Harold F. Widmer, age 87 of Norwood Young America, passed away on Sunday at The Harbor in Norwood Young America. Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, June 14 at 11:30 a.m. at The Church of the Ascension in Norwood Young America with Father Paul Ardolf as Celebrant of the Mass. Visitation was held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at church. Interment was at Ascension Catholic Cemetery.
Harold was born on Oct. 8, 1924 in St. Bonifacius, the son of John H. and Margaret R. (Fick) Widmer. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius. On April 19, 1949 Harold was united in marriage to Margaret M. Tellers at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria. Harold was born with farming in his blood. He began with a farm partnership with his brother, Jerome, near Union Hill, Minn. In 1949 he purchased his own farm near Bongards while he also worked at Minneapolis Moline in Hopkins for a few years. Over the next decades he farmed with his family, milking cows and raising hogs and crops until he retired turning the farm operation over to his sons. But, even then, his love of the farm and the land never left his blood. Margaret passed away in 2006, and he resided at The Harbor in Norwood Young America from 2008 until his death. Harold loved listening to old tyme music, playing sheephead, traveling and dancing. Harold belonged to many boards during his life including, Carver County ASC Committee, Bongards School, Carver County Planning and Zoning, Benton Twp. Board Supervisor, Bevins Creek Watershed Management, Carver Creek Watershed Management, Minnesota Power, Metro Council, was on drafting an ordinance for Ag Preserve in the metro area in 1980 and the committee for a Fire Department in the Township.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Margaret M. Widmer; father and mother John A. and Margaret R. Widmer; brothers and sisters-in-law Sidney Widmer, Jerome and Isabel Widmer, Norman and Annabel Widmer, John F. Widmer, Audrey Widmer; brothers-in-law Francis Wandschneider, Donald Klein, George Plekkenpol, Donald Tellers; nieces and nephews Sheila Vikla, Jerome Wandschneider, Mark Wandschneider, Leon Klein, Larry Plekkenpol.
Harold is survived by his loving family: son and daughter-in-law and their families, Gary and Marilee Widmer of Norwood Young America, Tracy and Jeff Madejczyk, Ellie, Maddie and Jackson Madejczyk, Julie and Jeff Schmidt, Lauren, Vanessa and Emily Schmidt, Dan Widmer and special friend Cheryl Craig, Kiersten, Korrin and Kaelan Widmer, Mike Widmer and fianc