St. Thomas Obituaries


Dorothy Marie Shaughnessy

September 12, 1925 - August 24, 2017

Dorothy Marie Shaughnessy

Dorothy Marie Shaughnessy, age 91 of Le Sueur died peacefully on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Comfort Residence in Le Sueur. She was born on September 12, 1925 to Louis and Sabina (Schloesser) DeGonda. Dorothy married Clayton Denzer on June 18, 1946. They farmed in rural LeSueur and had eight children; he preceded her in death on February 25, 1969. Dorothy later married T. Melvin Shaughnessy; he died on June 4, 2006.
Dorothy is survived by her children: Don (Pat) Denzer of Savage, MN; Jim (Chris) Denzer of Savage, MN; Jerry (Vinnie) Denzer of Le Sueur, MN; Janel (Bill) Winters of Brooklyn Park, MN; Sandy (Ernie) Hagaman of Brooklyn Park, MN; Scott Denzer (Patrick) of San Diego, CA; Deb (John ) Yang of Littleton, CO and Jeff (Michelle) Denzer of Coon Rapids, MN; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Jacob DeGonda; and many other cherished relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas, (rural Le Sueur). Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in St. Thomas. Visitation will begin with a 9:00 a.m. C.C.W. Rosary, following Rosary, visitation will continue until Mass time at 11:00 a.m. Lunch to follow at St. Anne’s School in Le Sueur, MN.
Our family would like to sincerely thank the staff of Comfort Residence Assisted Living for their kind and compassionate care. Memorials preferred.


Jerome Henry Retka January 3, 1932 - August 4, 2016

Jerome Henry Retka (Jerry), age 84 of St. Thomas, MN, died peacefully at his home on Thursday morning August 4, 2016. Mass of Christian burial will be on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 10:30 a. m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas, MN. Visitation will be at Kolden Funeral Home in Le Sueur, MN on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and continue on Tuesday morning at the funeral home until 9:45 a.m.

Jerry was born on January 3, 1932, in Flint, MI to Bernard and Florence (Peterson) Retka. From
1952 – 1954 he served in the United States Army. He married Catherine Sullivan on September 17, 1955. He grew up, went to school, was married, raised a family, and farmed all his life in St. Thomas. He was a farmer through and through and enjoyed his family and friends. He was an avid reader, enjoyed politics and listening to Old Time music. Jerry will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife Catherine, Children; Chuck (Marie) Retka of St. Thomas, MN; Julie (David Byrne) Retka of St. Paul, MN; Lynn (Brad) Stenzel of Eagan, MN; Amy (Dave) Johnson of Prior Lake, MN; Renee Retka of St. Louis Park, MN; and Audrey Retka of Bloomington, MN. 11 grandchildren; Jason, Jessica, Jared, Jenna, Candy, Michael, Nona, Brie (Brett), Andy, Johanna, and Zach; 3 step-grandchildren, Miranda (Joel), Mackenzie, Devlin; and 1 great-grandchild, Harris. Siblings; Jim Retka of Seattle, WA; Orrin (Jan) Retka of Montgomery, MN; Gene (Sharon) Retka of Courtland, MN; and Sue (Will) Schill of Langdon, ND. He is preceded in death by his infant daughter; parents; and siblings; Rose, Patricia, Louise, Dan and Mary Jane.

Special thanks to North Memorial Hospital and the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice team who were all wonderful to our dad and family




 Corrine C. Connolly July 13, 1957 - May 24, 2014 

 

Corrine Connolly of Henderson, MN, died on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Funeral Service will be at 11a.m. on Wednesday, May 28 at St. Paul's U.C.C. in Henderson. Visitation will be from 4-8p.m. on Tuesday at the Kolden Funeral Home in Henderson and continue one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday morning. Interment will be in Brown Cemetery in Henderson.

