Eloise ‘Lois’ Keltgen

NEW?ULM – Eloise “Lois” Keltgen, 92, of New Ulm, died Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Thursday, July 31, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 -11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guestbook go to www.mvfh.org.

Lois is survived by her daughters, Susan (Alan) Kral of New Ulm, Barbara (Jerome) Forbrook of Shoreview; grandson Nicholas (Lindsay) Schultz of Edina; great-grandson Riley; sister Marion Burkhardt of Trimont; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Evelyn Luhring of Mankato, Marlene and Roger Leonard of St. Peter, Marion and Dick Sonnek of Mapleton, Mary Lou Keltgen of Mankato; and by many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Don on August 12, 2012; sister Verna Wolf; brother Marvin Wolf; and by brothers-in-law, Warren Burkhardt and Gerald Keltgen.

Eloise Elizabeth Wolf was born on May 16, 1922 in New Ulm to Edward and Bertha (Schneider) Wolf. She attended New Ulm Public High School and graduated in 1940. She worked for Fred Pfaender Insurance Agency for eighteen years. She then worked with insurance for the Fritsche Clinic and New Ulm Medical Clinic for twenty-eight years, retiring in 1986. Lois was united in marriage to Donald Keltgen on August 4, 1951 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. She was active in the community for many years serving as a Girl Scout leader and assisting with the Community Concert Association’s annual membership drive. Lois was an avid Twins and sports fan, and enjoyed sewing, playing cards, walking and reading. She and Don enjoyed decades of golfing, bowling and fishing, even into their 80s. Lois was a dedicated wife to her husband of sixty years. Her family and her faith were the center of her life. She lived her entire life in New Ulm until her final years, which were spent at Countryside Retirement Community in Sleepy Eye where she found herself surrounded by new and caring friends. She was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and a longtime member of the New Ulm Country Club.


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