Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for Ingeburg H. Seelen, age 85, who died Sunday at the Sterling Park Healthcare Center in Waite Park. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Rockville.
Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring. Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday morning from 10:00 11:00 a.m. at the church.
Inge was born in Silberbach, Czechoslovakia (Bohemia) to Karl & Gabriella (Rdig) Lausmann. After WW II she and her family were forced to leave their home, fleeing the Russian occupation, they became refugees in West Germany. There she worked as a secretary and interpreter for the American Military.
She married John J. Seelen on July 29, 1953 in Boeblingen, Germany. They came to the US in Nov of 1953 and settled in St. Cloud, MN. They moved to Rockville in January of 1955. She was a wife, mother, grandmother (Omi), great grandmother and business owner. Together with John they ran several businesses including Big Johns Excavating, the Cafe; Haus Vienna, the Rockville General Store, IHS Antiques and they owned rental properties. In later years she worked at Sears and delivered the Shopping News for almost 25 years. She loved beautiful things natural and manmade. She was an avid treasure hunter, collecting antiques, and enjoyed finding a good deal. In her youth, she was an alpine skier and hiked in search of wild mushrooms and berries in her beloved Bohemian forest. She had a special devotion to the Infant of Prague. Her love of life, laughter and smile will be missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her children, James Lausmann (Helga), Bisingen, Germany, Rita (Ken) Seelen-Hora, Garland, TX, Chuck (Peg), Motley, MN, Renate (Bill) Schaefer, Cold Spring, MN, and Greg (Tami) Seelen, Rockville, MN. Grandchildren, Erica Hemmesch (Duran Gamble), Joe (Tina) Hemmesch, Priya Hora, Jon, Emily & Chris Seelen. Great-grandsons, Nolan Hemmesch and Keenan Seelen. Her brother Berthold (Gunda) Lausmann of Mittenwald, Germany.
Preceded in death by her son John E. Seelen in 1983 and her husband John J. Seelen in 2008. Pallbearers will be her sons and grandsons.
Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.