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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.

2 thoughts on “RUSSELL G. SANFTNER”

  1. Hi, Glenda, Cy called. I called Linda Ulmen Schweiss and Theresa Ulmen Widmer as well as Norbert in Wisconsin. Linda was going to call her three sisters and Kathleen would connect with Ed Ulmen’s family through Carmen who was Kenny’s wife. All five of the boys at Madelia are gone due to heart attacks, cancer, emphysema and maybe other causes. Dick lives at Brainerd, has had health problems but sounds like he is doing better now. Not fun to get old, but that is life. I think you will be getting cards as each one seems to have full schedule or because of the distance and vehicles not the best. Theresa would be coming but her vehicle is bucking, said she may have to get a different one. Maybe she will work it out to come anyhow some way. I sure wish I could be with your family that day.Linda’s husband had major health problems, spent time in Rochester, almost died but God worked miracles and he is alive but they have medical appointment Monday and she works two jobs. Hard to lose loved ones but those who are leaving are for sure in a better place than we are for the world is so sick, very scary future ahead for us all especially our children and grandchildren. May God’s blessings rest on you and your family. Love and prayers, cousin, Pat Ulmen Juenemann

  2. It’s been a long while since the Sheller-Globe days. I’ve been thinking about you since I read this sad news, and hope all will go well for you and your family now and in the days to come.

    With love and sympathy, Saffy.

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