Helen (Miner) Schmidt

Friday, February 4, 2011

Funeral services for Mrs. Helen (Miner) Schmidt, 94, of Ruthven, formerly of Spencer, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at the United Methodist Church in Ruthen. Rev. Roger Maize will officiate the service.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the United Methodist Church in Ruthven.

Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery in Huron, S.D.

Mrs. Schmidt passed away Jan. 31, 2011, at her home in Ruthven.

Helen (Miner) Schmidt, the daughter of James and Bertha Miner, was born July 27, 1916, in South Dakota. She was raised on a farm south of Huron, S.D. After graduating from Huron High School, she attended St. Luke's Nursing School in Chicago. Due to a serious back injury, she was forced to drop out of her nurses training. She worked part-time at the Huron Clinic and although never able to complete her formal nurses training, she lived her entire life caring for others.

On Nov. 22, 1937, she married George Schmidt. They made their home in Huron, had two children, and lived there for the first years of their marriage. George served in the Navy during the war. After his return, they moved to North Dakota. In 1963, they were moved to Annandale, Va. Two years after George's death, Helen moved to Spencer. Three years ago, she moved to Ruthven, to live with her daughter, Jean, and her husband, Allan.

Helen was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church, where she was active in Circle and U.M.W. She enjoyed singing in the church choir. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and served as Mother Advisor for her daughter's Rainbow group. She was a 70-year member of P.E.O.

Helen, who passed away at her home in Ruthven, is survived by her son, Tom (Deanna) Schmidt of Havelock, N.C.; her daughter, Jean (Allan) Puterbaugh of Ruthven; granddaughter Sarah (Ken) Coe and their two girls of Birmingham, Ala.; granddaughter Becky (David) Colwell of Raleigh, N.C.; grandson Captain Karl (Bethany) Schmidt and their two children of New Bern, N.C.; grandson Chad (Tracy) Puterbaugh and their two boys of Ruthven; and granddaughter Tricia (Don) Semple and their three children of Cedar Rapids. Also remaining to cherish her memory are her sister, Dorothy Hurlbut, sister-in-law Lois Brown, brother-in-law Jim Schmidt, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Martin-Mattice Funeral Home of Ruthven is in charge of arrangements.