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Carl Schaar, namesake of area park, dies at 102

For years, his family farmed the land west of Hastings that would be become one of the Dakota County's regional parks. Then, Carl Schaar and his wife Dorothy moved near another county park, this overlooking Lake Byllesby near Cannon Falls, where they lived there for 20 years.

At the age of 102, Carl Schaar died Thursday, Nov. 4, at Angel Care Center in Cannon Falls.

More than 30 years ago, the land the Schaar family lived on and farmed, became Spring Lake Park. The beautiful area overlooks the Mississippi River and Spring Lake. One of the areas in the park, and the newly constructed gathering area, is named for Schaar and his family.

Schaar was born March 23, 1908, in Nininger on the family farm to Otto and Maria (Volkert) Schaar.

In an interview two years ago on his 100th birthday, Schaar recalled growing up on the farm. He would get up in the morning, milk and feed the cows before walking the two miles to school, which was a one-room building housing all eight grades.

He farmed most of his life and enjoyed it, he said in that interview.

"I liked to milk the cows," he said. "It was a lot of hard work, but we enjoyed it."

He and Dorothy raised four children - Karen, Lew, Lois and Ruth. There are now 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. They were married for 75 years.

He remained very active through most of his life. He enjoyed bowling and was a regular at the card club at the Hastings Area Senior Center.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 202 W. Eighth St.