Mae C. Nagel, 88-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Sunday, March 17 at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends gathered from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls, Minn. and from 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Parish Prayers were said at 4:30 p.m., followed by Christian Mothers Rosary at 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mae was surrounded by family as she passed into eternal life at St. Otto’s Care Center. She was born to Mensor and Catherine Myrman in Little Falls on May 27, 1924. She 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 on June 14, 1957. They made their home in Little Falls.
After years as a homemaker and raising 14 children, Mae worked in finances 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 Chapter 1483, beginning in 1975 and 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, sisters Louise and Corrine, daughters JoAnne Nagel and Jean Hayen, stepdaughter Laurel Roe, son Gordon Wheeler, Sr. stepson Arnold Nagel, Jr. and a grandson Corey Nagel.
She is survived by daughters Karen Wheeler, of Stacy, Minn.; Julie (David) Eberhart, of Rochester; stepdaughter Therese (Charlie) Asche, of Maple Grove; and sons Donald (Geri) Wheeler, of North Branch; James (Jan George) Nagel, of Sauk Rapids; Joe (Sue Green) Nagel, of Little Falls; stepsons Gordon (Jan) Nagel, of Emily, Minn.; Tom (Nancy) Nagel, of Bloomington; Louis (Terri) Nagel, of South Haven; 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 and John Hayen of Elk River.
Mae is survived by 34 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren.
Arrangements are with Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls, Minn.