Geraldine “Geri” B. Schlueter, age 87 of Litchfield, MN died peacefully on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at the Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, MN. Due to COVID-19 pandemic a private immediate family service (including children, grandchildren and great grandchildren) will be held at 1:30 PM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Litchfield on Wednesday October 21, 2020. Interment will be held at Ripley Cemetery, Litchfield, MN. The service will be live-streamed on her obituary page at 1:30 PM on Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020 on www.johnsonhagglund.com.
She was born November 8, 1932 on the farm in Stewart, Minnesota to William and Sophie (Bormann) Bethke. She was baptized on December 4, 1932 and confirmed on June 23,1944 in Stewart, MN. She married Elmer (Buddy) Schlueter on December 2,1953 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Stewart, MN. Geri worked at 3M in Hutchinson from 1951-1958. They moved to the farm near Litchfield, MN in April 1955 where they farmed and raised their family. She worked at the VFW in Litchfield, MN from 1985-2002. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary where she was an active member, serving in all of the office chairs and chairmanships, and was Treasurer for 30 years. She was District President in 1988 and went through many district chairmanships, was District Treasure 20 years and Past President Secretary-Treasurer for 22 years.
Her hobbies included gardening, fishing, sewing, quilting and she loved bingo. She and Buddy spent many years vacationing in Florida, spending a week or two with their daughter and her family.
She is survived by her daughters Diane (James) Solmonson, Lori (Basil) Luing, daughter-in-law Maureen Schlueter, grandchildren Shasta Schlueter, James Solmonson, Jr., Summer (Scott) Poyser, Sky (Aaron) Kohman, Star (Mat) Lipe, great-grandchildren Brionna, Teyler, Dillon, Willow, Ryder, Dakota, Jackson, Aspen and Helena, siblings Elaine Shiro, William “Bill” (Barb) Bethke, Elsie Johnson, Darvin (Judy) Bethke, Wilbert Bethke, Delbert (Roslyn) Bethke, Larry Bethke and Delvin Bethke, sister-in-law Corrine Schlueter and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents William and Sophie Bethke, husband Elmer (Buddy) Schlueter, sons Dale Schlueter and Dennis Schlueter, daughter-in-law Janet Schlueter, granddaughter Sherri Schlueter, siblings Lovie Bormann, Vernhold Bethke, Eleen Knutson, and Sophie Bethke, as well as many aunts, uncles, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.