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Verda Scheele, 83, of Marshall

Verda Scheele, 83, of Marshall, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at Avera Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall.
A celebration of life memorial was held Saturday, Feb. 18, at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. Interment was in the Marshall Cemetery.
Verda Scheele was born May 12, 1933, to Henry and Anna (Jahnke) Bartels on the family farm in Sibley County. She was baptized and confirmed at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. She attended grade school at First Evangelical Lutheran School and graduated from Glencoe High School with the class of 1950. She went on to further her education at the University of Minnesota, studying medical terminology. She then worked at Miller Hospital in St. Paul, where she dictated for physicians.
She was united in marriage to Ed Scheele on Sept. 24, 1955, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The couple then made their home in Marshall. Mrs. Scheele worked as the office manager and co-owner of the two businesses that she and her husband operated in Marshall: distributors for Oak Grove Dairy products and then Diamond Clear Ice. The couple retired Feb. 1, 1990.
The couple lived in Cross Lake; Naples, Florida; and Longville before returning to Marshall in 2011. Mrs. Scheele attended First Lutheran Church in Marshall, where she was a member for over 60 years. She also was a proud member of the Marshall American Legion Auxiliary and the Marshall VFW Auxiliary. She volunteered countless hours of administrative services to the Marshall Fire Department while her husband served as the chief, and also the Missouri Valley Packaged Ice Manufacturers Association while her husband served as president, highlighted by hosting annual conventions for both organizations.
Mrs. Scheele was a wonderful wife, great mother and grandmother. Being a lover of fun, she enjoyed entertaining and always had a joke or story to tell. Socializing with friends seemed to go better with a cold beer and her beloved grouper sandwich or walleye sandwich, depending on her locale. She enjoyed playing golf, once scoring a hole in one! While living in Florida, she took many trips to the Naples Pier each week to witness the sun set. Over the years, she also enjoyed taking pictures, polka dancing, playing cards, bowling, fishing, baking the best-ever chocolate chip cookies, crocheting, attending sporting events, afternoon pontoon rides, word-find puzzles, talking in German, and almost daily car rides with her husband, as well as spending time with those she loved so much.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ed Scheele; children, David (Nancy) Scheele of Prior Lake,  and Susan of the Twin Cities; two grandchildren, Jenny (Aaron) Freng of Shakopee and Jackie (Steve) Groth of Prior Lake; three great-grandchildren and one on the way, Sydney, Zachary and Ryan; brother, Marvin (Pat) Bartels of North Platte, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Marlain Elling of Deephaven; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Anna Bartels; sisters, Rosa Gebhardt, Mildred Stanzel, Mabel Tanaka and Ramona Oxbridge; and brothers, Karl Bartels and Leslie Bartels.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association (do
natenow.heart.org).
Arrangements were with the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. A guest book is available at www.hamiltonfh.com.