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Stella Hendriks

January 10, 1919 — June 24, 2009

Stella Korinek Hendriks, 90 , of Wahpeton, ND, formerly Breckenridge , MN , died June 24, 2009 at St. Catherine’s Living Center , Wahpeton.

Her funeral will be held Monday, June 29, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Breckenridge Lutheran Church , Breckenridge, with Pastor Mark Manning officiating.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge , MN . There will also be visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery , Breckenridge.

Pallbearers will be Stella’s grandchildren: Bryan Bronson, Terry Bronson, Kristi Bronson, Janelle Walker, Jason Schiermeister, Sherry Hasbargen, Bill Korinek, Mark Korinek, Nathan Korth, Trevor Korth, Wendy Matejcek, Jen Korth, and Kelly Korinek.

Stella was born on January 10, 1919 to Mads and Sarah ( Anderson ) Tosse in Geneseo , ND . She grew up on a farm in Sergeant County , south of Geneseo. Stella was baptized and confirmed at Bergen Lutheran Church and graduated in 1937 from Geneseo High School . After high school she helped out on the farm with her mother and brothers.

On August 12, 1939 Stella married William Anton Korinek in Fergus Falls , MN . They made their home on a farm six miles south of Breckenridge , MN where they raised their six children and mentored many nieces and nephews. Stella helped organize and was a leader of the Brandrup Township 4-H Club for many years. She was also a member of the Homemakers club and enjoyed crafts and fellowship with the neighbor ladies. She was an avid seamstress and spent many hours at her sewing machine, making many beautiful quilts. William preceded her in death on Jan. 17, 1967. She then began working outside the farm at various jobs, including working as a nurse’s aid at St. Francis Home .

On July 6, 1974 Stella married Alfred Wessels. They lived in Kent , MN until buying a farm south of Wolverton , MN . She enjoyed traveling around the country with him, and often spoke of their trucking adventures. He passed away in 1981.

Stella married Kenneth Hendriks on April 23, 1983 in Tacoma , WA . They lived in Tacoma for two years until his retirement from the Air Force. The couple then moved to Breckenridge where they lived until Ken’s death in 1999. For many years Stella made her home at the York Manor in Breckenridge. She became a resident of St. Catherine’s Living Center in Wahpeton, ND in June of 2008.

Stella was an active member of Breckenridge Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid. She loved flowers and enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, crocheting and embroidery as well as working puzzles and playing cards. In her younger years you would often find Stella working outside the house, as she enjoyed working around the farm with William. She loved to travel and enjoyed change. She was known to rearrange her furniture often and enjoyed moving into a new home.

Stella is survived by her children: Sandra (David) Bronson, South Shore , SD , Carol (Richard) Oehlerking, Vergas , MN , Allen (Linda) Korinek, Campbell , MN , Joyce (Tom) Korth, Rapid City , SD ; Her 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Mads and Sarah Tosse; Her first husband: William “Bill” Korinek; Her second husband: Alfred “Slim” Wessels; Her third husband: Kenneth Hendriks; Her sons: Daniel “Danny” Korinek and Kenneth Korinek; Her grandson: Kyle Korinek; Her daughter-in-law: Patricia Korinek; Her three brothers: Ole, Einar, and Milton; Her five sisters: Josie, Alma, Margaret, Bertha, and Judy.

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