Magdalena Schmidt, 80, of Fort Atkinson, recently a resident of Hustisford, passed into the arms of God on Saturday, May 13, 2006, at home with her family at her side, following complications of heart disease.
She was born June 17, 1925 in Karavukovo, Yugoslavia, to Balthasar Jager and Margarete Fessel, and married Gregory L. Schmidt in Graz, Austria on Sept. 28, 1946.
The couple immigrated to the United States following World War II, settling in Milwaukee where they became United States citizens in 1951.
After a stint of farming in the town of Herman in Dodge County, the Schmidts opened Greg and Maggie’s Tap in Neosho in 1979, a popular local tavern-restaurant which they ran together until December, 1992.
Following her husband’s death in 1994, Magdalena became a resident at the Hustisford Senior Apartments, where she enjoyed a wide circle of friends whom she treasured, most especially her dear friend, Mary Tapp.
Magdalena was also a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Neosho.
She moved to Fort Health Care and Rehabilitation in April 2006; then, as she had wished, was brought home to spend her final days with her family.
Survivors include two children, Michael G. Schmidt of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Heidi M. Clark (fiancŽ Timothy Roberts) of Fort Atkinson; a grandson, Greg-ory C.L. Schmidt of Cheyenne; two granddaughters, Amanda A. Getz and Brianna R. Clark of Fort Atkinson; a foster-grandson, Nicholas Toth of Lake Mills; two nieces, Margaret Zechner and Erika (Irvin) Wilke, both of Campbellsport; a sister-in-law, Magdalena Zapf of Germany; five great-nieces; a great-nephew; other relatives and many, many friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Greg-ory; and two sisters, Rosina (Josef) Schmidt of Germany and Appolonia (Josef) Zechner of Campbellsport.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 16 at 8:30 p.m. at the Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home, Hartford.
Father Alois R. Van Beek will officiate, and interment will be in St. Bartholomew’s Cemetery on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Visitation at the funeral home will be Tuesday from 6 until 8:30 p.m.
Special Masses of Intent will be held at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Neosho, and at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Fort Atkinson at a future date.
Warmest thanks to Father Bill Nolan and the members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Fort Atkinson, for their care and support during Magdalena’s illness.
Special thanks to Linda and Robert Crawford for their love and care of Magdalena in her final days, and to Rainbow Hospice for their support of the entire family through this time.