Wes E. Schiffler, 42
Wes E. Schiffler, 42, of Waconia, passed away after a 31-month fight against brain cancer on Sept. 30, 2013 at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home.
Wes was born on March 14, 1971 to Ervin and the late Darlene (Bergmann) Schiffler in Melrose, Minn., and grew up learning to love nature, catch fish, raise birds, play ball and enjoy the outdoors on Big Birch Lake in Freeport, Minn. He graduated from Melrose Senior High, received his undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University, and received his MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business. He married his high school sweetheart, Shanna Thostenson, on June 11, 1994, and they joyously welcomed four beautiful children into their lives.
Wes was the ultimate family man, and was constantly starting new traditions for his family, often including the neighbors. He helped start the annual neighborhood camping trips, the neighborhood Olympics, pick-up games of whiffle ball in the backyard, bonfire nights with smores, ice cream cone get-togethers, date nights with his wife, cribbage games with his kids, movie nights, picnic on the pontoon nights, and so many more. He reveled in time spent with friends playing volleyball, basketball, football, softball, and countless card games. He understood that his true success in life would be the legacy of the memories he left with his family and friends. The biggest gift he gave to those around him was his time and undivided attention. He was always fully present in the time spent with those he loved.
While Wes had a wonderfully fulfilling career at Cargill for 16 years before beginning his own investment business, Wes always knew his lifes true success and joy was in his involvement with his family, friends and neighbors. Over the years, he coached countless teams in football, soccer, basketball, and his passions, baseball and softball. After being diagnosed with brain cancer, undergoing brain surgery, and relearning to walk, his main goal was to once again coach his childrens baseball and softball teams. After his second brain surgery, his goal was to fulfill his commitment to coach his sons football team. He only hoped to pass on a love of the game to all his athletes, and treated them with respect and compassion.
Wes is survived, loved, and celebrated by his wife, Shanna; children, Gabrielle, Nate, Isaac, and Eli; father, Ervin Schiffler of St. Anthony; brother, Dean (Carla) Schiffler of Lakeville, Minn.; sister Stacy (Barry) Meyer of Melrose; in-laws Larry and Karen Thostenson of Melrose, Dustin and Cathy Thostenson of Altoona, Iowa, and Tessa and Eric Beuning of Melrose. He also leaves behind 12 adored nieces and nephews, Matt, Tyler and Kaley Schiffler, Drake, Colton and Mia Meyer, Chloe, Devan, Camille and Darren Thostenson, Kendall and Sydney Beuning; other relatives and friends. Wes is welcomed to heaven by his incredible mother, Darlene Schiffler, who is probably giggling, kissing his head, and giving him foot rubs; and by his grandparents, Wilfred and Ann Schiffler and John and Hilda Bergmann.
Wes family would like to sincerely thank Laura Mohling and Dale Willenbring for being tireless health care advocates for Wes, Dr. John Trusheim and his staff for their incredible care, the nurses in Abbott Northwesterns infusion center for their compassion and care, Ridgeviews hospice team, and the staff at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home for easing the journey for Wes and his family. Thanks also go out to every single person who treated Wes and his family with kindness and compassion along their journey. Thank you to all of Wes Warriors.
Mass of Christian Burial held Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Josephs Catholic Church (41 First St. East), Waconia with visitation Wednesday 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home (141 First St. East), Waconia and at the church one hour prior to the Mass; Interment St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery, Waconia.
Casket Bearers are Jeff Schlicht, Martin Michael, Dale Willenbring, Dennis Mohling, Dave Schwob, Brad Doty, Jim Osterberg.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.
Wes E. Schiffler, 42