February 19, 1939 - August 24, 2016


Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Mary W. Schreifels, age 77, who passed away Wednesday at Quiet Oaks Hospice in St. Augusta. Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate and burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Tuesday also at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the church.

Mary was born Feb. 19, 1939 in Sauk Rapids to Peter & Mary (Hoeffer) Schueller. She was raised in Sauk Rapids and lived most of her life there. Mary married Eldred Schreifels on Sept. 20, 1962 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was a homemaker and also worked at Fingerhut for 8 years. Mary was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she volunteered at funeral lunches and for Journey in Faith. She enjoyed cooking, reading books, feeding birds, deer watching, camping, and bowling. Mary was a strong, independent woman who was proud of how she raised her family.

Mary is survived by her husband, Eldred of Sauk Rapids; children, Katherine (Scott) Struffert of Foley, Laura (James) Lieser of Clearwater, Patricia (Paul) Hinkemeyer of Sauk Rapids, Julie (Allen) Mattkins of St. Joseph, and Gary (Lynn) Schreifels of Sartell; sisters, Marge Rutkosky of Seattle, WA and Jane Shiek of Sauk Rapids; and grandchildren, Dana, Ryan, Amy, Hali, Jeffrey, Scott, Keli, Larissa and Hannah. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Andrew Lieser; sisters, Joyce Shiek, Geneva Kulp, Dorothy Montag, Patricia Kulp, and Joan Adams; and brothers, Jim and Don Schueller.

Memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers.

A special thank you to CentraCare Palliative Care, CentraCare Hospice, and Quiet Oaks Hospice.