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Remelva E. Roepke, 83

Remelva E. Roepke, age 83, of St. Michael, and formerly of Waconia, died Friday, July 19, 2013, at Parkview Care Center in Buffalo.

She was born Feb. 18, 1930, in Chaska, the daughter of Henry and Lydia (Morschen) Schwalbe.

Remelva was united in marriage with Frederick H. Roepke Jr. March 1, 1949, at the Waconia Moravian Church. This union was blessed with six children: Linda, Frederick, Laurie, Terry, Lisa and Lesley.

Remelva made her home in Waconia until moving to St. Michael in 2000. She was employed at Tonka Toys, Birchwood Labs, and had operated a home daycare business.

She was a faithful member of the Waconia Moravian Church, and helped out wherever needed.

Remelva enjoyed flowers, gardening, camping, and traveling with family. She was a dedicated Minnesota Twins fan, and she cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Remelva was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lydia Schwalbe; father-in-law and mother-in-law Frederick and Augusta Roepke; brothers Marvin and Henry Schwalbe, Jr.; and brothers-in-law Ardell Roepke and William Klatt.

She is survived by her loving family: husband, Frederick Roepke, Jr. of St. Michael; children and their spouses, Linda and Scott Nesheim of Ramsey, Frederick and Alice Roepke III of Eugene, OR, Laurie and Allan Milbrandt of Gaylord, Terry and Rena Roepke of St. Paul, Lisa and Craig Gust of St. Michael, and Lesley and Monte Staley of Bellingham, WA; grandchildren Lindsay and Anthony Watson, Dale and Angela Steinborn, Clinton Steinborn, Andrew and Christina Roepke, Nichole Roepke, Alexandra Roepke, Cassandra Gust, Melissa Gust, Tiffane Staley, Charles Staley; and great-grandchildren Kaitlynn, Jessyca, Brandyn, Remington, Alexis, and Lauren.

Remelva is further survived by sisters and brother-in-law Elaine Roepke of Cokato, Lorraine Klatt of Renville, and Arlene and Richard Forner of Hamburg; sister-in-law Lillian Schwalbe of Waconia; many nieces, and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral Service took place Tuesday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at the Waconia Moravian Church in Waconia, with the Rev. David Glasser officiating. Interment was in the Zoar Moravian Cemetery in Waconia.

Visitation was Monday, July 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. and continued Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Casket bearers were Scott Nesheim, Allan Milbrandt, Craig Gust, Monte Staley, Dale Steinborn, Clinton Steinborn, Andrew Roepke, Charles Staley, Anthony Watson.

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