In Memory of Donna N. Schmidt

Donna N. Schmidt
Donna N. Schmidt
Born: March 3, 1934
Died: May 16, 2021
Age: 87
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Donna N. Schmidt
March 3, 1934 - May 16, 2021
From: Battle Creek, IA

Donna N. Schmidt, age 87, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 28, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Reverend Kevin J. Freese will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Donna Nola (Wood) Schmidt, the daughter of Kenneth and Ella (Hansen) Wood, was born on March 3, 1934, in Ida Grove, Iowa. She grew up in Ida Grove and was baptized and confirmed in her faith at the United Methodist Church.

On June 27, 1949, Donna was united in marriage to Thomas Schmidt and the couple made their home in Battle Creek, Iowa. To this union came four blessings: Kerwin, Gena, Darci and Marci. Donna enjoyed being a farm wife and homemaker. She will be remembered for her homemade bread and always having some type of baked good to share with her family and those who stopped by.

Donna was a faithful and devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek where she was a past elder and served on the Presbyterian women’s funeral luncheon committee. Donna also worked elections and volunteered on the Lion’s Club. She enjoyed playing bridge and euchre, crocheting, and doing crossword puzzles. 

Donna’s greatest joys in her life were her children. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Gena (Tom) Prazan of Omaha, NE, Darci Barrett of Battle Creek, IA and Marci (Gary) Peterson of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren: Erin Prazan, Austin Barrett, Kyler Peterson and Tessa Peterson; brother Frances “Woody” (Cheryl) Wood of Dewey, AZ; brother-in-law Edward (Judy) Schmidt of Battle Creek, IA and Merlin Rabe of Ida Grove, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Kenneth and Ella Wood; husband Thomas “Tom” Schmidt; son Kerwin Schmidt; brothers Everett Wood and Eugene Wood; sisters Delores Vickery, Charlotte Putensen and Shirley Rabe.



10:30 a.m., Friday
May 28, 2021
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Honorary Pallbearers
Erin Prazan
Kyler Peterson
Tessa Peterson
Austin Barrett


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


"Amazing Grace" ~ hymn
"The Lord's Prayer" ~ recorded
"How Great Thou Art" ~ hymn


Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 1:33 PM
“Your Mom was a very nice lady. Always enjoyed when she came into our dealership and we would visit. L”
- Don and Peggy Wunschel
Friday, May 21, 2021 at 12:17 PM
“Condolences to the family of a Very Special Lady.”
- Don Wunschel
Friday, May 21, 2021 at 12:17 PM
“Alway enjoyed Donna no matter where you seen her. We will miss her at Battle Creek card club. She always had a smile for you, she will be greatly missed. Sending hugs and prayers to her daughters.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💜💜💜”
- Judy Pluth
Friday, May 21, 2021 at 12:17 PM
“Donna was such a warm and caring woman. She was so loving to my family and I. We would always come back and visit her when we were back in Battle Creek. She always had a sparkle in her eyes and loving hugs. She will be greatly missed! Our deepest sympathies to all of her family. ”
- Traci Lee Rogo
Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 8:31 AM
“I am so sorry to hear about Donna's passing. She has been a family friend for years, and was an honorary part of the Mohrhauser family. She always made people laugh with her stories and was such a nice genuine person. My sympathies to Genna, Marci and Darci. May your memories live forever. ”
Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 8:31 AM
“I will miss Donna. No matter where we met, we always shared a hug. Sending my sympathy to Donna's family.”
- Jim Holst
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 10:04 AM
“Rest in peace dear lady. Truly a fine and nice lady who graced our community for a life time.”
- Mike Sorensen
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 10:04 AM
“Marci, Darci, & Gena, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm grateful that I was able to catch up with Donna a couple of times in the last few years when I was back in Battle Creak...quite a few early memories. She was a positive influence on my life.”
- Scott Grothe
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 1:14 PM
“I will always remember Donna coming over to my grandma Alma's house in the mornings to bring grandma the newspaper and have a cup of coffee, and you'd better have the coffee on. I know she was just checking up on grandma to make sure she was alright. Donna was a dear friend to our family and we always considered her to be Aunt Donna. A great friend and a soul that will truly be missed.”
- Corey mohrhauser
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 8:45 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear of Donna's passing. She was a sweet lady. God Bless
- Fern Krayenhagen
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 8:45 AM
“Gena, Darci. and Marci, You have my deepest sympathy. Your mom was a sweet lady and she will be missed by all.”
- Byron Hartwig
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 8:45 AM
“My condolences to Donna's 3 daughters & all of the folks that loved her.
- Scott Vickery
Monday, May 17, 2021 at 3:17 PM
“I'm not sure where to start.....Donna was like my 2nd mom. So sweet and loving. When I would go back to BC I would stop and have coffee with her. She was a special person with a huge heart! My sincere condolences to her family. 🙏”
- Rich Renfro
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