James “Jim” Woelfel, 75, of Franklin, died Saturday, January 23, 2010 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. 


 

 


 

James “Jim” Woelfel, 75, of Franklin, died Saturday, January 23, 2010 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, January 29, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Franklin with burial to follow at St. Patrick’s Birch Coulee Cemetery, rural Franklin. 

Celebrant will be Pastor Ron Huberty. Visitation will be today from 4-8 p.m. at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Redwood Falls with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church Friday one hour prior to time of service.

Memorials are preferred to St. Patrick’s Birch Coulee Cemetery Fund.

Arrangements are with the Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelsonmartinfuneralservice.com.

James Gregory Woelfel, the son of Charles F. and Theresa R. (Kahnke) Woelfel, was born October 18, 1934 in Birch Coulee Township, Renville County. Jim lived his entire life on the home farm, receiving his education in Morton. 

In November 1965 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Weyer and from this union were born twin daughters, Sheila and Sharon. The marriage later ended in divorce. 

Jim was very proud of his life as a farmer, and even as late as this past summer, he was still helping to bale hay.

Jim was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and had been a long time member of the cemetery board. 

Since the death of his parents, he had taken over the responsibility as guardian of his siblings. 

Jim was a people person and enjoyed visiting with his friends at coffee or Jackpot. To many locals he was known as the “egg man”.

Jim is survived by his daughter Sheila Robinson and her husband John of Franklin; granddaughters Sarah and Kate Robinson and special friend Annette Schmidt of Redwood Falls. 

Also surviving are siblings Paul (Jeanet) Woelfel of St. Paul, Lenus (Marlene) Woelfel of Bloomington, Charles, Rachel and David Woelfel of Olivia; Victor Woelfel of St. Paul and brother-in-law Harold Tersteeg of Olivia. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Sharon, brother Joseph and sister Irene Tersteeg.

Blessed be his memory.