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Published January 17, 2013, 12:00 AM

Mary Rinkel

The Memorial Mass for Mary Rinkel will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, with Fathers Donald Wagner and Kurtis Gunwall as celebrants. Friends may call on Thursday, at the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena from 5:00-8:00 p.m., with a rosary at 6:00 and Parish Prayers at 7:00, and at the church on Friday one hour prior to the Mass. Mary passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2012 at the Perham Hospital in Perham, at the age of 71.

Mary was born September 1, 1941 in Perham, MN to Frank and Mildred (Mullen) Scully. She was raised on a farm outside of Dent and graduated from Perham High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from St. Gabriel’s in Little Falls. She worked as an RN in various hospitals before becoming an educator, and developed and helped grow the nursing program at Wadena Technical College. It was a great joy when a former student came up to her and thanked her for the experience she provided.

Mary Rinkel

The Memorial Mass for Mary Rinkel will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, with Fathers Donald Wagner and Kurtis Gunwall as celebrants. Friends may call on Thursday, at the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena from 5:00-8:00 p.m., with a rosary at 6:00 and Parish Prayers at 7:00, and at the church on Friday one hour prior to the Mass. Mary passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2012 at the Perham Hospital in Perham, at the age of 71.

Mary was born September 1, 1941 in Perham, MN to Frank and Mildred (Mullen) Scully. She was raised on a farm outside of Dent and graduated from Perham High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from St. Gabriel’s in Little Falls. She worked as an RN in various hospitals before becoming an educator, and developed and helped grow the nursing program at Wadena Technical College. It was a great joy when a former student came up to her and thanked her for the experience she provided.

She met and soon married Vern Rinkel July 13, 1963. They lived in Duluth, Iowa, Omaha, and Hawaii before settling in Wadena, MN to raise their family.

Mary had a lifelong love of learning and encouraged that in her children. She believed firmly in our responsibility to help each other and improve our world. She was a diverse artist who had a love of creativity in all forms. This was most obvious in her focus on creating memorable family events from her elaborate birthday cakes to the theme parties and family Christmas traditions.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years Vern, her infant brother Raymond, and parents.

Mary is survived by her siblings Dorothy (Tom) Noud, Jim (Anita) Scully, Larry (Marcy) Scully, and Teresa (Bruce Uttermark) Scully; children Jeffry (Sharyl) Rinkel, Michaela (Cindy Klein) Rinkel, John (Kelly) Rinkel and Andrea (Mike) Jessen; grandchildren Jennifer, Patrick (Alana), Jessica, Kallia, Jarred, and Ethan; and great-granddaugher Callia.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Rinkel and Shawn Noud.

Burial will be in the spring of 2013 in Calvary Cemetery in Wadena.

Arrangements are with the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena. Online tributes may be posted at www.SchullerFamilyFH.com.

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