Beatrice ‘Bea’ Haala, 94, of Comfrey, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.
Beatrice ‘Bea’ Haala, 94, of Comfrey, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey and will continue on Wednesday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Comfrey. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Paul's Catholic Church in Comfrey on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. The clergy will be Father Andy Michels. Interment will be at the St. Paul Catholic Cemetery in Comfrey. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Bea, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Juenemann) Hillesheim, was born March 11, 1922 in Sleepy Eye. She grew up on a farm in Stark Township and attended country school #39 through eighth grade. Bea spoke German until learning English in school. On Sept. 9, 1941, Beatrice married Leonard Haala at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. The couple lived by Leavenworth, Tracy, and Wanda until moving to a farm north of Comfrey in 1946 where she enjoyed raising chickens. Bea worked at Del Monte in Sleepy Eye in the early 1960s. She was a bookkeeper for St. Paul’s Church, Elaine’s Gift Shop, and Comfrey School kitchen, and she cooked for many weddings. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Comfrey where she was an active member of the CCW, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 244, St. John Lutheran Home Auxiliary, Florentennial Garden Club, Prairie Sampler Quilters Guild, Brown County Home Extension, Catholic Aid Association where she served as the secretary and treasurer, and many card clubs. Beatrice enjoyed gardening and canning, quilting, crocheting, embroidery, traveling––especially her trip to Europe, playing cards––especially bridge, watching the Twins, ceramics, bowling with the Comfrey Cats, oldtime music, and time with her cousins. She had a beautiful backyard full of flowers and won many awards for her rose garden.
She is survived by her children, Patti (Norbert) Wenisch of Searles, Leon (Cheryl) Haala of Springfield, and Bruce Haala of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren, Greg, Annette, Mark, Cheryl, Jason, Jadd, Susan, Tamera, Tammy, Becky, and Shelley; 23 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Donna Mae (Donald) Schneider of Stoughton, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews, and godchildren. Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard; grandchildren, Brian Wenisch and Shannon Haala; daughter-in-law, Diane Arnold-Haala; brothers, Donald and Alfred Hillesheim; brothers-in-law, Ed and Norbert Haala; sisters-in-law, Rosella Hillesheim, Genevieve Hillesheim, and Tillie Haala.