Henry Sindelir, age 91 of Graceton, Minn., passed away peacefully at Lakewood Health Center on March 9, 2010 surrounded by his loving family.
Henry was born in Olivia, Minn.on September 2, 1918 to John and Antonia (Senkyr) Sindelir. He was the youngest of eight children. The family moved to a homestead in the Graceton area, when Henry was two years old. He attended the Pitt school through eighth grade and then helped his family on their farm for several years before going to the Waskish area to work with the Civilian Conservation Corps. After working with the CCC, Henry returned to work on the family farm.
On October 24, 1951, Henry married the love of his life, Delphine Muggli. They were blessed with seven children. Henry worked many jobs to support his family throughout the years. He farmed and raised livestock, he worked at the Williams and Baudette forestry offices, and also worked as a county assessor for a time in the late 1960s. In 1970 Henry purchased Tom's Tackle from the Marhula family. He, along with his family, manufactured and sold tackle to the area resorts and stores. The business expanded greatly over the next 30 years under Henry's ownership. He also worked as a custodian at Rowell's/Solvay Pharmaceuticals until he retired in 1980.
As a teenager, Henry was a self-taught drummer. He is well remembered for playing with many bands including Tony's Swingsters, the Frontiersmen, and the Sindelir Band. He loved old-time polka music and blessed many people with his musical talents over the years. He continued drumming until the age of 86, and then enjoyed listening to music when he was no longer able to play the drums.
Henry loved his family and enjoyed attending his children's and grandchildren's activities. He loved playing cards, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved nothing better than being outside and working on his tractor. Henry enjoyed playing pool with many area resorters, and he also was a great bowler in the senior league. He took great pride in his weed-free gardens which produced many wonderful meals for the Sindelir gang.
Henry was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic church and the Knights of Columbus. He was also active with the Brink Center and a past member of the Moose Lodge in Baudette.
Most of all, Henry will be remembered for his sense of humor, his quick wit, storytelling, his ever ready smile, and the joy he brought to others through his music.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Delphine; children, Larry Sindelir, Susan Baron, both of Baudette, Marilyn (Scott) Guenin of Williams, Cathy (Tom) Mitchell of West Fargo, Steven (Carol) Sindelir, and Connie (Barry) Nesmith, both of Baudette; his 10 grandchildren, Jolen Sindelir, Bryan, Deanna, and Daniel Baron, Michelle Guenin, and Melissa (Dustin) Solar, Brent, Nicholas, and Kylie Mitchell, and Corinne Nesmith; and great grandson, Brant Baron. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Lenora Ubel and Rosemary Blaser; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his infant son John Alfred; his parents; his three brothers, Godfrey, Frank, and Johnny; and four sisters, Marie, Bessie, Agnes, and Helen; and his son-in-law, Randy Baron.
Visitation was held on Friday, March 12, 2010, at Helgeson's Funeral Home in Baudette. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will be at Elim Park Cemetery in Baudette.
Online guest book at: www.helgesonfuneralhome.com
(Helgeson Funeral Home, Baudette)