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Mary Jane Schiller

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The Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Jane Schiller was celebrated Jan. 30, 2013, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, with Father Donald Wagner as celebrant.

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Mary Jane Schiller, 90, of Wadena went to her eternal reward Jan. 25, 2013, at Fair Oaks Lodge in the presence of her daughters, Linda Buising and Mary Kay Wohlert.

Mary Jane was born May 25, 1922, in Fairfield, Iowa, to parents Loren and Lois M. (Bishop) Ogden. Following her father's early death from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), she moved with her mother and sister Barbara Ann to Park Rapids, where her two older brothers, Delmar and Dwayne Ogden, were living with the Bishop family.

Mary Jane graduated from Park Rapids High School, worked in retail sales and met her husband, Philip A. Schiller through mutual friends. She and Philip were married in Seattle, Wash., on Dec. 27, 1944, just before Phil was deployed as a Naval Seaman to the Pacific.

Mary Jane returned to live with her mother and gave birth to Philip Jeffrey in Wadena prior to her husband's return from the service. The couple had four more children, Linda, Larry, Tony and Mary Kay. Mary Jane and Phil lived in Wadena until Phil's death in 1988. For a time, they also had a cabin on Ottertail Lake.

Mary Jane's foremost role was that of faithful wife and mother, but she had many talents and an entrepreneurial spirit that would not be suppressed.

Over the years, her ventures included purchasing a knitting machine, lingerie sewing, involvement in equine activities and bookkeeping for Russ Davis Wholesale. A lifelong bridge player, she participated regularly in her bridge club's weekly get-togethers.

She also acquired an electric organ and played at home for family and friends, and for dinners at the Pine Cove Inn. She was a faithful fan of her children's and grandchildren's athletic activities.

Following her husband's death, Mary Jane moved to Wyoming for several years to be near her son's family. She made friends easily and was always ready for travel and new adventures.

Toward the end of her life, she was actively involved in quilting, and dabbled in Wadena politics. Mary Jane always gave of herself in many ways, contributing to charity with her many crafting talents and working for numerous causes. A convert to Catholicism, she was a faithful and active member of St. Ann's Parish, serving as Eucharistic Minister and leading Bible studies. She fulfilled her role as grandmother and great-grandmother with gusto and great love.

Mary Jane is survived by sons, Philip "Jeff" (Karen) of Eagan and Larry (Mary Beth) of Willmar; daughters, Linda Buising of Burnsville and Mary Kay (Tim) Wohlert of Wadena; grandchildren, Mike Schiller, Alyson Muzila, Ryan Buising, Melissa Dayton, Angie Masant, Tonya Roth, Phillip and Matt Schiller, and Paul and Mark Wohlert; 17 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, sister, husband and son, Tony.

Pallbearers were Michael Schiller, Ryan Buising, Phillip Schiller, Matthew Schiller, Paul Wohlert and Mark Wohlert.

Burial was in Wadena Cemetery, and arrangements were with Schuller Family Funeral Homes' Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena.

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