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Marleen M. Fillbrandt, 81

Marleen May Fillbrandt, age 81, of New Germany, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at the St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

She was born April 17, 1931, in Hollywood Township, Carver County, the daughter of Albert and Charlotte (Dressel) Schumann. Marleen was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church, Hollywood Township.

She was united in marriage with Harvey E. Fillbrandt June 21, 1950, at St. John Lutheran Church.

A lifelong resident of Hollywood Township, Marleen was an active member of her church, where she participated in Bible studies, taught vacation Bible school, and was a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

Marleen enjoyed playing cards, especially the game 500. She loved entertaining at her home and sharing the products of her kitchen. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Marleen was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Fillbrandt; grandson Daniel Fillbrandt; parents Albert and Charlotte Schumann; and father-in-law and mother-in-law Oscar and Edna Fillbrandt.

She is survived by her loving family: children and their spouses, Calvin “Kelly” and Debra Fillbrandt of Lester Prairie, Renee and Kevin Horstman, Debra and Brad Pawelk, all of New Germany, and Bruce and Mary Fillbrandt of Mayer; grandchildren and their spouses, Teri and Joe Dibenedetto, Kristi and Scott DuCharme, Katie Fillbrandt, Ryan Pawelk and fiancé Bria Swanson, Adam Pawelk, Jason and Amy Pawelk, Michael Pawelk, Matthew Pawelk and friend Darcy Maiers, Nathan and Sarah Fillbrandt, Emily Fillbrandt, and Megan Fillbrandt; and great-grandchildren Brennan Wischnack, and Nolan Dibenedetto.

Marleen is further survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Gerane and Arnold Strehler of Monticello; nieces and nephews Lori and David Lohse, Lyle and Lori Strehler, and Lee Strehler; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Hollywood Township, New Germany, with the Rev. Dean Mahlum officiating.

Visitation was Monday, Oct. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, and continued Tuesday one hour prior to the services at the church.

Casket bearers were Marleen’s grandsons; and honorary casket bearers were her granddaughters.

Arrangements were with Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.