Memorial services for Marcella (Sally) A. Kestner, age 93, of Albert Lea will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Theodore Catholic Church. Father Russell Scepaniak will officiate. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the services at the church. Online condolences are welcome at: www.bayviewfuneral.com
Sally died after a brief struggle with cancer, on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Thorne Crest Retirement Center.
Sally was born on Feb. 27, 1923 in Sleepy Eye, MN, the daughter of John and Anna (Haala) Soukup. She attended rural school in Sleepy Eye. On May 17, 1945 she was united in marriage to Joseph Kestner at St. Maryâs Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, MN. The couple lived in Sleepy Eye for several years. The family moved to Albert Lea in 1957. Sally enjoyed sewing, gardening, bird watching and fishing with her family. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. She had a strong faith in God and was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church where she was a member of the Guilds and the quilting club.
Survivors include her children: daughter Ann Kestner, Minneapolis, MN, sons Chuck (Cathy Renfro) Kestner, Belton, MO., Jim (Mary Lingen) Kestner, Backus, MN, and John (Lynn Varpness) Kestner, St. Paul, MN. Grandchildren: Amy (Andy) Hageman and Michael (Kara) Kestner. Great grandsons Ryan and Joseph Hageman. Sisters: Anne Marie West, Denver, CO and Ordell Krambeer, Sleepy Eye.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe, sister Alice and brothers Everett and Clifford.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Theodore Catholic Church.
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