Melvin Pelzel 95, of Sleepy Eye, died on April 21, 2018,
Melvin Pelzel, 95, of Sleepy Eye, died April 21, 2018, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., and will continue on Friday from 7:30 until 9:30 a.m., at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. There will be a parish prayer service Thursday at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Service will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Friday, April 27, at 10 a.m. The clergy will be Msgr. Eugene Lozinski. Interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Born in Sleepy Eye, Sept. 25, 1922, Melvin Joseph Pelzel was one of 12 children born to Clement and Augusta (Engels) Pelzel. Melvin was a twin to Marion Pelzel Gent. In birth order, his siblings were Roman, Edward (Mary Seidl), Leo (Emma Rothmeier), Erwin, Leona (Ambrose Braun), Arthur (Lorraine Soukup), Bernard (Mary Groot), Lucille (Martin Helget), Irene (Robert Meyer), Marion (Roderick Gent), Melvin (Marcella Reiner), and Lorraine (Melvin Tauer). Lorraine is the only living sibling. Melvin attended school in his early years at the Quail Trap School south of Sleepy Eye and later at St. Mary's School through the eighth grade. Melvin farmed at home until he married Marcella Reiner on Sept. 28, 1949. Four children were born to them: Wayne (Patricia Pietig) of Sleepy Eye, who have three children, (Tony, Pamela and John); Diane (deceased) (Richard Helget), of Sleepy Eye, who have five children (Marcy, Neil, Stacy, Keith and Russell); Thomas (Lisa Peichel) of Sleepy Eye, who have two children, (Andy and Becky); and Steven (Lynnae Nachreiner) of Sleepy Eye, who have four children (Carissa, Jessica, Kahley and Laura). Marcella passed away on April 8, 1971, at the age of 42 and Melvin raised and cared for the four children. Their four children have 14 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Melvin enjoyed hunting and fishing with his children. He made an annual fishing trip to Canada each summer and in the fall, deer hunting trips to northern Minnesota. Melvin worked many years for the Farmer's Elevator of Sleepy Eye and supplemented the family income working as a gunsmith and small engine repairman in the evenings and on weekends. Melvin was a true handyman who enjoyed fixing things and handed those traits along to his children. Melvin resided at Divine Providence Home for the past seven years and went home to his maker on April 22, 2018 at the age of 95.