John William Stangl, 70, passed away Feb. 4, 2019, in Grand Rapids.

He was born in Duluth, moved to Coleraine, Minn., at a young age, and graduated from Greenway High School in 1966. He married his sweetheart, Mary Lou Gardinier, in 1969, and graduated from St. Mary’s College in Winona shortly after.

John began his lengthy career managing multiple KMarts, and through 19 moves, many friendships were made. After retirement, he worked as a handy-man, which he deeply enjoyed. John loved poking around outside and renovating multiple homes throughout his life. He was known as the “fix-it guy” and has helped many family, friends, and friends of friends with their multitude of projects.

John was a teaser and enjoyed playing with his five grandchildren. John was also a very caring, compassionate person and loved doing anything for anyone. His silly smile and playful attitude will be greatly missed. He was a member of St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church, Nashwauk, Minn., and the Knights of Columbus.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Shirley Stangl; and his in-laws, Wallace and Ruth Gardinier.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; son, Michael (Elle) Stangl of Rochester; daughters, Lynn (Randy) Hastings of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Julie (Tim) O’Neill of Rochester; grandchildren, Alexander, Isabelle, and William Hastings, Malerie and Maggie O’Neill; sisters, Shirley (Nouri) Khodja, Patricia (Bernie) Dahl and Susan (Bob) Eskuri; brothers, David (Cindy) Stangl and Tom (Barb) Stangl; brothers-in-law, Gene (Barb) Gardinier, David (Kris) Gardinier and Duane (Arlene) Gardinier; sister-in-law, Sharon (Michael) Oja; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and great friends.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church in Nashwauk, Minn. Fr. Joseph Sobolik will officiate. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Coleraine, Minn., at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the American Heart Association or local food pantry.

Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit