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Angeline Louise Mary Stender

Angeline Louise Mary Stender, age 82 of rural Norwood Young America, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006 at her home.

She was born May 3, 1924 in Bergen Township, McLeod County, the daughter of Edward and Lydia (Bathen) Knacke. The Rev. Arthur Spleisie baptized her May 25, 1924 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie; and Angeline was confirmed in the faith at the same church, April 10, 1939, by the Rev. Ernst Stahlke.

Angeline attended country grade school and graduated from the Lester Prairie High School in 1942.

She was united in marriage to Wilford C. Stender Sept. 24, 1942 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Young America by the Rev. W. P. Kramer. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Darlene, Patricia, and Virgil.

The family was engaged in dairy farming in Camden Township.

A past member of the St. John’s Ladies Aid, Angeline was also active in the church’s Prime Time group. She loved spending time with her family, and especially her grandchildren. She was influential in organizing family reunions.

Angeline enjoyed quilting, listening to old time music, and rooting for her Minnesota Twins. Throughout the years, she stayed interested in the operation of the family farm.

Angeline is survived by her children, Darlene Latzig (husband Lowell) of New Germany, Patricia Lhotka (husband Jerome), and Virgil Stender (wife Phyllis), all of Norwood Young America; and grandchildren Dean Latzig, Jodie Dobratz (husband Robert), Pateric Lhotka (wife Jody), Jerry A. Lhotka (wife Teresa), Marcus Lhotka, Stephen Lhotka (wife Pam), Denise Neuman (husband Chad), and Derek Stender.

She is further survived by great-grandchildren Ashley Dobratz, Chad Dobratz, Rachel Lhotka, Matthew Lhotka, Sierra Lhotka, Terrell Lhotka, Brett Lhotka, Autumn Lhotka, Jessica Lhotka, Camren Lhotka, Elizabeth Lhotka, Cecelia Lhotka, Sullivan Lhotka, and Beatrice Lhotka; sister Delores Dietel (husband Raymond) of Lester Prairie; brother DeVan Knacke of Spring Lake Park; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America with the Rev. David Winter officiating. Organist was Arthur Fuchs, and soloist was Lawrence Biermann, who sang “Muede bin ich, geh zu ruh.” Congregational hymns were “Nearer My God To Thee,” “Jesus Loves Me,” and “Just As I Am.” Interment followed in the Mau Memorial Cemetery in Norwood Young America.

Visitation and evening prayer service took place Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Norwood Young America.

Serving as casket bearers were Angeline’s grandchildren, along with “adopted grandson” Steve Noll.

The Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel handled the arrangements.

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