Funeral services for Mary Jane Draeger, 78, of Hutchinson, were held Sunday, Dec. 23, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando with the Rev. Aaron Albrecht officiating.
Mrs. Draeger died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
The organist was Wanda Renner and the soloist was Andrew Hermodson-Olsen. Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye, My People” and “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us.”
Pallbearers were Bruce Karl, David Karl, Clyde Zieman, Mike Kokesch, Lowell Briese and Adam Boehlke. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Mary Jane Karl was born May 9, 1934, in Hutchinson, to Joseph and Fern (Ankeny) Karl. She was baptized as an infant on May 27, 1934, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart. She received her First Holy Communion on June 11, 1944, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. She received her education in Hutchinson and attended Hutchinson High School.
On May 15, 1952, Mary Karl was united in marriage to Stanley Draeger at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando. This marriage was blessed with four daughters. The Draegers resided in and farmed in Bismarck Township, Sibley County. They shared 50 years of marriage before Mr. Draeger died on May 22, 2002. Mrs Draeger later moved to Hutchinson in 2002.
Mrs. Draeger was a loving wife, mother, homemaker and partner in the farming operation. She also worked at the 3M Company in New Ulm, and Winthrop Good Samaritan Center and Hands, Inc., in Winthrop. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando.
Mrs. Draeger was an excellent baker. She loved going shopping, especially for shoes, and enjoyed playing cards and bingo. She cherished the time she spent with her family, grandchildren and friends.
Survivors include her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Edward Karl of Hutchinson; sister, Lucy Schmidt of Hutchinson; sisters-in-law, Leola Karl of Hutchinson and Joyce Karl of Hutchinson; many other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph and Fern Karl; husband, Stanley Draeger; brothers, William Karl, Francis Karl and his wife, Ihone, Joseph Karl, Jr.; sister-in-law, Cleo Karl; and her brother-in-law, Victor Schmidt.
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com . Click on obituaries/guest book.