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Melvin Otto Thiesfeld

Melvin Otto Thiesfeld, age 80 of Glencoe, died Saturday, April 23, 2005.

He was born in Glencoe June 7, 1924, the son of Henry and Elisa (Buckentin) Thiesfeld. Melvin was baptized June 19, 1924 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe by the Rev. E. Klobe; and confirmed at the same church April 10, 1938 by the Rev. A. Streufert.

Melvin was united in marriage to Anita Litzau June 7, 1946 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Helen Township by the Rev. H. H. Schaller. The couple made their home on a farm west of Glencoe, before moving into Glencoe in 1954.

Melvin went to work for Bongards, where he was employed for 32 years, until retirement.

Melvin enjoyed playing cards, puzzles, fishing, traveling, and spending time with his family, grandchildren, and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Harold Thiesfeld; and a sister-in-law, Donna Thiesfeld.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Anita Thiesfeld of Glencoe; children LaJean (Larry) Koentopf of Sterling, Va.; and Wayne Thiesfeld (special friend Barb Flom) of Glencoe; and grandchildren Leah Koentopf of Leesburg, Va.; and Layna Koentopf of Shakopee.

He is further survived by sisters Lillian (Linus) Zastrow of Amboy, and Leona (Melford) Schwarzrock of Gaylord; brother Albert Thiesfeld of Jordan; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Leatrice (Norman) Schwich of Young America, Melvin (Adeline) Litzau of Glencoe, Lenora Swanson of Minneapolis, Mabel Raether of Glencoe, Edna (Gordon) Kruschke of Lester Prairie, and Marian (Lyle) Eggersgluess of Glencoe; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Wednesday, April 27 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating. Organist was Dawn Wolter. Soloist Lawrence Biermann sang “Softly and Tenderly” and “So Nimm Denn Meine Haende.” Congregational hymns were “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” and “Jesus Lives, The Victory’s Won.” Interment was in the church cemetery.

Casketbearers were Dale Thiesfeld, Peter Thiesfeld, Myron Schwarzrock, Bruce Zastrow, Roger Thiesfeld, and Larry Litzau.

Arrangements were with Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe.

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