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Fred Richard Schendel, 86

Fred Richard Schendel, age 86, of Cokato, formerly of Woodland Township, died Saturday, July 12, 2003.

Fred was born Feb. 8, 1917 in Hanover the son of Fred and Bertha Bechtold Schendel.

He was baptized April 2, 1917 in Hanover by the Rev. W. Beieswanger. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith April 13, 1930 by the Rev. C.G. Seltz.

He attended country school in Woodland Township and two years at St. James Lutheran School, graduating from eighth grade in 1930. He was a long-time member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

Fred was united in marriage to Frieda Mahron Aug. 26, 1942 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in rural Annandale by the Rev. J. H. Klausmeier. This union was blessed with the births of two sons.

Fred and Frieda made their home on the Schendel family farm, southeast of Howard Lake. His wife died Nov. 30, 1967.

Fred then worked for Sterner Zimmermann in Winsted assembling machinery. He enjoyed antique machinery shows and parades.

Fred lived near his son and helped with farm work until he suffered a stroke in 1997. He then lived at Park View Care Center in Buffalo, and later at Cokato Manor.

In addition to his wife, Fred was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Bertha Schendel, brothers Gilbert, Alvin, Roy, and Arthur, sisters Lillian Johnson, Alma Engel, Elda Engel, and Mabel Mahlstedt, sisters-in-law Irene Schendel and Ruth Strohschein, and by great granddaughter Geneva Fasching.

Fred is survived by Bob and Doris Schendel of Waverly, and Don and Linda Schendel of Polk, Ohio; grandchildren Julie (Terry) Fasching, Jon (Jody) Schendel, Jennifer (Jason) McElvain, Jim (Amy) Schendel, and Jeff (Talisa) Schendel

Fred is further survived by six great grandchildren, a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Bess and Al Strohschein of Howard Lake; cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Friends called Tuesday, July 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A prayer service was at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services for Fred Schendel were Wednesday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. The Rev. Michael Nirva and the Rev. Martin Schoenfeld officiated.

Interment followed at the Howard Lake Cemetery.

The organist was Nancy Butterfass. "Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty," "Jerusalem, My Happy Home," "Nearer, My God, to Thee," and "I'm But a Stranger Here" were sung as congregational hymns.

Casket bearers were Jon, Jeff, Jim, and Amy Schendel, and Julie and Terry Fasching.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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