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Mary L. Assell

December 3, 1936 — May 12, 2021

Mary Lou Assell (Schuning), 84, of Hackensack, MN, passed away peacefully on May 12th at the Twin Valley Assisted Living in Twin Valley, MN.

She was born at home to her late parents Walter and Pearl (Anderson) Schuning, December 3, 1936, in Plano Illinois.
Mary graduated from Plano High School in 1954. After moving to Pleasant Lake in Hackensack Minnesota she had a long career at the Cass County Court House to include the title of Deputy Clerk Of Court.
She was married to her late husband Edward William Assell at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Aurora Illinois on June 29th, 1957.
Mary is survived by her son Jeffrey Assell, Bismarck, ND, brother Robert Schuning (Bonnie), and sister Linda Sickles (James).  She is also survived by six grandchildren, Brent Asell (Natalie) of Walker, MN, Grant Asell (Danielle) of Bemidji, MN, Amy Riddle (Mathew) of Brainerd, MN, Jaclyn Knowles (TJ) of Walker, MN, Kyle Tysver of Naperville, IL, and Derek Tysver of Akeley, MN.  Mary was also survived by six great-grandchildren all living in Walker, MN.  Mary was preceded in death by two children, Terri Tysver (Dennis) of Akeley MN and Karen Assell as an infant in Aurora Illinois.
Mary was an amazing woman to all who knew her.  She was accomplished in anything she set out to do.  She was an excellent cook, decorator, floral arranger, and craftsman.
She loved to fish, water ski, ice skate, and roller skate.  Mary was a dance roller skating champion in her youth and skated the best rinks in the Chicago Illinois area. As her health declined she often repeated the quote;  “When I die I sure hope there is a roller skating rink in heaven!” Her biggest jewel in her heavenly crown should be her never ending devotion to her family and friends.  She was always there to lend a helping hand without any complaints.  She was a blessing to all of the lives she touched.
Cremation will take place at Wright Funeral Home in Hawley, MN.  Burial will take place beside her husband in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.  The family will have a celebration of Mary’s life at that time.
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