Rainer Landwehr of Watkins died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at the Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. He was 88.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the St. Anthony Catholic Parish Center in Watkins, and will continue from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins. Interment will be in the St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery.
Rainer M. Landwehr was born Jan. 17, 1931, in St. Cloud to Clemens and Francis (Imholte) Landwehr. He graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School in 1948. On June 10, 1950, Rainer was united in marriage to Geraldine Klein in Rockville. They lived in Winnebago for a couple of years before moving back to Watkins where Rainer farmed for many years until his retirement.
Rainer was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and was active as a lector, in the Knights of Columbus and the Men’s Society. Rainer also was a member of the school board, creamery board, and the DHIA. His hobbies included dancing and playing cards.
Rainer was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters Clara (and Francis) Jude, Bruno (and Agnes) Landwehr, Sally (and John) Murray, Harold Landwehr, Clifford Landwehr, Delphine Undersander, Roman Landwehr, and Eldred Landwehr; and brothers-in-law Stan Hara and Daniel Backus.
He is survived by his children Thomas (and Vicki) Landwehr of Watkins, Larry Landwehr of Phoenix, Ariz., Dennis (and Marlene) Landwehr of Watkins, Bryan Landwehr (and Lynette Koepp) of Watkins, Dale Landwehr, Marcia (and Tom) Wirtzfeld of Cold Spring, Joan (and Gary) Pederson of St. Cloud, Charlotte (and Maurice) Coles of Nevada, Renee Winczewski (and Jim Morgan) of Big Lake, Mary (and Dean) Fesenmaier of St. Cloud; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Mildred Hara of Cold Spring, Vivian Backes of Richmond, Janet (and Erv) Walz of Cold Spring; sisters-in-law Viola Landwehr and Angie Landwehr of St. Augusta; and brother-in-law John Undersander of Waite Park.
Rainer’s family would like to extend their thanks to the Quiet Oaks Hospice House and St. Croix Hospice for the wonderful care given to him.