and brother, Ralph.

Arrangements are with Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.



Marlin (Marley) Gerard Krenik
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Marlin Gerard Krenik, 68, of Le Center, died on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at St. Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter. Visitation will be on Saturday, May 18 from 9am to 10am at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with Celebration of Life at 10am also at the Le Center Funeral Home with Father James Stiles officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Marlin (Marley) was born on September 22, 1950 to Benjamin and Martha (Wieland) Krenik in St. Peter. He grew up in Le Center and graduated from Le Center High School in 1968. After his graduation, he worked at WINCO and in recent years for Nicollet County at the Court House in St. Peter. He was united in marriage to Kathleen Braun on July 30, 1982. Kathy died in 2015. He enjoyed the company from their beloved dogs and going fishing. Marley suffered from complications of epilepsy and diabetes the past couple of years and moved to St. Peter to assisted living and then to his current residence at the St. Benedictine Living Community.

Marley is survived by brothers, Thomas (Shirley) Krenik of Elysian and Walter (Iris) Krenik of Cleveland; sister-in-law, Janet Krenik; several nieces and nephews.

Marley was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathleen; siblings, Darlene Lodge, Jane Krenik, and Roger Krenik; and brother-in-law, Richard Lodge.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Lois Mary McCabe
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Lois Mary McCabe, age 91 of Cleveland, died Monday, May 13, 2019 at Benedictine Living Community of St. Peter. Her last words "give everyone my love". Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 15 from 4pm to 8pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, May 16 at 10am at the Church of Nativity in Cleveland with Father James Stiles officiating with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland.

Lois was born on September 10, 1927 at home in Le Sueur County to Nick and Mary (Meyer) Pete. She attended Cordova and Le Center Schools. Lois was united in marriage to Thomas Emmett McCabe on September 21, 1950 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Lois was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Cleveland and Altar Society of the Church of Nativity. She enjoyed flower gardening and furniture refinishing.

Lois is survived by her children, Tony (Judy) McCabe of Shoreview, Tom (Cindy) McCabe of Cleveland, Jeff McCabe of St. Peter, Mathew McCabe of Le Center, MaryAnn (Kim Yoder) Berg of Iowa City, IA, Kyran (John) McCormack of Ohio, Cindy (George) Meyer of Madison Lake, Germaine Ely of Le Sueur, Connie Derner (Jim Clauss) of Madison Lake, Jackie (Al) Blair of Le Sueur; 38 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law, Elizabeth McCabe of Le Center, Barb McCabe of Le Center; siblings, Mildred Luebeck of Mountain Lake, Mary Lopez of California, and Clair Pete of Shoreview; many nieces and nephews; and Godchildren.

Lois is preceded in death by her husband, Tom McCabe; children, Chuck McCabe, Gerard McCabe, and Paul McCabe; son-in-law, Tom Ely; great-granddaughter, Ashlyn McCabe; siblings, Helen Eager, Dorothy Kopet, Nicholas Pete, and baby brother Wilfred Pete; many nieces and nephews; and Godchildren.

Arrangements with Le Center Funeral Home, Le Center, MN. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences can be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.



Irma Emma Kohout
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Irma Emma Kohout, 95, of Montgomery, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Private family services will be held. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Irma was born on January 1, 1924 in Rice County to William and Anna (Hanek) Turek. Irma was united in marriage to Edward Filipek on February 12, 1941 and to Edward Kohout on May 4, 1973. She worked as a homemaker/ sewing machine operator. Irma was an American Legion Auxiliary member in New Prague and VFW Auxiliary member in Montgomery. She enjoyed sewing, baking, and cooking.

Irma is survived by children, Jean (Bill) Blank of Montgomery, Sharon Koralesky of Fridley, and Bonnie (Ken) Pint of Jasper, Georgia; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Rosella Janovsky.

Irma is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward Filipek in 1972; son, William Filipek in 1995; second husband, Edward Kohout in 2000; siblings, Milo Turek and Ray Janovsky.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Nancy Vollmar
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Nancy Vollmar, age 83, of Montgomery passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, May 8th 2019 at The Lodges in Elko, MN. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 13 from 9am to 11am at St. John Lutheran church in Montgomery with Funeral Service following at 11am with Pastor Jason Pollington officiating. Interment will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

On May 23rd, 1935, Nancy was born in Mankato, MN. She was the first of six children, born to parents Frederick and Evelyn (Wohlford) Krueger. She attended country school and high school in Le Center, MN. She met the love of her life Paul Vollmar in the summer of 1955. Over the next several years, their love flourished. On May 4th, 1957 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Le Center, Paul and Nancy exchanged wedding vows. They settled in Montgomery. Nancy dedicated each day to raising her children: Larry, Karen and Paul Jr. Nancy worked side by side with her husband Paul at their resort in Ontario, Canada. With a family business, Nancy was able to have her family all together. Being able to be together was very important to her. Nancy had a bright personality that brought together guests, family and friends alike.

She is fondly remembered for her wonderful cooking and delicious banana cakes. She never forgot a birthday or family event. Nancy’s home was always full of food, family, and laughter. She spent many hours sewing, quilting, and canning. Every spring, the family came together and tapped maple trees. It brought the entire family together and at the end of the season, Nancy made it family tradition to celebrate together. Nancy had a strong faith in God and this shined brightly in her character. She was caring, kind and generous. Nancy carried on her German family tradition of having oyster stew during the holiday season. Every year she would make sure her family was well fed using her precious turkey plates, that tradition will be carried on.

Forever loved, Nancy will be missed by her beloved husband, Paul Sr.; children, Larry (Cindy) Vollmar, Karen (Jim) Reddemann, and Dr. Paul Jr. (special friend, Jean); grandchildren, Jennifer (Rory) Theis, Matthew (Mikaela) Vollmar, Zachary, Katherine, and Annica Reddemann; great-grandchild, Briggs Theis; Siblings, Galen (Carol) Krueger, and Glen Krueger; many nieces and nephews; brothers-in-laws, Leroy Tiede and Gerald Tobias.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Doris Tiede, Lois Tobias, Alice Flaten; brother-in-law, Arden Flaten.

Arrangements with Schoenbauer Funeral Home, Montgomery, MN. 507-364-7929. On-line condolences can be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Joseph 'Joe' William Schatz
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Joseph “Joe” William Schatz, 70, of Lexington, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at his home. Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 30 from 4pm to 8pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10am on Wednesday, May 1 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center, with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Lexington.

Joe was born on April 8, 1949 in Faribault to Joseph and Marian Katherine (Stasney) Schatz. Joe was a graduate of Montgomery High School and Austin Jr. College. Joe was united in marriage to Carol O’Connell at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas on February 6, 1971. Joe loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, being a butcher- especially making sausage, raising goats and sheep, fishing, and visiting with people.

Joe is survived by his wife, Carol Schatz of Lexington; children, Lonnie (Sue) Schatz of Lexington, and Brian (Jamie Stolee) Schatz of Cleveland; grandchildren, Regan, Amelia, Stuart, Theodore, Thomas, Lexi, and Jadin; siblings, Ty, Tony, Steve, Mary, Annette, John, and Margaret.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Deanna.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

Loren F. Tuttle
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Loren F. Tuttle, 75, of Montgomery, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Mankato.
Loren was born on May 13, 1943 in Blue Earth, Minnesota to Floyd and Dorothy (Runke) Tuttle. He graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1961 and attended college at Mankato State University. On July 28, 1962 he married Judith Classon. He worked as an accountant for Green Giant, Viking Woodcraft and KGP and after retirement he worked part time for Fred’s IGA.
Loren enjoyed spending time with his family, playing and coaching baseball, playing golf, and he loved to go fishing and gambling. He never missed the opportunity to be his children’s and grandchildren’s biggest fan at any sporting event.
Loren is survived by his wife and best friend, Judy of 56 years; daughters, Jamie (Patrick) Banks, and Shellie (David) Sirek; sons, Curt (Tena) Tuttle, and Greg (Tracy) Tuttle; grandchildren, Jessica, Zach, and Katie, Mandy, Becca, and Tori, Nick and Chelsea, Britt, Taylor, and Brooke; great-grandchildren, Robert, Brody, John, Gordon, Judy, Teddy, and Thomas.
Loren is preceded in death by his father, Floyd; his mother, Dorothy; and in-laws, Wesley (Elaine) Classon.
Per Loren’s wishes, in lieu of a funeral and memorial service, the family will be holding a private celebration of Loren’s life. Memorials preferred to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Alzfdn.org.
Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Micheal (Mike) Charles O'Malley
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Micheal (Mike) Charles O’Malley, age 67, of Elysian, MN (formerly of Le Center) died Wednesday, April 24 2019, peacefully at his home. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center, with a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. Memorial service, with Military Honors, will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at noon at the Le Center American Legion Post 108, Le Center, MN. Interment will be held at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Le Center, with fellowship to follow at the Le Center American Legion Post 108. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Rochester Ronald McDonald House or Andreas Cancer Center in Mankato.

Mike was born on April 7, 1952 in Waseca to Russell Francis and Betty Lou (Bartelt) O’Malley. Mike graduated from McKinley High School in Le Center in 1970. He served in the United States Army from 1972 to 1974. He attended Mankato Vo-Tech and Central Arizona College. Mike married the love of his life, Mary Jo Sinclair, on January 27, 1973 at the Methodist Church in Le Center. Mike worked for Mathiowetz Construction based out of Sleepy Eye, MN.

Mike enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was proud to be an original member of the Mille Lacs Lake Lunkers and the 7 Mile Yacht Club. He enjoyed watching birds and spending time with his family, grandchildren and close friends.

Mike is survived by his wife, Mary Jo O’Malley of Elysian; children, Mike (Kelly) O’Malley of Le Center, Kelly Jo (Eric) Closser of Le Center, Sara O’Malley (Adam Nelson) of Le Center, Shawn O’Malley (Eric Erickson) of Le Center. Grandchildren, Daniel, Megan, Dawson, Molly, Brenna, Nolan, Ruthie and Maggie; siblings Colleen (Paul) Fay of St. Peter, Patricia Boettcher (the late Denis Boettcher) of Le Center, Sharon Adams of Eagan, and Karen Callahan of Eden Prairie.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Father-in-law Daniel Sinclair, Brother-in-law Denis Boettcher, and many great friends.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.



Richard Robert Meger
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Richard Robert Meger, age 89, of rural Le Center, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 surrounded by his family. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 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 Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Union Hill with visitation two hours prior at church. Burial will be held in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Lexington. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donors choice.

Richard was born on March 8, 1930 in Derrynane Township to Paul and Julia (Plonski) Meger. Richard attended a one-room country school and graduated from St. Wenceslaus Catholic School in New Prague and New Prague High School in 1948. Richard was united in marriage to Gertrude Neisen on June 30, 1953 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Union Hill. They made their home on the family farm for 61 years. Richard was a member of the New Prague Knights of Columbus and served on the St. Joseph’s Cemetery board in Lexington for over 50 years. Richard enjoyed farming, music, playing cards, cutting firewood, and carpentry. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Richard is survived by children, Connie (Greg) VonBank of Montgomery, Maureen (John) Busse of Belle Plaine, Bev (Terry) Wagner of Webster, Rick (Lori) Meger of Le Center, Pete (Barb) Meger of Belle Plaine, Judy (Brett) Olson of New Prague, JoAnne (Paul) Maruska of New Prague, Chuck Meger of St. Thomas, Mary (Dave) Dooley of Lonsdale, and Bill (Lisa) Meger of St. Thomas; 29 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sister, Theresa McNamara of Bloomington; sister-in-law, Mary Meger of Prior Lake.

Richard is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Gertrude Meger in February 2018; his parents; brothers, Ambrose, Francis, Denny, Paul Jr., Jimmy, and George; sisters, Cecilia Giesen, and Patricia Proctor; great-grandchildren, Catherine Olson and Angelo Querubin.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Alois James Prochaska
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Alois James Prochaska, 86, of Heidelberg, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2019 at Oak Terrace in Jordan. Visitation will be Thursday, April 25 from 4pm to 7pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, at St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Heidelberg, with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be in St. Scholastica Cemetery in Heidelberg. Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Alois was born on October 19, 1932, in Heidelberg to Louis and Amelia (Ademmer) Prochaska. He was a graduate from St. Raphael School in Montgomery, and Montgomery High School. Alois farmed many years throughout the late 1960’s, owned the White Front Bar in Montgomery, drove redimix truck in Savage, and retired from Certainteed in Shakopee. Alois served in the United States Army from 1950-1952. Alois was united in marriage to Margie Kilduff on October 8, 1955 in St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas. He was a member of the Montgomery American Legion and enjoyed fishing, hunting with sons and friends, Viking football, watching all sports, horseracing, and travelling.

Alois is survived by children, Paula (Greg) Hoy of Keller, TX, Patty (Bruce) Boe of Plymouth, Terry Prochaska of Shakopee, and Tim (Pam) Prochaska of Red Wing; grandchildren, Michael (Whitney) Hoy, Sarah Hoy, Baxter (Rachel) Boe, Taylor Boe, Christina Boe, Kaylie Prochaska, Will Prochaska, Morgan Prochaska, and Rachel Prochaska; great-grandson, Duncan Hoy; siblings, Bernice Erb of Lakeville, and Betty Fischer of Bloomington.

Alois is preceded in death by his wife, Margie Prochaska; parents; siblings, Mickey Brundage, Evelyn Warren, and Connie Burgess.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Henry Joseph Simon
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Henry Joseph Simon, 84, of Montgomery, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be on Friday, April 12, from 4-7pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, April 13, at 10:30 am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at the church. Father Victor Valencia will be officiating. Private family interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the American Heart Association.

Henry was born on December 2, 1934, in Lanesburgh Township to Henry A. and Angela (Machacek) Simon. Henry was united in marriage to Eileen Hinderscheit at St. Scholastic Church in Heidelberg on June 17, 1961. Henry worked as a seasonal employee at Green Giant, Prokes Tiling and Montgomery Locker Plant for 6 years before starting as a Field Mechanic/ Field Rep. for Green Giant for over 30 years. Henry was a Knights of Columbus member and was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.

Henry is survived by his children, Karen Simon of Ames, IA, Steven Simon (Tesi Hansen) of Lakeland, FL, and Lisa (Jason) McDonough of Olympia, WA; grandchildren, Stephen and Allison Rynda of Montgomery Andrew and Zackary Simon of Lakeland, FL, Joshua Martin, Ricky and Caleb McDonough of Olympia, WA, Kelsey Murphy of Olympia, WA; great-grandson, Malakia Dean.

Henry is preceded by, wife, Eileen Simon; infant son, Robert Simon; brother, Theodore Simon; in-laws, Frank and Ludmilla Hinderscheit; brothers- in-law, Melvin Hinderscheit and Roger Whipps.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Viola Marjorie Cooney
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Viola Marjorie Cooney, 92, of Le Center, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 9 from 4-7pm with rosary at 3:45pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian burial will be on Wednesday, April 10 at 10:00 am with visitation one hour prior at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Viola was born on February 13, 1927 in Le Center to Gilbert and Blanche (Romine) Miller. She was a graduate of McKinley High School. Viola was united in marriage to Patrick J. Cooney on September 23, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Viola worked at Spors Company in Le Center, as a Dental Assistant for Dr. Gish, a bookkeeper for Farm Service Coop for 30 years and Park Avenue Jewelry Store until age 88. Viola was a life member of St. Mary’s CCW, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Forest G. James Marine Corps League Auxiliary, ARC officer (Association for Retarded Children), and was one of the original Bon Bon Clown Club members.
Viola is survived by her children, Sharleen (Richard) Clymer of River Falls, WI, Patrick J (Terri) Cooney Jr. 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; 26 great-grandchildren, and sister, Jacqueline Simonette of Le Center.

Viola is preceded in death by her husband, Patrick J. Cooney; son, Patrick Gerard (in infancy); her parents, Gilbert and Blanche Miller; brother, Walter Miller; sister, Virgie (Adam) Smisek.

Special thank you to Mayo Clinic Hospice, Le Sueur County Public Health, and Central Health Care Staff for the excellent care given in her last months.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Alice M. Cemensky
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Alice M. Cemensky, 93, of Lexington, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation will be on Monday, April 8 from 4-8pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will be on Tuesday, April 9 at 10:30 am with visitation one hour prior at St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Heidelberg. Interment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery in Lexington.

Alice was born on January 23, 1926 in Faribault to William I. and Maude A. (Hackett) Miller. She was a graduate of Waterville High School and received her BS at MSU in Mankato. Alice was united in marriage to Norbert Cemensky on September 24, 1947 at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny. She taught school for 3 years at a rural school, St. Mary’s Catholic School in 1968, and from 1968 to 1991 at Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Montgomery. Alice was a member of the Montgomery Legion Auxiliary, KC Auxiliary, past President of the CCW, pastoral council Board and was organist for over 55 years of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lexington, musician for Legion Auxiliary, and very active in church organizations. Alice enjoyed gardening, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, music, reading, living and working on the farm, and especially teaching.

Alice is survived by her children, Kathy (Jim) Allen of Baraboo, WI., Debbie (Dave) Myers of Plymouth, Mark (Carol) Cemensky of Mendota Heights, and Mike (Sheila) Cemensky of Lexington; 10 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Alice is preceded in death by her husband, Norbert Cemensky; son, Bill Cemensky; parents; siblings, twin sister, Irene Zelenka, Margaret Novotny, Deanie Janda, and Harold Miller.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhomecom.
Grace C. Dobmeier
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Grace C. Dobmeier, 72, of Montgomery, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation will be Saturday, April 6 from 9am to 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11am with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Interment will be held at St. John Catholic Cemetery in rural Montgomery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

Grace was born on June 30, 1946 in New Prague to John and Mary (Simota) Pomije. Grace graduated from New Prague High School. Grace was united in marriage to Anthony “Sonny” Dobmeier on October 17, 1970 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague. Grace was employed at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake for many years. Grace enjoyed working, cleaning, baking, flower/ vegetable gardening, all Minnesota sports, letting people win at cards, socializing, dancing, especially loved checking in on all her children’s lives.

Grace is survived by her children, Lisa Dobmeier (Greg Schmidt) of Le Center, Tony (Melissa) Dobmeier of Le Center, and Terry Dobmeier of Montgomery; grandchildren, Alex, John, Hailey, Cameron, Calob, and Rylyn; sister, JoAnn Petricka of Montgomery.

Grace is preceded in death by her husband, Anthony; parents; sisters, Janet Novotny, Marion Flicek, and Dorothy Shimota; many brother and sister-in-laws.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Denise 'Dee' Wolf
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Denise “Dee” Wolf, 76, of Le Center, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 5, from 4pm to 7pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior to funeral at the church. Private interment will be held at a later date.

Dee was born on October 3, 1942 in St. Peter to Walter and Mary (Shaughnessy) Connolly. Dee’s father, Walter passed away in a vehicle accident when Dee was 4 years old. At the age of 8 her mother remarried Joseph Genelin and she gained another family with them. Dee was a graduate of McKinley High School in Le Center and then attended and received her LPN Degree from the school Sisters of Notre Dame in Minneapolis. She was united in marriage to Terry Wolf and had three children together. They later divorced but remained good friends. Dee worked many years as a nurse then for the Le Sueur County Recorder’s Office.

Dee enjoyed cooking, collecting recipe books, decorating, but most of all spending time with family and friends. She was an American Legion Auxiliary President for two terms, and was a co-chair of St. Patrick’s Celebration in Le Center for 25 years.

Dee is survived by her children, Brian (Cynthia) Wolf of Corcoran, Laurie Wolf of Le Center, and David Wolf of Le Center; grandchildren, Aaron (Lisa) Possis, and Shyenne Wolf (fiancé Mitch); great-grandsons, Jackson and Beckett Possis; siblings, nieces and nephews.

Dee is preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law, Cindy (Possis) Wolf; and nephew, Tim Connolly.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Virginia Mae Gliszinski
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Virginia Mae Gliszinski, 88, of Le Center, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague, on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, April 6 from 2pm to 5pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with her nephew, Pastor Don Malinski officiating with a brief service at 2.

Virginia was born March 30, 1931 to Peter and Ida (Gentz) Sautter of Le Center. She was the 3rd of 3 children. She grew up in Le Center, and graduated from Le Center High School in 1949. She then attended nurses training. She married Stanley Gliszinski at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny on August 21, 1952, they have 3 children, David (Susan) of New Prague, Deborah (Robert) of Lakeville, and Susan (Nicholas) of Sioux Falls, S.D. She was married to Stan for 58 years prior to his death, in 2010. She is survived by their son and daughters; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Virginia was always an outspoken and gracious host to family, friends, and new acquaintances. She began her career as a nurse in Minneapolis. After her marriage, she moved to rural Le Center, and worked as a nurse for Green Giant in Montgomery. Subsequently, she worked at the Clerk of Courts office at Le Sueur County Courthouse in Le Center.

After Stan and Virginia retired, they split their time between Le Center and Weslaco, Texas, eventually moving to Weslaco full-time. Virginia served as president of the Trails End Park association in Weslaco.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Gordon 'Gordie' Felix Breuer
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Gordon, “Gordie” Felix Breuer, 68, of Montgomery, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Visitations will be held Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 10am to 11am at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and services following at 11am with Pastor Jason Pollington officiating. Lunch will be served immediately following at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery.

Gordie was born July 22, 1950 in New Prague to Laddie and Christine (Pakos) Breuer. Shortly after birth they moved to Shakopee. He attended St. Mary’s grade school and later graduated from Benilde St. Margerts in St. Louis Park. His passion for caregiving led to him attending the University of Minnesota and Metro State University where he graduated with a degree in Long Term Care Administration. Much of his career was spent working in healthcare facilities in Minneapolis and Faribault.

In 1987 Gordie was united in marriage to Tereasa (Hippert) Breuer. He loved spending time with the love of his life, Tereasa. Gordie and Tereasa did everything together, from going on motorcycle trips to the simple things like Friday night movies and trips to the grocery store. He had many passions in life. He loved cooking, making ceramic pottery, putting puzzles together, reading, riding motorcycle, gardening, and had a great talent for decorating his and his family's homes. He had a wicked sense of humor and loved to write and sing music, although he couldn't carry a tune.

Gordon is survived by his wife Tereasa of Montgomery; daughter, Kristy White of St. Francis ; brother, Lester (Susan) Breuer of Plymouth; 3 grandchildren, Joe (Nicolette), Olivia, Ethan; 2 Great-Grandchildren, Carter and Rydan.

Gordon is proceeded in death by his parents, great granddaughter Shayah, and nephew Michael.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Helen Lucille Severns
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Helen Lucille Severns, 88, of Montgomery, passed away on Tuesday, March 26 2019 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be Friday, March 29 from 9am to 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11am with Father George Grafsky officiating. Interment will be held at St. Michael Cemetery in rural Montgomery. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to a Chemical Dependency- Depression/ Suicide program.

Helen was born on December 13, 1930 in Cedar Lake Township to John W. and Mary C. (Kadrlik) Puncochar. Helen was a graduate of New Prague High School. Helen was united in marriage to James M. Severns on February 27, 1960 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Helen worked for 50+ years as a Home Health Care Provider with a LPN Degree through Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague. Helen enjoyed baking and sewing- especially custom things for family and others.

Helen is survived by her children, Michael Severns of Montgomery, Donald (Shirley) Severns of Hopkins, Mary (Victor) Braith of New Prague, and Kathleen (Daniel) Scheel of Montgomery; grandchildren, Nicole Scheel, Daniel (Julie) Scheel, John (Amanda) Braith, Kevin (Brianna) Braith, and Katrina (Joe) Anderson; great-grandchildren, Leelynn, Lila, Hayden, Annabelle, Kaleb, Nolan, Tara and Teia; sisters-in-law, Juanita Bruns, and Patricia Dodge.

Helen is preceded in death by her husband, James; son, Thomas L. Severns; parents; siblings, Richard J. Puncochar, Loretta and Peggy Puncochar; God-children, Patrick and Richard Puncochar; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Burns, Rodney Severns, and Marlin Dodge; niece, Marie Dodge.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Donna Marie Dudley
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Donna Marie Dudley, 91, of Le Center, passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 9 am to 10 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Mass of Christian Burial following at 10 am with Father Chris Shofner officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee or your favorite charity.

Donna was born on August 18, 1927 in Minneapolis to Fred and Anna (Lorenz) Hicks. She graduated from Hopkins High School then took a Course for Secretarial Work. Donna was united in marriage to Edward A. Dudley on June 11, 1947 at St. Theresa Church in Deephaven. She lived in Le Center since 1949. Donna worked as a secretary at Le Center Elementary School for 21 years and loved every child that went through the door. After retirement she worked as a para professional at the same school.

Donna was a member of the C.C.W. and St. Mary’s Church all her married life. She belonged to Southern Minnesota Antique Car Association. She and her husband Edward enjoyed car shows, flea markets, collecting antique children’s tractors and of every make of the big farm tractors and refinishing like new.

Donna is survived by children, Suzanne Hauge of St. Paul, John (Mary) Dudley of Onalaska, WI., and Denis (Hortencia) Dudley of Phoenix, AZ; daughter-in-law, Priscilla Dudley of Lake City; grandchildren, Jim and Anne Hauge of St. Paul, Thomas, Kathleen and Elizabeth (Benson) Dudley of Minneapolis, Megan Dudley of Arizona, and Katelyn Dudley of San Jose, CA; great-grandchildren, Oliva and Will Benson, Madeline and Molly Dudley.

Donna is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward A. in 2003; sons, Dr. Stephen Dudley, and James Patrick Dudley; siblings, Lawrence Hicks, and Charlotte Dvergsten.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Kenneth 'Kenny' Adams
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Kenneth “Kenny” Roy Adams, 76, of Le Center, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Visitation will be from 12:30pm to 2:30pm with services following at 2:30pm on March 23, 2019 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with Pastor Ally Bowman officiating.

Kenny was born on August 3, 1942 in St. Peter to Walter and Leona (Tiede) Adams. Kenny graduated at the McKinley High School of Le Center. Kenny was united in marriage to Debbie (Lukes) and had 2 children, Brad and Dayna. Kenny was a hard working dairy and crop farmer at his farm of 76 years.

Kenny was survived by his wife Debbie of Le Center; son, Brad (Sarah); daughter, Dayna; Siblings; Donald, Clifford, Robert, Rita, and Colleen; and 2 grandchildren, Ellie and Blake.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Doris Ann Claffey
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Doris Ann Claffey, 97, of Le Center, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 21, from 4pm to 8pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, March 22 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father James Adams officiating with visitation one hour prior at church. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny.

