Virginia Ann Schmitz, 85, Clear Lake, died Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake.
A funeral service for Virginia will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, with Monsignor Joseph Slepicka officiating. Burial will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time on Wednesday at the chapel.
Virginia Ann (May) Schmitz was born on Aug. 29, 1929 in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of Casper and Clara (Matz) May. Virginia attended school in Milwaukee and graduated from Milwaukee High School.
After her graduation, Virginia worked for Honeywell Corporation in Milwaukee until her marriage to Vincent Schmitz on Feb. 16, 1952 in Milwaukee, and to this marriage three children were born, Robert, Linda, and Douglas. Vincent preceded her in death in December 1981. Virginia also worked at a funeral home in Milwaukee. For many years Virginia helped her husband in his business, Schmitz Manufacturing, in Clear Lake.
Virginia loved and enjoyed being a wife, mother and grandmother, as well as cooking, baking, gardening, roller skating, cats, the singer, Daniel O’Donnell, Lawrence Welk, and social gatherings with family and friends. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, enjoyed going out to eat, and Bingo.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Robert Schmitz, of Swaledale, Iowa, and special friend, Sheila Beal of Waterloo, Iowa, Linda Halsne, of Clear Lake, and Doug (Janet) Schmitz, of Clear Lake; her grandchildren, Keith (Nellie) Schmitz, Brandon (Carrie) Halsne, Dani Schmitz, and Ryan Schmitz; a great-granddaughter, soon to be born; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Dorothy “Dot” Gerdes, of Clear Lake; Connie Andersen, of Clear Lake; and other extended family members and friends.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vincent; twin brother, Virgil May; brothers and sisters, Dottie Stricker, Leroy May, Irene Barback, and Evelyn Kass; and a grandson, Brian Halsne.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.