Geraldine “Geri” Rose Wensmann, 81, of Albany passed away July 21, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 27, at Church of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Geri was born March 28, 1941, in Melrose to Alphonse and Rose (Thieschafer) Klaphake. She graduated from Melrose High School in 1958 and married DeWayne Joseph Schiffler May 30, 1963, in St Rosa. Geri and DeWayne made their home in Albany and together owned Schiffler Farm Equipment and Schiffler Bus Service. Geri did whatever was necessary to keep the businesses operating efficiently. She had a special bond with their employees and especially enjoyed driving bus and seeing all the children. Prior to assuming ownership of the business in 1975, Geri worked for Hockert Dentistry for 11 years. Geri was proud of her ability to balance her roles as a mother, wife and a professional.

Community service was important to Geri. She was very active in the Albany community, including as an Albany Chamber member, member of the Mother of Mercy Auxiliary, Holy Family School Board and very proud to be an Albany City Council member. Her goal was to make a difference in her community.  

DeWayne passed away in 2003. During 40 years of marriage, they were blessed with three children. Geri married Urban Wensmann Aug. 26, 2006, in Albany. Together they shared 16 years of marriage, companionship and love.

She is survived by her husband, Urban of Albany; children Karen (Michael) Franke (Christopher and Elizabeth) of Maplewood, Nancy (Richard) Wehseler (Caroline, Benjamin, Eleanor) of Spicer, Greg (Jennifer) Schiffler (Tyler, Abigail) of Maplewood; step-children Regina (Alan) Rose (Kayla, Bradley, Jade, Mikhel) of Kansas, Shelly Clubine (Sean, Chad, Cassandra) of Virginia, Joseph (Tami) Wensmann of Missouri, Alicia (Steve) Wright (Kayla, Aaron) of Kansas, Natalie (Dave) Wonnell (Sydney, Reagan, Ellison, Madelyn) of Kansas; 10 step-great-grandchildren; siblings Viola Borgerding, Jerome Klaphake, Julie Moening and John Klaphake.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband DeWayne Schiffler, infant grandchild Margaret Wehseler, infant brother Oswald Klaphake, brother Gilbert Klaphake and sister Arlene Van Beck. P-30-1B