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Berdine (Schotzko) Neeb

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Berdine (Schotzko) Neeb Obituary
Berdine Neeb, 83, of Sanborn, died August 18, 2018, at Valley View Manor in Lamberton.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield.
Memorial Mass will be held at the St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
The clergy will be Father Phil Schotzko.
Interment will be at the Sanborn City Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Berdine Schotzko was born in Redwood Falls to Leo and Marie Schotzko and grew up in the Sleepy Eye/Sanborn/Springfield area with her nine siblings. She received her nursing degree from the College of St. Teresa in Winona and had a 37-year nursing career where she was a department head nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, taught nursing at St. Barnabas School of Nursing in Minneapolis, and then finished the last 18 years at Springfield Community Hospital.
She married Henry Neeb in 1963, and they farmed near Sanborn and raised three children. They lived on the farm for 45 years until Henry's death in 2008.
She then lived at Valley View Manor in Lamberton. Taking care of people as a nurse, participating at church and club activities and volunteering at St. John's Home were among her greatest joys.
She also loved to read, disappearing for hours into books and was endlessly creative with needlework, painting, calligraphy and especially growing, canning and arranging flowers from her own large gardens on the farm. She was also an avid bird and wildlife watcher and feeder.
After retirement, she and Bud enjoyed travel. She was an enthusiastic dancer even if she didn't know the latest steps and a champion watermelon seed spitter. Unfailingly kind and generous, Berdine loved people and was eager to hear their stories and help them out. Not a stranger to hard work and discipline, she was also in touch with the realities of life, instinctively instilling that although life isn't always fair, we must make the best of what we are given and bloom where we are planted.
She is survived by children – Jim and wife Julie Neeb, Patty and husband Brad Nielsen and Karen Neeb and husband Ben Bockenhauer; grandchildren – Megan, Patrick, Emily, Pete, Sam, Paige, Hannah and Jack; sisters – Mary Lee (Jim) Marshall, Sr. Clara Marie Schotzko and Clara Mae 'Mazie' (Marvin) Van Den Broek; brothers – Ed (Mary Lee) Schotzko, Steve (Judy) Schotzko, Dr. Charles (Nancy) Schotzko, Fr. Phil Schotzko and Dennis (Pat) Schotzko; and sister-in-law Deanna Schotzko.
She was preceded in death by her parents – Leo and Marie (Wolf) Schotzko; husband Henry Neeb and brother Jerry Schotzko.
Published in Redwood Falls Gazette from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2018
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