Funeral services for Lois Breitbarth, 88, of Truman, MN will be Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2 p.m. at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Truman, MN. Burial will be at the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Antrim Township. Lois passed away January 5, 2016 at Mayo Health Services-Mankato. Visitation will be Friday, January 8th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Zaharia Family Funeral & Cremation Service of Truman and one hour prior to the service at the church on January 9, 2016.
Lois Minnie Marie Olhoft was born Oct. 11, 1927 in Croke Township near Wheaton, MN, the daughter of Frank and Minnie (Jacobs) Olhoft. She was baptized December 4, 1927 and confirmed April 27, 1941 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Wheaton. Upon graduation from Wheaton High School, she attended Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, as well as Concordia Teachers' College in Seward, NE. Upon completion of her studies, she taught at St. John's Lutheran School in Antrim from 1946-48 where she was the only teacher for 14 students in grades 1-8. On June 13, 1948, she married Eldor Breitbarth at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wheaton. They farmed northeast of Truman for many years where they raised their five children. In March 1972, she began working at the Truman Lutheran Retirement Home. After completion of her dietetic assistant degree from the Mankato vocational school in 1975, she became the Dietary Supervisor there. She resigned from that job in August 1983 to become the school cook at St. Paul's Lutheran parochial school in Truman. She then helped her husband clean at many businesses around Truman. They enjoyed traveling until Eldor's death Feb. 29, 2008. Lois was an active volunteer at her churches, her children's schools, 4-H, the Legion Auxiliary, the Lutheran Retirement Home auxiliary and she enjoyed making gift bags for newcomers to Truman. This volunteerism was acknowledged by being named Truman Community Volunteer of the year.
She is survived by her children, Steven (Janelle) of Chisholm, MN; Alan (Cathy) and Barb Vandrey of Truman, Neal (Juleen) of Fairmont; and Paul (Dianne) of Ankeny, IA; grandchildren, Adam (Lisa), Jonathan (Heidi), Robert (Kim) McCorvey, Benjamin (Alison), Timothy (Valentine), Wayne (Mairaid), Marcus (Kim), Amber (Joey) Bunyan, Michael, David (Brianna), Rebekah (Noah) Rogness, Emily, Daniel and Betsy, as well as great-grandchildren, Thea, Carter, Katelyn, Reese, Joey Jr., Parker, Liv, James, Eli, Lydia, Kalara, Savannah, Lyla, Truly, Bennett, Baby Rogness (January), Baby McCorvey (April) and step-grandchildren, Paige, Hope, Presley and Calvin; sisters & brothers-in-law Helen and George Goodhart of Wilmot, SD and Margee & Lynn Propp of Wheaton, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brother Clifford, son-in-law Victor Vandrey, granddaughter-in-law, Amber Vandrey and great-grandson, Mitchell Breitbarth.
Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Lutheran-Truman, Martin Lutheran High School and Lutheran Hour Ministries.