Mary E. Schwanke, 87

Mary E. Schwanke passed away peacefully at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, Oct. 26, surrounded by her loving family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Nov. 2, at at St. James Catholic Church, Randall.

Mary was born June 1 1925, to Guy and Mary (Nellie) Brisbane. After attending school in Randall and Little Falls she began teachers training. She married Quentin Schwanke Oct. 27, 1945, in St. Cloud. Besides being a homemaker, Mary worked for 26 years at the Randall Post Office. Mary enjoyed traveling the globe. She would tell you that her favorite trip was the family Arizona excursion, which has been the source of many holiday gathering laughs throughout the years. She was a fantastic cook, baker, and armchair jeopardy player. Mary also enjoyed reading, watching countless hours of college basketball, and proudly sharing pictures of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Tom (Colleen) Schwanke of White Bear Lake, Marcia Schwanke of Park Rapids and Jo (Tom) Yasgar, of Sauk Rapids; her grandchildren, Eric Schwanke, of Lawton, Okla., Chris (Amy) Schwanke, of Hugo, Laura (Jake) Sisterman of Spring Lake Park, Nick Schwanke of, Lawton, Okla., Julie Yasgar of Baton Rouge, L.A. and Lindsey Yasgar, of St. Louis Park; and her pride and joy, great-grandchildren Benjamin, Owen, and Landon. Mary is also survived by her sister-in-law, Rosemarie Brisbane and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

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