Charity Ann Schmitt, the daughter of Rodney and Pamela (Weigel) Schmitt was born on July 28, 1983 in Minot, North Dakota. She died at the age of 30 years on Monday, March 24, 2014 at Sanford Health in Bismarck, North Dakota, awaiting a heart transplant.
Charity was raised in the rural Orrin, North Dakota, home of her parents with her older sister, Mandy; little sister, Tracy and little brother, Cody. While in high school she worked at the Heart of America Library and The Growing Place until she graduated from Rugby High School in 2002. She completed her education at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, studying Early Childhood Development and Education, while there she worked at Heartland Childcare. At the time of her death, Charity had moved to Good Thunder, Minnesota, and was training to be a client service representative for the House of Hope in Mankato, Minnesota, while waiting to be called for a much needed heart transplant. Prior to her move to Good Thunder in January, she had made her home in Harvey, North Dakota. She enjoyed children and the physically challenged, Special Olympics, FFA, and swing choir. While living in Harvey, she had worked for several businesses including, Hav-It, Hornbacher Cafe, Eagles Club, the Pondo Bar, Artos, and The Right Place. She was proud of her “John Deere Green” trailer house and loved spending time with her nieces and nephews. Her smile and dimples would light up any room and her energy in her fight to live was overwhelming. Charity taught us all to live one day at a time and her favorite saying was’Life is not a matter of counting years; it’s a matter of making years count’.
Charity is survived by her parents, Rodney and Pamela of rural Orrin; her best friend and companion, John ‘Doc’ Bailey of Harvey; sisters, Mandy (Shane) Peterson of Lincoln, ND, and Tracy Schmitt (Scott Manning) of Fort Pierre, SD; a brother, Cody Schmitt of Orrin, ND; nieces, Taila (9), Alyssa (6), Sidney (3), Kaylie (3), Tessa (3) and Kinley (1) and nephew Tyson (7); maternal grandmother, Rose Weigel of Rugby; paternal grandmother, Amelia Schmitt of Towner; several aunts, uncles; other relative and many friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Emil Weigel; paternal grandfather, John B. Schmitt; nephew, Preston Peterson; aunt, Julie Murray; other relatives.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Harvey with spring burial in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Orrin. Father Brian Bachmeier, Celebrant.
Visitation: from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Balta.
Vigil prayers and sharing of memories will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Balta church.
Organist: Megan Graumann; Vocal Leader/Cantor: Katrina Leier
The Casket Bearers: Jacob Schmitt, Brent Schmitt, Justin Schneider, Leland Schneider, Brian Murray & David Murray
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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