Annette G. Stanzel

Annette G. Stanzel, age 83, of Linn Grove, Iowa died Friday, March 3, 2006 at St. Lukes Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 10, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Linn Grove, Iowa. Burial will be in Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids under the direction of the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids.

Visitation will be from 4-8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2006 with the family present from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids.

Annette Geraldine Schulenburg, the daughter of Alvilda Saxerud Schulenburg and Clarence Schulenburg, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on August 10, 1922. She was baptized as an infant in St. Paul, Minnesota.

She attended schools through the first grade in Albert Lea, Minnesota where her father was a bus driver for Jefferson River. Her father's job transfer to Greyhound moved Annette, her mother, and her younger brother, Bob, to Indianapolis, Indiana where Annette entered second grade. The family then moved to New York state living in both Kingston and Middleton before returning to Sioux Rapids in 1933, the result of job loss due to the Depression. Here they made their home with Annette's grandparents, Lena and Harry Johnson.

Annette graduated with the Sioux Rapids High School class of 1941.

Annette was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids by K.S. Hatler in May of 1938.

Annette married Robert D. Stanzel on December 29, 1941 in Dakota City, Nebraska. They had three sons, Robert C. Stanzel, James D. Stanzel and Thomas H. Stanzel.

Her work outside the home included several years of waitress work in Sioux Rapids and Linn Grove. Later she and her husband, Bob, owned the Linn Grove Coffee Shop where their broasted chicken was known for miles around. In 1969, Annette became employed by the US Postal Service where she served for 27 years attaining the distinction of becoming Postmaster in Rembrandt in 1993.

Annette's many interests in life included active participation at Trinity Lutheran Church in Linn Grove, teaching Sunday School and working with challenged children. She also volunteered for the Hospice of Northern Iowa and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Eastern Star. Her hobbies included traveling and taking pictures. Her thoughtfulness in remembering birthdays and special occasions with cards and greetings will be greatly missed.

Annette was a loving wife and devoted mother whose family was always first in her life. Her presence will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Bob Stanzel; her parents, Clarence Schulenburg and Alvilda Schulenburg Sandburg; brother Bob Schulenburg and his wife Norma; half-sister Shirley Schulenburg Rooney; half-brother Clarence Schulenburg.

Left to cherish Annette's memory are her sons: Robert Stanzel and his wife Diane of Greenfield, Iowa and Sahuarita, Arizona, James Stanzel of Spencer, Iowa, Dr. Thomas Stanzel and his wife Cynde of Longmont, Colorado; six grandchildren: Lynette Whitehurst and her husband Mike of Manly, Iowa, Matt Stanzel and his wife Amanda of Spencer, Iowa, Paul and Jared Stanzel of Spencer, Iowa, Patrick Stanzel of the US Navy Stateside, Adam Stanzel of Okoboji, Iowa; three great-grandchildren: Miriah and Jace Whitehurst of Manly, Iowa and Keaton Stanzel of Spencer, Iowa; one half-brother Fred Schulenburg of South Wellfleet, Massachusetts; three half-sisters: Ruth Schulenburg of Stratford, Connecticut, Juliana Lavitola and her husband Peter of Monroe, Connecticut, Karen Allen and her husband Clarence of Shelton, Connecticut; sister-in-law Eleanor Schulenburg of Monroe, Connecticut; half-brother-in-law Francis Rooney of Indian Harbor Beach, Florida; special friend Gladys Zweifel; several nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.


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