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Curtis E. Zellmann, 83

Curtis E. Zellmann, age 83, of Young America, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center in Waconia.

He was born April 2, 1928, in Camden Township, Carver County, the son of Fred and Anna Mary (Klancke) Zellmann. Curtis was baptized April 22, 1928, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America by the Rev. M.F. Abraham; and confirmed March 29, 1942, at the same church by the Rev. W.P. Kramer.

Curtis was united in marriage to Dorothy Bessel Oct. 5, 1955, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine by the Rev. O.F. Herder.

Curtis was a very hard-working farmer, and the farm was his life. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, especially sheephead, and listening to old tyme music.

Curtis always had a smile, and never complained about anything.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; father and mother, Fred and Anna Mary Zellmann; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Nora Bessel; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Earl Bartels, Virginia Bessel, Alvin and Kathleen Bessel; nephew, Wesley Pawelk; and niece, Joyce Pawelk.

Curtis is survived by his loving family; children, Larry Zellmann, Glenn (Debra) Zellmann, Keith Zellmann, and Kevin Zellmann, all of Young America; granddaughter and husband, Melissa and Anthony Elling; sister Darleen (Harry) Pawelk of New Germany; brothers Clarence (Darlene) Zellmann, Donald (Elaine) Zellmann, and Cliff (Delphine) Zellmann, all of Young America; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Ruby Bartels, and Leslie and Blanche Bessel, all of Belle Plaine; nieces, a nephew, and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Thursday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America with the Rev. Eric Hutchison officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m., and continued Thursday one hour prior to the funeral service, all at the church.

Casket bearers were Duane Bartels, Ralph Pawelk, Don Zellmann, David Zellmann, Mike Zellmann, Lee Bessel, and Bruce Bessel.

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