Ervin Felix Lenarz, 81, of BrandonPublished 4:32am Monday, July 8, 2013 Updated 6:36am Monday, July 8, 2013
Ervin was born May 6, 1932, shortly after his twin brother, Marvin, to Leo and Helen (Kroll) Lenarz at home in Effington Township, near Urbank.
He grew up on the family farm where he helped his dad with the farming and livestock business. He went with his brother, Marvin, to the Faribault School for the Blind for a year. He attended Country School District 85,
before completing his education at the Sacred Heart School in Urbank.
Ervin was always a true farmer and was in high demand, working for many farmers in the Urbank area. He married Darlene Prazak May 6, 1957, on his 25th birthday. They were blessed with 10 children and farmed together for 28 years, until Darlene passed away in May of 1985.
Ervin married Orletta Eisenhuth Oct. 25, 1986.
He continued farming until his retirement in 1997. Ervin and Orletta took many trips visiting, Hawaii,
Mexico and Alaska to name a few.
They were privileged to winter in Arizona the past four years. He was a life-long member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus for more than 50 years, and served on the Millerville Creamery Board. Ervin loved his family deeply and enjoyed family
get-togethers, playing cards, traveling and birthday casino trips with his girls.
Ervin is survived by his wife of 26 years, Orletta; children, Joseph of Brandon, Stephen (Holly) of Glenwood, Mary (Donald) Woida of Brandon, David (Barbara) and Patricia (Anthony) Hawkenson both of Alexandria, John (Leah) of Moorhead, Sharon (Joseph) Klimek of Vining, James (Laura) of Benson, Michael (Jennifer) and Ronald (Marissa) both of Alexandria; sister, Dorothy Cavalier of Newport; two brothers, Norbert (Kathy) of Brandon and Norman (Mary) of Evansville; sister-in-law, Diane (Gerald) Anderson of Evansville; 21 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; step-children, Susan (Paul) Nelson of Bastrop, Texas, Daniel Eisenhuth of Fergus Falls, Peter (Jennifer) Eisenhuth of Mendota Heights, Glen Eisenhuth of Fort Defiance, Ariz., and Jennifer (Brad) Herzberg of Fergus Falls; five step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ervin was preceded in death by his parents; step-mom, Emma; wife, Darlene; step-son, Jeffrey Eisenhuth; brother, Marvin; sisters, Marcine Miessner and Elaine Fischback; brothers-in-law, Bob Miessner, Jerry Fischback and Gerald Koep; and sisters-in-law, Patricia Koep and Carol Thaemert.
Visitation: Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m., with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and parish prayers at 7
p.m. the church, and one hour prior to the service
Service: 11 a.m. Monday, at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Millerville
Clergy: Rev. Matthew Crane
Burial: Church cemetery
Funeral Home: Lind Family Funeral and Cremation Service