Raymond F. “Ray” Schmieg, age 89, of Victoria, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at his home at Westview Acres in Waconia.
He was born Feb. 20, 1924, in Victoria, the son of Francis and Margaret (Snicker) Schmieg. Ray was baptized and confirmed at St. Victoria Catholic Church.
He was united in marriage to Frances (Franny) T. Poppler June 8, 1948, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waconia.
Ray was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He worked as a carpenter his whole life.
He was the caretaker of St. Victoria Catholic Cemetery, along with Franny, for over 40 years.
Ray enjoyed playing the concertina and the accordion, and he loved listening to polka music. Church was very important to him, and he attended on a daily basis.
He enjoyed taking long walks, and visiting with numerous people along the way. Ray and Franny had a vegetable and flower garden which they loved to work in, canning quarts of different vegetables every year. Ray also enjoyed going to the grandchildren’s events, and visiting with everyone there. He also made quilts and liked putting puzzles together.
In his younger years, Ray enjoyed ice fishing on area lakes. Every Saturday night, he and Franny ate at the Victoria House at the same table.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Margaret Schmieg; sisters and brothers Francis “Jimmy” Schmieg, Father Robert Schmieg OFM, Father Brennan Schmieg OFM, and Delores (Andrew) Ditsch; and a brother-in-law, Myron Mechtel.
He is survived by his loving family; wife Frances Schmieg; children and spouses, Linda and Dick Drackley, Steve and Nancy Schmieg, Bob and Doris Schmieg, Wayne and Anne Schmieg, Mary and Jeff Meuleners, Joanne Schmieg and Kathy Korpi, Barb and Paul Radde, Rita and Ray Quist, Tom and Mary Schmieg, Greg and Jennifer Schmieg, Connie and Ron Jeurissen, Cindy and Leon Worm, and Tracy and Steve Edsill.
Ray is also survived by his grandchildren and their spouses, Kris and Don Heidemann, Jordan and Blake Hansen, Keith Schmieg, Craig and Amy Schmieg, Sarah and Brian Sandeen, Jason and Amy Schmieg, Becky and Jason Kamrath, Josh and Tanya Schmieg, Carrie and Ryan Lowe, Ellen and Scott Enebo, Beth Schmieg, Emily and Colby Judd, Katie Schmieg and Chris Miller, Melanie and Chad Menth, David and Jamie Meuleners, Jessica and Corey Martin, Ryan Lehman, Justin and Natalie Lehman, Callie Lehman, Tia Schmieg, Madeline Schmieg, Grant Schmieg, Carolyn Schmieg, Eric Schmieg, Carter Jeurissen, Megan Jeurissen, Eddie Worm, Grace Edsill, Anna Edsill, and Nora Edsill; and great-grandchildren Andy Heidemann, Will Heidemann, Reese Hansen, Beckett Hansen, Brady Schmieg, Bo Schmieg, Jayden Schmieg, Taylan Kamrath, Jaycee Kamrath, Ashlyn Schmieg, Tyler Schmieg, Margo Enebo, Jacob Menth, Mitchell Menth, Benjamin Menth, Alexis Meuleners, Elizabeth Meuleners, Brooklyn Meuleners, Camden Martin, Quinn Martin, and Brody Lehman.
In addition, he is survived by his brother and sisters-in-law, Sylvester and Dorleen Schmieg, and Lorna Schmieg; sisters and brother-in-law, Beatrice Mechtel, and Roseanne and Leonard Rotzien; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Eugene and Helen Meuwissen, Arlene Poppler, Florian and Sally Eder, Sister Mary Ann Poppler SCC, Laura Schroeder, Gerald and Geraldine Poppler, Charlie and Barb Poppler, Barbara and Bob Larsen, Merlin Quast, and Leander and Chrys Poppler; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday April 19 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria with Father Bob White as celebrant of the Mass. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday, April 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with vigil prayers at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Friday for one hour prior to the Mass.
Casket bearers were Craig Schmieg, Jason Schmieg, Beth Schmieg, David Meuleners, Jessica Martin, Carter Jeurissen, Tia Schmieg, Carolyn Schmieg, Jacob Menth, Melanie Menth, Ryan Lehman, Joshua Schmieg, Jordan Hansen, and Grant Schmieg.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.