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Andrew J. Stifter, 35

Andrew John “Andy” Stifter, age 35, of Waconia, died Saturday, Nov. 26 in Waconia.

He was born April 21, 1981, in St. Paul, the son of Vincent and Debbie (Brink) Stifter. Andrew was baptized as an infant at the Cherokee Park Church in St. Paul.

He graduated from the Henry Sibley High School in 1999, and went on to study at Minnesota State Mankato.

During his senior year of college, Andy served our country in the United States Army Reserves during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After his deployment, Andy finished his education and graduated from Minnesota State Mankato in 2004.

He was united in marriage with Katie P.H. Barnick July 15, 2006, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Mankato.

Andy was employed with Hertz and Wells Fargo, before beginning his career with Best Vendors Management.

Since 2011, Andy’s family has been residents of Waconia. He loved the community and recently became a member of the Waconia Parks and Recreation Board.

Andy loved the outdoors, gardening, and creating and listening to music. He especially cherished being around family.

Andy will be remembered for his quiet, sensitive nature and his hilarious dry sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Andy is survived by his loving family: wife Katie Stifter; children Gracie, Ike, and soon-to-be-born Sully Andrew; mother Debbie (Brink) Stifter of Eagan; father Vincent Stifter of West St. Paul; brothers and sister-in-law Dustin and Katie Stifter of St. Paul, and Tom Stifter of West St. Paul; and step-grandmother Florence Stifter.

He is further survived by father-in-law and mother-in-law Bill and Nora Barnick of St. Peter; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Chris and Alicia Barnick of Rosemount, and Andy and Amber Barnick of St. Peter; nieces and nephews Zach, Charlie, Annabelle, Sam, Nora, Emma, Matt and Julia Barnick; aunts, uncles, other relatives, and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Community in Waconia, con-celebrated by Fr. Bennet Tran and Fr. Michael Peters. Interment was in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

There was visitation Monday, Dec. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, and continuing Tuesday, one hour prior to the Mass.

Serving as casket bearers were Shane Pavel, Tim Erickson, Sam Katopodis, Zach Svendsen, Steve Squire, and Kurt Nash.

“Life is short but sweet for Certain” -Dave Mathews Band

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

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