Mertle R.A. Mathews, 89, of Glencoe

Mertle Ruth Alice Mathews, wife of Eldor Mathews, 89, of Glencoe, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 23, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Daniel Welch officiating.
Dawn Wolter was the pianist. Soloist Danielle Mathews sang “The Rose” and “Amazing Grace.” Congregational hymns were “On Eagle’s Wings” and “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.”
Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters and great-granddaughters. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Sheldon Mathews, Nick Mathews, Jamie Mathews, Dakota Mathews Schmidt, Grant Henkelmann, Dustin Henkelmann and Riley Messner.
Interment was in the First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Glencoe.
Mertle Ruth Alice Mathews was born May 29, 1925, in Glencoe, the daughter of Adolph and Minnie (Dummer) Pinske. She was baptized June 28, 1925, by the Rev. E. Kolbe at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, and confirmed in 1938 by the Rev. K. Plocher at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Litchfield. She attended country school in both Litchfield and Glencoe.
On Dec. 26, 1943, she was united in marriage to Eldor Mathews by the Rev. Streufert at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The couple made their home in Glencoe, where they farmed all their lives. Their marriage was blessed with eight children, Dottie, Larry, Lynn, Dean, Carol, Julie, Jeannie and Sherry.
Mrs. Mathews was a true farm wife and mother. She loved the animals and took good care of them, but her favorites were her dogs. Through the years, she always had a dog and her most loyal friend was her dog Buddy. She loved the outdoors and could be found mowing the lawn in the summer and any other activity that would perfect her lawn. She enjoyed old-time music and her family was very important to her, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Dottie (the late Jim) Minor of Winthrop, Larry (Jan) Mathews of Green Isle, Lynn (the late Al) Schmerbauch of Gaylord, the late Dean (Kathy) Mathews of Glencoe, the late Carol (Milo) Muchow of Gaylord, Julie (Scott) Tuchenhagen of Winthrop, Jeannie Mathews Schmidt of Owatonna and Sherry (Butch) Henkelmann of Glencoe; grandchildren, the late Ricky Sons, Brenda (Les) Meyer, Kari Rose, Shelley (Paul) Rohde, Sheldon (Michelle) Mathews, Tammy (Dave) Pikal, Tera (Trent) Messner, Britany Schmerbauch, Nick (fiancé Amber) Mathews, Danielle Mathews, the late Stacie Steen, Chad (Jen) Muchow, Jamie (Sophia) Mathews, Dakota Mathews Schmidt, Jalisa Mathews Schmidt, Grant (Mandy) Henkelmann, Kim Henkelmann, Dustin (Ashley) Henkelmann, Meshawn (Brandon) Flowers and Melissa Cochraine; great-grandchildren, Brandon Meyer, Brady Meyer, Brock Meyer, Leighton Rose, Hawken Rose, Brevon Rose, Logan Rohde, Luke Rohde, Kami Mathews, Megan Mathews, Brandi Pikal, the late Briana and Benjamin Pikal, Lance (friend Kaylee) Messner, Riley Messner, Brody Messner, Amanda Guzman, Harley Guzman, Sawyer Mathews, Asher Mathews, Jasen Henkelmann, Tony Henkelmann, Everett Muchow, Taytem Muchow, Haley Wise, Peyton White, Parker White and Gracie Cochraine; siblings, the late Herb (the late Liz) Pinske, the late Alvin Pinske, the late Gordon (the late Margaret) Pinske, Gert (the late Walter) Coulter, the late Lorna (the late Clarence) Guetzkow and the late Ole (the late Ev) Ernst; brothers-in-law, Norman Mathews of Glencoe; and sisters-in-law, Anna Mathews and Ruth Mathews, both of Glencoe.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldor Mathews; parents, Adolph and Minnie Pinske; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Reinhold and Pauline Mathews; children, Dean Mathews and Carol Muchow; grandchildren, Ricky Sons and Stacie Green; great-grandchildren, Briana Pikal and Benjamin Pikal; daughter-in-law, Linda Mathews; sons-in-law, Jim Minor and Al Schmerbauch; siblings, Herb (Liz) Pinske, Alvin Pinske, Gordon (Margaret) Pinske, Lorna (Clarence) Guetzkow and Ole (Ev) Ernst; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Walter Coulter, Lorna (Carl) Ehrke, Orville (Gloria) Mathews, Raymond (Willie) Mathews, Marvin (Selma) Mathews, Alice (Lawrence) Debner, Dorie Mathews, Hillard (Elizabeth) Mathews, Erwin Mathews and Earl Mathews.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.