Sylvia C. Horstmann, 92

Sylvia Clare Marie (Brose) Horstmann, age 92, of Winsted, MN, passed away Jan. 11, 2021.

Sylvia was born July 14, 1928, in Perham, to Adelbert and Isabelle (Fasching) Brose. She grew up in Winsted, and attended Holy Trinity High School. After graduation, she worked full-time at the Winsted Journal office until she got married and started a family.

She was joined in marriage to Cletus Horstmann at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, June 13, 1950. Together, they lovingly raised seven children.

After Cletus passed away in 1974, Sylvia attended school at Ridgewater Community College to get certified as a secretarial and administrative assistant. She worked for the Glencoe and Buffalo courthouses.

She loved to spend time tending her gardens, watching the birds and sunsets, and being outdoors in nature. Sylvia was an excellent cook and baker; she loved providing homecooked meals and treats for her family. Sylvia enjoyed listening to German and polka music, dancing, and watching musicals and plays.

Sylvia had a generous and loving heart, easy-going personality, and outgoing spirit. She took pride in raising her family; her children meant the world to her. Sylvia cherished her friendships and enjoyed long conversations and visits with friends. She also enjoyed driving in the country to look at the fields and see how the crops were doing.

When she was 50 years old, she was in a tragic car accident that resulted in paralysis from a spinal cord injury. Instead of giving up, she relied on her faith to give her strength and courage to adapt to her new life. She learned to drive and be independent, never complained, and continued to volunteer with church activities at Holy Trinity. She helped print the church bulletin, and was a member of the church choir for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus; son, Brian; parents, Adelbert and Isabelle; siblings, Steven Brose, Michael Brose, Charmaine Hartman, and Elmerine Nowak.

Survived by her children, Loren, Alan, Gregory (Mary), Kevin (Renee), Jan (Glenn) Ramthun, and Karen; grandchildren, Michael Ramthun, Alex Horstmann, and Elizabeth Horstmann; great-grandchildren, Tate and Cooper Ramthun, and Luca Horstmann Lopez; brother, Ralph (Joan) Brose; and many relatives and friends.

A private family interment will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, with a memorial Mass at church at a later date for the public.

The family would like to thank The Gardens of Winsted (formerly St. Mary’s Care Center) for the wonderful care and activities provided for Sylvia.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

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