Winnifred T. Mathiowetz 89, of Sleepy Eye, MN, formerly of Comfrey died on Nov. 19, 2017, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Winnifred T. Mathiowetz 89, of Sleepy Eye, formerly of Comfrey died on Nov.19, 2017, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church. There will be a Parish Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Service will be held at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs, Leavenworth, on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at 11 a.m. The clergy will be Msgr. John Richter & Fr. John Pearson. Interment will be at the Japanese Martyrs Catholic Cemetery in Leavenworth. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.
Winnifred was born on Dec. 20, 1927 in rural Mulligan Township, Brown County, to George and Rose (Prokosch) Zwaschka. She grew up and attended country school in Mulligan Township, then attended St. Paul’s Catholic School, boarding at the school during the week. After she completed her schooling, Winnifred worked for families, assisting with housework and children. She married Art Mathiowetz May 3, 1948 at St. Paul’s in Comfrey. The couple farmed in Mulligan Township and operated a seed corn and trucking business until retiring. Following Art’s death in 2003, she remained on the farm until March 2014 when she moved to Lake Villa Maria Senior Apartments in Sleepy Eye. She was a member of the Church of the Japanese Martyrs and the Christian Mothers Society. She enjoyed word search books, old time music, local and Twins baseball and being outdoors. She loved visiting with family and friends.
Winnifred is survived by children: Linda (Dan) Weber of Wanda, Mike (Cheryl) Mathiowetz of Comfrey, Dale (Mary) Mathiowetz of Fox Lake, Ill, and Renae (Bruce) Lammers of New Ulm; grandchildren: Jeremy (Sherri) Friesen, Lindsay (Gary) Stancomb, Ryan (April) Mathiowetz, Dustin Mathiowetz, Katie (Brandon) Bretl, Josh (Tiffany) Mathiowetz, Megan (special friend Joe Dubovik) Mathiowetz; Great-Grandchildren: Caleb and Aubree Mathiowetz, Emily Mathiowetz, Ryder and Luca Bretl, Max Stancomb; sisters: Phyllis Mathiowetz of Hopkins, Rita (Bob) Rivard of Eden Prairie and sister-in-law Cecelia Zwaschka of Comfrey. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Art, daughter, Sharon, great-grandson, Cameron Bretl, sister, Sylvia Sellner and brother, Richard Zwaschka.