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Harriet Urberg, 72, of New Ulm died Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Abbott - Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Debra Bergstrand officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 - 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Thursday. To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guestbook go to: www.mvfh.org
Harriet Jean Urberg was born to Harry and Lucille Stegeman in New Ulm, MN. She grew up in New Ulm, graduated from New Ulm High School in 1963, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Mankato State University in 1968. She worked for Brown County as a social worker from 1969 until her retirement in 2010, spending most of her career working to improve the lives of adults with developmental disabilities.
She married Sofus Urberg in 1980 and they spent the first nine years of their marriage living on a farm outside of Hanska, MN, during which time they had two daughters, Michelle and Amy. They moved back to New Ulm in 1989, where they lived together until his death in 2014. While her daughters were at home, the family enjoyed yearly trips to Walker, MN. After Michelle and Amy left home for college and graduate school, she enjoyed visiting them, taking road trips to Illinois and Minneapolis with Sofus and her mother Lucille Stegeman.
In addition to visiting her daughters, during her free time in retirement, she particularly enjoyed volunteering at the Brown County Historical Museum, working with acquisitions in the Collection Department, and volunteering with the United Way of Brown County. She regularly attended C.A.S.T.L.E. classes at the New Ulm Community Center and, always looked forward to book club discussions at the Public Library and Brown County Historical Society. She joined the New Ulm Turnverein and the Junior Pioneers of New Ulm, and enjoyed lunching with the Brown County Retirees. She was also a fan of mysteries, regularly read works about politics, religion, and history, and was an avid follower of the Weather Channel.
She was enjoying retirement and she will be missed dearly.
Harriet is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Lucille Stegeman, her spouse Sofus Urberg, as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by daughters Michelle Urberg (Lee Baugh) of Seattle, WA and Amy Urberg of Minneapolis, MN; step-daughter Deborah Little (Adam) of Cottonwood Heights, UT; brother Jim Stegeman (Peggy) of New Ulm, MN; niece Leah Stegeman of Boston, MA, as well as cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in Harriet's honor to the Brown Country Historical Society, the C.A.S.T.L.E. Program, Adaptive Recreational Services of New Ulm (ARS), MRCI WorkSource (New Ulm or Mankato), or Our Savior's Lutheran Church of New Ulm. www.mvfh.org
Published on April 17, 2017
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