Geraldine D. “Geri” Bell

April 23, 1924 – April 11, 2019

Geraldine D. “Geri” Bell, age 94, died peacefully, April 11, 2019 at St. Gertude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee.  She was born April 23, 1924 in New Prague, MN to Richard F. and Wilhelmine C. “Minnie” (Zoschke) Ruehling.  She grew up in rural New Prague and attended Scott County District School, Friedens Parochial School, Le Sueur County District School and graduated from New Prague High School.  She married Otis T. Bell on October 17, 1942.  They farmed near New Prague and Geri moved into New Prague where she was a homemaker and worked as Laundry Supervisor at Mala Strana Nursing Home for a number of years.  Geri was a life long member of Friedens Lutheran Church, belonged to Friedens Ladies Aid and American Legion Auxiliary #45.  She enjoyed the outdoors, family activities, traveling, gardening and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Geri is survived by her children, Lois Bell (Glyde Burdick), Otis Bell (Mary Wilmes), Lynn (Larry) Schultz, and Lori (Dale) Otto; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by parents, son Paul Bell, infant son, and granddaughter Lauren Schultz.

Funeral service will be Monday, April 15, 2019 at 11 AM at Friedens Lutheran Church, Lanesburgh, MN with Pastor Henry Koch officiating.  Visitation will be in church from 9 to 11 AM Monday.  Lunch at church follows.  Burial will be in Friedens Lutheran Cemetery in Lanesburgh.

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Jaon Larson

My mother, Ceil Kane, lived in the same building as Geri, at Liberty Park, and they shared the Belle Plaine and New Prague papers for years. When neither one were able to go up or down the stairs any longer, I would run up and make the exchange. She was so sweet and always had a smile on her face. Joan Kane Larson

TRUDIE SCHULTZ

My dear sweet Godmother – you will be sorely missed. I affectionately remember the wonderful cards and letters you sent me. I cherish the family get togethers and holidays we shared. When I think of family, you are in the heart of it along with your parents and your children. You are so intertwined with the fabric of my life that it has given me a deep sense of being nurtured and loved. Bless you all!