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The funeral service for Neil Frederick Phillips of Hartland, Minnesota will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2011 at All Saints Catholic Church, New Richland, Minnesota. Father Swami will officiate. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, New Richland. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Neil died Saturday, August 6, 2011 in Pennsylvania from a motorcycle accident. He was 60 years old.

Neil was born April 18, 1951 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Fred and Marilyn (Sondergard) Phillips. He was a lifetime Hartland area resident. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Southern School of Agriculture, Waseca, in 1969. He then continued his education, graduating from Mankato Technical College.

Funeral services for Ronald Christensen of New Richland, MN, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2011 at the Community Lutheran Church in Geneva, MN. Pastor Carrie McElfresh will officiate. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Bonnerup Funeral Service in Ellendale, MN, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Geneva Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Ellendale Veterans Group.

Ronald died Monday evening surrounded by his family, August 1, 2011 at the St Cloud Hospital in St Cloud, MN. He was 78 years of age. He was born April 7, 1933 in Albert Lea, MN the son of Hans and Carol Christensen.

Ronald graduated from Ellendale-Geneva High School in 1951 and the University of Minnesota. He was united in marriage to Joanne Vangen on June 13, 1954 at the First Lutheran Church in Ellendale, MN. He worked in Albert Lea at Queens/Almco in engineering for six years.

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.

Donald J. Hartwig, 89, of Owatonna, died Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at his home. 

Donald John Hartwig was born August 27, 1921 in Owatonna, Minnesota the son of John and Rose (Schwartz) Hartwig. Don graduated from Owatonna High School class of 1939.  He then worked with his father in the Recorders Office and later entered the United States Army on October 12, 1942 serving during WWII.  He received his honorable discharge in February 1946 and was awarded the American Theatre Service medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Service medal.  He returned to the recorders office.  He was united in marriage to Marion Dunker on March 25, 1947 at First St. John's Church in Owatonna.  In 1958, Don was elected as Register of Deeds and assumed the office in 1959 serving as register of deeds and register of titles until being promoted to Steele County Recorder until his retirement in 1987.  

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.