Grace Schmidt July 21, 1915 - Sept. 20, 2013
OLIVIA - Grace Schmidt, age 98, of Olivia died Friday, September 20, 2013 at the RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville. Funeral services are Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Danube with Rev. Michael Kuschel officiating. Burial is in St. Matthew's South Cemetery. Visitation is Monday 5-7 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia and continues Tuesday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Grace Ann Schmidt was born July 21, 1915 at Sanborn, MN to Albert and Mata (Winters) Schwanke. When she was young her family moved to Olivia where she grew up and graduated from Olivia High School. Grace married William E. Schmidt on September 16, 1936 at Zion Lutheran Church in Olivia and they were blessed with two daughters. They made their home and farmed at Danube retiring in 1980. William and Grace moved into Olivia in 1990 and they truly had enjoyed spending time traveling. William preceded her in death in 2001 and she maintained her own home until 2003 at which time she moved into Fairview Place. Grace then resided at the Golden Living Center for one year and the past two years at RenVilla Nursing Home. Grace had been a longtime and faithful member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Danube. She had enjoyed raising chickens and sheep when they lived on the farm, gardening, reading and baking throughout the years, as well as doing embroidery, crocheting and quilting.
Grace is survived by her two daughters and their husbands: Carol and Eldon Jordan of Vesta and Sharon and John Sietsema of Sacred Heart; her grandsons: Darrel (and Leslie) Refsland, Scott (and Sandra) Refsland, and Steven (and Valerie) Jordan; her granddaughters: Lori (and Duane) VanMevern and Lois Jordan; her great-grandchildren: Teddy, Ashley, and Annie Refsland, Nathan and Kayla Refsland, Brian and Allison Jordan, Matthew Swanepoel, Amanda and Jonathan Piehl, and Hillary and Michael Sietsema; and her one great-great-granddaughter Giana Grace Swanepoel. Grace was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William, her son-in-law Harvey Refsland, and her two brothers Clifford Schwanke and Marvin Schwanke.
Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Olivia, MN
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