Doris was born on July 28, 1921 in Fargo, North Dakota to George and Lucy (Kockelman) Loftus. Doris attended St. Canice Catholic School in Kilkenny, graduated from Montgomery High School in 1939 and also attended Mankato Business School. Doris was united in marriage to Gene Claffey in 1945 at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny. Doris worked for Central Telephone Company in Montgomery and Le Center for 15 years. Doris enjoyed crosswords and playing cards she was also a former grand marshal of St. Patrick’s Day.

Doris is survived by her 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 Estero, FL.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

Doris is preceded in death by her husband, Gene Claffey in 2015; her parents; brother, Francis Loftus; and grandson, Brian Bezdichek.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Judith Ann Whipps
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Judith Ann Whipps, 81, of Le Center passed away at her home, after a 3 year battle with ALS, on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Visitation will be Saturday, March 9 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Le Center with services following at 2:30pm.

Judy was born on April 8, 1937 in Faribault to Clayton and Betty (Kotek) Janovsky. Judy was the 7th of 10 children. Judy attended St. Raphael’s Elementary School in Montgomery and graduated from Montgomery High School. Judy was united in marriage to Eldon Whipps on June 11, 1955. Judy and Eldon farmed until 1963 when they moved into Le Center. Judy worked at the Montgomery Canning Company, Spors and Brinkton’s in Le Center, and the Le Sueur County Courthouse as a clerk to the Assessor’s office until she retired after 34 years.

Judy enjoyed hunting with her father and brother’s growing up, fishing with Eldon, and playing cards with friends. Her hobbies were her flower garden, making quilts, sewing and doing genealogy of her family histories. Judy was also a member of the Le Center Woman’s Legion Auxiliary.

Judy is survived by her children, Karen (Mike) Henken of Le Center, George (Sharon) Whipps of Le Center; 6 Grandchildren, Mike, Shauna, Janna, Julie, Sandy, Michaela; 10 Great-grandchildren, Jacob, Rylee, Katie, Mason, Bradly, Georgie, Nox, Madilyn, Mari, and Xavier; sisters, Mary, Dorothy, and Diane; sister-in-law Lena Janovsky; brother-in-laws, Jim Whipps and Leo Kukucka.

Judy proceeded in death by her husband, Eldon; her parents, Clayton and Betty; and her siblings, Phylis, Jean, Sally, Kathleen, Jim, and Joe.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Phyllis Harrison
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Phyllis Harrison, 85, of Le Center, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Central Health Care Facility in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 6 at 11am with funeral services following at 12 at the United Methodist Church in Le Center with Pastor Donna Martinson officiating.

Phyllis was born on November 27, 1933 in Albia Iowa to Harry and Faye (Mertz) Lamb. Phyllis graduated Albia High School in Iowa. Phyllis was united in marriage to William “Bill” H. Harrison in 1952 then later on moved to Le Center in 1966. Phyllis worked as a paraprofessional at Minnesota Valley Action Council for 25 years and retired in 1998. She also worked at Boyd’s Department Store. Phyllis was a member of the Le Center United Methodist Church. Phyllis started the Santa Anonymous program in Le Center in 1977. Phyllis also enjoyed volunteering for many organizations, St. Mary’s thrift store, and senior citizen noon lunches, MAC & NAPS (senior and children food campaign) and food shelves. Phyllis is a former member of the Le Center Lioness, MVAC board, Region 9 aging board and also the Salvation Army. She was a long time member of the Friends of Le Center Library.

Phyllis is survived by her son David Harrison of Minneapolis, friends Sharon Traxler and Chrit Hoey.

Phyllis is proceeded in death by her husband Bill, son Steven Harrison, parents Harry and Faye Lamb and brothers, Harry Jr. and Jack Lamb

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Pauline Krenik
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Pauline Lucy Krenik, 92, of Lonsdale, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at her son’s home in Lonsdale. Visitations will be held Monday, March 4 at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery from 5pm to 7pm and 1 hour prior to Mass. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Wenceslaus Church in New Prague at 11am Tuesday, March 5 with Father Thomas Krenik officiating.

Pauline was born on October 31, 1926 to Florian and Elizabeth (Hoffmann) Busch. Pauline attended St. Benedict School in St. Benedict. She was united in marriage to Donald Krenik on June 8, 1950 at St. Wenceslaus in New Prague. Pauline’s hobbies included sewing, baking, gardening and playing cards. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Many happy memories were shared around the Krenik table. Pauline was involved in many organizations, Lazy Daisy’s Homemakers, Montgomery Senior Citizen’s Card Club, Eucharistic Minister and Altar Rosary Society.

Pauline is survived by her children: Father Thomas Krenik of Apple Valley, Patricia (Richard) Preston of St. Paul, Martin (Colleen) Krenik of New Prague, Mary (Greg) Laban of Webster, John Krenik of Plymouth MA, James Krenik of Lonsdale, Donna Morgan of Montgomery, David Krenik of Morristown, Chris (Special Friend Melissa) Krenik of Faribault; Brother, Elgar (Irene) Busch of New Prague; sisters-in-laws Rosie Busch of Chaska, Gladys Busch of New Prague, and Doris Krenik of Montgomery; 7 Grandchildren and 6 Great-grandchildren.

Pauline is proceeded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents, Florian and Elizabeth Busch; her son, Anthony Krenik; her siblings, Wilbert, Lando, Harold, Edgar, and Oliver Busch; brother-in-law, Richard Krenik; sisters-in-laws, Bernadine, Angie, Mary Ann and Louise Busch.

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

Kathleen Margaret Tiede
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Kathleen Margaret Tiede, 73, of Montgomery, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at her home in Montgomery. Visitation will be Saturday, March 2 from 9 am to 11 am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, with Mass of Christian Burial following at 11 am. Burial will be at a later date.

Kathy was born on November 25, 1945 in St Peter to Claire and Fances (Simonette) Thomas. Kathy attended Cleveland High School. Kathy was united in marriage to Leonard “Lenny” Tiede on February 16, 1963 in The Cleveland at Church of Nativity. Kathy was a homemaker of 22 years, worked at Brinkton’s in Le Center and also worked at a meat market for 14 years. Kathy enjoyed camping, fishing, snowmobiling, socializing, and playing cards with friends.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Leonard “Lenny” Tiede of Montgomery; children, Lisa Beverly of Jacksonville, FL, Steve (Julie) Tiede of Montgomery, Randy (Renee) Tiede of Atlanta, GA, and Michaelle (Jerry) Herrmann of Mankato; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Pat (Harold) Hobday of St. Peter, and Janet (Roger) Krenik of Mankato.

Kathy is preceded in death by her parents; step mom, Lorraine Thomas; brothers, Jim Thomas, and Jerry Thomas; sisters, Mary Couglin, Ruth Leighton, Joan Glynn, and Rita Minars.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauers Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Irene Margie Zvanovec
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Irene Margie Zvanovec, 87, of Montgomery passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, at Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague on February 23, 2019. Visitation will be 9:30AM to 11AM on Friday, March 1 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial to follow at 11AM, with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Irene was born April 22, 1931 to Frank and Josephine Hanek, in Veseli, MN. She was the 6th of 8 children. She grew up in Veseli, and graduated from New Prague High School in 1948. She married Leonard Zvanovec of rural Montgomery in 1950, and they had 4 children; daughter, Jan (Tom) Palumbo of Prior Lake; 3 sons, Robert (Deb) of Lakeville, Gary of Montgomery, and David (Michael) of Minneapolis. She was married to Leonard for 67 years prior to his death in 2017. She is survived by their sons and daughter; 8 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Irene had an interest in many clubs and organizations over her lifetime, but her main focus was always raising their children on the family farm just east of Montgomery. She also worked several part-time jobs during her career, including Munsingwear, Green Giant, Citizens State Bank of Montgomery, and the Schumacher Hotel Gift Shop in New Prague. Her associations included membership at Holy Redeemer Church, and affiliations with the Rice Krispies 4-H Club, Red Hat Society, and the Rice County Extension Group.

She is preceded in death by her husband Leonard, her parents and her 7 siblings.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery, and on-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-357-6116.
Harry Tuma
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Harry Tuma, age 75, of Montgomery, passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 19 from 9am to 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Mass of Christian Burial following at 11am with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Lonsdale.

Harry was born on June 16, 1943 in Lonsdale to Emil and Emma (Smisek) Tuma. Harry attended Immaculate Conception School in Lonsdale and attended New Prague High School. Harry was a member of the Lonsdale Lions and the Montgomery Knights of Columbus. Harry enjoyed Polka dancing, very involved in Pioneer Power, and Rice County Steam and Gas.

Harry is survived by loving friend of 27 yrs, Donna Austad of Montgomery; children, Annie Tuma, and Jane Tuma; siblings, Ray (Lois) Tuma of Lonsdale, Jack (Dorothy) Tuma of Lonsdale, and Jean (Dave) Sticha of New Prague; 8 nieces and nephews; 8 great nieces and nephews.
Harry is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Elmer in infancy.

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

James 'Chester' Retka
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James “Chester” Retka, 85, of Montgomery, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019 at his home in Montgomery. Visitation will be Sunday, February 17 from 3pm to 7pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, February 18 at 10am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, visitation one hour prior at the funeral Home. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Lexington. Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Chester was born on November 12, 1933 in Lexington to George “Butch” and Antonette F. (Gostomczik) Retka. Chester attended St. Raphael’s Catholic School in Montgomery and graduated from Montgomery High School. Chester served in the US Army in Korea from 1953 to 1955. Chester owned and operated “Chester’s” in Montgomery for 41 years.

Chester is survived by daughter, Michelle Hein of Shakopee; very special friend, Dolores Walerius of Montgomery; nieces.

Chester is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald Retka, George Jr. Retka; nephew, and George “Butch” Retka; Michelle Hein’s mother, Adeline Speikers.

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

John 'Jack' McCourtney
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John “Jack” McCourtney, 81, of Le Center, passed away with his family by his side on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Mayo Hospital in Mankato. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 10, from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Monday, February 11 at 10 am with Father Chris Shofner officiating with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Military honors will be provided by the Le Center area Honor Guard.

John was born on November 11, 1937 in St. Peter to John Francis and Julia M. (Hauer) McCourtney. Jack served in the Navy Air Corps from 1955 to 1963. Jack was united in marriage to Joan Marie Sheehy on October 8, 1960 in Kilkenny. He was a master barber and also a real estate broker. Jack was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and the Le Center Community Club. Jack enjoyed fishing, playing golf, and spending winters in Texas.

Jack is survived by his wife, Joan McCourtney of Le Center; children, John “Craig” (Judy) McCourtney of Eagle Lake, and James “Binger” McCourtney of Eagan; grandchildren, Jacob (Sarah), Brandon, Jeffrey McCourtney, James (Katrina), Christopher and Alissa Schlie; great-grandchildren, Mariah, Eva, Cambria, Wesson, Hayden, Tucker, Paisley, Stella, and Emerson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gerri (Jake) David, Mike Lamey, Robert (Maryls) Sheehy, and Bonnie (Dale) Armstrong.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law; sisters-in-law, Marian Hruza and Colleen Lamey; brother-in-law, Dick Hruza.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Joseph Albert Hoffman “Bang Bang”
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Joseph Albert Hoffman “Bang Bang”, age 57, of Montgomery, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Hennepin County Medical Center surrounded by his loved ones. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 9 from 9am to 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with a service following at 11am with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Military honors provided by the Montgomery area honor guard.

Joe was born on August 22, 1961 in Buffalo to John and Mary (Kalway) Hoffman. He was baptized in the Catholic faith and was raised and graduated in Rockford. Joe worked at Le Center Crane, Selly Construction and Proto Lab in Plymouth as a technician tech. Joe enjoyed playing cards, driving his motorcycle, visiting with friends, and was known for his one liners.

Joe is survived by special loving friend, Kitty McGuigan of Montgomery; Kitty’s daughters, Jenny and Kim; siblings; Elizabeth (Andy) Anderson of Monticello, Barbara (Gary) McDanial of Victoria, Irene (Bob) Kutz of Winsted, Jackie Bauer of Monticello, Mary (Doug) Pawelk of Winsted, John (Jody) Hoffman Jr. of Mora, Sandra (Matt) Stifter of Howard Lake, James (Julie) Hoffman of Otsego, Patricia Hessler (friend Patrick) and Paula Funke (friend Guillermo) of Apache Junction, Arizona; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents.

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

Glenyce Corrine Engel
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Glenyce Corrine Engel, 84, of Le Center, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 9, from 12:30 pm to 2 pm at the United Methodist Church in Le Center with services following at 2 pm with Pastor Donna Martinson officiating. Interment will be held in Greenwood Union Cemetery in Le Center.

Glenny was born on October 16, 1934 in Springfield, SD. To Peter and Edna (Oliver) Ferwerda. She attended country school, graduated from Springfield High School where she was valedictorian and Homecoming Queen, graduated from the University of South Dakota at Springfield where she received her teaching degree. Glenny was united in marriage to Theodore “Roy” Engel on November 23, 1955 in Springfield, SD., at the United Church of Christ. Glenny and Roy lived in Mitchell, Phillip, Clark, Selby, and Lennox, SD where she taught full and part time until moving to Le Center in 1977. Glenny enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing Bridge, boating, traveling and camping with family. She was very active in The United Methodist Church in Le Center where she sang in the church choir. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, active in the PTA and Jaycees, and taught Sunday school.

Glenny is survived by her children, Kurt (Dawn) Engel of Watertown, SD, Kevin (Karyl) Engel of Le Center, Rodney (Donna) Engel of Jordan; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Glenny is preceded in death by her husband, Theodore “Roy” Engel; her parents; sisters, Dorothy Kirkham, Fonda Nedved, Austa Balvin, Ives Helm, and a sister in infancy.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Celeste T. Preble
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Celeste T. Preble, 87, of Lonsdale, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Villages of Lonsdale. Visitation will be Friday, February 8 from 10am to 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Mass of Christian Burial following at 11am with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Moments Hospice.

Celeste was born on March 28, 1931 in Shieldsville to Leo and Mayme (McDonough) McCullough. She went to country school in Shieldsville area. Celeste was united in marriage to John Preble on October 28, 1950 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheildsville. She most recently worked at Holy Redeemer Catholic School as a cook. Celeste loved flower gardening, dancing, socializing with friends, card playing, and playing with her grandkids.

Celeste is survived by her children, Mike (Jackie) Preble of Apple Valley, and Faye Walker (Allen Tovsen) of Burnsville; grandchildren, Chad Preble, Nicole Hansen, Ashley (Tim) Rosival; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings, Marion Kosanda of Shieldsville, Eileen (Bob) Selly of Le Center, and Rita Headline of Faribault.

Celeste is preceded in death by husband, John “Jack” Preble; her parents; sister, Grace Hankins; and brother-in-law, Clarence Kosanda.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Thomas Joseph LeBrun
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Thomas Joseph LeBrun, age 60, of Montgomery, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at his home. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 3 from 3pm to 7pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, February 4 at 10am at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny with visitation one hour prior at the church with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny.

Tom was born on July 16, 1958 in Mankato to Delano and Ruth (Genelin) LeBrun. Tom was united in marriage to Eve Mary Wegner on July 20, 1985 in St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny. He was a member of the Le Sueur County Trails Association, the Minnesota State Association Snowmobile Club and Pioneer Power. Tom enjoyed snowmobiling, riding motorcycle, fishing, hunting, camping, International tractors, and hobby farming. Tom worked as a truck driver with Cemstone in Montgomery for over 25 years.

Tom is survived by his wife, Eve LeBrun of Montgomery; mother, Ruth LeBrun; children, Clayton (Tamara) LeBrun, Mary Lynn LeBrun, and Dianne (Brent) Lamont all of Montgomery; grandchildren, Sara LeBrun (4), Erin LeBrun (2), and Madison Lamont (9 months); siblings, Kathleen (Dale) Hamele of Kilkenny, Deborah LeBrun of St. Cloud, John (Kim) LeBrun of Waterville, Tammy (Dale) Ross of Hutchinson, Theresa (Steve) Trcka of Lonsdale, Joe (Lisa) LeBrun of Lonsdale, and Laura Johnson of Montgomery.

Tom is preceded in death by his father, Delano LeBrun; brother, Steven LeBrun; and uncle, Jerry LeBrun.

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

Terrance Francis David, Sr.
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Terrance Francis David, Sr., age 78, of Montgomery, passed away on Friday, January 18, 2019 at his home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 29 from 10am to Noon at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with funeral services following at Noon also at the funeral home. Interment will be held in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery in spring. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials donated to a children’s charity of their preference.

Terrance was born on May 21, 1940 to Frank and Helen (Sticha) David. He attended St. Raphael’s grade school and graduated from Montgomery High School. Terrance was united in marriage to Darlene Kuzel on April 11, 1959 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Terrance enjoyed horses, classic country music and visiting with people and farming was his passion and was a loyal John Deere customer.

Terrance is survived by his wife, Darlene of Montgomery; children, Terrence (Laurie) David Jr. of Steen, MN, Tracy (Vicki) David of Faribault, Troy (Carol) David of Lonsdale, Todd (Kala) David of Montgomery, Dawn (Wayne) Molitor of Nicollet, Darcy David (Kevin Henze) of Kilkenny, Ty David (Sarah Crosby) of Montgomery, and Travis David (Randi Rupert) of Hudson, WI; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Micheal David of Le Center.

Terrance is preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Terry Krenik
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Terry Krenik, age 64, of Le Center, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at his home after a long courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 23 from 3pm to 7pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with a KC service concluding the visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 24 at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with visitation 1 hour prior at the church. Interment will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Military Honors will be provided by the Le Center area Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Le Sueur County Relay for Life or the American Cancer Society.

Terry was born on July 18, 1954 in St. Peter to Norbert and Teresa (Schumacher) Krenik. He attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School and was a graduate of Le Center High School. Terry served in the United States Marines. Terry was united in marriage to Rose Meyer on April 29, 1978 at the Church of the Nativity in Cleveland. Terry was a dairy farmer on the family farm and also was a truck driver.

Terry was a member of the KC’s and was a youth wrestling coach. He enjoyed farming, truck driving, fishing, hunting, a wrestling enthusiast, playing with his grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, visiting with friends and music.

Terry is survived by his wife, Rose Krenik of Le Center; parents, Norby (Teresa) Krenik of Le Center; children, Eric (Audrey) Krenik of Le Center, Luke (Nicole) Krenik of Le Sueur, Rachel (Kyle) Short of Elysian, and Dan Krenik of Tampa, FL; grandchildren, Kyle, Cori and Piper Krenik; Elysia and Scott Krenik; Carter, and Reese and Bill Short; siblings, Kathy (Mike) Minkler, Dave (Mary) Krenik, Bette Traxler, Fr. Mike Krenik, Brian (Belinda) Krenik, Andy (Karen) Krenik, and Norby (Carolyn) Krenik; many nieces and nephews.

Terry is preceded in death by brother, Bill Krenik.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Theresa Christine Welckle Hooten
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Theresa Christine Welckle Hooten, 57, of Prior Lake, passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 16, from 9am to 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Mass of Christian Burial at 10am with Father Stiles officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center at a later date.

Theresa was born on January 3, 1962 in Albuquerque, NM to Dennis and Carol (Newman) Welckle. Theresa worked as a waitress for Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake. Theresa was an avid gardener and loved working outside, enjoyed needlepoint, doing stain glass.

Theresa is survived by her parents, Dennis (Carol) Welckle of Cleveland; daughter, Bethany of Belle Plaine; siblings, Cindy (Carl) Bigby of Prior Lake, and Christopher (Shannon) Welckle of Prior Lakep.

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

Gary J. Factor
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Gary J. Factor, age 69, of Le Center, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 peacefully with his family around him after a brain tumor diagnosis in late November. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 13 from 3pm to 8pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am, Monday, January 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center, with visitation 1 hour prior at the funeral home. Interment will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Gary was born on July 15, 1949 to Leonard and Eileen (Blaschko) Factor. He attended St. Mary’s School in Le Center. His freshman year he attended Crosby Seminary for Catholic Priests. He then graduated from McKinley High School in 1967. After high school he attended Mankato State University for 2 years while working as a dispatcher for the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office. In 1970 he joined his Dad working at Prochaska Motors which later became Factor Motors.

He was always proud of his community he lived in. He served on the Le Center City Council and was Mayor for a combined 26 years. In 1972 he joined the Le Center Volunteer Fire Department and also served on the Fire Commission until 2000. He held a seat on the First National Bank Board of directors. He was also a member of the Economic Development Authority for many years.

Gary married his beautiful wife Becky (Gehrke) on October 11, 1969. He was proud of his family and his 16 grandkids. He had a love for golf during the summer months. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing but mostly the camaraderie of these trips. Carpentry was also a pastime he enjoyed making gifts for his family. Time at his cabin on Bowstring Lake was important to him as well during his retirement.

Gary is survived by his loving wife, Becky; 4 sons, and 1 daughter, Paul (Piper) Factor, Brad (Paula) Factor, Cory (Laura) Factor, Mike (Nikki) Factor, and Juli (Chris) Hartwig, all of Le Center; 7 grandsons, Hunter, Carson, Harrison, Gage, Kayden, Brody, and Fisher; 9 granddaughters, Taylor, Faith, Jewel, Grace, Isabelle, Lexi, Kaitlyn, Carly, and Cami; 2 brothers and 1 sister, Bob (Lynn) Factor, Rupert (Julie) Factor, and Bonnie (Duane) Stuehrenberg; 3 nephews and 1 niece, Jesse (Alyssa) Stuehrenberg, Jon Stuehrenberg, Josh Stuehrenberg, and Courtney (Kyle) Iverson.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Robert 'Bob' Krenik
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Robert “Bob” Krenik, 89, of Cleveland passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at his home in rural Cleveland. At his request, there will be no funeral services. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery near Cleveland at a later date.

Bob was born November 1, 1929 in Cleveland to Wencle “Jim” and Margaret (Malecha) Krenik. He graduated from Cleveland High School and served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Cryptographer. Bob was united in marriage to Irene Anderson on October 19, 1957 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mankato. Bob and Irene lived in Mankato until they took over the family farm near Cleveland. Together they farmed for over 50 years.

Bob is survived by his children, John (Gloria) of Midland, Texas, William (Amorn) of Garland, Texas, Mary (Larry) Aszmann of Prior Lake, Amy of Cleveland and Andy of Mankato; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Bob is preceded in death by his wife, Irene; and an infant daughter, Jeanne.

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



Rose Adeline (Dietz) Washa
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Rose Adeline (Dietz) Washa, 104, of Le Center, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at her home in Le Center. Visitation will be Saturday, January, 12 from 9am to 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with funeral service following at 11 also with Father Chris Shofner officiating. Interment will be held at a later date.

Rose was born on December 18, 1914 in Montgomery to August and Rose (Kriha) Dietz. She was a Montgomery High School graduate. Rose was united in marriage to Nathan Henry Washa on November, 12, 1934 in Montgomery. She was a Chairwoman with Mission for 39 years, Deanery mission Chairperson, KC Auxiliary member and CCW member, County Fair volunteer, and a volunteer at Central Health Care. She made rosaries at home for the mission, loved to bake and play cards.

Rose is survived by her children, Kenneth (Ellen) Washa of Fairmont, Sharon (Peter) Kendrigen of Le Center, Robert (Nancy) Washa of Blomkest, Mary (John) Turek of Montgomery; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Rose is preceded in death by her husband, Nathan; 2 sisters; 2 brothers; parents; and 2 grandsons.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Rita Marie Sticha
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Rita Marie Sticha, 82, of Faribault, formerly of Montgomery passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Pleasant Manor in Faribault. Visitation will be Wednesday, January, 9 from 9am to 11am at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with funeral service following at 11 also at the funeral home with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.
Rita was born on November 18, 1936 in Montgomery to Joseph and Julia (Pesta) Rosival. Rita was united in marriage to Elmer William Sticha on June 14, 1955 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Rita had worked at Rite way in Northfield and Valley Pool in Shakopee and drove School mini bus. She enjoyed being a member of the Czech Singers. Rita farmed side by side with her husband and enjoyed time with her grandchildren, card playing, gardening, baking, reading, bird watching and watching the Twins and “survivor” on TV.
Rita is survived by her children, Renee Henson of Faribault and Mary (Scott) Ahrens of New Richmond, WI, and; 8 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren; brother, Ron (Anna) Rosival of Lonsdale; brother-in-law, Marvin Malecha of Northfield.
Rita is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer on November 5, 2018; sons, Randy Sticha, Gregory and David both in infancy; son-in-law, Jim Hanson; sister, Linda Malecha; and her parents.
“ A very special Thank You to all of the staff at Pleasant Manor, and St Croix Hospice for the wonderful care, love and support for Rita and the family. “

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Delyla Sladek
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Delyla Sladek, 77, of Le Center passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems Hospital in Mankato. Visitation will be on Saturday, January 5 from 9am to 11am at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Interment will be in Bohemian National Cemetery.

Delyla was born on November 7, 1941 to Thomas and Anastasia (Smith) Michaels. Delyla was united in marriage to Joseph Sladek on March 3, 1962 at Holy Redeemer Church in Montgomery. Delyla worked as a beautician. Delyla enjoyed spending time with her family, watching the Minnesota Vikings football team, and gardening.

Delyla is survived by her husband, Joseph Sladek; daughters, Laura (Roland) Ceplecha of Kilkenny and Lisa (Jack) Miller of Prior Lake; grandson, Cory Sladek fianc, Rachel Claffey; siblings, Tom (Janice) Michaels of Montgomery, and Connie (Kenny) Weber of Kilkenny; and many nieces and nephews.

Delyla is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Anastasia Michaels; sister, Shirley Grunhoffer; brother, Keith Michaels; and grandson in infancy, Hunter Ceplecha.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Dorine Nadean Tolzman
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Dorine Nadean Tolzman, age 80, died on Monday, December 30th, 2019, at Ecumen Prairie Hill in St. Peter. She was in the presence of her loving family. Visitation will be on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 9am-11am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church German Lake, with funeral service at 11am. Interment will be held in the German Lake Cemetery.

Dorine Nadean Roemhildt was born to Marvin and Ella (Worrell) Roemhildt on January 21, 1939. She grew up on the family farm in rural Elysian, graduating from Waterville High School. While working as a waitress, she met Richard E. Tolzman and they married on July 13, 1957. Making their home in rural Le Center, they raised two children, Edwin and Lori. Dorine was a homemaker, also working at various jobs until following her true passion of caring for children. She provided day care in her home to many families for several years, then worked as a teacher’s aide at the Children’s Learning Center. After retiring she delighted in seeing many of the children, whose lives she had touched, grow up. Dorine’s life changed after being diagnosed the dementia but her love of children never did. Grandma Dorine’s face would light up at the site of her great-grandchildren and other kids who would visit.

