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Sean Ernest Stenzel, age 27, of Matawan, MN, died Sunday, July 31, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN as the result of a car accident. Funeral mass will be held Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells, MN. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 3, 2011 from 4-8 p.m. at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Father Eugene Stenzel will officiate and burial will take place in St. Casimir Cemetery in Wells, MN. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Sean was born March 13, 1984, in Winona, MN to DeAnne Stier and Todd Sievers. On April 12, 1984, he was adopted to Richard and Mary Stenzel of New Richland, MN. Sean attended school at Alden-Conger Public School and graduated in 2002 from New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva High School in New Richland, MN. Sean worked as a carpenter and was very skilled in ceramic and floor tiling. He had a quick wit and a sense of humor. Sean had a very special relationship with all of his grandparents. He will always be remembered by his beautiful smile.

Sean will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. He is survived by his daughter, Liliana Fay Stenzel; his parents, Richard and Mary Stenzel of New Richland; his birth mother, DeAnne Sievers Reed and step-father, David Reed; grandmothers, Evangeline Stenzel and Joy Stier; brother Jesse (KC) Sievers; sisters, Amy (Travis) Kostner, Ella Reed, and Lydia Reed; nephew, Tanner Sievers, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Sean was preceded in death by his birth father, Todd Sievers; brother, Nathan Stier; grandparents, Loretta and Ernest Johnson, Dominic Stenzel, Bill Stier, and Mr. and Mrs. Curty Sievers; and many aunts, ncles and cousins.

Memorial services for Luke Alan Minter of New Richland, MN, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Church of All Saints Catholic Church. Father Swamy will officiate. Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Friedrich Funeral Home in New Richland, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, New Richland, MN.

Luke died Thursday, July 28, 2011 at his home in New Richland. He was 46 years of age.

Luke was born February 10, 1965 in Rochester, MN, the son of Roland and Beverly (Fuller) Minter. He graduated from high school in Zumbrota, MN, and attended college for a short time.

On November 12, 1994 he was united in marriage to Susan Wilson in New Richland. Luke had been employed by Williams Pipeline, Twin City Pipeline, Waseca Feed Mill, Corcoran Company, past owner of New Richland Railing and most recently at Lakeside Foods in Owatonna, MN.

Luke had been a member of the Army National Guard, enjoyed fishing whenever he could and spending time with his pet dogs. Luke was a welder by trade and had fixed something for almost everyone in the community.

Luke is survived by his wife Susan of New Richland, MN, mother Beverly Minter of Hudson Bay, FL, children; Jason Minter of Wanamingo, MN, Alyssa Minter of Wanamingo, MN, Ashley (Jesus) Chesley of Dodge Center, MN, Kevin Minter of New Richland, MN, Prycilla (Tim) O’Malley of Mankato, MN, Amanda (Corey) Brinkman of Brooklyn Park, MN, and Joe McGuire of New Richland, MN. There are four grandchildren, one sister Vicky (Rick) Barnes of Hudson Bay, FL, one brother Mark Minter of Zumbrota, MN, nieces and nephews.

Luke was preceded in death by his grandparents, father Roland and brother Robby.

The funeral service for Rodney Lee Arnold of New Richland, Minnesota was held 2 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Richland, MN. Pastor Paul Andree officiated. Interment was in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery. Rodney died Friday, July 22, 2011, at his home. He was 62 years old.

Rodney was born May 20, 1949 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Merton and Ethel (Johnston) Arnold. He was a lifetime New Richland area resident. Rodney married Lois Aldrich on December 27, 1969 in New Richland. Rodney was a self employed Dry Wall installer. He also was a mechanic and worked on cars, tractors and on all types of motors. During the winter Rodney enjoyed plowing snow for his nephew Chris Besser Snow Removal. He also enjoyed restoring classic cars. Every morning he would meet for coffee with his friends at Dad’s Good Stuff in New Richland. During the fall he would help area farmers. Rodney enjoyed going deer hunting with his sons and especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren. His special companion was his dog Dakota.

Rodney is survived by his wife Lois Arnold of New Richland, Minnesota; sons Jim Arnold of Grand Meadow, MN, John (Ginger) Arnold of West Concord, MN and Rob Arnold and special friend Jessica of Geneva, MN; daughter Tracie Rosacker of New Richland; grandchildren Levi, Dylan, Tiffany, Taylor, Tori, Amber, Mariah, Alexis, Braxton, Nathan, Jessica and Eli; mother Ethel Arnold of New Richland; sister Linda Besser of New Richland; and many nieces and nephews.

Rodney is preceded in death by his father Merton Arnold and brother Gary Arnold.


Curtis Robert Schember, 83, of Geneva, died Saturday, July 23, 2011 at his home. A Memorial Service and Picnic is being held in celebration of his life at the Geneva Community Building between 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27.

Curt was born February 20, 1928 to George and Mary Schember in New Richland. He was the fifth and youngest child. He was baptized, confirmed and attended school in New Richland. 

Curt was a hard worker, had many interests and was employed at a number of different jobs; the poultry house, the bakery, the “hemp plant”, Kalke’s tile plant, the canning company, and many local farmers along with assisting his dad on the snow plow. Curt also worked for a lumber yard along with a trucking firm in St. Paul, driving all over the Twin Cities area without a license as he was only 14 years old. He later ran a filling station in New Richland on the corner where Wagner’s store is now, what he remembers was “Full Service Gas-6 gallons for a dollar.” 


Funeral services for Palma A. Richardson of New Richland, MN, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at the LeSueur River Lutheran Church, rural New Richland, MN. Pastor Paul Meierding will officiate. Visitation will be held from noon until 2 p.m. the day of the service at the church. Interment will be in the Hartland Cemetery, Hartland, MN.

Palma died early Thursday morning, July 21, 2011 at the Albert Lea Good Samaritan Center. She was 92 years of age.

Palma was born October 21, 1918 in Hartland, MN, the daughter of Anton and Julia (Nelson) Olson. She graduated from Freeborn High School, Freeborn, MN, and on November 25, 1942 was united in marriage to Albert Richardson.