Obituary: Leorda Schilling

obit schillingLeorda W. Schilling, “Lee”, age 89 of Watertown, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the Elim Home in Watertown.

Funeral Service was held Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Watertown with Rev. Bill Kirmsse officiating. Visitation was held Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia  and at the church 1 hour prior to the service. Prayer Service was Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.  Interment in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery.

Lee was born on April 1, 1923, the daughter of Fred and Clara (Panning) Glander in Hamburg. She was baptized and confirmed at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. Lee attended the Emanuel Lutheran School. On Nov. 6, 1948, Lee was united in marriage with Ruben Schilling at the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Watertown by Rev. John Spomer. The couple made their home on the Schilling family farm in Maple Plain.

Lee loved living on the farm and working alongside her husband. She was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where she volunteered whenever needed. Lee enjoyed flower gardening, feeding and watching birds, and crocheting. Lee took advantage of every opportunity to babysit her grandchildren and attend their activities. She looked forward to the monthly date with friends for a meal out. Lee will be remembered for her loving social personality who was a friend to all.

Lee is preceded in death by her husband Ruben Schilling; daughter and son-in-law Karen and Gary Vinkemeier; parents Fred and Clara Glander; step-mother Meta Glander; father-in-law and mother-in-law William and Hulda Schilling.

Lee is survived by her loving family; daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Doug Ernst of Norwood Young America; son and daughter-in-law Steve and Wendy Schilling of Maple Plain; daughter-in-law Colleen Vinkemeier of Annandale; grandchildren and their spouses Jeff and Tina Vinkemeier, Amy and Dave Halquist, Heather and Charlie Christopherson, Michael and Jenn Ernst, Megan Schilling, Zach Schilling, Tianna Schilling; great grandchildren Courtney Vinkemeier and fiancé David Waller, Carley Vinkemeier, Collin Vinkemeier, Caleb Vinkemeier, Canton Vinkemeier, Cadee Vinkemeier, Morgan Halquist, Olivia Halquist, Montgomery Halquist, Avery Christopherson, Payton Christopherson; great granddaughter Ellerie Waller; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Arleen and James Hoese of Mayer; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Serving as casket bearers Jeff Vinkemeier, Dave Halquist, Charlie Christopherson, Michael Ernst and Zach Schilling.

Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com.

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