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Carl Schmidt

Funeral services for Carl Schmidt, 89, of Lester Prairie were held on Sunday, Oct. 6, from St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Officiating was the Rev. Gerald Schwanke.

Mr. Schmidt died on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at Glencoe Regional Health Services.

The organist was Mary Mielke, and soloist Lawrence Biermann sang "Lazt Mich Gehn." The congregational hymns were "I Am Content," "Abide With Me," "In the Garden" and "I Am But a Stranger Here."

Pallbearers were Dennis Schmidt, James Vollmer, Janice Tonn, Craig Schmidt, Justin Heldt and Jared Heldt. Honorary pallbearers were David Arndt, Gordon Griesmann, Terrese Birkholz, Rebecca Birkholz and Rachel Schmidt. Interment was in the St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in Lester Prairie.

Mr. Schmidt was born to Henry and Dorothea (Ritter) Schmidt Sr. on May 20, 1913, in Chicago Ill. He was baptized on June 15, 1913, at St. John's Lutheran Church by the Rev. Paul Luecke in Chicago. On April 10, 1927, he was confirmed into the faith at St. John's Lutheran Church by the Rev. R Zwentscher in Plato.

Mr. Schmidt was united in marriage to Edna Tonn on June 29, 1941, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie by the Rev. A. F. Vomhof.

The Schmidts enjoyed farming together in the early years. Mr. Schmidt loved to be outdoors whether it was hunting, fishing or being in the garden. He enjoyed sitting down and reading a good book. He also had a talent for cooking, which he used to make sure there was always plenty of food for everyone. Mr. Schmidt sang in the church choir for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Edna of Lester Prairie and currently Winsted; children, Jean Birkholz of St. Paul, Wesley (Lois) Schmidt of Lester Prairie, and Deb (Earl) Heldt of Lester Prairie; grandchildren, Terrese Birkholz (fiance Chad Norman) of Robbinsdale, Rebecca Birkholz of Oakdale, Jennifer (Clayton Jr.) Quast of Brainerd, Rebecca (Jerry) VonBerge of Byron, Rachel and Craig Schmidt of Lester Prairie, Mandy (Jason) Sturges of Hutchinson, Melanie Heldt of Eagan, and Justin and Jared Heldt of Lester Prairie; great-grandchildren, Jessica Thompson, Jordan Thompson, Joscelyn Woods, DeJuan Woods, Tyler Quast, Zachary Quast, Dillon VonBerge, Kelsey VonBerge, Ashley VonBerge and Connor Sturges; brothers and sisters, Emily Bergmann of Glencoe, John (Wilma) Schmidt of Glencoe, Ann Ulrich of Hutchinson, Martha Stoeckman of Glencoe and Victor (Harriet) Schmidt of Hutchinson; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; siblings, Elsie Schmidt, Herman Schmidt, Walter Schmidt, Dorothea Vollmer, Henry Schmidt Jr. and Fred and Verna Schmidt; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Walter and Vinnetta Tonn, Earl "Pete" Bergmann, Ernie Stoeckman and Donald Ulrich; and nephew, Mylon Tonn.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

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