Obits – Leorda W. “Lee” Schilling
Leorda W. “Lee” Schilling, age 89, of Watertown, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at the Elim Home in Watertown.
Funeral Service held Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the St. Peter Lutheran Church (3030 Navajo Ave.) of Watertown with Rev. Bill Kirmsse officiating. Visitation was held Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home (141 First St. E.) in Waconia and at the church one 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 Schiling; 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.