Winnifred Schmidt

Winnefred “Winnie” Schmidt, 96, of Brainerd and formerly of Staples and Baxter, passed away on October 28, 2016. 

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, 11:00 a.m. at Good Samaritan Society - Bethany, 804 Wright St. Brainerd. 

Winnie was born to Daniel and Lillian (Vogtman) Hanson on November 16, 1919 in Staples, where she grew up. She graduated from Staples High School. She married Delbert Schmidt in 1940 and they made their home in Philbrook until 1952. Winnie was employed many years at Anderson Our Own Hardware in Staples. After retirement Winnie and Del enjoyed 14 winters in Harlingen, Texas. She moved to Excelsior Place in Baxter and in April of 2012 she moved to Good Samaritan Society - Bethany in Brainerd.

Winnie was one of the founders of the Friendly Hour Club in Philbrook, enjoyed many years as a member of “The Knitting Club” in Staples, knitting nearly 300 hats, donating them to the Marie Sandvik Center in Minneapolis. She crocheted over 50 afghans for family and friends.  She took ceramic and oil painting lessons during her winters in Texas. For many years she hosted the Schmidt family reunion.  

She is survived by two daughters, Janetta Knapp, Karen (Peter) Nyvall and one son, Delbert D. (Nancy) Schmidt; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Rosemary Hanson and Helen Hanson and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years; her parents; three brothers, Daniel, Wallace and Roger Hanson; two sisters, Eleanor Harry and Avis Leitch and one grandson, Brock Knapp.  

Memorials are preferred to Good Samaritan Society - Bethany, Brainerd, Mn.

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