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Charles Schmitt, Jr., 71

Charles "Charlie," Schmitt, Jr., 71, of Bemidji, MN died Thursday, January 3, 2008 after seven years of battling Cancer. He died at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 A.M. Monday, January 7, 2008 at St. Philips Catholic Church, Bemidji, MN. Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sunday, January 6 at Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home with prayer services 7:00 p.m. Sunday night at the funeral home. Visitation will also be for one hour prior to Mass Monday at church. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Wilton, MN with arrangements entrusted to the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji, MN.

Honorary Bearers: All of Charlie's Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren

Active Bearers: Charlie's Children; Tim Schmitt, Mike Schmitt, Barb Schmerbeck, Mark Schmitt, Diana Morlan and Lynda Vaughn.

Charles John Schmitt, Jr. was born May 14, 1936 in Bemidji, MN to Charles & Alma (Malterud) Schmitt. He grew up in Bemidji and graduated from Bemidji High School in 1953. After high school he went to work in Silver Bay MN in the Reserve Mining Taconite Plant from 1955-1960. He married Donna Mae Steele April 28, 1956 in Wilton, MN. They lived in Silver Bay till 1960 when they moved to Bemidji MN where he worked for Armours Meat Co. until 1980 when it closed. He worked for Skaar's Distributing from 1980 - May 1997 when he retired. He had many part time jobs and farmed from 1964-2002.

He was proud of being President of Future Farmers of America in High School and went to National Judging in Chicago for F.F.A. Life time member of Bemidji Curling Club, Super Senior Curling Champion and he ran Charlie's Bar at the Curling Club voluntarily. He was a member of the Moose. He raised Duroc pigs on his hobby farm for many years. He enjoyed gardening and reading. He loved and enjoyed life especially spending time with his wife, family, friends and grandchildren.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Donna Schmitt of Bemidji; 3 daughters; Barbara (Jeff) Schmerbeck, Bemidji, MN, Diana Morlan, Wasilla, AK and Lynda (Jerry) Vaughn, Bemidji, MN; 3 sons; Tim (Kathy) Schmitt, Bemidji, MN, Mike Schmitt, Bemidji, MN and Mark (Shelley) Schmitt, Bemidji, MN; 14 Grandchildren and 6 Great-Grandchildren; 3 sisters; Alys Ann (Robert) Edwards, Bemidji, MN, Carolyn (Ed) Eichstadt, Bemidji, MN and Clara Lou Burnham, Bemidji, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles & Alma Schmitt Sr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society.

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--Paid obituary