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Melford Schwarzrock

December 1, 2012
The Journal

GAYLORD - Melford Schwarzrock, age 88, of Gaylord passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at the Sibley Medical Center in Arlington.

Funeral Service will be Monday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Mountville, Dryden Township, Sibley County, with Reverend Harold Storm officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 2, 2012, 3 P.M.-7 P.M. at the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Melford Schwarzrock

Melford Waldemar Schwarzrock was born on Sept. 14, 1924, in Round Grove Township, McLeod County. He was the son of Albert and Erna (Redmann) Schwarzrock. Melford was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Penn Township, McLeod County. He received his education at country school in Round Grove Township.

On March 22, 1947, Melford was united in marriage to Leona Thiesfeld at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe. After their marriage, the couple farmed in Round Grove Township. In 1952, they moved to the Gaylord area and farmed in Dryden Township. In 2000, they moved to Gaylord, where he spent the rest of his life. They were blessed with three children. Melford and Leona shared 65 years of marriage.

Melford was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Mountville, in Dryden Township, and served as a School Trustee, Church Trustee, Church Elder, on the Cemetery Board and sang in the Church Choir.

Melford will be remembered for his kind demeanor and polite, respectful manners. He modeled his Christian faith every day. Old tyme music warmed his heart and he enjoyed card playing and playing the harmonica, especially for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren and giving them a high five when leaving.

Melford is survived by his wife, Leona Schwarzrock of Gaylord; children, Myron Schwarzrock and his wife, Sue of Gibbon, Miriam Elbert and her husband, Ron of Gaylord, and LeOra Spence and her husband, Jay of Ft. Collins, Colo.; grandchildren, Scott Schwarzrock and his wife Mandy, Jesse Elbert and his wife, Gina, Laurie Eriksen and her husband, John, Joshua Elbert and his wife, Tracy, Robb Schwarzrock and his wife, Terri, Jacob Elbert, and Joseph Elbert; great-grandchildren, Drew, Devon, Zachary, Ethan, and Olivia Schwarzrock, Jack, Noah, and Ava Eriksen, Mason, Caden, Nolan, and Jeremy Elbert; sister, Valaria Johnson of Menagha; sisters-in-law, Lillian Zastrow of Amboy, Anita Thiesfeld of Glencoe, and Alice Schwarzrock of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Melford was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Lilly Schwarzrock; brothers, Leonard and Willmer Schwarzrock; sister, Divine Schwarzrock in infancy; granddaughter, Heide Schwarzrock; brothers-in-law, Hillard Thiesfeld and his wife, Leatrice, Melvin Thiesfeld, Albert Thiesfeld and his wife, Donna, Linus Zastrow and Donald Peterson.

Arrangements by Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord, Minnesota. Online obituaries and guest book available at Please click on obituaries and guest book.



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