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Obituary for Orgene Stampfli

Orgene  Stampfli
Orgene H. Stampfli, 93, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of Applewood Apartments, died Sunday, October 7, 2018. Memorial services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, October 13 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

Orgene Stampfli was born in Hillsboro, North Dakota, on April 15, 1925, where she was baptized into the family of God, beginning a life of faithful service to Him. She soon moved with her family to rural Crystal, North Dakota, where her father, the Reverend Max Jank served St. Johns Lutheran Church. She grew up there along with her younger sisters Dorothy, Miriam, and Gloria. A fourth sister, Mary came along 20 years after Orgene’s birth.

When her father entered the Army in 1943 to serve as a chaplain during World War II, Orgene began a series of moves which would characterize much of the rest of her life. After completing high school in Iowa City, she moved to northern California with her family. The final days of the war found her serving as a telephone operator in Pacific Grove. A move to Massachusetts followed, before Orgene decided to head off to college with her sister Gloria.

The sisters attended St. Johns College in Winfield, Kansas, where Orgene was certified to teach elementary education. For 10 years, she was a teacher in a variety of Lutheran Schools in Michigan, Indiana, Florida, and California. Though her teaching career constituted only a relatively small portion of her life, Orgene always talked fondly of her years in the classroom, thought of herself as a teacher, and used her teaching skills often with her daughter and later her three grandchildren. Her final teaching position was in Oxnard, California, where she met Howard Stampfli. They married in 1958 and lived happily together for 51 years, until his death in 2010. Their homes included Oakland, CA; Milwaukee, WI; St. Louis, MO; Maryland, and Florida. In 1978, Orgene and Howard moved to Sioux Falls, SD, where they lived for the next 25 years.

Their marriage was blessed with a single child, Ruth, in 1961. Ruth married Jonathan Barz in 1989, and Orgene was soon elated to welcome three grandchildren into her life – Emily, Megan, and Zachary -- who became a source of constant joy. In 2004, Orgene and Howard followed the Barz family to Dubuque, where life revolved around family time, invariably including Sunday dinner followed by an intense game of canasta. Orgene and Howard settled into the Applewood Apartments, where she lived until the final sixth months of her life. Following a brief stay in the hospital, she moved in with her daughter’s family for three months, but her health continued to fail, prompting a move into Stonehill Care Center, where she died peacefully in her sleep on the night of October 7, 2018.

Orgene lived a life shaped by God’s grace and devoted to worship, prayer, and Bible study. As the daughter of a Lutheran pastor and army chaplain, as a Lutheran school teacher, and as the wife of a Lutheran lay minister and choir director, she moved frequently, with each move settling into a church home where she worshiped faithfully and sought to serve her Lord. She died confident in God’s promises of eternal life for all who trust in Jesus’ redeeming death and resurrection. As her granddaughter Emily put it, “And now this nomad daughter-of-God – who lived almost more places than she could count – is home. Home with Jesus.”

Memorials may given to Dubuque Lutheran Schools 2145 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002.

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