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home : obituaries : obituaries May 22, 2015

8/5/2014 10:11:00 AM
Albin G. Schulzetenberg

Albin (Al) Schulzetenberg, 94, died Saturday, July 26, 2014.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10:30 a.m., in the Chapel at St. Benedict's Senior Community, Monticello.

He is survived by brother, Tony, St. Cloud; son, John "Jack," (Jane), Annandale; daughters, Linda (Kevin) Hamm, Maple Grove, Mary (Brent) Greenwood, Jefferson, Ga., Judi (John) Walsh, Madison, Wis.; grandsons Peter (Judy) Schulzetenberg, Golden Valley; Jay (Maria) Schulzetenberg, Sartell, Christopher Hamm, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Kelly Hamm, Minneaplis; granddaughters, Vanessa Greenwood, Wash., Stephanie (Greenwood) Bates (Erik), Commerce, Ga., Erin (Walsh) Flesch (Jared), Sun Prairie, Wis., Emily Walsh, Madison, Wis., Hannah Walsh, Chicago, Ill.; great-grandson, Braxton Flesch Wis.; plus generations of nieces, nephews; grand-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by wife, Delphine; brothers, Bob, Lee, and Bill and son Tom.

Al was the grandson of German immigrants from villages 55 miles apart in northwestern Germany: Johann Gerhard Schulzetenberg and Heinrich ("Henry") Schwegman. The two families settled in Meire Grove, Stearns County, in 1878 and 1880, respectively, and were granted U.S. citizenship the same day, Dec. 7, 1896.

The marriage in 1918 of the aforementioned Schulzetenberg-Schwegmann offspring, Gerhard and Clara, respectively, produced baby Albin in 1919. Four brothers followed, Robert (who became a priest), Leander (who eventually took over the family farm), Wilfred (who raised his family in Wisconsin), and Anthony (who earned his PhD in library science at St. Cloud State).

When he was 14, Al's father died in a hunting accident. Al worked very hard on the farm until he attended the Ag School at the Universtiy of Minnesota for a year, then moved back to the farm with business and social skills that would contribute to his later success.

World War II soon dominated all aspects of life: Al and Delphine Gregory (of Rockville) dated for the first time the summer she turned 16. They celebrated the Fourth of July together. (Though they couldn't know it at the time, they would celebrate that holiday in a big way for decades as leading citizens of Annandale). After dating for nearly two years, Al's mother figured it was time for them to marry, which they did, on June 6, 1941, the later date of the invasion of France by the allies.

Al and Del worked diligently to realize their dream of opening a hardware store, which came to fruition in Annandale not long before son John (Jack) Martin was born in 1946. Thomas Alan came along about 18 months later, and the foursome lived above the store. Jack and Tom became something of a legend on Main Street. As their family grew, daughters Linda Lee, Mary Kay, and Judith Ann made up for the previous male domination. With the family expansion, they built a little bungalow on Park Street (with a finished basement where Jack and Tom bunked, and where the "kids" had their first boy-girl parties, dancing to 45's on a record player from Al's store).

Al's salesmanship earned fantastic trips to exotic places with Del and other winners. He played active roles in St. Ignatius Church, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club and served a term as mayor of Annandale.

In 1963, Al and Del built their dream home on Pleasant Lake. They enjoyed that life until Al sold his business. After a couple winters in Scottsdale, and with offspring on their own, they sold the lake home and made that desert oasis their permanent residence. They played bridge, tennis and golf with new friends, and Minnesotans who visited.

In the mid-90s, Del was suffering with arthritis in her back, and the two moved into an assisted living apartment, but soon decided it was time to head back to Minnesota to be near family and old friends. They moved into the newly-built St. Benedict apartments in Monticello. As Del's health problems worsened, they moved to assisted living, with the kind and professional staff helping as needed. Al's beloved Delphine died in 2010. He missed her every day. He has now joined her in a better place.

Al will live on in many hearts and minds. Al will rest in eternity beside his beloved Delphine in the columbarium in Monticello.

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