Sylvia Pearl Kuenzel, age 89, of Lester Prairie, died Monday, March 12, 2018, at Auburn Home in Waconia.
Her funeral service will take place Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment at the church cemetery.
There will be visitation at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie Friday, March 16 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.; and continuing Saturday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
The Rev. Eric Nelson will officiate at the services, and Jane Holasek will be the organist. Congregational hymns will be “Borning Cry,” “Children of the Heavenly Father,” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”
Chad Kuenzel, Rachel Anderson, Abigail Sultvedt, Megan Arneson, Stephanie Gramstad, and Kimberley Kuenzel will be the casket bearers.
Arrangements are with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapelcom; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.
Sylvia was born Sept. 27, 1928, at Union Hospital in New Ulm, to Oscar and Selma (Willander) Lindquist. She was baptized as an infant Oct. 21, 1928, by the Rev. Carl G. Olson, and confirmed in her faith as a youth July 12, 1942, by the Rev. John Benson Jr. both at First Lutheran Church in Lafayette. Her confirmation verse was 1 Timothy 6: 12-13.
Sylvia received her education, and was a graduate of the New Ulm High School class of 1946. She continued her education and graduated from Augustana Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, IL in 1950.
Following graduation, Sylvia was employed as a registered nurse at Immanuel Hospital in Mankato, and Union Hospital in New Ulm.
Sylvia was united in marriage to Dennis Murial Kuenzel Sept. 24, 1954, by the Rev. J. Millard Ahlstrom at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Their wedding verse was Psalm 127: 1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain . . .”
After their marriage, the couple made their home on Dennis’s family farm in rural New Germany until 1972, when they moved to a farm near Plato. They made their living together milking cows, raising hogs, and tending to the crops.
Sylvia and Dennis retired to a home in Lester Prairie in 1990. Sylvia later became a resident of the Harbor in Norwood Young America, in 2009.
Sylvia was a member of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. She held offices in both organizations. She loved music and sang in the choir at both St. Mark’s and St. Paul’s churches.
Sylvia enjoyed sending cards, notes, and letters to family and friends on a regular basis. She was very adamant about sending out thank you notes, and would not rest until she sent out her words of thanks for that special gift received or an act of kindness was acknowledged.
After retirement, Sylvia and Dennis enjoyed taking bus tours around the United States. At the Harbor, Sylvia participated in many activities and programs. She wrote “My Life Reflections,” which was put into a book; and also completed in great detail a grandparents’ legacy book given to Sylvia and Dennis by her grandson, Chad.
Sylvia always had special place in her heart for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She cherished the time spent with her family, friends, and the caring staff and residents at The Harbor.
Sylvia is survived by her children: Susan Ellwanger and her husband, Donovan of Eagle Bend, Steven Kuenzel and his wife, Mary of Mayer, Thomas Kuenzel and his wife, Shirley of Buffalo, and Philip Kuenzel and his wife, Malinda of Plato; grandchildren Chad Kuenzel and his wife, Denae; Rachel Anderson and her husband, Brian; Abigail Sultvedt and her husband Michael; Megan Arneson and her husband, Peter; Stephanie Gramstad and her husband, Zach; and Kimberley Kuenzel; and great-grandchildren Josiah, son of Rachel and Brian Anderson; and Kaléa, daughter of Chad and Denae Kuenzel.
She is further survived by a sibling Gloria Voeltz of Brooklyn Center; sisters-in-law Gladys Tonn of Waconia, Elenora Kuenzel of El Cajon, CA, and Philippa Lindquist of Arden Hills; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis; daughter-in-law, Judie Kuenzel; parents Oscar and Selma Lindquist; father- and mother-in-law Alex and Ella Kuenzel; sisters Roselie Lindquist, Joyce Lindquist, and Hope Spagenberg; brothers Vincent Lindquist, and Waldemer Lindquist; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Stanley Spangenberg, Clyde Kuenzel, Randell Tonn, Lenore Lindquist, JoAnne and Allen Kuenzel, and Russell Voeltz.