NEW ULM - Shirley Meinhardt, 84, of New Ulm died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Father Tony Hesse celebrating the Mass. Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.
To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org.
She is survived by her husband Leo and her three sons, Mike (Betty) of Friendship WI, Ron (Kathy) of Bloomington, and Richard (Karen) of New Ulm. She is also survived by eight grandchildren Mike (Kim), Jamie (Jenny), Danny (Nikki), and Louis Meinhardt of Wisconsin and Andy (Theresa), Greg (Stefanie), and Patrick (Nicole) Meinhardt of Bloomington and Kate (Justin) Cortelyou of Nashville, TN. She was proud of her 13 great-grandchildren, Devin, Tim and Amanda Breen, Mikala, Austin, Colton, Jordann, Dayne, Carson and Autumn, all from Wisconsin and Sophie, Samantha and Eli Meinhardt from the Twin Cities. She is also survived by her special niece, Lois "Toots" (Roger) Kalz and their two children, Jill and Mike of New Ulm.
She was preceeded in death by her parents, Charles and Anna, her brother Kenneth Manderfeld and her sister Sally (Del) Hartl.
Shirley Anne Meinhardt "Mutzie" was born on 9/14/1929 to Charles and Anna (Dietz) Manderfeld. She was born at home above the family restaurant, the National Cafe. Shirley weighed 12 pounds at birth. Her dad died when she was just 4 years old. Her brother was to be a 2nd grader that fall, and he did not want to go to school. The good Sisters of St Mary's suggested that Mutzie be sent to school with Sonny and so she entered first grade at the young age of 4. She did so well in school that she moved from grade to grade and graduated from New Ulm High School at the age of 16 with the class of 1946.
She was awarded a scholarship and attended the College of St Catherine for 2-1/2years before returning to New Ulm in 1949 to help with the family business when her mother became ill.
She married Leo Meinhardt at St Mary's parish house on 3/18/50. They raised three sons. She worked at Sears and Peter's Meats before taking a position at 3M in New Ulm. She was a production control analyst and retired in 1996 after a 30 year career. She was a Turner Lady for 40 years and a member of St Anne's Court (COF)for 80 years.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Ulm Area Catholic Schools (NUACS) or St Mary's Church, New Ulm.