Stella H. Schmidt, 97

Stella H. Schmidt (nee Ongstad) age 97 of West Bend died Friday, July 4, 2008 at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center in West Bend.

She was born Nov. 16, 1910 in North Dakota to the late Alfred and Emma (nee Lunde) Ongstad and married Joseph J. Schmidt on June 16, 1930 in Rugby, N.D. Joseph preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 1955.

Following their marriage Stella was a teacher in a one-room school house in rural North Dakota. In 1973 she came to West Bend and lived at Meadowbrook Manor for many years until becoming a resident at the Cedar Lake Health Care Center.

Stella enjoyed sewing, especially making quilts, gardening and canning.

She is survived by four children, Rosanne (Raymond) Heilman of Portage, Milton (Rose Marie) Schmidt of St. Paul, Minn., Marlys Fiedler (Robert Breitkreutz III) of Allenton and Eileen (Jesse) Garcia of New Bloomfield, Mo.; 27 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by two daughters-in-law, Florence Schmidt of Aurora, Ill. and Pat Schmidt of Plymouth; three sisters, Sarah White of Side Lake, Minn., Irene White of Side Lake, Minn. and Mildred Brown of Minot, N.D.; a brother-in-law, Charlie Srur of Minot, N.D.; a sister-in-law Ann Ongstad of Lewiston, Idaho; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Stella is preceded in death by two sons Kenneth and Marty, a great-granddaughter Abby, three brothers and six sisters.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at 4 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend with Rev. Gerald Brittain of Holy Angels Catholic Church officiating. Burial will be in Little Flower Cemetery in Rugby, N.D. Visitation will be Wednesday, at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.