Albert Platz

SPRINGFIELD – Albert Platz, age 82 of Springfield died on Friday, May 16, 2014 at his home.

Visitation will be on Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel and will continue on Monday from 9:30 am until 10:30 am at the St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, Springfield, MN.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, Springfield on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 10:30 am.

Parish Prayer Service is Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

The clergy will be Father Phil Schotzko.

Interment will be at the St. Raphael’s Catholic Cemetery in Springfield.

Military Honors by John Watson American Legion Post #257.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.

On line condolences may be left for the family at

Albert Linus Platz was born on March 18, 1932 in Bashaw Township on the family farm to Edward and Rose (Holm) Platz. He was confirmed at St. Raphael Catholic Church where he was a lifelong member. Al spent 1954-1956 in the Army where he was stationed in Germany as a cannonier and attained the rank of Corporal. Al was united in marriage to Gloria Turbes at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Wanda on August 27, 1957. They farmed the third generation Centennial farm in Bashaw Township for 38 years. He was a former school board member of District #52, Brown County ASCS committee member, as well as a member of St. Raphael Cemetery board and church usher, the Knights of Columbus, the Springfield Legion, and the VFW. After retiring from farming, he worked for the Harvest Land Elevator, and for 6 years at the Building Center. He loved his family, reading History books, playing cards with his friends and traveling. Since 2006, he spent winters in Harlingen, TX. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Al is survived by wife Gloria of Springfield; daughters- Julianne (Larry) Hand of DeSoto, MO, Monica Platz of Wilmette, IL, Teresa (Dave Maanum) Platz of Fergus Falls; son Randall (Kara) Platz of Springfield; grandchildren- Allison, Alex and Tyler Hand, Alex and Adam Herrmann, Kate (Randall) Mansfield, Tony and Joseph Onstad, and Jack, Jake, Tom and Camille Platz; great-grandchildren- Avery and Easton Mansfield; foreign daughters- Martina O’Sullivan (Dr. Peter) Tait, Imogene and Hugo of Adelaide, Australia, and Martine Denis, Manon and Victor of Brussels, Belgium; sisters- Verona Staloch of Wells, and Violet (Ray) Seifert of Morgan; sisters-in-law- Elaine Polzin of Springfield, Janet (Joe) Platz of New Ulm, Mary (Leo) Schmitz of Springfield, and Alpha Platz of Security, CO; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Leo; and brothers-in-law- William and Eugene Turbes, Alex Staloch, and Leonard Polzin.

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