Obits – Leola O. Schmidt

OBIT-SchmidtCMYKLeola O. Schmidt, age 86, of Waconia, and formerly of Watertown, passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center in Waconia.
Funeral Service was held Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (601 Second St. E.), Waconia with Rev. Robert Alsleben officiating; visitation was from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the church; interment at the church cemetery.
Leola was born on July 14, 1927 in Camden Twp., the daughter of William and Agnes (Hecksel) Birkholz. She was baptized on Aug. 3, 1927 and later confirmed in the Christian Faith on April 6, 1941 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown by Rev. Karl Rudolph. On July 26, 1952, Leola was united in marriage to Roylan G. Schmidt at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Leola will be remembered as a loving wife, mom, and grandma, always enjoying her grandchildren. She worked 17 years at Molded Products in Maple Plain, raised her children and worked on the farm with Roylan. She enjoyed traveling with the truck camper with Roylan, playing cards, bingo, doing word finds, painting and the Wheel of Fortune. Leola loved to garden. She will be missed.
Leola is preceded in death by her father and mother William and Agnes Birkholz; sister Veldora Mathews; brother-in-law Edmund Ehrke.
Leola is survived by her loving family; husband Roylan Schmidt; son and daughter-in-law Larry and Carol Rose Schmidt of Watertown; daughter and son-in-law Lori and Craig Thaemert of Belle Plaine; grandchildren Lee and Stacy Schmidt of Medina, Mitch Thaemert of Belle Plaine, Katelyn Thaemert of Belle Plaine; great-grandchildren Laila Schmidt, Minka Schmidt; brother and sister-in-law Lee and Sue Birkholz of Jordan; sisters and brother-in-law Glendora Ehrke of Glencoe, Arsylvia and Jon Radtke of Hutchinson; brother-in-law Norman Mathews of Glencoe; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Casket Bearers are Larry Schmidt, Lee Schmidt, Craig Thaemert, Mitch Thaemert, Russ Victorian, Randy Ketcher.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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