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Lorena E. Schmidt

Lorena E. Schmidt, age 88, of Delano, formerly of Watertown, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007 at the Golden Living Center in Delano.

She was born Jan. 8, 1919 in Princeton, the daughter of Henry and Olga (Jopp) Dalchow.

Lorena was joined in marriage to Lavin M. Schmidt June 1, 1940 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown by the Rev. Karl Rudolph.

Lorena and Lavin owned and operated Smitty’s bakery for 24 years.

Lorena enjoyed spending time with her family, dancing, bowling, going out to eat on Saturday nights, and going on trips; her favorite trip was going to Branson.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie Lou and Norman Olson of Clear Lake; grandchildren Jeff and Cecelia Smith, and Kevin and Kathy Smith; great-grandchildren Jarilyn, Jenny, Joel, Andy, Brendan, Tristan and Colin; a sister, Lillie Lange of Delano; sister-in-law Muriel Reinitz of Spring Park; brother-in-law Ray Swanson of Watertown; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Lorena was preceded in death by her husband, Lavin; grandson Brian Smith; sister Gertrude Voderbruggen; nieces Barbara Eckhoff and Carol Schmidt; and nephew Milton Schmidt.

Funeral service was Friday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano with the Rev. Paul Marggraf officiating. Interment was at the Watertown Public Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Jeff Smith, Kevin Smith, Jarilyn and Jed Loberg, Jenny Smith, Brendan Smith, Tristan Smith, and Wade Eckhoff.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.