Ed Schulzetenberg passed away on June 27, 2019 in the CentraCare Nursing Home in Melrose, Minnesota. His funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich, Minnesota. Father Daniel Walz will be the celebrant. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Ed was born in New Munich, Minnesota to Bernard and Rose (Welle) Schulzetenberg. He graduated from Melrose Senior High School in 1938 and was inducted into the United States Army in 1942, serving during World War II in the Surgeon’s Office of the 17th General Hospital in Naples, Italy. On September 7, 1948 he married Lorraine Schulte at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose. With his brothers Urb, Roman, and Joe, he was part owner of Schulzetenberg’s Hardware in Melrose and Freeport. He was mainly involved in household, major appliance repair until he retired in April, 1992. He was also a part owner of the Melrose and Tidy Turkey Farms until he sold his interests. Ed was a member of the Church of St. Mary, Melrose where he had served on the Stewardship Committee, was a member of the St. Bernard and St. Elizabeth Council, and was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. In addition, he was a charter and lifetime member of the VFW Post 7050. He also had served on the Credit Committee of the Melrose Credit Union and had been on the Board of Directors of the Meadowlark Country Club in Melrose. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, bowling, and playing cards with his friends. Ed is survived by his children, Mark, Bruce (Nancy), and Mary Dawn (Tom), by his grandchildren, Emily (Ben), Hanna, Kyle, and Nicole, by his great grandchildren, Louis and Charles, and by his sister, Alice. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine (1922-2017), his parents, Bernard (1886-1963) and Rose (1892-1941), and his siblings, Verena (1915-2011), Caroline (1916-2001), Urban (1917-2010), Roman (1919-2006), Rita (1922-1971), Joseph (1923-2011), Evelyn (1926-2015), Frances (1928-2009), and Doris (1930-2014). Ed grew up in New Munich where his thoughts, words, and deeds were shaped by his family, his German heritage, and the Benedictine priests and nuns. His philosophy of life was that one should live calmly and quietly, carefully and prayerfully, and most of all, one should live in the presence of the Lord. He was a man of conscience. For most of his life in Melrose, he and Lorraine lived on Second Street, just two blocks from the beautiful St. Mary’s Church and just a couple blocks north was the hardware store. This geographic triangle was also his spiritual geography. In his marital life, Ed was a thoughtful, considerate, and gentle husband. Toward his children, he never raised a hand or voice. His fatherhood was by example, and his children respected him all of his days. He was also an honest businessman and a meticulous worker. He wanted each job performed perfectly for his fellow man, and as he learned from the Benedictines, labor could also be another form of prayer. All of his career, he worked six days a week. Sunday was a day of rest and for going to Mass to thank, praise, and adore God and to approach the Lord as a penitent. One can think of his life as being similar to the humble Sauk River, which day after day and year after year goes about it business and dutifully ribbons through the county. It sometimes overflows, but it never rages. Ed had a similar temperament and had no desire to be seen as a mighty river. He was never troubled if the channels he traveled were considered narrow or shallow. When the winds and waves of modernity buffeted the age, he did not redefine himself or refashion his beliefs. He continued to follow the eternal truths and always believed the Eucharist was the source and summit of life. Just before sunrise on June 27, 2019, Ed drifted toward his final river bend. He rounded it as he had lived - calmly and quietly. He then disappeared into the Mystical unknown.

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