In loving memory of

Mervin Stennes
October 7, 1942 - April 2, 2019

RUSHFORD, MN - Mervin J. Stennes, 76, of Rushford, MN died on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.
Mervin was born on October 7, 1942, in Lanesboro, MN to Jerome and Mildred (Hilden) Stennes. He was raised in the Tawney area, North of Mabel, MN. On June 22, 1963, Mervin was united in marriage with Patricia Tudahl at Rushford Lutheran Church in Rushford. Mervin worked for over 38 years for Fiberite in Winona, MN. In his younger years he worked at the Schueler Mink Ranch in Rushford and he also hauled canned milk. Mervin was an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan. He also enjoyed watching the Rushford - Peterson basketball games. He appreciated his time tinkering outdoors and feeding the deer. Mervin loved spending time with his grandchildren, and he always put the needs of his family ahead of his own.
He is survived by two sons: Dean (Dawn) Stennes of Mabel, MN, and Robert (Julie Barry) Stennes of Rushford; two daughters: Deanna Stennes and Melessa Stennes, both of Rushford; three grandchildren: Taylor, Jacob, and Emily; one step-granddaughter: Julie Iverson; one step-great-grandson, Brandon Burkhalter; two siblings: Russell (Joyce) Stennes of Mabel, MN, and Diane (Bill) Hanlon of Harmony, MN; and by a sisters-in-law: Lynda Stennes , Becky (Alan) Hanson, and Audrey Tudahl all of Rushford; and brother-in-law: Milton (Leslie) Tudahl of Spring Hill, TN .
Mervin was preceded in death by his wife, parents and a brother, Dennis.
There will be a funeral service for Mervin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019, at Rushford Lutheran Church with The Reverend Steve Chellew officiating. Burial will be in the Rushford Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford, and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.
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Jennifer and Jeff Jonsgaard wrote on Apr 4, 2019:

"He was a wonderful caring and a wonderful person inside and out.You will be sadly missed by all. Love you uncle Merv Rip "

Larry and Jance Johnson wrote on Apr 4, 2019:

"What a wonderful kind man, he will certainly be missed. Hang on to the wonderful memories you had with your parents, such wonderful children they raised."

Judy Feine Norum wrote on Apr 4, 2019:

"Sternnes family......I send my sympathy to all of you. I know he will always remain in your hearts."

Bonnie Engrav Boettcher wrote on Apr 3, 2019:

"Deanna and Missy, and the Stennes family. Such sad news that your dad passed away. He certainly cared for you two girls. You were the apples of his eyes. He will long be remembered as a happy guy wherever he went and he was well known around town. You sure have many happy memories to keep and they will make you smile later on when you think of them. You almost will need two funeral homes i bet to make room for everyone who will be coming. Bless you both. Bonnie Engrav Boettcher"

Tess Homan wrote on Apr 3, 2019:

"Uncle Merv always had a warm and happy smile when I came to Rushfird for our family reunions. He was a blessed man with his wonderful children. Very close family that loved each other so much. He will be missed by all who knew him. Love from Tess Tudahl Homan"

Jeanette Dahl wrote on Apr 3, 2019:

"Missy, Deanna and the entire family...We are so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful dad. What a kind, caring, special man he was. He always had a smile and a friendly hello. He will definitely be missed. Hugs to all of you! " wrote on Apr 3, 2019:

"Thinking of you Missy. What a wonderful daughter you were to your parents. Surely he will be truly missed. Remember the laughs, mowing the lawn and sharing Shamrock Shakes! Wendy Murphy, Co-worker at Merchants Bank"