Edwin Windschitl, age 83 of Comfrey died on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. and will continue on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey. There will be a Parish Prayer service on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Comfrey. Burial will be at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery in Comfrey. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey. On-line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Edwin Frank Windschitl was born on March 1, 1929, in Mulligan Township, the son of Edmund and Martha (Schroepfer) Windschitl. He attended country school district #42 through the eighth grade and graduated from Comfrey High School in 1947. Edwin was united in marriage to Ivona Helget on June 18, 1951 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. They lived on a farm east of Comfrey until they retired and moved into Comfrey in 1993. Over the years, he planted 41 corn crops and he raised and cared for - dairy cows, beef cattle, hogs, chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, sheep, numerous cats, and always had a dog or two. He always took pride in providing the best possible care of his animals. In addition to farming, he also worked at the Augustin Butcher Shop for a number of years. Following his retirement, Edwin enjoyed driving the bus for the Comfrey school, floral gardening, woodworking, reading, cooking, and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great granddaughter. He was a lifelong democrat, enjoyed discussing politics and had no trouble telling people if he thought they were right or wrong. Edwin was a district #63 school board member, past Comfrey Lions Club member, served on the St. Paul Church board for six years, sang in the church choir for 60 years, served on the Mulligan Township board and acted as treasurer for several years, received the WCCO "Good Neighbor" award in 1995, and very much enjoyed treasure and antique hunting at various "locations." Throughout his life he took comfort and guidance from his Christian faith and died with a rosary in his hands. Edwin loved people and people loved Edwin.
He is survived by his wife, Ivona of Comfrey; children, Kenneth (Mary) of Courtland, David (Diane) of Leander, Texas, Jeffry (Julie) of Comfrey, and Daniel (Tammy) of New Ulm; Grandchildren, Erik, Justin (Rebekah), Angie(Christian), Andrew, John, Lauren, Rachel (Brent), Carly and Adam, great granddaughter, Morgan. siblings - Irene Sprenger of Comfrey, Elaine Haala of Sleepy Eye, Della Schueneman of Mankato, Marcella "Sally" Holm of New Ulm, Margaret "Mickey" Fischer of Sleepy Eye and one sister-in-law, Eunice Windschitl of Sleepy Eye.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Lenus.
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