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John F. Magner, 83

John F. Magner, age 83, of Buffalo, formerly of Delano, died Thursday, June 23, 2011, at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

He was born Aug. 2, 1927, in Watertown, to Michael and Esther (Dugan) Magner.

John was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano, where he had served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and as a member of the adult choir. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, serving in such capacities as Grand Knight and then joining the 4th Degree.

He also served on the planning committee for the Cherub Corner in Delano.

John was employed by John Deere Inc. Upon retirement, he spent many hours fishing on the lake. He also enjoyed woodworking in his spare time.

In Buffalo, John and his wife, Leona would volunteer their time at the Senior Center and the Buffalo Food Shelf, and were members of the singing group, “The Goldenaires,” which would perform at nursing homes in the community.

John was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings Helen Campbell and Michael Magner.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Leona; children, Brian (Shannon), Mark, Marlene, Steven, Fr. Kevin, John Jr. (Tracy), Kim (Scott Rosenthal), Kelly (Brian) Harstad, and Kyle; grandchildren Maya and Gavin Carson, Collin, Jack and Willie Magner, Erin (Tina) Phillips, Liz (Matt) Christianson, Ethan, Tate, Shane and Brody Harstad; and great-grandchildren Gabe and Shelby Christianson.

John is further survived by two sisters, Rita (Joe) Ryan, and Mary Nolan; and sister-in-law Fran Magner.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, July 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano.

Visitation was Friday, July 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, with a rosary service at 3:30 p.m.; and continued Saturday for one hour prior to services in the church.The Rev. Kevin Magner was celebrant for the Mass, with the Revs. Paul Kammen and David Hennen concelebrating. Interment with military honors was provided by the Delano American Legion Post 377 at St. Joseph Cemetery in Delano.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.