Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998 for Paul H. Schmitz, age 77, of Lester Prairie. He died Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Waconia Ridgeview Hospital.
Paul Henry Schmitz was born on Dec. 1, 1920 at Waconia, Minn., the son of Nick and Anna (Henke) Schmitz. He attended Catholic school in Waconia and was baptized and confirmed at the Waconia Catholic Church.
On June 4, 1971, he married Lois Klaustermeier. He farmed near Waconia for many years, then worked for Rosemount, Inc. for 12 years until he retired.
Paul enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his grandchildren. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted, Minn. and served as a member of the Knights of Columbus, Winsted Council.
Surviving him are his wife, Lois; children, Fred Ross and wife Jeri, Oak Harbor, Wash., Gene Ross and wife Terri, Monroe, Ga., and Carmella Hoffmann and special friend, Tom Viebrock, Dresser, Wis.; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
He is further survived by his brother, Emmett Schmitz, Waconia; niece, Carol Brodnax and husband Charles; and nephews, Tony Schmitz and wife Patty, and Kenneth Schmitz.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Deloris Schmitz.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted with the Rev. Bob Wyffels officiating. Hymns were "Amazing Grace," "Here I Am Lord," "Old Rugged Cross," "On Eagles Wings," and "How Great Thou Art" with organist and soloist Lavon Kielkucki.
Casketbearers were Orval Birkholz, Rodger Kirchhoff, Tony Schmitz, Leon Yetzer, Harlan Klaustermeier, and Tom Viebrock. Interment was in the church cemetery.