NEW ULM – Carl “Red” Wyczawski, 95, of New Ulm, Minnesota, died on August 9, 2021 at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
The Christian Burial Mass will be held on Saturday August 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. Interment will follow in the New Ulm Town Cemetery in the Soldier’s Rest section, where the Honor Guard of the Comrades of the New Ulm Region and the New Ulm Battery will offer full military honors.
Visitations will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday August 13, 2021 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. Tours will continue from 10 am to 11 am Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm.
Masks are encouraged.
To leave condolences online for the family or to sign the guestbook, please visit: www.mvfh.org.
Carl Louis Wyczawski was born January 26, 1926 in Thorp, Wisconsin, and was the youngest of seven boys and one girl. Her father, Frank, is from Austria and her mother, Mary, is from San Francisco. Carl graduated from high school in 1944 and graduated from senior state in 1949 with a journalism degree. After college he wrote sports for the Leader and Daily Telegram newspaper in Eau Claire, WI until 1950, when he was then drafted into the military during the Korean War where he was in the 361st Battalion. engineering construction. He was transferred to the post office at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. After serving in the army, he worked for The Sporting News in St. Louis before returning to Eau Claire as a reporter for the Leader. While in Eau Claire, he met and later married Mary Green. He then became deputy director of public relations for the Milwaukee Braves. One of the highlights of his career with the Braves was when he was the public address host for the 1955 All Star baseball game.
Carl and Mary moved to New Ulm in 1956, where he joined his stepfather at Green Clothiers and served as president from 1962 to 1988. Carl was heavily involved in the New Ulm community, serving as mayor from 1970 to 1994 after his post on city council from 1964 to 1970. He was adamant that his main role as mayor was to be the “Promoter” of the city he loved so deeply. He was named Outstanding City Young Man of the New Ulm Jaycees, has been involved in the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, Toastmasters, United Way, Quarterback Club and New Ulm Club. He had a perfect attendance record with New Ulm Rotary for 22 years.
Carl was a founding member of New Ulm Toastmaster as well as New Ulm United Way. He was the oldest member of the New Ulm Club having served 47 years. For 26 years, he was instrumental in selecting the speaker for the New Ulm Club’s annual banquet in honor of senior athletes, which included Jesse Owens (1936 US Olympic star) in 1961 and Dan Devine (coach of Notre Dame football and Green Bay Packer) in 1963. Carl was personal friends of Paul Giel, Herb Brooks and Andy North. He became friends with six Governors as well as many members of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. He was delighted to have the opportunity to meet Connie Mack, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Paul Waner, and befriended Stan Musial and Roger Maris.
Carl loved to engage with people and loved to discover all the connections he had with those he met. The stories he had of the many people he met, told through an incredible collection of photos, articles and personal memorabilia, were inspiring. Carl has been fortunate enough to attend ten MLB World Series, seven MLB All-Star games, one Super Bowl, and two PGA Golf Championships.
His volunteer service has been important beyond New Ulm, as president of the Minnesota League of Cities and as chairman of organizations such as the Minnesota Sports Commission and the Minnesota Highway Commission.
Carl was a big contributor to the success of New Ulm baseball, including VFW, Legion, High School, and Amateur Leagues. He has been named to the New Ulm Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, and the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame. He has helped preserve history by keeping meticulous records of all manner of statistics spanning several seasons in many sports that will be shared with the New Ulm community. In 1978, Carl was director of the New Ulm Legion team that qualified for the National World Series in Yakima, Washington.
Carl is survived by his children, Steven Wyczawski of St. Paul, Mary Beth (Patrick) Murray of Coon Rapids, Paul (Yvette) Wyczawski of Dubuque, Sara (David) Stenhaug of Rochester, Thomas Wyczawski of New Ulm, Patricia (Phil ) Martin d’Eagan and Amy (Chris) Cooke from New Ulm; grandchildren Trenton (Courtney), Travis (Ann), Jordan (Wahoo) and Joshua (Liz) Wyczawski, Tim Murray, Katie (Steve) Trennepohl, Meghan Murray, Susan (Ben) Weimer, Lizzie Stenhaug, Henry and Isaac Martin and Allie and Sophia Cooke. His 13 great-grandchildren included Taylor, Lucy, Lorelei, Jackson, Ailey, Charlie, Maggie, Will, Claire, Logan, Dakota, Nora and Raymond.
His parents, along with his wife Mary, predeceased Carl, and his brothers Val, John, Andrew, Ed, Stanley, Tony and his sister Ann. Two uncles died during World War I in Europe.