Arnold Stadheim, 1928-2018

Published 12:40 am Friday, May 4, 2018

Memorial services for Arnold M. Stadheim of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Lakewood Cemetery, for those who wish to attend. Military honors will be accorded by Albert Lea veterans organizations. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, 2210 E. Main St., Albert Lea.

Arnold died Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community, surrounded by his family. He was 90.

Arnold Stadheim

He was born on Jan. 9, 1928, in Freeborn County, the son of Louis J. and Evelyn (Hellie) Stadheim.

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Arnold graduated from Albert Lea High School and served in the U.S. Navy. After graduating from watchmaking school in Kansas, he attended the Minnesota School of Business. He went to work as a watchmaker and jeweler for Fred’s Diamond Shop. Stadheim Jewelers was established in 1953. In that same year, he married Evelyn Opdahl, and they began their journey together. They were blessed with five children: Beth, Steven, Mark, Paula and Jeffrey.

Arnold was a member of First Lutheran Church of Albert Lea, where he had served a term as president of the congregation. He had also enjoyed his years as a member of the Kiwanis Club.

He had served on the National Jewelers Association Board, the American Gem Society Board and was past president of the Minnesota Jewelers Association.

Arnold had a great love for his family, always taking interest in them and their lives.

His surviving family includes daughter, Beth, and her husband, Edward Ordalen, of Albert Lea and their children Jennifer (Brody Paulson) and Ahne (Tad Lunning) and great-grandchildren Easton and Evelyn; son, Steven Stadheim, and his wife, Thresa, of Austin, Texas, and their children Ryan and Adam (Lake);  son, Mark Stadheim, and his wife, Terri, of Albert Lea and their children Ross, Alex (Hannah), Grant and Nathan; daughter, Paula Knutson, of Northfield and her children Laura (Fred Semmer), Molly and John Peter; son, Jeffrey Stadheim, and his wife, Lori, of Mason City, Iowa, and their children Emily, Katie and Peter; brothers Stanley and his wife, Babe Stadheim, of Albert Lea, and David and his wife, Marilyn Stadheim, of Albert Lea; sister, Annabelle Allan of Los Angeles;  sisters-in-law Janet Stadheim of Albert Lea, Blanche Stadheim of Rochester, Janis Stadheim of Lake City, Berdine Honsey of Emmons, Ruth Schmidt of Golden Valley and Valborg Larson of Enumclaw, Washington; brother-in-law ,Tony Kocanda of St. Paul; and many nieces and nephews.

Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn, in 2009; son-in-law, David Knutson; brothers Edward, Louis, Richard and John; and sister, Edna Mae.

In lieu of flowers memorials suggested to The Arnold and Evelyn Stadheim Nursing Scholarship Fund or charity of the donor’s choice.

In honor of Arnold Stadheim, Stadheim Jewelers of Albert Lea will be closed Monday.