Peter Stenger of Watkins died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, his seventy-ninth birthday.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Rev. John Brunner officiating. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Monday, and 8-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Watkins Senior Citizens and Knights of Columbus prayed the rosary at 4 p.m. Monday at the church, followed by parish prayers at 6 p.m.; VFW and Legion prayers were at 6:30 p.m. Burial followed in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.
Peter H. Stenger was born Dec. 4, 1930, in Watkins to Peter N. and Margaret (Borman) Stenger. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1949-1951. He then served in the Army Reserve until retiring in 1978. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Becker June 14, 1952, at the St. Anthony Catholic Church; she preceded him in death in 2007.
Peter was employed at the Watkins Creamery and Nistler Building and Supply prior to becoming the custodian for the St. Anthony Catholic Church and Cemetery from 1977 to the present time. He was active with the church, serving on the cemetery committee and maintenance committee for many years.
He was a member of the Watkins Legion Post #453 and the Wat-Kim-Valley VFW Post #5460. He also was a member of the Watkins Senior Citizens, Watkins Sportsmen's Club, and the Knights of Columbus. His hobbies included hunting and fishing, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Peter was preceded in death by his parents; wife Mary Ann; brothers and sisters Edward, Francis, Eugene, Leo and Fred Stenger, Margaret Gabrelcik, Rosella Ray, and Genevieve Nistler.
He is survived by his children Michael (and Carol) Stenger of Watkins and Doug (and Linda) Stenger of Watkins; grandchildren Christopher (and Sue) Stenger, Jenna Stenger, Nathaniel Stenger, and Scott Stenger, all of Watkins; brothers and sisters John (and Lois) Stenger of St. Cloud, Richard (and Arliss) Stenger of Watkins, Phillip Stenger of Minneapolis, Delores Bruce of Janesville, and Rosemary Neseth of Perham.
Casket bearers were Christopher Stenger, Jenna Stenger, Nathaniel Stenger, Scott Stenger, Gary Grossinger, and Marlon Scheeler. Music will be provided by Mary Streit and the church choir. Arrangements were by Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins.