Michael Sperl

November 30, 2017

obit Sperl Michael photoAug. 9, 1962 – Nov. 22, 2017

Funeral services for Mi­chael Sperl, age 55 of Flor­ence, were Monday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Canby. Visitation was Sunday, 3-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. at Hartquist Fu­neral Home, Utoft-Johans­en Chapel in Tyler. Burial was in St. Stephen’s Cem­etery in Canby.
He died Wednesday, Nov. 22 at his home in Flor­ence.
Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Michael John Sperl was born Aug. 9, 1962 to Wal­ter and Brenda (Lake) Sperl in New Ulm. When he was seven, the fam­ily moved to a farm north of Hanska. He attended New Ulm Public School, graduating in 1980. Mike continued his education at Hanska Vocational School, specializing in the build­ing trades. Mike worked as a restaurant manager and new location start-up operator for Godfather’s Pizza and Country Kitchen. Recently, Mike had worked as a maintenance techni­cian and plant operator for Trico IPS of Lake Benton and for Ormat Technol­gies.
On Sept. 14, 2002 Mike married Heather Westphal at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Odin. Their union was blessed with 17 years of life together. They made their home in the Min­nesota towns to which Mike’s work took them—St. James, Lynd, Tyler and Florence. In May 2017 Mike was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer. On Wednesday, Nov. 22 Mike died at his home in Flor­ence at the age of 55.
Mike was a member of Danebod Lutheran Church.He served on the Danebod Village Board and was a volunteer fireman in both St. James and Tyler. Mike was very proud to be a fire­man and was honored to have his son Justin follow in his footsteps. He also served as Mayor of Flor­ence. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, camping, and wood working. He es­pecially enjoyed time with his family.
Mike is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Heather; his children—Jessica Sperl of Ghent, Justin Sperl of Marshall, Caleb (Rachel) Sperl of Harrisburg, South Dakota, and Danielle Sperl of St. James; five grandchil­dren—Anthony Moreno, Alieah Sperl, Annabelle Henline, Marco Amaril­las III, and Kylee Sperl; his mother Brenda Hall of Mountainair, New Mexico; siblings—Kathy Sperl of Wisconsin Dells, Wiscon­sin, Gail (Jimmy) Fidler of Milton, Pennsylvania, MaryAnn (Mike) Reibel of Mankato, and Margaret Johnson of New Ulm; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Wal­ter Sperl, sister Dorothy Sperl, and his grandpar­ents, aunts and uncles.