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Karl John Hoernemann

Funeral services celebrating the life of Karl John Hoernemann, age 86 of Lester Prairie, were Sunday, Dec. 19 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Lester Prairie.

Karl died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004.

He was born the son of John and Emma (ZumHofe) Hoernemann Sept. 12, 1918 in Bergen Township of McLeod County. He was baptized Oct. 6, 1918, and confirmed April 9, 1933 at the Frieden’s “County Line” United Church of Christ.

He attended the District 48 country school.

Karl enlisted in the United States Army Jan. 13, 1942 at Fort Snelling. He served until his honorable discharge Jan. 6, 1946 at Chanute Field, Ill. During his service, he was awarded the American Theatre ribbon, the Good Conduct medal, and the WWII Victory medal.

Karl was united in marriage with Helma Panning May 4, 1946 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Hamburg.

That same year, Karl was confirmed in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. The couple made their home in Bergen Township, where they were engaged in farming.

Early on, Karl took employment off the farm, first by working for the City of Lester Prairie. He later was employed by Lemke Plumbing and Heating, the Jenneke gas station, and the Farmer’s Coop Elevator.

After retirement, Karl worked part-time at the fertilizer plant with Terry Ernst.

Karl was active in the community as a 4-H leader, driving school bus, and as a member of the American Legion, serving as a past commander.

Karl was very active at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church as a steward, usher, board of education member, and as an usher for many of the church’s funerals.

He enjoyed woodworking, mowing lawn, golfing, and bowling.

During his 46 years with Alcoholics Anonymous, Karl was an encouragement to many who struggled.

Karl will be remembered for his willingness to always help others.

Karl was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Herbert, William, and two in infancy; and sisters Gertrude Marks and Emma Kloempken.

He is survived by his wife, Helma Hoernemann of Lester Prairie; children: Arline Pysick (husband Robert) of Watertown, Bev Hoernemann (special friend Craig Bertelson) of Hopkins, David Hoernemann (wife Rita) of Lester Prairie, John Hoernemann (wife Laurie) of Zumbrota, Mary Fisher (husband Roger) of Arlington, and Lynn Peterson (husband Keith) of Chandler, Ariz.; grandchildren: Jason Pysick (wife Jessica), Nate Pysick (wife Betsy), Amy Leuthner (husband Ben), Matt Hoernemann (wife Heather), Andrew Hoernemann (wife Casey), Amanda Streufert (husband Joe), Katie Hoernemann, Kristen Hoernemann, Adam Hoernemann, Todd Fisher, and Tara Fisher.

He is further survived by great- grandchildren Austin and Abby Pysick, and Katlin, Callie and Gabbie Hoernemann; sister Esther Meyer of Lafayette; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Norma and Elmer Engelmann of Plato, Marvin and Violet Panning of Glencoe, Irmgard and Elmer Otto of Arlington, Melroy Panning of Grand Rapids, Gordon and Lois Panning of Hamburg, Werner and Evelyn Panning of Aitkin, William and Deanna Panning of Hamburg, Martha and Harvin Smith, and Marilyn Bjelland of Norwood Young America, and Ottilie Hoernemann of Glencoe; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

The Rev. Eric Nelson officiated at the 2 p.m. funeral service. Music was provided by organist Jane Holasek, and soloist Joe Streufert, who sang “One Day At A Time.” Congregational hymns were “What God Ordains Is Always Good,” “Who Knows When Death Will Overtake Me,” and “The Lord Is My Shepherd.”

Serving as casket bearers were Karl’s grandsons; and his granddaughters were the honorary casket bearers. Interment was in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Lester Prairie.

Visitation and evening prayer service took place Saturday at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

The Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie handled the arrangements.

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