Joseph Ferdinand Roiger

Joseph Ferdinand Roiger

Joseph Ferdinand Roiger, 86, of Springfield, died Sunday, July 31, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Visitation begins today, Wednesday, August 3, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home and continues Thursday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the St. Raphael’s Catholic Church.  The Parish Prayer Service will be held at 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home today.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 4, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church.  Father Phil Schotzko will officiate and interment will be in St. Raphael’s Catholic Cemetery with military honors by John Watson American Legion Post #257.  Sturm Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  On line condolences may be left for the family at

Joseph Ferdinand Roiger was born April 2, 1930 to John and Theresia (Enslein) Roiger in Springfield.  He attended St. Raphael’s Catholic School and graduated from Springfield High School in 1948. From 1951-1953, he served in the Army in Korea.  Joe attended Dunwoody Institute for architectural drafting and then returned to Springfield to work for Engelen Construction as a brick layer until 1964. He was united in marriage to Marianna Frank on September 3, 1956, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield. He then worked for Heymann Construction in New Ulm until retiring in 1992 and continued part time on brick layer projects. Joe was a lifetime member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, member of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters, St. Raphael’s cemetery board, and also the building and maintenance board, past president and 50-year member of Local 6 of International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Crafterworkers, and Springfield American Legion Post #257. He enjoyed auctions, antiques, playing accordion, and playing cards.

He is survived by his wife Marianna Roiger of Springfield; brother George of Springfield; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  Joe is preceded in death by his parents; brothers - Adolph and Albert; and sisters - Anna Margaret Steffel, Elizabeth Sorenson, Frances Scherer, and Marie Ochs Wertisch.

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