Frieda Sellner

SLEEPY EYE – Services for Frieda C. Sellner, 100, of Sleepy Eye will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.

She died Friday, March 8, 2013, at Divine Providence Community Home.

Frieda C. Sellner was born April 23, 1912, in Sleepy Eye, the daughter of John and Minnie (Seidl) Haala. She grew up and attended school in Sleepy Eye. Frieda married Roman Sellner on June 7, 1932, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. From the age of 9 years old to her retirement at the age of 85, Frieda helped out many families, cooked for many events and organizations, held many jobs within the community and was always willing to help out with the grandchildren. Known as “The White Tornado” by her family, she had a strong work ethic. She was also known by her neighbors as “Speedy Freedy.” She loved old time music, dancing, concertina music and harmonizing to any song. She had a great sense of humor, Frieda would laugh at any joke even if she did not quite get it.

Frieda is survived by her children, Marion Bertrand of Sleepy Eye, Marlyn (Judy) Sellner of New Ulm, Carol Ann (David) Drown of Marshall; 12 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren and sister, Lillian Stimpert of Sleepy Eye.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roman on Oct. 14, 1986; brothers, Leo Haala, Larry Haala, Luverne Haala who died in infancy; sisters, Eleanor Kretsch, Adeline Tauer; son-in-law, Robert Bertrand and grand son-in-law, Laverne “Trixie” Heiderscheidt.