DONALD W. SCHMIDT

Donald W. Schmidt, 91, of Faribault, passed away Saturday April 16, 2011 at Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester, after a brief illness. 

Funeral Services will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 2 p.m. with Bernadette Tatge, pastoral minister of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Faribault officiating. Interment will be held at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Faribault.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2011 for one hour prior to the service.
Don was born October 1, 1919 in Faribault to Bernard W. Schmidt and Anna Kenow Schmidt and lived here for most of his life.  On July 18, 1942 he married Shirley C. Henderson in Faribault where they made their home.  He apprenticed as a plumber for Gallagher and Sons of Faribault and traveled for work during the Second World War to Cody, Wyoming and Macomb, Illinois. 
Returning to Faribault, Don went into business with his brother, Wally, at the Conoco service station on the corner of First Avenue and Fourth Street NW, and worked there for many years.  In the late 1950's he began working at the Minnesota School for the Deaf in Faribault as a boiler engineer, licensed for unlimited horsepower, a plumber and steam fitter until his retirement in 1981. 
Don's joys were to be outside in nature, observing wildlife, hiking through the woods with his Jack Russell terrier, Rosie and his friends and family, gardening vegetables and flowers, especially roses, and enjoying good food.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister and two brothers and their spouses, a niece and a nephew. 
Don is survived by his two sons, Dennis (Linda) Schmidt of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Steve (Bonnie) Schmidt of Anchorage, AK, and his daughter, Andrea Schmidt of Rochester, as well as five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two nephews and treasured friends. 

 

 


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Name: Bill & Lori Rokusek
Email: slowwillie@mchsi.com
Date: Monday May 02, 2011

Memories

We want to express our sympathy for Steve, Bonnie & Boys, for Dennis, Linda & Family and to Andrea, We were sorry to hear of Don's passing. We met Don for the first time last October at Pike's Peak, by McGregor, IA, where we shared a picnic together and almost froze because of the cold weather. I could see the love for Don in his Children's eyes, as we ate food together. We had shared Don's life though before meeting him, in listening to Steve tell us stories about his Dad, and how much he thought of his Dad! It sounds like he had a full and exemplary life for anyone to use as a role model for how to live to be 91 years of age! I loved reading the part where he actually put his wife's hair up in rollers! He will live on for many years in your memories. We will keep all of you in our prayers and we know that your memories will help to ease the pain of loss. Sometimes life is just hard to deal with. This is one of those times. In Sympathy; Love, Bill & Lori

Name: Dustin Schmidt
Email: ddsak@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday April 23, 2011

Memories

I am thankful my wife, Grace, was able to have met Grandpa in the summer of 2009. Grace and I stayed with Aunt Annie at her home and Grandpa stopped by for the weekend to spend time with us. It was great to see him and catch up on our family history from his recollection. He was as kind hearted and genuine as I had always remembered. Like Quincy, I regret that I did not spend more time with him but the memories I do have are of a wonderful man who would greet me with a "Hey kiddo" and a smile. I am blessed to have had him in my life.

Name: Quincy Schmidt
Email: quincyschmidt@gmail.com
Date: Friday April 22, 2011

Memories

My grandfather was a great person. I regret not to have known him better because we lived apart. What I did experience of him was a great inspiration, and I see his pervasive strength and common sence trickle down the family tree. I didnt know his parents or what they were like, but I can see Don's strengths through my father Steve, and the principles he instilled in raising me and my brother Dustin with my mother Bonnie. I remember as a kid, when Don visited us in alaska, going on hikes and camping trips and his company was sureheaded and calming in all the calculated movements he made. He was stubborn as hell, haha, but that was part of his sensibiltiy as I saw him. He lasted to his final days as independent as any 91 year old could be (with some help from his caring daughter Annie), in my opinion 'Because' of his stubborn persistance in older, more 'do it yourself' ideals. I could barely hope to be in as good of shape if I make it to that age. Annie and Steve could fill in the holes in my memories opinions about Don, knowing him better than I did, but I am impressed by Don and honored to be part of his family. Most of my memories of him are from childhood, but I will always remember him as grounded strenght, and having a straitforward sensibility. It is comforting that the consensus from everyone who has talked about him is that he had a great run, and his life was full. Don didnt miss out on much, if anything, in his life. Don, you are loved, and will be missed.

