John D. Manderfeld, 90, of New Ulm died Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm after a very brief illness.

John D. Manderfeld, 90, of New Ulm died Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm after a very brief illness. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 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 Catholic Cemetery in New Ulm. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guest book go to In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the donor’s choice. www.mvfh

John D. Manderfeld was born on August 30, 1922, in Sigel Township, Brown County to Louis C. and Annie (Berg) Manderfeld. On September 17, 1946, he was united in marriage to Cyrilla Catherine Sellner at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye.  He lived his entire life on the family farmstead southwest of New Ulm. He raised eight active children and made many toys such as slingshot pistols and a merry-go-round. He also was a dairy, hog and grain farmer and was involved with Cyrilla’s large poultry egg production unit. He loved to ride on his tractor (maybe to have some peace and quiet?). After he semi-retired, John kept busy supporting his wife’s many endeavors which usually involved helping others. They volunteered with Meals for Shut-Ins and traveled many places throughout the United States with friends and relatives. He really loved to play cards and enjoyed learning new games from his grandchildren. His other major pastime was reading. John was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Catholic Order of Foresters, and the AMPI Dairy Board. 

John is survived by his children; Sandra (Bernard) Wixon of Arlington, Vir., Linda (Deward) Howa of Price, Utah, Connie Myers of Roseville, John M. Manderfeld of the Twin Cities, Gary (Sandy) Manderfeld of Leawood, Kans., Paul Manderfeld of New Ulm, Mark (Cheryl) Manderfeld of Sleepy Eye, Mary (Steve) Clark of Fayetteville, Ga.; 15 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Reiner of Springfield, Sr. Claren Sellner of Rochester, Sr. Phyllis Sellner of Indianapolis, Ind., Grace (Ralph) Strangis of Minneapolis, Beverly Sellner of Comfrey; brothers-in-law, Donald (Alice) Sellner of Comfrey, Dennis (Mary) Sellner, Everett (Mary Jane) Sellner of Sleepy Eye; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Cyrilla on November 30, 2012; parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Julia Sellner; son, Joey in infancy; sister, Mathilda (Roman) Saffert; sister-in-law Marie (Glenn) Roiger; and brothers-in-law, Clarence Sellner, Jerome Sellner, George Sellner, and Ed Reiner.