Edward Wollschlager, age 81 of Milbank, SD died April 14, 2017, at St. William’s Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, April 17, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. Fr. Gary DeRouchey will officiate. Burial will be in the St. James Cemetery, Nassau, MN.
Visitation will be on Sunday, April 16 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church from 5 – 7 p.m. with a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. and continue one hour prior to the Mass on Monday.
Casket bearers will be the oldest grandchild of each child’s family: Jessica Hanson, Nicholas Fayville, Matthew Loeschke, Justin Sime, Derek Wollschlager, Adam Wollschlager, Cody and Carly Drake, Amanda Wollschlager, and Riley Wollschlager. Honoray bearers will be his remaining grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Edward Wollschlager was born April 14, 1936, in Grant County, South Dakota. He was the son of Bruno and Agnes (Roggenbuck) Wollschlager. He was baptized and confirmed at Annunciation Catholic Church, Revillo, SD. Edward attended country school in Vernon Township and helped his father on the family farm.
Edward was united in marriage with Kathryn (Kay) Adleman on June 8, 1957, at St. Joseph Catholic Church , Rosen, MN. They were blessed with nine children. Edward farmed both dairy and grain until December of 2015. They moved into Milbank in 2014. Ed actively helped his sons farm through the fall of 2016. He always grew a large garden and enjoyed sharing sweet corn and apples with everyone.
Edward was a faithful member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Revillo, SD, St. James Catholic Church in Nassau, MN, and St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank, SD. He was proud to have been an usher and Eucharistic Minister for many years while he attended St. James. He also enjoyed playing cards, listening to polka music, and attending dances. Edward would make every effort not to miss “Pie Day” and Country Jamboree in Revillo. Edward was a proud grandfather and would attend his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s many sporting events and school activities.
Edward Wollschlager is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kathryn (Kay) of Milbank, SD; his children: Greg (Teresa) Wollschlager of Revillo, SD; Lori (Kyle) Helm of Cleveland, ND; Karen (John) Loeschke of Milbank, SD; Brenda (Blake) Sime of Revillo, SD; Brian (Janelle) Wollschlager of LaBolt, SD; Mark (Laurie) Wollschlager of Revillo, SD; Mary (Robert) Drake of Fergus Falls, MN; Tim (Stacy) Wollschlager of Revillo, SD; Robert (fiancé Kristin) Wollschlager of LaBolt, SD; 27 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; siblings: Elizabeth Radermacher, Alice Radermacher, Sister Rita Wollschlager, Jeanette Ferris, Margaret Hoffman, and Teresa Kemen. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Bruno and Agnes; two brothers: James and Raymond; three sisters: Agnes Pillatzki, Lucy Karels, and Marie Nilsson.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial be given to St. William’s Care Center.