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Gertrude C. Stender, 85

Gertrude C. Stender, age 85, of Norwood Young America, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the Elim Home in Watertown.

She was born May 12, 1929, in Helen Township, McLeod County, the daughter of John and Martha (Oldenburg) Graupmann. Gertrude was baptized June 16, 1929, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ by the Rev. Otto Eyrich; and confirmed March 29, 1942, at St. Paul’s E&R Church by the Rev. O.J. Vriesen.

Gertrude was united in marriage to Julius Stender Aug. 27, 1956, at United Church of Christ in Perham by the Rev. Melvin Graupmann.

Cross-stitching, reading, and fishing were things Gertrude enjoyed.

She managed Bongards Creamery retail store, and worked as a teller at New Germany Bank.

Gertrude would always gather everybody together for church services at Peace Villa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Julius Stender; sisters Mabel Wolter, Alice Shimota, and Ruth Roehlke; and a brother, John Graupmann.

Gertrude is survived by her loving family; children and spouses: Shelah and Bob Burandt of Waconia, Doug and Carol Stender of Fergus Falls, Lowell and Mary Stender of Young America, Tom Stender of Eden Prairie, Deborah and Ron Miller of Waconia, Lynn and Jim Vos of Green Isle, Kim Stender of Eden Prairie, David Stender of Green Isle, Mike and Lisa Stender of Buffalo, and Julie and Edward McGillivray of Eden Prairie; grandchildren Shawn, Shannon, Wayne, Julius, Andrew, Jose, Becky, Angie, Laura, Amanda, Bryan, Neil, Reed, Alex, Shanti, Alejandra, Alison, Kayla and Drew; and 27 great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by a sister-in-law, Bonnie Graupmann of Alabama; brother-in-law Bill Zellmann of Princeton, sister-in-law Delores Mielke of Nebraska; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Monday, June 9 at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Benton Township, Cologne, with the Rev. Eric L. Zacharias officiating. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, June 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia with a chapel service at 6:30 p.m.; and continued Monday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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