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Gladys Schmitz
December 17, 1933 - August 13, 2017

Gladys Marie Schmitz, 83, passed away on August 13, 2017 at Oelwein Healthcare Center. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 4 to 7 pm at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home where there will be a Parish Rosary at 3:45 pm. Services will be on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Father Ray Atwood officiating.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.

Gladys was born on December 17, 1933 on the family farm near Hudson, Iowa the daughter of John and Irene (Weber) Bauler. On November 16, 1953 she was united in marriage to Ralph T. Schmitz at St. Mary’s Of Mt. Carmel at Eagle Center. Gladys enjoyed fishing and camping at Lake Pepin, quilting, riding with Ralph in his truck, flowers, and anything that got her outdoors, but mostly she enjoyed her time spent with her family.  She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, Sacred Heart Rosary Society and the Sacred Heart Quilt Club. Everybody said Gladys was a patient person and according to the bible patience is described as characteristic of love and Gladys was full of love. God has taken another angel into Heaven.

Gladys is survived by her children, Ron (Cathy) Schmitz of Waconia, MN, Connie (Burr) Ekstrand of Hazleton, Tom (Julie) Schmitz of Oelwein, Jay (Deb) Schmitz of St. Louis Park, MN and Diane “Di” (Kirk) Dahl of Oelwein, Grandchildren, Jeff (Carissa), Chris (Cristin), BJ (Amy), Eric, Erin, Jim (Heather), Sara (Chris), Caitlin, Matt (Alyssa), Chad, Zach (Nikki), Lisa (Matt), 11 great grandchildren, siblings: Bonita, Mae, Kathleen, John (Marlys) and Kenny (Arlene), and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Irene, husband Ralph, twin sons in infancy, son Denny and two brothers, Don and Erwin. 


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Don and Cathy Ott on August 18, 2017 at 5:38 AM said:

What a lovely lady and wonderful person that God will welcome to his kingdom. We keep all the family in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
Roger and Bonnie on August 16, 2017 at 2:07 PM said:

Gladys was a very nice lady. Always made you feel welcome at her home.
Jim & Wendy Frentress on August 16, 2017 at 1:57 PM said:

Our condolences to you and your family.
Jeff and Carla Carlson on August 16, 2017 at 1:41 PM said:

Sympathy to your families. Mom,Grandma was a sweet sweet lady.
Julie and Gene Dudley on August 16, 2017 at 9:29 AM said:

Tom and Julie sorry to hear of your mom/ mother in law's passing. Will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Samson extends his condolences.
Cathy Martin on August 16, 2017 at 6:53 AM said:

She was a great gal.
Lyle & Nancy Miller on August 16, 2017 at 6:20 AM said:

Our condolences to the family. These are always difficult times and make family more meaningful. May she rest in peace.
Mary and Mike Acosta on August 16, 2017 at 5:31 AM said:

Very sorry for your loss Ron, Cathy and family.
Jean Schmitz on August 15, 2017 at 7:01 PM said:

Aunt Glady had a great laugh and was always welcoming. My sympathy to my cousins, your spouses, and your children. May her peace, bring you peace during this time of loss, and joy, sharing stories and memories.
Linnea & JC Chrest on August 15, 2017 at 2:29 PM said:

Such a lovely lady. We met her on a trip to Oelwein on our way to Des Moines with Ron, Cathy and boys. So warm and embracing. So sorry for your loss. Another angel in heaven to be sure.
Brad and Linda Olson on August 15, 2017 at 2:18 PM said:

So sorry for you all. We remember meeting your mom more than once at Waconia kids activities, graduations what have you....enjoyed her company, a very lovely lady.
Sending Hugs, but especially to Ron and siblings.

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