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Minnesota Valley Funeral Home Bruce Savoy General Manager

218 North Broadway Street
New Ulm, MN 56073
(507) 354-2312
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Obituary: Bishop John J. McRaith, Minnesota native, voice for farmers in church - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Saturday, April 08, 2017

I have never been so energized. I've got to hand it to them."There was humor as well, she said. "During one of the homilies it was stated that 'When we found out our new bishop was from New Ulm, Minn., people were all like, Where is that?' And you know what people from Minnesota were saying: 'Where is this Owensboro?'?"Recognized advocate on farming and rural issuesMcRaith was born in Hutchinson, Minn., to a family with three siblings. He attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse and high school at St. John's Prep in Collegeville. He later studied at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and Mount St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque, and did postgraduate work at what was then Mankato State University.After he was ordained in 1960, he was associate pastor of St. Mary's Church in Sleepy Eye, Minn., and pastor of St. Michael's Church in Milroy, Minn., and St. Leo's Church in St. Leo, Minn. He returned to Sleepy Eye in 1968 as administrator at St. Mary's and superintendent of St. Mary's High School.McRaith jumped to the national stage in 1972 when he became director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, headquartered in Des Moines. He became known as an advocate on farming and rural issues, which Medley said was a factor in his becoming a bishop at a comparatively young age.From 1978 to 1982 McRaith was vicar general and chancellor for the Diocese of New Ulm. When Owensboro Bishop Henry Soenneker resigned in 1982, McRaith was named by Pope John Paul II to take his place.Responded to growing diversityAs bishop, McRaith "was on the cutting edge in welcoming international priests from India and Africa and the like," said Medley, a native Kentuckian. "And when people would say, 'They talk funny,' the Minnesotan in him would say, 'What do you mean, you people have an accent!'?"Added Medley: "We in Kentucky feel a debt of gratitude to Minnesota to have sent us one of your finest to spend his life with us. He never picked up much of an accent here, but he became a native son."McRaith's tenure saw the founding in 1993 of an Office of African-American Ministries, later renamed the Office of Black Catholic Ministry; that same year the diocese bought four properties to house the homeless. In 1997 he established an Office of Hispanic Ministry.In 2015, as part of the diocesan celebration of McRaith's 80th birthday, Medley renamed the Catholic Pastoral Center in Owensboro after him.Besides his si...

Savoy retires after 40 years at funeral home - NUjournal

Monday, February 06, 2017

Staff photo by Kevin Sweeney Bruce Savoy, general manager of the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, is announcing his retirement after a 40-year career at the funeral home.NEW ULM — Bruce Savoy, general manager of the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, is announcing his retirement after a 40-year career at the funeral home.Savoy, who is 67, said his last day at the funeral home will be Feb. 28. Eric Warmka, one of the current funeral directors at Minnesota Valley, will take over as general manager.Savoy has spent his whole career at Minnesota Valley. He started as an intern in 1977 while getting his degree in Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota. When he became licensed in 1978, he was hired on in New Ulm. He served as a funeral director until 1992, when he was named general manager.Savoy said he has “loved every minute of the 40 years.”“Sure, nobody likes getting up at 4 o’clock,  3 o’clock in the morning, but that’s part of it,” he said. “You go through some very difficult situations, but families at that time are looking to you for guidance, and you can be of monstrous, monstrous help to them.“I’ve looked at it as being on the ground floor, the...

Leland E. Saxton - Fairmont Sentinel

Monday, September 19, 2016

Chris, of Howard Lake, Minn.; sons, Aaron Saxton and wife, Vanessa, of Rochester, and Daniel Saxton of Los Angeles, Calif.; mother, Dorothy Saxton of Fairmont; brothers, Roger Saxton of New Ulm, and Calvin Saxton and wife, Jody, of Granada; sister, Sara Rosol and husband, Paul, of Eden Prairie; grandchildren, Kailee and Brittany Leinonen, Mackenzie and Mattison Glaser and Alyssa Saxton; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jean Beckendorf, David Schaffer, Diane and Ron Runkle, LeRoy Schaffer, Theresa and Larry Cummins; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews. Lee was preceded in death by his father, Lyle Saxton; brother, John Everett Saxton; paternal and maternal grandparents; and parents-in-law. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to be sent to Boy Scout Troop 57, Fairmont, Minn. or to Community Food Response of Rochester.www.lakeviewfuneralhome.net...

