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LoisAnn L. Schmitz, 78

LoisAnn Linda Schmitz, age 78, of Lester Prairie, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

She was born July 16, 1936, in Lester Prairie.

Lois loved to quilt for other people and family. All stitching was done by hand. Her biggest achievement was helping Brenda and Mike Merriman with four quilts for The Oak Ridge Boys. She talked a long time about this project.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Schmitz; parents Hugo and Irene Klaustermeier; and a brother, Harlen Klaustermeier.

She is survived by three children: Fred Ross (Jeri) of Oak Harbor, WA, Gene Ross Jr. (Jan) of Greenville, SC, and Carmella Viebrock (Tom) of Dresser, WI; seven grandchildren: Fredrick James Ross, William Ross, Crystal Schroeder, Jennifer Lemon, Lucas Ross, David Hoffmann Jr. and Catherine Kraemer; and seven great-grandchildren.

Lois will be greatly missed by family and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted with Father Paul Schumacher and the Rev. Bill Baldwin officiating. Interment followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

Visitation was Thursday, Feb. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted; and continued Friday morning, Feb. 20 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Casket bearers were Gary Dietel, Paul Christensen, Rodger Kirchhoff, Lucas Ross, John Klaustermeier, and David Hoffmann Jr.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

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