Name: Eric & Susan Bjornsen
Email: ejbjornsen@gmail.com
Date: Friday April 22, 2011

Memories

Don was an inspiration. He will be missed by all, including his canine friends; Rosie, Morgan, and Kiara. Independent and full of life to the very end. We should all be so lucky.

Name: Shelly McGrath
Email: drmcgrath@peoplepc.com
Date: Wednesday April 20, 2011

Memories

I briefly knew Don, through my Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Steve. Although I only met him a few times, I fondly remember how genuinely nice he was especially when I was a little, chatty girl with not much to say. I'm glad that my husband was able to meet Don on our trip to Alaska in 1995. Don's love of nature was enthusiastic and contagious - just the type of man that we both appreciate the most. My parents, Gene and Sharon Boelter, were also very fond of Don and treasure the rare visits that they experienced with him when Steve and Bonnie were in Minnesota. They do not have email, so I offer their condolences as well as mine and my husband's to Steve, Bonnie, Andrea, Dennis and the rest of the family. All of us are happy that our life paths crossed Don's because he was truly a wonderful person.

Name: Bonnie Schmidt
Email: sbdschmidt@gci.net
Date: Wednesday April 20, 2011

Memories

I have been privileged to know Don and proud to call him my Father-in-law for over 36 years. He was a wonderful, kind man with a gracious demeanor, a tender heart and a gentle spirit. His infectious smile and sharp wit brought laughter and joy to almost every encounter. His life is a shining example to his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends. I feel blessed to have known him and my life is richer because he was a part of it. I will treasure the memories of him always. Bonnie

Name: Linda Wood
Email: woodrl@charter.net
Date: Tuesday April 19, 2011

Memories

I had the privilege of knowing Don many years ago when he was the main caregiver of Shirley. What a devoted husband he was to her - He'd even put her hair in rollers! There was no kinder gentler man than Don. It was such a gift to be a part of their home and share their lives. God bless their memory.

Name: Tim Ferdon
Email: rdbrd.1@netzero.com
Date: Tuesday April 19, 2011

Memories

I had the blessing of meeting Don a few years ago when my good friends Steve and Bonnie stopped with him and Andrea at my home in Duluth on a sojourn up the North Shore of Lake Superior for a short vacation in Grand Marais. Although we only got to visit for an afternoon, I knew I had met a remarkable man. His warm and friendly personality made our visit a very enjoyable one. He graciously thanked me for a sauerkraut and polish sausage dinner that I'm sure wasn't spectacular but he made me feel like it was a meal fit for a king. Conversations with Steve since then about his dad have indeed given me great respect for a most memorable character who will be greatly missed by many loving friends and family. Thank you for sharing him with me. My heart goes out to all of you.

Name: Mary Lubke
Email: aryive@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday April 19, 2011

Memories

I met Don and Rosie at Falls Creek. I would come with my Jack Russell, Tavy, and Chi (friend's dog). We had so many wonderful walks and talks together while enjoying the scenery, and of course our dogs. Don loved being out with Rosie and there was something special about their relationship. I loved hearing Don's stories and one day he brought photo albums and shared them with all of us. Don's best buddy, Ron, was always along, too, with his beagle, Haley. I'm so glad that I got to spend all those great outdoor moments with Don. I moved away in October of 2010 and knew that I would miss all of my Falls Creek friends. I returned for a visit this past February and spent some time visiting with Don and Rosie in their home on the east side. I met Andrea and got slobbered over by Rosie. I'm sure she remembered me. Everytime I walk through a woods, stroll by a creek or just sit at an outdoor picnic table I will think of Don and figure he is doing the same. What a great person he was---always with a ready smile and friendly greeting. And a joke or two. Thanks Don for the time we had together. Your Falls Creek friend, Mary Lubke (and Tavy)

Name: Terry Sacora
Email: sacora@gci.net
Date: Monday April 18, 2011

Memories

I hadn't seen Don for many years when he would come to Alaska to visit Steve and Bonnie but I felt as if I knew him better than I actually did. Don lived a full life and like Steve said "he did it his way". I hope I am as fortunate. Condolences to Steve,Dennis and Andrea and their spouses. Terry and Jan Sacora Fairbanks, Alaska