Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for John Mathias Scheffler, age 90, who died peacefully Monday at Assumption Home with his loving family by his side. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.
Knights of Columbus will pray a Rosary at 9:30 a.m., Thursday morning in the St. Boniface Church. Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:45 a.m., in the church narthex.
John was born in Ellsworth, MN, the son of John and Katherine (Gerardy) Scheffler. He married Ida Kellen at St. Adrian’s Catholic Church in Adrian, MN on July 29, 1947. John served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. He was aboard the U.S.S. Herndon for 4 years. After his honorable discharge he was employed at the Municipal Power Plant in Worthington, MN until 1953 when he was employed as Chief Engineer at the Luverne, MN power plant. In 1957 he moved his family to Taconite Harbor on the North Shore of Lake Superior where he was employed by Erie Mining Co. John retired in 1983 and moved to Cold Spring in 1986. He was a member of St. Boniface Parish, a 72 year member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of VFW Post No. 6915 and American Legion Post No. 0455 in Cold Spring. John enjoyed fishing, playing the harmonica, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ida; sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Kathleen Scheffler of Golden Valley, MN, Eldon and Carla Scheffler of Sartell, MN, Guy and Cindi Scheffler of Plymouth, MN, John and Laurie Scheffler of Las Vegas, NV; daughters and son-in-law, Irene Durfee of Duluth, MN, Karen Eliasen of Barron, WI, Carolyn and David Wood of Plymouth, MN; 13 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brother, Andrew Scheffler; sisters, Celine Klein, Henrietta Bullerman, and Mildred Voss.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Elmer, and sister, Rosemary Kellen.
Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.