Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Monica Stanger of Watkins died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at her home. lShe was 68.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Fr. John Brunner, Fr. Michael Peterson, and Fr. Richard Gross officiating. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, and from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, at Ertl Funeral Home. The Rosary will be at 4 p.m. and Parish prayers are at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Interment will be in the Paynesville Cemetery.
Monica Marie (Kotz) Stanger was born May 8, 1943, in Belgrade, Minn., the fourth of 15 children of Joseph and Gertrude (Sweeny) Kotz. Monica graduated from the Belgrade High School and Willmar Community College as an LPN. She married Michael Stanger Aug. 31, 1963, at the St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade. They owned and operated Stanger's Restaurant and Recreation in Watkins from 1978 to 1988. After that, Monica worked at the Central MN Surgeons and the Eye Surgeons and Physicians in St. Cloud. She retired March 1, 2011. Monica was a charter member of the Watkins Lioness Club, she taught religious education in Paynesville and Watkins, she served on the St. Anthony School board, the Watkins Ambulance Service, and she served as an election judge. Her hobbies included reading, scrap booking, playing cards, and going to the casino. She especially enjoyed the flowers that Mike grew and she treasured her "sister trips."
Monica was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Julie.
She is survived by her husband Mike Stanger of Watkins; sons Peter (and Jackie) Stanger of Maple Lake, Patrick Stanger of Watkins; grandchildren Shelby, Anthony, Andrew, and Elizabeth Stanger; bonus grandchildren Andrew, Taylor, and Hope Agnew; brothers and sisters Ronald, Vernon, Eugene, Wayne, Mark, Brian, Virginia, Maxine, Rosella, Janet, Margaret, Kathy, and Lori.
Music will be provided by Mary Streit with solo selections by Fr. Michael Peterson. Casket bearers will be Jeff Dahl, Ben Kotz, Eric Nelson, Paul Kotz, Nick Terhaar, and Bill Kotz. Arrangements were with the Ertl Funeral Home of Watkins.