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Elaine Schmitz
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Obituary for Elaine Schmitz

Elaine Marian Schmitz was born on February 5, 1929 in New Auburn, WI. Her parents are the late Theordore ‘Vance’ and Marian (Rada) Gibbon. Elaine attended country school in rural Hudson, WI and then graduated from Hudson High School in 1946. She then attended college at River Falls State, River Falls, WI.

Elaine worked as a secretary in St. Paul. In 1954 Elaine was united in marriage to Donald Schmitz and was blessed with three children. In 1964 they moved to Verndale where they farmed for 30 years. They later retired and made their home in Wadena, MN.

She enjoyed being a member of the Republican Party, England Prairie Pioneer Club, Farm Bureau, VFW Auxiliary, and the Historical Society of Wadena and Verndale. Elaine loved spending time with her family, collecting dolls, quilting, gardening and driving her convertible.

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Elaine passed away at her home in Wadena at 88 years of age.  She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Preceding Elaine in death were her parents, Vance and Marian; daughter, Lauren; infant daughter; brother Gail (Jo) Gibbon.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Donald; sons: Ken (Val); Dan (Diane), both of Verndale, MN; 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.

Previous Events





4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Karvonen Funeral Home - Wadena

419 2nd Street NE
Wadena, MN 56482





11:00 AM
Verndale Family Life Church

402 Clark Drive
Verndale, MN 56481

A gathering of family & friends will be held one hour prior to service.

Cemetery Details


Greenlawn Cemetery ~ Verndale

16197 120th St
Verndale, Minnesota 56481


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