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Marvel Emelia Schewe

Funeral Service for Marvel Schewe will be held on Thursday (10/29) at 11AM at Bear Lake Concordia Lutheran Church. Rev. Tim O’Shields will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Due to Covid-19, masks will be required for entry into the service and seating will be limited. The service will be livestreamed via Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home’s Facebook Page. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com

Marvel Emelia (Helland) Schewe passed away on October 24, 2020 of natural causes at St. John’s Lutheran Community – Luther Place.

Marvel was born on September 25, 1926 in Albert Lea to Gilbert and Sally (Benson) Helland. She grew up on a farm in rural Emmons and graduated from Emmons High School. On October 20, 1946 Marvel was united in marriage to Herbert Schewe. They made their home on Herbert’s family farm. Marvel worked very hard on the farm with Herbert where they raised six children. She was a kind, caring mother, generous person, and a very good cook. No one ever left Marvel’s home hungry.

In 1993 Marvel and Herbert retired from farming and moved to Albert Lea. She was a member of Bear Lake Concordia Lutheran Church, Ruth Circle and WELCA.

Marvel is survived by her children Virgil (Jan), Gaylen (Margaret), Jerel (Julie), Bonnie (David) Lair, Doreen (Dean) McCall, Beth (Ried) Peterson; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers Glen (Alicia) Helland, Floyd Helland and friend Penny, brother-in-law George Scott; sister-in-law Doris Quinn; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert; siblings Lester (Maxine) Helland, Leona (Harold) Bye, Velma (Francis) Cunningham, Gertrude (Melvin) Mattson, Rudolph (Jean) Helland, and Esther Scott; sister-in-law Karen Helland.

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So sorry to hear of the passing of my Great Aunt Marvel !! Grew up going to Minnesota on vacation to visit Granpa and Gramma Frank Cunningham. That was our first visit...The family farm! Loved Uncle Herb and Aunt Marvel very much. One of many memories was picking rocks with Uncle Herb. This was when I was in early 20's. Not married yet. I walk in front of bucket on tractor and throw rocks in bucket for Uncle Herb, Aunt Marvel would yell at him but I told her I loved it because we would talk and I knew Aunt Marvel would have the best damn lunch waiting for us when we came in . Plus Aunt Marvel would ALWAYS have the biggest bowl of ice cream I've ever ate. I could go on on about the memories but HOW I MISS THOSE TIMES !! PLUS spending time with Gaylen, Hoppy,Bounty,Doreen and Beth. Was awesome(Hoppy is Gerald ) Love you all and are thinking of you!! Brian and Diana Cunningham!!!

Brian j Cunningham Oct 29 2020 12:00 AM

My heartfelt sympathy to Marvels family. Marvel was a wonderful friend to my mother, Dorothy Towne. She was there for us in good and bad times. She was the best! May God grant you peace during this time with the assurance that the best is yet to come!
God Bless you all.
Jackie Hovland Waite

Jackie Waite Oct 29 2020 12:00 AM

My prayers go out to my Minnesota family! I have such great memories of visiting my Grandma and Pappaws (Velma and Frank Cunningham) and always going to Aunt Marvel and Uncle Herbs farm! What fun we had with all the kids, playing in the snow, riding snowmobiles and visiting all the dairy cows! Those are memories I will treasure forever! So sorry for your loss! Love to you all from your Ohio family!!
Dawn (Cunningham) Stephens - youngest daughter of Patrick and Kathy Cunningham! Mom and Dad send their love and prayers!!

Dawn Stephens Oct 28 2020 12:00 AM

Love this picture of Marvel. That smile is the one you always saw whenever we visited with her. Such a sweet lady. Love and prayers to all of you. Ross and Shelly

Shelly Peterson Oct 26 2020 12:00 AM

Aunt Marvel and Uncle Herbs farm was my place to go. I loved all the animals, milking time and the company of all my cousins. I will always remember the huge tub of Schwanns vanilla ice cream that was always in their freezer! Marvel was the best cook ever and I cant begin to imagine all the meals she made for her kids and Herb, their hired hand, and all the cousins, sisters, brothers and friends who visited. My Dad, Frank Cunningham, married to Marvels sister Velma, always said Marvels goulash was the absolute best. I have so many memories of all the days I spent on their farm, it was a huge part of my growing up. Rest In Peace Marvel, thanks for the memories.

I am thinking of all you guys!
Fran Fynbo, one of Marvels many nieces.

Fran Fynbo Oct 26 2020 12:00 AM

Jerel and Julie, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time!!! Rick and LeAnn

LeAnn Zerck Oct 25 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to all of Marvels family. My Grandma Velma was Marvels sister. I grew up in Ohio but when I think of all our trips to Minnesota to visit family, some of my fondest memories are at the Schewe farm. Jerel squirting me in the face while milking the cows, watching Marvel cook a big meal for everyone, playing cards with all the girls or having a big bowl of ice cream. I will always hold those memories dear. With Love, your cousin,
Rhonda (Cunningham) Oney

Rhonda Oney Oct 25 2020 12:00 AM