Stella Tutt

June 24, 2020

obit Tutt StellaAug. 14, 1920 – June 9, 2020

Stella G. Tutt, age 99 of Balaton, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 9 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Ty­ler. A visitation will be held Friday, June 26, 4-6 p.m. at Skandia Free Lutheran Church in rural Balaton; interment will follow in the Skandia Cemetery. A celebration of Stella’s life will be held Saturday, June 27, starting at 10:30 a.m. at Joel Tutt’s farm, 1889 50th Avenue, Balaton. Ar­rangements are with the Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel. To sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Stella Geneva Tutt was born Aug. 14, 1920 to John and Celia (Likness) Erickson in Ellsborough Township near Balaton. She grew up on the family farm and attended District 45 country school. After graduating from Ruth­ton High School in 1938, she attended one year at Northwestern College in St. Paul. On July 2, 1941 Stella married John D. Tutt, Jr. in the parsonage of Skandia Evangelical Free Church, rural Balaton. Their union was blessed with 13 chil­dren and 71 years of mar­riage. She and John farmed and raised their children in Ellsborough Township until retiring to Marshall in 1980. In 1995 they moved to Balaton. John died in 2012. Stella moved to Sun­rise Manor in Tyler in the winter of 2017. She contin­ued to live there until her passing on Tuesday, June 9 at the age of 99 years, nine months, and 26 days.
Stella gave her heart to the Lord when she was 12 years old. She shared the love of Jesus with her chil­dren, leading many of them to know Jesus as their per­sonal savior. She continued to pray for her children and descendants her entire life.
She was a member of Skandia Evangelical Free Church, where she served as a deaconess, sang in the choir and taught Sun­day School. She sang at many funerals and wed­dings as well as singing on the church broadcast from Marshall on Saturday evenings. Later in life she hosted Bible studies at her home. She was an active 4-H leader while their chil­dren were attending.
Stella was the queen of hospitality; she loved hav­ing people into her home, feeding them and playing board and card games to­gether. She reached out to her family, church people, missionaries and neigh­bors.
Stella is lovingly re­membered by her chil­dren— Judy Petersen of Maple Grove, Jim (Jayne) Tutt of San Diego, Califor­nia, JoAnne (Dave) Har­than of Champlin, Jerry (Wanda) Tutt of Brooklyn Park, J. Daniel (Julie) Tutt of Otsego, Jeanne (Irvin) Goldenberg of Minneapolis, Joel (Kathy) Tutt of Balaton, Jeff (Diana) Tutt of Billings, Montana, Jay Tutt of Maple Plain, Jill (Mike) Eisner of Salinas, California, and Scot (Darrelynn) Tutt of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 39 grandchildren and spous­es; 72 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchil­dren; and many other rela­tives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband John; son Jack at age 6; daughter J. Dawn (Don) Fontaine; two grand­sons, Jeremy Tutt and John Harthan; her parents; her brothers Carleton (Leone), Clifford (Florence), Reu­ben (Gladys) and Ronald (LaVonne) Erickson; and her sisters Cora (Martin) Gravley and Ruth (Chuck) Ryan.