Edith Louise “Edie” Schmidt, age 88, of Delano, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.
She was born Feb. 24, 1928, in Loretto.
Edie’s love, acceptance, and kindness to all those she came in contact with were her greatest attributes.
She was dedicated to the Catholic church, and worked tirelessly for Pro-Life.
Edie is survived by 13 children: Ronald (Rene), Renee (Larry) Jordan, Roy, Randy (Cheryl), Rebecca (Steve) Neumann, Rick (Deb), Rodger (Sandra), Ruth (Kevin) Isaacson, Russell (Mary), Robert, Ralph, Rosemary (Linda), and Ramona (Karen); 37 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She is further survived by a brother, Roy (Rosie) Spurzem; brothers-in-law Roger Schmidt, and Gordy (Katie) Schmidt; sisters-in-law Oreta (Howie) Gray, and Ival Fleming; and many other relatives and friends.
Edie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 69 years, Hugh O. “Sonny” Schmidt; a daughter, Rachelle; a grandson, Donald; her parents, Hubert and Helen Spurzem; brother Donald; and sisters Marguerite Oeffling and Ethel Schmidt.
Edie leaves behind a legacy of commitment to family, church, and community. She was an active volunteer at SS Peter and Paul Church and School in Loretto, Cancer Society, American Legion Auxiliary, Historical Stork House, and many other church and civic activities. She served as president of the Northwest Deanery, and was chosen Woman of the Year for the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.
Edie wrote plays for 4-H and family parties, taught her children how to fish on Spurzem Lake, and attended any sporting event she could. Her 14R newsletter gave updates on all the activities of her family.
Later in life, her passions were singing with the Delano Senior Group, playing bridge, driving other senior citizens to doctor appointments and visiting, and always visiting older friends and relatives. Her family adored her and will miss her sweet, cute sense of humor.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. at St Peter Catholic Church in Delano.
There was visitation in Martha’s Hall from 9 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass, with a rosary recited at 8:30 a.m.
Memorials may be made to pro-life organizations.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.