Monica Sturm, 63, of New Ulm, died Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Tuesday, February 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm with Monsignor Douglas Grams celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7pm Monday and 7:30-10 am Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service at 6 pm Monday at the funeral home.
Monica was the daughter of Bernard and Magdelene (Forster) Sturm, born September 2, 1949 in New Ulm. Monica attended St. Mary’s Grade School in New Ulm and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1967. She then graduated from the College of St. Teresa in Winona in 1971. She used her degree in theology when she returned to New Ulm to work as director of religious education for the St. Mary’s Parish from 1971-1981. In 1981, Monica moved to Albany where she continued to work in religious education while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Theology from St. John’s University. After becoming diabetic, she returned to New Ulm where she worked for a short time in the field of home health care. After suffering a heart attack, she was no longer able to work, but she continued to be active in the life of the community. She volunteered for many New Ulm organizations, including the Lind House Association, the Gag House Association, and the New Ulm Civic Orchestra. She was a member of the Brown County Historical Society and wrote a number of articles on the history of Brown County which she submitted in the annual Kitty Lieb Essay Contests. Monica also served on the advisory council of the Orchard Hills apartment building where she lived until just prior to her death. Monica was an award-winning knitter and she gifted her many friends with the results of her work. She formed a group of knitters in New Ulm, which would meet monthly in the homes on its members. Monica’s spiritual journey never ended. In the fall of 2012, Monica was inducted as an Oblate of the Order of St. Benedict at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and she never stopped serving her neighbor and her God.
Monica is survived by her brother James and his wife, Margaret Sturm, of Hellertown, Pennsylvania and their seven children; and by special friends, Mary Ellen Domeier of New Ulm, Barb Wurtzberger of Sleepy Eye, and Doug Howard of New Ulm. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.