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Mary Catherine Feld – Obituary

Name: Mary Catherine Feld

Age: 92

Born: 11-13-1929

Died: 11-14-2021

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Waite Park, Minnesota

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Waite Park, Minnesota

Mass of Christian of Burial will be 11 a.m. on Friday, November 19, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park for Mary Catherine Feld, age 92, of Waite Park, MN. Mary passed away November 14, 2021 at Sterling Park Health Care Center in Waite Park.  Reverend Oswaldo Roche will officiate.  Burial will take place in the St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery in Waite Park.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Mary Catherine was born November 13, 1929 in Carrington, North Dakota to George and Jemima (Summers) Weller.  After graduating from Carrington High School in 1948, she married Robert F. Auer on August 24, 1948 in Carrington.  They later divorced.  She married Benedict “Benny” Feld in 1969 in Reno, NV. She worked for Fingerhut for many years, managed and worked at several restaurants/truck stops and provided day care from her home.  She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park, Waite Park American Legion Auxiliary Unit 428, Women of the Moose #417 and volunteered for the American Red Cross (25 years) and St. Cloud VA Medical Center (20,000 hours).  She enjoyed playing bingo, cribbage, and pinochle, reading, telling funny stories and creating her artistic colorings and sharing them with her friends and family.

Mary Catherine is survived by her sons Robert (Vanessa) Auer of the Philippines, and John Auer of Texas, daughter-in-law Barb Auer of Texas, grandchildren Abi Auer, Jesse Auer, Andrew Auer, Pam Schafer, Nikki Carver, Angela Fredericks, Jodi Stewart, Danny Auer, Jake Auer and Bobby Auer, 21 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Delphine Auer and Darlene Achmann and her special niece Ann Schrom who lovingly cared for her in her final years.

Mary Catherine is preceded in death by her parents, husband Benny, ex-husband Robert, and sister Shirley (Dick) Doeling.

A special thanks to the staff at the Sterling Park Nursing Home and to all her card playing friends. 

“Keep on shuffling”.

Guestbook for Mary Catherine Feld

Dee Ramsel
, Niece
November 22, 2021, 8:56 pm
I will always miss the smile, laughter, and jokes of Aunt Mary Catherine. She loved playing cards and she loved joking around, always with a mischievous smile and hearty laughter. I can almost hear her infectious laugh right now, My mom (her sister) always said that Aunt Mary Catherine was incredibly bright and so bored in school that she got into mischief. In later years, that translated into very witty comments (and some “interesting” jokes. She had so many friends. I remember talking to her a few years ago, concerned that she would be lonely, only to learn that with her game-playing friends and volunteer work, she had a better social life than me! She will be remembered with great fondness.
Abi Auer
, granddaughter
November 21, 2021, 5:23 pm
Thank you to all who loved our grandma. Posting her eulogy here for all: I wanted to start my comments today with one of grandma’s jokes. But if you knew her you know none of them would be appropriate to repeat in a church. It’s ironic that she grew up on a North Dakota prairie. During the depression. In a strict home. Because despite that she was spunky and sassy from the start. Her elementary school teacher wrote “She could very easily receive B’s in everything and with a little effort could be an “A” student… but she would much rather spend her time getting into mischief….“ I’m sure grandma kept that letter because she was proud of it, just like she kept all of her report cards documenting her “D’s” in obedience and regaled her stories of skipping school to go ice skating. Up through her very last day she was telling jokes and claiming status as a troublemaker with a tight grin and that sparkle in her eye. Her son Bob says “She knew how to enjoy life, to be satisfied, and how to share some. There was always a circle of friends and contacts to laugh with. I don't remember her often being alone. If she was she was reading, not wasting a moment. Volunteering thousands of hours to Red Cross and other causes. Trying not to waste any of the gift she was given.” And she was. She was a prolific volunteer with over 20,000 hours at the VA and 25 years for the Red Cross. She truly appreciated her friendships and I know many of you here meant so much to her and gave her so much joy. And boy did she ever keep busy. Even when she could only travel via wheelchair she was out and about almost daily. Cribbage at the VFW. Bingo at the Legion – if there was a game available she would be playing. And when she couldn’t get out she would keep herself busy inside with her fancy detailed coloring or her nonstop reading. She read deep meaningful stories. and mysteries. and thrillers. But nothing could beat a solid romance novel. She and Ben had always kept busy too. They loved their camper at the lake, tending their garden, and watching gameshows with the police scanner on in the background. She had a soft spot for children. Probably because she herself was a big kid at heart. She ran a daycare in her home and sincerely cherished her grandchildren (and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren). She told us she loved us all the time and made us daily ice cream cones and dressed us up in her wigs when we were little. I loved her rhubarb pie and laughed at her eating tomatoes plucked straight off the vine as if they were apples. She had more than her share of hardships and heartache. But she was so strong. So resilient. She kept laughing, she kept loving and she forgave. There’s an Albert Camus quote that says “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” There were some very harsh winters in her life, but her spirit was literally invincible. She said to tell all of her card playing friends “Keep on shuffling”. And that’s what I will remember learning from her. Keep on shuffling. Keep playing. Win- or lose. Keep trying. Move on. Try again. Gather with others. Stay busy. Go out. Make friends. Find the fun. Be satisfied. Help out. Stay positive. Make people laugh. Heaven got a sparkplug this week. Let the shuffling begin.
Renee A Stafsholt
, Friend
November 19, 2021, 7:45 am
My deepest condolences to the family. Mary was a great person for the short time I knew her. RIP!!
James Urick
, Friend and Former Neighbor
November 18, 2021, 5:08 pm
Ben and Mary lived across the alleyway from Lanette and myself when we resided in the north part of St. Cloud. Both of them were so warm, personable and caring. Her disposition and laughter was always so welcoming. And her direct manner couldn't help but illicit a smile. You were the best neighbor a young couple could ask for. Cheers to you Mary!
Linda (Doeling) Spencer
, Niece, daughter of Shirley (Weller) Doeling
November 18, 2021, 3:52 pm
My deepest condolences to all who loved Aunt Mary Catherine. I have fond memories of her visits to Carrington, her funny stories, and her practical outlook. She would tell me I am her favorite middle niece, and of course, I am her only middle niece. She was my favorite aunt on my mom's side, too! May she rest in peace.
Linda (Doeling) Spencer
, Niece, daughter of Shirley (Weller) Doeling
November 18, 2021, 3:51 pm
My deepest condolences to all who loved Aunt Mary Catherine. I have fond memories of her visits to Carrington, her funny stories, and her practical outlook. She would tell me I am her favorite middle niece, and of course, I am her only middle niece. She was my favorite aunt on my mom's side, too! May she rest in peace.
, Nurse and Friend
November 16, 2021, 5:23 pm
As a nurse, we aren't supposed to get attached to our residents, but that was impossible with Mary. Mary was officially my 'favorite' since the first day she arrived at Sterling Park. I can't recall how many games of cribbage I've played with her, or how many times she's skunked me! Her bright smile and sometimes inappropriate jokes were always there to brighten your day, no matter what. I've been here for over 20 years, but her loss is one of the ones that hurts the most. I know that she is currently eating date filled cookies with Jesus and kicking his butt in cards. See you later my friend.
Robert G. Auer
, Son
November 16, 2021, 5:02 pm
We miss you so much Gramma. Thank you for your unconditional love. We are so blessed to have had you influence our lives. You will live in our hearts forever. Good bye Mom. Bob, Vanessa, Bobby & Jake

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