Marie Schilz, 86

Marie F. Schilz, 86, of Le Center, formerly of Belle Plaine, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, at Central Health Care in Le Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague, with Rev. Roger Hessian and Deacon Bob Raleigh officiating.

Interment will be at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Belle Plaine. Pallbearers will be grandchildren Lynette Hopkins, Karen Watson, Kari Kes, Kevin Kes, Keith Kes, Kenny Kes Jr. and Kim Kes.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague. Wake prayers will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Born June 30, 1921, at Glencoe, Marie was a daughter of Herman and Margaret (Classen) Gehlen. She was raised at Glencoe and attended St. Peter and Paul Parochial School. She moved to Belle Plaine after her marriage to William J. Schilz on June 26, 1945, at Glencoe. She was a housewife and a member of St. Peter and Paul Ladies Guild and the Altar and Rosary Society. Marie moved to New Prague in 2001.

She is survived by two daughters, Carmen (Richard) Flakus, Ramsey, and Rosella (Ken T.) Kes Sr., New Prague; sister-in-law, Elinore Gehlen, Monticello; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on June 14, 1982; her parents; a brother, Matt Gehlen; and two sisters, Frances Schroeder and Barbara Wirtz.

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