October 20, 1939 - June 18, 2022

 

Edward "Ed" Gottwalt 82-year-old resident of Little Falls died Saturday, June 18 at his home in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Mark Botzet and Father Joseph Herzing officiating. The burial will be held at a later date with family. A visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 P.M. on Friday, June 24 at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls and from 9:00 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. on Saturday at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery or St. Mary's Catholic Church.

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Edward James Gottwalt was born October 20, 1939, in Little Falls, Minnesota to the late Louis and Marie (Eisenschenk) Gottwalt. He attended school in Pierz, MN. After his formal schooling Ed served his country in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge from the military, Ed returned to Minnesota. He grew up working for his father, Louis T. Gottwalt at Gottwalt Lumber. Working with his father doing many construction trades he went on to join the Minnesota Brick Layers Union, after working in the union for many years he ventured on his own doing many block, brick, stone and hundreds of custom fireplaces in Central MN. He was a true stone and brick artist. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Teresa "Terry" Gottwalt. They were married at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pierz and remained members until moving to Little Falls in the Mid 2000's. They began their life together on a small farm eventually growing it to a 200-hundred-acre farm. Raising crops, beef, pigs and poultry for several years. In 1986 Ed begin a lifelong career of building custom homes, he took immense pride in his work. He built over two hundred homes in central Minnesota. Ed enjoyed fishing and hunting in his younger days. Ed and Terry enjoyed shooting competitive trap, and even held the competitions in their back yard, Terry was the better shot!! He loved feeding and watching the birds and raising gardens over the years. And enjoyed countless games of cribbage, whist and numerous other card games. Ed was a member of the Central Minnesota Builders Association, the Brick Layers Union, St. Mary's Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Joy (James) Schlichting of Pierz, Edward "Shawn" (Ruby) of Little Falls, Paul of Pierz, Jody (Terri Krych) of Little Falls; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings, Louis (Eileen) Gottwalt of Shoreview, Virginia Haines of Hudson, WI, Margaret Murphy of Sauk Rapids, Linnea (Dick) Sakry of Rice, Kathleen (Gerald) Weiss of San Antonio, TX; brothers-in-law, Al Loscheider of Pierz, Gerhard (late Mary) Boser of Pierz; sister-in-law, Diann Boser; spoiled companion dog Tinker; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Marie Gottwalt; wife, Teresa "Terry" Gottwalt on November 12, 2021; siblings, Virgil Gottwalt, Mary Jo Loscheider; brothers-in-law, Larry Haines, Gerald Boser of Pierz and Dennis Murphy.