Norman Joseph "Joe" Stender
1951 - 2021
BORN
1951
DIED
2021
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Norman Joseph "Joe" Stender

January 16, 1951-September 7, 2021

ELKADER-Norman Joseph Stender, "Joe", passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his family on September 7th, 2021, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Joe was born January 16th, 1951, in Davenport, Iowa to Norman Henry Stender and Dorothy Pearl (Willich) Stender. After graduating from Davenport West in 1969, he went on to pursue his Bachelor of Science at the University of Iowa. In 1974, he returned to the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry to receive his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, graduating in 1978. It was there he met his dental hygienist and future wife, Debbie.

Taking a suggestion from a friend to visit Northeast Iowa for a practice location, Joe and Debbie drove into the small community of Elkader, Iowa. They were met with open arms. Starting a business and raising two children, Elkader became their home for 43 years.

Joe was an avid reader and lifelong learner. Being an Iowa Alumni, he was a devoted Hawkeye fan, attending numerous sporting events and enjoying many game-watch get togethers. This complemented his love of good food and drink. He shared the game of golf with family and many life-long friends. Mostly Joe found the greatest joys in the simple things in life and spending quality time with his wife, children, and close family and friends. Joe's awe of nature was reflected in his love of long outdoor walks and the daily ritual of sitting on his back deck, overlooking the view, and enjoying the activity of birds and wildlife.

Joe's legacy will continue with his wife Debbie; two children, Sheldon Stender and Kiana Jo Stender, sister Sonya Smith of Walcott, Iowa, and niece Tricia Shannon of Walcott, Iowa.

In commemoration of Joe's life, memorials may be sent to; MercyOne Elkader Medical Center ER Department, Elkader Ambulance Services, Elkader Fire Department, or the Main Street Design Committee in support of the downtown hanging baskets. Condolences may be mailed to the Stender Family at PO Box 250 Elkader, Iowa 52043.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family.


Published by Quad-City Times on Sep. 17, 2021.
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So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Joe was my dental classmate and Sheldon my dental student his senior year. The world was a better place with Joe and I am sure Sheldon will follow in his footsteps.
Peter Pauly
September 23, 2021
You have our deepest sympathy! Going to miss hearing Joe and Linus talking about Hawkeye football while Linus is getting his teeth cleaned. What one didn´t know the other one did. Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you.
Linus & Louise Amling
September 16, 2021
So sorry to hear about Joe`s passing. Joe and Sonya are my cousins. When we were growing up our parents used to get together and play pinochle. Elkader is a really pretty town. I´m glad to hear that Joe got to enjoy the beauty of the area. Your family has our sincere sympathies.
Harland and Connie Garvin
Family
September 16, 2021
So sorry to hear about Joe`s passing. Joe and Sonya are my cousins. When we were growing up our parents used to get together and play pinochle. Elkader is a really pretty town. I´m glad to hear that Joe got to enjoy the beauty of the area. You have our sincere sympathies.
Harland and Connie Garvin
September 16, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Our heartfelt sympathies to your family. Our families were close in Joe´s younger years.
Karl & Waynette (Garvin) Rocycki
Family
September 16, 2021
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