William C. Schottler — Austin
AUSTIN — William C. Schottler, 71, formerly of Austin, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Destiny Home Care in Bloomington.
William was born on June 12, 1939. He was raised in the Austin area and graduated from Pacelli High School in 1957. He went into the Navy Reserves in 1961, as a flight engineer. After completing his training in the Reserves, he went into farming and married Darlene Lonergan in 1966. William and Darlene lived on the Schottler family farm southeast of Austin. Their marriage was blessed with five children: Darin, Jason, Sandy, Chris and Patrick.
William was an active member of the community, including the SERTOMA club. He served on the Pacelli High School Board and as executive director of the Miss Minnesota Pageant. His love of flying led him to be president of the Austin Pilot's Club. His love of farming earned him the recognition as "Outstanding Young Farmer for Mower County." William was a social, charming, and loving individual with passions for farming, flying, waterskiing, friends, family, and the Catholic faith. He will be dearly missed.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Bernadette, sister, Anne and his grandson, William.
He is survived by his former wife Darlene of Austin, children, Darin (Teri) of Corcoran, Jason (Connie) of Kansas City, Sandy (Todd) Stertz of Dassel, Chris (Carrey) of Chanhassen, and Patrick (Julie) of Golden Valley; siblings, Kay (Carl) Gerlach of Austin, Joan (John) Conzemius of Cannon Falls, John (Georgine) of Somerset, Wis., and Joyce (Bud) Smith of Wilmington, N.C.; 14 grandchildren; and many more relatives and friends.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery in Rose Creek.
Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home in Austin.