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Joseph A. Stenzel, 85

Jan 11, 2015

Born on Friday, Nov. 15, 1929, Joseph Anthony Stenzel passed peacefully in the loving presence of his wife, seven children, and many grandchildren on Jan. 2, 2015.

Our father will be remembered for his love of horticulture, music, travel with family, Bass Lake, and his many life accomplishments after graduation from Mapleton High School and St. John’s University, his years as a scholar and seminarian as a young man seeking to live a life of work and service consistent with his moral principles; his service to our country in the United States Marine Corp; after obtaining his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of medicine, his expert, kind, generous years as a medical doctor so very much appreciated by his patients in his group and solo practice of Family Medicine; his support of the Roman Catholic Church and its advocacy for God’s gift of life with his active participation and generosity in the many parishes that he attended throughout his long life of service; and concurrent with all the very hard work required of each of these remarkable achievements, his unwavering capacity to express his commitment and love for each and every member of his immediate and extended family, which he referred to as his “olive plants,” at any time we requested his loving presence. His olive plants by his wife, Mary Ann are many. His seven children, Joseph (Catherine) Stenzel, Peter (Kathy) Somers, Michael Stenzel, Mary Ellen Maness, James (Laurie) Stenzel, Ann, and Holly (Christian) Taynton; his 13 actual and adopted grandchildren, Isaac, Skylar, Molly, Owan, Emily, Andrew, Jack, Becky, Joey, Sam, Avae, Oliver, and Lucia; his four great grandchildren, Autumn, James, Kira and Ruby Rose.

He was preceded in death by Helena Fiyol, Felix and Mary Stenzel, Frank, Paul, and Barbara Fiyol, and Johanna Smith.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery, Delavan.

Arrangements with Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel, 3888 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale, MN 55422 (763-537-4511)