Mary Lynn Schindele

A funeral service was held Wednesday, August 21 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Tolna for Mary Lynn Schindele, 60, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Tolna. She died August 14, 2013 at her home.

Mary Schindele

Posted on 8/22/13

Interment at the Tolna Cemetery.

Mary was born August 25, 1952 to Duane Schindele and Ruth (Eisner) Bechard. She was raised on the family farm NE of Tolna, and graduated from Tolna High School. She attended Aaker’s Business College in Grand Forks. After graduating from Business College she worked for Data Control in Minneapolis, Minn. She always had a dream of becoming an Airline Flight Attendant. She took a position working with the Stanley Mickelson Missile Complex of Nekoma stationed at Langdon for 11 years. This led to another position with Pan Am and Continental Airlines as well as working on NASA projects and testing engines for missiles while living in Picayune, Miss. She was station manager of three airlines in the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll located in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. She was often referred to as “Air-Mic-Mary” by friends and colleagues as well. She loved the islands, sailing, boating, and sitting on the beach, doing barbeques and watching the sunsets when airlines weren’t coming in. She was a very happy, fun loving person, giving “little happies” to all of her family and friends. She was thought of as having a heart as big as Texas. Mary was sponsoring two children from Uganda whom she dearly loved. They were “her children”.

She is survived by her parents Duane Schindele of Tolna and Ruth Bechard of Devils Lake; 3 sisters, Maureen (C. Gary) Kopp of Turtle Lake, Angela (Stacy) Twete of Tolna, and Janelle Schindele of Dubuque,; 2 brothers, Michael Schindele of Tolna, and Brian (Jodie) Schindele of Palmer, Ala.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Peter and Elsie Schindele and William and Julia Eisner; 2 uncles Alfred and Paul Eisner.

Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota was in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook at