Mathias J. “Math” Mimbach, 93, Sauk Rapids
September 11, 1922 - February 6, 2016
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Mathias J. “Math” Mimbach, 93, of the Sauk Rapids/St. Cloud area will be at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Math passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home-Memory Lane in Sauk Rapids. Reverend LeRoy Scheierl will officiate. Entombment will be at Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum, St. Cloud.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and after 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at church. Parish prayers will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Math was born on September 11, 1922 on the family farm in St. Martin to Theodore and Margaret (Kascht) Mimbach. He was delivered by his mid-wife grandmother, Christine Mimbach. He attended the St. Martin grade school and then Paynesville High School, graduating in 1941. Math participated in all sports: basketball, football, and baseball. He was especially proud of the 1941 basketball team that won District 20. Math was a pitcher on the baseball team and also pitched for St. Martin, Roscoe and Farming. In later years, bowling and golf were added. Hunting and music were lifelong hobbies for Math. He played trumpet with the Bobby Roberts Band, the Nocturnes, bands in Arizona and with the St. Cloud Municipal Band for over 60 years.
After starting his John Deere business in Elk River, he moved to Sauk Rapids and opened Mimbach Fleet Supply. This was the same time he met Katie Kolb at the Fairgrounds Ballroom and they married on September 14, 1949 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Together they raised two sons. For 40 years Math and Katie enjoyed winters in Arizona (where they made many new friends), and summers at Grand Lake.
Math was a hard worker who lived life for the fullest. He was a member of St. Paul’s Church since 1956, where he was on the Parish Council, Finance and Maintenance Committees and served as acolyte for many years. Math also was a member of the St. Cloud Eagles Aerie #622, Moose Lodge #1400, Knights of Columbus Council #961 and the Musicians Union Local #536.
Math is survived by his wife of 66 years, Katie; sons, Mark (Debra) of Sartell; Mike (Nancy) of Hastings; grandchildren, Matthew (Deja) Mimbach, Mitchell Mimbach, Michael (Michelle) Mimbach, Jesse Mimbach, JoAnn Mimbach (Nick), Katie Manthey-Mimbach (Michael) and Mary Mimbach; and 12 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alfred and Ralph; and sisters, Alma Mimbach and Marie Byrne.
A special thank you to Good Shepherd Lutheran Home and St. Croix Hospice for their compassionate care. And a very special thank you to the St. Cloud Municipal Band.
Memorials are preferred.