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Elmer Henry George “Emmy” Ronnenberg Jr.

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Elmer Henry George “Emmy” Ronnenberg, Jr., 88, of Rushford, Minn. died on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.

Elmer was born on March 14, 1925, in Money Creek Township of Houston County, Minn. to Elmer and Ella (Wenzel) Ronnenberg, Sr. Elmer was raised on the family farm in Money Creek Township and attended school in Hart, Minn. On May 6, 1944 he married Esther Oldendorf at St. John Lutheran Church in Hart.

Elmer farmed in the Lewiston area, worked for Rollingstone Lumber Company and for Dr. John Peterson on his farm. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, gardening, playing cards and watching the Minnesota Twins. Elmer was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Rushford.

He is survived by his wife, Esther; five children: Jeannette Colbenson of Rushford, Shirley (James) Pelowski of St. Charles, Minn., Allen Ronnenberg of St. Paul, Garry (Diane) Ronnenberg of Rushford and Debra (Roger) Holm of Holdingford, Minn.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Anne (Roger) Brand; and a brother, Roger (Luanne) Ronnenberg.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Willard, a sister, Mildred Erdmann; and one grandson, Rick Pelowski.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, June 15, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Rushford with the Rev. Merlin Stephan officiating. Burial was in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Hart.

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