Lawrence Stortz, 73, of Mabel

Lawrence Stortz

Lawrence J. Stortz, 73, of rural Mabel, died on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. 

He was born on Sept. 23, 1945, in Preston to Henry and Bernadine (Gossman) Stortz.

He grew up in the Newburg area.

He graduated from the Mabel High School in 1963. He graduated from the agricultural mechanics program at Austin Technical School.

He worked for John Deere dealerships in Cannon Falls and Preston before returning home to Newburg Township to operate the family farm.

On May 27, 1978, he married Gayle Tripp at the All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville, Minn. Together they raised three children, Rebecca, Dianna and Eric.

He farmed until 2000. He was a lifetime member of the St. Olaf Catholic Church and a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus. He was known for his dry, witty sense of humor. He enjoyed woodworking, watching baseball and football, being outside and volunteering at the food shelf. He was always willing to help his neighbors, especially with fixing machinery. He was an advocate for the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA).

He is survived by his wife, Gayle of Mabel; three children, Rebecca (Matthew) Salmela of Maplewood, Minn., Dianna Stortz of Woodbury, Minn., and Eric Stortz (Jaime Young) of Waukon, Iowa; three sisters, Marjorie Welscher and Dorothy (Harlan) Gjere, both of Mabel and Nellie Kruse of Fort Atkinson, Iowa; a brother, Darrell (Sharon) of Independence, Iowa; sister-in-law, Sue Stortz of Mabel and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Karyn; two brothers, Joseph and Erwin, and a sister, Mary Lucille Bahr. 

A funeral mass was held on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel with the Rev. Stephen Abaukaka officiating. Burial followed in the Calvary Cemetery in Canton.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to ACHA.