William Gadient Sr.
William Gadient Sr.
William "Bill" Joseph Gadient Sr. of Goodhue, died peacefully on

Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, 2013 at the Seminary Home in Red Wing.

William Joseph Gadient Sr. was born on Oct. 23, 1934, in Red Wing, the

son of David and Alfreda (Matter) Gadient. He was baptized and confirmed at

St. Columbkill Catholic Church, where he continued his lifelong membership.

He graduated in 1953 from Goodhue High School. He was married to Kathleen

"Kay" LaPlante at St. Mary's Church in Chatfield on June 26, 1954. Shortly

after, he established his own family farm near Goodhue, where he farmed his

whole life. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Goodhue Lions Club,

served on the Cemetery Board, and was an active member of the choir at St.

Columbkill's Church. He loved kids; he enjoyed taking them fishing, hunting,

and teaching them how to farm. He always had a camera in his hand to catch

all those special memories. He liked to snowmobile, dance, watch sports,

play cards, and enjoyed putting a smile on other's faces. He will be

remembered as a man with a big heart, strong faith, and never afraid to work

hard. He has taught us many things, and the most important thing he showed

us was the love he had for his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Kay; 11 children, Linda

(Marty) O'Connor, Deb (Randy) Tutewohl, Diane (Chuck) Ryan, all of Goodhue,

Kathy (Dave) Huneke of Zum-brota, Irene Gadient (Kevin Fosberg) of Red Wing,

Bill Jr. (Brenda) of Goodhue, Tim (Roberta) of Zumbrota, Denise (Brad) Voth

of Goodhue, Pat (Todd) Dicke of Red Wing, Mary (Mark) Erhardt of Goodhue,

and Chris (Stacey) of Willmar; 38 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren;

brothers and sister, Fr. Peter Gadient, Regina Morelan, and Ray (Ruth)

Gadient; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Len Lodermeier, Louis Ward,

Agnes Gadient, Shirley Gadient, and Neta Gadient; and many nieces and


He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, John; son-in-law,

Steve Ryan; grandchildren, Monica Gadient and Brendan Gadient; nine

siblings, Margaret, Bernard, and John Gadient, Rosemary Loder-meier,

Katherine Ward, Frances Lodermeier, Gerald, David Jr., and Robert Gadient.

Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m., at St.

Columbkill Catholic Church in Belle Creek. Celebrants will be the Revs.

Bruce Peterson and Joseph LaPlante. Interment will follow at the church

cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 3 to 8 p.m.

and Thursday, Feb. 7 from 10 to 11 a.m., all at St. Columbkill Catholic


Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls assisted the family with

arrangements. On-line condolences may be directed to