Elsie Schmucker Schroeck

APPLE?VALLEY – Elsie Schmucker Schroeck, 91, of Apple Valley, formerly of New Ulm, died Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the Centennial House of Apple Valley.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Thursday, August 15 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home (SOUTH CHAPEL) in New Ulm with Rev. Joyce Tollefson Capp officiating. Burial will follow at the New Ulm City Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Elsie Mae Zager, the daughter of Andrew and Angela (Brank) Zager was born February 17, 1922 in Gilbert, MN. She attended Gilbert school. As a child, Elsie and her sister sang many times on the local radio station in nearby Virginia, MN. After graduating from Gilbert High School she attended and graduated from Eveleth Junior College where she was elected Homecoming Queen. During that time, she was hired as a camp counselor at St. Louis County 4-H Camp on Lake Esquagama near Biwabik which was operated by Tom Pfaender of New Ulm. It is at the camp that Elsie met Alan Schmucker of New Ulm who also worked as a counselor. They were married December 10, 1944 in New Ulm. The couple made their home in New Ulm where they worked for the former Schmucker Reliable Drug store. After her sons began school, Elsie worked for Patterson Jewelry and Kraft Foods, where she was a receptionist and PBX Operator for twenty-one years. After Alan’s death August 12, 1972, Elsie continued to make her home in New Ulm. Elsie married James Schroeck March 24, 1975 in Las Vegas. She retired from Kraft on March 1, 1987. In retirement, Elsie and Jim traveled extensively and spent several winters in Arizona. In February 2009, they moved to Orchard Hill in New Ulm. After Jim’s death October 5, 2009, Elsie continued to live at Orchard Hill, moving to Centennial House of Apple Valley in August 2012. Elsie was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, serving as a den mother for her three sons when they were growing up. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, secretary of the New Ulm Shrine Auxiliary, Past Matron of Orient Chapter #60 Order of the Eastern Star, Junior Pioneers, past member of the Brown County Historical Society and Turner Hall. For many years she delivered meals for and served on the Board of Directors of Dinner for Shut-Ins.

Survivors include her sons, Dr. Alan Schmucker and his wife Barbara of Apple Valley, Brian Schmucker and his wife Catherine of Cold Spring, Jeffrey Schmucker and his wife Susan of Eden Prairie; stepsons Jerry Schroeck and his wife Gail of Winona, John Schroeck and his wife Julie of Scotsdale, AZ, stepdaughter Lauri Ginkel and her husband Tom of Hutchinson; nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; six step grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; sister Dorothy Kalin of Plymouth; and nieces and nephews, Kathy Kalin of Australia, Karen Johnson and her husband Gary of Brooklyn Park, Gayle Monson and her husband Dwayne of Nevis and Jamie Hutchinson and her husband David of Maple Grove, Randy, Lance and Nicole Fawcett of Midland Texas.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her brother Andrew Zager, who was killed in action in the European Theater during World War II; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Louis Kalin, James and Sydney Schleuder and William and Lynn Fawcett.

Memorials are preferred to the United Church of Christ, Junior Pioneers, the Brown County Humane Society or the donor’s choice.


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