In Memory of Ruth E. Schmidt
Died: December 29, 2017
Ruth E. Schmidt, age 82, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Rev. Richard A. Salcido and Rev. Neil Wehmas will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com
Ruth E. Schmidt, the daughter of Herbert and Lucille (Carlson) Bennigsdorf was born on August 24, 1935, in Denison, Iowa. She grew up in Charter Oak, Iowa and was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. Ruth was a faithful member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. She was active in her church circle and Dorcas Society helping make many quilts.
On December 13, 1954, Ruth was united into marriage to Earl D. Schmidt in the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. To this union four children were born Merle, Sherri, Sheryl, and Colleen.
Ruth took pleasure in being a homemaker and running her in home daycare for 20 years. She treasured spending time with her family and going to Monday morning coffee club.
Ruth enjoyed flower gardening, puzzles, dancing, watching and feeding her birds, camping, and traveling. Ruth’s kindness will be remembered by all the lives she touch throughout her life.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents Herbert (Lucille) Bennigsdorf; husband Earl D. Schmidt; brothers Gary Bennigsdorf and Robert “Bob” (Marlene) Bennigsdorf; sister Dorene Wonder; grandchild Sara Schmidt; sister-in-law Marlene Bennigsdorf; and brother –in-law Leroy Wonder.
Left to carry her memory on are her four children Merle (special friend Julie Rae Grace) Schmidt of Ida Grove, IA, Sherri (Steve) Skarin of Decorah, IA, Sheryl (Randy) Goodman of Battle Creek, IA, and Colleen Lainhart of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren Heidi Abbate of Henderson, Co, Meagan (Danny) Cordova of Brighton, Co, Jason (Brita) Skarin of Decorah, IA, Matt (Carissa)Skarin of Cedar Falls, IA, Lindsey Terrel of Lincoln, NE, Ryan (Dana) Goodman of Ida Grove, IA, Shane (Tobi) Goodman of Atlanta, GA, Jamie (Brett) Scholting of Dakota Dunes, SD, Melanie (Tom) Bauler of Wallingford, IA, Nicole (James) Long of Blackwell, OK, Jared (Sara Hilliard) Lainhart of Kansas City, MO; brothers Lonnie (Marva) Bennigsdorf of Battle Creek, IA, Russell (Clara) Bennigsdorf of Ida Grove, IA, Darrell Bennigsdorf of Ida Grove, IA, and Vern (Edith) Bennigsdorf of Montrose, CO; sisters Leila (Bernard) Lansink of Ida Grove, IA and Carol (Maynard) Miller of Atlantic, IA, sister-in-law Sharon Bennigsdorf of Ida Grove, IA; extended family and friends.
10:30 a.m., Thursday
January 4, 2018
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa
Rev. Richard A. Salcido
& Rev. Neil Wehmas
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa
"How Great Thou Art"
"You Raise Me Up" Josh Groban
"Softly and Tenderly" Alan Jackson
"Wind Beneath My Wings" Bette Midler
Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa
. RIP Ruth!!!”
Although Danny & I didn't get to spend much time with Aunt Ruth we enjoyed visiting with her when we came to Iowa.
She was always energetic, upbeat , and loved her family very much. We wish you love, hope, and peace in the hard days ahead. Love to all, Lynne & Danny ”
Our deepest sympathies to all of you. We enjoyed our visits with her this summer. May all your memories help ease your pain. Rest in peace, Aunt Ruth! Sending our love, Brian & Barb ”