Corrine was born on July 13, 1957 in Arlington, MN to Donald and Doris (Rohloff) Brandt. She grew up in Henderson, MN, graduating from Henderson High School in 1975. She was married to James Connelly from 1979-2008. She worked as a child day care provider for many years and later was a part time rural mail carrier in Henderson, house cleaning and other part time work. She enjoyed her time with grandchildren, sewing and crafts. She especially enjoyed her work in the summers at the Sportsman Park on Thursdays in the Summer time in St. Thomas, MN.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Doris. She is survived by her children, Robert (Kelly) Connelly of New Prague, Joe (Bethany) Connelly of New Prague, Allie (Travis) Simon of St. Thomas, Annie Connelly (Fiance, Paul Tupy) of New Prague. Grandchildren, Jonathan, Audree & Molly Connelly, Grady & Ryan Connelly, Lainey, C.J., Breckyn, Ashlyn & Camry Simon, Father Donald Brandt of Henderson, Siblings, Carol (Bill) Maczkowicz of Le Sueur, Kenny (Cindy) Brandt of Joice, IA, Kevin (Kim) Brandt of Le Sueur, Many Nieces and Nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother, Doris Brandt in 2010.

Travis Andrew Reak

 Travis Andrew Reak, 24 of Le Center, died Friday, September 27, 2013 due to an automobile accident. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas with visitation 10-11 at the Church. Burial will be at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery in St. Thomas.

Travis was born on March 31, 1989 in New Prague to Roger and Eileen (Meger) Reak. He graduated from Le Center High School in Le Center in 2007. He completed autobody repair at Riverland Community College in Austin, MN. He worked for Midwest Concrete in Rosemont.

He bought a home on July 1 close to his mom and dad. He enjoyed entertaining his many friends, hunting, fishing, watching football, golfing, playing darts, and pool. His favorite was hanging out in the fishhouse with his big brother Adam, teasing about who caught the biggest fish. He was very good at enticing his friends and family into playing pulltabs. He will be forever remembered for his unique hair styles and a smile that could melt anyones heart.

He is survived by parents, Roger and Eileen Reak of Le Center, siblings Adam Reak of Le Center and Sarah Reak of Le Center and special friend Nicholas Johnson, grandmother, Bessie Reak of Montgomery and many aunts, uncles, cousins, other family and friends.

Travis is preceded in death by his grandparents Stanley Reak, Emil and Bertha Meger, uncles Kenny Meger and Wayne Meger and cousin Corey Simonette.

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

 Nora Kathleen Flynn          

Nora Kathleen Flynn, infant, born silently at 39 weeks on August 22, 2013. Nora is the daughter of Adam and Janel (Halloran) Flynn of Lonsdale, MN. She is survived by her parents and brother Cullen, 3. Grandparents Bruce and Cathleen Halloran, Belle Plaine, MN, Jeffrey and Kathy Flynn, Worthington, MN, Great-Grandmother Vivian Flynn, Worthington, MN and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by Great-Grandparents Dennis and Gertrude Halloran, Belle Plaine, MN, Frederick and Lois Duede, Shakopee, MN and Frank “Mick” Flynn, Worthington, MN, Roy and Dorothy Graff, Worthington, MN. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 4pm to 7pm at White Funeral Home, 14560 Pennock Avenue, Apple Valley, Minnesota 55124 ( 952- 432-2001 ). A prayer service will begin at 7pm. A private burial will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery, Le Sueur, MN. A memorial fund has been set up for, "The Flynn Family" at the Flynn Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 35, Elko New Market, MN 55020. Checks to "The Flynn Memorial Fund".

 Robert Joseph Sullivan, age 79, of Le Center died Sunday, November 17, 2012. Visitation will be held at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 4 pm to 8 pm. The funeral service will be at St. Thomas Catholic Church on Wednesday, November 21 at 2 pm with one hour prior at the Funeral Home. Burial is at St. Thomas Cemetery in St. Thomas.

Robert was born on February 12, 1933 in St. Thomas to Gerald and Loretta (Feeney) Sullivan. He attended Country school in New Prague.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. Robert was united in marriage to Iris (Sindelar) Sullivan on November 5, 1955 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague. He was a farmer in Derrynane Township all of his life.

Robert was a member of the St. Thomas Sportsmen, American Legion, VFW and KC’s, was a trustee for St. Thomas Catholic Church, Towns Clerk, ASCS County Committee member. He enjoyed fishing, St. Patrick ’s Day celebrations, gathering with friends at the local eye ball saloon.

