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Ernestine T. Fortwengler

Ernestine T. Fortwengler, age 83 of Watertown, died Monday, March 12, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.

Ernestine was born July 10, 1917, at LaMoure County, N.D., the son of John P. and Katherine (Schrodel) Orban. She was baptized in the Catholic church in Verona, N.D., and confirmed Oct. 7, 1934, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Albany.

On June 8, 1938, Ernestine married Arthur H. Fortwengler at Seven Dolors Catholic Church.

Ernestine's church and family were a very important part of her life. She was an avid gardener and loved to work in her flower beds. She also loved to do canning, and was an avid reader.

She worked for Tonka Toys and United Mailing.

In October 1993, Ernestine suffered a stroke, and moved to Elim Home, Watertown.

She is survived by her children and spouses: Joan and Odean Kelsay of Blaine, Marlene and Art Scherber of Hamel, James and Marian Fortwengler of Ramsey, Rosalinda Menth of Waconia, Jeanne and Keith Brose of Howard Lake, and Rebecca and John Henschen of Mayer; and a daughter-in-law, Carol Fortwengler of Watertown.

She is further survived by her grandchildren: Randolph Johnson, Rebecca Coenen, Rodney Johnson, Renee Johnson, Edward Fortwengler, Lisa Wagner, Pamela Coyle, Lynn Coyle, Todd Fortwengler, Mark Scherber, Dennis Scherber, Cynthia Wunderlich, Jesse Fortwengler, Jacquelyn Menth, Jennifer Menth, Jill Menth, Jason Menth, Tanya Brose, Kristopher Brose, and Kelly Brose; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Ernestine is also survived by sisters and brother-in-law, Marguerite and George Limbrecht, and Marie Burger, all of Florida; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Susan Orban of Washington, Harold and Alice Fortwengler, Joseph and Anna Fortwengler, and Florenda (Sweetie) Richter, all of New Ulm; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; a son, Gene Fortwengler on March 12, 1996; a grandson, Ryan Johnson; her parents, John and Katherine Orban; and brothers, John and William Orben.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, March 17, 10:30 a.m., from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Watertown, with the Rev. Frank Wampach officiating. Interment was in Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, Watertown.

Casket bearers were Ernestine's grandchildren: Randolph Johnson, Rodney Johnson, Edward Fortwengler, Todd Fortwengler, Dennis Scherber, Kristopher Brose, Jesse Fortwengler, Mark Scherber, and Jason Menth.

Visitation was Friday, March 16, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia, and one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Saturday. Vigil prayers were said at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia.

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