Eva Irene (Mitzel) Schmaltz, the daughter of Philip and Elizabeth (Volk) Mitzel, was born on her parents’ homestead farm in Orrin, North Dakota, on July 17, 1911.She died at the age of 99 years on Saturday, January 8, 2011, at Trinity Medical Center in Minot, North Dakota.
Eva was baptized in St. John’s Catholic Church in Blumenfeld, North Dakota, and received her education through the eighth grade at Sandale Township School.She was united in marriage to Nicholas Schmaltz on September 25, 1929, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orrin.The couple lived on a farm 2 miles south of the Fulda Church in Jefferson Township, Pierce County.Nicholas was killed in a farm accident in March of 1953. Following his death, Eva and her sons ran the farm.From 1963 to 1984, Eva kept house for Father John Wanzek while he was pastor at St. Anselm’s Church in Fulda, St. Thomas Church in St. Thomas, St. John’s Church in Kensal, and the Holy Rosary Church at LaMoure.She retired in 1984, and made her home in Minot.In 1996, she moved to the Haaland Estates in Rugby, and, in 1999, moved to the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby.
Eva was a woman of great faith and believed in the power of prayer.She enjoyed cooking, baking, praying, sewing, embroidery, and was full of energy.She enjoyed working side by side her husband on the farm and was a member of St. Anselm’s Church until its closing, a current member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, and a lifetime member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and Christian Mothers.
She is survived by two sons, Leo of Minot, and Victor (Diane) of Towner; two daughters, Rosemary Jundt of Minot, and Alberta (Craig) Pankow of Washburn; a daughter-in-law, Beatrice Schmaltz of Towner; 22 grandchildren; two step granddaughters; 44 great-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; two step great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant son, Leonard; son, Augustin; a daughter-in-law, Yvonne Schmaltz; one great-grandson; four sisters, Veronica Fisher, Theresa Schell, Elizabeth Schmidt, and Sister Alberta Marie; six brothers, Joseph, Christian, Frank, Martin, Philip, and Fred, Sr.; and her parents.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at Little Flower Catholic Church, Rugby, with spring burial in St. Anselm’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Fulda.
Fr. John Ejike was Celebrant and Fr. Michael Schommer was Concelebrant. Music was provided by Jacinta Schmaltz, vocal leader/cantor, and Angie Deplazes, organist.
Casketbearers were her grandsons, Kenneth Schmaltz, Marvin Schmaltz, Duane Schmaltz, Nicholas Schmaltz, Brian Jundt, and Duane Jundt.
Honorary bearers were all her grandchildren.
Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby.
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