Robert is survived by wife Iris Sullivan, children; Pat (and Margaret) Sullivan of New Prague, Deb (and Tom) Pedric of Bloomington, Punky (and Arnie) Simon of New Prague, Mike (and Cindy) Sullivan of Alabama, and Shannon (and Craig) Ault of Eden Prairie, 18 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and one on the way, siblings; Patsy (and Dick) Erkel of Olympia Washington, Catherine (and Jerry) Retka of St. Thomas, Dotsy (and Dave) Dulas of Bloomington, Mary (and Bill) Brodt of Lakeville and Geraldine (and Art) Collamore of New Mexico.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Gertrude Kriha, brothers-in-laws Russell Sindelar, Paul Seama, Jimmy Kriha, Hank Schleeter and Rob Babione, niece Ann Marie, father and mother-in-law Stanley and Marcella Sindelar.

Military Honors are provided by Le Center Area Honor Guard

Funeral arrangements by Le Center Funeral Home in Le center. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com

 

 

Edward Halloran, age 86, of St. Thomas, died Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Mayo Health System Mankato. Ed was born September 10, 1926 in Belle Plaine to John P. & Grace (Schell) Halloran. He was raised in the St. Thomas area and went to elementary country school and New Prague High School. He entered the Navy Air Core after high school and served his country for 4 years. Following service, he married Marian L. Kline at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on October 11, 1947. He worked as a mechanic at the Chevrolet Dealership in Montgomery before buying his farm in 1954, where he and his wife remained for the remainder of his life. Ed was a member of the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and the Rural Electric Board for 35 years, for which he served as a past Secretary/Treasurer. He was noted throughout his farming career as a mechanic and fixed tractors and cars for neighbors. He was a man of the earth who loved farming and also enjoyed playing cards.

Ed is survived by his wife, Marian; daughters, Jeanette (& Rick) Nash of New Prague, Joan (& Charles) Bruzek of Prior Lake; sons, David of St. Thomas, Edward (& Denise) of St. Thomas; 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; brothers, John (& Betty) of Belle Plaine, James (& Mary Jean) of St. Thomas; sisters, Ruth Johnson of Madelia, Doris (& Bill) Solie of Eden Prairie, Mary Louise (& Don) Hayden of Le Center. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert E. Halloran; brother, Joe Halloran.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at 10 AM at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas. Visitation will occur Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 4 - 8 PM and Wednesday morning from 7:30 - 9:15 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague. Burial will occur at the church cemetery with military rites being conducted. There will be a lunch at the K C Hall in New Prague following the burial.

 

Richard J. Sullivan, age 81 of St. Thomas died on July 23, 2012 at his home. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of The Prairie Catholic Church on Friday, July 27, 2012. Fr. Roger Hessian will officiate. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine and continue one hour prior at the church on Friday. 8PM ROSARY ON THURSDAY NIGHT WILL CLOSE VISITATION. Private interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Monday.

Dick was born on July 24, 1930 in New Prague to James and Agnes (Retka) Sullivan. He graduated from New Prague High School in 1948. He spent 2 years in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea. He married Joanne O’Brien on October 1, 1955 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Belle Plaine. Dick lived on the family farm and was a farmer all of his life. Dick was one of the founders of the St. Thomas Sportmans Club. He was an active member of the St. Thomas parish, serving as an usher and singing in the choir. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Ruth (Fred) McGuire, Audree (Jake) Maxa, George Sullivan and brother-in-law, Dr. James Hessian.

He is survived by his wife Joanne of St. Thomas, Children, Brian (Margie) Sullivan of Eden Prairie, Colleen (Keith) Dillaway of Bloomington, Ann (Takashi) Tanaka of Nagano, Japan, Teresa Sullivan of Cholula, Mexico, MaryJo Bunton of Grant, Owen Sullivan of St. Thomas. Grandchildren, Megan, Nolan (Alisa), Ian and Dylan Sullivan, Graham and Bennett Dillaway, Joe Tanaka, Adam Walz, Roberto and Mae Murphy, Anthony and Irene Bunton. Great Grandchildren, Mackenzie, Liliana, Alice, Taku. Sister, Rita Hessian of Jordan, and Sister-in-law, Maxine Sullivan of Le Sueur and many nieces and nephews.

