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Edward F. Peternell, 105, Albany, formerly of St. Stephen


April 6, 1912 – September 10, 2017


Ed PeternellA Latin Tridentine Requiem Mass of Catholic Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 14th, at Immaculate Conception Traditional Catholic Church in St. Cloud, for Edward F. Peternell, age 105, of Albany, formerly of St. St Stephen, who died on Sunday at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. The Rev. Brendan Hughes, CMRI will officiate. Graveside Obsequies will be held following the Mass at St. Stephen Cemetery in St. Stephen. Visitation will be on Wednesday between 4:00-8:00 PM and on Thursday after 9:00 AM at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Joseph. The Rosary will be prayed at 6:00 PM at the funeral home on Wednesday.

Edward was born April 6th, 1912, seventh of eight children to John and Gertrude (Smoley) Peternell in St. Stephen where he lived for 102 of his 105 years. He married Helen Omann on October 22nd 1940 and together they raised and are survived by eight children, John (JoAnn), Helen Frie (Bernie), Rosemary, Jim (Cindy), Joan Grunerud (Terry), Frank, Lucy Senstad (Mopar), and Edward, 20 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen, his parents, and siblings John, Frank, Joe, Andrew, Tom, Mary, Catherine, and Gertrude, daughter-in-law, Lou Ann, grandson Donnie, and grand-daughter-in-law, Heidi.

As a young man, Ed played baseball, was a town constable, ran a thrashing crew, and did some trapping. His work life was spent farming and working at Franklin Mfg. Ed enjoyed family time, fishing, hunting, River Bats games, dirt track racing, card games, sawing lumber, Pioneer Days, inventing and building machines and anything having to do with scrap iron! He was repurposing long before the rest of us. He was especially proud to produce kittenball size potatoes in his garden.

Ed loved his family, dogs, cats, JoJo the cockatiel, and lying in the cool grass on a Sunday afternoon. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Traditional Catholic Church, a 4-H leader, and an original member of the Albany Pioneers Club.

Heartfelt thanks to “Ed’s Angels”: the staff at Mother of Mercy in Albany and the St. Croix Hospice nurses, for their tender loving care in his last days.

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