|7/1/2020 3:46:00 PM|
Dona R. Schmidt, 92, of Westbrook died June 25, 2020, at Sanford Westbrook Medical Center in Westbrook.
A private family Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook with Pastor Grant Fischer officiating.
Special music will be provided by Jocelyn Wester, organist.
Casket bearers will be Jim Patterson, Dennis Jutting, Carter Aasen, Brennan Schmidt, Nathan Spindler and Rylan Harris.
Honorary bearer will be Jared Schmidt.
Interment will follow at Westbrook Cemetery in Westbrook.
Visitation, open to the public, will be held today (Wednesday) from 6 to 8 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Dona R. Keiner was born Oct. 7, 1927, to Raymond and Alma (Verlo) Keiner on the Keiner homestead in Madison, S.D.. She graduated from Franklin Consolidated School in 1945 and Eastern State Teacher's College in Madison in 1947.
Dona was a third-grade teacher for two years in Lennox, S.D., and taught for a year in Franklin before moving to Pipestone to teach.
In 1951, Dona married Marlin Schmidt in Madison. While Marlin was in the U.S. Army at Fort Lee, Va., Dona lived and worked in Richmond, Va., as a cashier at Baker Shoe Store. She returned to her parents in Madison, while Marlin served in Korea. She taught for a year in Rutland, S.D., then worked for a year in state unemployment services.
After Marlin was honorably discharged in 1953, they lived in Lennox, S.D.,where Dona taught school. They moved back to Madison in 1957 and a year later to Albuquerque, N.M., then Del Norte, Colo.
In 1963, they made their last move to Westbrook, where Dona taught for three years and was instrumental in running family-owned businesses, Schmidt Construction and Parkview Assisted Living/Bed and Breakfast until 2001.
After Marlin's death in 2005, Dona remained in Westrook for several years until moving to Sioux Falls to spend time with her children. She later moved back to Westbrook.
Dona was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook.
She worked with Cub Scouts, 4-H clubs, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, release time and was Sunday School superintendent.
She enjoyed watching basketball, especially the Timberwolves, Lynx and her grandchildren. She also enjoyed doing bulletin boards, making banners for church and, most of all, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband Marlin, Dona was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Ian Spindler; and two brothers, Bill and Joe Keiner.
Survivors include her four children: Michael Schmidt, Barb (Aaron) Aasen and David Schmidt (fiance Julie), all of Sioux Falls; and Jim (Kristine) Schmidt of Westbrook; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.