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Mary Rinkel

The Memorial Mass for Mary Rinkel was held Jan. 18, 2013, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, with Fathers Donald Wagner and Kurtis Gunwall as celebrants. Mary, 71, passed away Jan. 15, 2013, at Perham Health & Living.

Mary was born Sept. 1, 1941, in Perham to Frank and Mildred (Mullen) Scully. She was raised on a farm outside of Dent, and graduated from Perham High School.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from St. Gabriel's in Little Falls. Also, Mary worked as an RN in various hospitals before becoming an educator, and developed and helped grow the nursing program at Wadena Technical College. It was a great joy when a former student came up to her and thanked her for the experience she provided.

Mary met and soon married Vern Rinkel July 13, 1963. They lived in Duluth, Iowa, Omaha and Hawaii before settling in Wadena to raise their family.

Mary had a lifelong love of learning, and encouraged that in her children. She believed firmly in our responsibility to help each other and improve our world. Also, she was a diverse artist who had a love of creativity in all forms. This was most obvious in her focus on creating memorable family events by making elaborate birthday cakes for theme parties and family Christmas traditions.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Vern, her infant brother, Raymond, and parents.

Mary is survived by her siblings, Dorothy (Tom) Noud, Jim (Anita) Scully, Larry (Marcy) Scully and Teresa (Bruce Uttermark) Scully; children, Jeffry (Sharyl) Rinkel, Michaela (Cindy Klein) Rinkel, John (Kelly) Rinkel and Andrea (Mike) Jessen; grandchildren, Jennifer, Patrick (Alana), Jessica, Kallia, Jarred and Ethan; and great-granddaughter, Callia.

Honorary pallbearers were Mark Rinkel and Shawn Noud.

Burial will be in the spring of 2013 in Calvary Cemetery in Wadena.

Arrangements are with the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena. Online tributes may be posted at