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Raymond Sicheneder, 88

Raymond J. Sicheneder, age 88, of St. Bonifacius, died Friday March 22, 2013, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

He was born April 16, 1924, in Hannibel, WI, the son of Andrew and Alma (Splettstoeszer) Sicheneder.

Raymond served in the army from 1941-1945. He fought in the European theatre and landed on Normandy Beach, and received two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and the Occupation of Germany medal.

He was united in marriage to Beatrice Ebert Feb. 12, 1946, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius by Father Wohlfert.

Raymond was a member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as a Grand Knight; and the American Legion Post in St. Bonifacius.

He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed camping, hunting, and playing cards with family and friends, especially sheephead and cribbage. But above everything else, Raymond loved being with his wife and family.

He is survived by his loving family; his wife of 67 years, Beatrice; children and spouses, Adrian and Karen Sicheneder of St. Bonifacius, Steven and Jill Sicheneder of Wyoming, MN, Karen and Gerald Elling of St. Bonifacius, Sharon Day and friend Chad Hirman of Waconia, and Jan and Randy Knott of New Germany; grandchildren Jeff Sicheneder, Christina Wichelman, Kimberly Sicheneder, Sarah Sicheneder and Bryce Larson, David Sicheneder, Michael and Jo Lynn Elling, Katie Elling, Jason and Deanna Dennis, Ryan Dennis, Jennifer and Travis Jolicoeur, Heidi Knott and fiancé Jon Noerenberg, and Andrew Knott; great-grandchildren Amber, Tatum, Cole, Mack, Taylor, Alexandra, Travis, Sam, Macy, Madelynn; and a great-great-grandson, Brock.

Ray is further survived by brothers and sisters-in-law Vernon and Dee Schwalbe of Mound, and Lowell and Marilyn Schwalbe of Sun City, AZ; a sister, Suzie Light of Watertown; sisters-in-law Josephine Sicheneder of Mound, and Fran Born of Chaska; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday March 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius with Father Thomas Balluff as celebrant of the Mass. Interment was at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation was Tuesday, March 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with prayers at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Wednesday, one hour prior to the Mass.

Raymond’s grandchildren were his urn bearers.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.