Vernard J. Domeier Sr.


Vernard J. Domeier Sr., 85, of Sleepy Eye died peacefully on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth.  The Rev. Andy Michaels will celebrate the Mass, and burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. on Monday and continue for one hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth.  There will be a parish prayer service held at 7 p.m. on Monday at the church.  

Vernard is survived by his daughters, Donna “Betsy” (Joe) Guttum of Springfield, Dawn (Mark) Sabatino of Sleepy Eye, Darla (Tom) Roiger of Sleepy Eye, Deanne (Dan) Lendt of Sleepy Eye; sons, Don (Deb) Domeier of Sleepy Eye, Dale (Jean) Domeier of Sleepy Eye, Vernard Jr. (Kay) Domeier of Sleepy Eye, Dean Domeier of Sleepy Eye, Doug Domeier of Sleepy Eye, Delwin “Sam” (Beth) Domeier of Sleepy Eye, Dan “Cheetah” (Lana) Domeier of Springfield; 38 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Shirley (Len) Staupe of Morristown; and brother-in-law, Jerome (Patsy) Weicherding of Sleepy Eye.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LaDonna, who passed in December of 2015; his parents-in-law,Vic and Veronica Weicherding; and daughter-in-law, Rose Domeier.

Vernard Joseph Domeier was born October 14, 1930, in Sleepy Eye, Brown County, Minnesota, to Gerhardt and Rose (Fischer) Domeier.  He was united in marriage to LaDonna Joan Weicherding on September 18, 1951, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye.  The couple was blessed with 11 children who they raised on a farm near Leavenworth.   Vernard worked at the Sleepy Eye Creamery for many years testing cows, and also worked as a farm equipment salesman.  Vernard had a variety of hobbies and passions in life.  He had a great love for music that he showed through playing the accordion, traveling to area dances with his wife, and simply listening to his favorite old time music.  He also enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, and raising Husky dogs.  What Vernard loved most in life was being with his family and spending time with his grandkids.  He especially enjoyed following their various hobbies and sporting events.  He was a member of the Sleepy Eye Area Concertina Club, the Knights of Columbus, and the Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth.

Arrangements are being made with the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home of New Ulm. To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to


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