Dorine was a long-time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church German Lake where she was active with Sunday School, altar guild and the quilting group. She enjoyed morning coffee with friends, country music, but especially being with her family.

Dorine is survived by her children, Edwin (Patty) Tolzman of Gaylord and Lori (Bruce) Collins of St. Peter; eight grandchildren, Jessica, Stacy, Marcus, Ian, Ryan, Corine, Tina, and Shanna; 22 great-grandchildren; siblings, Shirlene Steinhaus, Guy (Mary) Roemhildt, and Stan (Dianne) Roemhildt; sisters-in-law, Ruth Sunderman, Jeannie Tolzman, and Carol Schaub; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Dorine is preceded in death by her spouse; and parents.

Dorine’s family wishes to thank the staff at Ecumen Prairie Hill for their care and kindness to her and Mayo Clinic Hospice for their support in her last months.

Her love and smile will live in our hearts forever.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Shirley Mary Barta
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Shirley Mary Barta, 83, of Montgomery passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at her home in Montgomery. Visitation will be on Sunday, December 30 from 3pm to 6pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, December 31 at 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Father Victor Valencia officiating with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Shirley was born on April 12, 1935 in Le Center to Stanley and Violet Meger. Shirley was united in marriage to Ben T. Barta on April 30, 1957 in Le Center. Shirley was a nursing assistant and worked and retired from Siemers Nursing Home in Montgomery. She enjoyed gardening, reading, working on word puzzles, dancing to her husbands music, The Ben Barta Band, and especially enjoyed being with her family. She was very caring and enjoyed helping others.

Shirley is survived by her children, Gretchen Barta of Faribault, Terry (Ruby) Barta of Clever, MO., Karen (Wade) Wiberg of Red Wing, and Dale Barta of Little Canada; grandchildren, Justin (Patty) Bultman, Riley Barta, Kylle and Chelsea Barta; great-grandson, Aidan Bultman; siblings, Darlene (Danny) Ryan of Waseca; 2 granddogs, Louie and Flounder; many other relatives and friends.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ben T. Barta in 2010; daughter, Connie Barta; son, Steve Barta; and sister, Florence Campbell.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Bruce Arthur Meidlinger
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Bruce Arthur Meidlinger, 65, of Le Center, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at his home surrounded by family. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 30, from 1 pm to 2 pm at Le Center Seventh Day Adventist Church with funeral service at 2 pm. Pastor Brian Beavers will be officiating.

Bruce was born on May 21, 1953 in San Antonio, TX to Arthur and Mary Ann (Reeves) Meidlinger. He was a St. Paul Johnson High School graduate in 1971, and attended 2-1/2 years at Union College in NE. Bruce was united in marriage to Debbie Buttler on August 11, 1974 in St. Paul. Bruce was the Co-Owner of Armar Corp in Le Center. He was on the Planning and Zoning board, very active in End Time Ministries, and head elder at Le Center Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Bruce is survived by his wife; Debbie Meidlinger; sons, Brian Meidlinger and significant other, Amanda of Le Center, and Blair Meidlinger of Le Center; grandchildren, Alicia, Benjamin, Morgan, Saleen and William; siblings, Mark (Darcy) Meidlinger of San Tan Valley, AZ, Roger (Sally) Meidlinger of St. Paul, Gary Meidlinger of Le Center, Margie (Mark) Becker of Le Center; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Bruce (Geri) Buttler of Alberta, Canada, Beverly Buttler of Le Center, and Craig Buttler of Le Center; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Bruce is preceded in death by his parents; parent-in-laws; and two nephews.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Theodore 'Roy' Engel
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Theodore Roy Engel, 83, of Le Center, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 28, from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 29 at 11 am at United Methodist Church in Le Center with visitation at the church one hour prior. Pastor Donna Martinson will be officiating. Interment will be held in Greenwood Union Cemetery in Le Center.

Roy was born on November 21, 1935 in Winner, South Dakota to Theodore Roy and Edna May (Stewart) Engel. He attended rural grade school near Hamill SD, graduated from high school in Winner, SD., college at Dakota Wesleyan, and received his Masters at SDSU in Brookings, SD. Roy was united in marriage to Glenyce Ferwerda on November 23, 1955 in Springfield, SD. Roy was a teacher and a superintendent of schools in SD, he moved to Le Center in 1977 and became President of the First State Bank of Le Center, and served on the Board of Directors for over 40 years. Roy was a proud member of the United Methodist Church in Le Center and an active supporter of his alma mater Dakota Wesleyan University. Roy enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, travelling, and wintered in Arizona.

Roy is survived by his wife, Glenyce Engel of Le Center; children, Kurt (Dawn) Engel of Watertown, SD, Kevin (Karyl) Engel of Le Center, Rodney (Donna) Engel of Jordan; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings, Verna Mathews of Anchorage, AK, Roger Engel of Winner, SD, and Ken (Susan) Engel of Winner, SD.

Roy is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Robert Engel and Donna Zemina.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Emily Mae Braun
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Emily Mae Braun, 87, of Montgomery passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems Hospital in Mankato. Visitation will be on Saturday, December 22 from 9am to 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Lexington.

Emily was born on January 18, 1931 in Lexington to Joseph and Anna (Plonski) Blank. She graduated from Le Center High School. Emily was united in marriage to Donald O. Braun on September 12, 1953 at St. Joseph Church in Lexington. Emily worked at Northwestern Life Insurance Co. in Minneapolis, Citizens State Bank in Montgomery, and for 27 years First National Insurance Agency in Montgomery retiring in 1999 at the age of 68. Emily was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing Bridge, doing word find puzzles, feeding birds and gardening.

Emily is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Mark) Shaughnessy of Montgomery; grandchild, Kelly (Matt) Kramer of Rosemount; great-grandchildren, Felicity and Kieran.

Emily is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Braun; daughter, Kathleen Braun; siblings, Mary Wondra and John Blank.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Gladys Kaderlik
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Gladys Kaderlik, 85, of Montgomery passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2018 in Montgomery at her home. Visitation will be on Sunday, December 16 from 4pm to 8pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 17 at 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Gladys was born on July 27, 1933 in New Prague to Edward and Anna (Pexa) Sticha. Gladys attended New Prague schools. Gladys was united in marriage to Alvin James Kaderlik on October 26, 1954. She worked for Munsingwear from 1963 to 1982 and then at Green Giant from 1983 to 1985.

Gladys was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Life member of the VFW Auxiliary, KC Auxiliary, and C.C.W. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, playing cards, going gambling with Alvin, fishing, and spending time with family.
Gladys is survived by her son, Rod (Deb) Kaderlik of Montgomery; brother, Wilfred (Diane) Sticha of New Prague.

Gladys is preceded in death by her parents; and husband Alvin Kaderlik.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Donna Lorraine Knish
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Donna Lorraine Knish, 56, passed away on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. The family will be greeting friends and relatives from 4-7pm Saturday, December 15th at Schoenbauer Funeral Home 200 3rd St SE, Montgomery, MN.

She was born on September 7th, 1962 in Spirit River, Alberta, Canada to Donald and Carol (Myles) Cooper. Donna grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She attended and graduated from Calgary High School. After high school she attended individual courses to become a financial advisor and then began working for RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) as a financial advisor and banker where she worked for approximately 6 years. Following that she moved to the United States and she and Darrell started an Etsy woodworking shop shortly after they got married and have been running 3 successful shops since 2001. She took care of the customer service, billing and shipping as well marketing the beautiful handmade products they made. They also owned and operated Oak Hollow Resort in Waterville.

Donna married Darrell in 2001 in Mankato, MN. They were happily married for 17 years. She enjoyed gardening, spending sunny days on the porch overlooking the lake, spending time with her family and grandchildren, spending holidays at the cabin in Waterville and taking care of her beloved dogs, and going dancing. She will be eternally missed by her friends and family.

Donna is survived by her mother Carol (Lawrie) Lavender, aunt Judy (Russ) Alberta, Canada, spouse Darrell of Kilkenny, MN; her step-children Cris (Kurt) Young of Le Center, MN, Jesse (Soumya) Knish of Austin, TX, Daniel (Tina) Knish of Kilkenny, MN; her brothers Kenneth (JoAnne) Cooper of Calgary, Alberta and James (Vicki) Cooper of Prince Edward Island; her step-grandchildren Trevor Knish, Nikaija Young, Kaiden Young, Isabella Knish, Siddharth Knish, Vivienne Knish; and her nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Donna was preceded in death by her father Donald Cooper.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Mary Ellen Miska
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Mary Ellen Miska, 62, of Le Center passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Belle Plaine at her daughters home surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer. Visitation will be on Friday December 14 from 4pm to 8pm with Rosary at 7pm at Le Center Funeral Home and 1 hour prior at the St. Paul Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be held on Saturday December 15 at 11am at the St Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to cancer research.

Mary was born in Warren Michigan on August 15, 1956 and moved to Le Center with her parents John Jack and Barbara (Gierdal) Miska. She was a member and also worked as a minister at Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school, first communion and confirmation classes. She also volunteered with conformation camps and national youth gatherings. Marys children and grandchildren were the center of her life. She enjoyed spending time with them, and never missed a birthday celebration.

She is survived by her father John Jack Miska; sons, Gary (Sheri) Meger of LeSueur, and John (Lona) Meger of Le Sueur; daughters, Tammy (Jason) Dvorak of Belle Plaine, and Barbara (Matthew) Stuart of New Prague; Brothers, John Miska of Crystal, Michael (Judy) Miska of Crooks SD and Joseph (Melissa) Miska of Waterville; Sisters: Sheryl (Robert) Heilman of LeCenter and Melissa Miska of St. Paul; grandchildren, Joseph (Kacee) Knap, Alissa McCann, Jesse, Jeremy, and Jenna Schultz, Breanna, Claire, and Corey Meger, Tyler, Marie, Allison, Bryan, Ethan, Simon, Samuel, Brendan, Hannah, and Sophia Dvorak, Adalynn and Jadyn Stuart; great-grandchildren, Jason and Ford Knap, Lorna McCann, and Bella Thompson.

Preceded by her mother, Barbara A. Miska; step-mother, Arlene Miska; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Miska.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Francis Meyer Jr.
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Francis Meyer Jr., 81, of Mankato, formerly of Le Center, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Laurels Edge Assisted Living in Mankato. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 12, from 8 am to 10 am at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center with Mass of Christian Burial following at 10 am. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Francis was born on July 3, 1937 in rural Le Center to Francis and Dorothy (Elwood) Meyer Sr. He was a high school graduate of McKinley High School in Le Center. Francis was united in marriage to Rose Miller on November 26, 1957 in Janesville. Francis was a dairy farmer until 1983 then owned and operated a welding shop. Francis was a devoted husband and loving father. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling. He was a very active member of St. Marys Parish and was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

Francis is survived by his wife Rose Meyer of Le Center; children, Jim (Lynette) Meyer of Le Center, Julie (Greg) Eide of New Prague, Melanie (Kevin) Patterson of Windom, Dan (Connie) Meyer of Le Center, Jane Meyer (Al Windsperger) of Little Falls, and Greg Meyer (Lisa Christensen) of Cleveland; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings, Dave (Maxine) Meyer of New Brighton, Marge (Alvin) Schloesser of Watertown, WI, and Gene (Nina) Meyer of Le Center.

Francis is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Jack Meyer, Tom Meyer, Jan Wild, and Marilyn Riebel.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Robert Winfred Ruhland
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Robert Winfred Ruhland, 82, of Prior Lake, passed away on December 1, 2018. Services are pending.

Robert was born on August 1, 1936 in his home in Montgomery to Reynold and Agnus Ruhland. He was a 1954 graduate of Montgomery High School. Robert was united in marriage to Barbara Nyberg on December 31, 1960 at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church in Bloomington. He served 2 years as a Combat Engineer in the United States Army. At the age of 54, Robert retired from the United States Postal service after 30+ years. He then went to work at North Star Auto where he retired in 2011.

Robert was a member of the Montgomery American Legion, VFW, and the knights of Columbus. Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on the farm.

Robert is survived by his wife, Barbara; brothers, Reynold (Alice) Ruhland and Roger (Donna) Ruhland; nieces and nephews, Elliot Ruhland, Roger Mike (Dawn) Ruhland, Deborah (James) Ness, Jill Meradith, Timothy (Beth) Lineburg, Eugene Lineburg, John Lineburg, and Robert Lineburg; great nieces and nephews, Cori Ruhland, Justin Ruhland, Rachel Wedig, Marcus Meradith, and Amy Lineburg; his faithful cats, Smokey and Roscoe.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and niece, Debra Ruhland.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Jean Elizabeth Weber
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Jean Elizabeth Weber, 91, of Le Center, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 30, from 9am to 10am at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center with Mass of Christian Burial at 10am. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Jean was born on February 7, 1927 in rural Glencoe to Leonard and Clara (Barto) Lhotka. Jean graduated from Glencoe High School, The Minnesota School of Business, and Mankato State University with a BS in Home Economics with a major in Interior Design and Family Living. Jean was united in marriage to James (Jim) N. Weber at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center on September 16, 1950.

Jean was a past president and secretary of St. Marys CCW. She worked as a secretary for Travelers Inc. Co. and helped at the Weber Pharmacy. She enjoyed sewing, interior design work, landscaping, working at the Thrift Store and traveling with her husband to pharmacy seminars and conventions. Jean and Jim were past snowbirds for 16 years in Apache Junction, AZ.

Jean is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters, Carol (Les) McGrath of Richfield, and Mary (Richard) Michelini of Seneca, SC; sons, Robert Weber of St. Peter, and John (Jan) Weber of Le Sueur; grandsons, Ryan McGrath, and Kevin McGrath, and Thomas (Diane) and Stephen Michelini, Lindsay; sister in laws, JoAnne Lhotka; and Mary (Al) Schmidthuber; great grandchildren, Makenzie, Vincent and Mason; nieces and nephews.

Jean is preceded in death by daughter, Ann Marie as an infant; parents; sister, Doris (Burl) Krafthefer and brother, Donald Lhotka.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Ronald Even Fischer
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Ronald Even Fischer of Cloquet, formerly of Le Center, 48, died Sunday, November 4, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center on November 26, 2018 at 10am. Following the Mass will be a light lunch served at St. Marys Social Hall.

Ron was born April 21, 1970, to Gary and Ann Mae (Deutsch) Fischer at St. Peter, MN. In 1988, he graduated from Le Center High School. He attended college and graduated with a degree in law enforcement. Ron worked over 20 years at Moose Lake State Hospital as a Security Counselor Lead, which led to his title of Administrator.
He was a very funny person, an advocate of workers rights and enjoyed vacations. He had great love for his family and enjoyed time spent with his nephews, nieces and family.

Ron is survived by his sisters, Freida (John) Messner of Lebanon, MO, Teresa (Chris) Davis of Coon Rapids, MN and brother Marc (Ann) Fischer of Fridley, MN; seven nieces and four nephews; two great nieces and two great nephews; Aunt, Sister Shirley Deutsch of Stillwater, MN, and Pat Olson Fischer (Royce) Kilmer of Mankato, MN; and many cousins.

He was proceeded by his parents; Grandparents, Thomas and Elizabeth (Sautter) Deutsch, and Clifford and Thelma (McDowell) Fischer.

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

James Michael Parkos
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James Michael Parkos, 46, of Sauk Rapids, formerly of Lonsdale, passed away, November 13, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 11 am, Tuesday, November 20, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, with visitation 2 hours prior at church.

Jim was born on February 21, 1972 in Faribault to Robert and Nancy (Rein) Parkos. He was a 1990 graduate of Montgomery Lonsdale High School. Jim was a heavy equipment repair mechanic. Jim enjoyed his Harley Motorcycle, Minnesota Vikings, eating chicken wings, tractors/ farm equipment, and going to Pioneer Power.

Jim is survived by best friend, Cindy LaBelle of Bloomington; mother, Nancy Parkos of Lonsdale; siblings, Sandy Parkos of Coldwater, Michigan, Scott (Cheryl) Parkos of Veseli, Bonnie (Jeremy) Kincade of Lakeville, and William (Candis) Parkos of Lonsdale; many nephews and nieces.

Jim is preceded in death by his father, Robert; grandparents, Bernice and Christie Rein; and Joe and Sophie Parkos.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Luella Elizabeth McGillen
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Luella Elizabeth McGillen, 95, of Le Center passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Benedictine Living Community of St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 from 8:30AM until 10:00AM at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center, with the Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:00AM. Father Christopher Shofner will be officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Luella was born on January 17, 1923 at the home of Louis and Ella (Rosenau) Jelinek in Montgomery. She graduated from School District #24 near Kilkenny in 1936 and from Montgomery High School in 1940. In 1941 she graduated from Le Center Teachers Training (Normal) and then taught school in District #18 east of Montgomery until 1948.

She married Kevin McGillen on May 20, 1948. They farmed in the Montgomery and New Prague areas until 1957 when they purchased a farm near Le Center. They farmed and resided there until 1991 when they moved into Le Center. She loved farm life and was always interested in what was going on at the farm. She lived in Le Center until 2012, at which time she moved to an assisted living and then 4 years later to a nursing home. She was a great homemaker and always shared her canning and baked goods with her family. She loved to garden, mow lawn, read, play cards, and follow the Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves. But her main love was her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandy Pinney of Le Center, 2 grandchildren, Kate (Jeff) Bohn of Eagan and Michael (Bridget) Pinney of Le Sueur and 4 great-grandchildren, Austin and Audrey Bohn and Hayden and Luther Pinney, as well as her sister-in-law Phyllis Brozak and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kevin McGillen, son-in-law Alan Pinney, parents, brothers Leighton and Eldred Jelinek, sisters Marjorie Lindeman and Mariella Bartyzal, plus many brothers and sisters in laws.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
Ernest Arnold Zuelch Jr.
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Ernest Arnold Zuelch Jr., age 85, of Le Center, died on November 9, 2018 at Oak Terrace in North Mankato. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 9am to 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with funeral service following at 11am. Interment will be in Bluegrass Cemetery in rural Le Center.

Ernest was born on May 1, 1933 at his home in Hamburg, MN to Ernest Albert and Anna (Ische) Zuelch Sr. Ernest was united in marriage to Delores Ruth Bruch on October 26, 1956 at Zion Lutheran Church in Green Isle Township. Ernest worked at the Le Sueur Foundry for 38 years and also farmed. Ernest enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards, traveling, cooking and smoking meats.

Ernest is survived by children, Bruce (Patti) Zuelch of Cleveland, Wayne (Helen) Zuelch of Le Center, and Brenda Davis of Le Center; 9 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.

Ernest is preceded in death by his wife, Delores Zuelch; parents; grandson, Adam Wayne Zuelch; sister, Liela Hovila; and son-in-law, Steve Davis.

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

Earl Theodore Gramling
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Earl Theodore Gramling, age 88, of Le Center, died on November 7, 2018. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018, from 3pm to 7pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center concluding with a KC service at 6:45 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, November 13 at 10 am with visitation from 9am to 10am at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Area Veterans Honor Guard.

Earl was born on November 23, 1929 in St. Paul to Earl J. and Helen M. (Scott) Gramling. He graduated from Cretin High School in St. Paul in 1947. Earl attended St. Thomas University then enlisted in the US Army and served from 1948 to 1949. Earl then enrolled in Mankato State Teachers College where he was the captain of the football team and received his Masters Degree. Earl was united in marriage to Irene T. OLeary in St. Paul on June 26, 1954. Earl was a High School Principal at Alden High School from 1954 to 1969 and Le Center High School from 1969 to 1989.

Earl was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Le Center Community Club, American Legion Post 108, Ancient Order of Hibernians, MN Football Coaches Association, and National Educators Association. Earl was inducted into the MN State High School League Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Earl loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed sports, primarily football. He never missed an opportunity to watch his grandchildren play any game. He also enjoyed playing a round of golf or game of cards with his friends. Earl and Irene spent a lot of time traveling throughout their retirement.

Earl is survived by his children, Theresa (Pat) Pribyl of New Prague, Margaret (Brian) Saeger of Shakopee, and David (Julia) Gramling of Le Center; siblings, Patricia Peterson of White Bear Lake, and Joseph (Carol) Gramling of St. Paul; grandchildren, Ryan Pribyl, Angela LaVoi, Kristin Pribyl, Tim Pribyl, Jeni Wetzel, Abby Bathel, Rachel Smith, Joe Gramling, Sam Gramling, John Gramling, Anne Anderson, and Michael Gramling; 33 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Earl is preceded in death by his loving wife, Irene; parents; granddaughters, Jessica and Melissa Saeger; Danner Pribyl; brother-in-laws, William Peterson and Howard OLeary; sisters-in-law, Ethel Wrought, Alice Eichten and Muriel Timm.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.
Dennis Michael Cesafsky
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Dennis Michael Cesafsky, age 75, of Montgomery, died on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Mayo Systems in Mankato. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018 from 9am to 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am. Father Victor Valencia will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to American Cancer Society.

Dennis was born on June 11, 1943 in Le Sueur County to Joseph and Agnes (Gostomczik) Cesafsky. He was a graduate from Montgomery High School in 1961. Dennis was united in marriage to Sandra Marie Hackett on September 4, 1965 at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny. Dennis worked at the Lull Corporation in Eagan as a purchasing Agent and then as the Vice President of Manufacturing. Dennis also owned and operated a Sears Store in St. Croix Falls, was a Century 21 agent, and also worked at a printing company in St. Croix Falls. Dennis enjoyed golfing a few times per week, walking, playing cards, reading, and was very helpful to friends and neighbors.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Sandy Cesafsky of Montgomery; son, Brian (Ann) Cesafsky of Mankato; grandchildren, Jeremy Miller, Sam Cesafsky, and Madison Cesafsky; siblings, Mary Harrison of Woodbury, Jim Cesafsky of Montgomery, Joanie (Ronnie) Scheffler of New Prague, and Connie Bartyzal of New Prague; brothers-in-law, Bob Barr of Waseca, and Odin Red Morken of Frazee, MN.

Dennis is preceded in death by daughter, Kim Miller; parents; siblings, Ronnie Cesafsky, Alice Schetinski, Lorraine Barr, Pat Jamison, and Jeanie Morken.

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

Rose Mary Zoubek
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Rose Mary Zoubek, 80, of Montgomery, passed away on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Traditions in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on Saturday, November 10 at 11 am. with visitation from 10 am to 11 am at the funeral home. Visitation will be on Friday, November 9 from 4 pm to 8 pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Rose was born on February 8, 1938 in Kilkenny to George and Rose (Frechette) Mader. She attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School and Montgomery High School. Rose was united in marriage to Robert Edward Zoubek, Sr. on June 4, 1960 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Rose worked as a housekeeper at Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague for many years and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, dancing, flowers, card playing, her pets, decorating, and spending time with grandchildren.

Rose is survived by her 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; great-granddaughter, Macie Rose Zoubek; siblings, George Mader Jr. of New Prague, Mary Anne (Fritz) Herda of Faribault, Janice (Tom) Michaels of Montgomery, Joan Weber of New Prague, and Joyce Anderson of the Twin Cities.

Rose is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Zoubek Sr.; parents, and half sister, Shirley St. Martin.
Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.



Elmer William Sticha
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Elmer William Sticha, 88, of Montgomery, passed away at Pleasant Manor in Faribault on Monday, November 5, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, November 9, at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery, with visitation 2 hours prior also at the funeral home. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. Father George Grafsky will be officiating.

Elmer was born on July 14, 1930 in Veseli on the family farm to William W. and Beatrice (Bartusek) Sticha. Elmer attended Veseli and New Prague schools. Elmer was united in marriage to Rita Rosival at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on June 14, 1955. Elmer was a farmer, milk truck driver, worked at McQuays in Faribault and after retiring he drove school bus for Montgomery schools. Elmer was a member of the Czech singers. He enjoyed watching the Twins, Allis Chalmers tractors, playing cards, playing in old time bands- drums and accordion, spending time with his grand and great-grandchildren.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Rita Sticha of Faribault; daughters, Mary (Scott) Ahrens of New Richmond, WI, and Renee Henson of Faribault; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings, Arnie (Joan) Sticha of New Prague, and Bill (Marilyn) Sticha of Burnsville

Elmer is preceded in death by sons, Randy Sticha, and Gregory and David both in infancy; parents; son-in-law, Jim Henson.

A special thank you to Pleasant Manor Nursing Home and St. Croix Hospice for their wonderful care for Elmer.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Shirley Ann Sautter
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Shirley Ann Sautter, age 77, passed away on November 1, 2018 at Traditions in Montgomery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 8 at 10 am with visitation one hour prior at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Interment will be held in Greenwood Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Alzheimers and the American Cancer Society.
Shirley was born on May 6, 1941 in Montgomery to John B. and Hazel (Squires) Novotny. Shirley was united in marriage to Clair Sam Sautter on August 13, 1966 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Shirley retired from the Le Sueur County Court House. When her children were young, she enjoyed being a Cub Scout leader. As they grew, she became involved in their various extra-curricular activities. Seldom missing any of their events. She also loved gardening and baking. Once her children were grown her interest turned toward politics and busying herself with various church committees. Bowling, gardening and time with her grand and great-grandchildren, as well as vacations up north.
Shirley is survived by her children, Jerry (Donna) Morrow Jr of Costa Mesa, CA, Jeffrey (Cyndi) Morrow of Montgomery, Gregory Morrow of Rapid City, SD, Deborah (David) Struckman of Le Center, and Lisa (Ronald) Hertaus of New Prague; grandchildren, Kristina (Paul) Nemitz, Jill (Dave) Steinborn, Wendy (Joe) Claffey, Brooke Morrow, Austin Morrow, Dustin (Hannah) Struckman, Adam (Julie) Hertaus, Samantha (Brady) Collier; great-grandchildren, Mason Nemitz, David James Steinborn, Logan Steinborn, Emma Steinborn, Gabriel Coryell, Colton Claffey, Reed Claffey, Ava Hertaus, Reagan Struckman; siblings, Ellen (Dr. Ronald) Dubbe of Waconia, Robert (Maureen) Holmes of Forest Lake, Renee (Michael) Holt of Brook Park, and Mark (Tina) Holmes of Port Orchard, WA.

Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Clair Sam Sautter; Parents, John B. Novotny, and Donald and Hazel Holmes; siblings, Bonnie Stasney, and John L. Novotny; brother-in-law, Clarence Stasney; grand-daughters, Gabrielle and Calli Morrow.
Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116 www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.

