Donald Schanus, 77

Donald J. Schanus, 77, of New Prague, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born July 8, 1931, at Hampton, a son of Peter and Lucy (Blesener) Schanus. A lifelong resident of New Prague, he attended Scott County District School and St. Wenceslaus Catholic School. Donald married Alice Hartman on November 6, 1954, at St. John's Church in Jordan. He was a mechanic for Pomije Chevrolet, Cemensky Sales & Service, Soland Sales & Service, Rosenberg Trucking and Neiman Roofing. Donald loved fishing, hunting and the outdoors. He enjoyed gardening, bingo and throwing dice and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; children Debbie (Bruce) Meyer, New Prague, Jayne (Greg) Weiers, Lonsdale, Wayne (Patrice) Schanus, New Prague, Pam (Rick) Klehr, New Prague and Randy (Jodi) Schanus, New Prague; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings Lorraine Nance, Red Wing, Edward (Irene) Schanus, Maple Plain, Germaine Kadrlik, Le Center, Rosemary Havlicek, Veseli, Marvin (Alice) Schanus, Lonsdale, Melvin Schanus, Hastings and Jean (Francis) Malecha, Webster; sister-in-law Kay Schanus, New Prague; and brother-in-law Klaus Sonny (Cathy) Ruter, New Prague.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings Ceil Tix, LaVerne Ruter, Alfred Schanus, Clifford Schanus, Richard Butch Schanus and Dan Schanus.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m., at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague, with Rev. Kevin Clinton officiating.

Interment will be at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in New Prague. Pallbearers will be grandsons Jason and Brent Weiers, Josh, Jacob and Joe Klehr, Eric, Ryan and Kyle Schanus and Troy and Chad Meyer.

Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague.

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