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Lester W. Burandt, 87

Lester W. Burandt, age 87, of Waconia, passed away died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at the Auburn Home in Waconia.

He was born Aug. 4, 1923, in Waconia, the son of Theodore and Elsie (Brandenburg) Burandt. Lester was baptized Aug. 19, 1923, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia by the Rev. William Schneider, and confirmed by the same March 21, 1937.

Lester was united in marriage to Nancy E. Riegert March 12, 1988, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia by the Rev. Robert Schaeffer.

Lester loved to work on his farm; he was truly at home there.

He enjoyed traveling, especially going to Germany and many other places. You could catch Lester fishing whenever he got the chance to do so.

He was a big supporter of Lutheran High School. In his earlier years, Lester served on the Laketown Fire Insurance Board.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Elsie Burandt; former spouse Leona Burandt; brother and sister-in-law Marvin and Louise Burandt; sister and brother-in-law Betty and Milton Kohls; sister-in-law Grace Arndt; brothers-in-law Raymond Arndt, Ervin Arndt, Arthur Arndt, and Herbert Arndt; and stepdaughter Lisa DiCapo.

Lester is survived by his loving family: wife Nancy; children and spouses Carol and Eugene Wolter of Waconia, Bob and Sheila Burandt of Waconia, Connie and Chuck Maetzold of Mayer, and Joyce and David Stuewe of Waconia; grandchildren Nancy and Doug Koski, Cathy and Gary Stahlke, Stacy and Ben Lane, Matthew and Jill Maetzold, Tony Maetzold, Chet Stuewe, Andrew and Jodene Stuewe, Emily and Daniel Thompson, Sean Stuewe, Shawn and Jodi Schmidtke, and Shannon and Rob Olander; great-grandchildren Samantha, Sadie, Abigail, Zachary, Elsie, Olivia, Claudia, Weston, Chase, Hannah, Ava, Jayde, Stephen, Jonathan, Christian, Erin, Alicia and Marisa; and great-great-grandson Jamison.

He is further survived by step-children; Jim and Susie Kranz of New Prague, Laura and Jeff Hron of Carver, and Constantine “Gus” DiCapo of Maple Grove; step-grandchildren Elizabeth Slavens, Alex and Sidney Hron, and Shelby and Alyssa Kranz; step-great-grandchildren Taylor and Ruby; brother and sister-in-law Richard and Shirley Burandt of Glencoe; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Paula Arndt of Waconia, Ellen Arndt of Cologne, Alice Arndt of Norwood Young America, Flora and Alvin Burandt of Norwood Young America, and Jeanette Arndt of Wisconsin; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was Friday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia with the Rev. Phil Wagner officiating.

Visitation was Thursday, Sept. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with a chapel service at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Friday at the church, one hour prior to the service. Interment was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Waconia.

Lester’s grandchildren were his casket bearers: Nancy Koski, Cathy Stahlke, Stacy Lane, Matthew Maetzold, Tony Maetzold, Chet Stuewe, Andrew Stuewe, Emily Thompson, Sean Stuewe, Shawn Schmidtke, and Shannon Olander.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.