William J. Stello, of Braham, died on December 16, 2014 at St. Clare’s Living Community in Mora. He was 85 years.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held on Saturday, December 27 at 11:00 a.m. at the Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
VISITATION will be held one hour (from 10:00-11:00 a.m.) prior to the service on Saturday, Dec. 27 at the funeral home.
William “Bill” John Stello, of Stanchfield, Minnesota passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at St. Clare’s Living Community in Mora. He was 85 years old.
William was born on May 16, 1929 in Sherburn, Minnesota to parents William Carl and Pansie (Eggleston) Stello. Bill attended and graduated from Sherburn High School in 1947. After high school, Bill began working in construction for a few years before he was drafted into the United States Army in November of 1950. He was stationed mostly in Germany. After his discharge in November of 1952, Bill returned home to the Trimont/ Sherburn area in southern Minnesota where he drove truck and farmed. Bill was united in marriage on October 13, 1954 to Pearl Swanson and they were blessed with two children. In 1960, the Stello family moved to a farm in Stanchfield. As well as farming, Bill worked construction for a number of years and was a member of the local 49ers union. In 1980, Bill and his son Bill started Stello Blacktop. Bill continued to work until 2009.
Bill was a big supporter of Braham athletics, and attended countless games over the years. He especially enjoyed the basketball team and cheered them on for many years. Bill loved auctions, and could be found at the regular Thursday sale at Heidelberger’s in Rock Creek. He attended so often, he had a set dedicated bidding number ready for him, even if he wasn’t there. He would get roped into buying items that he would then spend his Fridays giving away to friends and family. Bill loved to visit with people, and it was said that if Bill didn’t give you a hard time, then he probably didn’t like you. Bill spent his final month at St. Clare’s Living Community in Mora, but longed to return home to his beloved German Shepherd, Fritz. Bill will be dearly missed by many.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, wife Pearl, and daughter Linda Ketels.
He is survived by his son, William L “Bill” (Tammy) Stello of Stanchfield; son-in-law, Don Ketels of Colorado; grandchildren, Jake Stello, Amanda Johnson, Amber Riebe, Dale Ketels and Willy Ketels; great grandson Kruse Johnson; sister, Betty Ringiesen; and special nephew Craig Ringiesen; many other relatives and friends.