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William ‘Bill’ Fruetel, 82

William W. (Bill) Fruetel, age 82, from Norwood Young America, passed away Sunday March 9, 2014, at Good Samaritan Center in Waconia, with loving family members and friends at his side.

He was born April 22, 1931, in Young America, to Erna (Schimelpfenig) and William J. Fruetel Sr. Bill was baptized May 12, 1931, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bongards by the Rev. Rosenau. He was later confirmed, May 13, 1945, at the same church by the Rev. Oppermann.

Bill attended local schools, and graduated in 1949, from Central High School in Norwood.

He married his high school sweetheart, Donna Mae Bergmann from Hamburg, at Emanuel Lutheran Church Sept. 23, 1950, with the Rev. Wohlfiel officiating the ceremony. Their 63 years of marriage were blessed with four children.

Known as “Billy” to his many close friends and family, he was a lifelong resident of the Norwood Young America area.

Bill was a local mason/bricklayer for several years, before becoming a machinist at Char Lynn Inc. in Eden Prairie. He retired from Eaton-Char Lynn after 26 years of service.

An avid outdoorsman and fisherman, Bill could often be seen sneaking out of town before the sun rose to get to his many favorite fishing and hunting locations.

During the years of his retirement, Bill and Donna enjoyed splitting their time between their home at the Peace Villa apartments in Norwood, Pelican Lake at Ashby (where the fish feared him), and quite a few sunny winters in Phoenix, AZ.

Bill was a volunteer for the Young America Fire Department, and a steadfast member of St John Lutheran Church, singing in the choir for many years, as well as serving as an usher and church officer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Sr. and Erna Fruetel; sister Muriel Kratzke Neuens; parents-in-law Walter and Esther Bergmann; son-in-law Bill Salden; and many friends and other relatives.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Donna Fruetel; daughters Vicki (Pat) Kelser of Bongards, Dawn Salden of Cologne, and Chris (Paul) Vos of Henderson; son Steven Fruetel and partner Gary Orians of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren John (JP) Kelser, Rachel (Derek) Thompson, Heather (Dave) Kurtz, and Megan (Patrick) Thompson; step-grandchildren Chris (Dan) Miller, Brenda (Ron) Maglott, and Jesse and Alex Vos; and great-grandchildren Lakely, Hazel, and Baylor Thompson.

Bill is also survived by a sister, Marianne Burke of Delano; and sisters-in-law Betty Wroge of Lester Prairie, and Patty Ortloff of Chanhassen.

The funeral service took place Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America with the Rev. David Winter officiating. Interment was at Mau Memorial Cemetery in Norwood Young America

There was visitation Friday. March 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, at the church, one hour prior to the service.

Serving as casket bearers were Paul Burke, Jacob Walker, Jay Ortloff, Layne Ortloff, David Wroge, and Mike Thiem.

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

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