Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Daniel F. Gruber, 86
Daniel Frank Gruber, 86, passed away at Adams Health Care Center in Adams on March 25, 2009.
He was born on March 8, 1923 to Wolfgang and Mary (Boettger) Gruber in Lafayette Township, Brown County. On Sept. 24, 1946 he was united in marriage to Marcella Blumhoefer at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Fairfax. Daniel’s lifetime passion was farming, which included several types of livestock operations and crop farming on the family farm in which he was actively engaged until age 80. For many years he enjoyed his trips in his cattle truck buying and selling Holstein heifers at various barns in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Daniel was an active member of St. Josephs Catholic Aid Society. He loved playing cards (his favorite was Schafkopt), polka music and square dancing. During his later years, he enjoyed visits from his children and grandchildren and especially his wife who always brought a big smile to him. Daniel and his wife took trips to different parts of the United States and to Germany. Daniel will be deeply missed by his family and friends and will always be remember by his warm smile and the twinkle in his eyes.
Daniel is survived by his wife, Marcella Gruber, Adams; daughters, Arlene (Cletus) Bastian, Rose Creek, Minn. and Diane (Ronald) Annen, Jefferson City, Mo.; grandchildren, Jason and Shelly Bastian, Austin, Nicole Bastian and Justin Bastian both of San Diego, Calif., Kristie and Todd Annen-Kirby, Baltimore, Md., Chloe and Jason Sebaugh, St. Louis, Mo., Maxwell Annen of Kalispell, Mont.; great-grandchildren, Jaidyn Bastian, Jennifer Hanson, Hallie Bastian, Reagan Sebaugh; sister, Lucille Altmann, Sleepy Eye; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Linus and Louis Gruber.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m on Friday and will continue from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. To sign the guestbook or to leave online condolences go to, www.mvfh.org.