Gladys Laverne (Rydlund) Schumacher died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Lakeside Health and Rehab Center in Pine City. She was 91 years old.

She was born Sept. 26, 1928, to Charles and Myrtle (Rudquist) Rydlund in Rush City. She was an only child and raised on the Rudquist family farm east of Rock Creek. She attended McKay Country School through the eighth grade and later Rush City High School graduating in 1946. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. After graduation she moved to Pine City and began working as a telephone operator for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company.  She was employed with Northwestern Bell for 31 years, retiring in 1981.

She met Eugene Gerald Schumacher in the fall of 1947 at a Halloween dance at the Topic Ballroom in Pine City. They were engaged that Christmas Eve and united in marriage Aug. 17, 1948, at the Methodist Church in Pine City.  To this union five children were born; John, Gerald, Kathleen, Edward and Dean.

In the summer of 1963, the couple purchased the family lake cabin at Bass Lake west of Sandstone.  They created many happy and fun memories for family and friends. They traveled to California to visit her husband’s sister, Anna, brother-in-law, Donald Skalicky and their family. There were trips to Texas to visit their son, Dean, and family. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Pine City. After her husband passed away in 1995, she became active in the church’s quilting group. She enjoyed going to casinos and playing bingo with longtime friends John and Carol Skluzacek. She most treasured the time she spent with family and friends. She will be greatly missed. 

In 2015, she moved to Golden Horizons Assisted Living. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo with special friend Rose Struss and other residents. In September of 2018, she moved to Lakeside Health and Rehab where she was well cared for until her death.

We know she is now with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her dear husband and someday we will all be together again.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Myrtle Rydlund; husband, Eugene Schumacher; brother-in-law, Donald Skalicky; father-in-law, Jack, and mother-in-law, Minnie Schumacher; aunts and uncles.

She is survived by her children, John (Janet) Schumacher, Gerald Schumacher, Kathleen (Brent) Jahnz, Edward (Julie) Schumacher, all of Pine City and Dean (Laura) Schumacher of Garland, Texas; nine grandsons; two granddaughters; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sister-in-law Anna Skalicky; niece, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

Pastor Glen Kleppe officiated at her funeral service Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Pine City. Burial at First Lutheran Cemetery in Rush City.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel.


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