LaDonna Mathiowetz

Mass of Christian Burial for 84-year-old LaDonna Mathiowetz of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, formerly of Comfrey, Minnesota, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning, November 20, 2017, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Comfrey. The church is located at 218 Field Street North.

Interment will be church cemetery, located north of Comfrey on Brown County Highway #258.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 19, 2017, at Sturm Funeral Home-Comfrey Chapel, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The funeral home is located at 101 Field Street North. There will be Parish Prayer Service at the funeral home on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. A second visitation will be at the church the day of the funeral mass from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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Sturm Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

LaDonna Mathiowetz passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota.

LaDonna Mae Mathiowetz was born on March 31, 1933, the daughter of Anthony and Brigetta (Soukup) Schroepfer on the family farm in Albin Township, Brown County, Minnesota. She attended and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sleepy Eye in 1951. She was the class valedictorian. LaDonna then attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Mankato, Minnesota. She worked as a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) in the obstetrics (OB) department at the Loretto Hospital (today, New Ulm Medical Center) in New Ulm, Minnesota, until 1955.

On September 28, 1953, she was united in marriage to Alphonse Mathiowetz at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. In September 1955, when Alphonse was discharged from the United States Army, the couple moved to a farm in Mulligan Township, Brown County, Minnesota, where they raised their four children, Joan, John, Joel and Julie.

LaDonna worked at the Comfrey Hospital and at the Good Samaritan Village in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, retiring in 2003.

On August 16, 2012, she entered the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye, where she was the Resident of the Month in 2016.

She enjoyed reading and volunteering. Over the years LaDonna was active in the American Legion Auxiliary, 4-H, band mothers and St. Paul’s Catholic Church, where she taught CCD for 17 years, was a Rosary leader, Eucharistic Minister and Lay Presider. She was also a member of Catholic Aid and Christian Mothers.

She is survived by her husband, Alphonse Mathiowetz of Comfrey; children, John (Cheryl) Mathiowetz of New Ulm, Joel (Terri) Mathiowetz of Comfrey and Julie (Corey) Schmid of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota; six grandchildren, Christopher (special friend, Anne), Emily (special friend, Eric), Rachel (Nick) Wagner, Anthony (Becca) Mathiowetz, Annataya (special friend, Johnny) and Kirby Schmid; great-grandson Jasper Wagner; siblings, Theresia (Ernest) Kretsch, Sylvia Braun, Robert (Linda) Schroepfer, Richard (Linda) Schroepfer, Kathleen (Rick) Marcus and Anthony Jr. (Shirley) Schroepfer and brother-in-law Dave Jensen.

LaDonna was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Joan Mathiowetz; sister, Barbara Jensen; brother-in-law, Melvin Braun and niece, Tina Marcus.

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