Alfred Stephani, 90Alfred Henry Stephani III, 90, died January 17, 2012 at Bethany Community in Alexandria.
Alfred Henry Stephani III, 90, died January 17, 2012 at Bethany Community in Alexandria.
Alfred was born September 17, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois to Roy and Elsa (Rauch) Stephani. He was baptized and confirmed at Norwood Presbyterian Church in Chicago. He graduated from North Park High School in 1939 and then graduated from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin with a BA degree in business and finance.
Al then was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy as a line officer during World War II (ships to shore station) and returned to active duty during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged as a LTJG. In San Diego, California, Al married Norma (Bruner) in 1945. Norma was a Navy nurse during WWII. The couple moved back to Chicago and raised their two daughters.
In 1971, Al and Norma moved to Edina. Al was a general contractor in Chicago and Minneapolis and Norma was an RN. They moved to Lake L’Homme Dieu in Alexandria in 1983. He and his partners, Tom Hills and Pat Ellingson, started TAP Construction. They built Summerville Estates in Alexandria and Bayhill Estates by Lake Latoka.
He is survived by his two daughters, Judi Smith (Jerry) and Lyn Jacobson (Tim); four grandsons, Garrett Smith (Miranda), Joshua Jacobson (Cassie), Andrew Jacobson (fiancée, Erin), Gregory Smith; four great-grandchildren, Sydney Jacobson, Tayte Jacobson, Libby Bloomberg and Nolan Bloomberg; nephew, Jack Cota of Naperville, IL; and cousins, Marilyn Profitt of St. Petersburg, FL and Donna Sigfrid of Parkers Prairie.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Elsa Stephani; wife, Norma; and granddaughter, Wendy Smith.
A memorial service was held Saturday, January 21 at Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Andrea Olson officiating. Myron Larson served as soloist and Randy Morken as organist. Military honors were performed by Alexandria American Legion Post #87 and VFW Post #936. Honorary urn bearers were Garrett Smith, Joshua Jacobson, Andrew Jacobson, Tim Jacobson and Jerry Smith.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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