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Obituary: Bishop John J. McRaith, Minnesota native, voice for farmers in church - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Saturday, April 08, 2017

I have never been so energized. I've got to hand it to them."There was humor as well, she said. "During one of the homilies it was stated that 'When we found out our new bishop was from New Ulm, Minn., people were all like, Where is that?' And you know what people from Minnesota were saying: 'Where is this Owensboro?'?"Recognized advocate on farming and rural issuesMcRaith was born in Hutchinson, Minn., to a family with three siblings. He attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse and high school at St. John's Prep in Collegeville. He later studied at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and Mount St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque, and did postgraduate work at what was then Mankato State University.After he was ordained in 1960, he was associate pastor of St. Mary's Church in Sleepy Eye, Minn., and pastor of St. Michael's Church in Milroy, Minn., and St. Leo's Church in St. Leo, Minn. He returned to Sleepy Eye in 1968 as administrator at St. Mary's and superintendent of St. Mary's High School.McRaith jumped to the national stage in 1972 when he became director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, headquartered in Des Moines. He became known as an advocate on farming and rural issues, which Medley said was a factor in his becoming a bishop at a comparatively young age.From 1978 to 1982 McRaith was vicar general and chancellor for the Diocese of New Ulm. When Owensboro Bishop Henry Soenneker resigned in 1982, McRaith was named by Pope John Paul II to take his place.Responded to growing diversityAs bishop, McRaith "was on the cutting edge in welcoming international priests from India and Africa and the like," said Medley, a native Kentuckian. "And when people would say, 'They talk funny,' the Minnesotan in him would say, 'What do you mean, you people have an accent!'?"Added Medley: "We in Kentucky feel a debt of gratitude to Minnesota to have sent us one of your finest to spend his life with us. He never picked up much of an accent here, but he became a native son."McRaith's tenure saw the founding in 1993 of an Office of African-American Ministries, later renamed the Office of Black Catholic Ministry; that same year the diocese bought four properties to house the homeless. In 1997 he established an Office of Hispanic Ministry.In 2015, as part of the diocesan celebration of McRaith's 80th birthday, Medley renamed the Catholic Pastoral Center in Owensboro after him.Besides his si...

Savoy retires after 40 years at funeral home - NUjournal

Monday, February 06, 2017

Staff photo by Kevin Sweeney Bruce Savoy, general manager of the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, is announcing his retirement after a 40-year career at the funeral home.NEW ULM — Bruce Savoy, general manager of the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, is announcing his retirement after a 40-year career at the funeral home.Savoy, who is 67, said his last day at the funeral home will be Feb. 28. Eric Warmka, one of the current funeral directors at Minnesota Valley, will take over as general manager.Savoy has spent his whole career at Minnesota Valley. He started as an intern in 1977 while getting his degree in Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota. When he became licensed in 1978, he was hired on in New Ulm. He served as a funeral director until 1992, when he was named general manager.Savoy said he has “loved every minute of the 40 years.”“Sure, nobody likes getting up at 4 o’clock,  3 o’clock in the morning, but that’s part of it,” he said. “You go through some very difficult situations, but families at that time are looking to you for guidance, and you can be of monstrous, monstrous help to them.“I’ve looked at it as being on the ground floor, the...

Leland E. Saxton - Fairmont Sentinel

Monday, September 19, 2016

Chris, of Howard Lake, Minn.; sons, Aaron Saxton and wife, Vanessa, of Rochester, and Daniel Saxton of Los Angeles, Calif.; mother, Dorothy Saxton of Fairmont; brothers, Roger Saxton of New Ulm, and Calvin Saxton and wife, Jody, of Granada; sister, Sara Rosol and husband, Paul, of Eden Prairie; grandchildren, Kailee and Brittany Leinonen, Mackenzie and Mattison Glaser and Alyssa Saxton; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jean Beckendorf, David Schaffer, Diane and Ron Runkle, LeRoy Schaffer, Theresa and Larry Cummins; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews. Lee was preceded in death by his father, Lyle Saxton; brother, John Everett Saxton; paternal and maternal grandparents; and parents-in-law. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to be sent to Boy Scout Troop 57, Fairmont, Minn. or to Community Food Response of Rochester.www.lakeviewfuneralhome.net...