George Frank Trnka
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George Frank Trnka, age 89, of Montgomery, died on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Mala Strana in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9am to 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery Area Veterans Honor Guard.

George was born on December 2, 1928 in New Prague to George and Emma (Pinc) Trnka. George served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War as a Staff Sergeant. George was united in marriage to Katie Trzecinski at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. George worked as a maintenance mechanic for 41 years at Thermal King in Bloomington. After retirement he worked at Seneca in Montgomery for 20 years. George enjoyed ice fishing, going to auctions, watching Twins baseball, and tinkering and fixing things. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.

George is survived by his wife, Katie Trnka of Montgomery; children, Larry Trnka of Montgomery, Mary Ann (Steve) Wroblewski of Montgomery, Ron Trnka (Marilyn) of Kilkenny, and Tim (Deb) Trnka of Montgomery; 5 grandchildren, Derek, Jason (Ellie), Julie, Amy and Robert (Alison); 3 great-grandchildren, Wyatt, William, and Weston; siblings, John Trnka of Rosemount, and Joe (Sandy) Trnka of Cottage Grove; brother-in-law, John Zvanovec of Cambridge.

George is preceded in death by son, Bernie Trnka; sister, Lillian Zvanovec, Irene (Fritz) Stepka; and sister-in-law, Barb Trnka.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929 www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Mabel J. Krenik
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Mabel J. Krenik, age 90, passed away on September 20, 2018, in Flower Mound, Texas. Visitation will be on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 9am to 10am with Mass of Christian burial at 10 am all at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. Interment will be held in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mabels memory to St. Marys Catholic Church.

Mabel was born in Zahl, North Dakota, to Alfred and Clara (Bruggeman) Fjeld. She graduated from Good Counsel Academy in Mankato, Minnesota and worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company.
Mabel married John C. Krenik on September 14, 1949 in Mankato. They made their home in Le Center, Minnesota, where Mabel worked at Spors Company. In 1955, they built the first motel in Le Center, Center Motel, and Mabel operated it for 22 years. She enjoyed all those years visiting with and meeting new people. Mabel was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary as well as a member of the Moose and Eagle Clubs. John and Mabel enjoyed playing cards (Euchre) and going to dances with friends. For years and years they went out every Saturday night to dance at the neighboring towns polka dances. They enjoyed traveling extensively, hitting all 50 states. Mabel was very devoted to her grandchildren whom she helped care for all their growing years. She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Marys Catholic Church.

In 2010, John and Mabel moved to Texas to live near their daughter. Mabel was a very strong willed person. Until her last day, she did daily exercises, greeted you with a cheery hello and always felt good. Even though Mabel was losing her memory, she could still recite the entire rosary.

Mabel is survived by her children, Patricia Knish of Lonsdale, Minnesota, and Cindy (Doug) Nations of Flower Mound, Texas; sister, Judy (Donnie) Peterson of McAllen, Texas; grandchildren, Aaron and Asha Knish.

Mabel is preceded in death by her husband, John C. Krenik; parents; siblings, Marcie Buttons, Cyril Fjeld, Alma Osmundson, Dolores Goettl, Alice Page, Elmer Holbrook, Clifford Holbrook, and Paul Holbrook.

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

Dorothy Mary (Homan) Wersal
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Dorothy Mary (Homan) Wersal, of Le Center walked through Heavens gates on October 18, 2018. There will be a visitation at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center on Tuesday, October 23 from 3pm to 5pm with a service at 5pm.

Dorothy was born on a farm outside of St. Leo, MN on October 20, 1937 to Ben and Angela (Schweiss) Homan. She graduated from Hector High School. First and foremost she was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was a very creative person with a tremendous talent of crocheting. She loved the outdoors working in her garden and on her lawn. Over the years she has been complimented by many people on her ability to grow such beautiful gardens, even some who were complete strangers. Dorothy loved baking, making quilts, crafts, and making uniquely hand crafted Christmas ornaments every year for her family.

Dorothy loved old time music and while at one of the many polka dances she attended, she met the love of her life. Dorothy and Bill married in 1958. Bills job transferred the family to Montana in 1975, they later divorced in 1978. Dorothy earned her Engineering Degre at the Glasgow AFB in 1980. Work brought her back to MN where she spend her years up to her retirement working as a Draftsperson in the Engineering Department at WINCO in Le Center.

Dorothy is survived by and greatly missed by her daughter, Debbie Kallem of Kalispell, MT, son, Kevin (Angie) Wersal , daughter, Denis (Earl) Carson of Glasgow, MT, daughters, Lorie Jenson, Brenda (Gary) Wick, and Jodi Lange all of Le Center; 19 grandchildren, Amee, Nicholas, Ashley, Cara, Shawn, Brittne, Darrin, Shane, Kyle, Jessica, James, Jennifer, Brianna, Brandon, Nichol, Greg, Adam, Hannah, and Logan; and by an ever growing number of great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Norbert) Portner of New Ulm, Aggie (Dick) Matheowitz of Fairfax, Jerome (Gladys) Homan of Hutchinson; sister-in-law, Delores (Warner) Homan of Redwood Falls.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her infant child, William (Billy) Joseph Wersal III.; parents; sons-in-law, Bim Kallem and Shawn Lange; ex-husband, William (Bill) Joseph Wersal Jr.; and bother Cletus Homan.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116 www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Marlene 'Gussie' Emmers
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Marlene Gussie Emmers, age 80, passed away on October 14, 2018, at Methodist Hospital after an 8 year battle with kidney failure and being on dialysis. Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 9am to 10am with Mass of Christian burial at 10 am all at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Marlene was born on October 19, 1937 to Leonard and Gertrude (Laban) Gostomczik. She attended Montgomery High School and was united in marriage in April 1957 to Leslie John Emmers at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lexington. She worked at Spors Company, Robb Container for 15 years, Central Health Care in the Kitchen for 10 years and Webers Drug Store in Le Center. Marlene was a member of the Le Center Ambulance since the 1970s and drove school bus. She enjoyed bowling, was on Bowlarama, Yatzee, bingo, painting and crafting.

Marlene is survived by her husband of 61 years, Leslie Emmers; children, John (Roxanne) Emmers of Blaine, and Bryan (Carrie) Emmers of Lonsdale; grandchildren, Tim (Rochelle) Emmers of Good Thunder, Tracy Jacobsen of St. Peter, Caley Emmers of St. Louis Park, and Jaden Emmers of Lonsdale; step-grandchildren, Nickole, Sheila, and Kyle; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Mary Jean Tootsie Foster of Montgomery.

Marlene is preceded in death by parents; brother-in-law, Dennis Foster Sr.

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

Julitta 'Jule' Franke
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Julitta Jule Franke, 90, of Montgomery, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Mayo Systems New Prague. Funeral services will be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on Wednesday, October 10 at 10 am. with visitation from 9 am to 10 am at the church. Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 9 from 4 to 8 pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Jule was born on February 2, 1928 at home in St. Benedict in rural Jordan to Lawrence and Margaret (Stang) Hartman. She was united in marriage to Alvin Butch Franke on May 4, 1957 at St. Benedict Church in rural Jordan. Jule alongside her husband owned and operated Frankes Bakery in Montgomery.

Jule is survived by her children, Bob and Nancy Franke, Kathy Schatz, Jean Franke, and Becky and Chad Haraldson; grandchildren, Joel, Craig and Ashley Franke, Lindsy Franke, Jackie and Joe Bengston, Ashley and Jordan Waldeland, Kacey and Joe DeMarco, Emily Schatz, Derek Schatz, Rachel and Nathan Haraldson; great-grandchildren, Kiylah Franke, Jackson Franke, Eli and Abraham Franke, Kaylee Bengston, Justice, Bennett and Lennon DeMarco; sisters, Rosemary Brown, and Ann Walter; brothers, Roger Hartman and Leon Hartman.

Jule is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Butch Franke; her parents; brothers, Werner Hartman and Cyril Hartman; sisters, Dee Hartman, Armella Mladek, Cele Pekarna, and Cyrilla Pint

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Earl August Roemhildt
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Earl August Roemhildt, 68, of Cleveland, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at his home. Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 6, from 11am to 2pm at Church of Christ Church in Cleveland. Interment will be held in Savidge Lake Cemetery in Cleveland.

Earl was born December 30, 1949 in Elysian to Ortwin and Mary (Wendt) Roemhildt. Earl was baptized and confirmed at St. Peters Bell Lutheran Church. Earl worked for Uniman for 36 years.

Earl is survived by sisters, Jane (Arnold) Moldenhauer of Le Sueur, Caroline (Galen) Krueger of Le Center, and Ardis (Willis) Ely Cleveland; brothers, Grant (Elaine of Elysian, Orville Roemhildt of Cleveland; sister-in-law, Carol (Gordon) Roemhildt of Le Center; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; great-great nieces and nephews.

Earl is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Arnola Studnicka of Kasota, and Ruth Davis of Cleveland; brothers, Raymond Roemhildt of Elysian, Clare Roemhildt of Cleveland, Harold Roemhildt of Elysian, Alfred Roemhildt of Le Sueur, and Gordon Roemhildt of Le Center; sister-in-law, Elaine Roemhildt; brother-in-laws, Ervin Davis, Willis Ely, Arnold Moldenhauer, and Frank Studnicka; nephew, Terry Moldenhauer; nieces, Caroline Niesen; great nephew, Matthew Helling; great niece, Sheri Lynn Davis.

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

Ronan Rice Hunt
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Ronan Rice Hunt (1928-2018), age 90, of Las Vegas, Nevada died peacefully surround by family on July 19, 2018. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018, from 8 am to 10 am at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 am. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Ronan was born on April 27, 1928 in Mankato, Minnesota to Aaron Leo Hunt and Ethel Jane (Rice) Hunt. Ronan was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Maureen (Hunt) Allen of La Crosse, Wisconsin and his brother, Kevin Leo Hunt of Billings, Montana.

Ronan was a 1944 graduate of McKinley High School in Le Center. Ronan proudly served in both the United States Navy August 8, 1945 to August 18, 1946 and United States Air Force from May 1, 1951 to March 11, 1952.
On September 6, 2002, Ronan married the love of his life, Betsy (Olson) Hunt in Las Vegas Nevada. The couple were married on the fairway of the ninth hole at Palm Valley Golf Course in Las Vegas where they first met. In addition to golfing, the Hunts enjoyed entertaining family and friends from out-of-state.

Ronan was a proud uncle to his two nephews, Timothy Patrick Allen (Mukwonago, Wisconsin) and Clancey Jack Allen (La Crosse, Wisconsin); his niece, Shannon Ann Allen (Mukwonago, Wisconsin).

After fulfilling his military service, Ronans work consisted of an over-the-road truck owner and operator and farmer. The majority of Ronans work-life included a 49-year trucking partnership with Donald Majusiak. Rumor has it those two never had a cross word!

Ronans greatest gift was that of his time and friendship. Ronan's cell phone was constantly dinging with calls and texts. If you were Ronans friend and had a birthday, anniversary or other celebration, he would contact you. Ronans family and friends will greatly miss his communications. Ronan would routinely close out his calls with the familiar phrase Keep Your Nose Clean and God Bless.

In addition to spending time with his family and friends, Ronan's favorite past-times were his 3-mile daily walk and golfing. Ronan quietly accumulated 8 holes-in-ones, including his 8th hole-in-one at 88 years old on his home course, Eagle Crest.

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



David Leonard Skluzacek
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David Leonard Skluzacek, age 61, of Montgomery, died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at his home. Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 3 from 10 am to Noon with a prayer service to follow all at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

David was born on May 18, 1957 in New Prague to James and Leonella (Simek) Skluzacek. He attended Saint John the Baptist Catholic School and Jordan High School. He was united in marriage to Pamela Soine at Vang Lutheran Church in May of 1990. He worked on the family farm for many years, at CertainTeed and Contech Construction. In his spare time he enjoyed walking his beloved dogs, Jack and Lucy, talking to anyone walking by, a good card game and going out to eat, and was an avid sports fan of all Minnesota Sport teams, especially the Vikings.

David is survived by his daughter, Chelsea Skluzacek of Mankato; his faithful companions Jack & Lucy; siblings, Mark (Mary) of Jordan, Elaine of New Prague, Chris (John) Sorenson of Minneapolis; brother-in-law, Tom (Jeanne) Schoenbauer of Faribault; nieces and nephews.

David is preceded in death by his wife, Pam Skluzacek; parents; sister, Mary Schoenbauer, and sister, Patricia Skluzacek and brother, Dennis Skluzacek both in infancy.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929 www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Gertrude 'Gertie' Tuma
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Gertrude Gertie Tuma, age 93 of Montgomery, died Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, September 28 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery at 11 am. Visitation will be from 10 am to 11 am at the church. Interment will be in Bohemian National Cemetery in rural Montgomery.

Gertrude (Gertie) Tuma, daughter of James and Anna (Kotavy) Tuma, was born in Wheatland Township on February 18, 1925. She lived on the family farm until the age of twenty when she became a housekeeper for the Frank Turek and Joe Kaderlik families. She stayed with her sister in Montgomery during the three years she worked at the Munsingwear plant. She then moved to Minneapolis and began working at the Franklin Nursing Home and when it sold continued working for the new ownership until her retirement at age 75. During her working years she used her vacation time to travel with her niece to Europe, California, Nebraska, and Colorado. She was a daily walker and suffered a fall breaking her hip and after recovery decided to move closer to her family in Montgomery. She resided at Park Manor Apartments. She continued her daily walks and helped with the noon meals.

Gertie is survived by brother, Alvin (Aggie) Tuma of Montgomery; and nieces and nephews.

Gertie is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Alice, Gladys, Ardeen and Lucille; brothers, Richard, and Milo (Marian).

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com
Thomas James Thornton
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Thomas James Thornton, age 92, of Montgomery, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones in the early morning of Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Mayo Systems Hospital in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 p.m. Father Victor Valencia will be officiating. Interment will be held at St. Thomas Cemetery in St. Thomas. Military Honors provided by the Montgomery area Veterans Honor Guard.

Thomas was born on the family farm on June 9, 1926 in Le Center to Michael and Mary (Malinski) Thornton. He was a Le Center High School graduate. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged as a Private First Class Regular Army in July 1948. He continued to run the family farm and also was a bartender at the Palace Bar for many years.

On February 8, 1964 Tom was united in marriage to Rita Kaderlik and settled into family life in Montgomery. Tom and his family were faithful members of Holy Redeemer Church. Toms main career after the sale of the family farm was with Green Giant in Montgomery from 1967 until he retired in 1989. After retirement he found pleasure in his many hobbies. He took up golfing, and even sponsored an annual family reunion golf tournament, The Twister Open. He taught himself computer skills and enjoyed staying in touch with family and friends via Facebook.

Tom was an avid fisherman, hunter, and all around outdoorsman. He was a super fan and rarely missed a Twins or Vikings game, along with all other Minnesota teams. Tom was a staunch Democratic and could be easily coaxed into arguing politics mainly by his favorite nephews; (The Lang Boys).

Thomas is survived by and greatly missed by his beloved wife, Rita Thornton of Montgomery; children, Stephanie (Tony) Stage of Katy, TX., Thomas (Sarah) Thornton of Gresham, OR., Jeff (Jan) Birdsell, of Lake Havasue City, AZ., Tony (Linda) Birdsell of Montgomery, and Tim (Cindy) Birdsell of Montgomery; grandchildren, Forrest Drengler, Delia Thornton, Brooke Vandervoort, Kale Drengler, Jason Birdsell, Tyson Birdsell, and Justin Birdsell; 5 great-grandchildren; siblings, Michael Thornton of California, and Jacqueline McCall of California; also many nieces and nephews.

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Evelyn Lang, and Alyce Bolke.

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

Mary Emily Steinhouse
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Mary Emily Steinhouse, age 85 of Montgomery, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at her home. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery from 9:30 a.m 11:30 a.m. Celebration of Life will be held following the visitation at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Jason Pollington officiating. Interment will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Mary was born on July 4, 1933 in Washington, Louisiana to Matthew and Bena Prather. After graduating from high school she moved to San Antonio, Texas where she met and married her husband, Roger Steinhouse on September 4, 1965 and had her children. They moved to Bloomington, where she worked for United Steel Products as an office manager. Mary and her family moved to Montgomery because her company relocated there in 1973. Mary enjoyed camping, going on fall trips, cooking, playing cards with her friends, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Mary is survived by her husband, Roger Steinhouse of Montgomery; children, Lisa Thompson of Montgomery, Creagg (Peggy) Steinhouse of Lonsdale, and Angela (Dale) Hale of Farmington; grandchildren, Neil, Becky, Emily, Carrie and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Maria, Tyler, and Max; siblings, Aline Richey of Mt. Vernon, OH., Matthew M.P Prather of San Antonio, TX., Madeline Coto of Barnwell South Carolina, and Janie Tujaque of Opelousas, Louisiana.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Norma, and Shelton.

Arrangements with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome. 507-357-6116.
Helen P. Keogh
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Helen P. Keogh, age 89 of Montgomery, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery from 9:00 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to American Macular Degeneration Association.

Helen was born on July 17, 1929 in Montgomery to Albert and Theresa (Chalupa) Vrzal. She was a graduate of Montgomery High School. Helen was united in marriage to Leonard Keogh on October 30, 1948 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Helen worked as a seamstress at Munsingwear for almost 30 years. Helen was a member of the American Legion and VFW Auxiliary, Gardening Club, and Red Hat Society. She enjoyed needle work, crafts, gardening and bird watching.

Helen is survived by her children, Karen (Larry) Parsons of Montgomery, and Jeff (Kathy) Keogh of New Prague; grandchildren, Mike (Laurie) Parsons, Micki Spears, Sarah (Ken) Kenemore, Amy (Peter) Bulger, Amanda (Shane Weidall) Keogh, Katie (Travis Scheffler) Keogh, and Laura (Zach Wallace) Keogh; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Peyton Weidall, Thomas and William Bulger, Logan, A.J., and Katy Spears, Elizabeth Sletten, and Tyler and Kali Kenemor.

Helen is preceded in death by Husband, Leonard; son, Marvin; sisters, Mary, Rosalia, and Bozena; and parents.

Arrangements with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome. 507-357-6116.
Viola Mae Wondra
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Viola Mae Wondra, age 90 of Montgomery, passed away on Friday, August 24, 2018 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home from 4:00 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at the church. Father Victor Valencia will be officiating. Interment will be at St. John Catholic Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

Viola was born August 25, 1927 in New Prague to Rudolph and Emma (Prchal) David. She attended country school, Holy Redeemer School and Montgomery High School. Viola was united in marriage to Leonard Wondra on September 20, 1949 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. She worked at a gas company before being married, Holy Redeemer Catholic School as an Aid and managed the Meadow Ridge Apartments until her husband retired and took over. She enjoyed making Kolacky, baking- trying new recipes, gardening, flowers, travelling all 50 states, sewing, and appreciated nature and her grandchildren.

Viola is survived by her husband, Leonard Wondra of Montgomery; children, Kathleen Chapman of Tualatin, OR, Terese Wondra of St. Louis, MO, David Wondra of Minneapolis, Joseph (Susan) Wondra of New Prague, and Thomas (Kellyanne) Wondra of North Prairie, WI.; 16 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.

Viola is preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, James Chapman; brothers, Walter and Gilbert David.

Arrangements with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome. 507-357-6116.
Donald J. Budin
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Donald J Budin, age 83 of Le Center, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Le Center Funeral Home from 4:00 8:00 p.m. with a KC service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. Interment will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Le Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer Association.

Donald was born on August 8, 1935 to Joseph and Lillian (Krenik) Budin. He graduated from Le Center High School in 1952. On September 7, 1960, Donald married Mary Terese (Clarkin) at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Shieldsville. He took over his familys farm where he enjoyed farming until his retirement. He always enjoyed his family, farming and playing cards, especially Pfeffer.

Donald is survived by his wife, Mary Terese Budin; six children, Denise (David) Muehlberg of Brooklyn Park, Diane (Gary) Burrow of Apple Valley, Bob (Michele) Budin of Eagan, Terry (Jackie) Budin of Savage, Tim (Brenda) Budin of Le Center, and Russ (Michelle) Budin of Rosemount; one sister, Arlene Lukes of Le Center; 18 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Agnes Budin; brother-in-law, Bill Hoffman; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lillian Budin; brother, James Budin, and sisters, Delia Blaschko and Lillian Hoffman, brother-in-law, Donald Lukes.

Arrangements with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116.
Glendon Peter Flicek
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Glendon Peter Flicek, age 94, of Montgomery, died on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be held on Monday, August 20, 2018 from 1pm to 4pm at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 4pm. Father Victor Valencia will be officiating. Interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery Area Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials are preferred to the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please visit someone in a nursing home or assisted living.

Glen was born October 3, 1923 in New Prague to Joseph J. and Emily (Novotny) Flicek. He graduated from New Prague High School in 1941 and The College of St. Thomas with a BA in 1950. Glen served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He was united in marriage to Margaret Mary Wacholtz in Minneapolis on August 23, 1947. He owned and operated Glenn Flicek Insurance Agency in Montgomery from 1950 to 1994. Glen was a past Commander and member of The American Legion Post #79 and VFW Post 5340. He was past Grand Knight of K of C Council 1573, past Sextant of Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery, and past President of the Montgomery Lions. He was a member of Montgomery Veterans Honor Guard, Holy Redeemer Church Choir, Co-founder of Montgomery Amateur Town Baseball, founder of the Montgomery Golf Club, and WCCO Good Neighbor. He and Margaret were Kolacky Day Grand Marshals in 1992. He was Sleep Soldier Boy Sleep soloist at Military funerals, loved to sing The Irish Blessing, was an avid hunter and fisherman, sports fan, and referee/ umpire critic.

Glen is survived by children, Stephen (Bonnie) Flicek, David (Camille) Flicek, Mary (Michael) Hartung, Barbara (Robert) Rotter, Diane (Scott) Barriball, Rebecca (Robert) Foley, Peter (Connie) Flicek, Joseph (Melissa) Flicek, and Amy (Kirk) Sampson; grandchildren, Sarah (Kevin) Flicek, Jodie Flicek, Anne Flicek, Bradley Flicek, Luke Flicek, Stacia Flicek, Ryan (Jacqui) Hartung, Kyle (Kristin) Hartung, Abbey (Victor) Arredondo, Timothy (Hannah) Hartung, Jennifer (Jason) Houn, Jeffrey (Eve) Rotter, John (Marisa) Rotter, Jane (TJ) Fischer, Tracy Barriball, Jay Barriball, Michaela (David) Grundman, Alexandra Foley, Mitchell (Nicole) Foley, Thomas Flicek, Amanda Flicek, Michael Flicek, Emily Flicek, Kevin Sampson, Katelyn Sampson, Kalli Sampson, Kate Flicek, and Maggie Flicek; 21 great-grandchildren.

Glen is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret in 2010; son, Kevin Flicek in 1988; brothers, Robert Flicek and Norbert Flicek.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-364-7929 www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Garry LeRoy Quance
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Garry Le Roy Quance, age 78, of Montgomery, died on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at his home, with his wife and daughter at his side. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 3:00 P.M. TO 6:00 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m. also at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Garry was born on September 16, 1939 in Staples, MN to Glenn and Edith (Klos) Quance. Garry was a Staples High School graduate of the class of 1939. He was a successful basketball and baseball player and continued to be an avid sports fan throughout his life, particularly of the Twins and Vikings. Garry worked as a supervisor at Great Northern Railroad in St. Paul, where he met Gloria Reins. They were united in marriage on October 5, 1968 at Fort Snelling. Garry then moved to Montgomery, where he acquired and operated Pla Mor Lanes for 7 years from 1968 - 1975. He also worked as an insurance broker for Citizens State Bank in Montgomery, a sales representative covering a 5 state area for the Saint Paul Auto Dealers, and finally as the
owner and CEO of his own company, Professional Parts Wholesalers. Quancey loved the Montgomery Mallards baseball organization, whom he helped found and managed for several years. He also organized and ran the Kolacky softball tournament for many years, as well as served on the Holy Redeemer School Board. After realizing that retirement was not one of his favorite activities, Garry worked part-time at Coborns in New Prague, where he enjoyed working with the young adults and visiting with the customers. Garry loved working in his garden, playing cribbage and the piano, traveling, and was an avid reader.

Garry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gloria Quance of Montgomery; children, Micki Quance (Tracy) Main of Los Angeles, CA, Debra (Scott) Olson of the Twin Cities, and Barb Khosti, of the Twin Cities; siblings, Kay Doepner, Pam Harris, Jody Quance, and Pat Quance.

Garry is preceded in death by his parents; sons, Brian and David Quance; brother, Michael Quance; mother-in-law, Eleanor Kauffmann, and brother-in-law Michael Shimek.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Paul R. McCabe
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Paul R. McCabe, age 63 of Le Center, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Visitation will be on Sunday, August 5, from 3pm to 7pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, August 6 at St. Marys Catholic Church at 10am with Father Chris Shofner officiating with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland.

Paul was born on May 10, 1955 in St. Peter, MN to Thomas Tom and Lois (Pete) McCabe. Paul was the 5th of 13 children. He was a graduate of Cleveland High School. Paul was united in marriage to Elizabeth (Osborne) on September 27, 1974 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. He worked at WINCO for 30 years taking early retirement due to Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2009. In November 2017, Paul was diagnosed with AL Amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder affecting 8 in a million, for which he was currently receiving treatment. He adored his grandkids and going to their various activities or spoiling them with chocolate milk and ice cream. Paul truly enjoyed helping everyone and anyone including Sharon with dog chores, and Dave with the small engines. He also loved grilling for company, mowing, snow blowing, and sharing his homemade salsa.

Paul is survived by wife, Elizabeth McCabe; children, Marie McVenes, Jon (Amanda) McCabe, and Patty (Dan) Flowers; grandchildren, Gage, Blake, and Brielle McVenes, Evelyn McCabe, Kaitlyn, Natalie, and Julia Flowers; siblings, Tony (Judy) McCabe, MaryAnn Berg (Kim Yoder), Kyran (John) McCormack, Tom (Cindy) McCabe, Cindy (George) Meyer, Germaine Ely, Connie Derner, Jackie (Al) Blair, Jeff McCabe, and Matt McCabe; his mother, Lois McCabe; many nieces, nephews, other extended family, and friends.

Paul is preceded in death by his father, Tom; brothers, Chuck and Gerard; father-in-law, Ronald Osborne; and brother-in-law, Tom Ely.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Ruth Fredrickson
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Ruth Dottie Fredrickson, at the age of 93, passed away peacefully on July 28, 2018. Memorial Service to be held at Le Center United Methodist Church in Le Center on Thursday, August 2, 2018 with visitation from 8 am to 11 am, service at 11 am with lunch at church to follow after interment in Greenwood Union Cemetery.

