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Katherine 'Girlie' Breuer

Katherine "Girlie" Breuer, 96, of New York Mills, passed away Monday, March 30, 2009, at the Elders Home in New York Mills.

She was born Feb. 17, 1913, to William, Sr. and Katherine (Kupfer) Geiser in Bluffton. She married Raymond Barthel, Sr. on Oct. 6, 1931. He passed away on Nov. 15, 1969. On April 26, 1975, she married John Breuer. He passed away June 6, 1977. She was a member of Christian Mothers and the Wadena VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed bingo, gardening, quilting, dancing and socializing.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bluffton with the Rev. Donald Wagner as celebrant. Pallbearers are Robert Barthel, Reed Barthel, Ryan Barthel, Jay Barthel, Michael Lindelien, Scott Barthel, Randy Roberts and John Barthel, Jr. Interment was in the St. John Catholic Cemetery in Bluffton. Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena (

Survivors include her sons, Jerry (Ardell) and Leo (Sandy), both of New York Mills, Dan (Linda) and John Barthel, both of Bluffton; daughters, Betty (Wally) Lindelien of St. Louis Park, Cathy (Bob) Brasel of Andover, and Bonnie (Stephen) Roberts of Wadena; 30 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and daughters-in-law, Luella "Pete" Dickey and Janice Barthel, both of Wadena.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Raymond Barthel, Sr., and John Breuer; parents, William and Katherine; sons, William, Raymond, Jr., and Robert; brothers, Leo, Richard and Buck Geiser; sisters, Dee Dee Shearer, Gert Dykhoff, Laura Johnson and Sylvia Roggenkamp; a grandson; daughter-in-law, Gaye Barthel; and Gene Dickey.