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St. George Catholic Church
Wednesday February 22nd, 2017

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Dorothy Irene Schmidt

Fr. Randy Phillips
Organist ~ Georgianne Pravecek
Congregational Hymns
“Only a Shadow”
“On Eagle’s Wings”
“Immaculate Mary”
“O Loving God
“Prayer of St. Francis”
Brian Schmidt, Tim Schmidt, Dan Miller,
Bryan Reising, Peter Schmidt,
Marc Bies, & Scott Novak
Dorothy Irene Schmidt was born on September 17, 1924 to J. P. and Rose (Podzimek) Schmidt in Scotland, South Dakota. She graduated from Scotland High School in 1942. Dorothy worked various jobs throughout her life. For a time, she lived in Detroit, MI, Phoenix, AZ, Sioux Falls, SD, and Yankton, SD before she returned to her hometown of Scotland to care for her elderly father. Following her father’s passing, Dorothy made her home in Yankton in 1999.
Dorothy was the matriarch of the Schmidt family. She was always full of spunk and knew the goings on of every niece and nephew no matter how far away they lived. She had a generous heart and was always ready with candy or a gift for anyone who came to her door. Dorothy was often found at the end of a bake sale buying up all the leftovers to support the cause. She spent her time volunteering for the church funeral committee, reading to school children, and helping at the Senior Center. She lived a full life, always putting others before herself. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Dorothy passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, South Dakota having attained the age of 92 years, 4 months, and 30 days.
She is survived and remembered by her siblings: Betty Kellen of Worthington, MN, Katherine Schmidt of Chandler, AZ, Donald Schmidt of Yankton, SD, and Gregory (Jan) Schmidt of Sioux City, IA; brother-in-law Ken Miller of Sioux Falls, SD; twenty nieces and nephews; twenty-four great-nieces and nephews; five great-great-nephews; and her godchildren: Stephen Schaefer, Brian Schmidt, Marcia Miller, and Nancy Kunickis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: infant Louis Schmidt, Joseph J. Schmidt, and Ray Schmidt, sisters: Marilyn F. Schaefer and Carol Anne Miller; brothers-in-law Dr. Robert Schaefer, Darrell Bowyer, and Nick Kellen, and sister-in-law Delphine Schmidt.

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Aunt Dorothy was a truly unforgettable part of our family. She always remembered everyone's birthday, kept up with all our lives, and sent greeting cards without fail! I feel blessed to have had her in my life and am grateful that little Samuel got to meet her! She will be greatly missed. Love and prayers to all - Sarah, Ben and Samuel Hartmann.

Sarah Hartmann Feb 22 2017 7:58 AM

Rest in peace cousin Dorothy. I will always remember your visits when I was a little girl. Your cousin, Linda

linda prosser Feb 21 2017 9:57 PM

Aunt Dorothy: You were truly One of a Kind! Your warmth and generosity knew no bounds. Never, ever, did you miss an occasion: birthdays, illnesses, deaths, you were always ready with a written greeting and lovely card. Every time I think of you, I will feel that little pinch of my cheek and it will bring a smile to my face. I will miss you so much but I know that you are already enjoying the reward you so richly deserve. XO Carla and Tom, Patrick and Becca too

Carla Sweeney (Bowyer) Feb 20 2017 8:58 PM

Dear Schmidt Family, Dorothy and I had been friends since we were 6 yrs old. We grew up together and became dear friends. We managed to see each other throughout the years. I last saw Dorothy in Yankton for lunch with my sister Verda and twin daughters in 2005. She hadn't changed and seeing her reminded me of the wonderful memories we shared. Dorothy was a kind, sweet soul who will be missed by all. Memories of Dorothy will stay close to my heart. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. My deepest sympathy to the family. Belva

Belva Oswald Millnitz Feb 20 2017 12:47 AM

Dear Family of Dorothy, My heart is saddened to learn of the passing of my Godmother, Dorothy. There are many fond memories of her visiting in our home over the years. My mom, Millie Weiland Gates Burnham, was like a sister to her. I know there was a grand reunion when she joined her parents, and my mom and dad in Heaven yesterday. You are all in our prayers. She will be missed. Love and prayers to all, Nancy and Ken Kunickis and family in Laurens, Iowa.

Nancy Kunickis Feb 18 2017 6:55 AM

One great lady, who will truly be missed. God Bless her beautiful soul, with love to my family, Marcia Vellek

Marcia Vellek Feb 17 2017 11:00 PM

I extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of Dorothy, and my prayers and support are with all of you.

Rev. Michael D. Schmitz Feb 17 2017 4:45 PM

I am saddened at the loss of my life long friend. You will be missed. May God Bless Your Soul. My deepest sympathy to the Schmidt Family

Elerta K. mith Feb 17 2017 4:26 PM

My dear sister, My love and prayers follow you as you leave our family to be with Mom & Dad and our siblings who have gone before you. You were a great big sister to me, the last time here at my home in Chandler. Lots of memories to cherish Dorothy.

Katherine Schmidt Feb 17 2017 1:05 AM