Born December 23, 1924, Ruth was the 9th sibling of 10 born to Richard and Mary Chadderdon. Ruth grew up on the family farm in Le Center, MN, attended grade school at the one room school house, and graduated from McKinley High School.

Following graduation, Ruth worked at the cannery in Montgomery, and while there met Axel Fredrickson, who had a son, Clarence who was in the army fighting in Germany during WW II. Clarences father liked Ruth and asked if he could send her picture to his son. Ruth gave him permission to do so, and several letters and pictures were exchanged. When discharged from the army, a surprise visit at the cannery from Clarence eventually led to a marriage of 61 years.

Before having children, Ruth worked at Winco in Le Center. They bought 120 acres just outside Le Center, built their home there. Once having children, Ruths main job was homemaker, but also did the bookwork for Clarences painting business. For a while they also farmed the land, but eventually rented out the farmland for raising crops. When Clarence retired from his painting business, they purchased and operated Wise Stop Resort on Lake Jefferson for 6 years.

Ruths legacy is her deep Christian faith, which she professed with her generous acts of kindness, taking in several nieces, nephews, friends families at different points in her life over the years, delivering meals and cookies, lively chatter, words of encouragement to many during difficult times. She cared for her mother, Mary, for most of 26 years after her mother was widowed. Ruth was active in her United Methodist Church as Sunday school teacher, organizing and planning meals for events, and a member of the United Methodist Church Women. Ruth enjoyed crocheting, sewing, knitting, reading, tending flowers, gardening and yardwork with Clarence.

Survivors include her 5 children, David (Donna), Greg (LuAnne), Debbie (Pat) OMalley, Sheila (Mike) Jefferson , Curt (Marcy); ex daughter-in-laws, Lori Tuma, and Debbie Fredrickson; 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death is her husband, Clarence; infant son, Bradley; parents, Richard and Mary Chadderdon; daughter-in-law, Rosemary Fredrickson; great-grandson, Little David Fredrickson; and 9 brothers and sisters.

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

James Edward Jabas
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James Edward Jabas, age 72, of Montgomery, died on Friday, July 20, 2018 at his home in Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 4pm-8pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 10:30am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with visitation 1 hour prior at church. Father George Grafsky and Father Victor Valencia will be officiating. Burial will be held in St. Catherines of Spring Lake 4500 220th St. E. Prior Lake. Military honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Veterans Honor Guard.

Jim was born on May 1, 1946 in Little Falls to Leonard and Doloria (Marx) Jabas. He was a graduate of Little Falls High School. Jim served in the US Army during Vietnam. Jim worked for the International Operating Engineers local 49 Union as a backhoe operator. Jim was united in marriage to Shirley Gust on January 3, 1970 in Sobieski, MN. After her passing in 1993, Jim was again united in marriage to Karen (Mornson) Pink on October 12, 1996 in Shakopee, MN.

Jim was a member of the VFW Post 5340 in Montgomery, Veterans Honor Guard, KC 3rd degree, and Pioneer Power Association. He enjoyed portraying as Abraham Lincoln at various events, winter and summer fishing at the cabin up north, hunting, and time with kids and grandkids. Jim was a man who gave everything in life. He was a loving husband, father, and friend. Jim enjoyed tinkering in his shed, loved the outdoors, hunting and most of all fishing. He was the kind of friend youd want to be and want to have. He will be missed dearly.

Jim is survived by his wife, Karen Jabas of Montgomery; children, Jennifer (Jeff) Schneider of New Prague, Rebecca Stuber of Rochester, Anna (Nathan) Hoy of New Prague, and Paul Jabas of Montgomery; grandchildren, Thomas Schneider, Shelby (Malachi) Mlinar, Kayla Hennen, Eric Hoy, William Hoy, Samantha Hoy, and Zak Jabas; siblings, Mary Ann (Claude) Strauch of Richville, Richard Jabas of Forest Lake, Millie (Rick) Binkley of Zimmerman, Diane (Tony Vincent) Jabas of Fairview, TN, Mike (Maggie) Jabas of Kilkenny, and Kevin (Maxine) Jabas of Little Falls;

Jim is preceded in death by his parents; 1st wife, Shirley (Gust) Jabas; and sister-in-law, Judy Jabas.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Albert F. Malecha
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Albert F. Malecha, age 96, of Montgomery, died on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Traditions of Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with KC Rosary fifteen minutes prior to visitation at the Church. Father George Grafsky will be officiating. Burial will be held at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in New Prague following mass.

Albert was born December 21, 1921 in Lonsdale, Minnesota to Albert G. Malecha and Ludmilla (Havel) Malecha. Albert was united in marriage to Mildred Millie Korbel on November 12, 1945 at St. Wenceslaus in New Prague. The couple started their married life south of Lonsdale on the family farm. In 1963, Albert started at Faribault Foods as a mechanic and later became a plant manager. Albert enjoyed fishing, rose gardening, carpentry, hunting, playing cards, community service volunteer, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Albert was also part of the KCs and Twin Lakes Sportsmens Club.

Albert is survived by children, Darlene Ruhland of Montgomery, Melvin (Jeannie) Malecha of New Prague, and Dennis (Sue) Malecha of Rosemount; brothers, Leonard Malecha of Lonsdale, Roman (Bonnie) Malecha of Montgomery; sister-in-law, Lillian Malecha-Novotny; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter.

Albert is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mildred; brothers, Stanley, Joe, Robert, and George Malecha; sisters, Lillian Tupy and Helen Novak; son-in-law, George Ruhland.

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

LuAnn Dvorak
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LuAnn Dvorak, age 66 of Montgomery, died on Monday, July 2, 2018 at her home in Montgomery. Visitation will be on Monday, July 9 from 4pm to 8pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, July 10 at 10:30 am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Father Victor Valencia officiating with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

LuAnn was born on April 26, 1952 in New Prague to Louis and Lillian (Hughes) Filipek. LuAnn was a Montgomery High School graduate and attended Mankato State College. LuAnn was united in marriage to Michael Francis Dvorak on June 15, 1971 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. LuAnn worked for Chart in New Prague for 30 years. She enjoyed shopping on QVC, gardening, traveling, and making cards.

LuAnn is survived by her children, Michael (Kristina) Dvorak of New Prague, Jennifer Dvorak of Shakopee; grandchildren, Alexe Dvorak, Brandon Lais, Hanna Dvorak, Emma Meeh, Sofia Meeh, Maxwell Meeh, Madeline Meeh, Stella Meeh, and Veronica White; brother, Scott (Pam) Filipek of Green Bay, WI.

LuAnn is preceded in death by her husband, Michael; and her parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Mary B. Krenik
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Mary Bridget Krenik, age 91 of Le Center, died Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Central Health Care Center in Le Center. Visitation will be held at the Le Center Funeral Home on Friday, July 6 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the Mass at church on Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Chris Shofner presiding. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.
Mary was born in New Prague, MN on February 4, 1927 to John and Cecelia (Shaughnessy) Cashin. She graduated from Montgomery High School and married Richard Edward Krenik at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, MN on October 14, 1947. They lived together for 48 years on their farm south of Le Center, MN where they raised 12 children. In addition to raising her family and working on the farm, Mary worked at Central Health Care Center in Le Center for 28 years and also part time at the Le Center American Legion Club.
In 2000, Mary was named as Co-Grand Marshall along with Pat Blaschko and Mary Genelin for Le Centers annual St. Patricks Day Celebration. She was very proud to be 100% Irish. In September 2008, she moved to Centennial Plaza in Le Center, and in 2013, moved to Horizon Place in Le Center.
Mary was a member of St. Marys Alter Society, was a 4H leader for 8 years, and a member of the Birthday Club. She enjoyed Bingo, Cooking, and Baking.
Mary is survived by 11 children, Emmett Krenik of Le Center, Mary Ann (Rick) Johnson of Waseca, Elaine (Ken Carlson) Krenik of St. Anthony, Judy (Mike) Miller of Kilkenny, Greg (Karen) Krenik of Le Center, Carol (Don) Mangan of Le Center, Robert (Shelley) Krenik of Le Center, Colleen (Rick) Wagner of Le Center, Kevin (Ann) Krenik of Nevis, LaVerne (Cindy) Krenik of Le Center, and Gretchen (Ron) McCabe of Madison Lake; 19 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; brothers, Donald (Betty) Cashin of Albert Lea and Jack Cashin of Maplewood; sister, Rita Halloran of Plymouth; sister-in-law, Margaret Traxler; brothers-in-law, Norby (Teresa) Krenik, Ed (Hanna) Krenik, and Gordon (Kathy) Krenik
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Cecelia Cashin; husband, Richard Krenik; son, Eugene Krenik; sister Margaret Vollmer; sisters-in-law, Gayle Krenik, Wilma Cashin, and Delores Hruby; and brothers-in-law, Dan Krenik, Joe Halloran, Roger Vollmer, Chuck Traxler, and Bob Hruby.
Melvin Herman Schley
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Melvin Herman Schley, 91, of Le Center, passed away at his home in Le Center on Sunday, April 1, 2018. Memorial service will be held at 11 am, Friday, July 6, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with Pastor Alley Bowman officiating, with visitation 1-1/2 hours prior at church. Interment will be held in Blue Grass Cemetery in Le Center.

Melvin was born on September 18, 1926 in Lake Belt Township (Martin County) to Edwin Arthur and Esther Lily (Benz) Schley. Melvin was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Sower on June 23, 1950. Melvin farmed all of his life.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Ruth Schley of Le Center; children, Lloyd Schley of Minneapolis, Kenneth (Deborah) Schley of Duluth, Carole (Bruce) Kirk of Arlington, WA., Paul (Tamara) Schley of Le Center, and Barbara (partner, Sheryl Merry) Schley of Brooklyn Park; grandchildren, Scott (Amy) Schley, Chad (Kit) Schley, Jennifer (Martin) Juarez, Peter Reverman, Susan (Mikey) Graham, Brian Reverman, Ben (Becky) Reverman, Mark Reverman, Kati (Bruce) Hamilton, and Damean Schley; 21 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brother, Norman (Norma) Schley; brothers-in-law, David (Jeanette) Bain, John (Sue) Bain; sister-in-law, Lillian Maurer; many nieces and nephews.

Melvin is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gerald; sister-in-law, Ardette; brother-in-law, Larry Maurer.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Jim Olson
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James Olson, 68, of Cleveland, MN passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018 doing what he loved best fishing with his grandson at their lake home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am, Friday, June 29, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato, MN, with visitation 1 hour prior at the church. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 28, from 4 pm to 8 pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Interment will be held in Sacred Heart Church Cemetery in Adams MN.

Jim was born on May 9, 1950 in Austin, MN to Arne and Leona Catherine (Kloeckner) Olson. Jim was united in marriage to Sharon Ilene Young on September 28, 1968 in Austin, MN. Jim had a career in food service since 1968 and operated his own business, Bridge Street Enterprises, since 2004. Jim was currently president of Key City Kennel Club in Mankato, MN. Jim was also a Charter member and Treasurer of the North Star Working Group, and an AKC Judge.

Jim put the family first and was always willing to open the doors and let people stay with us at any time for any amount of time. Jim loved his family, especially his two grandchildren who brought him much joy. He enjoyed fishing, horseback riding, and walking on the beach listening to the waves crash. He was proud of his movie collection that his son set-up for him. He was passionate about animals dogs, cats, birds, and wildlife. Jim had an incredible sense of humor and was quick to tease, crack jokes and make you smile.

Jim is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Sharon Olson of Cleveland, MN; son, James (Zoe) Olson of Ojai, CA; grandchildren, James Cruz (Jimmy) Olson, and Zia Rosa Leona Olson.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Kenneth Olson and Paul Olson.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Marlys Ann Schirmer
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Marlys Ann Schirmer, age 73, of Mankato died on Monday, May 1, 2018, at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 28 at 1 pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center with Pastor Jason Pollington officiating. Interment will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center.

Marlys was born on August 5th, 1944 in Benson MN to Raymond and Alice (Matthews) Schirmer.

Marlys liked playing and listening to her music, reading, doing puzzles, puzzle word books, crosswords, and embroidery and cross stich. She loved dogs and caring for them. Marlys loved to talk, visiting with friends, going out to lunch and short trips with them, and loved to shop. Say the word shopping and Marlys would say Im ready. Marlys was a sweet person and touched the lives of many people. She will be missed by her family and friends. We all have our own memories.

Marlys is survived by sisters, Viola Iversen of Blooming Prairie, Harriet (Darrel) Palm of Rogers, and Bonnie Schirmer of Faribault; brothers, Reynold Schirmer of Richfield, Robert Schirmer of Brooklyn, NY, and William Schirmer of AZ; niece and five nephews; grand nieces and nephews; many cousins; special friends, Bev and Rick Linnes of Mankato.

Marlys is preceded in death by parents; grandparents; special friend Brian; brother-in-law, Warren Iversen; aunts and uncles.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
LeRoy John Simonette
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LeRoy John Simonette, 89 of Le Center, passed away at his home in Le Center on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am, Monday, June 18, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center with Father Chris Shofner officiating, with visitation from 8 am to 10 at church. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Military honors will be provided by the Le Center area Veterans Honor Guard.

LeRoy was born on July 19, 1928 in Le Sueur County to William John and Mary Ellen (Donovan) Simonette. LeRoy was united in marriage to Charlotte Krenik on January 6, 1953 at St. Richards Catholic Church in Richfield. LeRoy served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. LeRoy was a farmer and also worked at Unimin Mining for 36 years as a supervisor. He was a member of the St. Marys K of Cs and the Le Center VFW. He was proud of his Catholic faith. He liked John Deere Tractors, Ford pickups, music and a good cigar. He loved his family and enjoyed his summers up north fishing with family.

LeRoy is survived by his wife, Charlotte of Le Center; children, John (Rhonda) Simonette, Tim Simonette, Pat (Patti) Simonette, Jim (Pam) Simonette, Mary Jane (Jeff) Bruns, Tom (Katrina Jellum) Simonette, Andy Simonette, Jerry (Kelly) Simonette, and Martin (Christina) Simonette; 21 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Mary Jane; brothers, Roger and Clayton Simonette; and grandson, Nicholas Simonette.

Arangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
James 'Jim' Lowell Panning
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James Jim Lowell Panning was born on December 8, 1964, in Arlington, Minnesota. He was the son and eldest child of Lowell and Barbara (Griep) Panning. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Arlington, MN. Jim graduated from Arlington-Green Isle High School in 1983, and soon after began working at Versatil Incorporated in Minneapolis, where he was a valued long-time employee doing light industrial work. Later, Jim would make his career as a carpenter in northern Minnesota, most often partnering with his younger brother, Mike. Most recently, Jim and Mike worked as a team in the greater Brainerd area, driving to work together and coming home together since they lived on the same property.

Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting, and anything that meant spending time outdoors. Jim and Mike would often take yearly hunting trips with their friends to Nebraska, North Dakota, and Texas. Jims greatest source of happiness, though, was spending time with his nephew, Wesley. Because they lived on the same property, Wesley would often walk over and spend time with Jim, or Unc, as Wesley called him. Jim was patient, loving, and devoted to Wesley. Its hard to express the nature of the beautiful, special and wonderfully unique relationship the four of them shared. As Maggie (Flantz) Panning, Mikes wife, put it:

Jim was like a third parent to Wesley. Whether it was sharing Wesley's big moments like learning to walk or eating his first foods or just the minutiae of daily life, Jim was a part of it all. If he wasn't there to witness something first hand he was the first person we told. He was infinitely proud of Wesley and loved him every bit as much as Mike and I do and Wesley adored him. Before Jim passed I told him that people say that it takes a village to raise a child and that we had our village, our little tribe.

Few siblings are closer than Mike and Jim were; they lived together for most of their lives, drove to work together each day, worked side by side, hung out in the evenings, hunted together, went fishing together; their best friends were nearly all mutual. There wasn't a part of Mike's life that was separate from Jims. As Mike said, Life will never be the same."

Jim passed away surrounded by family on Monday, May 21, 2018, at CentraCare Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota, at the age of 53 years, 5 months, and 15 days. He is survived by his sister, Anne Panning, her husband, Mark Rice, and their two children, Hudson and Lily; his sister, Amy (Panning) Hardel, her husband, Dan, and their three children, Morgan (Calvin) Krajco, Allison, and Lucas; his brother, Mike, sister-in-law, Maggie, and their son, Wesley, along with many dear and beloved cousins, aunts, uncles and close friends who have known Jim since childhood.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Barbara Panning; his grandparents, Wilbert and Myrtle Panning, and Henry and Lucille Griep; and his cousin, Lance Panning.

Jim was a gentle, caring soul, good to all people, quiet with a shy smile, generous and understanding, and its our hope that we may all take these beautiful qualities that Jim naturally possessed and offer them freely to those whose paths we cross, especially those who may be hurting and in need.

A memorial service to celebrate Jims life is being planned for late June 2018.
Yvonne Trcka
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Yvonne Trcka, age 77 of Montgomery, died at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague on Friday, May 25, 2018 from the result of a stroke. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery from 4:00 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10:30 am with visitation from 9:30 to time of service at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Chaplin, Deb Mechley will be officiating. Interment will be at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery.

Yvonne was born on December 3, 1940 in New Prague to Emil and Evelyn (Honza) Turek. Yvonne was united in marriage to Francis Trcka on February 24, 1962 in Faribault. Yvonne worked at Green Giant and United Steel both in Montgomery, Chart in New Prague. Yvonne enjoyed cooking, flower and vegetable gardening, socializing with friends, was a member of Golden Agers in Lonsdale, and spending time with family.

Yvonne is survived by children, Ron (Therese Barnett) Trcka of Shieldsville, Charlotte (Bruce) Davis of Montgomery, and Brian (Julie) Trcka of Lakeville; grandchildren, Jenny (Ryan) Angelow, Kelsey and Brad Davis, and Sara and Kate Trcka; great-grandchildren, Avery, Archer and Axel Angelow; siblings, Eldon (Barb) Turek of Kilkenny, Janice (John) Graff of Lakeville, and Jean Scheibe of Faribault.

Yvonne is preceded in death by her husband, Francis Trcka; parents; and infant twin sister.

Arrangements with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Alvin O'Malley
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Alvin OMalley, 91, of Le Center, passed away at Central Health Care in Le Center on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am, Friday, May 25, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center, with visitation from 7:30am to 10:00am at the church with Father James Adams, officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Military Honors will be provided by the Le Center Honor Guard.

Alvin was born on November 15, 1926 to Joseph and Emily (Holicky) OMalley. Alvin served in the US Army. Alvin was a dedicated farmer who raised Purebred Herfords.

Alvin is survived by his children, Pat (Deb) OMalley of Le Center, Brian OMalley of Le Center, Bob (Judy) OMalley of Alexandria, and Kelly (Holly) OMalley of Le Center; sister, Evelyn Moore of New Prague.

Alvin is preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Muellerleile) OMalley; parents; sister, Eileen Krenik.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Rita H. Schipreth
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Rita H. Schipreth, age 84, of Le Center died on May, 17, 2018, Mayo Systems- New Prague. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation 2 hours prior at the church. Father Chris Shofner will be officiating. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Belle Plaine.

Rita was born on March 21, 1934 in Cleveland to Frank and Mary (Lucy) Schipreth. Rita went to county school and graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1954. She worked in restaurants and factories.

Rita is survived by dear friends, Wally (Lori) Blaschko and their children, Mollie and Dillon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Francis Schipreth; sister, Irene Buesgens; niece, Sandy Buesgens; grandparents.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Janet Edith Schoenbauer Retka
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Janet Edith Schoenbauer Retka, 84, of St. Thomas, MN died peacefully Saturday, May 12, 2018. Jan suffered from Alzheimer s disease and lived the last 4 years of her life at Traditions in Montgomery. Jans Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, May 16, 11 AM at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Father Roger Hessian presiding. The visitation is at Schoenbauer Funeral Home, 200 3rd St SE, Montgomery on Tuesday from 4 8 PM and one hour before the funeral Mass at St. Thomas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimers Association or St. Croix Hospice.

Jan was born September 16, 1933 on the family farm to Frank and Mary (Malecha) Schoenbauer. Jan attended St. Wenceslaus grade school and graduated from New Prague High School in 1951. Jan loved working at Remes Drug Store in New Prague. She took pride in being able to converse in Czech for the pharmacist.

Jan married Orrin Retka on August 31, 1957 at St. Wenceslaus. They farmed and raised a family of 8 children in St. Thomas. Jan had very strong faith and was always ready to serve others, whether it was cleaning the church, washing the altar linens, serving in the kitchen at funerals and fundraisers or leading the rosary at the nursing home. She was a wonderful example of love and service to others. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and spending time with family. Her greatest gift was her faith, her love, and her kolackies.

Jan was proud of her Czech heritage and loved every opportunity to speak the Czech language. One of her lifelong dreams came true when she visited the Czech Republic. What a wonder it was to see her speaking the language she loved in her familys homeland. Jan lost her mother when she was only 4 years old. She looked forward to their reunion in heaven.

Jan is survived by her husband Orrin, of 60 years, her children Maggi (Mike) Morse, Carol (Dale) Schneider, Luke (Alice) Retka, Therese (Dave) Russell, Rose (Brian) Norvet, Henry Retka, Peter (Jean) Retka and Sarah (Tim) Rothstein, 19 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, her brother Frank (Doreen) Schoenbauer, and sisters Ann (Lawrence) Koenig and Delia Leahy, many in-laws, nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mary and four brothers Ray, Alfred, Eugene and Edmund. Dokud se znovu nestarame.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfunteralhome.com.
Stanley Ben Barta
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Stanley Ben Barta, 88, of Montgomery, passed away at The Villages of Lonsdale on Thursday, May 3, 2018 surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, May 12, at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, with visitation 1 hour prior at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 11 from 4pm to 8pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Interment will be held in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery. Father Victor Valencia and Father George Grafsky will be officiating.
Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery Area Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Stan was born on November 4, 1929 in Wheatland Township in Rice County to Ben A. and Anna (Schoenbauer) Barta. Stan attended Wheatland Country School and Immaculate Conception Parochial School. Stan served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a Sergeant. He was stationed at Fort Ripley in Kansas. Stan attended GI Ag. School in Jordan. Stan was united in marriage to Ruth Marie Tupy on June 25, 1955 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Veseli.

Stan was a Registered Holstein Dairy Farmer along with being a beef/crop farmer all of his life. Stan was involved in the following organizations: Grand Knight of the Montgomery Knights of Columbus, Montgomery American Legion, Montgomery American Legion Honor Guard, Montgomery VFW, President of Rice County DHIA, Northfield- Rice Holstein Club, Most Holy Redeemer Parish Council, and Most Holy Redeemer School Board. Stan enjoyed spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, and raising English Shephard dogs.

Stan is survived by his wife, Ruth Marie Barta; children, Allan (Gail) Barta of Eagan, David (Lucy) Barta of New Prague, Monica (Ken) Odenthal of New Prague, Anita (Chuck) Rynda of Montgomery, and Paula (Todd) Novak of Montgomery; grandchildren, Michael Meschke, Mark Rynda (Daniel), Megan (Tim) Brockway, Emily Barta, Chris (Nicole) Meschke, Carrie Rynda, Maggie (Andrew) Nicolin, and Daniel Barta (Lauren); great-grandchildren, Luke Brockway and Joe Brockway; siblings, Mary Ann Maruska of New Prague, and Ann (Marvin) Schaak of New Prague.

Stan is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Angie Havlicek, Ben T. Barta and Adeline in infancy.

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


Isla Mikkelson Bortnem
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Isla Mikkelson Bortnem was born in Colman, SD on Feb. 26, 1926 and she peacefully passed away on May 2 at the Belle Plaine Lutheran Home. A brief service celebrating Islas life will be held at 2:00 pm at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Montgomery, MN on Monday, May 7.


Floyd and Isla Bortnem were married for 55 years. Floyd passed away in 2001. Isla was a woman who faced life head on. She attended SDSU with the intention of entering the business world but was sidetracked by Floyd to be a farmers wife. In 1958, she entered the work force and began working at Sioux Valley Electric Cooperative where she was in charge of the line crews. She loved her job. When she and Floyd retired, they wintered in Arizona and eventually moved there full time. Isla was always busy. After retiring, she volunteered in an elementary school in SD and also in the emergency room in a hospital in Mesa Az. She loved reading, golfing, gardening, traveling, her church and visiting with friends.


She is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Daryl) Curtis of Montgomery and son, Craig Bortnem of Portland, Oregon; granddaughters, Erin (Jay) Little of Shoreview; Alison (Brian Pesta) Curtis of Eagan and four great grandchildren; Kellen and Carter Little, and Brody and Maycie Pesta.

Isla was preceded in death by her husband, and her sister, Myrna Mikkelson.

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

Thomas Joseph Chouanard
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Thomas Joseph Chouanard, 75, of Le Center, passed away at Valley View Assisted Living in Owattona on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10 am, Friday, May 4, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center with Father James Adams officiating, with visitation 1 hour prior at church. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Military Honors will be provided by the Le Center Honor Guard.

Thomas was born on June 24, 1942 in St. Paul to Louis and Amelia (Berger) Chouanard. He served in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1966. Thomas worked for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Sanitary District.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Anna Clara Pope
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Anna Clara Pope, 100, of Le Center, passed away at Central Health Care in Le Center on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 27, at 11:00am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with Pastor Ally Bowman officiating with visitation from 9:30am to 11:00am at the church. Interment will be held in Greenwood Cemetery in Le Center.

Anna was born to Charles and Clara (Krueger) Scheffert in Cordova Township on November 12, 1917. She was baptized on December 19, 1917 by Rev. F. J. Tiede and confirmed on April 20, 1930 by Rev. Ackermann at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Le Center.

Anna attended country school. She married Norby Pope on November 20, 1940 at St. Paul Lutheran by Pastor Ackermann. They were blessed with three daughters, Rita, Shirley and Judy.

Anna worked at different factories, Spors and Mayors, Brinktuns and Green Giant and did housekeeping for others. She was a homemaker on their farm and enjoyed gardening of vegetables and lots of pretty flowers. She loved to sew, cook, and bake. She kept her family in abundance with her breads and cookies.

Anna was a dedicated and faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran. She was involved in church activities by participating in the ELCW, serving on the altar guild, quilting, sympathy committee, and helped whenever needed with the Lamplighter or other needs. Anna enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a lovely lady and will be sadly missed by them.

