Kathleen “Katie” Hacker

NEW ULM – Kathleen “Katie” Hacker, 87, of New Ulm died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm with Father Bernard Steiner officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Sunday and 7:30-10 a.m. Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. A Parish Prayer will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for her family go to www.mvfh.org.

Katie is survived by her husband, Melvin Hacker of New Ulm; daughters, Germaine Hacker, Renee (Larry) Reinarts, LeAnna Windschitl and Dennis “Skinner” Braulick, all of New Ulm; a son, Duane (Carol) Hacker of Lafayette; grandchildren, Nick (Heather) Hacker, Miranda (Jeremy) Lieder, Luke Windschitl and fiance Amanda Howk, Daniel Windschitl, and Mark Windschitl; great-grandchildren, Addyson Hacker, Evelyn Lieder, and one baby Hacker on the way; siblings, Fr. Leon Mertensotto of Notre Dame, Ind., Wallace Mertensotto of Crosslake.; sister-in-laws, Phyllis Herring of New Ulm, and Arlene Mertensotto of Naples, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Charles Mertensotto.

Kathleen Elizabeth Mertensotto was born to John and Leona (Guth) Mertensotto on Aug. 17, 1926 in New Ulm. She attended Holy Trinity Catholic School. After graduation, she began employment at the Red Owl Grocery Store and later was a proofreader for the New Ulm Journal. Kathleen was united in marriage to Melvin Hacker on June 22, 1949. It was during this time she began being known to all as “Katie.” She moved onto the family farm in Lafayette Township upon marriage. Katie was busy raising their four children while living on the farm. She also was active with their many laying hens on various farm sites. She participated in the Nicollet County Extension Club, cooking groups, and St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church of Lafayette woman’s groups. During the 70’s and 80’s they enjoyed “country western” dancing to the Mons Brothers. They remained on the farm until the spring of 1985 when they moved to their retirement home in New Ulm. While in New Ulm, Katie’s passion for gardening grew, she was employed with New Ulm Greenhouse for several years working with seedling transplants. Her talents for cooking, preserving and being an excellent baker where known to all the relatives, friends and neighbors. She was often a source of reference to many regarding homemaking skills. Her other interests include fishing in the area lakes, watching the Minnesota Twins, and all the doggies that would sit by her side. Kathleen loved visits by her children, grandchildren and was delighted to see her two great-granddaughters. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the St. Joseph’s and St. Elizabeth’s Catholic United Society.


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