Obituaries for Wednesday, April 27, 2005

2005-04-27T00:00:00Z Obituaries for Wednesday, April 27, 2005the Daily News staff Winona Daily News
April 27, 2005 12:00 am  • 

Wilbert Bublitz | Ruth Fruechte | Barbara Vater | Dorothy Urness | Kathryn Ann Caell | Mary Kay Frederick-Vogel

Wilbert H. Bublitz

March 7, 1917 - April 25, 2005

Wilbert H. Bublitz, 88, of Winona died Monday, April 25, 2005, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis., after a short illness.

Wilbert was born March 7, 1917, in Hart Township, Minn., the son of Gustave and Louise (Oldendorf) Bublitz.

He grew up in the Hart/Wyattville area and helped his father farm.

Wilbert worked for Miller Waste Mills, Swift and Co., and retired from Gorman's after 21 years of service. He most recently worked for Miller Felpax. Wilbert worked hard all of his life, and he was always there for us when we needed him.

Wilbert married Dorothy Verdick on May 16, 1940. They were members of St. Casimir's Parish, Winona. Dorothy preceded him in death on Oct. 22, 2004.

Wilbert enjoyed riding motorcycle, camping, playing cards, spending some winters in Texas, and teasing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wilbert is survived by his children, Donnie (Judy) Bublitz of Winona, Jerry Bublitz of Winona, Mary (Arnie) Schell of Stockton, Minn., Josie Wick of Goodview, Minn., Donna (Wayne) Blaschka of Harlingen, Texas, Alice (Randy) Evenson of Winona, Jane (Bruce) Corey of Fountain City, Wis., and Randy (Tina) Bublitz of Money Creek, Minn.; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Hilda Rehse of Stewartville, Minn., Vida Warnken of Winona, Lucille Ebel of Minneapolis, Helen Willie of Winona and Janice Ehmke of Minneapolis; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two brothers, one sister and a son-in-law.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today, April 27, 2005, at the Church of St. Casimir.

Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church today from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

Pallbearers will be Michael Wick, Heather De La Garza, Shannon Evenson, Brad De Vorak, Tammy Meier and Kelly Benter.

Wilbert will be missed by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Dad, Pa, WE LOVE YOU!

A Watkowski-Pronschin-ske funeral service.

Ruth D. Fruechte

July 26, 1923 - April 25, 2005

EITZEN, Minn. - Ruth D. Fruechte, 81, of Eitzen died Monday, April 25, 2005, at Caledonia Care and Rehab, Caledonia, Minn.

She was born July 26, 1923, in Caledonia to Louis H. and Emma (Wiegrefe) Fruechte. Ruth attended grade school at the Hendel Country School and graduated from Caledonia High School in 1941. She then moved to Chicago, where she worked for the Railroad Retirement Board for many years. In 1963, Ruth returned to Eitzen to care for her parents. She then was employed in various offices at the Houston County Courthouse, retiring from the Veteran Service Office in 1994. Ruth was a lifelong member of St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Eitzen, where she served on the Christian board of education, the church historical committee, and the women's fellowship. Ruth also worked for the Houston County Cancer Society. She enjoyed cooking, social gatherings, and playing cards and dominoes with her many friends. Most of all, Ruth was devoted to her family; she was a loving and caring daughter, sister, aunt, sister-in-law and friend.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Barbara (Ed) Ferkingstad of Caledonia; her nephew, Rob (Chriss) Fruechte of Winona; her niece, Kathy (Jim) Houdek of Caledonia; great nephew and nieces, David, Julia, and Jessica Fruechte, Jennifer (Rob) Burrichter, and Gina Houdek; three aunts, Helen Fruechte, Hilda Bunge, and Norma Fruechte; and many close cousins and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Oscar and Gilbert Fruechte.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 28, 2005, at 11 a.m. from St. Luke's United Church of Christ, Eitzen. The Rev. Kent A. Meyer will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, 518 W. Main St., Caledonia,from 5 to 8 p.m. today and at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Barbara A. Vater

June 16, 1933 - April 25, 2005

Barbara A. Vater, 71, died of leukemia Monday, April 25, 2005, at St. Anne Extended Health Care in Winona.

