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Rev. Norman Sifferath, 81, Hutchinson

The Rev. Norman A. Sifferath, 81, of Hutchinson, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the Hutchinson Health Hospital.
 
The funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 1, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart with the Rev. Mahlon Bekedam officiating. Adline Kottke was the organist.
 
Casket bearers were Tanner Sifferath, Jack Grimm, Leeland Sifferath, Quentin Schmierer, Paul Grimm and Karly Sifferath. 
Interment was in the church cemetery.
 
The Rev. Norman A. Sifferath was born Nov. 1, 1933, in Round Grove Township, McLeod County, to William and Emilie (Bartels) Sifferath. He was baptized Nov. 26, 1933, and confirmed in his faith on July 6, 1947, both at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. He grew up in rural Winthrop and attended country school in District 52 until the sixth grade. He was a graduate of the Buffalo Lake High School class of 1951. He furthered his education at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He then attended Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa; he graduated and was ordained in 1959.
 
His first call was to a two-point parish in Wisconsin — Cicero Lutheran in rural Black Creek and St. Mark’s Lutheran in Navarino. St. Mark’s was eventually realigned and the second congregation was Our Savior’s Lutheran in rural Pulaski. Rev. Sifferath next served at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Stanley, Wisconsin. He was called to a two-point parish in Montevideo — Jevnaker Lutheran and Mandt Lutheran — and served there until his retirement. Upon retirement, he joined St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart, where he remained a member until his death.
 
During his lifetime, he had a number of interests. He was an avid stamp and coin collector, enjoyed photography and making wine. He enjoyed flying and was a licensed pilot. As an accomplished woodworker, he created many beautiful pieces for family members. He enjoyed listening to music and playing the organ. He also loved technology and spent many hours on his computer converting his music into a digital format, as was evidenced by his massive music files. At his residence at Prince of Peace Retirement Living, he enjoyed competing in the Wii bowling league (he even scored a perfect 300 game!) He also enjoyed puzzles, but most of all, he enjoyed the time he spent with his family.
 
He is survived by his brother, Gary (Nancy) Sifferath of Burnsville; nephews, Tim Sifferath (fianceé Tammy Ronning) of Hutchinson, Gordy Sifferath of Eagan, and Guy (Sheila) Sifferath of Grand Marais; niece, Mary (Ken) Coy of Inver Grove Heights; sister-in-law, LaVon Sifferath of Stewart; many great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Emilie Sifferath; stepmother, Irene Sifferath; and brother, Lloyd Sifferath.
 
Arrangements were with the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hector. An online guest book is available at www.hantge.com.