NEW ULM – Lavahn Mertensotto, 90, of New Ulm died Thursday, May 23, 2013 at her home, surrounded by her family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 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.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday and from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. The Christian Mothers will pray the rosary at 4 p.m. Monday at the Cathedral. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for her family go to: www.mvfh.org.
Lavahn is survived by her daughters; Betty (Bud) Braun of Lexington, Ky., Barbara (Elroy) Ubl of New Ulm, Jane (Peter) Eichten of Minneapolis, Karen (Wayne) Peters of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; daughter-in-law, Linda Mertensotto of St. Paul; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Joanne Mertensotto of St. Paul; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herman on August 22, 1961; son, Paul; brother, Ray Paal; and sisters, Lorraine Ives and Kathryn Walters.
Lavahn Clara Paal was born June 1, 1922 in Currie, Minn. to Theodore and Elizabeth (Hoffmann) Paal. She attended the Immaculate Heart of Mary High School and graduated with the class of 1939. On June 10, 1944, Lavahn was united in marriage to Herman Mertensotto at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Currie. Lavahn worked for many years as a cook at Holy Trinity and the Diocesan Center under Bishop Raymond Lucker. Lavahn was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, never missing acknowledging their birthdays. Grandma Mert enjoyed attending activites and sporting events for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She always put others before herself, and made it a priority to contribute to the poor. She had a great love of the church, helping to start the St. Monicas Society. Lavahn was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, and the Christian Mothers Society. Memorials are preferred to the San Lucas Mission Friends of San Lucas.