Luella Menke, 92, of Sartell, Minnesota, formerly of West Point and Carroll, Iowa, passed away Friday, December 3, 2021, at 11:30 p.m. in Sartell, Minnesota.
She was born on February 21, 1929, the fourth child of William and Christina (Pomberg) Steffensmeier. On May 3, 1952, she married Cecil Menke at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point, Iowa.
Survivors include her husband: Cecil; four children: Bernard Menke of Sartell, Minnesota, Kris Menke of Sartell, Minnesota, Greg (Mardelle) Menke of Urbandale, Iowa and Marlene (Eric) Grindland of Sartell, Minnesota; three grandchildren: Joel Menke, Trevor (Taylor) Grindland, and Kia (fiancé Tanner Bechtold) Grindland. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Leroy and Adrian; three sisters: Mary Kruse-Chatham, Rita Sporkman, and Jane Menke.
Luella and Cecil, along with their four children moved to Carroll, Iowa in May of 1966 and started a hardware store. They sold the hardware business in 1985.
Luella was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll, Iowa and St. Francis Catholic Church in Sartell, Minnesota. She loved knitting, crocheting, playing cards and baking cookies.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 10, 2021, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point, Iowa.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 10, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with Father Dennis Hoffman as celebrant.
Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery, West Point, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her memory to Holy Trinity Catholic Schools in West Point.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com. Schmitz Funeral Home of West Point is assisting the family with arrangements.