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Sturm Funeral Home

301 3rd Avenue Southwest
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
(507) 723-4298
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Obituary: Bishop John J. McRaith, Minnesota native, voice for farmers in church - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Saturday, April 08, 2017

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 sister, McRaith is survived by eight nieces and nephews.On March 23, a tractor-pulled wagon carried his body from Glenn Funeral Home to St. Stephen Cathedral in Owensboro for his funeral.Christy Taylor Chaney, an official with the funeral home, said it didn't surprise her to see people lining the streets. "He was a wonderful man, friendly to everyone, everyone loved him," she said.

Savoy retires after 40 years at funeral home - NUjournal

Monday, February 06, 2017

We were able to buy all the property up to the corner.”About the same time, Minnesota Valley Funeral Home traded its Sleepy Eye operation to Firle Funeral Home for its Nicollet facility. A few years later the funeral home rebuilt its facility in Gibbon.Finally, in 2013 the funeral home purchased the South Chapel at 7th South and Broadway from Schmucker Funeral Home, which had taken over for Firle. It also added a crematory to its North Chapel facilitiesWhen he started, Minnesota Valley Funeral Home did about 120 services a year. Now, it is doing nearly 300.Minnesota Valley Funeral Home remains a unique institution. It is a cooperative, formed by local business people in 1929 to provide funeral services at a reasonable price to its members. It cost $5 to become a member back then, and the entry fee remains at $5 today. Patronage dividends are paid back to members in the year after a service is performed to the member or person covered by the membership. It is governed by a board of directors.

Fred Dauer Sr. - NUjournal

Monday, November 14, 2016

Fred George Dauer was born April 3, 1924, in Madelia to Otto and Helen (Kissel) Dauer. On Oct. 6, 1948, Fred was united in marriage to Arline Fischer at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. The couple lived near Searles and moved to rural Springfield in 1959 where they raised five children. Fred was a past member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Clements and a current member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield. He was also a member of the Hanska American Legion Post 365 for 63 years and Clements American Legion Post 519 for 26 years. Fred enjoyed farming, praying the rosary, driving around the countryside looking at the crops, reading the Farmer's Almanac, reading the Legionnaire magazine, his many pets, gardening, including fruit trees and raspberries. He especially loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a great steward of the land and acknowledged that the Lord was the giver of all. He left a legacy of faith, hope, love, conservatism, courage, and selflessness for those nearest to him.Fred is survived by his children, Fred Dauer Jr. of Springfield, Richard (Barb) Dauer of Springfield, Katie Dauer (John Olcott) of St. Paul, Duane (Patricia) Dauer of Springfield; 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; sister Deloris Schreiner of Fairfax; son-in-law Ron Johnson of Thousand Oaks, CA; caregivers, Linda Fischer and Pat Ochs both of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arline in 2011; daughter Eileen Johnson; daughter-in-law Karen Dauer; great granddaughter Taylor Lynn Anderson; sisters, Marie Fiedler and Sister Mary Arnold; and brothers, Clarence, Francis, and Charles Dauer.

Shirley Marie Miller - Marshall Independent

Monday, June 13, 2016

Seasons Hospice House in Redwood Falls.She was born Nov. 8, 1938, in Morgan, to Norman "Bus" and Helen (Wall) Hansen.Survivors include her children: Glen Miller of Nevada, Iowa,, Ron Miller of Sleepy Eye, Shelly Wotschke of Vesta and Tim Miller of Mantorville; 15 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; siblings: Jim Hansen of Max, Judy Brau of Brainerd, Kenny Hansen of Lucan, Bunny Schmidt of Redwood Falls, Helen Zubel of St. Charles, Ill., and Donna Schlemmer of Wabasso; and many other relatives and friends.

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

Saturday, April 08, 2017

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 sister, McRaith is survived by eight nieces and nephews.On March 23, a tractor-pulled wagon carried his body from Glenn Funeral Home to St. Stephen Cathedral in Owensboro for his funeral.Christy Taylor Chaney, an official with the funeral home, said it didn't surprise her to see people lining the streets. "He was a wonderful man, friendly to everyone, everyone loved him," she said.

Savoy retires after 40 years at funeral home - NUjournal

Monday, February 06, 2017

We were able to buy all the property up to the corner.”About the same time, Minnesota Valley Funeral Home traded its Sleepy Eye operation to Firle Funeral Home for its Nicollet facility. A few years later the funeral home rebuilt its facility in Gibbon.Finally, in 2013 the funeral home purchased the South Chapel at 7th South and Broadway from Schmucker Funeral Home, which had taken over for Firle. It also added a crematory to its North Chapel facilitiesWhen he started, Minnesota Valley Funeral Home did about 120 services a year. Now, it is doing nearly 300.Minnesota Valley Funeral Home remains a unique institution. It is a cooperative, formed by local business people in 1929 to provide funeral services at a reasonable price to its members. It cost $5 to become a member back then, and the entry fee remains at $5 today. Patronage dividends are paid back to members in the year after a service is performed to the member or person covered by the membership. It is governed by a board of directors.

Fred Dauer Sr. - NUjournal

Monday, November 14, 2016

Fred George Dauer was born April 3, 1924, in Madelia to Otto and Helen (Kissel) Dauer. On Oct. 6, 1948, Fred was united in marriage to Arline Fischer at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. The couple lived near Searles and moved to rural Springfield in 1959 where they raised five children. Fred was a past member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Clements and a current member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield. He was also a member of the Hanska American Legion Post 365 for 63 years and Clements American Legion Post 519 for 26 years. Fred enjoyed farming, praying the rosary, driving around the countryside looking at the crops, reading the Farmer's Almanac, reading the Legionnaire magazine, his many pets, gardening, including fruit trees and raspberries. He especially loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a great steward of the land and acknowledged that the Lord was the giver of all. He left a legacy of faith, hope, love, conservatism, courage, and selflessness for those nearest to him.Fred is survived by his children, Fred Dauer Jr. of Springfield, Richard (Barb) Dauer of Springfield, Katie Dauer (John Olcott) of St. Paul, Duane (Patricia) Dauer of Springfield; 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; sister Deloris Schreiner of Fairfax; son-in-law Ron Johnson of Thousand Oaks, CA; caregivers, Linda Fischer and Pat Ochs both of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arline in 2011; daughter Eileen Johnson; daughter-in-law Karen Dauer; great granddaughter Taylor Lynn Anderson; sisters, Marie Fiedler and Sister Mary Arnold; and brothers, Clarence, Francis, and Charles Dauer.

Shirley Marie Miller - Marshall Independent

Monday, June 13, 2016

Seasons Hospice House in Redwood Falls.She was born Nov. 8, 1938, in Morgan, to Norman "Bus" and Helen (Wall) Hansen.Survivors include her children: Glen Miller of Nevada, Iowa,, Ron Miller of Sleepy Eye, Shelly Wotschke of Vesta and Tim Miller of Mantorville; 15 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; siblings: Jim Hansen of Max, Judy Brau of Brainerd, Kenny Hansen of Lucan, Bunny Schmidt of Redwood Falls, Helen Zubel of St. Charles, Ill., and Donna Schlemmer of Wabasso; and many other relatives and friends.