Services are planned for Adelaide Elmira Winkel Tischler, a lifelong Faribault resident who passed away December 10, 2007 following a brief illness.

            Funeral Services will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Nancy C.L. Peebles, pastor of the Congregational Church of Faribault, United Church of Christ, officiating.  Interment will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault.

            Visitation will be held for one half hour prior the the service on Saturday.

            Addie was born May 3, 1922, in Faribault to Nicholas and Frieda (Kitzman) Winkel.  She had fond memories of spending summers as a young girl on the Kitzman family farm in rural Rice County.  In school, Addie was active in the Girl’s Athletic Association, the junior high student council, choir, and the Honor Society.  As a senior in 1940, she was named editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper, the Echo.

            Following graduation, Addie attended Winona State Teachers College for a year and then worked as a bookkeeper at Lockwood Auto from 1941 to 1947. On July 6, 1947, Addie married Robert Tischler at Trinity Lutheran Church.  The couple was perhaps best known for operating the Brand Peony Farm and, later the Tischler Peony Garden, for more than 40 years.  After her daughters were born, she worked in the principal’s office at Faribault Senior High School for 27 years, retiring in 1986.  Addie and Bob enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, as well as annual treks to a lakeside resort in northern Minnesota.

            As the wife of an outdoorsman, she learned to rehabilitate all manner of orphaned wildlife Bob brought into the house.  She also loved his many bouquets of peonies, glads and iris. Addie’s monthly “sewing club” gatherings with a group of school classmates and friends—a tradition that has continued for over 60 years—were cherished opportunities to connect with friends and learn about community happenings.  Planning and hosting family gatherings with her sister, Ardella, created loving memories for all.

            Addie is survived by two daughters, Gail (Martin Moen) of St. Paul, and Kay of Thief River Falls; four grandchildren, Alicia (Justin Denman) of Iowa City, Iowa, and Elizabeth, Roberta and Benjamin, all of Thief River Falls; and one great grandchild, Jace.

            She was preceded in death by her sister Ardella and husband Bob.

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