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Leonard P. Schmitz

Dec. 17, 1926 - Dec. 16, 2007 BROOTEN -- Leonard Peter Schmitz, 80, of Brooten died Sunday at the Belgrade Nursing Home. The service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Donatus Catholic Church in Brooten. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Vis...

Dec. 17, 1926 - Dec. 16, 2007

BROOTEN -- Leonard Peter Schmitz, 80, of Brooten died Sunday at the Belgrade Nursing Home.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Donatus Catholic Church in Brooten. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with rosary at 4 p.m. and a parish prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade and for one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.

He was born Dec. 17, 1926, in St. Martin to George and Matilda (Hemmesh) Schmitz. He was raised on the farm and attended country school. In 1950, he moved to Brooten. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was discharged in 1954.

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He married Dorothy Oevermann on July 2, 1957, in Melrose. They moved with his brother to North Fork Township, where they started Schmitz Farms. They farmed from 1957 until 1994, when they moved into Brooten. In 2004, he became a resident of Belgrade Nursing Home.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1825 in Belgrade and of St. Donatus Catholic Church, where he was an usher.

He is survived by his wife; children: Philip Schmitz of Paynesville, Mary Jane Schmitz of Brooten, Alice (and Larry) Schumann of Brooten, Dennis (and Sandy) Schmitz of Brooten, Gerald (and Susan) Schmitz of Brooten, Lois Schmitz of Willmar, Brenda Schmitz of Brooten; 12 grandchildren; and siblings: Catherine (and Alphonse) Mehr of Richmond, Herb (and Florence) Schmitz of St. Paul, Henry (and Becky) Schmitz of Hawick, Martin (and Esther) Schmitz of Brooten, Math (and Irene) Schmitz of Belgrade, Herman (and Bernie) Schmitz of Cold Spring, Frances (and John) Remer of Brooten, Nick Schmitz of Richfield and Robert (and Judy) Schmitz of St. Martin.

He was preceded in death by a brother.

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