Funeral services for Dr. Marlene Marie (Wellman) Schmid, 58, formerly of the area, were held Feb. 24, 2007 at the Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elm Grove, Wis.
She had full military honors at the funeral.
Marlene Marie Wellman Schmid passed away on Feb. 20, 2007.
Marlene was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Jan. 28, 1949, to Violet Marie (Mistelski) and Albert Davis Wellman - one of 11 children.
Marlene retired from the Army Nurse Corps after 32 years of service, attaining the rank of Colonel. Col Schmid was the first female-nurse ever appointed as the commander of a Reserve Combat Support Hospital. Other leadership positions during her career include numerous Chief Nurse positions as well as serving as an advisor to several commanders. She was honored with numerous military awards.
In her civilian life, Marlene received a doctorate in Nursing Administration from the University of Iowa an was a professor at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee at the time of her death. Prior to that, she was the Senior Epidemiologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals, in addition to having served in several infection-control teaching positions.
She was preceeded in death by her father, a sister (Alonda), and a brother (Alfred).
Marlene is survived by her husband, Paul John Schmid; her two children - Nathan (Sarah) Schmid and Beth Ann (Scott) Baros, and her grandchildren: Jacob Nathan Schmid and Alexander Baros; her mother, three sisters: LaReta, Ilene, and Anita; five brothers: Allen, Arlin, Alvin, Albert Jr. and Lynn; her mother-in-law, Erma Schmid; and her father-in-law, John Schmid.