September 9, 2013


Albert Michael Sturm, 89, of Manning, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at home surrounded by his family.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning. Celebrant will be the Rev. Robert Gralapp.

Mass servers will be Ray Thielen and Vicki Thielen. Eucharistic ministers will be Ray Thielen and Vicki Thielen. Lector will be Abby Sturm. Gift bearers will be Albert's children.

Casket bearers will be grandsons Justin Sturm, Chris Sturm, Ben Sturm, Joey Sturm, Shawn Swanson, Cody Swanson, Adam Sturm, Aaron Sturm, Aric Sturm and Sam Sturm.

Honorary casket bearers will be granddaughters Abbey Sturm, Mandy Zimmerman, Amy McCollough, Kelsey Sebern, Heather Eischeid, Rachelle Sturm and Tess Sturm.

Music will be "How Great Thou Art," "On Eagle's Wings," "Amazing Grace" and "Be Not Afraid" by Sacred Heart choir and organist Pat Heithoff.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manning.

Visitation will begin at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning with Knights of Columbus rosary at 4 p.m. and a parish prayer service at 7 p.m.

Albert Michael, son of Wolfgang and Frances (Hacker) Sturm, was born June 23, 1924 on a farm near Roselle, Iowa. He lived with his family near Roselle for a year and then the family moved to a farm southeast of Templeton. Albert attended school in Templeton and then started farming with his father.

On Sept. 1, 1948, Albert married Ardith Ann Bluml at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Halbur, Iowa. They were the parents of seven children. They farmed and raised their family near Templeton and then farmed northwest of Manning for 54 years. Albert and Ardith lived in Manning after retiring.

In addition to farming, Albert worked at M&I Dehy for 10 years and operated Sturm's Corn Shelling. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing cards, dancing and watching WWF Wrestling on television. Above all he was devoted to his children and their families. Albert was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Manning and the Knights of Columbus.

Albert's health began to decline recently, however, he was able to remain at home with the loving care of his family.

Albert is survived by his wife of 65 years Ardith Sturm of Manning; seven children: Kenneth (Claudia) Sturm of Mesa, Ariz., Robert (Barbara) Sturm of Halbur, Karen (Carl) Herreman of Omaha, Neb., Larry (Dawn) Sturm of Manilla, Donna (Jeffrey) Alfers of Manning, Randy (Denise) Sturm of Ankeny, and Russell (Amy) Sturm of Avoca; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Mildred Sturm of Lake View, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Preceding him in death are his parents; all of his nine siblings, making Albert the last of his family: Agnes (Dave) Wiederin, Rose (Ted) Wiederin, Sophia (Ed) Nepple, Mary (Herbert) Riesberg, Hilda (Andrew) Riesberg, Eddie Sturm, Leonard (Dorthy) Sturm, Norbert (Marjorie) Sturm and Wolfgang Sturm Jr., in infancy.