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Theodore Schmitz

Theodore A. "Ted" Schmitz

Friday, December 28th, 1928 - Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020
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Obituary

Theodore “Ted” Aloysius Schmitz, 91, of Independence, IA died on Wednesday July 22, 2020 at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, IA

Ted was born on December 28, 1928 in Waterloo, IA the son of Frank and Helen (Burbach) Schmitz, He was raised in rural Raymond, IA and attended the Raymond Country Schools. He went on to graduate from Our Lady Victory Academy (OLVA) Catholic High School in Waterloo, IA in 1946. For several years he helped his dad on his farm near Raymond until he entered the United States army in 1951. On June 1, 1954 he married the love of his life, Mary Jo Megonigle at St. John’s Catholic Church in Waterloo, IA. The couple made their home on the family farm in rural Raymond, IA for several years. In 1957 they purchased a farm in rural Independence, IA. Ted loved to farm and work with his hands. He always had a project, or something that needed to be built or fixed. They retired to a house in Independence in 1992. Ted continued to help his sons farm for many years.

He is survived by his children; Stephen (Peg) Schmitz, Cedar Rapids, IA, Joseph (Elena) Schmitz, Independence, IA, Elizabeth (Doug) Decker, Independence, IA, Michael (Tammy) Schmitz, Cedar Rapids, IA, Tony (Claire) Schmitz, Chicago, IL, Jim Schmitz, Independence, IA, thirteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two brothers; Mathias Schmitz, Jesup, IA, and Frances “Fritz” Schmitz, Norman, OK, two sisters-in-law; Iona Copenhaver, Rowley, IA, and Betty Lyon, Independence, IA, and a brother-in-law, Keith Megonigle, Independence, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo Schmitz, his parents, two sisters: Helen Fischels and Agnes Mangrich, and a brother, George Schmitz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday July 25, 2020 at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, IA with Rev. David Beckman presiding. Burial will be held at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday July 24, 2020 from 4:30 until 7:30 PM at the Reiff Family Center and Funeral Home in Independence, IA. A Rosary will be said at 4:30 PM and a Parish Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Cedar Valley Hospice 801 1st St Independence, IA 50644
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 4:30pm - 7:30pm
    When
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 4:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    Address
    216 3rd Ave SE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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    Notes
    A Rosary will be said at 4:30 PM and a Parish Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 PM.
  • Service

    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    St. John's Catholic Church
    Address
    209 5th Ave NE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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    Officiant
    Rev. David Beckman
    Co-Celebrant
    Rev Mr. Tim Post
  • Interment

    Location
    St. John's Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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  • Reception

    Location
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    Address
    216 3rd Ave SE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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  • Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree

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OLVA High School Alumni

Posted at 04:00am
Our deepest sympathy to the Schmitz family.
BB

Bernie Borland

Posted at 07:30am
So sorry to hear about Ted. He was a wonderful father and great all around guy. He will be missed. I have many fond memories spent at the farm with Ted, Mary Jo and the family.
God bless you all.
Bernie Humes Borland

Shirley Tekippe

Posted at 06:18am
So sorry for your loss.. He will be remembered with a smile ...Bob and Shirley TeKippe..
M

Mike Bundy

Posted at 09:03pm
Prayers to the whole family. Sorry for your loss.
MM

Mark Main

Posted at 05:58pm
So sorry to hear of Ted's passing. He was a great person and truly “salt of the earth”. I have many fond childhood memories of time spent at the Schmitz residence when I was young. Sincere condolences to the kids and the entire family.
Mark and Linda Main
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