Obit: Schroeder, Mabel Anna #2 (1905 – 2004)
Contact : Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Schroeder, Bergelin, Beversdorf

---Source: Merrill Foto News (Merrill, Lincoln County, Wis.) Wednesday, 15 Sept. 2004; Page 10

---Schroeder, Mabel Anna (18 Apr. 1905 – 7 Sept. 2004)

Mabel Anna Schroeder, 99, longtime resident of Merrill, died Tuesday, September 7, 2004, at Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill.

Mabel was born April 18, 1905, on the family farm located between Hilbert and Chilton. She was the daughter of the late Gus and Ida Bergelin. She enjoyed a very busy and happy childhood with her family.

Mabel married Arthur F. Schroeder on June 2, 1932, in Chilton. Following their marriage, the couple lived briefly in Milwaukee, and then moved to Merrill. The marriage ended with Arthur’s death on November 15, 1986, in Merrill. The last of her generation, Mabel was preceded in death by brothers Arlin, Milford, Ervin and Harvey Bergelin.

As a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill, she was active in many church groups including the Altar Guild, Ladies Aid, choir, the Mission Circle and Bible classes. She was also very active in baking and cooking for many of the church activities. Mabel enjoyed baking and cooking throughout her lifetime, and began this avocation at the age of 12 when she assumed her family’s baking activities.

Mabel was a major family contributor in many ways. As a homemaker, her duties included cooking and baking. She also worked in many private homes and restaurants. Mabel worked at the University Club in Milwaukee prior to her marriage. When her husband’s health forced him into early retirement, Mabel assumed his advertising business with the Preferred Advertising Agency, and she became the company’s most senior salesperson. She maintained her own home until the age of 96.

Mabel is survived by sons Donald, Monona; and Gerald (Prue), St. Charles, Ill.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren will dearly miss the phone conversations and visits with her.

Funeral services were Monday, September 13, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. Rev. Alden Beversdorf officiated. Burial was in Merrill Memorial Park. The Taylor and Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, assisted the family. Memorials may be sent to Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill, to honor the outstanding care and concern the personnel at Pine Crest provide.



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