A mass of Christian burial was held Friday, May 16, 2014 at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Towner for Catherine Schmidt, 96, Velva, who died Saturday, May 3 at the Souris Valley Care Center in Velva.
Catherine was born March 12, 1918 in the rural Karlsruhe home of her parents, a daughter of Jacob & Magdalena (Wentz) Gefroh. On Dec. 29, 1942 she married Leo Schmidt at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Karlsruhe. They purchased a farm in Orrin, where they farmed and raised a family. She remained on the farm until January 2013, when she moved to the Souris Valley Care Center.
She was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Orrin until its closing, St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church of Towner, the Confraternity of Christian Mothers.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda Bischof, Minot; sons, Gary, Renton, Wash.; Robert and Donald, Minto; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; sisters, Christine Aftem, Minot; Regina Kuntz, Great Falls, Mont.; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Duane; her parents.
Fr. Michael Schommer officiated. Music was provided by St. Cecilia’s Music Ministry.
Casket bearers were John Rognlien, Greg Black, Robert Keller, Ron Gefroh, Mark Fiest and Brian Brunner.
Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home of Towner. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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