In loving memory of

Stanley Gudmundson
March 26, 1944 - January 9, 2022

This January 9th, Stanley James Gudmundson, took his final peaceful breath in his home with his beloved wife and 2 daughters at his bedside. The sun rose and the world welcomed Stan on March 26, 1944; a day the world became a little brighter. Born a Viking, he lived his life as a warrior of the highest integrity, gave 110% in all things, and he loved unconditionally.
Stan graduated from high school in Gardena, CA before returning to his birthplace Winona, MN where he soon met the love of his life, Stella Ann Costarella. Married in 1963, Stan stepped up to embrace adult responsibilities and readily embarked on the adventure of life. A gentle giant, Stan worked hard, sacrificed often, and never complained. He loved car racing, family time, and everything 'Stella.'
Stan filled many roles to support his family, eventually landing in a leadership role with IBM in Rochester, MN. He retired from IBM as a manager after nearly 30 years of commuting from Winona, but Stan couldn't rest idly. After retirement, he moved to Rushford in 2006 and worked part time at Lawrence Transportation in Winona. A man who contributed so much, will be sorely missed but always remembered.
Stanley is survived by his wife, Stella, two children, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two siblings; an older sister and a younger brother: Jerry (Nancy) Gudmundson. His oldest daughter, Angel M. Morris of Charlottesville, VA has children: Jonathan (Jinny) Mootz, Scott (Carrie) Mootz, Elizabeth (Elleigh) Morris and grandchildren: Cameron and Leif Mootz (Scott & Carrie). His youngest daughter Kelly J. (David) Dicke of Winona, MN has children: Emily (Myles) Wolters and Natalie Dicke.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Floyd Herbert and Vernes Ethel (Glenna) Gudmundson, of Altura, MN.
There will be a memorial service for Stanley at 5:00pm on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Hoff Funeral Home in Rushford with Reverend Michael Short officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service (4:00pm) at the funeral home.
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Kandi Weltzien wrote on Jan 29, 2022:

"My dad, John Kramer, was a friend & coworker @ Bob & Rose Heim farm. My brother was named after him, Stanley James. Sorry for your loss. Wish I could?ve met my brothers namesake. Prayers, Kandi Kramer Weltzien"

Jerry Gudmundson wrote on Jan 17, 2022:

"Stan was the most honorable man that I ever knew?.I love you Brother?"

Louie Byrne wrote on Jan 13, 2022:

"Stan was one of the best. I had the pleasure of getting to know one of the hardest working, unselfish man to work with. Always had a kind word, positive attitude and a friendly smile. RIP my friend and condolences to Stella and the family. Louie Byrne Lawrence Transportation"

Sherry L Lange wrote on Jan 12, 2022:

"Best friend Stella and daughters: So sorry for your loss, Stan was such a kind, thoughtful, caring man. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Always laughing when we played cards. When you would get frustrated if he made a not so correct move. He truly was one of a kind. (we liked our fruit at room temperature). Sherry"

leo loftus wrote on Jan 12, 2022:

"Having worked with Stan many year\'s at IBM in rochester , i knew as a very good, honest, fair man . One of best of the gentle giant\'s. Alway\'s ready help. My condolences to his family. I\'m proud to have known this man . Leo Loftus"

Jeff Wadewitz wrote on Jan 11, 2022:

"My deepest condolences to the family of Stan. I worked with him at the Lawrence Transportation warehouse for 2 1/2 years. He was always a wonderful person to be around. Always willing to help his fellow co-workers. He will be sadly missed by many people. Jeff Wadewitz "

Lynne Clarke wrote on Jan 11, 2022:

"Stella and family, so sorry for your loss. Stanley would always wave as he drove by if we were outside. He will be missed in the neighborhood. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your neighbors on the other end of the block ??? Lynne and Lisa"

Karen and Allen wrote on Jan 11, 2022:

"Dear Stella and family, Allen and I are heart-broken to lose Stan as a cousin, but more importantly one of the best friends we have ever had. We treasure all the good times we had with both of you, Stella?all the meals together, card playing and laughter shared. One rarely said one name without the other??Stan and Stella? just went together, and you were just a great couple. We will miss him terribly, and want to be a support for you, Stella, whatever you need. We love you!"

Carolyn wrote on Jan 11, 2022:

"Kelly, Dave, Emily, and Natalie, and Stella. Even though I didn?t know him I do remember meeting him once and I remember how tall he was. Gentle giant You described him in his obituary. I pray for peace, hope and understanding in this difficult time. "

Jody Ives wrote on Jan 11, 2022:

"Kelly and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My sympathies to you all? Jody Ives"