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Welcome to the Fairmont Class Of 1975 site!

Hopefully this website will make it easier to get in touch and enjoy each other's company.   

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Susan K. Gersch

May 28, 1957 - January 30, 2020

Memorial Visitation for Susan K. Gersch, age 62, of Fairmont will be Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. Susan passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020 at her home in Fairmont. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dennis H. Ziemann

June 09, 1931 - February 05, 2020

Funeral Services for Dennis H. Ziemann, age 88, of Fairmont, MN, will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Burial will follow the service at Fairview Memorial Park in Fairmont. Visitation will be 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Dennis passed away on Wednesday morning, February 5, 2020, at the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont. The Lakeview Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dennis Henry Ziemann was born on June 9, 1931, to Arvin and Laura (Rediehs) Ziemann in Rolling Green Township, Martin County, MN. He graduated from Fairmont High School.

On September 13, 1950, Dennis was united in marriage to Corinne Schuler in Fairmont. This marriage was blessed with four children, Wendy, Randy, Sharon and Cindy. Corinne passed away in 1970.

On March 17, 1979, Dennis was united in marriage to Eunice Silverthorn in Fairmont blending their families for 40 plus years. He was a good and dear husband. They made their home in Fairmont and spent many winters going to their home in Ocala, FL. At the age of 18, Dennis became an entrepreneur and started many businesses, including Ziemann Recycling, now known as B & K Salvage in Fairmont. Dennis conducted his business with integrity and sometimes a handshake was good enough. He was a man of few words but led his family by example. He believed work came first and then it was time to have FUN!

Dennis was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont where he was an elder and served on the Board of Education. His faith and church were top priority to him, along with his family. He was a great Dad and loved being a grandpa to his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dennis put many miles on his truck and trailer buying, fixing and selling antiques.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Eunice Ziemann; children, Wendy (Dan) Yahnke, Randy Ziemann, Sharon Schmid, Cindy (Aidan) Murphy, Judy (Ron) Buckmeier and Marcia (Jack) Rooney; grandchildren, Amy (Jesse Main) Yahnke, Justin Yahnke, Connie Ziemann, Katie (Joe) Ruiz, Courtney (Bryan) Schlee, Erica (Scott Loftus) Schmid, Sara (Chris) Runnells, Corinne (Nick) Wenz, Austin (Jess Grissom) Murphy, Aidan Jr. (Julie) Murphy, Conor (Danielle) Murphy, Jamie (Jess) Buckmeier, Jill (Philip) Johnson, Jeremy (Marie) Buckmeier, Melissa (Chad) Wieneke and Maria (Jared) Klug; eighteen great-grandchildren; and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arvin and Laura Ziemann; first wife, Corinne Ziemann; brother, Weldon Ziemann; and sister, Shirley Keating and sons-in-law, Bob Schmid and Mike Draper. 

The family would like to thank Tom and Mary Westcott and their children for all the love and fun times they shared with Dennis over the years.


May 6, 1934 - February 4, 2020

Daniel Alexander “Dan” Sandven, age 85, of Hill City, SD passed away on February 4, 2020, at Monument Health Home and Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.

Dan was born on May 6, 1934, in De Smet, SD to Daniel D. and Gretchen (Casberg) Sandven of Carthage, SD. He was baptized on May 6, 1934, at West Bethany Lutheran, near De Smet. Daniel attended a country school near Letcher, SD and graduated High School at Carthage in 1952.  He enlisted in the United States Army from 1952-1954. Dan worked for the United States Postal Service in San Rafael, CA; Boeings in Seattle, WA. He furthered his education by attending Southern Sate Teacher’s Collage in Springfield, SD and graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education. While attending college Dan met Lucile Anderson and they married on August 21, 1960. He taught English at Hayti, SD from 1962-1965. He moved to Fairmont, MN in August 1965-May 1992 teaching High School English and Building Trades. After he Retired June 1992, they moved to Hill City, SD. Dan sung in many church choirs, Barbershop Chorus and the Zinter Chorale.

