Cordella Laura (Gebhardt) Schultz, age 87, of Silver Lake, and formerly of Glencoe, passed away Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at Glencoe Regional Health Services.
She was born Sept. 21, 1930, in Lester Prairie, the daughter of Alfred and Helena (Tonn Stenzel) Gebhardt. Cordella was baptized as an infant Oct. 12, 1930, by the Rev. Schert; and confirmed in her faith as a youth April 2, 1944, by the Rev. Vomhof, both at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bergen Township, McLeod County.
She received her education at St. Peter’s parochial school in Bergen Township.
Cordella was united in marriage to Alvin L. Schultz April 4, 1948, by the Rev. Bert Streufert at St. Peter’s. The couple made their home in Glencoe and the surrounding area, and shared 26 years of marriage before Alvin passed away Oct. 31, 1974. Their marriage was blessed with six children: Arlo, Charlene, Ronald, Janell, Juliene, and Linda.
Cordella was a faithful member of First Ev. Lutheran Church in Glencoe.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and homemaker, Cordella worked at Green Giant in Glencoe. Later, she lived in St. Cloud, working at May Printing Company from 1983 until retirement in 1992, when she returned to Glencoe to live.
In August 2015, Cordella moved to Cedar Crest Estates Assisted Living in Silver Lake.
Cordella had a great sense of humor, loved listening to “my radio” and “old time” music, and loved to bake goodies for the family, especially at Christmas time. Her family of six children, 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren meant everything to her, and she treasured the time spent with them and hearing their stories.
Cordella enjoyed travel through the years, visiting her children in Alaska, California, and Washington.
She will be missed by her children: Arlo (Virginia) Schultz of Elk River, Charlene (George) Leone of Fircrest, WA, Ron Schultz of Folsom, CA, Juliene Beeth of Anchorage, AK, and Linda (Mike) Matousek of Glencoe; son-in-law Roger Bernard of Hutchinson; grandchildren Daniel (Sarah) Schultz, Joel (Holly) Schultz, Talia Leone, Marissa Leone, Megan Leone, Nathan Matousek (fiancée Mia Anderson), Miranda (Tom) Mrkvicka, Jessalyn (Roger) Kish, Mackenzie Matousek, Lena Limeres, and Lauren Schultz; step-grandchildren George (Kelly) Leone Jr., and David Leone; great-grandchildren Andrew Schultz, Zachary Schultz, Emmeline Schultz, Sadie Schultz, Brayden Linsmeier, Adilynn Mrkvicka, Huxley Kish, Emry Kish; and step great-grandchildren Cassandra Leone, Maximus Leone, Julius Leone, Talulah Leone, Blake Miller, and Maxon Miller.
Cordella is also survived by sisters-in-law Audrey Stenzel, Orvilla Gebhardt, and Darlyne Schutte; and a number of nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to her husband, Alvin, she was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Helena Gebhardt; daughter Janell Bernard; siblings and in-laws, Cleora Rolf, Albin and Mildred Stenzel, Gordon Stenzel, Marcella and Ortwin Ostlie, Emmert Gebhardt, and Loren Gebhardt; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Eleanor and Leonard Sifferath, Adina and Marvin Sifferath, Evelyn and Douglas Bell, Delores Hedman, Christine Cooley, Mayo Schutte, Arnold Schutte, Willard Krentz, and Alfred Krentz.
Funeral services took place Friday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, with interment following at the church cemetery. Pastor Peter Adelsen officiated, and Paul Otte was the organist. The soloist, Chuck Thiel, performed “Amazing Grace” and “Away In A Manger/Silent Night.” Congregational hymns were “Abide With Me” and “Just Keep Me Near The Cross.”
Lena Limeres, Lauren Schultz, George Leone Jr., and David Leone were honorary casket bearers.
Cordella’s grandchildren: Daniel Schultz, Joel Schultz, Megan Leone, Marissa Leone, Talia Leone, Nathan Matousek, Miranda Mrkvicka, Jessalyn Kish, and Mackenzie Matousek were casket bearers.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituary and guest book available at www.mcbridechapel.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.