Florene C. Schmidt, of Dell Rapids passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the Avera Dells Area Health Center in Dell Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 9, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at Kahler Funeral Home. A Christian Wake Service and Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. To leave condolences please visit www.kahlerfh.com.
Florene Clara Schnieders was born on November 19, 1918 at Granvile, IA, the daughter of Herman and Frances (Vonderharr) Schnieders. As a young child she moved with her family to a farm near Dell Rapids. She attended country school through the 8th grade. After school she moved into Dell Rapids and started working at Voy’s Drug. Florene married Bertram “Buddy” Schmidt on August 22, 1956 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. They made their home on the family farm until 1987 when they moved to town. She continued to help out on the farm and garden until the time of her death.
Florene was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Altar Society. She was known for her eggs, her pies, crocheting, and her selfless giving. She loved to dance. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy.
Florene passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the Dells Area Health Center. She was 93 and preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, Bruce in 1958, her husband, Bertram “Buddy” in 2010, and her siblings, Syra, Orville, Mildred, Donald, Elmer, Dorothy and Mary Ann.
Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Terry (Carla) Schmidt of Dell Rapids, and her grandchildren, Ashleigh Schmidt and Jordan Schmidt both of Dell Rapids; her brother, Jerome (Helen) Schnieders; her brothers-in-law, Merlin Schmidt and Loren Penning; her sister-in-law, Darlene Schnieders and many nieces, nephews and friends.