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Donnia K. Schmidt


December 26, 2019

Donnia K. Schmidt

Donnia K. Schmidt, 72, of rural Meriden, Iowa, passed away Wednesday morning, December 18th at Mercy One Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa following a brief illness.

 Funeral services were held on Monday, December 23rd at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa. Pastor Jonathan Riggert will officiate. Burial was in the Liberty Township Cemetery, rural Meriden, Iowa. Online condolences can be left at http://www.boothbyfuneral.com  

Donnia was born on August 16, 1947 at Primghar, Iowa to Emil & Leona (Behrens) Petersen. She graduated from Paullina High School in 1967. She was married to Dean C. Schmidt on January 18, 1969 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Paullina, Iowa. She had worked at Hawley-Allison's Clothing Store in Cherokee and for Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Schools as a cook at the Cleghorn building. Donnia enjoyed cooking and baking and was well known for her beef roasts.  She loved spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and attending all of their activities.

Donnia was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Ladies Aide, and was an active volunteer in the church food pantry program.

 She was preceded in death by her parents Emil and Leona Petersen, her in-laws Melvin and Alice Schmidt, her husband Dean Schmidt on August 17, 2019, brother-in-law Doyle Ames, sister-in-law Jan Petersen, and great nephew Cameron Fabritz.

 She is survived by her two daughters: Deb (Dave) Merten of Storm Lake, Iowa; Darcy (Brad) Wurth of LeMars, Iowa; four grandchildren: Austin and Dylan Wurth of LeMars, Iowa, Logan and Jenna Merten of Storm Lake, Iowa; her brother Marvin Petersen of Paullina, Iowa; her sister Marylis Petersen of Paullina, Iowa; her twin brother Denny (Lori) Petersen of Des Moines, Iowa; sister-in-law Phyllis Ames of Meriden, Iowa;  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.


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