MaryAnn Agnes Schmiedeberg, 73, of Lancaster, Minn., passed away at home on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.
MaryAnn was born May 14, 1947, in Hallock, Minn. She was the daughter of Steven and Helen (Potrament) Uscensky. She grew up in St. Joseph Township. The oldest of five children, she loved helping with chores and farm work on her parents’ farm. She attended school in Lancaster and graduated in 1965. She married Larry Schmiedeberg on June 20, 1964, at Holy Rosary Church, Lancaster. Together they had five sons. They later built a home in Granville Township where she lived the remainder of her life. She was a farm wife and homemaker. Larry passed away Feb. 24, 1983. She provided for her family by working as a cook at the Lancaster School, Lancaster American Legion, Ammex Tax and Duty Free Pembina, Motor Coach Industries Pembina, and Lancaster Liquor Store. She was also a rotobeat operator during sugar beet harvest.
In 2002, she started a relationship with Bill Olsonoski. They enjoyed many happy years together. They loved traveling, visiting, and adding animals to their hobby farm. Her fiancé Bill passed away Aug. 30, 2014.
MaryAnn endured many medical hardships and physical ailments. That didn’t stop her from devoting many hours to her flower gardens, taking care of her animals, and of course, putting up Christmas light displays every year. MaryAnn was very devoted to her faith. She was a lifelong member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. She was an active parishioner and her strong faith sustained her throughout her life.
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to her. She enjoyed attending their church and school programs, sporting events, sprint car races, and was their biggest fan no matter the activity. Grandma was also a great babysitter for her grandkids and they all have special memories of time spent at grandma’s farm. Grandma MaryAnn was a gift giver and no special occasion was ever missed.
She is survived by: her children, Wayne (Cindy), Danny (Liza), Bobby (Megan), Donnie (Jen), Keith (Michelle); grandchildren, Michael, Brady, Brett, Blair, Garet, Gabrielle, Jake, Nicia, Adela, Emily, Rachel, Chisum, and Laura; great-grandchildren, Luke, Braxtyn, Addilynn, Liam, and Blaiklynn; friend, Pattijo Shablow; and siblings, Kathy (Kenny) Hunter, Judy Ness, Bill (Marla) Uscensky, Steve (Heidi) Uscensky; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Larry; fiancé, Bill; nephew, Kevin Hunter; and niece, Kristin Erickson.
Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at 11 a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Austin Funeral Chapel, Hallock, is in charge of the arrangements. www.austinfuneralchapel.com.