Lester J. Syrstad, 85, of Sandusky, passed away late Monday afternoon, Sept. 24, 2007, in the Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky, after an illness.
He was born Feb. 12, 1922, in Eden Township, Minn., but grew up in Grand Forks, N.D. He was in the U.S. Army from 1942-46 during World War II and served in the European Theater. He moved to Sandusky in 1947 and retired from Scott Paper after nearly 30 years. Lester was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and a life member of VFW 2529. He loved woodworking andgardening.
He is survived by his wife, married July 28, 1979, Lenore (Grahl) Syrstad; stepdaughters, Peggy (Ernie) Windnagle of Sandusky and Lynne (Richard) Erb of Reisterstown, Md.; stepson, James (Barbara) Grahl of North Bloomfield, Ohio; 10 step grandchildren; 17 step great-grandchildren; brothers, Morris and Omar (LaVernne), both of Minnesota, Raymond of Wisconsin and Alan Syrstad of North Dakota; sisters, Minerva (Charles) Wurr and Delores (B.J.) Martin, both of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Tina Syrstad; first wife, Marguerite (Canfield) Shelby Syrstad; brother, Ovie Syrstad who died on Luzon during World War II; stepsons, Thomas Shelby and Timothy Grahl; and step granddaughter, Julie Ann Windnagle.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday in David F. Koch Funeral Home, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, where prayers will be 1:10 p.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave.,Sandusky. The Rev. James K. Say will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky.
Contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; or to one's favorite charity.