Myrtle L. Schleusner, age 97 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 at St. Mark’s Living of Austin. Myrtle Lillian was born on January 4, 1922 to August and Clara (Engelmeier) Maas in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Myrtle was baptized and confirmed at the rural Johnsonville Trinity Lutheran Church. Myrtle graduated in 1940 from high school in Walnut Grove. She later went on to become an LPN.
Myrtle came to Austin to work at St. Olaf Hospital (now known as Austin Mayo Medical Center) in September of 1945. She worked many years as an LPN. Before coming to Austin she also worked at Marshall, Heron Lake and Mankato, Minnesota.
In Austin she met Dennis J Schleusner. They were married on June 23, 1951 at the Johnsonville Trinity Lutheran Church. Dennis passed away in 2005. They had been married 54 wonderful years. To this union three children were born; Pamela Hacker, John (Karen) Schleusner, and James Schleusner. She also nine grandchildren, Jacob, Regnier, Jed (Jenny) Regnier, Jamie (Peter) Zotalis, Janine (Jason) Goenner, Hannah Schleusner, Marissa Schleusner, Lindsay Borg, Ryan (Sarah)Schleusner and Kelsea (Rob) Stueve. Myrtle was additionally blessed with 15 great grandchildren.
Myrtle has been a member of Grace Lutheran Church since 1951. She was also a member of WELCA, Church Circle, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary. She also enjoyed being a member and playing cards with card groups. Myrtle was a Cub Scout Den Mother when her son Jim was a Cub Scout, and a Brownie Leader when, daughter, Pam was in Girl Scouts.
Myrtle’s greatest joys were cooking big meals for her family and friends along with being together with them. She enjoyed watching television game shows, reading, and playing 500.
Survivors include her brother, Ernest (Eldora) Maas of Walnut Grove, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Margaret Schleusner of Garner, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband Dennis Schleusner; parents August and Clara Maas; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ella (Aymer) Axtelle, Esther (Norman) Gatzlaff; brother Paul Mass; sister-in law Doris (Maas) Grinde and Vern Grinde; niece, Beverly (Axtelle) Carlson; nephew Chuck Maas and others born and unborn.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin. Memorials can be directed to the American Cancer Society. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.