AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Russell Sanftner, of Mora, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora. He was 86 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, October 10, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.
VISITATION will be held from 3:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, October 9th at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
INURNMENT will be held at a later date in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Mora.
Russell Gerald Sanftner, of Mora, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora. He was 86 years old.
Russell was born on August 15, 1930 in Madison Lake, Minnesota to parents Paul and Ida (Ulmen) Sanftner. He grew up on the family farm and attended catholic school until he was old enough to help his parents full time on the farm. In 1951, Russell was drafted in the United States Army and served overseas during the Korean War. After his discharge in 1954, He returned home and farmed with his brothers in Gaylord before purchasing his own farm near Henderson, in 1957.
On April 23, 1960, Russell was united in marriage to Glenda W. Zimmerman at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Henderson. They were blessed with 5 children over the next years. In 1962 Russell moved the family to a farm near Braham where they farmed for a few years before purchasing a farm north of Mora in the early 1970’s. While farming, Russell also worked full time for a few years at the foundry in Mora and later at the Fertilizer Plant in Mora where he worked for many years before retiring in 1996. He continued to farm and work odd jobs until 2014 when his declining health forced him to fully retire.
Russell loved his family deeply and enjoyed all the time he spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Russell was a lifelong prankster and loved to play a good joke on his family and friends. He will be remembered for his whole body laughs that emitted no sound but radiated pure joy. He will be missed.
Russell is preceded in death by his parents: 7 brothers and sisters, Charlie, Paul, Robert, Ray, Jane, Lucille, and Rosie; and a great grandson.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Glenda; children Glen (Kelly), Rebecca (Paul Zimmerman), Roxanne (Jim ) Staricha, Robin (Mike) Remer, Renee (Bert) Remer; 15 grandchildren, KeAira, Tana, Ethan, Kati, Ben, Seth, Jaden, Aaron, Jennie, Angie, Adam, Andy, Patty, Bob, and Alicia; 31 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Margie Willeart and Marcella Branch; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.