Alphonse C. “Al” Hartung, age 84, of Avon, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, May 1, 2021, at his home in Avon. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 6, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna with the Rev. Gregory Mastey officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, and 10-11 a.m., May 6, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna. Parish prayers will be at 4 p.m., May 5, at the church.

Al was born Aug. 2, 1936, to George, Sr., and Elizabeth (Lang) Hartung in Krain Township, on the family farm southwest of Holdingford. He was the youngest of five children. He helped out on the farm and later started a job at Franklin (Electrolux,) where he worked for over 35 years.

He married Elizabeth “Betty” Thell Sept. 10, 1966, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna. He raised his five children on a hobby farm near Avon.

He loved country life, from yard work and bird watching, to planting hundreds of trees. He enjoyed doing field work with his Farmall H tractor, growing enough sweet corn for his family, friends and neighbors. He loved raising vegetables in his garden. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially trips to Canada and Park Rapids with his sons. He liked listening to old time and country music on the local radio station. He always enjoyed getting together with family and friends, whether it was planned or just stopping by.

His Catholic faith and family were a very important part of his life. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Betty Hartung of Avon; children James Hartung (Carrie Seanger) of St. Cloud, Gerald Hartung (Jana Mckinley-Sage) of Clear Lake, Michael (Cleo) Hartung of Park Rapids, Julie (Jeremiah) Wruck of St. Joseph, and Theresa (Jason) Schmidt of Byron; eight grandchildren; and sisters-in-law Mary Ann Hartung of Holdingford and Lorraine Hartung of Avon.

Al was preceded in death by his parents; sister Virginia Eickoff; and brothers Cyril, Stephen and George, Jr.

Serving as casket bearers will be Gerald Hartung, Michael Hartung, Thomas Hartung, Luke Hartung, Jim Hartung, and Jeremiah Wruck. Cross bearer will be Kristine Blonigen, and scripture bearer will be Julie Wruck. The reader will be Cleo Hartung.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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