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October 19, 1949 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Sandra Colleen Kurzenberger (Harper) 74 Of Sebeka, MN
Sandy, the youngest of six children, was born to Floyd and Ida Harper (Brown) on October 19th, 1949. She grew up on the family farm just outside of Wadena MN, where she also attended country school. Sandy married Joseph Stanley Kurzenberger December 11th, 1966 and settled in Nimrod MN for a happy 57 years together. There they built a home, a construction business, and started farming, milking cows and later switched to raising beef cattle. Together they had three children: Joseph jay, Shona, and Jamie. In later years Sandy decided to attend Wadena Technical College for accounting. After graduating she secured a job with Mason Brothers for nearly 28 years before retiring in 2016.
Sandy’s hobbies over the years briefly included: attending and joining a local flower club, leather art and tanning, moccasin making, sewing clothes, and quilting for her kids. She even tried her hand at pottery once. In the pursuit of staying active she took up cycling which included training and riding events like Bike Across Minnesota. Sandy also taught for many years at the Mid Minnesota Taekwondo School in Wadena where she acquired her 4th Degree Master Black Belt, which included travel to Korea for rigorous testing. Her greatest moments of joy came from home life on the farm tending to many flower beds and vegetable gardens. She loved harvesting, canning, baking, and sharing all of her fresh home grown produce.
Sandy had a love for anything outdoors, especially deer hunting. (She's got the horns to prove it) She also enjoyed trips to the woods with family for blueberries, blackberries, chokecherries, and raspberries. She loved making syrups, jams, desserts, even tried her hand at wine making a few times. She never missed a chance to search the ground for treasure. She was always on the lookout for agates, quartz, or new plants and flowers. Sandy also loved traveling and the thrill of adventure, always stopping to see family and friends along the way. On Sundays she practiced her love and faith for the Lord and attended Central Community Church in Verndale. While there she enjoyed concerts, fundraising, fellowship, and sharing her sought after desserts.
She is preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Ida Harper, Brother Gary Harper, Sister-in-law Marla Harper, Brother-in-law Miles Goff and Brother-in-law Roger Reed.
She is survived by husband and life long partner Joe Kurzenberger. Children: Joseph Jay (Francis Patterson) of Lake City, MN, Shona (Patrick Stafki) of Deer Creek MN, Jamie (Tracy Kurzenberger) of North Pole, Alaska. Grandchildren: Avenlee (Anthony Schul), Dominick Stafki, Briana (Bryce Croskrey), Madison, Samantha, and Trinity Kurzenbeger. Great Grandchildren: Baize, Olivia, Everly, Caspian, Syrus,Virginia, and another on the way.
The family will be having a small celebration of life sometime this Spring or Summer with invitation to follow. We know others who were close with Sandy who are also mourning her loss as much as we are. You are all in our thoughts and prayers as we learn to navigate this grief. All those who have reached out and sent condolences, we thank you immensely. Hearing all the wonderful stories people have to share brings us comfort and makes us feel closer to her.