Jerome Windschitl, age 86 or rural Comfrey, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Sept.r 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Japanese Martyrs Catholic Church in Leavenworth with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 4 -7 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, and will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. There will be a Parish Prayer Service on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Father Andy Michels bill be officiating the service. Condolences may be sent via e-mail at: www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.
Jerome Linus Windschitl was born on the family farm in Mulligan Township on May 3, 1926, the son of Bartl and Mary (Holm) Windschitl. He was united in marriage to Rita Callanan on July 14, 1956, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield. Jerome farmed his entire life and was a lifetime member of the Church of Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the choir, and a recipient of the Bishops Medal for the New Ulm Diocese. Jerome enjoyed playing the accordion, woodworking, doing mechanical work in his shop, and singing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and farming. His Christian faith was always very important to Jerome’s life and his love of family was an example for all.
He is survived by his wife Rita of rural Comfrey; sons, Joseph and wife Debra A. Windschitl of Sleepy Eye, Patrick and wife Colleen Windschitl of Springfield, and Michael and wife Debra K. Windschitl of Comfrey; daughter Roseanne and husband John Kaseforth of Springfield; grandchildren- Katie (Mark) Lax, Cassandra (Emmanuel) Saye, Shelby Windschitl, Thomas and Lucas Windschitl, and Allison, Johnny and Joseph Kaseforth; and sister Evelyn Eischen of Comfrey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Abby Windschitl; sister Mary Rose Eischen; and a brother in infancy.