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Arzella Schaapveld

March 31, 1916-July 31, 2009

Former Park Rapids and Becker resident Arzella P. Schaapveld, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died on Friday, July 31, 2009 at Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes.

Arzella was born to Louis and Honor (Cox) Stumvoll on March 31, 1916 in Becker, Minn. She married Lloyd B. Schaapveld on June 19, 1936 in Beardsley, Minn. Arzella obtained her B.S. degree in education from St. Cloud State University and taught for over 31 years. She taught in Clinton, Duluth, Morrison County, Sherburne County, Becker and 15 years in Monticello.

After retiring in 1975, Arzella moved to the Park Rapids area and later, to Detroit Lakes. She was active in school activities, Bible school, 4-H and president of the PTA and Monticello Teachers Association.

Arzella loved and enjoyed visits from family and friends. She also enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, traveling, gardening and helping others.

Surviving Arzella are her children, Arzella (David) Metzger of Detroit Lakes, Sonia Zachman of Port Angeles, Wash., Cindy (Darwin) Jacobs of Palmer, Alaska, Kathy (Larry) Martin of Norcross, Conrad (Claudette) of Graham, Wash., Roy (Theresa) of Las Vegas, Nev., Robert (Cindy) of Puyallup, Wash., and Charles (Eli) of Park Rapids; 32 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; brothers, Alvin of Sauk Rapids and Rodney of Foley; and sisters, Alice of Mequone, Wis., Ernestine of Chillicothe, Ill., and Donna of Alexandria, Minn.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Lloyd; son, Bernie; daughter, Carol Lindquist; brothers, Louis and Duane; and sister, Adeline Thorsten.

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 3, at thte Daniel Funeral Home Chapel in St. Cloud, with the Rev. Gary Walpole officiating. Inurnment was held at the Becker Cemetery in Becker, Minn.

Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud was entrusted with arrangements. An online guestbook is available at

Memorials are preferred sent in lieu of flowers to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Mayo Clinic Cancer Research or the charity of your choice.