Adeline Marie Scharfe age 89 of Balaton passed away Monday, June 13, 2016 at the Colonial Manor in Balaton. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton. Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at the church with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial is in Johnsonville Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Adeline Marie was born November 4, 1926 on the family farm in Johnsonville Township, Redwood County, Minnesota, south of Lucan, to Fred and Esther (Stark) Radtke. She was baptized and confirmed at Johnsonville Lutheran Church. Adeline graduated from Walnut Grove High School. On October 21, 1945, a beautiful autumn day, she married Ervin Scharfe at Johnsonville Lutheran Church. The couple lived in the Johnsonville area until 1960 when they moved to Ellsborough Township where Adeline worked at The Current Lake Store and raised her eight children. In 1969 the family moved to Balaton. She began working at the new Colonial Manor in the early 70’s as one of their first employees. Adeline later became an employee of Mattson’s Market where she became a very familiar face to the community. After retirement she still worked part-time at Colonial Manor in activities, mostly playing piano and doing crafts. Adeline was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was active in the Ladies Aid, church council, and choir. She enjoyed reading, and doing needlepoint and cross word puzzles. Adeline loved watching the Twins and Vikings, and Jeopardy, and playing piano and singing.
Adeline is survived by her children: Amy Seaton of Balaton, Mary (Ray) Gorman of Pipestone, Neal (Robin) Scharfe of Balaton, Jane (Ralph) Johnson of Clear Lake, Becky (Russ) Schmidt of Hartford, SD, John (Wanda) Scharfe of Ruthton, and Jennifer (Scott) Roepke of Hutchinson; 16 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; son-in-law Jim Swan of Slayton; special family friend Sally Reese of Tracy; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Ervin, three sisters: Verda, Velma, and Arlene, two infant sons Thomas and James, daughter Susan Swan, and three infant grandchildren.