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Mark Schuller 1927-2010

Jul 13, 2010

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mark Schuller of Mallard will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mallard.

Burial is in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Mallard.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m.,Tuesday at the Joyce Funeral  Home in Emmetsburg where there will be a vigil service at 7:30 p.m.

Mark Joseph Schuller (Junior/Hans) was born June 19, 1927 in Mallard, to Mark R. and Elizabeth (Neu) Schuller. Mark grew up on the family farm and received his diploma from Mallard High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict.

On June 14, 1952, Mark Schuller and Carol Murphy Emmetsburg were married. They made their home on the same farm Mark grew up on in rural Mallard. He farmed, was an excellent carpenter, even building his family home. He also worked for the Palo Alto ASCS Office.

Mark was a very active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Mallard including many years as church director. He was a member of the Anderson-Eckert-Hersom American Legion Post 345 and was very proud to wear his uniform for various events in the community.

Mark always kept busy. He loved to tinker in his garage and machine shed. His daily card game with the guys was something he rarely missed. He shared this love of cards with his kids and grandkids  Mark found no greater joy than spending time with his family. Visits with his 20 grandkids brought such a smile to his face. His philosophy was “you’re always welcome at the farm.” No matter how big the crowd, Mark could always make room for one more. He never knew a stranger.

On Sunday, July 11, 2010, Mark Schuller passed away at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg.  He was 83.

Mr. Schuller was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald Schuller and Dr. Bernard Schuller; four sisters, Valeria Sauter, Dolores Byrne, Eileen Schuller and Monica Schuller.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Carol; eight children: Cathy Backstrom (Denny), Joseph Schuller (Laura), and Linda Ruppert (Larry), all of Mallard, Karen Krug (Kent) of Heber Springs, AR, John Schuller (Joan) of Grundy Center, Jackie Wilson of Columbia, MO, Patty Brooks (Mike) of Huxley,  and Peggy Kolpek of Ankeny,;  20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Palo Alto County or charities of the family’s choice.

Online condolences:  www.joycefuneralhomes.com