Louis Sibenaller

Louis “Louie” W. Sibenaller, 88

      A Mass of Christian Burial for Louis “Louie” W. Sibenaller took place Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 24, at Church of the Good Shepherd, with Fathers Peter Schuster and Jerome Verdick officiating. Louis died on Feb. 19 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester with his loving family at his side.

      Grandsons as casket bearers were Casey Black, Tony Sibenaller, Rolf Erickson, Todd Erickson and Kyle Erickson. Gift bearers were great-grandchildren and mothers, Randall and Nancy Erickson and Lily and Nicki Black, and daughter-in-law, Jackie Sibenaller. Ushers were Edward Black and Larry Tanner. Granddaughters as lectors were Katie Black, Chelsea Sibenaller and Emily Erickson. Music was provided by Leila Hendricks, organist, Cissa Tusa, soloist, and Glenn Myers, pianist. Osterberg Funeral Service handled the funeral arrangements.

      Louis “Louie” William Sibenaller began his life journey on June 26, 1921, when he entered this world on the family farm in Carroll County, Iowa. He was the sixth of nine children born to John Peter and Johanna (Hoffman) Sibenaller. His childhood and young adult life was spent in the Roselle area, where he attended Holy Angels School through the eighth grade and then helped on the family farm. He was married to Darlene Frank on April 3, 1951, at St. Peter and Paul Church in Carroll, Iowa. They resided in the area for seven years while raising their three daughters. In 1958, they moved to a small acreage near Jackson. It was there Louie began his career of sales in various capacities. In 1962, their son was born. Louie was always a proud member of his community, recognized for his creativity and participation in the naming of the Rolling Hills and Sunset View additions of Jackson and designing the Jackson Sesquicentennial Celebration coin logo. 

      Louie was known to many as a friendly soul often found to be engaged in conversation with those he knew well and striking up conversations with those he did not know. He was a friend to the sick and the elderly all of his life. Louie loved reading and had a passion for knowledge. He was an enthusiastic lifelong learner, earning his GED at the age of 65 years. He enjoyed the company of his grandchildren: Rolf (Tamar), Todd (Nancy), Kyle and Emily Erickson; Casey (Nicki) and Katie Black; and Chelsea and Tony Sibenaller. He always had a smile and inspirational thought to share with them. Louie will be remembered for his faith, friendliness, compassion, and genuine interest in the welfare of those around him.

      He is survived by his children, Virginia Erickson of Coleraine, Lois (Edward) Black of Woodbury, Sharon (Glenn) Myers of St. Bonifacius, and Mark (Jackie) Sibenaller of Fergus Falls; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his former wife, Darlene Berkness of Fergus Falls; three sisters, Ann Taphorn of Algona, Iowa, Carolyn Sibenaller and Agnes Goetzinger of Carroll, Iowa; sister-in-law, Phyllis Sibenaller of Roselle, Iowa; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

      Louie was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Peter John, Dominic and Albert Sibenaller; two sisters, Mary Sibenaller and Rose Sibenaller; and son-in-law, Randy Erickson.

      Blessed be the memory of Louis “Louie” William Sibenaller.

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