Arleta Ella Portner, 85, of New Ulm, died Friday, February, 14, 2014 at Ridgeway on 23rd in New Ulm.

Arleta Ella Portner, 85, of New Ulm, died Friday, February, 14, 2014 at Ridgeway on 23rd in New Ulm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery, Soldier’s Rest section, beside her veteran husband, Roman A. Portner. Visitation will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm is in charge of the arrangements. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for her family go to

Arleta was born on April 21, 1928 in Brown County, to Fred and Alice (Schmalfeld) Lendt. She was raised on a farm in rural Sleepy Eye. She attended District 11 Country School in Iberia; graduated from Sleepy Eye Public High School in 1946 and then attended nurses training at the Union Hospital in New Ulm.  She graduated with a Licensed Practical Nursing Degree in 1947.  Arleta worked at the Union Hospital, Loretto Hospital, Fritsche Clinic and New Ulm Medical Clinic.  She was respected by patients and medical staff. Arleta worked for many doctors but was most remembered as the nurse for Dr. Peter Kitzberger and Dr. Kenneth Dirlam.  Arleta retired from nursing in 1990 and felt blessed to enjoy her nursing career for 43 years. Arleta was united in marriage to Roman A. Portner on February 28, 1949 in New Ulm. In the early 1970’s Arleta and Roman purchased a farm in northern Minnesota, near Remer.  Following retirement, they still called New Ulm their home but spent much of their time at their “hobby” farm. In 1999, they retired from farming and returned to New Ulm. Arleta was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and the Christian Mothers Society. She was active in the community for many years. In northern Minnesota she volunteered serving meals-on-wheels to those that were homebound. In New Ulm, Arleta volunteered her time and pleasant presence to nursing home residents, served funeral lunches, and stuffed envelopes for NUACS mailings. Arleta was talented in needlework including hardanger, crocheting and knitting. She was an excellent baker and great cook. Arleta was a hard worker and liked gardening, canning and freezing produce, farming with her husband, shoveling snow and mowing the lawn. Many hands of the card game “Spike and Alice” were played with her children, grandchildren, brother and sister-in-law. Arleta was a dedicated wife to her husband of 60 years; loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, especially at the farm. Arleta was a faith-filled woman, a caregiver, and a generous woman of service.

Arleta is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Jim) Fleming of Richfield; sons, Roman F. (Ellen) Portner of Littleton, Colorado; Steven  (Cathy) Portner of Naples, Florida; Gary (Brenda) Portner of New Ulm; nine grandchildren, Justin, Adam, Jason, Jon, Casey, Chris, Patrick, Tim, Amanda; five great-grandchildren, Kai, Trey, Ashton, Crosby, Oliver; sister, Adeline Riebel of Fairmont; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Donald and Gladys Portner of New Ulm; George and Donna Reiser of New Ulm; sister-in-law, Rosadell Portner of New Ulm; brother-in-law, Melvin Klinkner of Stewart and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Arleta was preceded in death by her husband Roman A. Portner, their   infant son, Ronald; brother, Harvey Lendt, sister, Rachel Wellmann, brothers-in-law, Joe Portner, Norman Portner, Ambrose Saffert, Clifford Wellman, Delmar Riebel;  sisters-in-law, Hildegard Saffert, Alyce Klinkner, Betty Lendt.

Memorials are preferred to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity or the New Ulm Medical Center Foundation.