Dan is survived by his wife, Lucile Sandven of Hill City, SD; sons, Steven Sandven of Hill City; Darrin (Nicki) Sandven of Hill City; daughters, Michele Sandven of Rapid City, SD; Shirlene (Julius) Allgier of Baltic, SD; sister, Karen Lorenz of Idaho; brother in law, Emil Jares of Colorado Springs, CO; sister in law, Rena Sandven of Portsmouth, NH; grandchildren, Shaylynn, Mandan, Melissa, Taylor, Carter, Spencer, Wyatt, Kierstin, and Sophia; and one great granddaughter Brynleigh.

Dan is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Darrell; sisters, Gretchen and Mary Beth.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 10, 2020, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Custer, SD.

Committal services will be held 2:30 p.m., Monday, February 10, 2020 at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer, SD

This was posted on Facebook and I thought people would like to know. I can't find an obituary for him. Rest in peace, Mr. Sandven.

From Jenny (Mahar) Heathcote:

"I am sorry to let others know about the passing of our friend and classmate Sue Gersch yesterday, January 30. She had been living in Fairmont over the past years. Sue was a true friend and such a kind and loving soul. She will be greatly missed. Heaven has gained another beautiful angel. Sue was very private. She had health issues and was in a lot of pain. She passed in her sleep. I was told it would be only an immediate family viewing. Sue will feel any and all loving memories and thoughts sent her way of times spent together. Please take a moment and send her LOVE. ❤️"

Deloris M. Hillmer

August 07, 1929 - January 17, 2020

Funeral Services for Deloris “Dee” M. Hillmer, 90, of Fairmont, MN will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont.  Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont.  Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 20, 2020, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and will continue one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Tuesday.  Deloris passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday morning, January 17, 2020 at her home in Fairmont.  The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Deloris Maxine (Kliendl) Hillmer was born on August 7, 1929 to John and Sophie (Olson) Kliendl in Blue Earth, MN. She graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1947.

Deloris was united in marriage on October 10, 1953 to Victor Hillmer in Blue Earth. After their marriage, they made their home in Fairmont. Deloris and Victor were blessed with three children, Mark, Scott and Cindy. Deloris worked as the secretary at Lincoln Elementary School in Fairmont for twenty-six years.

Deloris was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont where she served on various women’s groups. She was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2003 and before that she enjoyed going out to eat and spending time with her friends. In recent years, her family was her joy, especially watching her great-grandchildren grow. She will also be remembered for her love for shopping, gardening, baking and watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Paget) Hillmer, Scott (Joyce) Hillmer and Cindy (Kent) Jensen; grandchildren, Kirk (Sarah) Jensen, Katie (Ben) Hardt, Andrew (Chelsey) Jensen, Stacy (Colin) Schulze and Amber (Zach) Jurries; great-grandchildren, Keegan Jurries, Roman Jensen, Rhuana Jensen, Hunter Hardt, Kinnick Hardt, Carver Hardt, Kamden Jensen and Brayden Jensen; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Sophie Kliendl; husband, Victor Hillmer; brothers, Harold (Helen) Kliendl and Darwin Kliendl; and sisters, Dorothy (Lester) Arends, Helen (Chester) Nelson, Elaine (Wes) Classon and Rosey (Al) Murtha.

45th Class Reunion Preliminary Plans

Plans have begun for our 45th (gasp!) reunion! Linda (Thate) Eisenmenger asked me to let you know some of the PRELIMINARY plans:

  • The school doesn’t have the calendar done for the 2020/2021 school year, but they did say Homecoming for this year will LIKELY be 9/25/20. Linda looked at the Yacht Club website and found the rental to be quite reasonable ($400 for non-wedding related and $1400 for a wedding reception).
  • So tentatively set aside September 25th, 2020 for the Homecoming parade and game, and the Yacht Club for September 26th for an informal gathering.
  • Some reunion ideas would involve a tour of the high school, maybe a downtown tour, a visit to the historical society, maybe some pontoon rides around the lakes (weather permitting), appetizers and BYOB for the Yacht club event.
  • Linda is looking for volunteers to help make the gathering a success.  Linda (Roalson) Yesnes and Julie (Swenson) Andrews have already volunteered. The more, the merrier! You can respond to Linda by phone at (507) 235-3142 or email LINDA@LTECPA.COM.