NEW ULM – Martin Meidl, 76, of Lakeville and formerly of Lamberton and New Ulm died Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Augustana Care Center in Apple Valley.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 27 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 5-8 p.m. Monday and 7:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for his family go to www.mvfh.org.
Martin is survived by his wife, Beth Meidl of Lakeville; daughter, Regina (Michael) Roemhildt of Cloquet; sons, Richard (Jane) Meidl, Peter (Laurie) Meidl, John (Paula) Meidl, all of Lakeville, Joseph (Linda) Meidl of Mankato, James Meidl of Lakeville; grandchildren, Chris (Cassie), Andrew, and John Roemhildt, Andy, Zach, Becca, Jacob (fiance Nicole), Sam, Matt, Tommy, Joshua, Jessica, Josiah, Rob, Elizabeth, and Greg Meidl; great-grandchildren, Jaedyn and Kylie Roemhildt; sisters, Catherine Arndt, Donna Winhorn, Doris Saffert, Lois Johnston, Yvonne (Harry) Windschitl, Lorraine (Leo) Schroepfer; brothers, Walter (Rita) Meidl, Paul (Jo) Meidl, Ray Meidl; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugo and Mary Meidl; sisters, Marlys Meidl, Barbara Farrell; and brother, Hugo Meidl.
Martin H. Meidl was born on October 15, 1937 in New Ulm to Hugo and Mary (Saffert) Meidl. He graduated from Holy Trinity High School with the class of 1955. He then furthered his education at Mankato State College, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor’s Degree in musical education. There he also earned an award for outstanding senior band member. On August 9, 1958, Martin was united in marriage to the love of his life, Beth Schaffer, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Following their marriage they moved to Ivanhoe where Martin spent four years as the band director. They then moved to Lamberton. From 1962-1983, Martin was the band director in Lamberton until he retired from teaching. In addition to teaching band, Martin owned and operated The Music Mart in Lamberton, which he opened in 1972. He continued working until the Spring of 2013, when he retired and they moved to Lakeville. While in Lamberton, Martin was very involved in the community. He helped start and worked with the volunteer ambulance service and taught first aid. There he was also a member of the commercial club, past president of the Lions club, and was active on the Lamberton school board.
Martin enjoyed gardening and had the ability to fix anything. He was also very active in the San Lucas Mission, starting the Christmas project and Mission of Love for Guatemala. For Martin though, music was his life. He started various music ensembles, including Tubamania at Heritagefest in New Ulm, Octubafest, the Mankato Merry Tuba Christmas, and the Lamberton Jazzfest. Martin played with the original German Band, subbed with the Schell’s Hobo Band, and directed and played with the Minnesota over 60 band. Martin also directed church music for 45 years at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lamberton. His family and music were the most important things in his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.