May Schoessler

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.


Irene Richards, LaJames College, Mason City on March 16, 2016 at 10:07 AM said:

Our prayers to the family of May. She was in one of the very first graduating classes of our college! We are so proud of her accomplishments and we want to extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Br ob and Alice Sienknecht on March 12, 2016 at 4:31 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. We rejoice knowing your mom and dad are together again in heaven. How neat you got to celebrate her 98th birthday recently! Love you all.
Evelyn Burchfield on March 10, 2016 at 2:13 AM said:

My husband (Pastor Bob) and I were glad to have known May. We first met her through the church services we held at Hillcrest (which she faithfully attended and always enjoyed) and then got to know her more after I started working at Hillcrest. We wish we could express our sympathy in person, but we are going out of town please accept our condolences to your family through this note. We will be praying for you during this difficult time--that God will give you comfort and peace. Thankfully, we have the confidence from God's Word that when we are "absent from the body" we are "present with the Lord"! (II Corinthians 5:8)
Kim (Oleson) Hohenser (Broomfield, CO) on March 9, 2016 at 8:35 PM said:

Dick, Connie, Becky, Julie, Susan, Bob and the rest of the Schoesslet family, So sorry to hear of Grandma May's passing. She was a wonderful lady with an infectious smile and energetic personality. She was "Grandma" to many people amd will be hreatly missed. But she is now watching over you always and will be your guardian angel forever. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Charline Schmitt on March 9, 2016 at 11:20 AM said:

I was so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a delightful person to visit with and I enjoyed her very much. Take comfort in knowing she touched and left an impression on the hearts of many.
Lynn Mueller Laursen on March 9, 2016 at 4:16 AM said:

My eyes are filled with tears and my heart is so sad to hear about May. But I am overjoyed for her arrival in heaven!! What a day of rejoicing! So many, many memories. I am visualizing that house on Hammond and her amazing chocolate chip cookies!! Prayers to all of you from the Muellers.

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