Agatha E. Horstman, 96, of Dassel, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, at The Dassel-Lakeside Home.
She was born Jan. 8, 1925, in Winsted Township, McLeod County, the daughter of Edward and Anna (Fiecke) Sterner.
Agatha attended and graduated from the eighth grade at Holy Trinity Catholic School. She also worked hard on her family’s farm.
As a young woman, she lived in St. Paul, where she had several jobs over the years, starting with a job working in food service at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
During World War II, she worked at the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, and after the war worked at Brown and Bigelow making calendars.
While living in St. Paul, she became proficient at getting around using streetcars.
From listening to her stories, she seemed to be an adventurous and curious young woman. Prior to her marriage she moved back to Winsted, and worked as a nanny for a local family.
Agatha E. Sterner and Leon P. Horstman were joined in holy marriage June 15, 1948, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
She said that she spotted Leon at church when she was 17, and knew that he was the man she would marry. She was right they were married six years later. God blessed their marriage with seven living children.
Agatha and Leon operated a dairy and crop farm on the Horstmann family homestead north of Winsted.
She always had a large garden, a large raspberry patch, and did lots of canning.
She was a terrific baker, and made the best pies.
As a young girl, Agatha learned to crochet, embroider, and quilt.
She was still crocheting an afghan for a great-granddaughter the day before she passed. Family members enjoy her many works of art.
When her family was grown, she worked with a friend, Annie Thiemann, preparing and serving funeral lunches at Holy Trinity for many years.
She continued to work at several part-time jobs, as well.
Agatha and Leon loved to play cards with local friends, and attend fish fries.
Agatha loved her family, and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a beautiful person, very talented and loving. Her memory was sharp as a tack even until her last days.
Most people thought she was funny, and even hilarious, especially in later years. She was honest and blunt, but never intended harm.
She had an eye for detail, as well. She was accepting, and understanding of people’s differences and idiosyncrasies. Her family will greatly miss the family matriarch.
She is survived by children: Ann (Jerry) Bajari, Cecil (Laura) Horstmann, David (Marcia) Horstmann, Angela Horstman, Charles “Chuck” (Ann) Horstmann, and Mark Horstmann; 18 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren; brothers: Florian Sterner, Ed (Pat) Sterner, Eugene Sterner, and Cletus Sterner; sisters: Annette Grzeskowiak, and Rita Laxen; a brother-in-law, Marcus Halepeska; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon P. Horstman in 1995, a son, Paul Horstmann in 2016, her parents, siblings: Andrew Sterner, Clemens Sterner, Regina Halepeska, Lucille Jorgensen, Marion Meyer, Mary Schroeder, and Margaret Sterner.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Agatha Horstman will take place Saturday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Interment will take place at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
A visitation will take place Saturday, Sept. 11 at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Casket bearers will be David Horstmann, Charles Horstmann, Mark Horstmann, Bill Bajari, Brandon Block, Kelci Carson, and Mason Horstmann.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneral home.com.