Kathleen "Duck" Diane Newman, 65, of Bemidji died Sunday, December 28, 2008 at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
Memorial Services will be 2:00 pm Friday, January 2, 2009 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji with Mark Christianson officiating.
She was born July 28, 1943 in Pequot Lakes, Minn., the daughter of Howard and Carrie (Shaw) Schmidt, the 5th of 13 children. She was raised and educated there, graduating from Pequot Lakes High School. She married Kenneth Newman on Sept. 29, 1962, in Grand Rapids, Minn. They lived in Grand Rapids, Minneapolis and Togo, Minn. They moved to Bemidji in 1978. She had worked for MPI, Ruttger's, Maid Rite and for 22 1/2 years she worked at North Country Regional Hospital in housekeeping and as a linen aide. She retired on July 28, 2008.
She loved to camp, play cards, volleyball and softball, do puzzles and most of all- spend time her family, grandchildren and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Ken of Bemidji; daughter, Carrie (Rick) Moe of Bemidji; son, Chad Newman of Bemidji; three grandchildren, Forrest, Keegen and Larissa Moe of Bemidji; three sisters, Darlene (Raymond) Olson of Jenkins, MN, Karen Filsmyer of Pine River and Joyce (Albert) Martin of Pine River; four brothers, Kenneth (Shirley) Schmidt of Bemidji, James (Randi) Schmidt of Minneapolis, Cary (Anita) Schmidt of Cambridge, MN and Tommie (Deborah) Schmidt of Pine River and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a child, baby Newman; brother, Sonny; two sisters, Janice and Sherene and two infant sisters.