The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 10, 2012

Erwin Joseph Suess

—    Erwin Joseph Suess, Age 85, of Mankato and formerly of Hanska, died peacefully on Friday, November 9.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 13 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm with Rev. John Kunz and Deacon Jim Guldan (nephew) officiating. Interment will be at New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday November 12 from 4 -8 pm, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm, and continues from 7:30-10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

  Erwin Joseph Suess was born Aug. 2, 1927, to Joseph and Dora (Utz) Suess.  He was united in marriage to Monica Spaeth on June 3, 1947 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Morgan.  They were married 63 years before the sudden passing of his loving wife Monica on 10-31-10.  Erwin farmed near Hanska and did trucking on the side.  In 1969 he started his own band "Erwin Suess and the Hoolerie Dutchmen", and in 1976 became desk clerk for Farmland Industries in Mankato.  In 1986, Erwin was awarded the Minnesota Polka Band of the Year. He was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and the World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame in 2003.  Music brought Erwin great joy and he loved sharing it with others through his release of numerous recordings and by performing for many weddings, anniversaries, music festivals and ballroom dances.  His legacy of music lives on in the musical talents of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Erwin also loved playing cards with his many friends and family.  He was a member of the Catholic Aid Assn. and the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Board for the Farmer's Co-op of Hanska, Linden Township Board, and Musicians Union Local 513.  

  He is survived by daughters, Linda (Gary) Gleisner, Susan (Robert) McAdams, Loriann (Troy) Parsons; sons Duane (Denise) Suess, Loran (Chris) Suess, and daughter-in-law Sandy Suess; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Delores Guldan; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sylvester (Delores) Spaeth, Alois (Margaret) Spaeth, Wilfred (Theresa) Spaeth, Loretta (Arthur) Simon, Lucille (Armin) Losleben.  He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Monica, beloved son David, brothers-in-law; Dennis Guldan, Felix Spaeth, Harold Schugel, Herbert Fischer, and sisters-in-law Antoinette Schugel and Irene Fischer. Also godchildren Alan Spaeth, Rick Losleben and Bob Simon.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Mae Stubbs.JPG Mae Cecilia Stubbs

    Mae Cecilia Stubbs, age 86 of Franklin, MN formerly of Mankato, died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • marlynn vanlandingham.JPG Marlynn D. Vanlandingham

    Marlynn D. Vanlandingham, age 70, of Fairchild, WI, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at Mayo Hospital in Rochester, MN. Private services will be held.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ron Brubaker.JPG Ronald Eugene Brubaker Sr

    Ronald Eugene Brubaker Sr., age 66, of Mankato, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • John Hennessey Graif

    John Hennessey Graif, age 88, of Mankato, died peacefully Monday, February 24, 2014 at Laurel's Peak with family by his side.

    July 29, 2014

  • Orris Sletta.jpg Orris Sletta

    Orris Sletta, 82, of Hanska, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at the Luther Memorial Home in Madelia.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ronald Brubaker

     Ronald Brubaker, 66 of Mankato died July 27, 2014 at VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.

    July 28, 2014

  • Rita LaBelle - O.JPG Rita S. LaBelle

      Rita S. LaBelle, age 80 of Le Sueur, died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Minnesota Valley Health Center in Le Sueur.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brian Rykhus - O.JPG Brian James Rykhus

    Brian James Rykhus, 48, of Houston, MN formerly of Mankato, died Friday, July 25, 2014 at his home.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gerald Gordon Donelan

    Gerald Gordon Donelan,  85 of Waseca, died on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

    July 28, 2014

  • Eloise Keltgen - O.JPG Eloise "Lois" Keltge

      Eloise "Lois" Keltgen 92, of New Ulm died Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo