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Marian Schmitz

December 2, 2012
The Journal

NEW ULM - Marian Schmitz, 95, of New Ulm passed away Friday, November 30, 2012 at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, December 4 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery in New Ulm.

Visitation will be from 4 7 PM Monday and 7:30 10 AM Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.

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Marian Schmitz

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Marian is survived by her son, Ronald Schmitz and wife, Bernice of New Ulm, daughter, Judie Johnson of Irving, TX; six grandchildren, Jennifer, Jill, Sarah, Katie, Michael and Ryan; ten great grandchildren; sister, Virginia Roberts of New Ulm;, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Apollonia Diepolder; her husband, Leo Schmitz on March 25, 1989; her son, Doug Schmitz on August 18, 2005; sisters, Dorothy Raabe and Coletta Postel; brothers-in law, Herm Raabe, John Postel and Pete Roberts.

Marian Margaret Diepolder was born on March 28, 1917 in Nicollet County to Henry and Apollonia (Meidl) Diepolder. She attended school in New Ulm and was a graduate of Holy Trinity High School. She then graduated from Brady and Rogers Beauty School in Minneapolis and opened her own shop in New Ulm after graduation. Marian was united in marriage to Leo Schmitz on January 24, 1940 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm. She managed her beauty shop until 1947 when she sold it to stay home with her family. Marian was a lifetime member of the Saint Ann's Court of the National Catholic Society of Foresters, the American Legion Auxiliary and also of the Disabled American Veterans Woman's Organization. She took classes in cake decorating and made many beautiful wedding cakes. Marian worked for 13 years at Herberger's in the shoe department. She loved to sew and so in 1982 she started her own "doll hospital" and refurbished old dolls for customers all over Minnesota and surrounding states. Marian was a perfectionist and loved bringing "her dolls" back to their original look. She did this for over 25 years.

Marian enjoyed golfing, bowling, sewing, playing bridge and 500, creating and remaking dolls, playing the piano and singing, doing puzzles, cooking and baking and there was never a time that she was not doing crafts, creating something out of nothing. She was a member of Cathedral parish her entire lifetime and loved donating her crafts for the parish picnics.

Memorials are preferred to Cathedral Church or Oak Hills Living Center.



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