Anna is survived by daughters, Rita and Jim Konen of Mendota Heights, Shirley and Larry Germscheid of Le Center, and Judy and Ken Franek of Charlotte, North Carolina; grandchildren, Pat (Sue) Germscheid of Devon, England, Chris Germscheid (Brenda) of Cleveland, Kurt Konen of Newport, and Kristina Franek of Minneapolis; 3 great-granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews.

Anna is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norby on March 5, 2007; granddaughter, Gina Germscheid on July 17, 1992; 4 brothers, and 3 sisters.

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

Caroline Dvorak
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Caroline (Carolyn) Dvorak, age 90, of Montgomery, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018 at her home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 10:30 am at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 20 from 4pm to 8pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Caroline was born on July 31, 1927 to William and Mary (Kalla) Dietz on the home farm in rural Montgomery. Caroline was a graduate of Montgomery High School and of the Minnesota School of Business. Caroline was united in marriage to William Dvorak at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery in 1946. She worked as a bookkeeper for area catholic schools and at Green Giant in Montgomery in the scale house and as a bookkeeper. Caroline enjoyed playing Bridge, spending time with her children and grandchildren, listening to music and dancing, cooking, and her hobby farm. She was very proud of her Czech heritage. Caroline was a member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic School board for many years.

Caroline is survived by her son, Kurt William (Joy Svoboda) Dvorak of Montgomery; grandchildren, Kyle Dvorak, Genevieve Dvorak, Mike Dvorak, Andy Dvorak, Kelli Kielty, Anna Ryden, Marie Ryden, and Nicole Ryden; great-grandson, Nathan Kielty; son-in-law, John Ryden of Minneapolis; daughter-in-law, Dianna Dvorak of Le Center; many nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.

Caroline is preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Dvorak; daughter, Faye Ryden; son, Roger Dvorak; sister, Evelyn Burns; brothers, Leander Dietz, Raymond Dietz, and Daniel Dietz.

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


Marla Marie Johnson
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Marla Marie Johnson, age 62 of St. Peter, died Thursday, March 29, 2018 in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 6 from 5pm to 6:30pm with memorial services at 6:30pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center.

Marla was born on January 20, 1956 in International Falls to Stanton and Marlene (Plautz) Johnson. She was a Le Center High School graduate. She worked at Creation Technologies in St. Peter. Marla enjoyed cross stitching and learning.

Marla is survived by her children, Amber (Wally) Denzer of New Prague, Matthew Sabotta of Eden Prairie, and Dale (Jessie) Johnson of Medelia; grandchildren, Jonathon Baker, Jaxon (Kayla) Avery, Lauryn and Tyson Denzer, Savannah, and Ayden Johnson.

Marla was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Bruce Johnson.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Neala Jean Wondra
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Neala Jean Wondra, age 81, of Montgomery passed away at her home on Monday, March 26, 2018. No memorial service will be held and a private burial will be held in the spring at Greenwood Union Cemetery in rural Le Center.

Neala was born in Montgomery on February 22, 1937 to Ralph and Inez (Pope) Kendall. She attended grade school and graduated from Montgomery High School in 1955. One June 26, 1956 she married Donald Wondra at St. Joseph Church in Lexington. Through the years Neala enjoyed baking, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, feeding the birds, and spending time with her grandkids.

Neala is survived by children, Brian Wondra of Burnsville, and Brenda Wondra of Montgomery; grandkids, Jake and Emma Wondra of Shakopee; siblings, Mary Dick of Edina, Richard (Karen) Kendall of New Prague, and Keith (Debbie) Kendall of Faribault; nieces and nephews.

Neala is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; daughter Dotty Ann; brother, Robert Kendall, and sister, Donna Kline.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Sylvia Trcka
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Sylvia Trcka, age 96 of Belle Plaine, died Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Funeral Service will be on Thursday, March 29 at 11am at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with visitation 1 hour prior with Pastor Jason Pollington officiating. Interment will be at Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery.

Sylvia was born on March 4, 1922 in Montgomery to Rudolph and Christina (Holey) Shetka. Sylvia was united in marriage to Matthew Trcka on March 5, 1944 in Le Center. She loved the farm and was a farmer all her life.

Sylvia is survived by children, Emil Trcka of Montgomery, Joanie (Al) Janousek, Shakopee, Betty (Joe) Pecholt of New Prague, Rose (Jack) Widmer of New Prague, and Dorthy Trcka of Montgomery; 17 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Lucille Heyda, George Shetka, Dora Jindra, Betty Trinka, and Harriet Eisert.

Sylvia is preceded in death by her husband; son, Tom Trcka; daughter, Helen Sladek.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Lawrence Beer
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Lawrence Larry Beer, age 67 of Mound, died Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at his home. Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 28 from 9am to 10am at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral Service will follow at 10am at the funeral home with Father Chris Shofner officiating Interment will be at St. Henry Cemetery in St. Henry.

Larry was born on February 13, 1951 in Le Center to Leonard and Delores (Riebel) Beer. He was a graduate from McKinley High School in Le Center and Dunwoody Institute where he studied to become an electrician. He was united in marriage to Carol Herigs on November 8, 1975 in South Dakota and together had one son, Justin Lawrence Beer.

He was remarried to Elizabeth "Liz" Johnson in 1982 and lived in Mound. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and gardening.

Larry is survived by mother, Delores Beer (Dolly) of Le Center; son, Justin Beer of Casper, WY.; siblings, Carol Kaderlik of Shieldsville, Anne (Mike) Adkins of Shakopee, Tom (Mariane) Beer of Le Center, and Robert (Lisa) Beer of Le Center.

Larry is preceded in death by wife, Liz Beer; father, Leonard Beer; brother, Richard in infancy; and brother-in-law, Chuck Kaderlik.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Kay Kuethe
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Kay Kuethe, age 78 of Montgomery, died at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center from 9:00 11:00 a.m. Funeral service will be held also on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in the spring.

Kay was born on May 8, 1939 in Charles City, Iowa to Freeman and Erla (Paul) Waldemar.
Kay was a graduate of Albert Lea High School in 1957. Kay was united in marriage to Curtis Kuethe on September 21, 1957 in Hartland, MN. She was a homemaker for many years. She had worked at Herters Manufacturing in Waseca. Kay and Curt purchased the Hide-a-way in Lexington in 1975. Kay loved music, gardening, playing cards, reading, and Sunday Fun Days.

Kay is survived by her husband, Curtis Kuethe of Montgomery; children, Becky (Allan) Reak of New Prague, Debbie (Ron) Kopet of Le Center, and Sue (Mike) Pekarna of Chanhassen; grandchildren, Matt Reak, Tim Reak, and Jon Reak, Heidi (Joe) Barber, and Chris (Kacey) Kopet; great-grandchildren, Brody Kopet, and Hudson Barber; siblings, Jerry Waldemar of Sunray TX., Tom (Cheryl Wangsness) Waldemar of Rochester, and Julie (Bob) Peterson of Alden; sister-in-law, Marlys (Ray) Hacker of Emmons.

Kay is preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Patty Jacobs.

Arrangements with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Nancy DeCoux
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Nancy DeCoux, 76, of Montgomery, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at St. Gertrudes Health and Rehab Center in Shakopee. Funeral services will be held 11am on Monday, March 12 at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with Pastor Jason Pollington officiating, with visitation 1 hour prior beginning at 10am. Interment will be held at a later date.

Nancy was born on February 27, 1942 to Alfred and Helen (Freid) Gassman in New Prague. She graduated from St. Raphaels (Holy Redeemer) and Montgomery High School. Nancy was united in marriage to Richard DeCoux on June 2, 1962 at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Montgomery. She had worked for Munsingwear and Green Giant both in Montgomery, as a waitress at Elrays Caf and Czech House in Montgomery. Nancy enjoyed camping, and was a caregiver to others.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Richard DeCoux of Montgomery; children, Corrine DeCoux of Le Center, Cathy (Dean) Stasney of Montgomery, and Ruth DeCoux of Montgomery; grandchildren, Elizabeth Giesen, Kristen Klaras, Coleman Klaras, Tadd Stasney, Jayden Stasney, and Anastasia Stasney; great-grandchildren, Jacob Klaras, and Peyton Giesen; siblings, Monerah Montgomery of St. Paul Park, Alfred (Shirley) Gassman Jr, of New Prague, and Susan Smith of Foley.

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Richard Gassman, and Gerald Gassman.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Anthony James 'Sonny' Dobmeier
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Anthony James Sonny Dobmeier, 75, of Montgomery, passed away at Mayo Systems Hospital in Mankato on Friday, March 2, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, March 10, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, with visitation 2 hours prior at church. Interment will be held in St. Johns Catholic Cemetery in rural Montgomery. Father Victor Valencia will be officiating.

Anthony was born on May 20, 1942 in Olivia to Anthony and Marian (Hosek) Dobmeier. Anthony was a graduate from Aloysius Catholic grade school in Olivia and Olivia High School. Anthony was united in marriage to Grace Pomije on October 17, 1970 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague. He worked construction and maintenance custodial work at the Jonathan Clinic. Anthony was a sports fan, especially Twins baseball. He also enjoyed card playing and grocery shopping with the kids.

Anthony is survived by his wife, Grace Dobmeier of Montgomery; Children, Lisa Dobmeier-Washa (Greg Schmidt) of Le Center, Tony (Melissa) Dobmeier of Le Center, and Terry Dobmeier of Montgomery; grandchildren, Alex, John, Haley, Cameron, Calob, and Rylyn; sisters, Michele Mickey Ahl of Madison, MN, and Margaret Tootsie (Kenny) Wagener of Waconia; brother-in-law, Jim Schwartz of Chaska.

Anthony is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Schwartz; brother-in-law, Dewayne Ahl.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Janice Katherine Selly
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Janice Katherine Selly, age 95 of Le Center, MN died at Horizon Place in Le Center on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Le Center Funeral Home from 4:00 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in St. Henry. The burial will be at St. Henry Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Red Cross.

Janice was born at her home in Eagle Lake on December 30, 1922 to Lawrence and Mary (Klages) Olinger. She graduated from Loyola High School in Mankato, MN in 1941. On September 25, 1944, Janice married Francis Bud Selly at St. Peter and Pauls Catholic Church in Mankato. She worked at Bretts Department Store in Mankato, and later, as a dietary aid at Central Health Care Center in Le Center. She also worked in Mankato during WW II for the war effort.

Janice was a life member of both the VFW and Legion Auxiliaries. She volunteered for the Blood Mobile, was a 4H Leader, and a Girl Scout Leader. She loved card playing, especially Pfeffer.

Janice is survived by four children, Roger (Wendy) Selly of Sydney, Australia, Jim (Lynn) Selly of Le Center, Larry Selly of Minnetonka, and Judy (Rich) Carlson of Cedar City, Utah; two sisters, Joan (Richard) Sampson of Auburn, CA and Eileen Claridge of Red Wing, MN; 7 Grandchildren; 10 Great Grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Francis (Bud) Selly; parents; Lawrence and Mary Olinger; brother, Norman (Maxine) Olinger; sister, Delores (Lee) Schindler; and brother-in-law, Gary Claridge; and infant daughter, Rosemary.
Arrangements with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Annette Marie Wetzel
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Annette Marie Wetzel, 88, of Le Sueur, passed away at Ridgeview Le Sueur Nursing Home/ Rehab Center on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 2, from 4pm to 7pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center with Pastor Ally Bowman with visitation 1 hour prior beginning at 10am. Interment will be held in Mound Cemetery in Le Sueur following a luncheon.

Annette was born on October 23, 1929 to Wencil and Bertha (Reddeman) Lang. Annette was united in marriage to Chester L. Wetzel on February 8, 1949. She worked as a Dietitian for various nursing homes. Annette was active in many originations such as Alanon, 4-H leader, and Girl Scout and Brownie Leader. Annette sold AVON, enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, and listening to music.

Annette is survived by her children, Mike Wetzel of Henderson, Steve (Kathy) Wetzel of Le Center, Chris Wetzel of Mankato, and Lori OMalley of Le Center; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren.

Annette is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chester Wetzel (2005); daughter in infancy, Linda Marie Wetzel.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Darlene Lamern Germscheid
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Darlene Lamern Germscheid, age 91, of Cambridge, formerly of Le Center, died on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Graceland Crossing Assisted Living in Cambridge. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian burial will be held also on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. also at St. Marys. Father James Adams will be officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Darlene Lamern Germscheid was born March 4, 1926 in Cherokee Iowa to August and Hulda Brinkman. Her family lived in Paulline Iowa until she was 6 years old. They then moved to Taunton Minnesota and farmed until she was 16 years old. Next, they moved to Le Center where she met Gerald "Jerry" Germscheid whom she would later marry. Darlene first wanted to travel and did so to places like New York and California. She eventually moved to Minneapolis Minnesota and worked at Honeywell for a few years.
Darlene and Jerry got married on August 9, 1958 and moved to St. Peter and raised 3 children, Joseph, Jerome and Dawn. Jerry was Co-owner of Mark and Jerry's Menswear and Darlene enjoyed being a stay home Mom. After a few years they moved to Mankato where Jerry worked as a car salesman and Darlene worked at Carlson Craft in the shipping department until retirement in 1995.
They then moved to Blaine so Darlene and Jerry could babysit their 3 grandkids. It was something they both loved very much. Jerry passed away in 2003. Shortly after his passing, Darlene moved to Cambridge to be closer to her family. It was there she lived until her own passing in February 20th 2018.

Darlene is survived by her children, Joseph Germscheid, Jerry (Karen) Germscheid, and Dawn (Lee) Gass; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Eldien, and Vyona Jerrow; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Darlene is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald (Jerry) Germscheid; parents; brothers, Delmer, and Merlyn Brinkman; sisters, Maurine Mangan, and Lorraine Brinkman.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com. 507-357-6116.
Alan G. Pinney
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Alan G. Pinney, 65, of Le Center, passed away at his home on Friday, February 16, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10 am, Friday, February 23, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center, with visitation 1 hour prior at church. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 22, from 4 pm to 7 pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Alan was born on December 13, 1952 to Gerald and Vivian (Busse) Pinney in St. Peter. Alan graduated from Le Sueur High School in 1971 and from the U of M in 1975 with a degree in ag engineering. He began farming immediately after college and went into partnership with his brother Mark in 1980. Alan was united in marriage to Sandy McGillen on September 13, 1980 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. In addition to farming, Alan and his brother Mark hauled canning crops for Green Giant/Seneca for many years. He continued to farm with Mark and his son Michael (who joined in 2013) until his passing. He also served several years on the Le Sueur County Fair Board. His love of family and farming defined him throughout his life.

Alan is survived by his wife, Sandy Pinney of Le Center; children, Kate (Jeff) Bohn of Eagan, and Michael (Bridget) Pinney of Le Sueur; grandchildren, Austin Bohn, and Hayden Pinney; mother, Vivian Pinney of Le Sueur; mother-in-law, Luella McGillen of St. Peter; brothers, Steve (Jessie) Pinney of Minnetrista, Mark (Dianne) Pinney of Le Sueur, and Keith (Amy) Pinney of Houlton, WI; nieces; nephews; cousins; close friend William Fickling.

Alan is preceded in death by his father, Gerald; brother and sister in infancy.

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

Kenneth Arnold Sinclair
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Kenneth Arnold Sinclair, 84, of Le Center, passed away at St. Marys in Rochester on Friday, February 16, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10 am, Thursday, February 22, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center, with visitation 1 hour prior at church. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 21, from 4 pm to 8 pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Interment will be held in St. Annes Catholic Cemetery in Wabasso. Military Honors will be provided by the Le Center Honor Guard.

Kenneth was born on December 5, 1933 to Oliver and Julia (Miller) Sinclair in Redwood County. Kenneth was a graduate of Wabasso High School and after went to a commercial college in Mankato. Kenneth served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. Kenneth was united in marriage to Adeline Baune in Wanda, MN on October 4, 1958. Kenneth managed Co-op for 28 years, was an accountant for Wholesale Tire for 8 years, and worked in Waseca as a part-time accountant after retiring. Kenneth was a lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW and was very active in both. He enjoyed woodworking, antique collecting- especially tractors, and listening to old time music as well as playing cards.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Adeline of Le Center; children, John (Mary Beth) Sinclair of Wood Lake, Arlene (Steve) Moldenhauer of Houston, MN, Arnie (Cindy VanEyll) Sinclair of Waconia, Joanie (Joel) Oistad of New Prague, Mary Ann (Eric) Braun of Le Center, Janet (Erik) Lockrem of Lakeville, and Karen (Jerry Siehndel) Zimmerman of Waseca; 16 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Neale (Marion) Sinclair of Indianola, IA.; many other relatives.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Russell, Vaughn, and Dean.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Gertrude Elizabeth Meger
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Gertrude Elizabeth Meger, age 84, of rural Le Center, died on Monday, February 5, 2018 at The Villages of Lonsdale. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 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 Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Johns Catholic Church in Union Hill with visitation one hour prior at church. Father George Grafsky will be officiating. Burial will be held in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lexington.

Gertrude was born on August 21, 1933 in Belle Plaine Township on the family farm to Martin and Catherine (Michel) Neisen. Gertrude was united in marriage to Richard Meger on June 30, 1953 at St. Johns Catholic Church in Union Hill. After raising their 10 children, Gertrude worked at Sponsels Apple Orchard near Jordan for many years. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and travelling, but her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family. She was very active in volunteering with the New Prague KC Auxiliary, 4-H, the Southwest Deanery, Peace Center, Hospital Auxiliary, CCW, and was chosen as the Le Sueur County Outstanding Senior Citizen.

Gertrude is survived by her husband, Richard Meger of rural Le Center; children, Connie (Greg) VonBank of Montgomery, Maureen (John) Busse of Belle Plaine, Bev (Terry) Wagner of Webster, Rick (Lori) Meger of Le Center, Pete (Barb) Meger of Belle Plaine, Judy (Brett) Olson of New Prague, JoAnne (Paul) Maruska of New Prague, Chuck Meger of St. Thomas, Mary (Dave) Dooley of Lonsdale, and Bill (Lisa) Meger of St. Thomas; 29 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; sister, Lucille Schmitz of New Prague; sisters-in-law, Betty Neisen of Belle Plaine, Theresa McNamara of Bloomington, and Mary Meger of Prior Lake.

Gertrude is preceded in death by her parents; great-grandchildren, Catherine Marie Olson, and Angelo Querubin; 3 sisters; and 3 brothers.

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



Helen Mary Smisek
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Helen Mary Smisek, age 80, of Montgomery, died on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Villages of Lonsdale. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with visitation one hour prior at the Church. Father George Grafsky will be officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery at a later date.

Helen was born on April 13, 1937 in New Prague to William and Elizabeth (Tupy) Kalal. Helen was united in marriage to Lawrence Smisek on May 15, 1956 in Lonsdale. Helen worked with her husband on the farm, enjoyed baking, dancing. She played drums in the Ed Shimota Band, and loved her family.

Helen is survived by children, Larry (Meg) Smisek of Aurora, CO., 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; brother, Earl (Theresa) Kalal, and Julie (Robert) Smisek.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence; grandson, Matthew Smisek; brother-in-law, Robert Smisek.

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



Marvel Harmeyer
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Marvel Harmeyer, 102, of Le Center, passed away at Horizon Place Assisted Living in Le Center on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 11am, Tuesday, January 30, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center, with visitation 1 hour prior beginning at 10am. Interment will be held in Greenwood Cemetery in spring.

Marvel was born on April 4, 1915 in Le Sueur County to Moses and Mary (Deutsch) Sautter.
Marvel was united in marriage to Ralph Harmeyer in the Little Brown Church in Iowa. Marvel was a country school teacher in Le Sueur County, and also worked until she was 76 at Bensons Grocery/ Veens Grocery in Le Center. Marvel enjoyed sewing, quilting, card playing and spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Marvel is survived by her son, Ken (Joyce) Harmeyer of Le Center; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Shirley Sautter; many nieces and nephews.

Marvel is preceded in death by husband, Ralph Harmeyer; son, David Harmeyer; daughter, Mary Lou Battig; brothers, Vernon Sautter, and Sam (Claire) Sautter; sister, Page (Don) Halliday.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Evelyn J. Engelrup (UPDATED)
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Evelyn Jean (Lumex) Engelrup, age 96, of Le Center went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 26, 2018, at Central Health Care Center in Le Center. There will be a graveside service Monday, January 29, at 10:30 AM at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Le Center.

Evelyn (Ebby) was born December 8, 1922, in Le Center to James and Lillian (Smullen) Lumex. She graduated from McKinley High School in Le Center and attended Teachers Training. She taught for a time in a country school house. She was married to Alvin Engelrup on September 27, 1957, in New Ulm, MN and were blessed with a son, Thomas. She loved to garden and make things from the bounty of her garden. She was active in her church, Cleveland Church of Christ and never hesitated to share the love of the Lord with those she met. She was very health conscious and shared her knowledge with her family.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Thomas of Le Center; nieces, Rhonda Lofland of Bloomington, and Rebecca Bilder of Lino Lakes.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin (1993); her parents; sister, Catherine Lofland.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Central Health Care Center in Le Center on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11 am.

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10
Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Mayme Lillian Richter
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Mayme Lillian Richter, 96, of Mound, formerly of Montgomery, passed away at Our Lady of Peace in St. Paul on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 28, at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery, with visitation 1-1/2 hours prior beginning at 12:30 pm. Interment will be held in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in spring.

Mayme was born on March 28, 1921 to James and Antonie (Barta) Noiske at home in Rural Montgomery in Erin Township. She attended Country School. She was united in marriage February 12, 1941 to John C. Richter at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery and was a homemaker and farmed all her life. Mayme loved cooking, baking, flower gardening, and her cats. Collector of recipes all of her life including WW11 when sugar was rationed you used maple syrup and honey as substitutes for sugar. Her family and friends favorites were her kolacky, potato dumplings, and caramel rolls. As a teenager on her own family farm she worked the fields with a 1 horse plow and when she married her and John also farmed with horses. She worked side-by-side in the fields with her husband all her married life. When her husband passed away she retired from farming.

Casket bearers, Rick Noiske, Jimmy Noiske, Rusty Tiede, Kody Taylor, Donald Hora, and Jim Noiske.

Mayme is survived by her daughters, Darlene Richter of Edina, and Sharon Tester of Mound; granddaughter, Jessica Tester of Mound; nieces, Cindy Westerhouse, and Carolyn Richter; nephews, Rick Noiske, and Jim Noiske.

Mayme is preceded in death by her husband, John Richter; her parents; brother, Jim Noiske.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Elsie (Hartwig) Rotter
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Elsie (Hartwig) Rotter, 99, of Montgomery, passed away peacefully at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center in New Prague on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, January 27, at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery, with visitation 2 hours prior beginning at 10am. Interment will be held in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in spring.

Elsie was born on March 3, 1918 to Emil and Josephine (Picka) Hartwig on the homestead farm in Lexington Township. She attended District 11 Country School, and was later employed as a live-in child care provider. On September 9, 1940, Elsie was united in marriage to Reynold Rotter at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Following their marriage they moved to Montgomery. Along with raising 3 children, Elsie worked at various jobs including a poultry processing plant, Green Giant, and Munsingwear, where she worked for 16 years until retiring.

Elsie was active within her church. As a Ladies Aid Association member, she volunteered her time tying quilts, participating in fund raisers and serving church dinners. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, bunco, and visiting with friends. She loved canning, baking pies and cookies, and tending her beautiful flowers. She was caring, loving, and content and enjoyed her long life.
Elsie is survived by her daughter, Pat Wells of New Brighton, and son Bob and Barb (Flicek) Rotter of Montgomery; son-in-law, DeWayne Tuma of Crystal; seven grandchildren and spouses, Michelle Tuma, Dennis and Susan (Tuma) Paulson, Kyle and Kristi Wells, Jason and Jenny (Rotter) Houn, Jeff and Eve (Vlasak) Rotter, John and Marisa (Schleis) Rotter, TJ and Jane (Rotter) Fischer; grandson-in-law, Mike Kramer; sixteen great-grandchildren, Alexa Paulson, Kellen and Liam Kramer, Taylor, Ethan, Jayden, Charlotte and Judge Houn, Maddox, Alex, and Hendrix Rotter, Jules and Max Rotter, and Cooper, Brody, and Drew Fischer.

Elsie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reynold; daughter, Deanna Tuma; granddaughter, Kimberly (Wells) Kramer; sisters, Dorothy Ruehling, and Agnes Prendergast; brothers, George, and Benjamin Hartwig; son-in-law, Norm Wells.

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


Lillian (Lill) Hlavac
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Lillian (Lill) Hlavac, 95, of Montgomery, passed away at Golden Years Home in Montgomery on Sunday, January 21, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, January 24 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, with visitation 1 hour prior beginning at 9:30 am. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Lill was born on November 24, 1922 at home in Scott County to Frank and Rose (Havlicek) Sticha. Lill was united in marriage to William Hlavac on November 28, 1941 in Veseli. Lill had worked as a homemaker, at Green Giant in Montgomery, Brinktons in Le Center, and United Steel in Montgomery. Lill had also enjoyed working in her flower gardens.

Lill is survived by her children, Bill (Bonnee) Hlavac of Montgomery, Don (Therese) Hlavac of Heidelberg, and Jim (Nancy) Hlavac of Faribault; 11 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchild; 2 step great-great grandchildren; son-in-law, Dick Peroutka of Montgomery, and sister-in-law, Betty Sticha of New Prague, and Bernadine Sticha of New Prague.

Lill is preceded in death by her husband, William Hlavac; daughters, Gloria Dickie, and Kathy Peroutka; sisters, Rose Turek, and Mary Sticha; brothers, Jim Sticha, and Frank Sticha.

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

Jesus Armando Gonzalez
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Jesus Armando Gonzalez, age 35 of Le Sueur, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, TX.. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 25 at 5pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center.

Jesus is survived by his son, Jesus Gonzalez of Le Center; sister, Blanca (Carlos Ramon) Nunez from Faribault; uncle, Cipriano Mena; nephews, Carlos Manuel Nunez, Israel Nunez, and Jovanni Nunez; niece, Savai Nunez.

Jesus is preceded in death by, parents, Luciano and Marie (Mena) Gonzalez; brother, Juan Gonzalez.

Arrangements are with Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
Marion A. Flicek
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Marion A. Flicek, age 82 of Montgomery, died peacefully on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 17 from 4pm to 8pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, January 18 at 10:30 am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Father Victor Valencia officiating with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Marion was born on May 1, 1935 in New Prague to John and Mary (Simota) Pomije. She grew up on a farm in Helena Township and attended District 62 Country School, St. Wenceslaus Catholic School and graduated from New Prague School in 1954. Marion was united in marriage to Elmer A. Flicek on October 22, 1955 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague. Marion and Elmer lived on a rural Montgomery farm located by Cody Lake in Wheatland Township where they raised their three children, Charlene, Elmer Jr. and Darla.

