Rhoda (Lenzen) Ische, 90

Rhoda (Lenzen) Ische, 90

Rhoda Emma (Lenzen) Ische, age 90, of Cologne, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2014 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
Funeral Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church, Benton Township, rural Cologne with Rev. Eric Zacharias officiating; Interment in the Zion Cemetery. Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia, and one hour prior to the service.
Rhoda was born on Dec. 9, 1923 in Dahlgren Township, rural Cologne, on the family farm. She was the second of nine children of Alfred and Alma (Gruenhagen) Lenzen. She was baptized at home on Dec. 23, 1923, and confirmed in her faith on March 21, 1937 at Zion Lutheran Church, both by Rev. Herman AmEnd. She remained a life-long member of Zion.
Rhoda influenced many area children in her 30-year career as an elementary school teacher. She completed a yearlong teacher training at Stevens Seminary in Glencoe. Her first teaching assignments were in one-room schoolhouses in rural Cologne and Assumption. While she taught at Assumption and boarded nearby, a neighboring farmers wife encouraged her youngest son, Bill, to court the local schoolteacher. Rhoda gave him more than a passing grade.
Rhoda was united in marriage to William Ische, Jr. on June 18, 1947 at Zion in a newsworthy triple wedding with two of Rhodas sisters and their grooms. The couple made their home in Gotha and were blessed with five children.
Mrs. Ische returned to the classroom after having four of her children. Rhoda earned her four-year degree by taking summer and evening classes at Mankato State College, graduating in 1965. She taught at East Union and at Central Elementary in Norwood-Young America, mainly teaching first grade. She retired in 1987. It brought her great pleasure when former pupils greeted her in the community.
Faith and family were Rhodas highest priorities and greatest sources of joy and strength. She loved Bible reading, music, gardening and spending time with her family. When she wasnt tending to her family, she was tending to her large gardens and preserving the fruits and vegetables it produced. She enjoyed the wonders of nature and the countryside.
Preceding Rhoda in death were her parents; husband Bill; sisters Arlene Lenzen, Pearl Fehlandt, and Louise Herrmann; brother Alfred; daughter-in-law Maureen (ODonnell) Ische, and grandson David Ische.
Those surviving her, who are comforted by the assurance of resurrection in Jesus Christ, include her children: Kenneth Ische of Eagan, Gloria (Kerry) Kruppstadt of Minnetonka, Jane Ische of Cologne, Kathleen Bartels of Savage, and Rhonda (Mark) Pirkl of Golden Valley; 11 grandchildren: Susan Ische, Erin (Michael) Benson, William P. Ische, Karl (Lindsey) Kruppstadt, Diana (Josh) Peterson, Joel Hill-Ische, Joseph Zelko, Gregory Mackenstadt, Nicholas Mackenstadt, Emily Pirkl, and August Pirkl; two great-grandchildren: Koen Kruppstadt and Logan Peterson; sisters and brothers-in-law Irene Hilk of Waconia, Florence Lindquist of Chaska, and Wendell Herrmann of Norwood; brothers and sister-in-law Howard Lenzen of St. Peter, and Allen and Evon Lenzen of Cologne; sisters-in-law Delores Ische of Norwood-Young America and Muriel Ische of Norwood-Young America; nieces, nephews and friends.
Casket bearers: Gregory Mackenstadt, Nicholas Mackenstadt, Karl Kruppstadt, Josh Peterson, Joel Hill-Ische, William P. Ische, and August Pirkl.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, Minn.

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