Pauline Sophie Schackel, age 87, of Evan, died on July 22, 2013, at the Sleepy Eye Medical Center. Visitation will be on Friday, July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Saturday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the church in Evan. Service will be held at the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Evan, on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. The clergy will be Pastor Rebecca Krogstad. She will be interred at Prairieville Cemetery northeast of Evan beneath her chosen headstone inscribed “My Last Trip”. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church or Divine Providence Community Home.
Pauline was born March 8, 1926 in Evan, the youngest of six children, to Lars Paulsen and Kirsten (Ostergaard) Paulsen. She was baptized and confirmed at St Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Evan and graduated from Sleepy Eye High School. Pauline married George F. Schackel on April 2, 1945 in Minneapolis, and their son George P. was born April 11, 1946. Pauline and George lived primarily in Alexandria and operated a store, farm and then summer resort. Following George’s death in 1954 Pauline continued in the resort business and then for several years as a ‘house mother’ in a group home for troubled teens and a home for individuals with special needs. She moved back to Evan twenty years ago and lived just a block from the house in which she was born. Always an independent person, Pauline found wonderful care and support from many loving friends, family and neighbors - as well as the caring staffs of the Sleepy Eye Medical Center and Divine Providence Community Home. Pauline loved to travel, often taking her sister Anna along on her journeys. She always carried a sense of humor and whimsy with her as she traveled through life.
She is survived by her son George Schackel and wife Margaret Clark of Travelers Rest, S.C. and numerous adored nieces and nephews and their extended families in Minnesota, Michigan and elsewhere - and ‘adopted’ granddaughter Cori Deming.
In addition to her husband George, Pauline is predeceased by siblings Paul Paulsen, Anna Petermann, Christian Paulsen, Nels (Clifford) Paulsen and Marie Pinneo.