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Obituary for Eldred Schaller

Eldred “Al” Schaller, 93, of Bangor, passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. Eldred was born Nov. 13, 1924, to Paul and Margaret (Ziegler) Schaller, in Bangor. He graduated from Bangor High School in 1943, and immediately enlisted in the US Navy. He was stationed at the Naval Shipyards in San Diego, Calif., until his honorable discharge in 1946. On Sept. 26, 1950, at Middle Ridge, Eldred married his true love, Florence Arentz and together they raised three children. They lived for several years in Middle Ridge and then moved to the village of Bangor. Al went to work at Trane Company, he worked primarily as a heat treating specialist and built a career there that lasted over 40 years. He was proud of his work at Trane and developed many long lasting friendships with his fellow workers. Al and Florence lived in Bangor until 1971, when Al fulfilled one of his greatest desires. They purchased a farm in Burns Township, north of Bangor and Al became a “Gentleman” farmer. They raised a few beef and assorted animals, had horses for the girls, and had ample woods to hunt in. They turned the farm into a very popular place for all the nephews, nieces, and grandchildren alike. Al was an easy man to get along with, and could talk to a lawyer as easily as he could talk to a ditch digger, as long as there was a cold beer involved! He loved to hunt and fish and was never picky about the species; he loved to shoot a big buck, but was equally as excited to get a limit of squirrels for the frying pan. When it came to fishing Al would much rather sit in a lawn chair on the Black River and fish redhorse, than catch all the walleyes in the Mississippi! And as many of his friends can attest to, he could pickle, smoke, and can fish with the “best of them”. Al was devout member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bangor. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, the Anderson-Good American Legion Post 40 of Bangor, and was an active member of the Bangor Rod & Gun Club. Eldred is survived by his wife of 66 years, Florence; his three children, Tim (Joyce) of Bangor, Sandi (Tom) O’Heron of Bangor, and Kristi (Dan) Elliott of Big Creek; seven grandchildren, Brad, Kelly, Tobias, Ezra, Randina, Ashley, and Brandon; eight great grandchildren; sisters, Margie (Harvey) Korn and Judy (Tom) Althoff, both of Bangor; sisters-in-law, Jeanette (Armand “Ham”) Schaller of Sparta, Elreda (Fritz) Meyer of West Salem, Arlene (Bobby) Arentz of Cashton, and Theresa (Arnold) Arentz of Middle Ridge; brother-in-law, Art Sommerfield of Bangor; and many nieces and nephews. Eldred was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Eunice (Bill) Gerke and Mavis Sommerfield; brothers, Lyle, LaVerne (Rosie), Eugene (Judy), Armand “Ham”; brothers-in-law, Herbert “Fritz” Meyer, Arnold Arentz, Bobby Arentz, Bill (Eunice) Gerke, and Harvey Korn; sisters-in-law, Rosie (LaVerne) Schaller, and Judy (Eugene) Schaller. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 303 S. 16th St., Bangor. Father Douglas Robertson and Deacon Bob Zietlow will officiate. Burial will follow in Burns Cemetery with military honors by the United States Navy Funeral Honor Guard and the American Legion Post 40 of Bangor. A visitation will be held from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the church. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bangor Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at The family has asked that in lieu of flowers memorials be given to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Bangor or to the Bangor Rod and Gun Club.