Helen Maxine Schmidt – Manchester

Helen Maxine Schmidt, 92, of Manchester, Iowa, died on Sunday, April 17, 2022. She was born on November 2, 1929, at the home of her parents, Alfred and Hedwig (Weger) Schmidt, in rural Strawberry Point. Helen was baptized and confirmed at St. Sebald Lutheran Church in rural Strawberry Point.

Helen attended Cass #4 School, grades K-8, and then graduated from Strawberry Point High School. She attended Iowa State Teachers College and received a certificate to teach elementary school. Helen briefly taught in rural schools and then in Maynard. She spent the rest of her teaching career at Lambert Elementary School in the West Delaware School District, until her retirement in 1991. All of her college education was earned in summer school and through correspondence courses.  Helen earned a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Wisconsin.  She was a member of the West Delaware Education Association, Iowa State Education Association, and National Education Association.

Helen was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manchester, where she was a member of the quilting group. She was also a member of the Flora Garden Club, the floral committee at the Delaware County Fair, and the Manchester Audubon Club. She spent much of her time in her flower beds, garden, and greenhouse. Helen loved her cats, most of them were strays which she rescued.

Helen remained in her home until health issues required her to spend her remaining nine years in the Good Neighbor Home. She was a positive and happy person, even though she was wheelchair bound. Helen participated in many of the activities offered there. She will be remembered especially for her wit, sense of humor and upbeat approach to life.

Helen is survived by a brother, Paul Duane Schmidt of Fridley, Minnesota; her sister, Dorothy (Ron) Stocks of Lincolnshire, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Hedwig Schmidt; and a brother, Raymond Schmidt.

Memorials may be given to First Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Good Neighbor Home, both in Manchester, Iowa.

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Memorial Service:  11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2022, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manchester with Reverend Tony D. Ede presiding. 

Visitation: 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2022, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manchester.

Inurnment: St. Sebald Lutheran Cemetery-Strawberry Point, Iowa


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