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Daniel Mark Fillbrandt

Daniel Mark Fillbrandt, age 21 of Lester Prairie, died Friday, March 18, 2005 as the result of a single motor vehicle accident.

He received the gift of life June 24, 1983, born to Calvin and Debbie (Hedtke) Fillbrandt in Waconia, and lived in Lester Prairie all his life.

Through Holy Baptism July 17, 1983, Daniel received the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal salvation. The Rev. Roger Hett performed this sacrament at St. John Lutheran Church, New Germany, where Dan attended until 1993. He then joined St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, where he was confirmed March 23, 1997 by the Rev. Gerald Schwanke. Our omniscient God guided him in selecting his confirmation verse: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4.

Dan received his education at Lester Prairie Public School from kindergarten into 12th grade. He and his family were very proud when he received his GED in February 2003.

He began his work career at Fred Holasek & Son Greenhouse in Lester Prairie, where he enjoyed working with the soil and making plants grow. He then was employed by Jonio’s Pizza of Lester Prairie, where he took pride in learning to cook, and it showed, both at Jonio’s and at home, where his family looked forward to occasional meals prepared by “Chef Dan.”

Poly Foam, Inc. in Lester Prairie was his last formal employer, and many coworkers have shared with his family what a hard worker and good example he was while employed there. Most recently, Dan helped his uncle, Kevin Hedtke, with farm work.

In October of his kindergarten year, Dan was diagnosed with Legg-Perthes disease, affecting the ball of his hip joint. He wore a leg brace to keep his legs at a 90-degree angle through the end of first grade, but he wasn’t considered disabled in any way, learning to ride a bicycle while wearing the brace, and running around the track with his fellow students.

Dan loved going up north on family vacations every summer, where his family rented a cabin on a lake and stayed for a week with friends and relatives. Dan could fish from sun-up to sun-down, outfishing almost everyone, and earning the nickname and jingle, “Dan, Dan, the fishing man, if he can’t catch ‘em, nobody can.”

In July 1999, Dan attended the National Youth Convention in Atlanta, Ga. with St. Peter’s Youth Group.

Dan had a very special relationship with his nephew and godson, Brennan Wischnack. Brennan looked up to Dan and missed him when he was not around.

During and after high school, Dan loved to fish and deer hunt. He also enjoyed partying with, hanging out with, and shooting pool with his special group of friends.

Awaiting the day of glorious reunion are his parents, Calvin and Debbie; sisters Terri Fillbrandt and special friend Joe DiBenedetto; Kristi Fillbrandt and special friend Scott DuCharme, and Katie Fillbrandt, all of Lester Prairie; nephew and godson Brennan Wischnack of Lester Prairie; grandparents Marleen Fillbrandt of Mayer, and Virgil and Gladys Hedtke of New Germany; aunts and uncles Renee and Kevin Horstman, Debbie and Brad Pawelk, all of New Germany; Bruce and Mary Fillbrandt of Mayer, Curt and Pam Hedtke of Zimmerman, Kevin Hedtke of New Germany, and Guy and Dolly Hedtke of Delano.

He is further survived by cousins, great aunts, great uncles, other relatives and friends.

Dan was preceded in death by his aunt Kathy Hedtke; and grandfather Harvey Fillbrandt.

Funeral services were Wednesday, March 30 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with the Rev. Gerald Schwanke officiating. The organist was Mary Mielke, and the congregational hymns were “It Is Well With My Soul” and “Crown Him With Many Crowns.”

Visitation took place Tuesday evening, March 29, at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Casket bearers were Bryan Hedtke, Bruce Hedtke, Nathan Fillbrandt, Ryan Pawelk, Adam Pawelk, and Jason Pawelk. Honorary bearers were Matt and Mike Pawelk.

Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

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