Nita R. Stoeckel, 72, of Crown, died unexpectedly Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Fairview Northland Hospital in Princeton.
She was born July 6, 1939, in Elk River to Elmer and Ruth (Reed) Mord. Nita grew up in Elk River and graduated from Elk River High School in 1957. She worked for a couple of years at an insurance company in Minneapolis.
On Aug. 29, 1959, she married Dale Stoeckel at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka. The couple made their home on Dale’s family farm in Crown where they farmed and raised their five children.
Nita was very active in volunteering at the Crown Christian School where she was the athletic director, organized the awards banquets, started the hot lunch program, organized field trips and was involved in the PTA. She was a longtime active member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Crown and was active in Ladies Aid.
She enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with her family at the lake home near Hinckley. She was an avid sports fan, following the Twins, Vikings, and Timberwolves. She was a wonderful baker and loved to give away the cookies and pies that she made. Nita also enjoyed sewing and quilting, and recently finished two quilts which have been donated to the church auction. She liked gardening, her flowers and spending time doing yard work.
Her funeral service was held Wednesday, March 21 at the Zion Lutheran Church of Crown with Rev. Gary Rehborg officiating. Interment was in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
Nita is survived by her husband, Dale; daughter-in-law, Fran Stoeckel; daughters, Julie (Greg) Bye, Nancy (Jeff) Wagner, and Kim (Ken) Springer; son, Tom (Maryann) Stoeckel; nine grandchildren, Joe (Sara) Bye, Allen Bye and fiancée Lindsey Herzog, Ryan Springer, Sean Stoeckel, Brandon Springer, Sarah Stoeckel, Raymond Stoeckel, Austin Weins, and Jordan Weins; two great grandchildren, Trevor and Cody Bye; brothers, Richard Mord, Bob (Diane) Mord, and Bill (Mary) Mord; sister, Lisa (Andy) Ford; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Dennis.