Beloved Wife, Dedicated Mother,
Loving Grandma and Sister
Preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Marie Nelson; sister, Mary Andrle; and son, Anthony. Survived by husband, Robert; children, Rachel Youngman, Angela Prudhomme (Terry Warness), Rebecca, Sabrina, Michael, Cheyenne and Chayton; grandchildren, Melina Prudhomme and Arianna Sluka; siblings, Danny Nelson, Dennis Nelson, Laurie McQuiston and Monica Marschinke; brother-in-law, Jeffrey LaCasse; sister-in-law, Terri LaCasse; and other family and friends.
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Bob was born on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day!) 1943, in Winona, Minnesota. His parents were Edwin Robert Stirn, of Cochrane, Wisconsin, and Lois (Ehing) Stirn of Alma, Wisconsin. Bob is the oldest of three living siblings; a younger sister died at birth. He has one sister, RuthAnn Bartosh (Doug), of Eagan, Minnesota, and one brother, Rick Stirn (Sue), of Rochester, Minnesota.
Bob attended Cochrane Elementary School and Cochrane Fountain City High School. He lived at home while he attended Winona State University, in Winona, MN. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration and continued on to get an education degree. He studied during the summers of his first years of teaching (high school history and business education in Blooming Prairie, MN, and Valders, WI) to complete his master’s degree in School Administration. During his teaching career he also took great joy in coaching high school boys’ basketball. His teams were back-to-back conference champions.
Bob’s first high school principal job was at Weston High School, in Cazenovia, Wisconsin. His second principal-ship was in Spring Valley, WI. He took the leap to become a school district superintendent in 1982 at the age of 39. From there he moved on to be superintendent at Tomahawk, WI. While at Tomahawk he was instrumental in getting an elementary youth basketball program and tournament going, called “Little Hoopers.” Four years later he took a new superintendent role at Wisconsin Dells Area Schools. Several years later he took a slightly different direction and accepted a school business manager position at Sauk Prairie Schools, in Prairie du Sac, WI. He got to work closely with his best friend, Dick Magnuson, who was then superintendent.
Bob officially retired from Sauk Prairie school at the age of 62. On his first day of retirement he asked Mary, “How do you do the washing machine?” On the second day, he asked, “How do you iron?” He kept up with the washing but quickly gave up on the ironing duties. Retirement did not hold his interest for long, though, and he jumped back into a superintendent position in LaFarge (WI) Schools. He retired again for good in 2006.
Bob married Mary Anne Schilling on August 12, 1967, at Zion Lutheran Church in Galesville, WI. They had been married for 47 years and have three grown children: Terry (Dawn) Stirn of Luxemburg, WI, Melissa (Erik) Johnson of Roseville, MN, and Laura (Shawn) Gritzmacher of Hugo, MN. They have six grandchildren: Renee (13), Isaac (11), Solveig (6), Kai (3), Lisa (2) and Gavin (2 months).
Bob was baptized in the spring of 1943 at Christ Lutheran Church in Cochrane, WI. He was confirmed at the same church in May of 1957. Bob and Mary have been members at Lutheran (ELCA) churches in most of the places they have lived. In his retirement he has been busy volunteering at Nativity: small groups coordinating team; usher coordinator; hospital visitation team; and helpmate to Mary on every cooking/baking project imaginable. He ALWAYS cleaned up the kitchen.
Bob had Bright’s disease at the age of 10. He was in a coma for three days and could not walk or attend school for half a year. In high school he broke his collar bone playing football. He has had prostate cancer and a major bowel obstruction five years ago. He also became diabetic in his older age and had atrial fibrillation.
Bob was a consensus-building leader and was very civically engaged. In Wisconsin Dells he helped establish a “Sister City” program with a city in Japan. He also shepherded the passage of a major bond referendum to build a new elementary school in the Dells. He was Kiwanis president, active in the Lions, a “Big Brother,” president of the White Bear Condo Association, and generally LOVED coaching and watching baseball and basketball. He had season tickets to Badger basketball and football games and attended several Rose Bowl games in Pasadena, California. He also had Minnesota Twins baseball season tickets. Most of all, he was a loving and engaged Dad who gave his all to his family. His calm, gentle spirit grounded us and allowed us to soar. He modeled patience, resilience, and the importance of follow through.
Bob suffered a heart attack at his home in the Wellington very unexpectedly on Saturday, November 30, 2013 and died several hours later at Brooksville Regional Hospital. He will be buried next Monday in Buffalo City, WI, following a service at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, in White Bear Lake, MN.Read more →
Died November 26, 2013 surrounded by loved ones. Survived by her husband of 55 years, Ned; children Nick (Wendy), Lisa (Jon) Fish; grandchildren Adam and Jeremy Fish, and Charles Kronberg; brother Jim (Sue) Nielsen, nephew Peter and niece Sarah. Memorial service Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM at HONSA FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 2460 East County Road E, White Bear Lake, MN with visitation 1-2 PM.Read more →
Passed away peacefully November 27, 2013
Preceded in death by parents, Dr. Leon and Jessie Haggard, wife Sonia, son John. Survived by daughters Jane (Rob Andre) and Martha (Mark Anderson), grandchildren Ella and Turner, sisters Winifred and Helen (Dwayne), and several nieces and nephews. Dale graduated from the U of M and retired from the U of M as a Professor of Veterinary Medicine. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Regions Hospital and the staff at the Homestead of Maplewood for their wonderful care. Funeral service Friday, December 6, 2013 in Luverne, MN.Read more →
Went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 27th, 2013. He was born on June 9th, 1922 in Fargo, ND, to Peer and Mabel Storeygard. Norm was married to Myrtle (Sue) Storeygard for 67 magnificent years. He patriotically served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the European Theater during World War II, and wrote many stories about his war experiences that may yet someday be published. After the war, most of Norm’s work experience was with 3M Company as a mechanical engineer, where he worked for 34 years, retiring as the Manager of Central Research Engineering. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peer and Mabel Storeygard, and his infant son Paul. He is survived by his wife Sue; their three sons David (Judy), Alan (Paula), Bob (DiDi); 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and his sister Veda (Curt) Emery. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to St. Andrews Village in support of their staff. Heartfelt thanks go out particularly to the staff of The Arbor for the love and care they showed to Norm during his last months. Memorial Service Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 2:00 PM at ST. ANDREW’S VILLAGE, 240 East Avenue, Mahtomedi.Read more →
Age 80 of White Bear Lake
Retired from Northern States Power in 1988
Preceded in death by brother, Frederick. Survived by sister-in-law, Helen. Mass of Christian Burial Wed., Dec. 4 at 11:30 AM at ST. PIUS X CHURCH, 3878 Highland Ave., WBL. Visitation one hour before Mass at church. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred.Read more →
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