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Sylvester Fischer

Sylvester J. Fischer, age 93 of New Ulm died peacefully on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Father Shawn Polman will celebrate the Mass, and burial will follow in the St. Gregory the Great Catholic Cemetery in Lafayette where the Lafayette Honor Guard will provide full military honors. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Friday, and continue from 9-10:30 am on Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-North Chapel in New Ulm. To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: Sylvester is survived by his loving wife of fifty two years, LaVon Fischer of New Ulm; his daughters, Roxanne DeRock of New Ulm, Bonnie (Randy Anderson) Gutknecht of Winthrop, Karla Braulick of Blaine, Linda (Cory) Hanson of Gaylord, Jane (Todd) Vorwerk of Gibbon, Marsha (Jeff) Miller of New Ulm, Terri (fiancé Dennis Noltee) Fischer of North Mankato, Sara (Patrick) Grogg of Lonsdale; his sons, Randy (Theresa) Fischer of Oak Harbor, Washington, Dwayne (Ranae) Fischer of Lafayette, Sylvan Fischer of Lafayette, Danne Braulick of Blaine, Darwin (fiancé Jill Hady) Fischer of New Ulm; his 30 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren; sister Olivia Binder of Gibbon; his sister-in-law, Genny Fischer of Sleepy Eye; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Joan Gitter in 1969; granddaughter, Savannah Gutknecht-Flowers; his sisters, and brothers-in-law, Louise (Edward) Schmitz, Veronica (Willmer) Simon, Rosemary (Hilary) Tauer; his brothers, and sisters-in-law, Emil Fischer, Edwin (Gertrude) Fischer, Herbert (Irene) Fischer, Arthur (Lorraine) Fischer, Wilbert (Theresa) Fischer, Benjamin Fischer; and brother-in-law, Howard Binder. Sylvester “Sly” Joseph Fischer was born January 14, 1929, in Sleepy Eye to Frank and Clara (Bruckbauer) Fischer. He attended country grade school, District 39 and St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sleepy Eye. Sylvester was drafted into the U.S. Army and proudly served his country from 1951-1953 during the time of the Korean War. Sly attended basic training at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas and paratrooper school at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While in the service, he had the honor of marching in Dwight D Eisenhower’s inaugural parade. Sylvester was first united in marriage to Joan Gitter on September 15, 1955, at the St. George Catholic Church in St. George. He worked at Del Monte and Pietrus Foods in Sleepy Eye until 1958. He then went into farming where he worked and farmed in Lafayette Township for over 50 years. His wife, Joan passed on July 3, 1969. Sylvester was then united in marriage to LaVon (Reinarts) Braulick on February 6, 1970, at the Cathedral in New Ulm. Besides his work, Sly had a variety of hobbies he enjoyed in life. Sylvester loved spending time outdoors and dearly enjoyed hunting and fishing. As a man who enjoyed to socialize, he always enjoyed his time at the bowling alley or a good round of cards with friends. He was also a great dancer, and loved frequenting the local ballrooms dancing to good old tyme music. He was a past member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church where he served on the Church Council for 6 years and the Cemetery Committee for 25 years. He was currently a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity as well as the Knights of Columbus. Sylvester was also a member of the Lafayette American Legion Post 300. Sylvester was proud of his faith, and his farm, but what he took the most pride in was the large family he helped build. Countless cherished memories of Sylvester will forever stay in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him for generations to come. Blessed be those memories.

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