Marion enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of several card clubs. Marion loved watching the Minnesota Twins, Vikings NASCAR and other sporting events. Marion kept herself very busy with working, gardening, and socializing. She never wanted to miss an opportunity to have fun. Her frequent telephone calls to family, friends, and neighbors will be truly missed. Marion was a great baker and cook, especially her delicious potato dumplings and mocha cakes. She was a member of the Holy Redeemer Council of Catholic Woman, Degree of Honor and Wheatland Twin-Lakes Sportsmen Club. Marion held various jobs throughout the years as a farmer, factory worker and house cleaner, along with jobs at the Montgomery American Legion, Montgomery Locker Plant, and most recently as a paraprofessional for Palmer Bus Company.

Marion is survived by daughters, Charlene (Douglas) Dietz of New Prague, Darla (Michael) Ceplecha of Montgomery; grandchildren, Melissa (Jeffrey) Smith of Shakopee, Thomas Dietz of Montgomery, and Ashley Diets (special friend, Brett Hoffman), of Jordan; sisters, Dorothy Shimota, JoAnn Petricka, and Grace Dobmeier, all of Montgomery.

Marion is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer A. Flicek; son, Elmer J. Flicek; sister, Janet Novotny; parents, John and Mary Pomije.

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


Earl Emil Haase
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Earl Emil Haase, age 94 of Cleveland, died Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Laurels Edge in Mankato. Funeral Service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 13 at St. Pauls at German Lake with Rev. Dick Jorgensen will officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to service at the church. Interment will be in Cleveland Lutheran Cemetery.

Earl was born on July 10, 1923 in Elysian Township to Emil and Alma (Kaupa) Haase. Earl worked at Minneapolis Moline and as a Grounds Keeper at the St. Peter State Hospital until retiring. Earl enjoyed fishing, Life member of the Good Sams Camping Club, and dancing. He was a member of the sportsmans club and fried fish at their fish fries, and was also a firemen for the Cleveland Fire Department for many years.

Earl is survived by his children, Roger Haase of St. Paul, Gary (Mary) Haase of Cleveland, and Pamela Caron of Nerstrand; the love of his life in later years, Donna Hlavac of Mankato; grandchildren, Amy Caron, Tracy Caron, Lindsay Caron, Peter Haase, and Sally Haase; 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Gladys Anderson of St. Peter.

Earl is preceded in death by first wife, Mildred Vollmer; second wife, Ann Jerrow; and third wife Evelyn Kelm; son-in-law, Daniel Caron.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Wayne Reuben Svoboda
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Wayne Reuben Svoboda, age 61, of New Prague, died Monday, December 25, at Mayo Systems New Prague. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018, from 11am-1pm at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery with memorial service following at 1pm. Interment will be at a later date in St. John Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Wayne was born on May 15, 1956, in St. Peter to Reuban Harvey and Carol Jean (Erkel) Svoboda. Wayne was a graduate of Montgomery High School. Wayne worked with his parents on the family farm and also worked at the K-Mart Distribution Center in Shakopee until its closing. Wayne was a member of the Clear Lake Sailors 4-H Club, Montgomery FFA, Le Sueur-Scott Holstein Association, and Pioneer Power. He enjoyed snowmobiling, helping kids in 4-H, showing cattle, and working with antique tractors.

Wayne is survived by his mother, Carol Svoboda of Montgomery; sister, Ruth Hoefs (special friend, Ron Pomije) of Le Center; nieces, Jenna Lynn (John) Riley; great-nieces, Jane Riley, Jean Riley; nephews, John Thomas (special friend, Ashlynn Malecha) Hoefs; great-nephew, Matthew Riley; aunts and uncles, Lloyd C. (Peggy) Svoboda of New Prague, Wayne (Bernice) Bohnsak of Burnsville, and Floyd (Ellen) Erkel of Le Center; many cousins, other family and friends.

Wayne is preceded in death by his father, Rueban Svoboda; grandparents.

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

Patricia Mary Kewitsch
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Patricia Mary Kewitsch, 72, of Le Center passed away peacefully after a long battle with kidney cancer and severe COPD on Monday, January 1, 2018. She was surrounded by her family.

Her funeral will be on Friday, January 5th at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Le Center with visitation at 10:30am, service at 11:00am. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center at a later date.

Pat was born on September 3, 1945 to Fred and Delores (Hinze) Pischel. She was united in marriage to Allen Kewitsch on June 19, 1965 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Le Center. She worked as an administrative assistant at Winco and in the Theatre & Dance Dept. at Gustavus Adolphus College from where she retired after 20 years.

Pat was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to travel and was able to take many trips with her husband and children throughout the US. Pat & Al spent many winters in the warm Arizona sunshine after retirement with other friends from Le Center.

Pat is preceded in death by her parents and stepmother Charlotte Pischel. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Allen; son Paul (Gretchen) Kewitsch of Farmington, MN; daughters Nancy (Russ) Prososki of Lakeville, MN, and Christine (Alex) Reese of Oakdale, MN; six grandchildren Rachel and August Kewitsch, Lucas and Abigail Prososki, and Aiden and Nora Reese; step-sisters Karen (Denny) Denneson, Rita Ingersoll and Heidi (Mike) Plunkett all of California; sisters-in-law Marjorie Schmidt of Mankato, MN and Ardelle (John) Barten of North Mankato, MN.

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



Trudy Sembauer
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Trudy Sembauer, 74, of Montgomery died on Monday, January 1, 2018. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 10am-2pm at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with funeral services following at 2pm also at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home. Interment will be at St. John Catholic Cemetery in rural Montgomery.

Trudy was born on July 22, 1943 to Myles and Rosalyn (Filipek) Sembauer in Montgomery. Trudy was employed as a cook at the school in Montgomery and also Green Giant.

Trudy is survived by her mother, Rosalyn Sembauer of Montgomery; son, Rick (Wendy) Sembauer of Montgomery; grandchildren, Darian Cox, Samantha (Tyler) Rosival, Daniel (significant other- Lauren) Adamek, Jade Woods, Matthew Sembauer, and Jack Sembauer; great-granddaughter, Ashlynn Rosival; siblings, Darvin Sembauer of Faribault, and sally Turek of Montgomery.

Trudy is preceded in death by her father, Myles Sembauer Sr.; son, Jerry Sembauer; siblings, Debbra, and Buddy Sembauer Jr.; former husband, LeRoy Hadac.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Dorma Maline Schulz
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Dorma Maline Schulz, age 61 of Montgomery, died Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Mayo Systems Hospital in Mankato. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 28, from 5pm-8pm with memorial service at 8pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery.

Dorma was born on July 22, 1956 in Hibbing to Charles and Audrey Du Long. She was a graduate of Minneapolis Vocational High School. Dorma was united in marriage to Terry Schulz at Hope Lutheran Church in Jordan.

Dorma was survived by her husband of 43 years, Terry Schulz of Montgomery; children, Rebecca (James) Schulz of Farmington, Tamara (Adam) Fennell of Le Center, and Michael (Laura) Schulz of Montgomery; grandchildren, Austin, Eian, and Skyler Schulz, and Kayley and Cole Fennell; special family friend, Sheri Delis.

Dorma is preceded in death by son, Terry Jr., and daughter, Darcie; parents and siblings.

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

Ardyce Darlyne Boda
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Ardyce Darlyne (Hall) Boda, age 87, of LeCenter, died peacefully Friday, December 22, at BeeHive Homes of Excelsior. A celebration of Ardyces life will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at 12:00 noon at St. John Lutheran Church, 105 Spruce Avenue NW, Montgomery, MN, 56069. Visitation will take place from 11:00 am to noon, and lunch will be served in the church social hall following the service.

Ardyce was born on April 19, 1930, in Nicollet County to Isaac Herbert and Esther (Lund) Hall. She spent her childhood on her family farm in Bernadotte township and graduated from Winthrop High School. She was united in marriage to the Rev. Robert Boda on August 25, 1956, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Owatonna.

Bob and Ardyce worked as partners in ministry throughout Minnesota, serving ELCA parishes in Grove City, Arlington, Albert Lea, Wabasha, Ostrander, and Montgomery. To the very end, Ardyce lived her life with an open heart, an open mind, and an open home to all. She was a mother to all who needed one, inspiring us all with her compassion, undying faith, and quick wit. A talented seamstress, artist and writer, her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends at her lake home near LeCenter. Her healing presence, warm heart, and empathetic nature will be forever missed by all who knew her.

Ardyce is survived by her husband, Rev. Robert Boda of LeCenter; children, Suzanne (George Grindahl) of Los Angeles, CA, Kristin of Bloomington, Stephan (Maria Scholz Boda) of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Sofia Hall Boda, Mae Scholz Boda and Beno Scholz Boda. She will be missed by her many devoted nieces and nephews, and special great nephew, Nathan Burwell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Ellsworth Hall, David Hall, Stanley Hall, and sisters Florence Goebel and LeDoris Hall.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to Ardyces wonderful caregivers over the past years: Lake Volney neighbors Terry and Lisa Stier and family, loving caregivers from Freedom Home Care of Mankato, new friends of BeeHive Homes of Excelsior, Brighton Hospice of St. Louis Park, Dr. Carrie Wolke of Edina, Rev. Jason Pollington of St. John Lutheran Church, and Ardyces special team of support dogs, Honza, Holly, Bentley and Finnegan.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Feed My Sheep community assistance services through the General Fund of St. John Lutheran Church of Montgomery. www.montgomeryelcalutherans.org

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

Patricia J. Gibbs
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Patty (Patricia Schloesser) Gibbs, 84 of Kilkenny passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and Father Chris Shofner on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in her home. Patty was a very devout woman of God and was joyous at the thought of going to her Heavenly Home. Her visitation will be on Wednesday, December 13, from 4 pm 8 pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, December 14 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center at 10 am with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be along-side her husband, Donnie in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Patty was born on March 4, 1933 to Paul and Isabelle (Berger) Schloesser. She attended the Le Center Country School and graduated from McKinley High School in 1951. Patty was united in marriage to Donald Gibbs on June 29, 1954 at St. Kevins Catholic Church in Minneapolis. She worked at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester as a nursing assistant. She worked as a secretary/treasurer for almost 30years for DHIA.

Patty was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and worked tirelessly as the wife of a farmer. She always said that her family and her faith were the most important things in her life, and it was evident in all that she did and said. She loved being outside in her garden, mowing her yard and planting and nurturing her flowers. She was and amazing cook and baker and was most famous for her apple pies. She loved dancing with Donnie and spending time with family and friends at card club, extension and in Palm Springs. She taught religious education for many years, served on the CCW board as well as being an active member, she was chairperson of the church festival take-out meals for many years and was a Eucharistic Minister in the church and brought the Holy Eucharist to homebound members of her church until September of this year. Doing things for others was of greatest importance to Patty.

Patty is survived by her children and their spouses, Mariane and Thomas Beer of Le Center, Jeff and Christy Gibbs of Kilkenny, Cindy Cooney of Cleveland, Theresa Gibbs of Shakopee, Kevin and Karen Gibbs of Le Center and Sharon and Terry Danberry of North Mankato; 14 grandchildren and their spouses; and 31 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Kathy and Woody Gentz of Le Center, Jerry Schloesser of Norwalk, Ohio and Wayne and Donna Schloesser of Le Center; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Gibbs; parents, Paul and Isabelle Schloesser; sister, Agnes Boswell.

On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com
LaVerna Minnie Emma Picka
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LaVerna Minnie Emma Picka, age 91 of Le Center, died on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be from 4-7pm on Friday, December 8 at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 9 at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 10:30 with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center.

LaVerna was born on October 2, 1926 at home in Sharon Township to Emil and Minnie (Wolpern) Boettcher. She was baptized at Dresselville Church and confirmed May 7, 1939 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. LaVerna attended Dresselville Country School. LaVerna was united in marriage to Frank E. Picka on May 1, 1947 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Montgomery. LaVerna was a home maker and worked at Spors, was the head cook at Le Center School for 30 years, retired and worked 10 more years at Le Sueur County courthouse as a receptionist. LaVerna loved playing cards, sewing doll clothes and making quilts for her family, and friends.

LaVerna is survived by her daughter, Shirley Ann of Roseville; brother-in-law, Harry Picka of Fairmont; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

LaVerna is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Picka; her parents; brothers, Willmar and Elmer Boettcher; sister, Leona Huber; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Virginia (Kajer) Brown
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Virginia (Kajer) Brown, age 93 of Le Center, died peacefully on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague with family and friends at her side. Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 6 from 4-8pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral service will be Thursday, December 7 at 10:30am at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Interment will be in St. Thomas Cemetery.

Virginia was born on July 1, 1924 to George and Margaret (Savage) Kajer in New Prague. Virginia was a New Prague graduate in 1942 and then went to teachers college for two years. Virginia was a teacher for 25 years for St. Marys Catholic School and Le Center Elementary. She was united in marriage to Milton L. Brown on September 16, 1950 in New Prague. She enjoyed gardening, and baking (especially chocolate chip cookies for her son and grandchildren).

Virginia is survived by her children, Mary Jean (Pat) Anderly of Henderson, Margaret (Peggy) (Jeff Dalsted) of Bloomington, and Patrick Brown of Le Center; brother, Bill (Joyce) Kajer of New Prague; sisters-in-law, Helen Kajer of New Prague, and Doris Kubes of New Prague; 5 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Virginia is preceded in death by her husband, Milton Brown; parents; granddaughter, Kathleen Anderly; and siblings, Ron Kajer, and Bernice Hruby.

On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Ann Elvira Fredrickson
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Ann Elvira Fredrickson, 95, of Minneapolis, died Saturday, December 2, 2017 at her home. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 9am- 10am. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10am. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Ann was born on September 6, 1922 in Little Falls to Andrew and Svea (Anderson) Sandberg. She was united in marriage to Jim Fredrickson on April 27, 1974 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. Ann was an excellent musician, artist, and enjoyed gardening and fishing on Lake Francis.

Ann is survived by her nieces and nephews.

On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Mary Tupy
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Mary Tupy, age 65 of Montgomery, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, November 20 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Visitation will be on Sunday, November 19 from 4 pm to 8 pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and will continue one hour prior to the funeral, also at the funeral home. Private family interment will be at a later date at St. Johns Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery.

Mary was born on April 27, 1952 to Ray and Hattie (Skluzacek) Vesely in New Prague. She attended Most Holy Trinity Catholic grade School in Veseli and New Prague High School. Mary was united in marriage to Ronald Tupy on October 2, 1971 at Holy Trinity Church in Veseli.
Along with raising 4 children, Mary worked at MVE/Chart in New Prague & Burnsville for over 15 years and most recently at UTC Aerospace Systems in Burnsville for 13 years.

Mary just had a way with people. She was always ready with a joke and never missed an opportunity to have fun. Over the years, Mary impacted and touched the lives of so many people with her unmistakable personality. While courageously fighting cancer for five and a half years, Mary never complained and never let her disease take away her one of a kind smile. More than anything, Mary loved her family and spending time with her kids, grandkids and countless friends.

Mary is survived by her husband, Ronald Tupy of Montgomery; children, Kristine (Christopher) McElroy of Otsego, Jacqueline (Travis) Christie of Eden Prairie, Craig Tupy of Burnsville and Curt (Joni) Tupy of Duluth; grandchildren, Jack, Mason, and Samantha McElroy, Carson and Mathew Christie, and Marlowe Tupy; siblings Ronald (Marilyn) Vesely of Webster, and Arlene (Norbert) Sticha of New Prague.

Mary is proceeded in death by her parents; and grandson, Ronnie McElroy.

Online condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.



Adeline Morgan
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Adeline Marie (nee Nichols) Morgan, age 91 of Montgomery, died Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Traditions of Montgomery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Noon on Friday, November 10 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Visitation will be two hours prior to Mass at church. Interment will be in St. Michael Cemetery.

Adeline was born on October 6, 1926 to Earl and Helen (Lilja) Nichols in Minneapolis. She attended Incarnation grade school and Central High School in Minneapolis. After graduation in 1944, she and her best friend, Vivian Devins went to California where Adeline met the love of her life, LV Larry Morgan. They were married on July 22, 1947 in Minneapolis and proceeded to raise a family of seven children.
She was an avid sports fan. Brett Favre was her absolute favorite player. Adeline was supportive of many charities and was especially generous to many Montgomery institutions.

Adeline is survived by her children, Linda (Brian) Morgan-Comstock of Minneapolis, Gregory (Tammy) Morgan of Mesa, AZ, John Morgan of Montgomery, and William Morgan of Montgomery; 9 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister, Marilyn Oberle of Fairmont; brother, John (Judy) Nichols of Hutchinson; and childhood best friend, Vivian Gullett of Maple Lake.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, LV; sons, Thomas, Larry, and Paul Morgan; and grandson, Peter Morgan.
Alice Marie Novotny
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Alice Marie Novotny, age 68 of Montgomery, died October 31, 2017 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, November 8 at 11am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Fr. George Grafsky officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 7 from 4-8pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery concluding with rosary at 7:30pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior on Wednesday morning at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

Alice was born on March 11, 1949 to Alois and Ludmilla (Dietz) Mahowald. Alice graduated from New Prague High School in 1967. Alice was united in marriage to Lawrence Novotny Sr. on October 12, 1968 in New Prague at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. They owned and operated Novotny Sport Shop in Montgomery for 13 years. Alice enjoyed gardening, crafting, playing cards, camping, and fishing.

Alice is survived by her husband, Lawrence Novotny, Sr. of Montgomery; children, Lora (significant other, Darren Bastyr) Novotny of Montgomery, Lisa (John) Hodges of New Prague, Larry Novotny, Jr. of Montgomery, Kevin Novotny of Montgomery, and Mark (significant other, Krystal Hamele) Novotny of Montgomery; 10 grandchildren, Kyle, Amanda, Megan, and Katrina Roe, Madeline and Nicholas Novotny, Allie and Aiden Novotny, Brooke Holicky, and Mason Novotny; great-granddaughter, Emma Roe; siblings, John (Sue) Mahowald from Denver, CO, Paul (Louise) Mahowald from Donna, TX, and Ruth Bullard of Brownton.

Alice is preceded in death by her parents.

On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com


Marvin John Willette
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Marvin John Willette, 83 of Le Center, formerly of Easton, died Monday, October 30, 2017 at Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter, MN. He battled Parkinsons for 18 years. Visitation will be on Friday, November 3 from 4-7 p.m. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 4 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center at 10 a.m. with Father James Adams officiating. Visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Military Rites will be provided by the Le Center Area Honor Guard.

Marvin was born on February 26, 1934 in Easton to Louis and Mary (Bias) Willette. He attended Mount Carmel Catholic School up until 8th grade and then attended Dowling High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. He entered the United States Army from October 1957 to September 1961. Marvin was united in marriage to Elaine (Evan) Willette in Minnesota Lake on May 19, 1959.

Marvin was a farmer and raised livestock. He also worked for Green Giant, Winco and United Steel throughout his life. He was a good friend and never hesitated to help his neighbors. He enjoyed playing cards, dancing, singing and tinkering in his workshop. His biggest joy in life was spending time with family and friends.

Marvin is survived by his children, Jodi (Mark) Rouse of Maple Grove, Judy (Dan) Rogich of Fridley, John (Jill) Willette of Wells, Helen (Mike) Heiland of Excelsior, Tim (Amber) Willette of St. Charles; grandchildren, Katherine (Chris) Lindstrom, Emily (Derrick) Diedrick, Emma (Steve) Santee, Tony Willette, Lindsay, Kyle and Rachel Sather, Owen Willette; great-grandchildren Alexia and Ronan; brother Jim (Carolyn) Willette of Easton; sister, Sharon (Everette) Ward of Mapleton; sister-in-law, Ann Willette of Medford; sisters-in-law, Jeanne (David) Becker of Mankato, Joyce (Warren) Schneeburger of Brainerd, Helen (Mike) Manders of Mankato, Barb (Dale) Koplen of Pemberton, Muggs (Denny) Zabel of St. Clair, Hona Beyer of Minnesota Lake, Alice (Oren) Roeker of Minnesota Lake, Teresa Kirchner of Pella, IA, Rose (Randy) Cole of Mankato; brother-in-law, Chuck (Joan) Evan of Minnesota Lake, and many nieces and nephews.

Marvin is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elaine (2015); son, Tony (1975); and brother Richard Willette.
Kyle Deblonde Boettcher
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Kyle Deblonde Boettcher, age 28 of Le Center, died on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at his home in Le Center. Visitation will be from 4-8pm on Sunday, October 29 at the Le Center Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 10:00am on Monday, October 30 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center with Father Chris Shofner officiating. Visitation will continue one hour prior at the funeral home on Monday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

Kyle was born on June 24, 1989 to Jayd and Sandra (Johnson) Boettcher in Mankato. Kyle was a 2007 graduate from Le Center High School. Kyle worked as a heavy equipment operator. He was an avid outdoorsman whom loved fishing, hunting, working on his truck, and playing with his son and niece.

Kyle is survived by his dad, Jayd Boettcher of Montgomery; fiance, Brittany Adamek of Le Center; son, Brody Adamek; sister, Kaitlin (significant other, Marcus Koetzle) Boettcher of Montgomery; goddaughter and niece, Blakelee Koetzle; paternal grandmother, Patsy Boettcher of Le Center; and maternal grandmother, Stella Johnson of Mankato; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Kyle is preceded in death by his mother, Sandra Boettcher; grandfathers, Denis Boettcher, and Clifford Johnson; best friends, Jeff Miller, and Travis Reak; and great-grandparents, Russell and Betty OMalley.

On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Milo A. Tuma
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Milo A. Tuma, age 90 of Montgomery, died Friday, October 20, 2017 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am on Saturday, October 28 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Visitation will be from 9am to 11am at the church. Interment will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery in rural Montgomery with military rites provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard.

Milo was born on March 8, 1927 in Wheatland Township to James and Anna (Koktavy) Tuma. He attended the Foley school in Montgomery Township and worked on his parents farm until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1950. After basic training he married Marian Brezina on April 10, 1951 and departed for duty to Korea a week after their wedding. After his tour was complete he was assigned to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. Marian completed her school year at Greenleaf school and joined him for the last three months of his tour. They returned and lived with Marians parents on the farm in Lexington Township until her parents moved to Montgomery in the spring of 1953. Milo retired from farming in 1984 and began working at Green Giant, Wilsons Lawn and Care, Holy Redeemer school and was a custodian at Montgomery High School until December 1995. He continued to raise beef cattle until 2008. February 2014 they left the farm and moved to Park Manor Apartments in Montgomery.

Milo enjoyed listening as well as dancing to old time music and especially to concertina music. He had a great interest in Western movies, and airplanes. He loved riding horses, and listening to Western music. He enjoyed spending time with his two daughters and later his grandchildren.

Milo is survived by his wife, Marian of Montgomery; daughters, Pam (Russ) Connolley of Rice, and Melissa (John) Voigt of Cleveland; grandchildren, David (Stacey) Voigt, and Laura Voigt; sister, Gertrude Tuma; brother, Alvin (Aggie) Tuma.

Milo is preceded in death by his parents, James and Anna (Koktavy) Tuma; brother, Richard; sisters, Gladys Tuma, and Alice (Bob) Josten; two sisters who passed away in infancy; and Aunt, Helen Vlasak.

On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Marian B. Tuma
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Marian B. Tuma, age 90 of Montgomery, died Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am on Saturday, October 28 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Visitation will be from 9am to 11am at the church. Interment will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery in rural Montgomery.

Marian was born on March 23, 1927 in Rice County to John J. and Anna (Kaderlik) Brezina. She attended country school in Lexington for six years and was a graduate from Montgomery High School in 1945. Upon her graduation she attended normal teacher training in Le Center for a year and taught in rural schools for six years. She later completed her Bachelors Degree in Teaching from Mankato State University.

Marian was united in marriage to Milo A. Tuma on April 10, 1951. After Milo completed his tour with the Army they settled on her parents farm. They retired from farming in 1984, but continued to live on the farm until February 8, 2014 when they moved to Park Manor in Montgomery.

Marian returned to teaching in 1969 at Holy Redeemer School retiring in 1997 with a total of thirty-four years which includes the six rural school years. She was honored as the Archdiocese Teacher of the Year in 1995. After her retirement from teaching she continued to work as the school librarian at Holy Redeemer School for another eleven years retiring in 2008. During the summer months starting in 1985 she worked at the local Green Giant Company. While continuing to teach from 1990-2006 she worked at Mala Strana in New Prague and at the American legion until 2009. Teaching and working other jobs kept her busy, but she still found time for travel and enjoyed cooking for her family and grandchildren who were her joy and love. She enjoyed listening to as well as dancing to old time music with her husband and friends.

Marian is survived by her daughters, Pam (Russ) Connolley of Rice, and Melissa (John) Voigt of Cleveland; grandchildren, David (Stacey) Voigt, and Laura Voigt; sister, Wilma (Barney) Dalton.

Marian is preceded in death by her husband, Milo; and parents.

On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

Alvin Kaderlik
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Alvin Kaderlik, age 88 of Montgomery, died on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at his home in Montgomery. Funeral service will be at 10:30am on Friday, October 27 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Visitation will be from 4-8pm on Thursday, October 26 at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery concluding with the Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:30pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior at the funeral home. Military Rites will be provided by the Montgomery Area Honor Guard. Interment will in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Alvin was born on August 16, 1929 in Lonsdale to William and Mary (Voracek) Kaderlik. Alvin served with the United States Army during the Korean War 1951-1954. Earned the rank of Sergeant in Korea. Served with the A Battery 38th Field Artillery Battalion. Earned the National Defense Service Medal, The United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Ribbon, Three Bronze Battle Stars, and Republic of Korea Presidential United Citation. Alvin was released from active duty on August 12, 1954.

Alvin was united in marriage to Gladys Sticha on October 26, 1954. Alvin was employed by Westerman Lumber Company from 1954 to 1967, Green Giant from 1967 until retirement in 1989, and part-time work in maintenance and Cemetery Board at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Alvin was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, served as Commander for two terms, Commander of the Le Sueur Co. Council V.F.W., Life Member of the American Legion Post #79 in Montgomery, and served as Commander, Honorary Life Member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1573 and served as Grand Knight, member of the Montgomery Veterans Honor Guard with the position of Sergeant of Arms. Alvin enjoyed fishing, playing cards, doing carpentry, and going to casinos.

