William Fruetel, 82

William Fruetel, 82

William W. (Bill) Fruetel, age 82, from Norwood Young America, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Good Samaritan Center in Waconia, with loving family members and friends at his side.
Known as Billy to his many close friends and family, he was a lifelong resident of the Norwood Young America area.
Funeral Service was Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Church (101 SE 2nd Avenue), Norwood Young America with Rev. David Winter officiating; visitation was Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home (41 First St. E.)in Waconia and at the church one hour prior to the service; prayer service Friday evening 7 p.m. at the funeral home; interment Mau Memorial Cemetery in Norwood Young America.
He was born to Erna (Schimelpfenig) and William J. Fruetel Sr. on April 22, 1931 in Young America. Bill was baptized on May 12, 1931 at St. Johns United Church Of Christ in Bongards by Rev. Rosenau.
He was later confirmed on May 13, 1945 at St. Johns United Church Of Christ by Rev. Oppermann. He attended local schools and graduated in 1949 from Central High School in Norwood. Bill married his high school sweetheart Donna Mae Bergmann from Hamburg at Emanuel Lutheran Church on Sept. 23, 1950 with Rev. Wohlfiel officiating the ceremony. Their 63 year marriage was blessed with four children.
Bill was a local mason/bricklayer for several years, before becoming a machinist at Char Lynn Inc. in Eden Prairie. He retired from Eaton-Char Lynn after 26 years of service. Bill, an avid outdoorsman and fisherman, could often be seen sneaking out of town before the sun rose to get to his many favorite fishing and hunting locations.
During the years of his retirement with his wife Donna at his side, they enjoyed splitting their time between their home at the Peace Villa apartments in Norwood, Pelican Lake at Ashby (where the fish feared him), and quite a few sunny winters in Phoenix, Ariz.
He was a volunteer for the Young America Fire Department, and steadfast member of St John Lutheran Church, singing in the choir for many years as well as serving as an usher and church officer.
He was preceded in death by his parents William Sr. and Erna Fruetel, sister Muriel Kratzke Neuens, parents in law Walter and Esther Bergmann and son-in-law Bill Salden. Also preceded by many other friends and relatives.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Donna Fruetel. Daughters Vicki (Pat) Kelser of Bongards, Dawn Salden of Cologne, Chris (Paul) Vos of Henderson. Son Steven Fruetel and partner Gary Orians of Phoenix, Ariz. Grandchildren John (JP) Kelser, Rachel (Derek) Thompson, Heather (Dave) Kurtz, Megan (Patrick) Thompson. Step-grand children Chris (Dan) Miller, Brenda (Ron) Maglott, Jesse and Alex Vos. He is also deeply honored to have been a great grand-father to Lakely, Hazel, and Baylor Thompson. Bill is also survived by his Sister Marianne Burke of Delano and Sisters-in-law Betty Wroge of Lester Prairie and Patty Ortloff of Chanhassen.
Serving as casket bearers Paul Burke, Jacob Walker, Jay Ortloff, Layne Ortloff, David Wroge and Mike Thiem.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials preferred to Family Wishes.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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