Sylvester F. Lehner, 84 year old resident of Upsala, passed away Saturday morning (July 7) at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala, MN with Father Michael Kellogg officiating. Burial will take place in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls, MN. Friends may call from 4-8 P.M. on Tuesday and from 10-11 A.M. on Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala, MN. Parish Prayers will be held at 7 P.M. on Tuesday at the Church. Funeral arrangements for Sylvester F. Lehner are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel, serving Upsala.
Sylvester was born on June 4, 1928 in Krain Township, Stearns County to the late Joseph and Katherine (Greener) Lehner. He grew up and attended Country School in Krain Township. Sylvester served his country honorably in the U.S Army during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Ardis Kuechle on June 6, 1963 at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Holdingford, MN and they were looking forward to celebrating their 50th Anniversary together. They lived and farmed in St. Francis, MN for many years until they relocated to Upsala, MN in 1983. Sylvester enjoyed fishing, building bird houses, watching WWE Wrestling, working on word finds, and teaching his grandchildren how to cheat at solitaire. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala, MN and also the American Legion Post #350 in Upsala, MN. Sylvester was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Sylvester is survived by wife, Ardis Lehner of Upsala, MN; children, Nancy Lehner of Upsala, MN, Thomas (Pam) Lehner of Eagle Bend, MN, Jeffrey Lehner of Upsala, MN, Alice (Scott) Hamann of Albany, MN, Cody and Frank Lehner of Upsala, MN; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Linus (Marje) Lehner of Upsala, MN, and many nieces and nephews.
Sylvester was preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Katherine Lehner; brothers, Clarence, Freddy, Leander, and infant Leo; sister, Irma; nieces, Ardis Christen; and nephew, Mike Lehner.