Francis Cloud Schellinger, 91
Oct. 25, 1922 ~ Mar. 1, 2014
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Francis Cloud Schellinger, age 91, of Avon, will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at St. John's Abbey Church in Collegeville. Francis passed away March 1, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. Reverend Nathaniel Hauser, OSB will officiate. Burial will take place at Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud with military honors.
Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Joseph and after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Abbey Church in Collegeville. The St. Cloud Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Father Pierz Assembly #530 will stand from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home in St. Joseph.
He was born October 25, 1922 in St. Cloud, MN to Leo and Anna (Lodermeier) Schellinger. Francis enjoyed recounting the escapades of his youth in the neighborhood around 14th Avenue South and throughout a growing, pre-World War II
St. Cloud. During the summers he was a member of the St. Cloud Municipal band. Francis graduated from Cathedral High School in 1940. During World War II Francis served three years in the Army spending two years in Iceland managing the carpentry shop until the end of the war.
Upon his return from the service, Francis married his first love, Lucille Reh and settled in St. Cloud. Lucille and Francis had four children together. Francis worked for his father and uncle as a carpenter eventually buying this business, Schellinger Brothers, from them and worked many years with his brothers Paul and Louis. He carried on the Schellinger family tradition of exceptional craftsmanship, establishing friendships with clients that would last a lifetime. Sadly, his first wife Lucille passed away in July 1966.
Francis married his second love, Karen Albright, on November 9, 1968 at St. Mary's Cathedral in St. Cloud. Karen and Francis had four children together. In 1974, after retirement at the age of 52, he moved his family to the Avon Hills. During the ensuing 39 years, Francis focused on what he loved best -- vegetable gardening, raising a variety of animals, cutting firewood, running his sawmill, completing innumerable building and woodworking projects and orchestrating family get-togethers. For twenty-two years, he and Karen hosted hundreds each fall at their annual Bouja Party. While working in his shop Francis turned much of the wood harvested off the land into handmade treasures.
Francis was ever-generous with his time and knowledge, enjoying the relationships and experiences that often ensued. Without setting out to do so intentionally he created around him the opportunity for community to take root, grow and thrive. He will be missed by many, family and friends, whose lives he touched and impacted in so many positive ways throughout his long, inspirational life.
He is survived by his loving wife Karen, and children Dennis (Laurie) Roseville, MN; Mary (Jerome Freeman) Sioux Falls, SD; Ann, Missoula, MT; Ellie (Pierre Lazarewicz) Sioux Falls, SD; Chris (Cathy) Avon, MN; John, Avon, MN; Rebecca (Darrell Heinrich) Newport Beach, CA; Rachel (Patrick Fitzgerald) Duluth, MN. Grandchildren Jason Freeman, San Diego, CA; Chris Waverek (Courtney Baker) Yachats, OR; Ben Waverek, Billings, MT; Alexandra, Lazarewicz, Minneapolis, MN; Justin Lazarewicz, Sioux Falls, SD; Jordan Schellinger, Avon, MN; Leah Schellinger, Avon, MN; Collin Heinrich, Newport Beach, CA.
Francis is preceded in death by his first wife Lucille, parents Leo and Anna, siblings Bernice Lund, Lawrence, Paul, Louis, and Ruth Peters.
Memorials in lieu of flowers are preferred to: Central Minnesota Sustainability Project (at sustainmn.org
) which closely parallel's Francis' lifelong example of connecting people with the land and to each other. Also, Imagination Library, through our local United Way (at unitedwayhelps.org
), seeks to provide books to young children in our local area. Francis was an insatiable reader his entire life, developing an impressive breadth and depth of literature and reading.