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Christian J. Hernlem, 86, of Zumbrota

Christian J. Hernlem, 86, of Zumbrota, died suddenly on Monday, July 13, 2009, in Zumbrota. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Christ Lutheran Church in Zumbrota with the Rev. Wayne Schoch officiating. Burial will be in Zumbrota Cemetery. Visitation will be 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Christian John Hernlem was born on Oct. 26, 1922, in Suring, Wis., to Christ and Olive (nee Schultz) Hernlem. At the age of 2, he move with his family to the Zumbrota area. He attended country school and started farming with his parents. On June 19, 1948, he married Estella Dahling at her parent's farm in Featherstone Township. They farmed with his parents until 1956 when they purchased the farm. They retired in the early 1990s and moved into Zumbrota in 2005. Christian enjoyed fishing, playing cards, his grandchildren's activities, watching the Minnesota Twins and telling stories. Christian was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, served on the Town Board from 1970-2005 and was a former member of the Zumbrota Lions Club.

Christian is survived by his wife, Estella; four daughters, Carol (Dennis) Scanlan of Rochester, Cathay (Grant) Hoven of Wanamingo, Corinne (Ronald) Nygaard and Corlis (Billy) Gifford, both of Zumbrota; special nieces, Debby (Mick) Klug of Zumbrota and Kim Hernlem of Rochester; grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Christian was preceded in death by his son, John; two brothers, Conrad and Paul; and his parents.

Arrangements are with the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Larson Chapel in Zumbrota.