Mildred Alma Louise (Will) Wischnack, age 96, of New Germany, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
She was born Nov. 26, 1916, in Camden Township, Carver County, the daughter of Otto and Sophia (Stender) Will. Mildred was baptized Dec. 17, 1916, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Young America by the Rev. August Baumhoefner. She was confirmed in the faith April 13, 1930, at the same church by the Rev. Martin Abraham.
Mildred attended country school District 49 and St. John’s Lutheran School.
She was united in marriage with Gilbert A. Wischnack April 24, 1935, at the parsonage of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Young America by the Rev. W.P. Kraemer.
Gilbert and Mildred farmed on the Wischnack family farm, before moving to New Germany in 1977.
An active member of the St. Mark Lutheran Church, Mildred served as chairperson of the funeral committee for many years. She was also past chair of the Armed Services and Cheer.
For many years, Mildred was a cook for the St. Mark Lutheran School.
She was a member of the New Germany Senior Citizens, and loved playing cards, bingo, baking, cooking, embroidery and fishing. Mildred enjoyed attending ball games and watching her family participate in sports. She was also a wonderful quilter, who made many quilts for weddings and for newborn babies.
Mildred cherished her family, and enjoyed every single grandchild, great-grandchild, and great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Sophia Will; husband Gilbert Wischnack; brothers Clarence Will, and Wilmer Will; and sister Lorena Rolf.
Mildred is survived by her loving family: children and spouses, Gerald and Angie Wischnack of Green Isle, Vernetta and Robert Schwichtenberg, Phyllis and Donald Schwichtenberg, all of Waconia, Ron and Geri Wischnack, Milan and Elaine Wischnack, Thomas and Monica Wischnack, all of Norwood Young America, Genoa and Dennis Henning of New Germany, and Kevin and Connie Wischnack of Buffalo; 24 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Ardis Lehrke of Norwood Young America; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
The funeral service took place Tuesday, June 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany with the Rev. LeRoy LaPlant officiating. Music selections included “Asleep In Jesus,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Just As I Am.” Soloist Franklin Schoenke sang “Muede bin ich, geh zu ruh,” and the organist was Carol Lagergren. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Monday, June 3 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, all at St. Mark Lutheran Church; and continued Tuesday one hour prior to the service.
Serving as casket bearers were Brian Wischnack, Dale Schwichtenberg, Rick Schwichtenberg, Paul Schwichtenberg, Tony Wischnack, Tim Wischnack, Jason Wischnack, Ryan Henning, Nick Wischnack, and Jason Willems.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.