Edward A. Milbrath

EDWARD A. MILBRATH, 75, of Lakefield, passed away at the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington, on Thursday June 3, 2010. Funeral services will be held on Monday June 7, 2010 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rost Township beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Stephen Weiss officiating. Burial will take place immediately following the service at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Sunday June 6, 2010 from 3-5 p.m. at the Osterberg-Hansen Funeral Home in Lakefield and on Monday one hour prior to the services at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Worthington Sunset Hospice Cottage.Edward Alvin Milbrath, son of Reinhold and Antje (Koster) Milbrath, was born on August 7, 1934 on the family farm in Rost Township, Jackson County, Minnesota. As a youth, Edward attended St. Paul Lutheran School, later graduating from Okabena High School in 1952. After graduation Edward worked with his father on the farm. On June 23, 1956 Edward was united in marriage to Patricia Wachal at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield. After marriage the couple moved to Edward’s family farm. Edward was a dairy farmer for over forty years, finally retiring in November of 1996 after selling his cattle. Edward passed away peacefully at the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington on June 3, 2010, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. He was seventy-five years, nine months, and twenty-seven days of age.Edward was very active in his church and his community. He served two terms as a church elder, was a founding member of the St. Paul Men’s Choir, served two terms on the Rost School Board in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and served as the DHIA president for twenty-five years. In previous years, he enjoyed playing in a dart ball league in area churches and square-dancing with Pat. Most recently, Edward volunteered for the Orphan Grain Train, raising money to feed underpriveleged children worldwide. Edward was a member of the Windom Area Chordhustlers for thirteen years, earning Barbershopper of the Year honors in 2008. He greatly enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins play baseball, mowing lawn and visiting with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Edward will be remembered as a devout Christian with a beautiful bass voice, a devoted father and a loving husband. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.Edward is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Pat; his four sons, Stan (Mary) Milbrath of Brooklyn Park, MN; Steve (Lori) Milbrath of Jackson, MN; Mark Milbrath of Lakefield, MN; and Todd (Kay) Milbrath of Moundsview, MN; his two daughters, Mary Beth (Brent) Baumann of Wabasso, MN; and Annette (Luke) Snyder of Clarion, IA; as well as fifteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Edward is also survived by his three sisters, Evelyn Aden of Heron Lake, MN; Pauline (Arnold) Rode of Mankato, MN; and Viola Mueller of Fulton, MO; brother Delbert (Naomi) Milbrath of Loveland, CO, and numerous nieces and nephews.Edward was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Edith Milbrath, a brother Ronald Milbrath, and a brother-in-law Leslie Becker.Blessed be the memory of Edward Alvin Milbrath.

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