 

Fr. Richard P. Roedel

Fr. Richard Paul Roedel, 80, of Belle Plaine passed away on July 16, 2012 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 20 at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church in Belle Plaine. Fr. Michael Kaluza will officiate. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Belle Plaine. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine with a Knights of Columbus Rosary and Parish Prayer Service at 8 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday one hour prior to the mass at church.
Fr. Roedel was born on April 9, 1932 in Minneapolis to Frederick and Anna (Rashke) Roedel. He graduated from DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis in 1950. He attended minor seminary at Nazarath Hall in Arden Hills and major seminary at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. He was ordained on February 22, 1959.
Fr. Roedel taught for 11 years at the Nazarath Hall Seminary and later served for 5 years at St. John the Baptist Church in Savage, 4 years at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in St. Paul, 12 years at St. Anne’s Church in Le Sueur, 6 years at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church in Belle Plaine and 12 years in the joint parishes of St. Scholastica in Heidelburg, St. Joseph’s in Lexington and St. Thomas in St. Thomas, retiring in 2009.
Survivors include his sister, Joan Fritchman of Farmington; and nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by three brothers, Roger, Don and Paul Roedel; and a sister, Aileen.

 Lorraine O'Connell, 85


Lorraine A. O'Connell, 85, of Le Center, died Friday, May 6, 2011, at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine.

Lorraine was born in Lanesburgh Township, Le Sueur County, on December 19, 1925, a daughter of Frank and Clara (Korbel) Jilek. A lifelong resident of the New Prague/St. Thomas area, she attended Le Sueur County District School and New Prague High School. She married Patrick R. O'Connell on June 19, 1948, in New Prague. She worked as a nurses aide at the Le Sueur Nursing Home in the 1970's, and was an Avon Lady since the 1970's to the present. Lorraine was a member of the St. Thomas CCW and Le Sueur County Home Extension. She was known for her kolacky, and was extremely proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by five daughters Carol (Joseph) Schatz, Le Center, Linda O'Connell, New Prague, Patty (Jack) Stasney, New Prague, Maureen (Richard) Johnson, Minnetonka, and Sharon (David) Wilson, Faribault; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a brother Milo (Beatrice) Jilek, New Prague.

She was preceded in death by her husband on October 24, 1998; a daughter Michelle Rene O'Connell; a grandson Jordan Wilson; her parents; and a brother Raymond Jilek.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas, with Rev. George Grafsky and Rev. Kevin Finnegan concelebrating the Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment was at the St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons Lonnie Schatz, Brian Schatz, Luke Stasney, Jack F. Stasney, Connor Johnson, Duncan Johnson and Gabe Wilson.

Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague.

Mary Hanlon, 82


Mary Hanlon, 82, of Belle Plaine, died of a rare cancer on Monday, April 25, 2011 at her farmhouse in Derrynane Township, Le Sueur County.

Mary Bessie David was born on March 19, 1929 to Thomas and Mary (Rehor) David in the house that her father built in Montgomery. The family later moved to the farm on the eastern edge of Le Sueur County. When Mary started school, she spoke only Czech, and after learning English she remained bilingual the rest of her life. She attended country grade school, St. Raphael's Catholic School, and then Montgomery High School. Mary met her husband, Jerry, at the Heidelberg Dance Hall in the late 1940s, and they were married on October 8, 1949, at Holy Redeemer Church in Montgomery.

Mary was a homemaker who also helped on the family farm by driving the tractor for baling hay. She liked to cook and was a seamstress for her family and for others, for whom she sewed wedding gowns and church vestments. She worked in sewing shops in New Prague and the Montgomery Hilltop Dry Cleaners. Mary was also an Avon Lady for 24 years. She was a Red Hat member in Belle Plaine and Montgomery and was known to everyone as the "Purple Lady." After her husband died in 2003, she had the old farm silo painted purple with red hats on the sides and her house painted an earthtone purple.

Mary liked to garden and planted hundreds of flowers each year, mostly purple in color. She was a Home Extension member since it began in 1950, her bridge club from 1950, the Card-O-Rama Club, and the Czech Sokol Club. She was also an officer of the Irish Hibernians, a St. Thomas Church officer during its centennial, a Le Sueur County election judge and one of the organizers of the Belle Plaine Days held annually in Arizona, as well as the treasurer of her park's social club.

Mary wintered in Apache Junction, AZ, and loved all the singing, dancing and great friends.

She is survived by eight children Eileen, Belle Plaine, David (Jennie), Arizona, Sharon (David) Rawlings, Florida, Dan (Carol), Burnsville, Tom (Gwen), Eagan, Terry, Prior Lake, Bob (Margaret), Chaska, and Susie, Belle Plaine; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother Ted David, Rochester; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and siblings Tommy, Milo and Luddie.

The Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Thomas Catholic Church, St. Thomas, with Rev. Roger Hessian and Rev. George Grafsky officiating.

Interment is at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Belle Plaine, with her grandchildren as casketbearers.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine, with a rosary at 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Tom Holden 

St. Thomas gave Tom Holden a great send off here, as Father George officiated, Eileen Hanlon led the choir, and Jerry Retka was an honorary casketbearer in Tom's final mass on Saturday, March 5, 2011. Then, with military honors provided by the Le Center color guard, Tom was gently laid to rest among our Dearly Departed. Later, folks gathered in the Church basement where the St. Thomas parish ladies prepared, and family and friends enjoyed a wonderful meal. Tom's farm, located on the New Prague side of St.Thomas is within sight of the church steeple, and has the great sliding hill where many sliding parties have taken place. Tom was employed with Seneca, built snowmobile trail groomers, farmed, and was a regular at the Eyeball. Usually a quiet guy, he had a unique way of telling stories, that was funnier than the story itself. A story Tom repeated many times...Years ago, Tom and his brother, Joe, farmed together. At harvest, Tom and Joe would load the truckboxes to the hilt. Traveling with those loads, one is bound to spill some. One time a fellow stopped at Regan's and asked Jim for directions to the Holden place, Jim replied "Just follow the trail of corn on the road... you'll come right to the place". Taking pride in how well folks know each other around here, Tom would smile wide and nod his head as he finished telling about the place where he was born, farmed... and eventually died. Our sympathy to Joe and Bob and our sincere sympathy to his wife Max, and children Kelly, Kim, Lisa, Dan, Susan, Aric, Jason, Megan and their families
 

 

Jack Burns 

 

John “Jack” Burns, age 84 of Tyrone Township, LeSueur County, passed away on August 6, 2010 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11a.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas, MN. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00p.m. on Monday at the Kolden Funeral Home in Le Sueur and continue from 9:00-10:15a.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday before processing over to the church. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Catholic Church Cemetery.

Jack was born on June 20, 1926 to Timothy and Alice (Halloran) Burns in Mankato, MN. He grew up in St Thomas and attended Distrct 64 School. On June 24, 1948, he married Laraine Pexa at St. Wenceslaus in New Prague, MN. Together they had two daughters, Loni and Diane. In 1952, Laraine passed away. Jack then married Evangeline “Vangie”(Wondra) on November 9, 1953 at Holy Redeemer Church in Montgomery, MN. They added 5 children to their family Bob, Patti, Barb, Colleen and Mary Jo. He worked as a farmer in Tyrone Twp. and truck driver for Bongards. He hauled cattle and gravel. He also worked 22 years for J.L. Sheily, a limestone quarry in Savage, MN.

He enjoyed his retirement keeping busy working on his farm, driving friends to the Veterans Hospital and riding his four wheeler around the farm and neighborhood. Jack enjoyed playing cards, dancing, listening to his music, playing piano and guitar, siniging with his family, watching the MN Twins, working on machinery in his shop and later birdwatching. He is preceded in death by wife Laraine, parents, brother Timmie, sisters, Mildred (Ralph) Grahm, Alice (Cletus) Hoehn, Kathleen (John)Fogarty and brother-in-law, Charles Wolff.

He is survived by his wife, Evangeline “Vangie” Burns; Children, Loni (Tom) Graham of Henderson, Diane (Al) Palmstein of New Prague, Barney “Bob” (Jean) Burns of LeSueur, Patti Burns of Belle Plaine, Barb (Mike) Ruhland of Montgomery, Colleen (Dale) Rohloff of LeSueur and Mary Jo (Tim) Boelter of Green Isle; Sisters, Madelyne Wolff of Madison Lake and Mary Grace O'Brien of Henderson; Brother, Edward (Eileen) Burns In Laws, Rosemary Burns, Eugene (Margaret) Pexa and Len (Vi) Wondra; 25 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and other family members.

