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May 14, 1947 –  June 1, 2024

Anton “Tony” Edward Stadler passed away peacefully at  home surrounded by his family on June 1, 2024.

He was born at home in rural Medford, Minnesota on May 14, 1947 the son of Edward & Katie (Schweisthal) Stadler.

He was baptized on May 25, 1947 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fairibault, Minnesota.

Tony grew up on his family’s dairy farm where he learned the value of hard work.

He attended Medford Public Schools-graduating in May, 1965.

Tony was drafted into the United States Army on October 20, 1966 and did his training at Fort Bliss, Texas and Fort Ord, California.   In 1967 he was sent to Pleiku, Vietnam and he served there for one year.   He was honorably discharged as SGT E-5 on August 29, 1968.  Upon returning to Medford he worked at The Faribault Woolen Mill until starting college in June, 1969.

Tony was united in marriage to the love of his life Jan (Ausen) on August 1, 1970 at RoseDell Lutheran Church in Jasper, Minnesota.   He was confirmed into the Lutheran faith on March of 1970.

Tony and Jan made their home in Madelia, Minnesota for three years when he attended MSU and Jan taught.

He graduated from MSU in 1973 with a degree in Industrial Tech and minor in Physical Education

They moved to Fairmont, Minnesota when he got his first teaching job where he taught Industrial Arts and PE.   In 1978 he was cut from teaching due to declining enrollment.

He and Jan purchased an award business-Fairmont Awards in 1978.  He successfully ran this business for many years until he was called back to teaching in 1997.   He continued running the business with help and taught part time at GHEC until 2002 when he sold Fairmont Awards.   His teaching turned into a full- time position along with coaching golf.    He was later Dean of Students until 2010 when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

Tony and Jan were blessed with one loving daughter:  Angela Christine on July 22, 1975.   In 2014 they moved to Albertville, Minnesota to be closer to her family.

Tony’s loves were first and foremost his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his family, his profession and his Country.   He was a problem solver, cook, duck hunter and woodworker.    He loved his time with family and friends.   He was a true “Miracle Man” having survived esophageal, brain, colon, prostate and melanoma cancers as well as Covid and Parkinson’s disease for many years.

He is survived by his wife: Jan; daughter: Angela (Barron) Cate; his precious grandchildren: Carter, Dalton and Allison; siblings-brother: Mark (Marlene) Stadler; sisters: Sandy Fenske, Ann (Mike) Nelson and Sharon Langerfeld (Andy Colwell); sisters-in-law: Sonja Stadler, Dawn Stadler, Carol (Roland) Klindworth, Marilyn (John) Laulainen and Eileen (Paul) Karow; brothers-in-law: David Ausen, Orrin (Leslee) Ausen and Richard Hackbarth; many nieces, nephews and godchildren.

Tony was preceded in death by his father, Edward in 2002, his mother Katie in 1990, sister June, brothers Nick, Ted and Ed, father-in-law and mother-in-law Holger and Opal Ausen, sister- in- law JoAnne Hackbarth and brother -in- law David Fenske.

The world lost an incredible man, but the memories of Anton “Tony” Edward Stadler will remain in us forever!

Cards will reach the family at 5514 Jason Court in Albertville, Minnesota 55301.

Funeral services for Anton “Tony” Stadler will be held on Sunday, June 9th at 2:30 P.M. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9141 County Road #101, in Corcoran, Minnesota.   Pastor Steven C. Briel will officiate.   Duane Esterly will be the organist for the funeral service. Interment with military rites will follow at the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 4-7 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home, 300 North Main Street.

Further visitation will be held on Sunday, June 9th from 1:00 P.M. until 2:15 P.M. at the church.

Casket Bearers will be Barron Cate son-in-law, Carter Cate grandson, Dalton Cate grandson, Allison Cate granddaughter, Tim Hamp friend and Paul Sundholm friend.





12 Guestbook Entries

  1. Amanda Braithwaite

    We love and miss you so much uncle Tony!

  2. Richard Hackbarth

    Best German/Norwegian Brother in Law a person could ask for…He shared – everything…His faith showed…looking forward to seeing Tony (YNOT) again as we gather in heaven for an eternity.

  3. Kathryn Franko

    Beautifully written for an incredible man! Love you always uncle Tony and praying God’s peace for Jan, Cate family, Stadler family and all missing Tony!

  4. Gayle Fenske

    YNOT was my favorite man to let us steal Jan away for travel , shopping and overnights.
    He was a #1 dad and grandpa. Not replaceable but left us with many memories. Rest in peace my dear Tony

  5. Lisa A Hansen

    One of the best guys I ever knew. AND one of the toughest! Much love to You, Angie and Jan. I am sure that he and my mom, Ardis, are having quite the “catch up” conversation up in heaven. Lisa Koenecke Hansen

  6. Rick and Lori Hotzler

    Sending our sympathies and prayers to the family. So glad to have known Tony and spend time in the circle of Stadler brothers. Tony was a wonderful person.

  7. Ellen, Willy, Natalie and Noa Wentzel

    Beautifully written. Tony we will miss you so very much but our memories of you will live on in our hearts and will be shared with friends and family when we gather together. Best of all, we will see you again when we enter our heavenly home. Lots of love and prayers to Jan, Angie and the Cates.

  8. Karyn

    What a legacy of love and faith! Uncle and Godfather Tony, you loved me and others so well. So happy to think of you rejoicing with Jesus. I will see you again soon. So much love and Hugs for Jan, Angie and the Cates. You served and loved Tony in a remarkable and unending way!

  9. Sandra Meschke

    Jan, Angie, and family,
    I am saddened to hear of Tony’s passing. He certainly did fight the good fight and his love of the Lord assures victory over death!
    I shared a birthday with Tony and was blessed to be a colleague with him in Fairmont.
    Disgusted with the cuts!!
    May your fond memories and faith comfort you at this time.
    Sending love ❤️
    Sandy Meschke

  10. Bryan Gregor

    I just read of Tony’s passing in the Photo Press. I wanted to share with you that while we were never close, I considered him a gentleman and a friend. There were many conservation banquets we attended together with our mutual friend, Tim H. So sorry for his passing. He put up quite the battle. God Bless

  11. Becky Tonne

    Jan….Tony will never be forgotten at GHEC, whether you were a co-worker, student or parent. He was loved at our school and made a positive contribution. I have two field trips I’ll never forget driving him to…1)Brookings in late spring and a snowstorm hit. 2)Montgomery golf & his favorite kolacky bakery. 😊 Sending my prayers to you and your family ❤️


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