May Schoessler, 98, of Sumner, died Monday, March 7, 2016, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016, at the United Methodist Church in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. Michael Christie officiating. Interment will be held at Silver Lake Cemetery, rural Ayrshire, Iowa at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be made in her name to the Hillcrest Home or United Methodist Church, both in Sumner.
Olive May, daughter of John and Ada (Eaton) Rouse, was born February 4, 1918, in Ayrshire, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Ayrshire in 1936. She received her education at Silver Lake School, graduated from Ayrshire High School in 1935, and later graduated from La James Beauty College in Mason City in 1937. On October 14, 1939, she was united in marriage with William Schoessler at the Methodist Church in Ayrshire. She worked as a beautician in Ayrshire and in Waterloo. The couple moved to Sumner in the fall of 1970. May was a long time member of the United Methodist Church in Sumner, where she was very active. She enjoyed cooking, spending time with family and any chance she would get to hold one of her babies.
May is survived by her three children, Phil (Shirley) Schoessler of Dike, Connie (Dick) Dudolski of Denver, Iowa, and Kathy (Tom) Rochford of Fredericksburg; nine grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; five sisters, Margie King of Ruthven, Bertha Wagner of Humboldt, Gertrude Colegrove of California; Jean Rowe of Cherokee, Iowa, and Goldie Rouse Buckner of Albuquerque, New Mexico; one sister-in-law Colleen Rouse of Spencer.
In addition to her parents and husband, William who died in 2003, she was preceded in death by two grandsons, Bill Bolte and David Rochford; four brothers, Harley, Ralph, Rex, and Raymond Rouse; and two sisters, Nellie Vogel, Velma Winkler.