Eileen J. Stoffels, age 74, of Cedar died January 4, 2024 at Unity Hospital in Fridley. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 12th at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in East Bethel. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Eileen Jeanette Stoffels was born September 13, 1949 in Fairmont, Minnesota to Allan and Gladys (Swanson) Johnson. She grew up on a small farm in southern Minnesota and graduated from Tri-Mont High School in 1967. Eileen then studied Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1971. In 1972 she met Maynard Soffels and they were married on April 5, 1975 at First Lutheran Church in Trimont. Maynard and Eileen first lived in Robbinsdale. In 1979 they moved to Cedar where they lived the rest of their lives. Their son Karl was born on April 28, 1987, on his father’s birthday. The family actively attended Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in East Bethel.
Eileen worked many years in the local school district starting as an elementary Title 1 para helping kids with their reading and math skills eventually moving to the middle school as an Educational Assistant. She lastly worked with the Kid-U program and other continuing education programs at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.
Eileen was heavily involved in her church with the choir for many years, working with the women’s retreat, and the beading ministry. She also performed with the Sweet Adelines. Eileen also enjoyed to crochet, read, classical music, cook new and interesting foods, and to learn new things.
Eileen passed away January 4, 2024 at Unity Hospital in Fridley at the age of 74 years, 3 months and 22 days. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard; brother, Russell; and sister-in-law, Peggy Wheelock. She will be lovingly remembered by her son, Karl; brothers, Keith and Jim Johnson; sister in law Cristina Cafaro Johnson; niece, Martina Johnson; nephews, Sam and Jake Stoffels; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rick (Mary) Stoffels and Kathleen Stoffels; and by other relatives and friends.