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Marcella ‘Sally’ Vatndal

Marcella “Sally” Vatndal, age 90, passed away on July 5, 2019, at her home at New Perspective, Mankato, with her son and daughter by her side. Services were Tuesday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m., at the Northview – North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato, with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Mike Omtvedt officiated. Private burial was at Butterfield Cemetery.

Sally was born on July 29, 1928 in Butterfield to Tillie and August Ekstrom. She graduated from Butterfield High School in 1946 and spent her young adult years working at the Miller Store and Butterfield State Bank. She married Harold Vatndal on Dec. 6, 1958, in the Mennonite parsonage in Butterfield. Harold and Sally had a farm just outside of Butterfield for which she did the bookwork, as well as being a homemaker and mom to their two children, Steven and Shirley. After retirement, Sally and Harold moved to Mankato to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They lived at Realife Cooperative for many years. Harold passed away in 2007. Sally continued to live at Realife until September of 2018. She cherished the many friends she had there and celebrated her 90th birthday party with them with a “party on the porch” shortly before declining health required a move to New Perspective Senior Living where she resided the rest of her life. Sally enjoyed her family, especially her three grandchildren. She also enjoyed people-watching, shopping, visits with friends and family, bingo and watching the Minnesota Twins.

Sally was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; her parents; brothers and sisters: Anna Derksen, Harold Ekstrom, Ida Mohlencamp, Ruby Shellum and Jane Voshage. She is survived by her son, Steven (Anita Baerg) Vatndal; daughter, Shirley (Sam) Murray; her three grandchildren: Bethany Murray, Jacob Vatndal and David Vatndal; brother, John Ekstrom; sister-in-law, Caroline Vatndal; and numerous nieces and nephews. Sally’s family is grateful for the loving care provided by the New Perspective’s staff and the services of the Mayo Hospice team.

Martha Goertzen

Martha Goertzen, 95, of Windom, formerly of Delft, died July 4, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m., at IMC Center (formerly Immanuel Mennonite Church) in Delft with Pastor Merwin Dick officiating. Special music will be provided by Lois Korns, pianist. Interment will precede the service at 9 a.m., at Delft Cemetery in Delft. Visitation will be held Friday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom. LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.

Martha Anna Baerg was born April 1, 1924, to Peter G. and Anna (Olfert) Baerg. She lived with her family on a farm northeast of Delft. After attending grade school at District 16 North country school, Martha graduated as valedictorian from Bingham Lake High School in 1943. She was baptized upon confession of faith and joined Immanuel Mennonite Church in Delft in 1940. After high school, Martha was a bookkeeper at the Delft Creamery and Delft Elevator. In 1948, she married Russell Goertzen. They moved to the Goertzen farm where they lived until 2007 when they moved to Remick Ridge Estates in Windom. Martha moved to Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in 2013. As a farm wife, Martha went to town for parts and made noon meals and morning and afternoon coffee treats. She also managed a large garden, which included caring for her special roses. As a mother, she taught her daughters to cook, sew and do chores on the farm and in the house. In her church, she served as a Sunday School teacher, sang in the choir and ladies groups, taught Vacation Bible School and was involved with Missions Society, sewing and quilting for others. Martha enjoyed traveling, which included trips to the state fair, Twins games or to see family. Later in life, she and Russell visited all but three states, several foreign countries and made many trips to Canada to be a part of ministry at Frontier Lodge. She baked and quilted on those trips and assumed the role of “Camp Grandma.”

She was preceded in death by her siblings: Alvin (Anna) Baerg, Abram (Susan) Baerg, Pete (Betty) Baerg, Ike (Ella) Baerg and Lillian (Lyle) Bennett. Survivors include her two daughters, Joyce (Doug) Ritchie of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada; and Ruth (Rick) Earl of Austin; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Judie Krumheuer

Judie Krumheuer, 79, of Darfur died July 1, 2019, at her home in Darfur. Funeral services were Monday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Darfur with Rev. Andy Hermodson-Olsen officiating. Burial was at First Mennonite Cemetery, north of Butterfield. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake handled the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.sturmfh.com.

Judith Ann Stoesz was born Jan. 4, 1940, in Remer. She grew up on a farm near Darfur with her parents, Peter and Marie Stoesz. After attending Comfrey school (District 44) through 1952, Judie graduated from Mt. Lake High School in 1958. She attended Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis to become a PBX operator. Judie lived at the Minneapolis Girls Club for seven months, where she made lifelong friends, then moved to an apartment with them. In 1960, Judie married Harland Krumheuer and continued to live in Minneapolis until 1971 when she moved to the Darfur area. She had two sons, John and Jason, and a daughter, Laura. Judie worked a variety of jobs, including nanny, nurses aid and county dispatcher and server before attending South Central College in 1989, where she earned a degree as a human service technician. She worked at MRCI in Mankato until retiring in 2006. Her most rewarding work was hosting foster children for 17 years. Judie belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, serving as president for two terms. She also served as a school board member of Comfrey School and helped with a number of fundraising activities. She took a number of mission trips for church, which included helping at an orphanage in Bogota, Columbia, and was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Darfur. She loved her community, but also enjoyed going to Texas each winter and traveling any other times she was able. She enjoyed bowling, birthday club, Red Hatters, life and helping people she encountered. She will be remembered for her gift of making others feel special and loved.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harland; siblings: Harry, Donald and Marge; and sisters-in-law, Mary and Dorie. Survivors include her children: Laura (Thomas) Patterson of New Ulm, Jason (Nancy) Krumheuer of Olivia and John (Nikkolette) Krumheuer of Minneapolis; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Harvey (Elizabeth) Dahline of Grand Rapids and Ron (Linda) Stoesz of Omaha, Neb.

Elna Paulson

Elna Paulson, 90, of rural St. James died July 5, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Odin with Pastor Carla Reierson officiating. Burial will be at Long Lake Cemetery in rural St. James. Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., at Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont and continue Saturday at the church for one hour prior to services.

Elna Carolyn Anderson was born June 15, 1929, to Carl and Eleanora (Fisman) Anderson in rural Martin County. She was baptized in 1929 and confirmed in 1948 at Long Lake Lutheran Church in rural St. James. She attended District 56 school in Ormsby through part of third grade before her family moved to rural Butterfield. She attended District 31 through seventh grade before graduating as valedictorian in 1947 from Butterfield High School. After receiving a teacher’s certificate, she taught for a year in Jackson. In 1950, Elna married Julian O. Fossum at the St. Olaf Church parsonage. They were blessed with four children: Charles, Sandra, William and Steven. In 1955, Elna returned to teaching in District 32 in rural St. James until it closed three years later. After teaching a year in Martin County, she joined the Butterfield-Odin School District and taught in the elementary grades until retiring in 1985. In 1962, Elna married Alvin “Duffy” Paulson at St. Olaf Church in rural Odin. They built a rural home north of Ormsby, where they enjoyed deer and other wildlife. They also enjoyed many years of camping, hunting, sports and traveling in their motor home. After Alvin was injured, she was his care giver until he died in 2010. She enjoyed quilting, making many quilts for their home and to give as gifts. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband, Alvin Paulson, Elna was preceded in death by brothers, Orville and Melford (Jean) Anderson; brothers-in-law, Gerald Lenning, Clayton (June) Paulson and Burton (Doris) Paulson; and a sister-in-law, Bernice Besek. Survivors include her children: Charles (Roxanne) Fossum of Minneapolis; Sandra Taylor of Cherokee, Iowa; William Fossum of Moose Lake; and Steven (Julie) Fossum of Long Grove, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mavis Lenning of Odin.