John H. Stoeckmann

John Stoeckmann
John Stoeckmann

John Herman Stoeckmann, age 95, of Norwood Young America, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Hamburg, with interment following at the church cemetery. Clergy officiating: Pastor Daniel Schnabel; organist: Sandy Kroells; soloist: Kara Jacobs, “Now Rest Beneath Night’s Shadow”; special music: “The King Is Coming”; congregational hymns: “For All The Saints,” “It Is Well With My Soul,” “Battle Hymn Of The Republic”; military honors: Glencoe VFW Post #5102 & Plato American Legion Post #641. Casket bearers were Jeff Madejczyk, Jeff Schmidt, Dan Widmer, Mike Widmer, Paul Jacobs, Josh Goedel, Brian Lehrke, Logan Harms.

John Herman Stoeckmann was born on Oct. 14, 1917, in Washington Lake Township, Sibley County, the son of John and Minnie (Elling) Stoeckmann. John was baptized as an infant on Nov. 4, 1917, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 29, 1931, both by Rev. H. J. Bouman of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. He received his education at Emanuel Lutheran Parochial School in Hamburg. John entered active military service in the United States Army on June 20, 1941, and served his country in New Guinea, South Philippines and Luzon. He received an Honorable Discharge on Jan. 7, 1946. On June 9, 1941, John was united in marriage to Lenora Perbix at St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Hamburg. John and Lenora made their home on the Perbix family farm. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Marilee and Susie. John and Lenora shared over 31 years of marriage, until Lenora passed away on Sept. 2, 1972. On Oct. 23, 1976, John was united in marriage to Malinda Bruesehoff Harms at The Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. John and Malinda made their home in Hamburg. Their marriage was blessed with Malinda’s two sons, Bruce and Mark. John and Malinda shared over 36 years of marriage. John was a farmer. He also worked at the Hamburg Feed Mill and drove school bus for Central School District #108 for 15 years. He was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Hamburg, where he sang in the men’s choir and was a member of the Brotherhood. John was also a director for Young America Mutual Fire Insurance, a member of the Plato American Legion Post #641, Glencoe VFW Post #5102 and the Minnetonka 40 & 8. John enjoyed bowling for over 70 years, fishing, playing cards and repairing small engines. He was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and had the honor of raising the United States flag at Target Field on Memorial Weekend in 2012. He also had the privilege to travel with the Waconia Lions to Washington DC to visit the WWII Veteran Memorial. John especially cherished the time spent with his family and friends. John passed away at the age of 95 years, 3 months and 1 day. Blessed be his memory.

John is preceded in death by his parents, John and Minnie Stoeckmann; wife, Lenora; siblings, Elsie Panning, Edward Stoeckmann, Henry Stoeckmann, Arnold Stoeckmann, Edwin Stoeckmann, Emma Voigt; brothers-in-law, Erwin Perbix, Lester Bruesehoff.

John is survived by his: wife, Malinda Stoeckmann of Norwood Young America, children, Marilee Widmer and her husband, Gary, of Norwood Young America, Susie Schmidt and her husband, Richard, of Norwood Young America, Bruce Harms and his wife, Yvonne, of Maple Grove, Mark Harms and his wife, Donna, of Norwood Young America; grandchildren, Tracy Madejczyk and her husband, Jeff, of Chaska, Julie Schmidt and her husband, Jeff, of Norwood Young America, Dan Widmer and his special friend, Cheryl Craig, of Norwood Young America, Mike Widmer and his wife, Courtney, of Cologne, Kara Jacobs and her husband, Paul, of Waconia, Krista Goedel and her husband, Josh, of Mayer, Brian Harms of Naples, Fla., Rebecca Spresser and her husband, Terry, of Beaumont, Colo., Mark Barthel and his wife, Cara, of Richfield, Denise Barthel of Bloomington, Scott Barthel and his wife, Debra, of Coon Rapids, Sarah Lehrke and her husband, Brian, of Norwood Young America, Logan Harms of Norwood Young America; great-grandchildren, Ellie, Maddie, Jackson, Lauren, Vanessa, Emily, Kiersten, Korrin, Kaelan, Cambria, Caydra, Jacob, Sydney, Wyatt, Jordyn, Weston, Lindsay, Sean, Lauren, Ty, Lexi; sister-in-law, Pearl Bruesehoff of Norwood Young America; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America. Online obituaries and guest book available at