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Mary Jane Schiller

Feb 8, 2013 - Staff

Mary Jane Schiller, formerly of Riverton, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. She was 90 years old.

The Mass of Christian burial was Wednesday, Jan. 30, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, Minn.

Mary Jane Schiller was born May 25, 1922, in Fairfield, Iowa, the daughter of Loren and Lois M. (Bishop) Ogden.

Following her father's early death, she moved with her mother, brothers and sister to Park Rapids, Minn. She graduated from Park Rapids High School, worked in retail sales, and met her husband, Philip A. Schiller, through mutual friends.

The couple married Dec. 27, 1944, in Seattle, just before Mr. Schiller was deployed as a U.S. Navy seaman to the Pacific.

Mrs. Schiller returned to live with her mother and gave birth to Philip Jeffrey in Wadena, Minn., before her husband's return from the service. The couple had four more children: Linda, Tony, Larry and Mary Kay. The couple lived in Wadena, Minn., until Mr. Schiller's death in 1988.

After her husband's death, she moved to the Owl Creek Apartments in Riverton for several years to be near her son, Dr. Phil Schiller and his family.

Her family said her foremost role was that of faithful wife and mother, but she had many talents and an irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit. She was a lifelong bridge player, enjoyed playing her electric organ and was a faithful fan of her children's and grandchildren's athletic and scholastic activities. She also made friends easily and was always ready for travel and new adventures. She gave of herself in many ways, volunteering and contributing with her many crafting and sewing talents. She fulfilled her role as grandmother and great-grandmother with gusto and great love.

She is survived by her sons, Philip "Jeff" Schiller and his wife Karen of Eagan, Minn., and Larry Schiller and his wife Mary Beth; daughters Linda Buising and Mary Kay Wohlert and her husband Tim; grandchildren Mike Schiller and Alyson Muzila, of Riverton, and eight others; and 17 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; a sister; husband Philip Schiller; and son Tony Schiller.

Funeral services were entrusted to Johnson-Schuller Funeral Home of Wadena, Minn.

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