Ruth (Mimi) N. Schmidt

April 20, 1930 - March 20, 2013


Ruth (Mimi) N. Schmidt Was born in Philadelphia on Easter, April 20, 1930, the daughter of Ruth Emerson and John P. Nissen Jr., founder of the J.P. Nissen Co.  


She graduated from Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia and attended Connecticut College in New London, Conn. While at Connecticut College, she met Coast Guard Academy cadet Robert Schmidt. Soon after graduation, they married on June 11, 1953. In their first three years of marriage they lived in Portland, Maine, Norfolk, Virginia and Cape May, N.J., where their daughter, Carolyn, was born.


They next settled near Philadelphia in Wyncote and sons Stephen and Paul arrived. In 1967, the Schmidts moved to Oconomowoc, where Mimi and Bob spent many happy years raising their family. Mimi loved gardening. She was an active member of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and Church Women United. As a United Methodist Woman, she served through the years as secretary, vice president, president of the Oconomowoc Chapter and Milwaukee District president, which encompassed 43 churches.


Although her accomplishments as a United Methodist Woman are numerous and highly respected, her most outstanding characteristic is her sweet personality, best described by those who knew and loved her. Maura Murto wrote, “Mimi was an angel on earth - one of the sweetest, gentlest souls we’ve ever known.” Jeanette Michalets wrote, “We have such warm and special memories of Mimi; she will be missed greatly. Don and I so enjoyed working with her; she was always so enthusiastic and kind to everyone.” Cathi Waite wrote, “What an amazing, gracious spirit-filled woman she was. She wrote the best cards and letter to me when I was ill. May God hold her in his arms.” Barbara Clark wrote, “ Mimi was one of my all time favorite people.” Mimi’s sweet nature and kindness towards everyone will be greatly missed by all. She passed away from Parkinson’s disease at the age of 82.


Mimi is survived by her husband, Bob; her three children, Carolyn, Stephen and Paul; her granddaughter, Hilary; her son-in-law, Bill Clausius; her daughter-in-law, Lisa Schmidt, and her children, Philip Michael Keller and Jessica Keller.

Her memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Oconomowoc. There will be a visitation at 1:30 p.m. prior to the service.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.