Mae Cecila Nagel, 88, of Little Falls, passed away Sunday, March 17 at St. Otto’s Care Center with family present. She was born to Mensor and Catherine (Gastecki) Myrman in Little Falls May 27, 1924. Mae attended Lincoln School and later graduated from Little Falls High School in 1942. Mae married Kenneth Wheeler in 1946. They later divorced. Mae was united in marriage with Arnold Nagel at Fort Ripley June 14, 1957. They made their home in Little Falls. After years as a homemaker raising 14 children, Mae worked in finance at Morrison County Social Services until her retirement in 1984. She was a lifetime member of the St. Mary’s Christian Mothers, St. Gabriel’s Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary #1112. Mae was a member of TOPS Charter 1483, beginning in 1975. She volunteered at the hospital for many years. Mae loved cooking and baking and spending time with family and friends. One of her specialties was roll-out cookies with colorful frosting at Christmas and Easter. Her favorite pastimes were playing cards and dice games. Lately, she’d been reading books about the Amish way of life. She also loved to travel and now and then she indulged in a chocolate truffle or two.
Mae is preceded in death by her husband Arnold, sisters Louise and Corrine, daughters JoAnne Nagel and Jean Hayen, stepdaughter Laurel Roe, son Gordan Wheeler Sr., stepson Arnold Nagel Jr. and grandson Corey Nagel.
She is survived by daughters Karen Wheeler of Stacy, Minn.; Julie (David) Eberhart, of Rochester, Minn.; stepdaughter Therese (Charlie) Wheeler, of North Branch, Minn.; James (Jan George) Nagel, of Sauk Rapids, Minn.; Joe (Sue Green) Nagel, of Little Falls, Minn.; stepsons Gordon (Jan) Nagel, of Emily, Minn; Tom (Nancy) Nagel of Bloomington, Minn.; Louis (Terri) Nagel, of South Haven, Minn.; as well as daughters-in-law Kathy Wheeler, of Randall, Minn.; and Linda Nagel, of Sundance, Wyo., and sons-in-law Gerald Roe, of Iowa City, Iowa and John Hayen, of Elk River, Minn.
She is also survived by 34 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren.