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“Just like the sweetest rose your petals fell too soon but the love you planted in our hearts will never cease to bloom GB you Mary xoxoxo ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Joan Taylor - Stockport UK

“I will always remember Mary has a very loving, kind, thoughtful friend to me.Mary will never be forgotten by me and others.Mary passing has come a...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Joan Taylor - England - Friend

“Dear First Cousin; Rick Stenzel It is with Great Sadness to hear of your Loss, of YOUR SO LOVING WIFE Mary, It was so Wonderful to have her so...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: STEPHAN STENZEL - Anoka, MN

“Dear First Cousin; Rick Stenzel It is with Great Sadness to hear of your Loss, of YOUR SO LOVING WIFE Mary, It was so Wonderful to have her so...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: STEPHAN STENZEL - Anoka, MN

“We are so sorry for your loss. Mary was a great person, always loved when we ran in to her uptown when we were home visiting mom (Marlene Staloch). ...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Darcy Staloch-Niebuhr - New Hope, MN

“Rick - my deepest sympathy to you.....I'll miss so much not seeing Mary at family functions. I got to work with her many years ago at both Nordaas &...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Janet Proehl - Montgomery, MN

“Sending hugs to Rick and Lili and all the Johnson family. I will never forget my trip to Hawaii with Mary. We will miss your fun loving nature and...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Steve and Cookie Russell - Waseca, MN

“Mary was a cousin and she looked me up a few years ago. We would talk by phone and on facebook. She reunited with my 87 year old Mom, Helen Cooper....Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Shirley Cooper-Aguilar - Roy, UT

“To the entire Johnson and Stenzel families,My heart is breaking for all of you! Mary Ellen was the nicest relative I had on my Dad's side of the...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Mosser Mathiesen - Houston, TX

“So saddened to hear about the death of Mary. Rick and Lilly you have my sympathy. Thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Theresa Kirchner - Pella, IA

“Mary you were the most giving person I have ever known.youloved so unconditionally as be you have Lily. I hope you find your innerpeace with Sean in...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: $}Doreen $}Neitzel - Alden, MN


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Mary Ellen Stenzel, age 70, of New Richland, MN, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN, surrounded by family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells with Fr. Matt Fasnacht officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 2:00-5:00 PM with a 5:00 prayer service at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in St. Casimir Cemetery, Wells, at a later date.

**The family prefers memorials to Mary's granddaughter (Lili's) college education. Please send memorials in care of her grandfather, Richard Stenzel. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family.

Mary was born January 17, 1949 in Albert Lea, the daughter of Ernest and Loretta (Dylla) Johnson. Mary graduated from Alden High school, the class of 1967, where she was also the Valedictorian of her class. She was united in marriage to Richard Stenzel, Sept. 23, 1978 at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells, where she was a lifelong member. Mary worked at Nordaas American Homes for several years. Mary and Rick adopted their son Sean after his March 13, 1984 birth. Mary loved being Sean's mom. She enjoyed being around people, visiting and having the occasional Bloody Mary with husband Rick, her friends and family. Rick and Mary became grandparents 9 years ago to Liliana Fay Stenzel. Rick and Mary loved being Lili's grandparents. Mary continued to work while raising her family and after being an employee of A Home of Your Own for over 35 years, retired in 2014. Mary enjoyed spending time with her granddaughter and was quite adventurous. She was teased by her family for always taking photos at family gatherings. They loved having her be the photographer at family events and capturing the memories.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, son Sean; two brothers: Roy and Jerome.

She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Richard of New Richland; granddaughter Liliana Fay Stenzel of Albert Lea, MN; 2 brothers: Donald (Judy) Johnson of Wells, MN and Kenneth (Stacey) Johnson of Rochester, MN; sister-in-law: Janice Johnson of Alden, MN; Sean's best friend, Josh (Hallie) Raimann of Wells; Rick's siblings and their spouses, along with many nieces and nephews and their families.