John E. Peternell, 80, of Albany, passed away peacefully July 29, 2022, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 5, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany with the Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B., officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. The Mass will be live-streamed at Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, and 9:45-10:45 a.m., Aug. 5, at the Seven Dolors gathering area in Albany.

John E. Peternell was born Aug. 28, 1941, in St. Cloud to Edward and Helen (Omann) Peternell. John attended school in St. Stephen and high school at West Central School of Agriculture (University of Minnesota-Morris). He later became a director of the WCSA Alumni Association. On Aug. 19, 1963, he was united in marriage to Lou Ann Frie at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel. John and Lou Ann, with the help of family and friends, started Pioneer Days in Albany in 1975. They owned and operated Peternell Implement for over 40 years as well as several other associated businesses.

He was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany, Stearns County Pioneer Club, Rollag Threshers Reunion and several others. John enjoyed gardening, collecting and attending tractor shows.

Survivors include his special friend, JoAnn Mick; sons Mike (Marjorie) Peternell of Avon, Bob Peternell of Holdingford, Dave (Angela) Peternell of St. Stephen, and Joe (Kristy) Peternell of Albany; seven grandchildren Andrew, Richae, Brady, Bailey, KayLee, Ethan and Bennett; two great-grandchildren Kinley and Nova; brothers and sisters Helen (Bernie) Frie, Rosemary Peternell, Jim (Cindy) Peternell, Joan Grunerud, Frank Peternell, Lucy (Mopar) Senstad and Edward Peternell.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Lou Ann Peternell Sept. 26, 2009; parents; and infant son Donald Peternell.

Serving as casket bearers will be Steve Thielke, Mike Arens, Jeremy Frie, Brennen Shay, Mark Klaphake and Eric Hawn. Cross bearer will be Brenda Hawn, and scripture bearer will be Bailey Peternell. Gift bearers will be Kinley, Ethan and Bennett Peternell, and reader will be KayLee Peternell.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Center, 640 Jackson St., St. Paul, MN 55101.

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