Donna J. Schmidt

December 12, 1928 - February 06, 2017

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Thursday, February 09, 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Friday, February 10, 10:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 301 East Diamond Street, Kendallville


Donna J. Schmidt, 88, of Kendallville died Monday, February 6, 2017, in Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville.

She was born December 12, 1928, to Roger D. and Glada (Latta) Dillon.

On August 12, 1949, in Kendallville she married Paul J. Schmidt. He preceded her in death on December 14, 1993.

Mrs. Schmidt had worked at the Kendallville Telephone office and St. Joe Hospital in Fort Wayne. In 1955, she began working at the Campbell & Fetter Bank in Kendallville where she retired as Assistant Cashier with over 50 years of service.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kendallville and the Rosary Sodality. She also served on the Noble County Community Concert Association for over 30 years. She was a member of Tri Kappa, first as an active member of Gamma Xi in 1947 and the Beta Associate Chapter in 1978 where she served as President for 11 years. She was also a member and past president of the Professional Business Women’s Association, past member of American Legion Post 86 Auxiliary, served on the Kendallville High School Reunion Committee for several years, the Kendallville Bowling Association, and was a Big Brothers/Big Sisters sponsor.

Donna’s family was always first. Among her many loves were baking, knitting, crocheting, tending to her flower garden, raising and releasing Monarch butterflies, following and attending Cardinal baseball games, and attending countless sporting events in which her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participated. She also dearly loved spending time with her classmates of 1947.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Stan and Michele Schmidt of Kendallville; a son-in-law, Dave Desper of Kendallville; a daughter-in-law, Michelle Schmidt of Bristol; nine grandchildren, Christopher (Julie) Desper, Amy (Jon) DeWitt, Matt Desper, Stacey (Rick Tucker) Schmidt, Tricia (Mike) Wray, Stanley Schmidt, II, Nathan (Elisha) Schmidt, Nicole Schmidt, and Elizabeth Schmidt; and 13 great-grandchildren, Ryan Desper, Kayla Desper, Tristan DeWitt, Mya DeWitt, Alyssa Desper, Riley Desper, Brittany Schmidt, Lexi Hockett, Teegyn Schmidt, Maxwell Schmidt, Oakley Kerst, Brock Kerst, and Zayden Gibson.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Desper; a son, Terry Schmidt; and a brother, Duane Dillon.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, February 10, 2017, at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 319 East Diamond Street, Kendallville with Father James Stoyle officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange.

Honorary pallbearers are Larry Sherer, Dennis Nartker, Dr. Terry Gaff, Dennis Reeves, Dave Swartz, and Wendall Lane. Active pallbearers are Mike Wray, Rick Tucker, Chris Desper, Matt Desper, Nate Schmidt, Stan Schmidt, II, and Jon DeWitt.

Calling is Thursday, February 9, 2017, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville where a Vigil Service will be held at 2 p.m.

Preferred memorials are Masses to the church or to the Noble County Community Concert Association.

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John Cazier
February 12th, 2017 7:06am
902 S Main St.,Kendallville

I knew Donna from here work at the bank for many years and so appreciated her Cher full approach to every encounter.

Carolyn A Laisure
February 11th, 2017 12:15am
Kendallville, IN / Grove City,

My thoughts and prayers to your family during this time. I also had the pleasure of working with Donna at Campbell & Fetter many years ago. She also lived just down the street from my Mother for years. Deepest sympathy and may God Bless

Karol and Greg Oelfke
February 10th, 2017 4:32pm
Kendallville, IN

Stan - so sorry for your loss. I truly enjoyed working with Donna at the bank. You have our deepest sympathy.

Phil and Nancy Kirk
February 10th, 2017 2:40pm
Kendallville IN

So sorry to hear of Donna's passing. Our thoughts are with the family.

Duane Leighty
February 9th, 2017 11:45pm

Stan and family for the loss of your mom,,you have my deepest sympathy. God bless you all

Connie Ashby
February 9th, 2017 11:43pm

Sympathy to your family. She always had a smile and was friendly.

Mary Esther (Shew) Smith
February 9th, 2017 1:05am
Largo, FL 33770

To Donna's Family: My deepest sympathy is extended to your entire family as I know how much you all loved her - and she loved you all so much. She was my friend from kindergarten which has been many years and I am grieving also, but she now sees her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ face to face and will enjoy forever her heavenly home. God bless you all.

John Schmit
February 8th, 2017 4:50pm
Largo, FL

Heaven called another saint home.

Cindy Rowe Raney
February 8th, 2017 3:04pm

My sympathy and prayers for Donna's family. What a kind, funny, and beautiful woman, inside and out. So fortunate to have known her. She could light up a room just by entering. May she rest in peace in Heaven with those that had gone before her.

Robin Haines
February 7th, 2017 6:09pm
Rome City IN

A lovely kind and beautiful. I have known Donna since I was a little girl,my Grandma and Grandpa Lane lived across the street from the Schmidts. Later in my life I enjoyed my times with Donna at BPW and Tri Kappa. Donna was at our Christmas Party in December. I am so grateful that I was able to have a nice talk with her. She will be missed by many. Love to the family, Robin

Ann Stoeckley Haffner
February 7th, 2017 5:00pm
Syracuse, IN

I remember Donna so fondly from my friendship with her through Tri Kappa, Campbell & Fetter Bank, and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all in the loss of this lovely, gracious lady.

Harold and Ellyne Sollenberger
February 7th, 2017 1:56pm

Donna - what a presence when she was in the room. Her smile, her concern for you, her positivity. Our condolences to her family and friends.

Linda Moses
February 7th, 2017 1:31pm

So sorry for your loss--there is a friendly renewed Cubs/Cardinals bantering going on with my Dad and Donna--comfort in your many memories

Bill and Julie Yates
February 7th, 2017 2:54am

Stan and family, We are so very sorry for the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you during this very difficult time. Our deepest sympathy.

Sara & Charley Fisher
February 7th, 2017 2:00am

Prayers for the Schmidt family. I'll always remember what a good friend Donna was to my mother & a wonderful co-worker of my father.

Jackie G. Streich
February 7th, 2017 12:31am
Rome City IN

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this sad time. I had the privilege to work with Donna for a number of years at Campbell & Fetter. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by many.