Connie Schlechter, 54

Connie E. Schlechter, age 54, of St. Bonifacius, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at the Elim Home in Watertown.

She was born Nov. 11, 1959, in Waconia, the daughter of Lloyd and Ruth (Wickenhauser) Ebert.

Connie was united in marriage to Paul D. Schlechter March 11, 1977, in Watertown, SD.

Connie had a huge heart, always putting everybody else’s needs before hers. She took care of her son, Jason, for 35 years at her home with love and tenderness.

Connie loved to be out in the garden tending to her vegetables, which she would can and share with numerous people in the neighborhood. She was a fabulous cook, and making soup was her specialty. Connie also enjoyed making candy that she would give out to everyone.

She grew up farming with her father and mother, which instilled her hard work ethic.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Ruth Ebert; brother Robert Ebert; grandparents Andrew and Mary Ebert; aunts Bernice Volkenant, Verna Weiland, Lenore Walters, and Elaine Stelten; uncle Donald Ebert; and father-in-law Donald Schlechter.

Connie is survived by her loving family: husband Paul Schlechter; son Jason Schlechter; nephew Adam Ebert; special friends Ashley Mellgren, and Carol Holland; aunts Muriel Wickenhauser of Cologne, Luella Grabow of Sleepy Eye, and Clarissa Wickenhauser of Mankato; uncles Bill Volkenant of Buffalo, and Gilbert Walters of Cologne; mother-in-law Elaine Schlechter of New Germany; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Gary and Susan Schlechter of New Germany, Mark and Malinda Schlechter of Florida, Lisa Pexa and fiancé Joseph Korus of Ramsey, and Beth and John Weinzierl of Buffalo; nieces, nephews, and other relatives, and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church with Father Joseph-Quoc Vuong as celebrant of the Mass. Interment was at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, and continued Wednesday, one hour prior to the Mass.

Casket bearers were John Boll, Henry Vanderlinde, Mike Ebert, Bill Weiland, Bill Wickenhauser, Steve Wickenhauser, Tony Weinzierl, Bob Vanderlinde, Ken Volkenant, and Robert Volkenant.

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

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