The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 16, 2012

Gary Lee "Cisco" Stenzel






   Gary Lee "Cisco" Stenzel, age 56, of Minnesota Lake, MN, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 19, 2012, at 10:30 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Minnesota Lake, MN. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2012, from 2:00-5:00 PM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Minnesota Lake, MN, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Father Thomas Niehaus will officiate. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Minnesota Lake, MN. Please see www.brussheitner.com to leave online condolences. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN is in charge of arrangements.

      Gary was born on March 16, 1956, at Wells Hospital in Wells, MN, to Henry and Florence (LeBrun) Stenzel.  He married Emilie Wilder, to this union two children were born, Abigail and Wayne.  The couple later divorced.  He was united in marriage to Jane Oachs, February 14, 2005, in Mankato, MN.

      After attending high school in Minnesota Lake, Gary worked as a carpenter with his father, Henry.  He also worked for 27 years at Town & Country in Minnesota Lake.  Gary enjoyed helping and supporting his neighbors.  He loved fishing, camping, and hunting.  He loved kids and joking around with his family-he especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

      Gary is survived by his wife Jane; a daughter:  Abigail (Jerome) Roiger of Winnebago; a son:  Wayne (Jennie Thoennes) of Eagle Lake; 4 step-children:  Melissa (Lawrence) Mans of Owatonna, Mike Burg of Nicollet, Ashley Burg of Mankato, Bailey Burg of Minnesota Lake; 7 grandchildren:  Hailie, Alysia, James, Damion, Owen, Landon, Ally;  his mother:  Florence Stenzel of Mapleton; 3 sisters:  Karen (Leonard) Binstock of Hot Springs Village, AR, Lois Dutton of Owatonna, Diane (Kevin) Stiernagle of Aitkin and many nieces and nephews and their families.

      He was preceded in death by his father Henry and 2 brothers:  Russell and Bruce.