Barb was born June 16, 1933 in Winona, to Stanley and Frances (Newman) Przybylski. On May 5, 1953, she married John E. Vater in Winona. Barb was a graduate of Cotter High School. She succeeded in receiving her CAN in December of 1990 and practiced at St. Anne's and did home health care. Barb was a member of Cathedral of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which she generously dedicated many years of service to. She had been a member of Cathedral's funeral lunch committee, becoming chair of the group more than eight years ago, was a Eucharistic minister, member of Cathedral Council of Catholic Women, playground supervisor for many years, a quilter and a peer minister and member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

Survivors include her three sons, John of Monroe, Wash., Steve of Winona and Edward of Winona; six daughters, Mary Dragg of Winona, Marge (David) Heinlen of Winona, Barb (Paul) Heinz of Minneapolis, Minn., Fran Vater of Winona, Catherine (Daniel) Jonsgaard of Winona and Rosemarie (Cliff) Waddy of St. Louis, Mo.; 21 grand-children; six great grandchildren; three sisters, Delores Cieminski of Winona, Mary Fran (Ken) Burmeister of Apple Valley, Minn., and Terese (Jim) Przytarski of LaCrescent, Minn.; and three brothers, Joe (Eunice) Przybylski of New Mexico, Ed (Ruth) Przybylski and Dave Przybylski, both of northern Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; brothers, John and Robert and granddaughter, Taneshia T. Howard.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2005, at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, with the Rev. John Sauer officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call at Hoff Funeral Homes-Burke Winona Chapel from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday where there will be a Christian prayer service at 6 p.m. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Pallbearers will be Joe Przybylski, Ed Przybylski, Dave Przybylski, Ken Burmeister, Jim Przytarski, Edward Vater and Steve Vater. Honorary pallbearers will be David Heinlen, Paul Heinz, Cliff Waddy, Troy May and Henry Navarro. Please feel free to share a memory of Barb with her family at:

Dorothy T. Urness

Dec. 31, 1915 - April 24, 2005

Dorothy T. Urness, 89, died Sunday, April 24, 2005, at Community Memorial Hospital in Winona. Dorothy was born Dec. 31, 1915, in Winona to Albert and Angeline (Plucinick) Stroniski.

She married Everett Urness on Sept. 17, 1946, in Winona. He preceded her in death on Sept. 27, 1975. Dorothy owned and operated the Urness Produce and Grocery Store in Winona. She is lovingly remembered for her great sense of humor and ability to tell a good joke or story. Dorothy loved to play cards and was an extremely active person. She had given up riding her bicycle only three years ago. Dorothy was a member of Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors include her nephew, Jim (Judie) Brown of Rice Lake, Wis.; niece, Joyce Christensen or Rochester, Minn.; several great-nieces and nephew; and several great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett; brother, Harry and sister, Gertrude.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2005, at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, with the Rev. John Sauer officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hoff Funeral Homes-Burke Winona Chapel, where there will be a Christian prayer service at

7 p.m. and a time of sharing immediately following. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Please feel free to share a memory of Dorothy with the family at

Kathryn Ann Caell

Kathryn Ann Caell, 86, of Gaithersburg, Md., and formerly of Winona died Sunday, April 24, 2005, at the Wilson Health Care Center, Gaithersburg.

She was born April 23, 1919, in Winona. She married Raymond F. Caell; they had two children.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Winona.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona, and one hour prior to the service at the visitation commons of St. Mary's Church, Winona. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona.

Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winona.

Mary Kay Frederick-Vogel

Jan. 6, 1951 - April 25, 2005

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. - Mary Kay Frederick-Vogel, 54, of Chippewa Falls went in peace to be with the Good Lord on April 25, 2005, at her home surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous year-long battle with cancer.

Mary Kay was born Jan. 6, 1951, in Chippewa Falls to James and Joann (Johnson) Bergeron. She grew up in Jim Falls, Wis., and attended high school in Chippewa Falls, where she met Dennis Frederick. They were married July 27, 1968, and bought a home in Eau Claire, Wis., a few years after, but were later divorced. She met Simon Vogel in 1994 and they were married in a civil ceremony in Texas that same year.

Mary Kay, or just Kay, as most people knew her, had many hobbies and interests. She loved to sew and garden and was an outdoor person who enjoyed camping, fishing, boating and hunting. She was a lifetime member of the NRA. Kay was always putting together some sort of family event and just loved spending time with friends and family, her children and grandchildren. She was always available if someone needed somebody to talk to and was a very giving person. One of her favorite sayings was that those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. She will be dearly missed as a planner and coordinator and all around good, loving person.

Kay spent nearly 30 years of her life on Eau Claire's west side. Many of those years were spent raising five children as a single parent, yet she was never alone and always had the support of loving and caring friends and family. She was proud of her accomplishments of going back to school and earning her diploma and also a CAN certificate. Kay worked at the Center of Care in Eau Claire for many years and was involved with numerous groups and organizations throughout her lifetime.

Mary Kay is survived by her husband, Simon; her parents, James and Joann; her siblings, Jim (Judy) Bergeron, Nancy McIrvin, Sandra (Tom) Brost, Jane (Bill) Roshell; her five children, Robert Frederick, Jay (Christa) Frederick, Wendy (Todd) Buchholtz, Kirk (Debra) Frederick and Wade (Tanya) Ferderick; 14 grandchildren; 11 nephews; and nine nieces.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Steven, Dennis and David, and an infant son, Dennis.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2005, at Crossroads Church in Chippewa Falls.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

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