Obituaries

Leo Harder

Leo Harder, 94, of Mt. Lake died Dec. 9, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society-The Village in Mt. Lake. Services will be held today (Wednesday) at 10:30 a.m., at Bethel Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake with Pastor Roy Kauffman officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Lake City Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held today at the church for one hour prior to services. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake is handling the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www. sturmfh.com.

Leo John Harder was born Sept. 21, 1923, to Jacob J. and Anna (Janzen) Harder on a farm southwest of Mt. Lake. He attended country school for eight years before graduating from Mt. Lake High School in 1942. He was drafted in 1944, during World War II. Because of his faith, he was a conscientious objector and entered Civilian Public Service where he worked in soil conservation in Denison, Iowa. Through CPS, Leo fought forest fires in California and did public health work in Gulfport, Miss. After his release in 1946, Leo returned to Mt. Lake where he farmed for several years with his brother, Jake. In 1947, Leo married Ruth Burkhard in Orrtanna, Pa. They farmed northeast of Mt. Lake until Ruth was diagnosed with cancer in 1953. They moved into Mt. Lake where Leo collected milk for the creamery. Before Ruth’s death in 1958, they were blessed with three children: Gordon, Charles and Lois. In 1959, Leo married Gladys E. Harder in Mt. Lake. They were blessed with two daughters, Kathleen and Mary. Leo worked at and managed a number of agri-businesses during his career. In retirement, he and Gladys worked several years through Mennonite Voluntary Service in Fort Collins, Colo., and at the International Guest House in Washington, D.C. He also managed the Care and Share Thrift Shop/Ten Thousand Villages in Mt. Lake for over eight years. Leo was baptized in 1941 and remained a member of First Mennonite Church all of his adult life. He served on various church committees.

In addition to his first wife Ruth, Leo was preceded in death by five siblings and their spouses: Theresa Harder, Harry (Anna) Harder, Jacob (Estella) Harder, Anna (Marvin) Nickel and Albert (Bessie) Harder; and a sisterin- law, Joyce Harder. Survivors include his wife, Gladys; and children: Gordon (Eva) Harder, Charles Harder, Lois Harder, Kathleen (Merin) Kouay and Mary (Wes) Mark; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Lawrence (Kathy) Harder and Walter Harder.

Selma Wiens

Selma Wiens, 96, of Mtn. Lake died Dec. 8, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society-The Village in Mt. Lake. Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., at Community Bible Church in Mt. Lake with Pastors Dan Strutz and Merwin Dick officiating. Interment will be at Carson Mennonite Brethren Cemetery in rural Delft. Visitation will be held Saturday at the church for one hour prior to services. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake is handling the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www. sturmfh.com.

Selma Lena Wiens was born Nov. 19, 1921, to Peter W. and Lena (Ediger) Wiens near Bingham Lake. She moved with her family to rural Hampton, Neb., when she was three weeks old. Her father died from complications of the flu in 1925. Her 10-day-old brother, Herman, died a week earlier of pneumonia. Selma’s mother raised her and her three brothers. Selma attended country school in grades 1-8 before graduating from Henderson High School in 1939. After graduation, she moved back to Minnesota, near Delft, and worked as a household helper for different farm families in the area. She also temporarily worked in the Bethel Hospital kitchen in Mt. Lake. In 1945, she worked as a maid and housekeeper in a private home in Dinuba, Calif., before returning to Minnesota in 1947. She attended Mankato State Teachers College and received her two-year teaching certificate in 1949. Selma taught in rural schools near Gibbon and Mt. Lake while working toward her Bachelor of Science degree, which she earned in 1958. Later she took some post-graduate classes. Selma taught first grade in Windom Public Schools for 32 years before retiring in 1984. In 1950, Selma and her mother moved to a new home in Mt. Lake, where they lived for many years. Selma moved to Eventide Home in 2005, then to The Lodge in Mt. Lake before becoming a resident at Good Samaritan Society-The Village in June. Selma enjoyed traveling, which included many trips to California, attending the World’s Fair in New York in 1965 and traveling to Nova Scotia in 1978. She also enjoyed attending the Mennonite Brethren conferences and, in retirement, attending the Central District Conference and the U.S. General Conference in California. At age 13, Selma accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized at age 17, joining Carson Mennonite Brethren Church near Delft. Later, she joined the Mennonite Brethren Church (Community Bible Church) in Mt. Lake. At Community Bible Church, she was involved in the choir, Kings Daughters, Awana and the food committee. Selma worked as a volunteer at Care and Share in Mt. Lake, served on the Laker Apartments board for 20 years and worked with the MinnKota Auction in Sioux Falls for many years. She also served on the Mt. Lake Centennial book committee, which documented the community’s first 100 years.

