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Stella Gizella Lieberg

Long-time Dassel resident Stella Gizella Lieberg, age 91, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at Dassel Lakeside Home.

She was born April 24, 1916, to Anton and Gizella Feszt. Stella attended Washington Junior High in St. Paul, and later in life, completed her GED.

Being born of immigrant parents and being the oldest of eight children during the Great Depression, Stella overcame many challenges. At the young age of 14, she began working at Woolworth’s, and then Montgomery Ward, to help support her brother and sisters.

Stella was united in marriage to Clinton W. Lieberg Jan. 1, 1940, at River Falls, Wis.

After the family moved to Dassel in 1949, Stella raised her family, helping her husband run Lieberg Jewelry, and later their Watkins business. She worked as a clerk of Little Swan Country School, then was employed for many years by National Connectors, in Cokato, and later at Dassel Elementary School.

Stella also volunteered at her local food shelf, legal aid, church, Aging Council, Community Action Agency, school, senior nutrition site, and was PTA president.

Family was very important to Stella. She loved people, life, helping others, and giving of herself. Her personal relationship with Jesus Christ was the guide that directed her, all during her life. Honesty, integrity, and hard work were the rules she lived by.

Stella is survived by her children, Dennis (Barb) of Plymouth, Craig (Karen) of Clear Lake, Roxann (Elroy) Anderson of Cokato, Kirk of Raymond, and Nathan of Dassel; grandchildren Andrew, John, Richard, Annette, Jeremiah, and Heather; great-grandchildren Mark, Anthony, Trey, and Ashlyn; sisters Betty, Marge, and Ann; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother Tony; sisters Kate, Rose, and Emma; and granddaughter Tamara.

A celebration of Stella’s life will take place Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at Lamson Free Church in Dassel, with visitation for family and friends one hour prior to the service, and luncheon following the service.

Memorials to the Dassel Lakeside Home are preferred, rather than flowers.