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Lawrence J. "Larry" Wiechmann

May 10, 1929 ~ August 6, 2019 (age 90)

Lawrence J. “Larry” Wiechmann age 90 of Melrose, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at the Tree of Life Assisted Living in New Munich, Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 12 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Melrose.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home. 

Lawrence Joseph Wiechmann was born May 10, 1929 in Melrose, Minnesota to William and Rose (Austing) Wiechmann. He attended the country school (Petermeier School) close to home. On August 18, 1959 he was united in marriage to Mary “Mae” Niehaus at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. They will be together on their 60th Wedding Anniversary as Mae just passed away on May 17, 2019. Together they farmed and raised four children on the Wiechmann family farm northeast of Melrose. After retiring from farming in 1990, Larry and Mae built a home in Melrose.

Larry loved to fish, play cards, go to the Niehaus Family cabin on Big Birch Lake, and spend time with family, especially the grandchildren. He was very proud to be great grandpa to little Angela Mae.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose.

Survivors include his son, Tom (Joanne) Wiechmann of Melrose; daughters, Mary Jo Katz of Bemidji and Karen (Greg) Hoppe of Big Lake, Alaska; nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; sisters, Clarice (Julius) Massman, of Osakis, Carol Pohlmann of Melrose, and Margie Stroeing of Freeport; and brother-in-law, Al Schaefer of New Munich.

Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Mae Wiechmann; parents, Bill and Rose Wiechmann; infant son, Gary Wiechmann; son, John Wiechmann; brother, Ervin (Viola) Wiechmann; sisters, Florentine (Jerry) Korf and Lorraine Schaefer; and brothers-in-law, Joe Pohlman and Vernon Stroeing. 

Larry spent his last two months at the Tree of Life Assisted Living where he endeared himself to all. Many thanks to the Tree of Life staff and the CentraCare Hospice team who cared for him so wonderfully!

Serving as casket bearers will be Adam, Aaron, and Evan Wiechmann, and Samuel, Jared, and Elijah Katz.

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