The Free Press, Mankato, MN


January 15, 2013

Raymond W. Pommerenke

— Raymond W. Pommerenke, age 88, of Waseca, passed away  Friday, January 11, 2013, at Rakhma Homes' Joy House in St. Paul. Memorial services will be held later

this spring on Monday, March 18th at 11:00 A.M. at Faith United Methodist Church in Waseca with Reverend Victor Waters, officiating. Interment will be in the Lyra Cemetery, Good Thunder, Minnesota.   The Pommerenke Family will greet

friends Monday, March 18th from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. prior to services at Faith United Methodist Church in Waseca.  McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory of Waseca is handling funeral arrangements.

  Raymond William was born on January 4th, 1925, in Mankato, MN, to William Otto Pommerenke and Martha Auguste (Remund) Pommerenke.

   The family resided in Good Thunder, MN, until Raymond was nine years old when his father passed away.  Ray spent his remaining youth living with his mother and extended family on the Remund family farm in Blooming Grove Township, Waseca Country.  He attended rural school there and graduated from Waseca Central High School in 1943.

 Ray married Gloria LaVonne Kanne on April 7th, 1951, at the Methodist Parsonage in Northfield, MN.  The marriage was the end of a seven year courtship and the beginning of 61 years together at their home on Eighth Street Southeast in Waseca.

   Ray developed a love of fixing and building things, utilizing his skills in a variety of jobs at Buckley Appliance, Chevrolet Appliance and Garage, Bird's Eye Foods, and Buland's Plumbing and Heating, all in Waseca; and Minnesota Valley Action Council in Mankato.  He ran his own appliance repair service in Waseca for over 35 years, often being fondly referred to by his customers as "the man who could fix anything".  Neighbors and friends could count on Ray to help them out with anything from mechanical issues, to shoe repair, to tree felling.

   Ray also enjoyed the out-of-doors; especially hunting pheasant, gardening, and taking family camping trips around the U.S.  He served on the Methodist Church building committee and City of Waseca Planning Commission.  He was a member of the Waseca chapter of MADD, the Waseca Garden Club, and Faith United Methodist Church.

   Raymond was preceded in death by his father in 1934 and his mother, Martha (Pommerenke) Stanke in 1981.  He is survived by his wife Gloria of Waseca; daughter Brenda Pommerenke and son-in-law Larry George of Arlington, VA; daughter Lori Pommerenke of Waseca; and four grandchildren, Samuel George of Norfolk, VA; Christer George and Isabel George of Arlington, VA; and Celina Pommerenke Zamula of Waseca, MN.    

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