Mass of Christian Burial for Laurence Stienessen, 92, of Canby, formerly of Minneota, will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. A public, walk-through visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 18, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., at the Horvath Remembrance Center in Minneota. Visitation will continue from 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Remembrance Center. Interment will follow the service at St. Edward Catholic Cemetery.
Laurence Joseph Stienessen was born on April 3, 1929, on the family farm in Sodus Township, Lyon County, MN, to John and Mary (DeCock) Stienessen. As a child, Laurence moved with his family to a farm near Taunton, where he helped with farm work. He grew up and attended country school in the Minneota area. On September 20, 1949, Laurence was united in marriage to Mary Ann Hamerlinck. The couple lived in Ivanhoe, Minneota, and California before moving to what became the family farm near St. Leo in 1965. The couple wintered at Apache Junction, AZ, for many years. They moved to Minneota in 1991, and most recently Laurence lived at the Assisted Living in Canby. He enjoyed farming and raising cattle. In his free time, Laurence played rolle bolle and spent time at casinos. He also enjoyed being outside golfing and camping. Laurence loved time spent with family, especially with his two granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.
Laurence died at the Sanford Canby Medical Center on Thursday, May 13, 2021.
He is survived by his daughters Audrey (Guy) Chitwood of Buford, GA and Diane Drietz of St. Leo; son Gary (Linda) Stienessen of St. Leo; granddaughters Tamara (Bobby) Drietz and Trish (Shane) Bordewyk; great-grandchildren Jacob and Hannah Davis and Zahndra, Sage, and Cayleigh Bordewyk; siblings Geraldine Schmitt, Harold Stienessen, and Marian Hoffmann; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Ann, son-in-law Bob Drietz, and siblings Bob Stienessen, Marie Antony, and Leonard Stienessen.