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Michael Zschetzsche

September 6, 1964 November 6, 2019
Michael Zschetzsche
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MICHAEL JEROME ZSCHETZSCHE was born to Jerome and Loretta (Lang) Zschetzsche on September 6, 1964 in New Ulm, Minnesota and lived on the family farm five miles south of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. As a child, the family enjoyed camping and fishing together in the summer and sledding in the winter. Michael attended Japanese Martyrs Grade School and Sleepy Eye Public School, graduating from high school in 1984. As a teen and young adult, he participated in FFA and was a member of the NFO. He also enjoyed dances at the Orchid Inn. Michael lived a simple life on the farm nearly his entire life. He began farming alongside his father, which later would evolve into a partnership. The two worked side by side until October 1999, when Jerome died while in Michael’s loving arms. Following his death, Michael took over the farming operation in addition to caring for his mom in her last years. He was often seen around town with his horse and his dog. During this time, he made great progress in his journey of faith. Michael met the love of his life, Bonnie Jacobsma, in January 2012 and on September 29, 2012, the couple was united in marriage. Despite a diagnosis of cancer in 2015, he continued to enjoy life. In October 2018, Michael and Bonnie moved to Hills, Minnesota. Following a valiant fight against cancer, on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Michael died peacefully at home at the age of 55 surrounded by his family.

Michael was currently attending the American Reformed Church in Luverne, and was a former member of the New Hope Community Church in Sleepy Eye and Japanese Martyrs Church in Leavenworth. He enjoyed fishing, helping other area farmers, attending auctions, gardening, talking about politics, and saving money. He also enjoyed traveling across the United States and Mexico, first with his sisters and their families and in the last few years with Bonnie. Michael loved giving of himself; he was very kind and generous. He will be remembered for his big heart; his last prayers were for world peace and forgiveness.

Michael is lovingly survived by his wife, Bonnie; three siblings, Rosann Zschetzsche of St. Peters, Missouri, Michele (David) White of O’Fallon, Missouri and Gerri Lynn Zschetzsche (Peter Gallagher) of Wentzville, Missouri; nieces and nephews, Brittany Zschetzsche, Trevor, Josh and Jacob White and Savannah Gallagher; mother-in-law, Kathleen Jacobsma of Luverne, Minnesota; and numerous other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Bernard Jacobsma.

Memorials may be directed to Sanford Luverne Hospice Program or the Avera Cancer Institute.


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Visitation

Sunday

10

Nov

4:00 PM 11/10/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/10/2019 8:00:00 PM
American Reformed Church - Luverne

304 N. Fairview Dr.
Luverne, MN 56156

American Reformed Church - Luverne
304 N. Fairview Dr. Luverne 56156 MN
United States

Service

Monday

11

Nov

10:30 AM 11/11/2019 10:30:00 AM
American Reformed Church - Luverne

304 N. Fairview Dr.
Luverne, MN 56156

American Reformed Church - Luverne
304 N. Fairview Dr. Luverne 56156 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Maplewood Cemetery - Luverne Final Resting Place

1242 W. Warren St.
Luverne, MN 56156

1242 W. Warren St. Luverne 56156 MN
United States

Memorial Contribution

Sanford Luverne Hospice

304 N. McKenzie St.
Luverne, MN 56156

Avera Cancer Institute

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