The Free Press, Mankato, MN

December 19, 2012

Wilfrid Norbert Goettl




  Wilfrid Norbert Goettl, age 81, of Le Center died Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be held at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center on Friday, December 21, from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm and one hour prior to funeral at the Church in the Gathering Space. Funeral will be at St. Marys Catholic Church in Le Center on Saturday, December 22 at 10:00 am. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.

  Wilfrid was born on February 8, 1931, in Mankato to Louis Paul and Marie Magdelin (Hartung) Goettl. He was united in marriage to LaVonne (LeBrun) Goettl on August 17, 1955, at St. Clair Immaculate Conception Church. In 1950 he started working at the Mankato Creamery. In 1952 he and his brother Cletus started farming together near Nicollet and also worked for Birds Eye harvesting peas. In 1953 they rented some farms by Eagle Lake and worked in the winter at a seed company, a lumber company and for his uncle Norbert Goettl's Feed Service.

  He was a charter member of St. Mary's KC's, involved in Pioneer Power, served on the community and Cordova township boards, owned Willies Toy Room where he sold toys. He enjoyed gardening, farming, and playing cards with friends.

 Wilfrid is survived by his wife LaVonne Goettl, children; Janice (Roger) Willems of Northfield, Dorothy Knish (Fiance Dick Esser) of Kilkenny, Laurie (Steve) Schatz of Le Center, Robert (Lori) Goettl of Le Center, Helen (Wayne) Zuelch of Le Center, Rosann Goettl (friend Branden Johnson) of New Prague and Jerome (Carrie) Goettl of Le Center, 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, siblings; Julian Goettl of Mankato, Cletus (Elaine) Goettl of Lake Crystal, Adeline Sieberg of Eagle Lake, Roger (Sandra) Goettl of Le Center, Mary Lou (Marlyn) Denn of Waseca, Louis (Donna) Goettl of Eagle Lake and Richard (Phyllis) Goettl of Mankato, brother-in-law; Francis Sweiger of Cleveland and many nieces and nephews.

  Wilfrid is preceded in death by son; Gary, his parents, brother; Bernard (and Delores) Goettl, sisters; Lorraine (and Gerald) Frederick and Elaine Sweiger, sister-in-law, Mary Goettl and brother-in-law, Curtis Sieberg.

  Monetary donations will be used for St. Mary's building fund or cancer research.

  Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.com.