John “Jack” Burns, age 84 of Tyrone Township, LeSueur County, passed away on August 6, 2010 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11a.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas, MN. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00p.m. on Monday at the Kolden Funeral Home in Le Sueur and continue from 9:00-10:15a.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday before processing over to the church. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Catholic Church Cemetery.

Jack was born on June 20, 1926 to Timothy and Alice (Halloran) Burns in Mankato, MN. He grew up in St Thomas and attended Distrct 64 School. On June 24, 1948, he married Laraine Pexa at St. Wenceslaus in New Prague, MN. Together they had two daughters, Loni and Diane. In 1952, Laraine passed away. Jack then married Evangeline “Vangie”(Wondra) on November 9, 1953 at Holy Redeemer Church in Montgomery, MN. They added 5 children to their family Bob, Patti, Barb, Colleen and Mary Jo. He worked as a farmer in Tyrone Twp. and truck driver for Bongards. He hauled cattle and gravel. He also worked 22 years for J.L. Sheily, a limestone quarry in Savage, MN.

He enjoyed his retirement keeping busy working on his farm, driving friends to the Veterans Hospital and riding his four wheeler around the farm and neighborhood. Jack enjoyed playing cards, dancing, listening to his music, playing piano and guitar, siniging with his family, watching the MN Twins, working on machinery in his shop and later birdwatching. He is preceded in death by wife Laraine, parents, brother Timmie, sisters, Mildred (Ralph) Grahm, Alice (Cletus) Hoehn, Kathleen (John)Fogarty and brother-in-law, Charles Wolff.

He is survived by his wife, Evangeline “Vangie” Burns; Children, Loni (Tom) Graham of Henderson, Diane (Al) Palmstein of New Prague, Barney “Bob” (Jean) Burns of LeSueur, Patti Burns of Belle Plaine, Barb (Mike) Ruhland of Montgomery, Colleen (Dale) Rohloff of LeSueur and Mary Jo (Tim) Boelter of Green Isle; Sisters, Madelyne Wolff of Madison Lake and Mary Grace O'Brien of Henderson; Brother, Edward (Eileen) Burns In Laws, Rosemary Burns, Eugene (Margaret) Pexa and Len (Vi) Wondra; 25 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and other family members

 

 

Dorothy A. Connelly 

 Dorothy A. Connelly, age 96 of Le Sueur, died Monday, April 20, 2010 at the Gardenview Nursing Home in Le Sueur. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 24 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas. Fr. David Barrett will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Kolden Funeral Home in Le Sueur, and will continue Saturday from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on April 16, 1914 to Henry and Agnes (Turek) Germscheid in St. Henry, Minnesota. She graduated from McKinley High School in Le Center, MN. She then attended Minneapolis School of Business. She married Patrick Connelly on February 5, 1934 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. She worked for quite some time at the Daly Law Firm in Belle Plaine.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Gwen Connelly of Waseca, Warren Connelly of Le Center, Joan (Greg) Salmonsen of Owatonna, Kathy (Jim) Ellefson of St. Francis, Tom (Kathy) Connelly of St. Thomas, Barb (Ron) Schaffler of Le Sueur and Bruce (Gail) Connelly of Mankato; 13 grandchildren, Colleen (Bruce) Budin, Chris (Todd) Chadderdon, Jeff (Deb) Salmonsen, Patty (Pete) Stoessel, Shelly (Kent) Kocur, Matt & Pat Ellefson, Denis & Dave Connelly, Scott (Jill) Schaffler, John & Emily Schaffler, and Heather Connelly; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Patrick in 1988; son, Niles; infant grandson, Scott; brother, Don Germscheid; sister, Joan Smith; daughter-in-law, Judy Connelly; and brothers and sisters-in-law.

 

 Bertha E. Meger

 Bertha E. Meger, age 86 of St. Thomas, died Monday, February 8, 2010 at her daughter Eileen’s home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 11 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas. Fr. Dave Barrett will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kolden Funeral Home in Le Sueur, and also one hour prior to the service at church on Thursday morning. Interment will be in St. Thomas cemetery.

Bertha was born on June 2, 1923 to John and Clara (Klanke) Callahan in Maple Lake, Minnesota. She married Emil Meger on February 14, 1946. She was an avid gardener, loved nature, birds and flowers. She was adventurous and started kayaking at the age of 83. She was always happy and had a smile on her face.

