Melania A. “Lonnie” Wenning,101

WenningMelaniaWEBMelania A. “Lonnie” Wenning, age 101 of Melrose, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B. officiating and Rev. Marvin Enneking and Rev. Ken Thielman concelebrating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Christian Mothers will pray at 5 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.
Melania Agnes Beckermann was born December 9, 1911 in Freeport, Minnesota to John and Agnes (Boeckers) Beckermann.  She married Lawrence Wenning on May 5, 1931 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Lonnie farmed and lived near New Munich for 12 years and moved into Melrose in 1943.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers.  Lonnie enjoyed gardening and playing cards.

Survivors include her children, LaVonne (Paul) Weber of LeCenter, Mary Ann (Arnold) Meyer of Sauk Centre, Lloyd (Elaine) Wenning of Plymouth, Donald (Mary) Wenning of Melrose, and James (Doris) Wenning of Melrose; daughter-in-law, Lorna Wenning of Waconia; 23 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Lonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Wenning on November 14, 2002; parents; son, LeRoy Wenning; daughter-in-law, Leona Wenning; brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Roering, Theodore Beckermann, Bernadine Roering, Sylvester Beckermann, Edmund Beckermann, Sally Jacobs, Monica DuChene, and Pauline Olmscheid.

Serving as casket bearers will be Mark Weber, Eric Meyer, Dan Wenning, Loren Wenning, Larry Wenning, and Patrick Wenning. Serving as cross bearer will be Nancy Schacherer and scripture bearer will be Jana Kelly.  Honorary bearers will be Lonnie’s grandchildren.  Gift bearers will be LaVonne Weber and Mary Ann Meyer and lector will be Brian Meyer.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.