Leonard Frank Stern, age 90, of rural Delano, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the Elim Nursing Home in Watertown.
He was born Jan. 17, 1925, in Watertown Township, Carver County, the son of Henry and Regina (Jenneke) Stern. Leonard was baptized, and later confirmed in his faith at the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Watertown.
Leonard was united in marriage with Carol Peterson July 16, 1960, at St. Peter Lutheran Church of Watertown.
A lifelong resident of Watertown Township, Leonard was a proud dairy farmer who cherished every moment he was able to work with his animals and farm the land.
He had a strong Christian faith, and was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, and later St. Paul Lutheran Church, both in Watertown.
Leonard enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and visiting with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Regina Stern; father-in-law and mother-in-law John and Mae Peterson; brother Louis Stern; brothers-in-law LeRoy Gutzke and LeRoy Henning; and sister-in-law Rosella Stern.
Leonard is survived by his loving family: wife Carol Stern of Delano; children John (Teresa) Stern of Faribault, Dale (Cami) Stern of Monticello, Bruce Stern of Delano, and Sheila (Rick) Weinhandl of Rogers; grandchildren Abigail and Ashley Weinhandl; sisters and brothers Paulina Gutzke, Elford Stern, both of Norwood Young America, Lucille Henning of New Germany, Henry (Phyllis) Stern of Maple Plain, Donald (Rosie) Stern of Mayer, and Fred Stern of Brooklyn Park; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Merrill and Marge Peterson of Blaine; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
The funeral service took place Friday, March 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Paul Krentz officiating. Interment was in the Watertown Public Cemetery.
There was visitation Thursday, March 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, and also Friday, one hour prior to the funeral service.
Serving as casket bearers were Larry Bury, Gary Stern, Ronald Stern, Roger Gutzke, Dennis Henning, and David Henning.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.