She is survived by her children, Gary Meger of Belle Plaine, Beverly (Duane) Honza of Le Center, Gene Meger of Belle Plaine, Gloria (Denis) Simonette of Le Sueur, Eileen (Roger) Reak of Le Center, Emil Jr. “Rusty” Meger of Le Center, and Rita (Pat) O’Connell of St. Thomas; grandchildren, Gary Meger Jr., John, Tammy and Barbara Meger, Dave, Chris and Tina Honza, Denis, Wade and Teri Simonette, Adam, Sarah and Travis Reak, Russ, Dave Wood and Amy Meger, Tony, Rachel and Emily O’Connell; several great-grandchildren; sister, Agnes Gill of St. Thomas; and brother, John (Jean) Callahan of Cedar Lake.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Emil; sons, Kenny and Wayne Meger; daughter-in-law, Liz Meger; and grandson, Corey Simonette.

 

 

Thomas O’Connell — 1939-2010

Business leader and entrepreneur, Thomas O’Connell, 70 died of cancer on Jan. 1, 2010 at his home. For decades he was the driving force at St. Thomas-based O’Connell Oil, Inc., a family-owned and run company that distributed propane, fuel oil and fertilizer in south central Minnesota. He held the title of President, but the company has been run for the past year by his three sons, Patrick, Michael and Brandon. He died of complications related to his cancer. He lived his entire life in St. Thomas, a small community one hour south of the Twin Cities. He was the oldest child of three born to James and Agatha O’Connell on Dec. 13, 1939. He had a passion for living life to the fullest. He spent his days analyzing and researching opportunities while always having time to help others. But above all else, Thomas O’Connell was a businessman.

“Throughout his final days he was more concerned about those around him than himself. That same characteristic, putting others first, is no doubt what has made him a successful businessman and the dependable patriarch of the O’Connell family,” said Paul Toman, son-in-law. Those who knew O’Connell credit his success to his work ethic, strong sense of family, ability to focus and adaptability.

With a high school education, O’Connell had the vision that many highly educated business professionals could only dream of. He was an entrepreneur at an early age working at his father’s general store selling everything from gas for cars to groceries. In addition, he made extra money with his brother, Richard by selling muskrat skins. Learning a strong work ethic from his parents, O’Connell partnered with his brother Richard in 1960 to start O’Connell Oil. Thomas focused on managing the business and Richard focused on the day to day operations. O’Connell Oil has expanded over the years to also include farming 1,000 acres of soy beans and corn. O’Connell was the president of the Minnesota Propane Association in the early 1980s. He purchased one of the first propane powered cars manufactured by Ford. In the early 1970s his friends Allen Easterlund and Jim Stege came to Tom with an investment opportunity to start the new Le Sueur State Bank. Today the bank has expanded to 5 locations under the leadership of Bruce Olness. He served on the board of directors until his death. He joined the U. S. Army in 1957. He was stationed in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. He served as chairman of the St. Thomas Cemetery Association for many years and was the Justice of the Peace in the 1970s performing numerous marriage ceremonies. Tom married Sharon Matejcek in 1960. Sharon managed the household and raised their seven children. O’Connell’s strong sense of family focused on providing for his children. He wanted to make sure they all had the opportunities to be successful in life. Three of his four sons currently manage the family business. His fourth son is a controller for a business in the Twin Cities. One of his daughters works for the Le Sueur State Bank. His other two daughters live in Arizona, not far from his winter home in Mesa, Ariz.

Tom is survived by his wife, Sharon; Sons, Patrick (Rita), Michael (Paula) O’Connell of St. Thomas, Daniel (Julie) O’Connell of Belle Plaine and Brandon (Gina) O’Connell of New Prague; Daughters, Michelle (Kirk) Hale of Le Sueur, Debra O’Connell and Shannon (Paul) Toman of Fountain Hills, Ariz. Nine grandchildren; Brother Richard (Carol) O’Connell of St. Thomas and Sister, Mary Ellen Morris.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Jan. 4, at St. Thomas Catholic Church at St. Thomas.

Tom’s generosity, strong faith and drive will be remembered by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to cancer research.

 

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