Joseph Stam

Joseph Stam

  • Funeral Date: 4/15/17
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 A.M.
  • Date of Birth: 3/30/43
  • Date of Death: 4/07/17
  • Funeral Location: Solor Lutheran Church - Webster

Joseph Stam, age 74 of Gonzales, Louisiana, formerly of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Gonzales on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Joseph Raymond Stam was born March 30, 1943, in Faribault, Minnesota, to Charles and Marian (Fremouw) Stam, Sr. He was raised in Northfield and graduated from Northfield High School in 1961. Following high school he volunteered for service in the US Navy. During the Vietnam Conflict he served with the 155th Attack Squadron Silver Foxes where he earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal & a Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. Following his honorable discharge in November 1966 he returned to Northfield, MN.

On July 22, 1967, Joe married Anita Elsie Hoefs at Solor Lutheran Church in Webster. After marriage they made their home in Dundas and Joe worked construction with his father for College City Construction. In 1975, they moved to Houston, Texas and Joe worked for Shell Oil. In 1981 they returned to Minnesota for a year before moving to the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. Joe operated his own environmental consulting service until retiring. Joe was an avid fisherman and more than anything in this world he loved his family and grandchildren. Joe was kind, generous, and a friend to everyone he met. Joe always had a story to tell and his audiences enjoyed them all. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years Anita, his son Yancey (Jennifer) of Farmington, his daughter Angela (Daniel Neck) of Baton Rouge, his grandchildren Joseph and James Stam, Sarah and Laura Neck, his brothers Charles Jr. (Colleen) of Faribault, James (Sharon) of Cannon Falls, his sisters Charlotte Berres of Webster, Linda (Vern) Nelson of Waterville, Donna (Greg) Elwood of Owatonna; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at 11:00AM, Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Solor Lutheran Church in Webster. Interment with Military Honors will be in Solor Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7PM Friday, April 14, 2017, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield. Visitation will continue at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral.

Memorials are preferred to Solor Lutheran Church

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


  1. Bob and BJ

    Annie, our prayers are with you and your family. You and Joe had grown to be our best friends. We will meet as him forever. Pleas stay in touch. Bob and BJ

  2. Jamie Wilson

    I am praying that our Lord and Savior, JESUS CHRIST WILL WIPE AWAY ALL OF YOUR TEARS. Weeping endures for the night but JOY comes in the morning. Some glad morning we will all be togeather again let that thought comfort your aching heart. Peace and Grace be yours in the days ahead. Love to each of you.

  3. Monte Holland

    I’m gonna miss my friend!!! I will always remember the way that he could brighten your day with his smile!! Prayers for you and family ms. Annie!!!!

  4. Ransom Holland

    Governor Joe and Mrs Annie……
    It was my sincere pleasure to call you both my friend in this journey, we call life….
    Mr Joe , you had the most contagious laugh….
    SO sincere and heart felt…..
    I’ll probably miss that the most…..
    Your visits to the job were always a surprise, yet they were never a surprise…..
    I ALWAYS expected you to pop in…..
    You’ll be missed Ole friend…..
    Mrs Annie…..
    Please call me if you need ANYTHING…

  5. Joe was the best brother anyone could have, I will miss his kindness, silliness, love, his smile and wild stories. I will always cherish all the times Joe and you stopped on your way to Yancey’s. and our Mexican luncheons. I was reminded of a song, ” If you could see me now”, says it best. I will miss him, but because of his commitment to make Jesus the Lord of his life, I won’t say goodbye but see you later. Love you Annie and thanks for being not only my sister in law but a good friend. Keep in touch

  6. Marie Estopinal


    We were so sad to hear about Joe. You guys were the best neighbors on Breeze Point and even after you moved to the Greens. If I close my eyes, I can see Joe as he strolls through our neighborhood.
    He will be missed. Prayers are coming for you and your family.

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