Irene I. Schmidt

Irene I. Schmidt, age 80, of Lester Prairie, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999 at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.

She was born on April 9, 1919 in Bergen Township, McLeod County, the daughter of Henry and Christine (Sterner) Klaustermeier. Irene lived her entire life on her family's homestead in Bergen Township.

She was baptized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie on April 20, 1919. Irene was also instructed in the Lutheran catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie on June 4, 1933.

She remained faithful to the promises she made at her confirmation all her life, and was a lifetime member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

On June 6, 1939, Irene Klaustermeier was joined in holy marriage to Raymond Schmidt at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

Irene and Raymond engaged in dairy farming for many years. Raymond Schmidt preceded his wife in death in 1982.

Irene enjoyed her family, fishing, the state fair, and threshing bees.

Irene is survived by nephews and nieces - Roger (Katherine) Krienke of Lester Prairie; Linda (Duane) Plath of Orland Park, Ill.; Gloria Groenke of Minneapolis; Douglas (Sally) Roepke of Mound; and Richard Roepke of New Germany

She is further survived by her cousins, many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband Raymond, Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Christine Klaustermeier; a sister and a brother-in-law, Esther and Victor Krienke; and a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law, Marcella and Viron Roepke.

Funeral services for Irene Schmidt were Friday, July 2, 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. The Rev. Grant T. Bode officiated and interment followed at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends called at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Thursday, July 1 from 4 until 8 p.m. A prayer service was held at the chapel Thursday at 8 p.m.

Jane Holasek was the organist for the funeral service. "Just as I Am, Without One Plea," "Beautiful Savior," "For All the Saints Who from Their Labors Rest," and "What a Friend We have in Jesus" were sung as congregational hymns.

James Klaustermeier, David Klaustermeier, Kraig Krienke, Dr. Dan Nelson, Lesley Parpart, and Bruce Lorentz served as the casket bearers.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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