Lois (Wegner) Hartwig

NEW ULM – Lois (Wegner) Hartwig, 88, of New Ulm, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Jeffrey Bovee officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 8 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 until 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Wednesday. To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guestbook go to: www.mvfh.org

Lois is survived by her husband Ted; her children, Paul (Carie) of Appleton, WI, Carol Laitinen (Wayne) of New Ulm, Susan Mattek (Jim) of Watertown, WI, John (Amy) of Baraboo, WI, Gretchen Bassett (Ken) of Collinsville, IL; son-in-law Jim Bina of Minnetonka, MN; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in law Margaret Wegner of Milwaukee, WI and Mary Hartwig of Madison, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Walter, and on July 5, 2005 by her firstborn, Kathy Bina.

Lois was born on October 12, 1924 in Milwaukee, WI to Emil and Otillie (Abram) Wegner. She was baptized and confirmed in her Christian faith at her home congregation, Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. She attended Jerusalem Lutheran grade school, Milwaukee Lutheran High School, and Dr. Martin Luther College (now MLC), graduating in 1945. She taught primary grades at Atonement Lutheran School in Milwaukee. On July 6, 1947 she married Pastor Theodore Hartwig at Atonement Church. She accompanied her husband to his first parish, St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Mound City, South Dakota where their first two children were born. In 1951, she and her family moved to her husband’s second parish, Riverview Ev. Lutheran Church in Appleton, WI where their next two children were born. In 1955 she moved to New Ulm where her husband had been called to teach at Dr. Martin Luther College and where their fifth and sixth children were born.

Lois lived an active life as a faithful wife and a loving mother to her children, a dedicated homemaker, an accomplished seamstress and an avid gardener. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she also served many years as a charter member of the Altar Guild and was a longtime member of the church choir. She also served for 11 years at the MLC Library. She was the chairman of the New Ulm chapter of the Red Cross Bloodmobile and member of the Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild. She enjoyed travel with her husband to most of our states, to western Europe and to the Holy Land.

“Faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31

“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. They rest from their labors and their deeds follow them.” Revelation 14

Memorials may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Martin Luther College, Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School or Fox Valley Lutheran High School, Appleton, WI.


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