Jeanne Mary Scheler went to be with the Lord July 27, 2013 after a 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born to Joe and Julie Kotyza Dec. 14, 1955, the second of six children. She is survived by her parents; sisters, Jo (Henry Waechter), Patti (Peter Seidl), and Kay (Jeff Stoeger); brother, Kenny (Wendy); sister-in-kind Kathy Ratajczak (Tony). Jeanne was preceded in death by a brother, Tom, brother-in-law, Alan, and father-in-law, Bruce. Jeanne is also survived by eight other siblings on her husband Bernie’s side, as well as her mother-in-law, Rosemary Merkly.
Jeanne attended school in Kewaunee, Wis. and obtained a nursing degree from NWTC in 1976. She was previously married to Russ Meyer (survives) from February 1975 to February 1998 and had three children with him. Surviving her is son, Matthew Meyer (Jenny), of Bremen Ind.; daughter, Melanie Becker (Clark), of Hudson Wis.; and daughter, Markki Meyer, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota-Morris. She is also survived by Russ’s parents, Clayton and Mary Ann Meyer.
Jeanne remarried in 2000 to the true love of her life, Bernie Scheler. Living in North Branch, Minn. in the home Bernie built in the 1970s, Jeanne worked as a home-ventilator care nurse for the same client for 14 years. She held the family of her client and friend Jen Mundl and her parents Dick and Doris very close; they were her “second family.” Jeanne is also survived by her step-children Ryan (Amy), step-daughter Jill and also Tammy Scheler. There are eight grandchildren ages 14 and younger between the two blended families.
Family was a big part of Jeanne’s life and spending time with her husband in nature was a top priority. She was extremely physically fit prior to her illness and was always health-conscious. She was a fabulous cook and there was nothing she couldn’t tackle in the kitchen. Her “from scratch” approach always surprised her family because they never knew how she got the finished product to taste so delicious! Together, Jeanne and Bernie processed almost all of their meat and a great deal of their produce.
Jeanne fought her battle against pancreatic cancer with dignity and grace since the first day of diagnosis in July 2011. She is an inspiration to all because of her strength, compassion and selflessness. She will be deeply missed by many but has left an everlasting legacy behind.
A celebration of Jeanne’s life will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, 2:30 p.m., in Roberts Family Funeral Home, 555 Centennial Drive SW, Forest Lake, with a gathering of family and friends beginning at 1 p.m. Contributions in Jeanne’s memory can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: purpleride.kintera.org/twincities/markkipr.