OWATONNA - Funeral services for Thomas S. Felber, 72, of Owatonna, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, 1500 18th St. SE, Owatonna, MN 55060, with the Reverend Brian Wright officiating. Interment will be 3 p.m. Thursday in Sterling Cemetery, rural Mapleton.
Thomas died unexpectedly Monday, April 1, 2013, at his home in Owatonna. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Thomas Steven Felber was born July 17, 1940, in Fairmont, Minn., the son of Lloyd and Effie (Larsen) Felber. He graduated from Fairmont High School in 1958. He attended St. Olaf College then Mankato State University, where he graduated with a degree in art education and business. He married Nancy Stanton on Aug. 8, 1964, at the United Church of Mapleton in Mapleton, Minn. They made their home in Pepin, Wis. Tom taught art and coached basketball and track in Pepin for three years; Truman, Minn., for two years; and in Byron, Minn., for 20 years. Tom retired and, in 1989, they moved to Owatonna. Tom continued his part-time business of antiques, collectibles, cars, parts and advertisement signage. He was a member of the MEA, NEA, MSRA, NSRA and V8 Ford Club. He enjoyed vacationing in the Duluth area, fishing, hunting, war movies and westerns. He also loved '50s and '60s music. Tom's greatest pride and joy was his family. His son, Mark, excelled at basketball due to his coaching. Tom would include his family in his enthusiasm for cars and sports. He would also continue to follow his former students and families while making everyone feel special.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Felber of Owatonna; son, Mark (Kara) Felber of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two grandchildren, Quinn and Maclain Felber; mother-in-law, Lorraine Stanton of Mapleton; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Kenneth) Schutt of Winnebago, and Bonnie Stanton of Mankato; brothers-in-law, Bruce (Karen) Stanton of Mapleton, and Mike Latourelle of Hastings; aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Effie Felber; father-in-law, Archie Stanton; sister-in-law, Susan Stanton Latourelle; and brother-in-law, Rick Mathwig.