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Harriet Jean Seefeldt

Funeral services for Harriet Jean Seefeldt, 74 of Lester Prairie were held on Sunday, May 12, from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Officiating was the Rev. Grant Bode.

Mrs. Seefeldt died on May 9, 2002, at Glencoe Regional Health Services' long-term care facility.

The organist was Jane Holasek, and the congregational hymns were "Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness," "We All Believe In One True God," "Let Me Be Thine Forever" and "For All the Saints Who From Their Labors Rest." Soloist Karen Strei sang "God So Loved The World That He Gave."

Pallbearers were Thomas Bode, Timothy Bode, Jody Lieske, Gregory Lieske, Brian Lieske, Daniel Trost and David Trost. Interment was in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Lester Prairie.

Harriet Jean Lieske was born Nov. 19, 1927, to George W. and Mae L. (Lavrence) Lieske in Henderson Township, Sibley County. She was baptized into the Christian faith on Dec. 11, 1927, by the Rev. John Busch of St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington Township. On March 17, 1940, in a confirmation service, she renewed her baptismal vow and gave profession of her faith. Her education was received at School District No. 2, Henderson Township (grades 1-6), St. John Lutheran School, Arlington Township (grades 7-8) and Henderson High School (1944 graduate).

During these years, she was an active member of the Henderson Livewires 4-H Club. Her college education was from Mankato State, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato (A.A. degree 1948) and Concordia, River Forest, Ill. (B.S. in elementary education, 1959). She taught at Lutheran elementary schools in parishes at Holy Cross in Austin, Trinity in Marcus, Iowa, Immanuel in Courtland, First Lutheran in Glencoe, Christ the King in Duluth, St. James in Howard Lake, and Zion in Mayer. In these parishes, she also served as organist, pianist, sang in the choirs, helped with Sunday school, vacation Bible schools and was a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML).

For a brief time, she also had taught children of missionaries at the Missouri Synod Mission at Obot Idim, Nigeria, West Africa, until illness caused a return to the United States.

On June 22, 1969, she and Ervin H. Seefeldt of Lester Prairie were united in marriage at St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington Township. The wedding service was conducted by guest pastor, Dr. Martin Lieske, a cousin of hers, who was at that time president of the Minnesota South District of the LCMS.

The couple resided on a plot from the Edwin Seefeldt family farm in Bergen Township, Lester Prairie, in a house built by Herbert Birkholz Construction Co, an uncle for whom Mr. Seefeldt worked.

At this time, Mrs. Seefeldt transferred church membership to St. Paul Lutheran in Lester Prairie. Here she also served in various ways - LWML member, leader and member of women's Bible study groups, officer of Branch 3650 of AAL, member of the senior choir and handbell choir, and assistant organist/pianist.

For 13 years she also served as St. Paul's parish secretary. Together with her husband, she attended various Lutheran Layman's League functions in support of Lutheran Hour Ministries, and with him, gave personal support to missionaries of Lutheran Bible Translators, Wycliffe Bible Translators and most recently to Vernacular Video Mission International, primarily in the Philippines.

Also, together with her husband she was a member of McLeod County Historical Society, Lester Prairie Senior Citizens and was active in the McLeod County Republican Party.

Survivors include her husband, Ervin Seefeldt of Lester Prairie; sisters, Shirley (Kenneth) Bode of Nicollet, Janice (Dean) Rudloff of Silver Bay, brother, Wilbur (Jacie) Lieske of Mankato; sister-in-law, Elsie Gilster of Lester Prairie; brother-in-law, Arnold Seefeldt of Lester Prairie; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Edwin and Anna Seefeldt; sister-in-law, Margaret Seefeldt; brothers-in-law, Carl Gilster and Donald Trost; niece, Kathleen Trost; nephews Douglas and Jonathan Trost; great nephew, Joshua Bode.

The Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie handled the arrangements.

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