Schiesel, Robert L. age 74, of Mpls. Born 2/24/1938 Buffalo, NY, died peacefully 12/19/2012 in Edina, MN. Preceded in death by first wife, Jean Bigelow Schiesel; stepson, Greg Lampe; parents, Matthew and Natalie; brother, William. Survived by wife, Mary Lampe Schiesel; brother, Thomas (Dottie) Schiesel; stepsons, John and Kevin Bigelow and Joel Lampe; sisters-in-law, Barbara DeCosse and Susan (Carl) Dixon; nieces, nephews and many friends. After high school, Bob earned a B.S. from Bowling Green State U in Ohio, then a M.S. in Business at U of Colorado, Boulder. After teaching a year at Chico State U, CA, Bob had a career in business marked by ingenuity and creative know-how. He worked in marketing and advertising for American Greetings, General Mills, Martin Williams, and lastly as Vice President of Marketing for Kemps, where he and his team developed many innovative products. Exhibiting a strong commitment to family, he lovingly helped raise two stepsons with spouse, Jean. In 1996, he and Jean embarked on a happy retirement that included gardening, reading, and many travel adventures. After her passing in 2001, he met Mary and they married in 2004. Bob and Mary built a life together, blending families and friendships. They, too, hit the open road which included many camping trips-- reluctantly undertaken by Bob initially, but he eventually became a "happy camper" as he discovered the joys of nature. Those who knew Bob quickly came to appreciate his extraordinary gift of wit and his way with words, enjoying signature "Bobisms." But he'll also be remembered for his engaging conversation and a genuine interest in others. Ever a student of history and politics, a strong social conscience guided his volunteer work for Amnesty International and Cabrini House, where he served both as a mentor and a board member. Those lucky enough to have known Bob will deeply miss the special light he brought to the world. Memorial service 11:00 AM Friday, Jan 4, 2013, with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, W. 50th St. & Hwy. 100, Edina. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, Memorials preferred to Emergency Food Shelf, Doctors Without Borders or Project for Pride in Living (PPL). www.Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996
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Published in Star Tribune from Dec. 23 to Dec. 30, 2012