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Martin J. Schauer

Martin J. Schauer, age 84, of Winsted, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at Glencoe Regional Health Services.

He was born May 29, 1917, in Fairhaven, the son of Theodore and Helena Hamman Schauer.

Martin was baptized June 10, 1917, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Fairhaven. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith May 29, 1932, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Fairhaven.

He was a WWII veteran having served honorably in the United States Army in Tunisia and Italy.

Martin Schauer and Viola Gatz were joined in holy marriage June 8, 1947, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hollywood. God blessed their marriage with two sons.

Following WWII, Martin worked in creameries in New Germany, Essex, and in Carver. He later worked for 22 years at Pure Milk in Winsted and retired in 1982 from Sterner Lighting.

Martin was a faithful member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted, where he formerly served as church treasurer and as an elder. Through the years, Martin also was a member of the City of Winsted's park board, planning commission, and fire board, as well as serving as a part-time police officer and a scout master.

He was a longtime member of American Legion Post #407 and VFW Post #9232. As a Legion member, Martin was a past commander, finance officer, and served on the board of directors. In addition, he was the quartermaster of the VFW for 18 years.

Martin was a former president of the Winsted Park Horseshoe League and secretary of the traveling league. He enjoyed both leagues and played in several horseshoe tournaments around the state. In 1994, Martin was the grand marshal of Winsted's Legion Festival parade, and in 1999, he was the Winsted C&C Winterfest's honored citizen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and six sisters.

Martin is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Viola L. Schauer; sons, Gary M. Schauer and Ronnie J. Schauer, both of Winsted; a sister, Ella Linder of Freemont, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Naomi Schauer of St. Cloud, Dorothy Gatz Baird of Winsted, and Elaine Gatz of Mayer; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Martin Schauer were Tuesday, April 9, 1:30 p.m., at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. The Rev. Gerald L. Boldt officiated, and interment with military rites followed at the Winsted Public Cemetery.

Kay Gueningsman was the organist for the funeral service. Congregational hymns were "Abide with Me! Fast Falls the Eventide," "I Know that My Redeemer Lives," and "God Be with You."

Friends called at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted Monday, April 8, from 4-8 p.m. An American Legion ritual was at 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Wilfred Schauer, Lester Schauer, Paul Gatz, Dean Jopp, Dick Genty, and Francis Schommer served as casket bearers.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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