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Glenda Sanftner, of Mora, passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020 at her home.  She was 79 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Fr. Derek Wiechmann officiating.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service.

INURNMENT will be held in the spring of 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Mora.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to CDC recommendations, FACE MASKS are REQUIRED at the services for Glenda. Being aware of the need to keep social distance, and not coming if you are sick or at risk (e.g. elderly, immune-compromised) will help protect everyone.

Glenda W. Sanftner, of Mora passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020 at her home in rural Mora. She was 79 years old.

Glenda was born June 1, 1941 in Cresco Iowa. She lived her first 5 years in Spring Valley, MN with her grandparents, Joseph and Emma Ptacek. She later relocated with her parents Harry and Elizabeth (Ptacek) Zimmerman to Winona, MN where she started school. The family moved around a few years before settling in Henderson, MN. Her dad purchased the feed mill in town, which became a treasured memory for Glenda. She graduated from Henderson High School in 1959. She began studying at St. Ben’s College near St. Cloud intending to be a nun. Plans changed and she was united in marriage to Russell Sanftner on April 23, 1960 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Henderson. To this union 5 children were born.

Upon leaving the home Russell built in Henderson, the family moved to Braham, MN. In the early 70’s they moved to the family farm north of Mora. In addition to full time wife and mother, Glenda worked several jobs before going to the plastic factory in Mora. She worked many years there and made several long lasting friendships. When she retired she devoted her time to family and friends. She cherished her moments with kids and grandkids visiting relatives, lunch with friends, road trips with special travel buddies, sharing old pictures, letters, and family heirlooms.

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Betty, husband Russell, sister Jacqueline (Lee) Anderly, brothers Leo and Roger Zimmerman, and a great grandson.

She is survived by children Glen (Kelly) Sanftner, Rebecca (Paul Zimmerman), Roxanne (Jim) Staricha, Robin (Mike) Remer, Renee (Bert) Remer; grandchildren, KeAira, Tana, Ethan, Hunter, Kati, Ben, Seth, Jaden ,Aaron, Jennie, Angie, Adam, Andy, Patty, Bob, Alicia; 36 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Shona and Wendy Zimmerman; as well as many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

9 thoughts on “GLENDA SANFTNER”

  1. “Saffy” was a joy to work with at the engineered polymers company in Mora years ago – what with a prank now and then! My condolences to the Sanftner family.

  2. I am saddened to learn of Glaenda’s passing. She was a shining example of motheing, grandmothering, and friendship. God Bless you All.

  3. Glenda’s Dear Family, so sorry for your loss. Glenda was a special gal and always took to the time to share a few words when we would meet. Sharing in your sorrow.

  4. I will miss you, Aunt Glenda. You brought joy to my life. My love to my cousins and their families at this time.

  5. 1st cousin to Russel, want to offer my sincere sympathy at Glenda’s passing but be comforted knowing she is safe in the arms of Jesus. Would like to connect to any children by e-mail or face book so I can share more news of cousins who have left for Heaven in last months. patjuenemann@mail.com. Lots of family have gone home. Marcella connections would be welcomed. Dwell on precious memories of Glenda and faith you will see her again. Believe, she is living and well.

  6. To Glenda’s Family, We are sorry to hear of Glenda’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow. Our parents, Don & Marge Ptacek, always enjoyed their time with Glenda and thought she was a wonderful Niece. On our visits to Minnesota, I remember her as being very Nice & Kind to her younger cousins. We hope that your loving memories of Glenda bring you comfort.
    Our deepest Sympathy, The Don & Marge Ptacek Children and Families

  7. Glenda will be missed for sure! I had the pleasure of working with her and Maggie and have kept our lunch dates all these years, she was always a hoot and always so kind and ohhh so proud of all her kids and grandkids. Glenda I love you and so sad to hear you’re gone. I will miss our phone calls. Rest in peace, friend.
    Brenda Kaliszewski

  8. Glen, Becky, Roxanne, Robin, Renee and families, so sorry for your loss. I remember many fun sleep overs at your home. I always enjoyed your parents.

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