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Shirley Ann Groskreutz, 76-year-old resident of Waldorf, died peacefully on Thursday afternoon, February 15, 2018, at her home with her family by her side.

Shirley’s Final Recital will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Vista Evangelical Covenant Church in rural New Richland. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Vivian Township, Waseca County, Minnesota.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Starkson & Steffel Funeral Home-Arnoldt Chapel of Janesville. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Arrangements are with Starkson & Steffel Funeral & Cremation Service-Arnoldt Chapel of Janesville.

A visitation for Arlene Kroeger Pfeffer will be held from 10–11 a.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Friedrich Funeral Chapel, New Richland. A private family funeral service and burial will also take place that day.

Arlene passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Beacon, New Richland, MN. She was 86 years old.

Mom was a fabulous homemaker and hostess for many family gatherings and birthday parties where there was never a shortage of great food! The house was always decorated for the holidays, especially Christmas, and cookies and candy were abundant. She enjoyed gardening, especially looking after her roses, and was an avid collector of clowns, dolls, dishes, and so much more. Mom was also a MN Twins fan and enjoyed MN Gopher basketball and football. 

She was born February 26, 1931, the daughter of Floyd and Gertrude Haushahn, and a life-long resident of New Richland.  She married Lloyd Kroeger on October 7, 1949 and together they had three children: Kathy, Jerry, and Michael. When Lloyd became ill, Arlene began working at Brown Printing and then E.F. Johnson’s where she would retire after 25 years of service. Lloyd died in 1970 and on August 21, 1976 she married Paul Pfeffer. The couple enjoyed gardening together, visiting family, and Saturday nights at the Torchlight in Mapleton.

After Paul passed in 2008, Mom lived in her home independently until a stroke in 2012 forced her to move into the Beacon in New Richland.

Betty Jean Sonnek, age 84, of Waldorf, MN, died Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at her home, accompanied by her loving husband and children. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, February 12, 2018, at 11 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church in New Richland, MN, with Fr. Michael Cronin officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be held at a later date at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Minnesota Lake, MN. Betty and her husband Charles planted hundreds of trees throughout the years, and ask that you honor Betty by continuing the tradition. In lieu of flowers, Betty would prefer that you plant a tree or other plants or flowers outside this spring in her memory. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Betty Jean was born January 23, 1934 in Vivian Township, Waseca County, MN, the daughter of Herbert and Elsie (Schnoor) Bartelt. Betty met Charles when they were the only two 1st graders together in the country school, and remained classmates. She was united in marriage to Charles Dominic Sonnek November 25, 1953 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Minnesota Lake. Betty had an interest in genealogy and family history, and enjoyed sewing. She loved camping, walking in the woods, gardening and mowing, and being outdoors in God’s creation. 

Betty is preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Robert Bartelt and Beverly Hesse; children: Ruth Ann Buswell, Jonathan and Andrew Sonnek; and brother-in-law, William Boyer.

Milton August Groskreutz, age 93, of Mankato, MN, died Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at New Perspective Senior Living in Mankato, MN. A funeral service will be held Friday, February 16, 2018, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Waldorf, MN with Pr. Michael Mathews officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 9 – 11 a,m, prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at First Lutheran Cemetery in Waldorf. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Milton August was born August 9, 1924 in Vivian Township, Waseca County, MN the son of August and Wilhelmina (Schwarz) Groskreutz. He attended Waseca County School District #47. He was united in marriage to Marie Margaret Harper May 8, 1947 in Wells, MN. Milt was a life-long farmer, and did custom farm work for many years. Milt trucked sweet corn and peas for Birds Eye, and delivered cars for Wells Ford for several years. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Waldorf. He was also a member of Farm Bureau, and served as the Vivian Town Board Supervisor for many years. Milt loved to check crops, and he knew all the back roads and where everyone lived. He was an avid reader of books, magazines, and newspapers. Milt grew and hauled a lot of sweet corn, and his favorite meal was fresh sweet corn on the cob, which he could eat any time.

Milt is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Arnold (Irene) Groskreutz, and brother-in-law, Stan DeFreeze.

Memorial services for Dean H. Schwarz, age 87, of Hartland, will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. Rev. Steven Schwartz will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by local servicemen’s organizations.  Interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcome at 

Surrounded by his family, Dean Henry Schwarz passed away peacefully at home and entered the kingdom of heaven on February 4, 2018. Born in St. Clair, MN, on September 7, 1930, Dean grew up and attended school in Pemberton, MN, graduating in 1948. After high school, Dean joined the United States Army where he proudly served for four years. Many fond military memories have been shared by Dean with family and friends over the years. Throughout his career, Dean worked as a refrigeration, heating, and air-conditioning serviceman. He married Shirley Muetzel in 1957 and they raised two children in Mankato and Albert Lea. Dean and Shirley moved to the country outside of Hartland, MN in 1973 where they hobby farmed.