STAPLES - F.W. "Fritz" Hoemberg, 83, of Staples, passed away Tuesday evening, Jan. 20, 2009, at his home in Staples. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples with Pastor Steve Sveom officiating. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples and also for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.
F.W. "Fritz" Hoemberg was born on Oct. 21, 1925, in Hibbing, Minn., the son of Fred and Kathryn (Scruppie) Hoemberg. He moved to Staples with his parents at an early age. He entered the U.S. Army during WWII and served his country as a sergeant with the Combat and Engineering Division in Rhineland in the central European theater. On Aug. 14, 1947, he was united in marriage to Rose in Staples, Minn., to this union three children, Judy, Jerry and Janet were born. They were able to share over 61 years of marriage together. He worked for the Northern Pacific/Burlington Northern Railroad as a brakeman and conductor for 43 years. Among the things he enjoyed doing were Search-a-Word puzzles, listening to Polka music, auction sales, watching television while sitting in his La-Z-Boy chair with his eyes closed and coffee klatches to visit and reminisce with friends. Fritz was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
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Fritz will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Rose; son, Jerry (Patricia) Hoemberg, of El Paso, Texas; daughters, Judy (Ron) Hillman, of Cambridge, Minn., and Janet (Tim) Sanda, of Apple Valley, Minn.; grandchildren, Rhende Wilton, Devin Hillman, William Hoemberg and Jeffrey Hoemberg; great-grandchildren, Landen Wilton and Elyse Wilton. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Kathryn; stepfather, Roscoe Liane; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Emanuel and Mathilda Baier; sister, Donna Smith; daughter-in-law, Barbara Hoemberg; aunt, Gertrude (Hoemberg) Sjogren; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Memorials preferred to the Staples Host Lions Club.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples.
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