Minnie V. Schmidt, 88, of Flandreau, SD, passed away Monday, February 15, 2016 at Avera Flandreau Hospital. She was born March 18, 1927 in Henry County, IA to Jesse and Mary (Miller) Jerrel. When she was an infant her family moved to Montana where she received her education. Minnie moved to Dell Rapids, SD in 1945 and worked at IOOF Home in Dells. She married LaVern Schmidt on January 7, 1947 in Dell Rapids. They moved to Flandreau in 1947 and farmed northwest of Flandreau. In her younger years, she was a foster mother to several infants and older children. Minnie cooked big meals for harvesters and was involved in a neighborhood card club when they farmed. Her husband preceded her in death on March 2, 2000. She was a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Altar Society and Pleasant Hour Extension Club. Minnie loved family gatherings, cooking, crafting and tending flowers. She made the best caramel rolls, popcorn balls, cookies and bread pudding. Christmas was her favorite holiday and she spent all year buying presents for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Minnie is survived by four daughters, Barbara (Dick) Muckle, St. Paul, MN, Beverly (Jerry) Austin, Keystone, SD, Karen Schipper and Jerrelyn Haman, both of Flandreau, four sons, Bob, Jim (Camilla) and Rick, all of Flandreau, and Steve (Brenda), Baltic, 21 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and two brothers, Harold Jerrel, Raymond (Peg) Jerrel, all of Miles City, MT. Minnie was preceded in death by her husband, one grandson Drew, one great-granddaughter Jada, one son-in-law Steve Haman, two sisters and five brothers.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 5 – 7 p.m. Friday at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Flandreau, with a 7 p.m. rosary. On-Line Condolences may be left at Skroch Funeral Home.