June 24, 1923-July 31, 2014
ALEXANDRIA – Visitation for Viola Schmitt, 91, will be from 3-6 p.m. Friday with a prayer service at 4 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Burial will be Saturday at the St. Leo Cemetery, St. Leo followed by a Celebration of Life.
She died Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria.
Viola was born June 24, 1923, near Bruno, Saskatchewan to Ernest and Angela (Kockelman) Merwin. She grew up on a farm near Bruno where she attended a small country school. Viola followed an older sister, Gert, to Fort St John, British Columbia, where there were many jobs supporting the crews that were constructing the Alaska Highway. She cooked in the camps along the Alaska Highway moving as far north as Whitehorse. Viola was married to Robert Charles on Nov. 9, 1943, until his death Dec. 18, 1947. On a family visit to St Leo, where her mother grew up, she met Arnold Schmitt. Viola and Arnold were married on Dec. 5, 1951. Arnold and Viola had two children, Betty and Ernie. Arnold passed away Oct. 14, 1974.
Viola and Arnold lived in the St. Leo area for many years. She worked as a homemaker, nurse’s aide, cook, sold Stanley products, and owned a carpet cleaning business. She was an active member of St Leo Catholic Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW and Eagles. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, playing cards, puzzles and her family. She loved to cook and create new recipes. She had an adventurous spirit and a great sense of humor.
Viola is survived by her children: Betty of Alexandria and Ernie (and Joni) of Laporte; grandchildren: Samantha, Michael, Pamela, Nick and Kali; sister Delores; as well as great-grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents and her siblings: Mary (and Fritz), Jacob (and Jean), Gert (and Lawrence), Bernice (and Colin), Joe( and Esmeralda), Wilfred (and Grace), Roman (and Mary), Edmond (and Nan), Conrad (and Vi), Edwin, Omer (and Bernice) and Jerome.
She will be missed. Blessed be her memory.