Elmer Lee Stenstrom (1926 - 2011)

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Funeral services for Elmer L. Stenstrom, 85, were held Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids. Rev. Lynn Gunderson officiating. Interment was in the Orange Township Cemetery south of Coon Rapids. Casket bearers were John Hoffman, Kenneth Hoffman, Brad Weber and Jeff Shirbroun.
Elmer Lee, son of George and Helen (Wickland) Stenstrom, was born August 21, 1926 at home in Audubon County. Following graduation from Viola High School, he farmed in Audubon and Carroll Counties. On Feb. 23, 1947, he was united in marriage with Thelma Ruth Coulter. Thelma passed away in 1996. Elmer was united in marriage with Jean Heydon at the Little Brown Church in the Vale on Aug. 11, 1998. Elmer was a long-time resident of Coon Rapids and an active member of the community. He served on the Four County Fair Board for 35 years and the Farm Bureau Board for 15 years. Elmer was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids. In his retirement he enjoyed year-round yard work, metal crafts and working in his shop.
Elmer became a resident of the Thomas Rest Haven nursing home in Coon Rapids in 2007. He died there on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at the age of 85 years, 2 months and 18 days.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Thelma; brother Albert Stenstrom; sisters Doris Walker and Evelyn Hansen.
Survivors include his wife Jean Stenstrom; brother Ed Stenstrom of Coon Rapids; daughters Phyllis Garnant of New Jersey and Helen Schlegel of Indiana; grandchildren Lara Garnant, Captain Karl Schlegel, USMC and Erik Schlegel; great-grandchildren Parker and Alison Schlegel; and numerous nieces, nephews, and step-children around the country. Elmer's family suggests that memorial donations may be made to Thomas Rest Haven. Ohdefuneralhome.com
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Nov. 18 to Nov. 25, 2011