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Wilbert Carl Stuedemann

Funeral services for Wilbert Carl Stuedemann, 90, of Glencoe and formerly of Plato, were held on Sunday, May 12, from the St. John's Lutheran Church of Plato. Officiating was the Rev. Bruce Laabs.

Mr. Stuedemann died on Thursday, May 9, 2002, at Glencoe Regional Health Services' long-term care facility.

The organist was Cheryl Andrix. The congregational hymns were "Now The Light Has Gone Away" and "Amazing Grace." Soloist William "Buddy" Parpart sang "How Great Thou Art." The St. John's Church Choir sang "So nimm denn maene haende."

Pallbearers were Jay Soeffker, Paul Sprengeler, Bruce Bielke, Timothy Stuedemann, Bryan Stuedemann and Robert Reinitz. Interment followed the church service in the church cemetery.

Mr. Stuedemann was born to William C. and Elsa (Decken) Stuedemann on Sept. 1, 1911, in Bergen Township, McLeod County. He was baptized on Sept. 17, 1911, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Plato by the Rev. R. Zwintscher. Mr. Stuedemann attended the St. John's Parochial School. On April 5, 1925 Rev. Zwintscher confirmed him in the faith.

On Dec. 21, 1933, Mr. Stuedemann was united in marriage with Hilda A. Wiebke at St. John's by the Rev. Zwintscher. The couple made their home on the Stuedemann family farm north of Plato until they moved into Plato in 1983. In 1993 they moved to Orchard Estates in Glencoe where they lived until becoming residents of the Glencoe Regional Health Services' long-term care unit in the fall of 2000.

Mrs. Stuedemann died in June of 2001 at the age of 85 years.

Mr. Stuedemann was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Plato. His devotion to a Christian education did take his family to First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe from 1951 through 1957 on account of St. Johns' Lutheran School closing.

He was an active member of the men's club at St. John's. Wilbert also participated in senior citizen activities in both Plato and Glencoe. He had a great devotion to his farm. His hard work ethic was shared with his family. He loved to improvise and fix around the farm. Mr. Stuedemann was a strong father figure to his family and was very supportive of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed playing cards and bringing light to the day by singing favorite songs.

Survivors include his three daughters and two sons, Aileene (Earl) Dammann of Glencoe, Eldana (Gilbert) Soeffker of Glencoe, Glorian (the Rev. Erwin) Sprengeler of Green Isle, Wilton (Betty) Stuedemann of Plato, Gerald (Gail) Stuedemann of Gaylord; 21 grandchildren, Connie (Jim) Pautz, Karen (Bruce) Bielke, Joan (Timothy) Bode, Jane (Hal) Baumchen, Judy (Charles) Dahleimer, Jay (Kari) Soeffker, Elizabeth (Lane) Hendrickson, Paul Sprengeler, Mary (Mike) Sowa, Rebecca (Karl) Zweifel, Angela (Jon) Koffler, Joy (David) Cunningham, Jeremy (Jennifer) Sprengeler, Gregory Stuedemann and fiance, Becky Petrick, Timothy (Tracy) Stuedemann, Daniel Stuedemann, Michelle (Max) Ellzey, Brenda (Daniel) Trout, Brian Stuedemann, Bradley (Angela) Stuedemann, Kristen (Andrew) Hanke; 44 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Welthy (Edward) Mueller of Eagle, Wis., and Elda Reinitz of Buffalo; sister-in-law, Viona Schramm and fiance, Robert Baumetz, of Hutchinson; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Hilda; four brothers; and five sisters.

The Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe handled arrangements.

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