June Fay Stoterau, age 78, of Norwood Young America, and formerly of Glencoe, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 31 at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg, with interment following in the church cemetery. Officiating: Pastor Donald Andrix; organist: Kathy Oelfke; special music: Scott and Brenda Schmitz, "Amazing Grace"; congregational hymns, "Jesus Loves Me," "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," "How Great Thou Art"; honorary casket bearers: Barry Midtling, David Holmbeck, Peter Holmbeck, Verlin Holmbeck, Marvin Nelsen, David Scholten, Dennis Bjerke, Doug Bell; casket bearers: Jim Scholten, Dale Scholten, Conrad Stoterau, Danny Holmbeck, Loren Holmbeck, Kerry Midtling.
June Fay (Holmbeck) Stoterau was born on Aug. 6, 1933, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, the daughter of Alfred and (Josephine) Fay (Sturges) Holmbeck. June’s mother, Fay, passed away when June was only seven years old. Several years later her father, Alfred, met and married her beloved second mother, Elizabeth. June often told everyone that was the best gift her father ever gave her. And her mother, Elizabeth often said she loved June so much, she forgot she didn’t give birth to her and June became her right arm in keeping the home and raising the rest of her siblings. June attended country schools and graduated from high school at Lake Wilson. After which time she was employed as a dental assistant in Slayton, where she met her faithful husband, Donnie. On Jan. 20, 1954 June was united in marriage to Donald Stoterau in Chandler, Minn. To this union was born one son, Steven Donald Stoterau. In 1969, June and Donnie bought June’s parents farm in Hamburg, from which they retired in 1995. They then bought a home in Glencoe. They shared over 54 years of marriage, until Donald passed away on Sept. 24, 2008. After Donnie passed away, June sold their home in Glencoe and moved to Peace Villa in Norwood Young America, Minnesota, where she resided until the time of her death. June was a unique and energetic woman, very capable at sewing, gardening, cooking, baking, crafting and anything she set her heart upon doing. She also cherished the time spent with her friends and family. June passed away at the age of 78 years, nine months and 21 days. Blessed be her memory.
June is preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband, Donald Stoterau; brothers, Richard Holmbeck, Ronald Holmbeck and his wife Pat; brother-in-law, PFC Richard Janski.
June is survived by her: firstborn and only son, Steven Stoterau of Glencoe; siblings, Melvin Holmbeck and his wife, Dorothy, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Robert Holmbeck and his wife, Judy, of Gaylord, Karen Nelsen and her husband, Marvin, of Hutchinson, Carol Jean Cliff and her husband, Greg, of Blue River, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Julia Holmbeck of Chaska, Mavis Holmbeck of Gaylord, Sophia Stoterau of Jeffers; as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Arrangements are with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Norwood Young America. See online guest book at www.hantge.com.