LaJane Emma Elisabeth Stender, age 85, of Young America, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
She was born April 23, 1931, in Camden Township, Carver County, the daughter of Harold and Florence (Unglaub) Schuettpelz Sr. LaJane was baptized May 17, 1931, by the Rev. Rolf at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany; and confirmed in the faith at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer March 25, 1945, by the Rev. Schwandt.
LaJane was united in marriage with Gordon A. Stender Sr. March 26, 1949, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer by Rev. Schwandt.
After her marriage, LaJane lived in Young America. She had worked at Struttwear, Tonka Toys and Bongards Creamery.
LaJane enjoyed going to movies, dancing, and country music. She loved traveling, especially the trip to Germany and time spent at Paul Lake near Perham. She also loved the outdoors and visiting the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
LaJane was always interested in family history, and would enjoy spending time walking through cemeteries. She was a strong, private person with great faith. She will be remembered as the “rock” of her family; and she cherished her sons and their families.
LaJane was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Florence Schuettpelz Sr.; brothers-in-law Bob Koehler, Howard Stender, and Jerry Doheny; special aunt Gusta Dummer; former husband Gordon A. Stender Sr.; and many other family and friends.
She is survived by her loving family: sons and daughters-in-law Robert and Elaine Stender of Norwood, Bruce H. Stender of Hallandale, FL, David Stender of Delano, Douglas and Carol Stender, and Gordon Stender Jr., all of Young America; and grandchildren Jeremy and Linsey Stender and their children, Willow and Kylie; Joel and Laura Stender and their daughter, Evelyn; Jason and Tammy Wetzell and their children, Joshua and Ashlee; Nathan and Annette Stender and their children, Owen and Ian; Melissa and Mike Miller and their children, Isabella, Mason and Owen; Brandon and Beth Stender and their children, Hailey and Payton; Jeff Stender and his children, Mya and Abby; Jenny and Dan Cebulla and their children, Whitney and Kelsey; Jackie Schauer and her son, Eric; and Julia Stender.
LaJane is further survived by brothers and sister Harold (Jeanette) Schuettpelz Jr. of Watertown, Gerald (Shirley) Schuettpelz of Glencoe, Merrilyn Koehler of Rockford, and Steven Schuettpelz of New Germany; great aunt Darlene Unglaub of Watertown; sisters-in-law Marlene Doheny of Excelsior, Paulette (Harvey) Kostecka of Young America, and Claudette Zellmann of Young America; nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
Her funeral service took place Wednesday, July 20 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America with the Rev. Eric Hutchison officiating. Interment was at Crow River Cemetery in New Germany.
There was visitation Tuesday, July 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, continuing Wednesday, one hour prior to the service.
Casket bearers were her sons, Bob Stender, Bruce Stender, David Stender, Doug Stender, and Gordy Stender Jr.; and brother Steven Schuettpelz.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.