March 19, 1933 – March 8, 2012
Wilma Amanda Schwanke left on her journey to the next life on March 8, 2012 at St. Michael’s Nursing Home in Sauk Centre, MN.
She looked forward to reuniting with her husband John Schwanke who had past in 2003. Wilma and John were married June 24, 1952 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Long Prairie Township and spent their lives as a couple and business partners on the family farm by Grey Eagle, MN.
Wilma enjoyed traveling and learning about the world. Her favorite trips were to Alaska and Switzerland. John and Wilma hosted many farm exchange students from all over the world who came to the United States to learn about western farming methods. She loved to cook, garden, attend card parties and visit with her family and friends. She especially loved being a grandma and great-grandma.
Wilma will also be joining these passed-on family members, parents Ernest and Emilie (Schmidt) Asmus; brothers, Ernest Jr., Melvin, Arden and Vern Asmus; sister, Lenora (Herman) Kuehne; and son-in-law, Michael Griep.
Wilma is greatly missed by her son, Wayne Schwanke; daughter, Carol (Griep) Demmon; granddaughter, Alissa (Griep) Pesta; Alissa’s husband, Casey Pesta; great-granddaughters, Mia and Mikaela Pesta; brother, Peter Asmus and sister, Ruby Alsleben.
Wilma was a member of the Cremation Society of MN and she preferred to leave this life with minimal attention. There will be a small graveside gathering at Lakeview Cemetery, Grey Eagle, MN on May 19 at 1:00 pm.