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Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Morris Stellner — Kasson

KASSON — Geraldine "Gerry" Morris Stellner, age 76, of Kasson, died at Seasons Hospice in Rochester on Monday, July 27, 2009, after a long illness.

She was born near Pine Island on Aug. 25, 1932. Her parents were Victor and Meta Morris. She attended the Pine Island public schools and Rochester Junior College. Before her marriage on June 11, 1960, to Herbert Stellner Jr., she served as an administrative secretary at Mayo Clinic. She later served for 22 years as Deputy Clerk of Court for Dodge County.

Gerry was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Leslie; and a sister, Vivian. She is survived by her husband; daughter, Hilary (Peter) Smith of Minneapolis; sons, Herbert III (Danielle) of Minneapolis and Winston (Stacie) of Byron; grandchildren, Fiona, Rosalind, Deion, Herbert IV, Clara (in utero), Brynne, Marin and Lincoln; sister, Joy (Bud) Crittenden of Rockford, Ill.; sister-in-law, Arlene (Leslie) Morris of Pine Island; brother-in-law, John Stellner of Melbourne, Fla.; and many other relatives and friends.

Her family extends special thanks to her dedicated caregivers in Kasson, Dodge Center and Rochester.

Gerry had a strong religious faith and, before her illness, was a very active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. She had an extraordinary zest for life and greatly enjoyed her devoted family and friends.

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In accordance with her request, there will be no reviewal or visitation and her body will be cremated. There will be a private graveside service at a later date.

Memorials may be designated for St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kasson; St. Olaf College in Northfield for the Geraldine Morris Stellner Scholarship Fund; or Mayo Clinic, Rochester, for pain management research.

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