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Leo M. Schmidt

Leo M. Schmidt, age 80, of Watertown, passed away peacefully Friday July 25, 2008, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

Leo was born Nov. 8, 1927, in Watertown Township, the son of William and Katherine (Bauer) Schmidt. He was baptized Nov. 20, 1927, and confirmed April 6, 1941, both at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown by the Rev. Karl Rudolph.

He was united in marriage to Mabel E. Klaustermeier June 28, 1951, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie by the Rev. R. A. Ritz.

Leo loved his career as a farmer, so much so that he sold seed corn even after retirement. He was also very involved in the Carver County Soil and Water Conservation Board.

He loved to pass time doing woodworking projects, listening to old time music, and throwing horseshoes.

Leo was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown all his life. He cherished his time spent playing dart ball at St. Peter’s.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Katherine Schmidt; and brother-in-law Harold Klaustermeier.

Leo is survived by his loving family: wife Mabel; sons and daughters-in-law Kenneth and Catherine Schmidt of LeCenter, and Gary and Susan Schmidt of Waconia; grandchildren Tory and Lindsay Schmidt, Brady Schmidt, Bethany Schmidt, and Melissa Schmidt and fiancé Christian Peitsch; great-grandchildren Tanner and Amelia Schmidt; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Elaine and Lyle Winterfeldt of Glencoe, and Elaine Klaustermeier of Lester Prairie; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Monday, July 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Don Taylor officiating.

Visitation was Sunday, July 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia, with prayers at 8 p.m.

Casket bearers were Tory Schmidt, Brady Schmidt, Dan Klaustermeier, Dale Klaustermeier, Paul Winterfeldt, and Neil Winterfeldt. Honorary casket bearers were Leo’s two granddaughters, Bethany Schmidt and Melissa Schmidt.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.