Melvin Hacker

NEW ULM – Melvin Hacker, 86, of New Ulm, died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 30, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm with Monsignor Douglas Grams celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 7 p.m. Friday and 7:30 10 a.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Melvin is survived by his daughters, Germaine Hacker of New Ulm, Renee (Larry) Reinarts of New Ulm, LeAnna Windschitl (Dennis “Skinner” Braulick ) of New Ulm; a son, Duane (Carol) Hacker of Lafayette; grandchildren, Nick (Heather) Hacker, Miranda Lieder, Luke Windschitl (fiance Amanda Howk), Daniel Windschitl, Mark Windschitl; great-grandchildren, Addyson Hacker, Evelyn Lieder and Hudson Hacker; a sister, Phylistine Herring of New Ulm; a sister-in-law, Arlean Mertensotto of Naples, Florida; and by his brothers-in-law, Wallace Mertensotto of Cross Lake and Father Leon Mertensotto of Notre Dame.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Kathleen “Katie” Hacker; sisters, Verna Geslin and Isabel Brelje; and by his brother, Marvin Hacker.

Melvin was born to Martin and Amelia (Hoffmann) Hacker on April 25, 1928 in Lafayette Township, Nicollet County. He attended school at the St. George Catholic School. Melvin assisted on the family farm at a young age. He married Kathleen Mertensotto on June 22, 1949. Melvin farmed the family farm in Lafayette Township until retiring to New Ulm in 1985.His passion for farming continued as he was active in farming operations until last year. Melvin enjoyed meeting other farmers in the neighboring counties and visiting about their operations. He enjoyed playing sheephead, fishing, raising German Shepherd dogs and caring for his lawn. Melvin and Katie spent many years going to country western music dances. In recent years Melvin spent his time taking care of Katie and was known for his sense of humor. Melvin was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. He was also an usher at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm for many years. Melvin enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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