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Rosemary Schiller, 94, of Argyle, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at North Pointe Senior Living in Anderson, SC.
Rosemary, daughter of Clark & Florence (Sinnott) McGlynn, was born early and made a surprise arrival on Christmas Day, December 25, 1928, at the family gathering in Stephen, MN in Parker Township. She grew up on the family farm in Stephen, MN with her one sister and four brothers where she acquired her hard work ethic and knowledge of farm life.
Rosemary attended elementary at a one-room country school, District No. 77 McGlynn School, and after graduating from Stephen High School in 1947, went on to earn her teaching certificate in St Paul, MN. She then returned home where she taught grades 1-8 at the same one-room country school until she was married. Rosemary was united in Holy Matrimony to P.J. Schiller, on June 25, 1952, in St. Joseph Catholic Church west of Stephen, MN. They started their lives together and raised their children in the original farmhouse on the Schiller farm.
Rosemary was never one to sit idle and she was no stranger to driving a truck or helping out where needed on the farm. She was completely dedicated to her husband and children, and was truly selfless in her efforts to care for all their needs. She gracefully managed the family, amid raising large vegetable gardens, canning vegetables and jelly, grinding her own wheat flour, baking bread regularly, cooking large home-cooked meals three times a day, mending and sewing those beloved matching outfits for her children, as well as, having the ability to process and cook any game animal hunted and brought home by the family. In addition to her daily work, Rosemary loved to make chokecherry wine. Her children have fond memories of all loading up on the old John Deere G tractor with ice cream pail in hand to pick chokecherries.
Rosemary thoroughly enjoyed large family gatherings, and the sound of all the laughter was often described by her as, “the old farmhouse is really rocking with all this noise.” Rosemary also had one consistent piece of advice for her children, “Always get along, and go to church.” For Rosemary, the news of another wedding, another grandchild, or another great grandchild never got old. Her family was and will always be the fruits of her labor. She was the family prayer warrior and prayed the rosary every night for her family, sometimes falling asleep with it in her hand. Days before Rosemary’s death, a rosary was placed in her hand, and she maintained a firm grasp on it until the moment she passed away.
Rosemary is survived by eight children, Lana Rae (Robert) Dufault, Clark, Lein (Susan), Argyle; Maryrose (Michael) Johnson-Wavra, Grand Forks; Fred (Lana Rae), Woodbury, MN; Hector, Argyle; P. Daniel (Amy), Eagan, MN; and Yvette (Darrin) Gourde, Greenville, SC; eighteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Louella Goulet and LuAnn McGlynn; and her many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, P.J. Schiller; three infant children, Peter, Teresa, and Missy; son-in-law, Kenneth Johnson; daughter-in-law, Nancy (Wikstrom) Schiller; granddaughter, Claudia Gourde; siblings and their spouses, Rita and Lawrence Nelson, Gene McGlynn, Dan and Donna McGlynn, Tom and Mary McGlynn, and Clark McGlynn Jr; in-laws, Sharon Schiller, Anita and Phil Schomer, and Jack Goulet.
May God bless, and may we pray for the soul of Rosemary Schiller.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 10:00 AM on Friday, October 20, 2023 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Argyle, MN.
VISITATION: After 5:30 PM with a 6:15 PM Rosary and 6:30 PM Prayer Service on Thursday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Argyle. Visitation will also start at 9:30 AM before the Mass on Friday at the church.
INTERMENT: Rosemary will be buried next to her husband, P.J., in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery in Argyle.