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Marvin Stenzel, 1937-2015

Memorial services for Marvin Francis Stenzel of Wells will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Russell Scepaniak and Deacon Mike Ellis will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea and again one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Freeborn Cemetery in Freeborn.

Marvin Stenzel

Marvin Stenzel

Marvin died early Tuesday morning, Aug. 25, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. He was 77. He was born on Sept. 18, 1937, in rural Wells, the son of Peter and Helen (Kukuzke) Stenzel. Lifelong resident of the Freeborn and Wells areas, Marvin graduated from Freeborn High School. He was united in marriage to Joyce Larson on Oct. 2, 1965, at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells. They lived, farmed and raised livestock near Wells. He also operated Marvin’s Garden and Lawn Services for many years. He had been a member of St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells and for the last 15 years was a member at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea.

His favorite pastimes — aside from farming — included coaching Legion baseball, playing cards and golfing. Marvin worked hard, provided for his family and set a wonderful example of how to live life. He loved being surrounded by his children and grandchildren and especially enjoyed teaching them about gardening, growing melons and loving the land.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Wells; children Tyrone (Decia) Stenzel of Prior Lake, Matthew (Linda) Stenzel of Northfield and Jennifer (Darren) Hanson of Albert Lea; grandchildren David, Amanda and Calvin Stenzel of Northfield and Brooke, Callie and Caleb Hanson of Albert Lea; brothers Victor Stenzel and Dennis Stenzel; sisters Therese McCue and Virginia Deyle; sisters-in-law Lois Stenzel, Marilyn Stenzel, Laura Stenzel, Janice Prescher, Merle Stensrud, Toni Larson, Wendy Larson, Judy Schwartz and Barbara Gingerich; brothers-in-law Phillip Morreim, Elmer Stensrud, Lowell Larson,  Kenneth Larson, Kevin Schwartz and David Gingerich; mother-in-law, Leona Schwartz; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Stanley Stenzel, Emil Stenzel, LeRoy Stenzel and David Stenzel (in infancy); sisters-in-law Sharon Morreim, Kathy Stenzel and Dorothy Stenzel; and brother-in-law, Herb Prescher.