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Margaret Schmidt

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Margaret Ann Schmidt age 90 of New Hampton, Iowa died Friday, July 17, 2020, at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Hampton. Friends may greet the family 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2020, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Margaret Ann Schmidt was born July 3, 1930, on her family’s farm near Fredericksburg, IA, the daughter of Clarence and Beatrice (Joebgen) Burgart, and she crammed a lot of life into her 90 years. She attended country school, graduated from a boarding school in Dubuque and then attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette to earn her teaching license. She taught at country school for a few years, but her life changed forever that one night she decided to go with friends to the skating rink in New Hampton. It was there that she met Carl Schmidt, and the two quickly fell in love. On Oct. 4, 1952, they eloped, travelling to Cedar Rapids and exchanging vows at the Justice of the Peace. Thus began one heck of a marriage. It lasted for almost 65 years and produced seven children — Carla, Cubby, Mary Ellen, William, Susan, Tom and David — along with 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Margaret Ann always lived life to the fullest, and she was the type of woman who said what was on her mind. Put it this way, if she had something to say, she was going to say it. The Schmidts farmed for a while before Carl self-taught himself the ins and outs of cooling and refrigeration and opened his own business, and Margaret Ann’s husband became known as “Cool Carl.” The family, though, remained on the farm, where Margaret used all that “free help” in her garden that was both bountiful with vegetables and beautiful with flowers. She liked to camp, go trail riding, play Euchre (and tell you what you did wrong, too!) and travel, and over her lifetime, she literally spanned the globe — travelling to places like New York, Alaska, San Diego, Germany, Australia and Ireland. In 1993, she went into business, owning and operating Maggie’s Bar in Fredericksburg for 15 or so years, and trust us, the “day bartender” was a straight shooter. Margaret Ann adored her grandchildren and greats, and they, in turn, knew they had one very unique grandmother. She was a member of a card club and the “Happy Hour Group,” a group of women that included Margaret Ann, Mabel, Edith, Valeria and Wilma over the years. All we know for sure is that it had to be one of the liveliest gatherings around. “Cool Carl” passed away in 2017, and although she put on a “brave face,” it was a devastating loss to this spunky, feisty woman. Yet, she carried on, and to give you an idea of how active she was, Margaret Ann took a trip to Ireland the following summer because every 88-year-old woman is a world traveller, right? We’re probably already in trouble for the length of this obituary, but we’re hoping Margaret Ann has her hands full getting Carl back in-line up in Heaven so we’ll end this story with this: Margaret Ann packed a millennium of life into her 90 years, and the stories her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, friends and customers can tell about this remarkable woman will provide them plenty of great memories and laughs for years to come. Survivors include four sons, Cubby Schmidt, William Schmidt both of New Hampton, IA, Tom (Marcia) Schmidt of Marion, IA, David (Gayle) Schmidt of New Hampton; three daughters, Carla (Roger) Dreckman of Lawler, IA, Mary Ellen (Tim) Alex of Springhill, KS, Susan (Kyle) Tougas of Fort Ripley, MN; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Theresa Cox of CO; She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl Schmidt on September 6, 2017; daughter-in-law, Lori Schmidt; brother-in-law, Ben Cox.

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  1. I am very sorry to hear this, I really enjoyed taking care of her and hearing stories about my relatives from so long ago.

  2. My sympathies to all of the Schmidt Families. She was such a sweet woman. My sympathies and prayers are with you all. 🙏🙏

  3. To all of Margaret’s family. What a lovely lady. We had many nice visits over the years, especially when she was at the Hole. Your family will be lost without you. Rest In Peace Margaret….you deserve it. God bless you.

  4. My sincere sympathy to Margaret Ann Schmidt’s family. Growing up just down the hill, we knew the family well. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Cindy Chapin Helle

  5. Austin & Tristen Schmidt….(our sympathy to you. It’s a sad time yet; a little something in her memory. )

  6. Our Deepest Sympathy goes to the Entire family of Margret. I know the difficult time it is lossing your last parent, Prayers and Thoughts are with you! James & Lyn (Meissen) Bailey

  7. Prayers For Margaret Ann’s Family At This Time Of Loss. I Have Many Childhood Memories Associated With Trail Rides, Horse Shows & Chickasaw Trail Riders. I Remember Her Sweet, Happy Personality. She Liked A Good Joke. Her Laugh Was Contagious. She Was Truly A Good Soul. God Bless You All With Peace & Love. Find Joy That Her & Carl Are Together, Forever, Again. Debbie (Vorwald) Morrison

  8. So sorry to hear of Margaret Ann’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Schmidt family.

  9. Our deepest sympathy to Margaret Ann’s family. We will forever have treasured memories, school teacher, Maggie’s and a dear friend. May your many memories comfort each of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lloyd and Joyce

  10. Tom and Family, no matter what happens, God is watching over us. He sees, He knows, He cares. Our prayers are that God fills yours and your Family hearts with His presence and give you all the peace of mind in such a difficult moment. Love from your Brazilian Family

  11. I learned a lot from Maggie in the short time that I knew her. Amazing woman and one heck of a fighter. Enjoy heaven Maggie you have certainly earned it. My sympathy to all of Maggies family during this difficult time, it’s never easy to say good bye, try to have some comfort knowing she is with our Lord and has been reunited with Carl.

  12. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. With our deepest condolences,

  13. Beautiful tribute to a wonderful women! Billy and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers! Jess (Mahoney) Douglas

  14. Our sympathy to the Schmidt Family. Her obit is perfect! She was a straight shooter! Patty and Lloyd Phillips

  15. My deepest sympathy to all of the Schmidt family. I had some great times at the Schmidt when I was a kid. Susan, your mom was the best and I enjoyed the times I stayed at your house and become friends with the entire family. May God comfort you in these sad times, but always remember the good times and she will always be in your hearts.

  16. Bill, Sending our sincere sympathies to you. It sounds like she had a very interesting life. Chad and Kim Block

  17. You all have our deepest sympathy as you remember the memories of your Mom! She was one of a kind! Love & Prayers. Dennis & Diane

  18. Tom – I’m so sorry to read of your mom’s passing. Treasure your memories and may they comfort you in the days ahead. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  19. May the memories of you loved one console you in the days ahead. Our prayers to her family. Jeanne and David Roder

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