Minnesota Lake Ursula Velma Behnke, age 84, of Minnesota Lake, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 26, 2013, at 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Minnesota Lake. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Thomas Niehaus officiated and interment was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Minnesota Lake. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells was in charge of arrangements.
Ursula Velma Behnke was born Oct. 27, 1928, the daughter of Frank and Hattie (Kullot) Stadulski, in Aylesbury, Saskatchewan, Canada. She attended school in Mapleton. On Oct. 21, 1947, Ursula was united in marriage to Duane Behnke in Mapleton. Ursula had worked at the Winnebago canning factory, and after her marriage, she worked on the farm with her husband Duane. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, along with the Minnesota Lake American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, baking, canning, and had an extensive stamp collection.
Ursula is survived by three sons, Jerome (Sue) Behnke, of Winnebago, Neil (Lori) Behnke, of Minnesota Lake, and Michael (Joanne) Behnke, of Solon, Ohio; six grandchildren, Mandy (Jay) Zabel, Alison Behnke (Scott), Jeremy Behnke (Roz), Jessica (David) Janssen, Mariel Behnke, and Grant Behnke; three great-grandchildren, Jared, Annie, and Blake Zabel; a sister, Jean Evan, of Minnesota Lake; along with numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Duane; brother, Raymond Stadulski; and sister, Margaret Stadulski.
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