Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the Newell Cemetery in Newell. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Edna Irene O'Rourke was born Nov. 3, 1920 in Jackson, Minn., the daughter of Cyril and Elizabeth (Gannon) O'Rourke. Growing up she attended rural school and graduated from Sac City High School. Edna continued her education at Buena Vista College where she received her Teacher Certificate.
On Jan. 25, 1947, Edna was united in marriage to Willard C. Schuler in Sac City. Together they were blessed with five children: Tom, Colleen, Donald, Todd and Nolan.
Edna was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake where she was part of the Catholic Daughters. She was the District 9 president of the American Legion Auxiliary and served as a judge during the County election. Edna was also a member of the Newell Providence Band Parents' Association where she served as president.
Edna loved baking, canning, and sewing. She enjoyed crafts and being able to golf. Edna treasured spending time with her family and will be dearly missed.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Willard C. Schuler of Newell; her children: Tom (Debbie) Schuler of St. Charles, Mo.; Colleen (Neal) Degner of Wentzville, Mo.; Donald (Donna) Schuler of St. Charles, Mo.; Todd (Angela) Schuler of Avon, Ohio; Nolan (Kinda) Schuler of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren: Chad (Sherrie) Degner of Keller, Texas; Tonia Degner of Frisco, Texas; Deanna Degner of Columbia, Mo.; Patrick Degner of Wentzville, Mo.; Amber Degner of Des Moines; Thomas Degner of Wentzville, Mo.; Jennifer Schuler of Ofallon, Mo.; Angela (Joe) Paulsen of St. Charles, Mo.; Brian Schuler, USAF of Mendenhal, England; Crystal Schuler of Clearwater, Fla.; Hillary Schuler of Avon, Ohio; Brandi Schuler , Ben Schuler, Kielee Lawonn, Andrew MacKenzie all of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Heather Reilly and Tarah Kelly of Fayetteville, N.C.; great grandchildren: Bryan, Corbin, Meagan, Kaitlyin Degner all of Keller, Texas; Blake Degner of Wentzville, Mo.; Jacob, Cameron, Brady, Nathaniel Paulsen all of St. Charles, Mo.; Hailey, Alexis and Jeremy Kelly of Fayetteville, N.C.; extended family and friends.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents, Cyril and Elizabeth O'Rourke; brothers: Paul, Emmett, Cyril E., and Cletus O'Rourke; sisters: Alice Potter and Mary Ellwanger.