Obituaries


Janet Wieman, 87, Arlington

10/18/2018

Janet Wieman, 87, of Arlington, passed away at the Oak Terrace Retirement Community in Gaylord on Sunday, Sept. 23. Janet’s family was with her in her final hours.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Arlington United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The family will receive visitors at the church from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Pastor Eli Somers will officiate.
Janet Ann Wieman was born to Henry B. (Casey) and Viola (Mueller) Otto in Gaylord on Dec. 30, 1930. She was baptized by Pastor William Uhrich at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gaylord on Jan. 25, 1931. She was confirmed by Rev. George Matthiae at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on April 2, 1944.  Janet graduated from Gaylord High School on May 28, 1948.  While in high school, Janet participated in drama and played violin in the orchestra and bass drum in the marching band.
Janet’s first job was as a bookkeeper at Nesvig Equipment Company in Gaylord, where she met the love of her life, Earl.  Janet married Earl E. Wieman at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Rev. George Matthiae officiating on Feb. 17, 1950.  Janet and Earl raised five children and farmed the Wieman family farm in Dryden Township as true partners.  High Island Farm bred and sold registered Guernseys, then Holsteins and German Shepherd dogs.  Janet loved horses her entire life and shared her love of horses with her children.  Janet had a knack for sewing and often sewed dresses for herself and her daughters.   She was a champion at mending just about anything.  
Once the kids were older, Janet became a paraprofessional for a special needs child in Arlington Elementary School.  After Janet and Earl traveled to Mazatlán, Mexico, Janet became interested in learning Spanish. She attended two years of Spanish classes at the Arlington-Green Isle High School.  In 1979, she became the Immigrant Education Coordinator for Arlington-Green Isle School District, retiring in 1992.  Janet was a Charter Member of the National Association of Migrant Educators.
Janet and Earl were heavily involved and recognized as adult leaders in the Sibley County 4-H program. Janet was a member of Minnesota Women for Agriculture, serving as both district secretary and treasurer. She appeared before the Minnesota House of Representatives regarding farm issues and testified at a U. S. Congressional Subcommittee hearing on dairy referendums. Since 1950, Janet was a member of Arlington United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the Evening Circle and served the church as a Sunday School teacher and a member of numerous committees.
Janet and Earl loved to travel, making annual trips to Ft. Worth, Texas, to visit relatives and attend the Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.  Later, they became “secret flyers,” traveling and rating airlines and hotels. Janet enjoyed making arts and crafts.  She was an avid photographer, winning awards at the Sibley County Fair and was a freelance photographer for The Land magazine.
Janet will be remembered as always ready to entertain with food and graciousness at a moment’s notice.  She loved to garden and can fresh fruits and vegetables. Her family was her treasure and she enjoyed every moment spent with them.
Janet is survived by her children, Carl (Denise) Wieman of Owatonna, Allen (Heidi) Wieman of Arlington; Susan Lance (Steve Rahn) of Peterson, Sharon (Keith) Buckley of Bellevue, Neb., and Lee (Laurie) Wieman of Arlington; grandchildren, Matt and Dan Wieman, Mark (Jamie) Wieman, Ben Wieman, Jeff (Jarica) Peterson, Nicole Lance (Ryan Peterson), Amanda (Ben) Baumgartner, Amy Buckley, Aspen (Ryan) Arbuckle, Andy Hage, Jason (Jennifer) Lance, Jeremy (Kim) Lance; and 14 great-grandchildren. Janet is also survived by her sister, Marion Anderson; brothers-in-law, Harold Root and Robert (Barb) Wieman; sisters-in-law, Marvel Wieman and Marilyn Witty; and nieces and nephews.  
Janet was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Earl, in 2014; parents, Henry and Viola Otto; parents-in-law, Walter and Amy Wieman; sisters, Violet Otto and Ruth Root; brother, Henry Otto; son-in-law, Dick Lance; and brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws.
As her last act of giving, Janet donated her body to the Mayo Clinic.  The family requests memorials to Anatomical Services, Stabile Building 9, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.  Make checks payable to Mayo Clinic and in the memo put Janet A. Wieman.

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William ‘Bill’ Harjes, Jr., 89, Green Isle

10/18/2018

William “Bill” Herman Harjes, Jr., age 89, of Norwood Young America, previously of Green Isle, passed away at the Auburn Home in Waconia on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Funeral service was held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Rev. Eric Rapp officiated.
Visitation was held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. It continued one hour prior to the service time at the church on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Interment was in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Green Isle with Military Honors.  
Bill was born to William and Della (Thalmann) Harjes, Sr. on July 15, 1929.  He graduated from Glencoe High School, and then worked on the family farm until he was called into active duty with the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany for two years, where he met the love of his life, Dorothea Steckel. Bill and Dorothea were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle on Nov. 10, 1956, and were blessed with three children. They owned and operated Hill-Side Dairy farm in rural Green Isle.  
Bill was very active within his church community by serving as Sunday School Superintendent for 22 years, and serving on various boards and committees.  He served as the Sibley County Commissioner for six years.  Bill was a member of the Gideons, American Legion, and the Lions.  He served on the Arlington-Green Isle School Board, the Bongards Creamery Board of Directors, and the Washington Lake Township Board.  
He is survived by his wife, Dorothea; children, Denise (Gene) Monson Alms of Lake Crystal, Martina (James) Knowles of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Thomas (Cheryl) Harjes of Eden Prairie; grandchildren, Britta (Monson) Fisher, Briana (Monson) Miller, Krista Monson, Garrett Monson, Greta Alms, Lauren Alms, Zachary Alms, Heather (Knowles) Heck, Cheryl (Knowles) Fitzgerald, David Knowles, Laura Knowles, Eric Knowles, Shane Harjes, Kyle Harjes, and Amy Harjes; eight great-grandchildren, with two arriving very soon; brother, Roger (Holly) Harjes of Green Isle; sisters-in-law, Brigitte Bendt of Waconia, and Inge-Lore Steckel of Kassel, Germany; family friend, Robert Westermann of Bad Homburg, Germany; and many cousins, relatives and friends.  
Bill is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Harjes; son-in-law, Mark Monson; and brother-in-law, Peter Steckel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to either St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Building Fund or Gideons International.

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