Charles "Charlie" Sheldon Schleeve, age 90, of Mankato and formerly of St. Peter passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at New Perspective Senior Living, Mankato. A private family service will be held at St. Peter Funeral Home with John Larson officiating.
Charlie was born April 9, 1933, to Charles and Rosella (Heldberg) Schleeve in Sharon Township, Le Sueur County. He graduated in 1951 from Cleveland Public School. Charlie married his high school sweetheart, Geraldine Geldner, August 7, 1954, at the St. Peter's Lutheran (Bell) Church, Waterville, MN. They lived and farmed in rural Le Sueur. He also was a cattle and hog farmer. Charlie was a faithful, active member of First Lutheran Church, Le Sueur, where they joined in 1958.
Charlie served on his Church Council, various committees and gave rides to church. He began collecting Minneapolis Moline tractors and memorabilia and became a lifetime and active member of Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Association. He also enjoyed helping at the Le Sueur Food Shelf and enjoyed over 55 years with their dear friend's card club.
Charlie and Gerry retired in St. Peter in 2007 and later moved to New Perspective Senior Living, Mankato, in October of 2021.
Charlie is survived by his son, Randy (Ronda) Schleeve of Cleveland; daughter, Julie (Steve) O'Malley of St. Peter; grandchildren, Sarah (Luke) Novak, of New Prague, Nathan (Ashley) Schleeve, of Le Sueur, Dan (Kayleigh) Pearson, of Le Sueur and Emily (Scott) Harris, of Jordan; eight great-grandchildren, Lauren Novak, Kennedy, Graham and Kinsley Schleeve, Brock, Brody and Layla Pearson, Beckham Harris and sibling due February 2024; sister Lois Andresen, of New Brighton, sister-in-law Karen Niebuhr, of Mankato; 6 nephews; 1 niece and his cat, Molly.
He was preceded in death by baby girl (1962) and baby boy (1964) at birth; his beloved wife, Geraldine, November of 2022; sister, Mildred (McKee) Loffredo; brothers-in-law, Mac McKee, Joe Loffredo, Bob Andresen and Harold Niebuhr.
Charlie was devoted to his family and a friend to many. Thank you to everyone that touched Charlie's life during his 90-year journey.
Also, a thank you to Mayo Clinic and Hospital Staff, Palliative and Mayo Hospice Care Team and the entire staff at New Perspective for all your care and compassion.