Louise Garner, age 74, of St. James died on Friday, August 30, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System-St. James.
Louise Garner, age 74, of St. James died on Friday, August 30, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System-St. James. Funeral services will be 11:00am, Friday, September 6, 2013 at Hosanna Free Lutheran Church in St. James with Pastor Paul J. Hoover officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour before services on Friday. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Louise Annette (Minnie) Garner was born January 4, 1939 in beautiful Sombra, Ontario. When she was six years old, Louise, her mother and
brother moved from her grandfather Maurice C. Minnie's home in Canada to Sanborn. She attended Sanborn High School and Dr. Martin Luther High school in New Ulm. On September 29, 1956, she married Elverne Garner. They spent their lives together in St James, with the exception of a short time spent in Fort Hood, Texas, where Elverne was stationed in the army and where their twin daughters, Cathy and Cindy were born. She and Elverne were blessed with five girls. She was happy to be able to stay at home and nurture them when they
were young. Later she was employed as a teacher's aide at the Madelia Child Development Center for 10 years and then as a family based worker at Watonwan County Services from 1985 until her retirement in 2003. She had a wondrous love for her Savior, her family, and her friends. She also had a special love to help out anyone in need. She was a dedicated and faithful servant of her Lord in many ways including leadership in her church where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, sang, and lead Bible studies. She worked on the board with St. James Area Christian Women. She was always ready to help and joyfully give her testimony of God's love and salvation with the fervent desire that everyone should know the Savior, Jesus. Lou survived a liver transplant, battled colon cancer and has now gone home to be with the one who saved her and has prepared a glorious place for her.
She is survived by her husband, Elverne of almost 57 years; daughters, Cathy (Reuben) Meyer of Grogan, and their children, David (Nicole) Meyer of Mt. Lake, Lisa (Jay) Sagherian of Omaha, Nebr. and Holly Meyer of New Ulm, Cindy (Paul) Hoover of Milwaukee, Wisc. and their children, Aimee (Jason) Atwood of Corpus Cristi, Texas, Alisa (Donnie) Hagan of Ocean Springs, Miss., Paul J (Michelle) of Corpus Cristi, Texas, Ashlee (Lee) Crigger of Buffalo Grove, Ill., Laure Standerwick of St. James and her children, Jessica (Ryan) Fiferlick of Brandon, S.D., Kim Standerwick of Hutchinson, Lyndsie Standerwick of Minneapolis, Bryan (Ashley) Standerwick of Watertown, Wisc., Tammy (Tom) Bergeron of Germantown, Wisc. and their children, Rachelle Bergeron of New York, N.Y., Ryan, Emily, Nicolas Bergeron all of Germantown, Wisc., Julie (David) Cook of St. Joseph, Ill. and their son Samuel Cook; great-grandchildren, Tiegan, Bailey, Breckin, and Cameron Meyer, Will, Connor, and Jackson Atwood, Andrew and Titus Hagan, Aleigha, and Jayleigh Standerwick; mother-in-law, Esther Garner of St. James; sisters, Lois Asleson and Wanda Hart; brothers, Mel and Jim Hensch, and David Schwerzler. Her family and friends, and all whose lives she touched will miss Lou. They will miss her love, strong faith and testimony, as well as her calm assurance and her outreach to help anyone in need.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Viola Oliver, father, Louis Minnie, brother Chuck Minnie and father-in-law, Cliff Garner.