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Edward P. Schanus, 87

Edward Peter Schanus, age 87, of Maple Plain, formerly of New Prague, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at his home.

He was born Sept. 15, 1921, to Peter L. and Lucy C. (Blesner) Schanus in St. Paul. Edward was the fourth eldest of 14 children.

He served in the US Army during World War II, from Sept. 18, 1942, to Dec. 10, 1945.

Edward was united in marriage to Irene Frank March 11, 1943, at St. James Catholic Church in Laurenberg, NC.

He left for England Dec. 5, 1943, later France, Belgium, and Germany. Edward served in the Battle of the Bulge and returned to the US Dec. 5, 1945.

Edward was employed as an auto mechanic with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, becoming plant and equipment supervisor, and retiring with 33 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his son, Edward G, Schanus; parents Peter L. and Lucy C. Schanus; and brothers and sisters Alfred Schanus, Cecelia and Mattie Tix, LaVerne and Claus Ruter, Clifford and Rose Mary Schanus, Richard and Mary Ann Schanus, Daniel Schanus, and Donald Schanus.

Edward is survived by his wife of 65 years, Irene; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Paulette Schanus, Larry Schanus, and Linda Schanus; eight grandchildren, Daniel, Christopher, Amanda, Jacob, Stacie, Susan, Sandra, and Louis; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lorraine and Ralph Nance, Germaine and William Kadrlik, Rose Mary and Ray Havlicek, Marvin and Alice Schanus, Melvin Schanus, Jean and Frances Malecka, Kay Schanus, and Alice Schanus; six godchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Jan. 31 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Mound with the Rev. Stanley Mader officiating. Gift bearers for the Mass were Cynthia Schanus, Amy Schanus, and Ashley Schanus; and readers were Kay Schanus and Pam Klehr. Inurnment was in the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in New Prague.

Casket bearers were Daniel Schanus, Christopher Schanus, Louis Schanus, Peter Schanus, Randy Schanus, Scott Schanus, David Malecka, and Tony Kadrlik.

Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.