In addition to her father and brother, Herman, Selma was preceded in death by her mother; brothers: Leander, Waldo and Alvin “Duke” Wiens; and sisters-in-law, Helen and Rachel Wiens. Survivors include her nieces and nephews: Darla (Mike) Jackson, DeVon (Lynette) Wiens, Dawn Alfaro, Lynette Wiens, Charie (Mike) Wall, Gwen Wiens, Chuck Wiens, Twyla Wiens, Rhonda Wiens and Curt (Cindy) Wiens; and a sister-in-law, Burdine Wiens.

Sylvia Janzen

Sylvia Janzen, 90, of Mankato, formerly of Darfur, died Dec. 10, 2017, at Laurel’s Peak Rehab in Mankato. Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Darfur with Pastor Wes Bruss officiating. Interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Darfur. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., at Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake and continue Friday at the church for one hour prior to services. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake is handling the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www. sturmfh.com.

Sylvia Jennings was born May 10, 1927, to Feigh and Grace (Ware) Jennings in Wheaton. She attended a one-room school for five years before graduating from Washburn High School in Bloomington in 1945. She then attended Nurse’s Training School for two years. In 1947, Sylvia married Oliver Janzen in Brainerd. They moved to Darfur in 1949 where they lived and farmed together until retirement. The couple spent winters in Arizona, where Sylvia taught many sewing classes. She also taught sewing in 4-H. Sylvia was a survivor of Graves Disease at age 49, breast cancer at age 54 and open-heart surgery at age 73. A member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Darfur, Sylvia was involved with several committees. A talented seamstress, she sewed many wedding dresses and also quilted, crocheted and used embroidery machines to make greeting cards and ornaments. For the past several years, she also created colorful artwork, which is still on display in people’s homes and businesses. Sylvia also enjoyed traveling. She will be remembered for her wit, personality, kindness and compassion.

She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, Oliver Janzen, who died in 1998. Survivors include her daughter, Lyn Bockert (friend Tony Albanito) of St. Paul; sons: Phillip (Sandra) Janzen of Mankato, Wayne (Pamela) Janzen of Hastings, David (Lori) Janzen of Rush City and Gary Janzen of Darfur; eight grandchildren; 18 greatgrandchildren; three greatgreat- grandchildren; and sisters, Patricia (William) McCallum of St. Paul and Kathleen (Don) Greenhouse of Chautauqua, N.Y.

William Lohrenz

William “Bill” Lohrenz, 85, of Mt. Lake died Dec. 4, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society in Windom. A Celebration of Life was Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lake with Pastor Linda Becken officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake handled the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www. sturmfh.com.

William “Bill” Paul Lohrenz was born Feb. 9, 1932, to Peter Paul and Anna Josephine (Sawatzky) Lohrenz in Mt. Lake. After graduating from Mt. Lake High School, he attended school in Jackson. In 1953, Bill married Anna Karschnik at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake. Bill served with the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. After receiving his honorable discharge, he started Lohrenz Excavating in 1956. He served on the Utilities Commission, the fire department for 20 years, as a church elder and was a member of the Mt. Lake American Legion and First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lake. He enjoyed working, traveling and building model toys, but especially enjoyed playing with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy; and a sister, Gladys Petersen. Survivors include his wife, Joyce; children: Jack (Pat) Lohrenz of Port Orchard, Wash.; Nancy (Ron) Jensen of Jackson; Brian Lohrenz and Brett (Lori) Lohrenz, all of Mt. Lake; and Donovan (Carey) Lohrenz of Minnetonka; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard (Irma) Lohrenz of Mt. Lake; and a sister, Sandi (Bob) Roel of Detroit Lakes.