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Marvin Westermann, 85

Marvin Walter Westermann, age 85, of Lester Prairie, passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born July 20, 1929, in Wandeross, WI, the son of Walter and Erna (Strei) Westermann. Marvin was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth.

He attended school in Lester Prairie, and was a graduate of the Lester Prairie Public School class of 1947.

Marvin was united in marriage to Elda Koerschen Nov. 14, 1947, by the Rev. Walter Fischer at Evangelical UCC, now Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie. Marvin and Elda made their home in Lester Prairie. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Gertrude “Trudy,” Scott, and Polly. Marvin and Elda shared over 66 years of marriage.

Marvin worked at Wiese & Kuhlman Hardware Store, and Lester Building Systems in Lester Prairie, Sterner Lighting in Winsted, Schwartz Manufacturing in Lester Prairie, and Goebel Fixture Company in Hutchinson.

He was an active member of Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie, where he served on the church council, sang in the church choir, and always volunteered to help.

Marvin was also a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Bell Association.

Marvin enjoyed bells, traveling, woodworking, belt buckle collecting and singing for weddings, funerals, and many other occasions. He cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Elda Westermann of Lester Prairie; children, Scott Westermann and his wife, Cyndi, of Brooklyn Park, and Polly Gammon and her husband, Steven, of Chanhassen; granddaughter Kristel Hilts and her husband, Shaun, of Ankeny, IA; sisters Bernice Baumetz and her husband, Richard, of Hutchinson, Donna Mae Rozmarynowski and her husband, Robert, of Maplewood, and LaVonne Schimmelpfennig and her husband, Norman, of Alexandria; nephews, nieces, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Gertrude “Trudy.”

Memorial services took place Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. at Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie, with interment to follow at a later date. Pastor Bill Baldwin officiated at the services. Organists were Marie Eischens and Alice Nowak. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” and “Old Rugged Cross.”

Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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