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In Memory of Daniel Sarnstrom

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Daniel Sarnstrom, age 63 of Ellsworth died unexpectedly, January 2nd, 2022 at his residence. Daniel was born on March 25, 1958 in Red Wing MN; the son of Kenneth and Frances (Wells) Sarnstrom. He was raised in Ellsworth, but moved up north where he graduated high school from Unity High School.  After high school he took a job at Red Wing Shoes in Redwing. He was a proud and dedicated employee of Red Wing Shoes for forty-five years!

On March 26, 2005, he was married to the former Janet Nielsen in Mesa, Arizona. Family was everything to Daniel. He was not only a parent instilling values and morals to his son Curt, but he was his best friend. He so appreciated the outdoors and living in Wisconsin gave him the ultimate pleasure. Deer hunting with the guys, bobber fishing for a bluegill or jigging for a bass, or turkey hunting was always looked forward to. Sundays was his day to relax with Janet and cheer on his favorite Green and Gold to victory.  He loved to make you to smile; especially if you were feeling down. He put others first and himself last. Daniel will forever be remembered by his son Curt (Brittany) Sarnstrom; wife Janet; step children Chad Karlstad (Anna Ehrlicher), Brian (Erin) Karlstad, Christine Karlstad, Jennifer Karlstad; siblings Kenneth Jr. (Judy) Sarnstrom, Audrey (Douglas) Schulte, Arlene (Arne) Rosener, Betty (Joseph) Linder, Judea (Gary) Myers, Ronald (Tracey) Sarnstrom; many nieces and nephews; step grandchildren; and his extended Red Wing Shoe family. He is preceded in death by his parents; infant son Derrek; siblings Gloria Jean (La Vern) Johnson, and Geraldine (Gary) Gilbertson.

A Celebration of Life will be forth coming in the summer (Covid pending). More details to follow. Please hold Curt, Janet, and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve the loss of such a special part of their family. Memorial and cremations services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth.


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  • Words alone can’t explain how amazing of a person you are Dad. You raised me, taught me things, helped me, listened to me and no matter what were always there for me. You never let me down. Just the best father a guy could have. The last few days of talking with friends, family and people who knew you all say the same. You were one amazing and loved person. The world will not be the same without you in it. You mean the world to me from the day I came into this world, and you will continue until my last breath. Thank you for being my Dad. I miss you so much. From the bottom of my heart with all that I am, I love you Dad. Until we meet again…Rest In Peace

  • Dan you were a great guy. I enjoyed working with you at RWSC .I remember the day you cut you finger on the edgetrimmer machine and you came over to me and I seen all of that blood and I thought I was going to faint and you said Sue it just a cut just give me a couple of bandage. I think the supervisor took you to get stitches put in. Janet and family I am so sorry sending you all hugs and prayers.Rest in Peace Dan

  • I love you Dan you were the best father-in-law anyone could ever ask for. I am so proud to be your daughter. You have show me so much love and kindness I will forever be grateful for you. Tell we see each other again forever in my heart. Love always Brittany