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January 18, 2021

11/4/2020 11:06:00 AM
Joel Cornelius Stoesz

Joel Cornelius Stoesz, age 90, of Mt. Lake died on Oct. 26, 2020, at Windom Area Health.
Private services were held at the Sturm Funeral Home, Mt. Lake Chapel. The clergy was Pastor Merwin Dick.
Interment was at the Mt. Lake City Cemetery in Mt. Lake.
Arrangements were with the Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Joel was born in Butterfield to John D. and Marie (Schultz) Stoesz on May 19, 1930. He graduated from Butterfield High School in the class of 1948.
He married Verna Schmidt on Sept. 21, 1951. He worked for a general contractor as a construction supervisor for a major part of his working years, but also worked as a cabinet maker, well digger and maintenance supervisor.
He volunteered with the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and as a State Park Campground host. He was the president of a local camping club and on the Mt. Lake Police Commission and other committees for Mt. Lake.
He accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior as a teenager and was baptized June 9, 1946, by Rev. Erland Waltner at Bethel Church. He taught a fourth and fifth grade boys Sunday School class for many years and a mid-week Bible study class for junior high boys.
Joel is preceded in death by his parents, John D. and Marie Stoesz, who passed away three and a half months apart when he was only 20 years old, causing him to grow up fast and to fend for himself at a young age. He is also preceded in death by his seven older siblings: Helen Stoesz, David Stoesz, Evelyn Jannsen, Orlando D. Stoesz, Mathilda McQuilken, Linda Perron, Leander Stoesz; and by his daughter, Barbara Larson.
Joel is survived by his wife,Verna Stoesz; children: Roger Stoesz (Deborah), Donavon Stoesz (Bonnie); son-in-law, Tim Larson (Ann); five grandchildren: Kristina Schleisman (Joe), Christopher Larson (Laura), Joel Stoesz, Katey Brown (Jon) and Jacob Stoesz; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to the Gideons International or a charity of your choice.

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