April 25, 2023 at 8:35 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial was April 24, 2023, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, St. Cloud, for Eldred William Athmann, 89, of Sartell, who died April 18 at Edgewood Senior Living in Sartell. The Rev. Thomas Olson officiated, and burial with full military honors was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
Eldred was born Dec. 19, 1933, in St. Cloud to Hubert and Katherine (Schoenberg) Athmann. He married Mary Ann Lieser May 20, 1957, at the Church of St. Michael in Spring Hill. Eldred served his country in the United States Army. He was employed more than 40 years at Electrolux/Franklin Manufacturing in St. Cloud as a plant superintendent until retiring. In retirement, he helped Mary Ann run her home day care, although she may have viewed it more as simply spoiling all the children. He also enjoyed working part-time for St. Joseph Gas and Bait and discussing all the fishing hot spots with patrons.
Eldred was an avid outdoorsman who loved camping, hunting and fishing. He had fond memories of pheasant hunting trips with his brothers and nephews in South Dakota every October. He was known for his famous barbeque chicken and the old time circus music that would ring out of the garage while he grilled. Eldred always had an extremely strong work ethic and forever reminded anyone who would listen “there’s no such thing as can’t.” Likewise, whether you loved or hated whatever you were doing, you never quit something you started.
He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud, Waite Park American Legion Silver Star Post 428, St. Cloud VFW Granite Post 428 and St. Cloud Eagles Aerie 622.
Faith and family were most important to Eldred, and the love for his grandchildren was immeasurable. He treasured watching them play hockey, taking them fishing, spending the holidays together and most recently sharing a hot chocolate and a long john. Eldred was always first in line to help someone in need and was extremely grateful for everything his extended family and friends had done for him and Mary Ann over the years.
Eldred is survived by his daughter, Jodi (Chad) Gertken of Sartell; his grandchildren, McKenna and Camron Rohe, Cole, Chase and Caedyn Gertken; great-grandchildren; Ryder Hittle, Carson and Holden Gertken; and siblings John Athmann of St. Cloud, Norman (Marlene) Athmann of Paynesville, and Vernon (Donna) Athmann of Sauk Centre.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Mary Ann Nov. 9, 2019; sisters Hortense Walz, Lavera Schramel and Ann Lahr; and three infant brothers Leander, Anthony and Joseph. PH-17-1B