Alvin was survived by his wife, Gladys Kaderlik of Montgomery; son, Rod (Deb) Kaderlik of Montgomery; brother, Myles (Donna) Kaderlik; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Kaderlik; and brother-in-law, Wilfred (Diane) Sticha.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Elgin kaderlik.

On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.


Doris Marie Tiede
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Doris Marie Tiede, age 80 of Le Center, died on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at St. Gertrudes in Shakopee. Funeral service will be at 11am on Thursday, October 26 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Le Center. Visitation will be from 9-11am on Thursday at the church. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Rural Le Center.

Doris was born on March 10, 1937 in Janesville Township in Waseca County to Frederick and Evelyn (Wohlford) Krueger. Doris was baptized April 11, 1937 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Smiths Mills, MN by Rev. Otto K. Metghe and confirmed April 15, 1951 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Le Center by Rev. Robert C. Ackermann. Doris was a graduate from McKinley High School in 1955. Doris was united in marriage to LeRoy Tiede on October 8, 1956 in Le Center.

Doris was Princess of the REA Company, and Princess K of the Milky Way. She was a member and 4-H leader. She taught confirmation classes. Doris was an avid porcelain doll maker, an awesome cook and baker and enjoyed her grandchildren.

Doris is survived by her husband of 61 years, LeRoy Tiede of Le Center; Children, Rusty (Nancy) Tiede of Le Center, Randy (Karen) Tiede of Taftville, CT, Dawn Tiede of Janesville, and Dale (Patty) Tiede of Le Center; 13 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, Nancy (Paul, Sr.) Vollmer of Montgomery, Alice (Arden) Flaten of Hastings, and Lois (Gerald) Tobias of New Ulm; brothers, Galen (Caroline) Krueger of Le Center, and Glen Krueger of Henderson; sister-in-law, Patsy Lande; step brother-in-law, Lloyd (Peggy) Svoboda; step sister-in-law, Bernice (Wayne) Bohnsack, and Carol Svoboda.

Doris is preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters in infancy; step brother-in-law, Rueben Svoboda.

On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
John Otto Perbix
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John Otto Perbix, age 82 of Le Center, died peacefully on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Mayo Hospital in Mankato. Funeral service will be at 11am on Saturday, October 21 at the Le Center Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9-11am on Saturday at the funeral home. Military Rites will be provided by the Le Center Area Honor Guard. Interment will be at a later date in Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery.

John was born on March 30, 1935 to Otto and Mabel (Olson) Perbix in Minneapolis. He graduated from Mound High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. from 1952-1955. He married Barbara Jean Hempel in 1962. He worked many years for Jesco Construction Company. Johns love for farming had taken him and Barbara to Cambridge, MN. Barbara passed away in 1983. John retired from Metropolitan Medical Center in 2002 where he had worked as a maintenance guy. After his retirement he moved up north and lived on Lake Kabetogamo and he would spend his winters down in Arizona.

John enjoyed farming. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a huge sports fanatic, even playing hockey into his later years. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and always made it a point to attend their sporting events. He also adored his nieces and nephews dearly. John enjoyed going out for breakfast every morning, and afterwards taking his best friend, Bandit out for a golf cart ride. He had an unbelievable knack for making friends wherever he went. He could often be heard singing obnoxiously or whistling randomly to whoever was in earshot. He will always be remembered for his famous one liner, Oh Jeez, Oh Cripe! John will be dearly missed by his family and to all who had the honor of knowing him.

John is survived by his children, John G. (Sarah) Perbix of Harvey, ND, Cheryl (Greg) Wilmes of Le Sueur, Michael (Doreen) Baker of Pequot Lakes, Michele (Pat) Lawrence of Breezy Point,
and Bradley (Sue) Baker of Watertown, MN; grandchildren, Cody (Mariah) Perbix, Catelyn (significant other, Thomas Van Ness) Perbix, Tanner Tschida, Tucker (Joslyn) Tschida, Ryan Wilmes, Courtney Wilmes, Andrea (Patrick) Hillan, Wyatt Baker, Trisha (Kyle) Dahl, Billy (Lindsey) Baker, Gerald (Tamara) Baker, and David Himle; 8 great-grandchildren;
siblings, Marlene (Warren) Klug of Elk River, and Don (Carol) Perbix of Princeton;
and many other dear relatives and friends.

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


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

Luverne 'Vern' Carl Olson
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Luverne Vern Carl Olson (1940 2017) died at the age of 77 at his home in St. Peter, MN on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from the effects of Amyloidosis, a rare blood disease.
Visitation will be on Friday, October 20, from 4pm-8pm at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, October 21 at 10am at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be in St. Henrys Cemetery in rural Le Center.

Verns was a life well lived, marked at all stages with adventure, risk, adversity, surprise, energy and joy. Vern was irrepressible and highly competitive. He worked hard, played hard and enjoyed the successes of his efforts. Vern grew up in Morgan, MN where he graduated high school in 1958 then went on to college in Mankato, MN. There he met Helen Schloesser whom he married on August 12, 1960. Both hard workers, they partnered together to make ends meet while Vern finished college beginning a pattern that endured. Verns first professional job was with Mankato Paper Box. He then worked as an independent sales representative. In 1980, he and Helen started Rolco, Inc., a plastics manufacturing business. He designed and created pieces and parts for some of the biggest American companies and also for some innovative, creative people who became his friends. He loved the game to the very end!

Vern enjoyed fishing and gardening. He raised animals to feed the family and to teach his children the virtue of hard work - but also about the joy in growing and sharing food, and eating very well indeed! His expressions in art really fed his soul, Vern wanted to capture The Power of Nature. Vern and Helen spent half of the year at their home in Sun City West, AZ where Verns creative work filled his studio and decorated many homes.

Vern is survived by his wife, Helen (Schloesser) Olson of St. Peter, MN. He is also survived by five children: Cari Olson, Phoenix, AZ; Sally Thompson, Boise, ID; Pam (Mike) Lally, Denver, CO; Brian (Sandy) Olson, Hastings, MN; and Peggy (Brad) Rae of Denver, CO. Vern loved his time and the memories made with his eleven grandchildren, Jake and Dan Thompson, Boise, ID; Conor Lally, Denver, CO and Karen Lally of Berkley, CA; Jessica Logsdon, Kalispell, MT; Stephanie Olson, St. Paul, MN; Robin Smith and Alex Rae, Denver, CO; Jennifer Wokson, Farmington, MN; Nicole Schaffer, Hastings, MN; Richard Labey, Hastings, MN. Verns great-grandchildren and many dear nieces and nephews were precious to him. Vern is survived by his sister Lois Goblirsch of New Ulm, and his brother Steve (Mary) Olson of Waconia. Vern was preceded in death by his parents, Elsie (Bruckbauer) and Alfred Olson, his brother Ralph Olson, and his sister Beatrice Bruns.

Research studying amyloidosis is being conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Without hesitation, and with gratitude for the compassionate staff of the Mayo Clinic, Vern participated in this research.

Donations to Feeding America in memorial to Vern would honor him. Verns conviction that no one in a country with such abundance should be without food drove him to volunteer at food banks during his winter months in Arizona and support Feeding America the nations leading domestic hunger relief charity.
On-line condolences may be left at www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.
Eleanor Louise Hogan
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Eleanor Louise Hogan, 80, of Waterville, formerly of Le Center, died Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Traditions of Waterville. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 10am- 11am. at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral service will follow at 11am also at the funeral home. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center.

Eleanor was born on August 14, 1937 in Goshen, Indiana to Andrew and Florence (Pepper) Jackson. She was united in marriage to Louis Hogan on July 17, 1954 in Des Moines, Iowa. Eleanor enjoyed working on puzzles, knitting, crocheting, painting ceramics, bowling, camping and fishing with her children while they were growing up, spending time with her family, and loved her grandchildren dearly.

Eleanor is survived by her children, Gayle (Debbie) Hogan of Waterville, Curtis (Lois) Hogan of Waterville, Douglas Hogan of Mason City, IA, Teresa (Greg) Goettl of Le Center, Melvin (Doreen) Hogan of Le Center, and Kevin Hogan (Carol) of Raymore, MO.; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; siblings, Dorothy Vance of Des Moines, IA, Eunice (Larry) Beener of Albert Lea; brother-in-law, Larry Evans of Cape Coral, FL; sister-in-law, Lucy Jackson of Goshen, IN

Eleanor is preceded in death by parents, Andrew Jackson and Florence Bledsoe husband; brother, Andrew Jackson; sisters, Darlene Price, and Arline Evans; daughter, Marqineta Hogan.




Leonard Zvanovec
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Leonard Zvanovec, 89, of Montgomery died at his home on October 9, 2017. Visitation will be 9:30am to 11:00am on Friday, October 13 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11am, with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Leonard was born March 4, 1928, on a farm near Lonsdale, to John and Mary (Kuchinka) Zvanovec. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945 as a replacement for WWII veterans. He was honorably discharged after a 2 year tour of duty, stationed in San Diego and Hawaii.

He married Irene Hanek of Veseli in 1950, and they had 4 children, Jan (Tom) Palumbo of Prior Lake, Robert (Deb) of Lakeville, Gary of Montgomery, and David (Michael) of Minneapolis. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Irene; children; 8 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Leonard had a passion for farming his small farm East of Montgomery, also working side employment at Green Giant, McQuays, and the Rice County ASC Office. In his later years, his passion continued in gardening organic vegetables for his family. He worked his garden until one month prior to his death. Through it all, he remained a pessimistic Viking fan.

His associations included membership at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, and membership in the Montgomery American Legion Post #79. He served Chairman of the ASC Committee from 1963-1966. His musical talents were well known, playing a variety of musical instruments (all self-taught), including guitar, concertina, squeezebox, and keyboards. He passed on his love for music to family, musically participation was always a staple at family dinner, holidays, and special occasions. He was a vital part of the Czech Singers musical group, a local Bohemian group, which toured area summer festivals and county fairs.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and Ambrose Duffney.

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

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery, and on-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com. 507-357-6116.

Donna M. Benzick
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Donna M. Benzick, age 84, of Montgomery, died Friday, October 6, 2017 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be from 2pm-4pm on Sunday, October 8, at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday, October 9, at 10am at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Father Victor Valencia officiating with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Donna was born on February 5, 1933 in Montgomery to Louis and Anna (Mader) Springer. She attended St. Raphaels Catholic School in Montgomery for 8 years and then graduated from Montgomery High School in 1951. She lived most of her entire life in the Montgomery area. She worked at the Interstate Power Plant in Montgomery in the 1950s. She also worked for Northern States Power Co. in Minneapolis for 2 years. In her younger years she was also a seasonal worker at Green Giant in Montgomery. She married Robert Benzick on May 17, 1958 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery.

Donna was a member and past president of the CCW, a life member and past president of the VFW Auxiliary, and also a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Donna was also an EMT member of the Montgomery Ambulance for 10 years. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, cooking, playing cards, and was an avid fan of the Twins and Vikings.

Donna is survived by children, Mike Benzick of Montgomery, and Marlys (Mark) Ilg of Montgomery; grandchildren, Holly (Cory) Martinson, and Kelcey (Adam) Stachowiak; great-grandson, Luke Martinson; many nieces and nephews.

Donna is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Benzick on May 7th, 2013; siblings, Stanley and Leonard Schiprett, Rita (George) Nickolay, and Ceil (Kenneth) French.

Condolences can be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
Alice Mae Honza
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Alice Mae Honza, age 86, formerly of Montgomery, died Monday, October 2, 2017 at Mala Strana Health Care in New Prague. Visitation will be from 9am-11am on Saturday, October 7, at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11am with Father David Barrett officiating. Interment will be in the Czech National Cemetery in New Prague. Lunch will follow at the American Legion Club in Montgomery.

Alice was born on July 25, 1931 in Lanesburgh Township to Erwin and Emma (Gab) Eisert. She was a New Prague High School graduate in 1948. Alice was united in marriage to Thomas Mariska in 1948 and they had one daughter, Katherine. Later she married Raymond Honza in 1980.

Alice worked at Elrays Caf, the Dinner Bell Caf in Montgomery, and at Winco in Le Center, but most of all enjoyed working on the farm. She loved her family deeply, and also enjoyed gardening, her Czech heritage, and music. Alice was a great baker and cook, especially her delicious kolackys, dumplings and vomacka.

Alice is survived by her daughter, Katherine (Michael) Bosshardt of Minneapolis; granddaughter, Michelle (Daniel) Rynda of Heidelberg; great-grandchildren, Allison and Adam Rynda.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Thomas Mariska, and second husband, Raymond Honza.

Condolences can be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.




Betty Ann Novak
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Betty Ann Novak, Senior Buyer/Planner, age 73 of Montgomery, died Friday, September 29, 2017 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 11 am at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Father Victor Valencia officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8pm on Wednesday, October 4 at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and will continue Thursday morning one hour prior to Mass at the funeral home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Montgomery.

Betty was born on February 11, 1944 in Lanesburg Township to Frank and Angela (Kadlec) Jakes. Betty is a 1961 graduate of Montgomery High School. Betty was united in marriage to Jerry Novak on September 15, 1962 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery.

Betty worked at Munsingwear for 20 years, FSI as a Senior Buyer/Planer for 20+ years, and also bartended part-time for 20+ years. She was very active with the American Legion Auxiliary, Holy Redeemer C.C.W., and bridge club. She always attended her childrens and grandchildrens various activities and ball games. She volunteered for many years for the church festival. Betty also loved playing cards, cooking, baking, and sewing.

Betty is survived by her husband, Jerry Novak of Montgomery; children, Gary (Tami) of Montgomery, and Ron (Lori) of River Falls, WI; grandchildren, Elly, Ellaina, Leah, and Alex; step-grandchildren, Chris, Ben, Alex, and Jennifer; sisters, Evelyn Bastyr of New Prague, and Marion Nelson of New Prague; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marcy Hadac, George Novak, Carolyn (Wilbert) Shimota, Francis Fritz (Joyce) Novak, and Mary Jane Vosejpka; and many other relatives, and friends.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Richard Bastyr, Bob Nelson, Ann Fischer, Rose (Joe) Franek, Lawrence Novak, Ed Hadac, Francis Vosejpka, and Alice Novak.

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Lillian Agnes Hoffman
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Lillian Agnes Hoffman, of Le Center, loving Wife, Mother, and Grandmother, went to join her heavenly Father on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Mayo Health System, New Prague, MN.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am, Monday, October 2, 2017 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center, with Father Chris Shofner, Father James Adams, and Deacon Russ Blaschko officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm. beginning with the VFW Auxiliary memorial service, Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Le Center Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to service on Monday, October 2, 2017 at the funeral home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Le Center.

Lillian was born on October 27, 1936 to Joe and Lillian Budin in Faribault, MN. She was the 4th of 5 children. Lillian attended a small country school in Trebon, continuing her education at St. Marys Catholic School, and graduating from McKinley High School, Le Center. After school, Lillian went to work at the Le Sueur County Courthouse working her way up to Deputy Register of Deeds.

Lillian married her high school sweetheart, William (Bill) Hoffman, on September 25, 1956 at St. Marys Catholic Church, Le Center. After raising three children, Patti, Brian, and Steven, she embarked on starting her own business as an independent distributor for the Minneapolis Tribune and Pioneer Press which she ran until her retirement.

Lillian had many likes, loves, and interests, with none greater than any activity that involved her grandchildren. She loved attending school events, dance recitals, sporting events, or just simply being around her 7 grandchildren. She also had a great love of watching the Twins and Vikings and was able to see her Twins make the playoffs in 2017. She also carried with her through her life a great love of horses, with her childhood horse, Captain, always being her favorite. Lillian also loved taking pontoon rides with the family, crossword puzzles, trips to Branson, and family vacations to Disney World and various other locations. She was also an accomplished cook all her life, starting as a very young child cooking meals for the family and farm hands and carrying on through her entire life cooking countless family dinners.

Lillian was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, holding various offices including past president for 11 years. She was a member of CCW, former CCD Teacher, Eucharistic Adorer, and very active in many roles at St. Marys Catholic Church. She was also active in 4-H as a member and leader of Golden Willow 4-H club, which her father started.

Lillian is survived by her husband of 61 years, Bill Hoffman; her children, Patti Ann Gruetzmacher, Le Center, Brian (Michelle) Hoffman, Le Center, and Steven (Katie) Hoffman, Rochester; 7 grandchildren, Nanci Gruetzmacher, Christopher, McKenna, Dalton, and Kailey Hoffman, all of Le Center, Jake, and John Hoffman of Rochester; sister, Arlene Lukes, brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Mary Teresa Budin, and sister-in-law, Mary Agnes Budin.

She is preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Gruetzmacher; sister and brother-in-law, Delia and Donald Blaschko; brother, Jim Budin; and brother-in-law, Donald Lukes.

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Leonard M. Kukacka
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Leonard M. Kukacka, age 69 of Montgomery, died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, September 25, 2017. Funeral services will be 11am on Friday, September 29 at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Bohemian National Cemetery in rural Montgomery.

Leonard was born on May 26, 1948 to Frank and Christine (Bartusek) Kukacka in New Prague. He was a lifelong resident of Montgomery. He spent most of his days at home. When he wasn't staying busy in the yard, he was caring for his beloved dog, Arya, or catching up on his programs. Leonard cared deeply for his family and thought of them often. He would have gone to great lengths to ensure their well-being and happiness. Anyone who knew him will remember him for his kind words and genuine smile.

Leonard is survived by his sons, Jody (Anastasia) Kukacka of St. Peter, Chris (Kathy) Kukacka of St. Peter, and Andrew (fiance, Allie Lehnen) Kukacka of Montgomery; grandchildren, Faith Ortiz, Dante Ortiz-Kukacka, Andre Ortiz-Kukacka, Abby, Bryan, Emily, and Zoey Kukacka, and one on the way due in April, 2018; brothers, Ralph Kukacka of Montgomery; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Henry, Clarence, George, Robert, and Roger Kukacka; and sister, Arlene Stanke.

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Eleanor Grace Richter
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Eleanor G. Richter, age 95 of Montgomery, died Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26 at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 25 at the funeral home and also one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery.

Eleanor was born on February 20, 1922 to James and Mary Jane (Humber) Horazdovsky on the family farm in Montgomery Twp. She attended the Loftus Country School in rural Montgomery. She married Clarence L. Richter on June 4, 1946 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. She enjoyed crocheting, cats, puzzles, travelling, and her root beer barrel candies.

Eleanor is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Richter of New Prague; nephews, George Horazdovsky of Cleveland, and Jim Horazdovsky of Faribault; nieces, Darlene Richter of Edina, and Sharon Richter of Mound; sister-in-law, Mayme Richter of Mound; and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James (1881-1962) and Mary Jane (1884-1943); husband, Clarence (1920-2000); daughter, Janice (1953-1953); sisters, Blanche (1909-1915), and Bessie (1912-2002); and brothers, James (1913-1914), and George (1915-2003).

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Susan Tuma, Shirley Picha, Barb Ruhland, Sandy Simon, Brenda Stenzel, and Pat Bartusek.

Casket Bearers will be Bill and Mike Ruhland, Jim Horazdovsky, Dale Stenzel, Bob Janovsky, and Joe Novak.

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Lorraine B. Turek
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Lorraine B. Turek, age 91 of Montgomery, died Monday, September 11, 2017 at Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague. Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 19 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 20 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, with visitation 1 hour prior at the church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery.

Lorraine was born on January 6, 1926 in Erin Township on the family farm to Thomas and Rose (Filipek) Snorek. Lorraine was united in marriage to Bohumil Bo Turek at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Lorraine worked as a seamstress for Munsingware in Montgomery for many years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, and was a devout Christian.

Lorraine is survived by her children, Leonard (Mary) Turek of Lonsdale, Sharon (Kerry) Johnson of Monticello, and Steven (Diana) Turek of Montgomery; grandchildren, Heather (Larry) Kolarik, Nicole Turek, Jason (Jessica) Turek, and Rachel (fianc, Rob Markland) Turek; great-grandchildren, Haley Stevens, Wyatt Markland, and Lilly Dolly Turek; siblings, Eleanor Tupy of Bloomington, Robert Snorek of Montgomery, Ivan (Rosie) Snorek of Owatonna, and Alvin (Diane) Snorek of Owatonna; and many other relatives and friends.

Lorraine is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bohumil in 2008; brother-in-law, Alvin Tupy, and sister-in-law, Rita Snorek.

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Helen A. Filipek
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Helen A. Filipek, age 85 of Lonsdale formerly of Montgomery, died Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Mala Strana in New Prague. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to Mass at church. Interment will be at a later date in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Helen was born on the Brown family farm in St. Thomas, MN on February 8, 1932 to Patrick and Anna (Duane) Brown. She graduated from New Prague High School in 1949. She married Milo John Holey, Sr. on April 11, 1950 in St. Thomas. He died on September 3, 1967. On July 19, 1969 she married Raymond A. Filipek in Le Center, and he died on September 24, 1998. She was heavily involved with the VFW Auxiliary and American Legion of Montgomery. She was the former president and district president of the VFW Auxiliary.

Helen is survived by her 4 children, Milo (Lois) Holey, Jr. of Montgomery, Betty (Jerome) Messner of Blaine, Jean (Daniel) Wolfe of New Ulm, and JoAnn (Brian) Shaughnessy of Lonsdale; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Kubes of New Prague; and many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Milo John Holey, Sr. in 67; second husband, Raymond A. Filipek in 98; and brother, Milton Brown.

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Lenny Chlan
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On Sunday, September 10th, 2017 Lenny hit a home run. The spectators cheered through many tears. Lennys biggest fans were his wife, Barb (Madson); mother, Harriet Chlan of Montgomery, Children, Lori (Joel) Fogarty of Montgomery, Eric (Michelle) Chlan of Maple Lake, and Teri (Sebastian) Chandler of Lonsdale; 7 grandchildren, Alyssa (Dustin) Shank, Justin and Grant Fogarty, Brolin, Adler, and Whitler Chlan, and Braydon Chandler; siblings, David (Deb) Chlan of Clayton, WI., Linda (Jerry) Weltzin of Zumbro Falls, and Michael (Traci) Chlan of Watkinsville, GA; many other relatives and friends.

Lenny got his big break on May 19th, 1947 in New Prague to Raymond and Harriet (Shambour). He graduated Montgomery High School in 1965. Lenny was drafted by Dunwoody Industrial Institute in Minneapolis 1967.
On July 18th, 1970 Lenny signed a contract with his life time agent in Holy Matrimony to Barb Madson at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. Lenny started his baseball career with IBEW 292 Electrical Union and was happy to be a part of the construction team of the IDS tower and Lowery Tunnel in Mpls. Lenny was a Master electrician and owned and operated his own electrical business for 10 yrs. Lenny retired from Sheldahl in 2013 as maintenance electrician after 20 yrs.

Above all innings his favorite was time spent with his grandchildren who all know him best as Papa. He also greatly enjoyed volunteering with the Montgomery Food Shelf and Knights of Columbus.

Lenny was inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside his father, Raymond Chlan.

Memorial mass of Christian burial will be at 11 AM on Thursday September 14th, 2017 at Holy Redeemer Church Montgomery. Visitation 2 hours prior to the funeral at church. Father Victor Valencia will be officiating. Private burial will be done at later date.

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Helen Horazdovsky
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Helen Horazdovsky, age 94, of Faribault, died Friday, September 1, 2017 at District One Hospital in Faribault. Visitation will be on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Funeral service will be also at Schoenbauer Funeral Home on Friday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior, with Pastor Ally Bowman officiating. Interment will be in Bohemian National Cemetery in Montgomery.

Helen was born on January 20, 1923 in Rice County to John and Catherine (Honza) Setka. Helen was united in marriage to George Horazdovsky on October 1, 1940. Helen was a homemaker and who loved working on the farm, animals, cooking, and crocheting.

Helen is survived by her sons, Jim Horazdovsky of Faribault, and George Jr. Horazdovsky of Cleveland; grandchildren, John Horazdovsky, and Rebecca Horazdovsky-Melzer; 3 great-grandchildren, Carlie, Gavin, and Talan.

Helen is preceded in death by her husband, George Horazdovsky; parents; and 3 sisters.

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Rosemary (Hayden) Storberg
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Rosemary (Hayden) Storberg, 71, of Anoka returned to her hometown of Le Center to die peacefully at Central Health Care after an 18 month bout with lung cancer. Rosemary lost her courageous battle, on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Public interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 2 p.m. with Father James Adams officiating.

Rosemary was born on September 17, 1945 in Farmington to Gerald Jerry and Mabel (Stanek) Hayden. Rosemary attended St. Marys Catholic School in Le Center and graduated from McKinley High School in 1963. She then attended and graduated from MN Business College of Mankato. Rosemary was united in marriage on May 2, 1970 to David Storberg at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. They were personally married by her uncle, Monsignor Ambrose Hayden who was the director of the St. Paul Cathedral.

Rosemary was a Charter Commission Member of Lino Lakes for several years; assistant program manager at KSTP for several years and was also a private secretary to Senator Greg Dahl. She enjoyed travelling, scrapbooking and was an avid patron of the theatre. Her favorite past time was her alone time in her private indoor pool and enjoyed visiting on the phone with her classmates and friends.

Rosemary is survived by her husband, David of 47 years; son, Robert (Jennifer) of Arden Hills; grandchildren, Zachary, Lea, Leslie, Jacob, Brittney, and Katlyn; 2 great-grandchildren; siblings, Donald J. (Mary Louise) Hayden of Le Center, Dorothy (Harry) (Hayden) Dinwiddie of Le Center; sister-in-law, Doreen (Ray) Maynard of Lancaster, CA.; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rosemary is preceded in death by her parents.

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

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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. Marys Campus. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 14 at St. Marys 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.

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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. Marys 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.

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Edith Arlene Tambornino
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Edith Arlene Tambornino, 99, of Le Center, died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Rivers Edge Hospital in St. Peter. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Marys 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. Marys Catholic Church. Edith was united in marriage on September 8, 1943 to Joseph Tambornino at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. Ediths 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 familys 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 OsGold 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.

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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. Josephs 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) OBrien 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.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-364-7929. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com



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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 (fianc, 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.

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




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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 bachelors 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.

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




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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. Patricks 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. Patricks 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.

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

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

Stella M. Vlasak
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Stella M. Vlasak, age 88 of Montgomery, died Friday, May 12, 2017 at St. Marys 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.

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

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

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

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
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. Marys 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. Marys 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. Johns 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. Johns 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. Patricks Church near Cedar Lake in Scott County in 1958, and they raised 7 children. He practiced law in St. Paul before joining William Heinens 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 Attorneys 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. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at St. Marys. 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. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center. Rose worked for Spors Co., WINCO, St. Marys Thrift Store, was a Homecare Health Nurse and Nurses 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. Marys, 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 Frid