Mabel Louise Sherva was born March 25, 1912 in Howard Lake, Minn., the daughter of Henry and Emma (Zech) Glessing, a life-long member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake.
She was baptized April 21, 1912 by the Rev. A. L. Oetjen and confirmed in her faith May 30, 1926 by the Rev. C. G. Seltz.
Mabel was united in marriage to Ben Sherva Jan. 21, 1944 by the Rev. C. G. Seltz. This union was blessed with the birth of a daughter.
Ben and Mabel made their home on a 120-acre farm five miles southwest of Howard Lake. Working together, they farmed until retiring in April of 1967 when they purchased a home in Howard Lake and moved to town.
As a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Mabel had been active in the ABC Bible Study Group and enjoyed quilting with the Naomi Guild.
On Monday, Dec. 22, 1997, at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center, Mabel was called to her eternal rest at the age of 85 years, eight months and 27 days.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Emma Glessing; husband, Ben Sherva; two brothers, Warren and Howard Glessing; and one brother-in-law, Theodore Handrich.
Mabel is survived by her daughter Shirley and her husband Marlin Diers; two grandsons Derek and Mitchell; three brothers and their wives, Omar and Verna Glessing, Maurice and Eva Glessing and Lorren and Jeanne Glessing; one sister, Eva Handrich, all of Howard Lake; two sisters-in-law, Vernice Glessing and Edna Glessing; nieces, nephews, her extended Good Samaritan Care Center family, and a host of relatives and friends.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.
Services were Dec. 24 at St. James Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael, the Rev. Nirva and the Rev. Schoenfeld officiating. The organist was Nancy Butterfass.
Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers were Allen Glessing, Neal Glessing, Richard Glessing, Rollie Glessing, Roger Handrich and John Handrich.