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SCHMITT, Mary 1858-1926


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/1/2015 at 22:57:23

Mrs. Schmitt Dies In Calif.

Former Grundy Resident Dies Suddenly at Pasadena

Mrs. Mary Schmitt died quite suddenly at the home of her son, Calvin, in Pasadena, California, on Thanksgiving morning. Mrs. P. H. Knock, the only one of Mrs. Schmitt's children residing in this county, received the sad and unexpected message on Thursday. Mrs. Schmitt left Hastings, Nebraska, where in late years she had been making her home, for Pasadena where she expected to spend the winter with her son's family. Only a few days before the death message arrived here, Mrs. Knock had a letter from her mother in which she wrote that the California climate seemed to be good for her and that she was feeling fine.

The remains were sent from Pasadena to Ackley where funeral services were held on Tuesday. Interment was made by the side of the husband, who died twenty years ago.

Mrs. Schmitt was for many years a resident of Grundy county. Her husband for twenty years was pastor of what is now known as the Engelke church in German township. It was while serving as pastor of this church that Rev. Schmitt died. Shortly after the family removed to Grundy Center, where they lived for a number of years. From here Mrs. Schmitt removed to Cedar Falls. About six years ago she removed to Hastings, Nebraska, where she has since made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Rosenan.

Mrs. Schmitt was the mother of eleven children. Ten of these are still living and they reside in almost as many states. The children are: Henry, of Mandan, North Dakota; Mrs. O. Oltmans of Avon, S.D.; Mrs. P. H. Knock, of Grundy county; Mrs. William Harberts of Carthage, Ill.; Dr. John Schmitt, of Miami, Florida; Calvin of Pasadena; Sam, of Spokane, Washington; Dr. David Schmitt, of Clara City, Minn.; Mrs. Rosenan, of Hastings, Nebraska, and Mrs. Harold Binions, of Omaha.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 2 December 1926, pg 1


Obituary of Mrs. Mary Schmitt

Mrs. Mary Schmitt died quite suddenly at the home of her son, Calvin, in Pasadena, California, Nov. 25th.

She was born in Germantown, Wisconsin, on the 17th day of September, 1858, where she grew to womanhood. She was united in holy wedlock with the Rev. Henry Schmitt on the 10th day of November, 1876, at West Granville, Wis. After this they resided in Mauston, Wis., from 1876 to 1881; in Mt. Pleasant, Ia., from 1881 to 1886, and at Ackley, Iowa, from 1886 to 1906, at which time her husband died in the midst of his ministry.

Soon after this she removed to Grundy Center, Iowa, with her children, where she resided until she removed to Cedar Falls, Iowa, on account of better educational facilities. In the year 1918 she removed to Hastings, Neb., where she made her home until the time of her death. On the 10th of November, 1926, she left for Pasadena, California, to spend the winter with her son, Calvin. Her death occurred early Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 25, 1926, at the age of 68 years, 2 months and 18 days, as a result of apoplexy.

After short services at the home of her son, Calvin, her body was taken from Pasadena, Calif., to Hastings, Neb., where short funeral services were held at her home, after which it was taken to the home of Anton Oelman, a close friend of the family, at Ackley. There funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Drake, D.D., an old-time friend of the family, assisted by Rev. F. W. Engelke, D.D., and Rev. A. C. Kruse, at the East Friesland church, where her body was laid to rest beside her husband and infant son, Alfred.

Mrs. Schmitt was the mother of eleven children. Ten of these are still living and live in almost as many states: Henry, Mandan, N.D.; Mrs. Lizzie Oltmans, Avon, S.D.; Mrs. Esther Knock, Holland, Iowa; John, Miami Beach, Fla.; Calvin, Pasadena, Calif.; Mrs. Lydia Harberts, Carthage, Ill.; Sam, Spokane, Wash.; David, Clara City, Minn.; Mrs. Sophia Rosenon, Hastings, Neb.; and Mrs. Freda Binions, Omaha, Neb. She leaves to mourn three brothers, six sisters, 27 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

Texts: Ps. 16,6 (Dr. J. E. Drake); Eph. 1,17 (Dr. F. W. Engelke).

"Now that the years have vanished and childhood days have passed,
The years at home with mother, they hurried, oh, so fast;
But memory still brings to me a picture ever dear,
'Tis always that of mother whose voice I long to hear.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 9 December 1926, pg 4


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