In Memory of

Donna J. Schmidt

January 11, 1930 - September 27, 2018
From: Cherokee, IA


Donna Jean Schmidt, the daughter of Fay and Ora (Young) Pettengill, was born on January 11, 1930, in Cherokee, IA. Her childhood years were spent in Cherokee where she attended school. She graduated from Wilson High School.

 Donna was united in marriage to Wilfred “Bill” Schmidt in 1947. They made their home in Cherokee and she worked from home helping to raise their three children.

 Donna was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. She loved bowling, playing cards, and fishing. She was an avid golfer and was a member at the Cherokee Country Club for over 50 years. Most of all, Donna enjoyed cooking and entertaining guests. She will be remembered for her one of a kind delicious angel food cake.

 On September 27, 2018, Donna passed away at Careage Hill in Cherokee at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her sisters: Shirley Jean Pettengill, Virginia Beacham, and Cheryl Messerole.

 She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Craig (Monica) Schmidt of Cherokee, IA, Vicky (Jay) Trees of Boynton Beach, FL, and Mindy (Butch) Rainer of Cherokee, IA; four grandchildren, Courtney McLaughlin, Ragan Weathers, Eric Trees, and Brian Trees; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bonnie Harwood of Sioux City, IA, and Delores Gunnerson of Ankeny, IA; one brother, Don Pettengill of Decatur, IA; and other relatives and friends.

Tribute Video
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Jeff Schleisman
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Organist- Charlotte Groves
Vocalists- IC Funeral Choir
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa


Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 3:55 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Donna's passing. My deepest sympathies.”
- Randi Martin
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 9:46 AM
“To Mindy, Craig and Vicki, Your Mom has joined the ranks of all the great ladies from Cherokee! She and your dad are dancing once again. Mindy it was so great to see you while we were companioining my mom to her last day. May you be well and filled with peace and happiness! ”
- Barbara French Bottger
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 12:18 PM
“My family absolutely adored Donna and Willie. My folks claimed them as among their favorites ever. Between bowling and golfing and playing cards and enjoying many happy hours, they laughed and loved each other dearly. I can't even think of them without seeing them smiling and everyone laughing. I send my love to their kids and want them to know how much their folks meant to so many people. There's a lot of laughing and fun going on in Heaven right now! My thoughts and prayers to all the kids and grandkids.”
- Susie Wilson (Ohlson)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 11:51 AM
“To Craig and the Schmidt sisters. The Spindler Family is sorry to hear of Donna's passing and convey our condolences to all in the Schmidt Family. I'm guessing that most of you three were a bit young to know of the GREAT times that our mom and dad, Marilyn and Crowley, had with Donna, Willie and the gaggle of friends they had while enjoying each others company while socializing at the country club and Speelman's Steak House in the good 'ol days. The "group" is, undoubtedly, welcoming Donna back into that very gaggle with open arms! Know that Donna was loved by all she met and cherish that thought. She is probably dancing away with her man, Willie, as I write this.”
- The Spindler Family (Ed, Jim, Bill, Tom and Kathleen)
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 9:37 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Although we never knew her personally, from the way you talked of her, we could tell she was a very special lady that lead a good life! Mindy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Cindy & Harry Sizeland
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 12:03 PM
“The loss of a loved one is never easy, but knowing they are at peace and without pain and confusion makes it easier. May you find strength knowing your mom and dad are once again together... ”
- Glenda Schleef
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:32 AM
“We're so sorry to hear about Donna. She was such a good friend and fun to be around. We will all miss her.”
- Ed and Carolyn Wiebe
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:32 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss of Donna and we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy.
God has gained another Angel in Heaven, as she is/was such a dear, wonderful lady, with the most loving, caring personality.
God Bless You and grant you Peace and Comfort in your wonderful memories of her.”
- Dennis & Ann Gries
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:32 AM
“Mindy So So sorry for your loss. Donna was a great woman but Wolfy was pretty awesome to. Ill never forget all the great times we had with your mom and dad. They are together now and Im sure theyre pretty happy! Love ya Lauren”
- Lauren Bakker
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:32 AM
“I was so sad to hear of the passing of Aunt Donna. She was such a beautiful lady and so much fun! I will miss her laugh. She is with your dad now and that is very comforting.
- Jodi J Barnes
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:32 AM
“Mindy, Vickie and Craig and your Families: I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope your memories carry you through your sorrow.”
- Mary Morris
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:32 AM
“What a wonderful eoman. She will be greatly missed.”
- Jerry and Vicki Menke
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