In Memory of Ruth E. Schmidt

Ruth E. Schmidt
Ruth E. Schmidt
Born: August 24, 1935
Died: December 29, 2017
Age: 82
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Ruth E. Schmidt
August 24, 1935 - December 29, 2017
From: Ida Grove, IA

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

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


Heidi Abbate
Meagan Cardova
Lindsey Terrel
Jamie Scholting
Melanie Bauler
Nicole Long

Honorary Pallbearers:
Jason Skarin
Matt Skarin
Ryan Goodman
Shane Goodman
Jared Lainhart


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"

Recorded Selections:
"You Raise Me Up" Josh Groban
"Softly and Tenderly" Alan Jackson
"Wind Beneath My Wings" Bette Midler


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:48 AM
“My sympathy to her children and Benningsdorf & Schmidt families. She was very kind and friendly when ever i had a chance to visit with her. She came from a very good family and I know she will be missed by all of you. ”
- Janice McGuire
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:44 PM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. Keeping all of Ruth's family in my thoughts and in my prayers. ”
- Sheila Petersen
Friday, January 5, 2018 at 9:22 AM
“What a Sweet,Sweet Lady. Knew her for a long time. She will be deeply missed
. RIP Ruth!!!”
- David Redenius
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:32 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear about Ruth.... Always was glad to see her. She will be missed by many... May she rest easy... Angels sounding you all ... Huggs”
- Betty (Mildenstein) Dahl
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 3:19 PM
“So sorry to hear about Ruth, she was a tremendous neighbor to my parents and always enjoyed running into her over there. ”
- Lon Schluter Family
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 10:01 PM
“My thoughts and prayers to the family. Ruth had babysat myself, siblings and cousins on a few occasions. I remember a couple of the daughters as well. It was so long ago, but I remember the good times we had when she babysat.”
- Julie Belstene
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 5:13 PM
“Dear cousins, Merle, Sheri, Sheryl, Colleen
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 ”
- Lynne & Danny Hawks
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9:58 AM
“Dear Cousins, we are thinking about you from Colorado. We are so happy we got to spend time with Aunt Ruth this summer at the family reunion. You are all in our hearts and prayers. Love from Colorado - Cindy, Buddy and Courtney”
- cindy hansen
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9:58 AM
“ sorry for the loss of your Mother. She was a very nice lady and I enjoyed our little chats when we crossed paths. Blessings to you and your family. ”
- Marsha Kjar
Monday, January 1, 2018 at 11:12 AM
“My sincere condolences to Ruth’s family! My mother was friends with her and Earle Dean ”
- Kay Nicholson Christiansen
Monday, January 1, 2018 at 11:12 AM
“Sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing, I always enjoyed visiting with her in the yard when she lived next door to my parents. My condolences to the family.”
- Jan Schluter Martocci
Monday, January 1, 2018 at 11:12 AM
“Am so very sorry to hear about Ruth. I no longer live in Ida Grove but met Ruth through Horn Hospice after the death of both our husbands & we became friends. My sympathies to her family & friends. ”
- Patricia Wilson
Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:50 PM
“I grew up knowing the Benningsdorfs but got to know Ruth more when my Alvina Streck had surgery and my dad hired her to keep house for awhile and I was so glad to have some one else in the house since I was much younger than my brothers and sister and they were already gone from home. And many times in recent years we were always in church at the same time and would visit. My sympathy to the entire family and blessings be to all of you”
- Marilyn Skaren
Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 12:03 PM
“To Aunt Ruth's Family,
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 ”
- Brian& Barb Bennigsdorf
Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 12:03 PM
“Ruth was such a sweet lady - I always appreciated her smile & outlook. Remember the good times & remember that grief is part of getting through all this.”
- Mary Jo Watson
Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 12:03 PM
“My sympathy to the Schmidt and Bennigsdorf families, Ruth was a very sweet person and will be missed by many. May memories help you make it through this sad time. Hugs
Shirley Ruser”
- Shirley Ruser
Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 4:26 PM
“Ruth was a neighbor of our 40+ years ago and really enjoyed her May she rest in peace
- Wayne and Ina Mae Bliesmann
Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 3:18 PM
“You have my deepest sympathy at the loss of Ruth. She was the very best neighbor and she always offered help. ”
- Rita I. Rohde
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