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Erna Selma Augusta Schmidt

September 28, 1914 November 25, 2007
Erna Selma Augusta Schmidt
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Tucson, Arizona      Erna Selma Augusta (Wagner) Schmidt, 93, formerly of Worthington, was born on September 28, 1914, at her home in Heron Lake Township, the daughter of Charles and Hulda Seydel Wagner.  She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield, Minnesota.  Erna married William H. Schmidt on November 24, 1935.  They farmed in Ewington Township and attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rost for 37 years.  Erna was co-owner with Willie of the Corner Cafe in Lakefield, Minnesota, for five years and the Gateway Cafe in Worthington, Minnesota, for 16 months.  Prior to this she had worked at Campbell’s Soup Company in Worthington and Berkley’s of Spirit Lake, Iowa.  After retirement, she was the cook for Sather’s Cookie Company and worked with her husband in the janitorial service for the State Bank (now Wells Fargo) in Worthington.  Erna and Willie moved to Worthington in 1973, where they resided for 27 years, attending St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.  In 2000, they moved to Tucson, Arizona, to reside with their daughter and son-in-law.  Erna was a longtime member of the St. Paul-Rost Ladies Aid and a charter member and last survivor of the Mother’s Birthday Club.  She was an active 4-H leader and member of the Garden Club for many years.  Erna died on Sunday, November 25, 2007, at her daughter’s home in Tucson, Arizona.     Erna is survived by four children, Lois (Dwain) Hunt, of Tucson, Arizona, Ruth Ann “Tanny” (Albert) Latuska, of Ames, Iowa, Charles (Gayle) Schmidt, of Round Lake, Minnesota, and Robyn Schmidt, of St. Paul, Minnesota; ten grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; two half-brothers, and six half-sisters.  She was preceded in death by her husband, William; son, William Arvid; grandson, Michael Hunt; great grandson, Andy Shumate; brother, Harold Wagner; sisters, Ella Kruse, Rose Rossow, Martha Fricke, Clara Malchow, and Frieda Crittenden; half-sister, Violet Bryant, and half-brothers, Roy and Willard Wagner.     Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 30, 2007, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Worthington, Minnesota, with the Rev. Robert Schulze officiating.  Burial will be in the Rost Township Cemetery in Lakefield, Minnesota.      Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2007, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, Minnesota.

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