Elaine Pregler

Elaine Pregler, 85, a lifelong resident of New Ulm went to be with the Lord on Saturday June 7, 2014, at her home in New Ulm.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday June 10 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Pastor David Bendix officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Monday and 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL and continuing for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guestbook for her family go to www.mvfh.org.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Ellsworth “Jim” Pregler of New Ulm; daughters, Lorie Pregler, Sue (Pete- loved as the son she never had) Guggisberg all of New Ulm; sister, Eloise Finstad of Hanska; two grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Bernice Tronson of Tacoma, WA.; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Edward Bauermeister while stationed in Japan in 1950; and brother-in-law, Ivan Finstad.

Elaine Elisabeth Bauermeister was born on Jan. 10, 1929 to Roman and Lena (Aschenbrenner) Bauermeister in New Ulm. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Elaine attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School and graduated from New Ulm High School in 1947. On June 19, 1948 she was united in marriage to Ellsworth Pregler at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Shortly after marriage, they, along with her parents and grandfather, built what would be their life-long home. Elaine worked at New Ulm Wholesale and started at Kraft Foods in October of 1956. Ellsworth and Elaine retired from Kraft on March 1, 1986.

In earlier years, Elaine enjoyed many camping and fishing trips, and touring the Black Hills with family and friends. She also enjoyed bowling from which she brought home many tournament trophies.

Elaine spent many hours helping family run concessions stands where they would sell mini donuts and volunteering at Forever Home Animal Sanctuary, Inc., a non-profit organization for abused and special needs animals, founded by her daughters and son-in-law. Elaine was very proud of her beautiful gardens and flowers which received “yard of the week” several times over the years. Although, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her biggest pride and joy. Elaine was known for her acts of selflessness and great concern for others. She was always there to lend a helping hand to family and friends in any way she would. No words can describe how she will be missed.

Elaine was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm.

It was her sincere request to thank her family and friends for all their love and care throughout her illness. Thank you to the pastors at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the New Ulm Medical Center Staff, and a thank you to her very special niece and caregiver, Annette Haynes.


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