April 29, 2013


Wilma B. Schug, 99, of Mason City, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Good Shepherd Health Center.

Visitation was Sunday, April 28, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City.

A prayer service was led by the Rev. Mark Lavrenz of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Funeral was Monday, April 29, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Sac City, with the Rev. Herman W. Kramer officiating. Burial was at St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Wilma B. Schug Memorial Fund in c/o Vicki Schug, 5409 Mt. Normandale Curve, Bloomington, Minn. 55437. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com

Wilma Basler Blair was born March 21, 1914 in rural Calhoun County, Iowa, a daughter of Andrew Ralph and Nettie (Basler) Blair. She attended Auburn High School, graduating in 1931. Wilma was active in 4-H, sports, cheerleading, and was named Miss Auburn in 1930. She married Frank J. Schug Sept. 2, 1934, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Sac City. They were blessed with four daughters.

Frank and Wilma farmed in Coon Valley Township all their life and moved to Lake City, Iowa, after retiring from farming. She and Frank were true "snowbirds," enjoying 15 winters in Apache Junction, Ariz. Following Frank's death, Wilma moved to Mason City in 2000 to be near her daughters. She resided at Kentucky Ridge Assisted Living and most recently at Good Shepherd Health Center where she enjoyed the daily activities. A few of her interests included playing cards, doing circle word puzzles, watching her favorite baseball teams, and attending Ladies Aid at both St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Sac City and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mason City. She especially enjoyed family celebrations and reunions.

Wilma is survived by her children, Shirley Zobel of Mason City, Dr. Sandra Chilson of Verona, Wis., and Dr. Vicki (Steven Tvedte) Schug of Bloomington, Minn.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; twin brother, William Burns Blair; brother James Lester Blair; daughter Frances Steinbronn; grandson Stacy Weber; granddaughter Shelley Cohee; great-grandson Kent VanGrouw; and sons-in-law Bill Zobel and Curt Chilson.