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Leola O. Schmidt, 86

Leola O. Schmidt, age 86, of Waconia, and formerly of Watertown, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center in Waconia.

She was born July 14, 1927, in Camden Township, the daughter of William and Agnes (Hecksel) Birkholz. Leola was baptized Aug. 3, 1927; and later confirmed in the Christian faith April 6, 1941, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown by the Rev. Karl Rudolph.

Leola was united in marriage to Roylan G. Schmidt July 26, 1952, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown.

Leola worked 17 years at Molded Products in Maple Plain, raised her children, and worked on the farm with Roylan.

She enjoyed traveling with the truck camper with Roylan, playing cards, bingo, doing word finds, painting, and watching “Wheel of Fortune.” In addition, Leola loved to garden.

She will be remembered as a loving wife, mom, and grandma, always enjoying her grandchildren.

Leola was preceded in death by her father and mother, William and Agnes Birkholz; sister Veldora Mathews; and brother-in-law Edmund Ehrke.

She is survived by her loving family; husband Roylan Schmidt; son and daughter-in-law Larry and Carol Rose Schmidt of Watertown; daughter and son-in-law Lori and Craig Thaemert of Belle Plaine; grandchildren Lee and Stacy Schmidt of Medina, Mitch Thaemert of Belle Plaine, and Katelyn Thaemert of Belle Plaine; great-grandchildren Laila Schmidt, and Minka Schmidt; brother and sister-in-law Lee and Sue Birkholz of Jordan; sisters and brother-in-law Glendora Ehrke of Glencoe, and Arsylvia and Jon Radtke of Hutchinson; brother-in-law Norman Mathews of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Thursday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia with the Rev. Robert Alsleben officiating. There was visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment followed at the church cemetery.

Casket bearers were Larry Schmidt, Lee Schmidt, Craig Thaemert, Mitch Thaemert, Russ Victorian, and Randy Ketcher.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.