Albin Schulzetenberg

Albin Schulzetenberg

Al Schulzetenberg was the grandson of German immigrants, Johann Gerhard Schulzetenberg and Heinrich Schwegmann, who settled in Meire Grove in 1878 and 1880, respectively. The 1918 marriage of the Schulzetenberg/Schwegmann offspring, Gerhard and Clara, produced Albin in 1919. Four brothers followed, Robert (who became a priest), Leander (who eventually took over the family farm), Wilfred (who raised his family in Wisconsin), and Anthony (who earned his Ph.D. in library science at St. Cloud State).
When he was only 14, Als father died in a hunting accident. Al worked very hard on the farm until he attended Ag School at the U of M, then moved back to the farm with business and social skills that would contribute to his later success as the owner of a hardware store that blossomed to include floor coverings, appliances on Main Street in Annandale.
Al married Delphine Gregory of Rockville on D DayJune 6, 1941! The couple thoroughly researched Central Minnesota before opening their store shortly before son, John (Jack) was born in 1946. Son Thomas came along in 1947 and the family quickly outgrew the apartment above the store as daughters Linda, Mary, and Judi were born. They built a nice little home on Park Street, where the famous Annandale July Fourth carnival set up each year! Al was active in St. Ignatius Church, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club and served a term as Annandales mayor.
In 1963, Al and Del built their dream home on Pleasant Lake. (Del and Jack worked as carpenters with the builder that summer, saving money and time!) When Al sold the business, the two moved to Scottsdale to enjoy that desert oasis, playing tennis, golf and bridge with new friends. When Dels arthritis became debilitating, she and Al moved back to Minnesota near family and long-time friends. They chose to live in St. Benedicts Senior Community in Monticello. Delphine died in 2010. Al missed her every day. Al Schulzetenberg collected people! Therefore, he will live on in many hearts and minds.
He was preceded in death by Delphine; brothers, Bob, Lee and Bill and son Tom. He is survived by brother, Tony of St. Cloud; son John/Jack (Jane) of Annandale; daughters, Linda (Kevin) Hamm of Maple Grove, Mary (Brent) Greenwood of Jefferson, GA, Judi (John) Walsh of Madison, WI; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Al will rest in eternity beside Delphine in St. Henrys Church columbarium in Monticello. Memorial service September 6, 10:30 a.m., Chapel at St. Benedicts Senior Community, Monticello. Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.

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