Pearl Schmitt

Pearl Amelia Schmitt, 91, of Ossian died Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, August 6 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian with Rev. Robert Gross as the Celebrant. Inurnment will be held at a later date at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery, Ossian.

Pearl was born on a farm west of Ossian January 8, 1928 at home in Winneshiek County in Ossian, the daughter of Andrew and Frances (Bullerman) Timp. She was baptized and confirmed at St Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian. She attended De Sales Grade School and graduated from De Sales High School, one of seven girls in 1946. After graduation, she worked in Chicago, IL for several years doing house work.

June 3, 1954 Pearl was united in marriage to Fidelis F. Schmitt by Father Ed Frost at De Sales Catholic Church in Ossian. After their marriage, they made their home in Ossian. They became the parents of three children: a son, Daniel B. Schmitt, and twin daughters, Carol Mary and Connie Ann.

Pearl worked in the office of J. W. Holtey, MD in Ossian for several years and 32 years with South Winneshiek Food Service, retiring in May of 2005. Pearl was a CDA past Grand Regent 1970-1973, Trustee of CDA, past CDA Treasury, CDA District Deputy, rosary society leader, and publicity chairman of the rosary society. Pearl received her 50-year CDA pin in October of 2005. She served three years on the church council and liturgy committee.

Pearl enjoyed playing cards, having coffee with her friends, spending time with her grandchildren, going to their baseball, basketball, football games and other school activities. She loved to watch the Cubs. Pearl also loved to dance to the polkas, waltzes and the two-step. At one time, she and Fidelis belonged to the Jubilee Square Dance Club of Ossian. She also liked to go to the casinos. Pearl enjoyed embroidering tea towels and she gave many sets away. She liked restoring tractors and going for tractor rides with Fidelis.

She was greatly loved and will be missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her many friends. She enjoyed life to the fullest.

Pearl is survived by her son, Daniel B. (Brenda) Schmitt of Waukon; twins, Carol Mary (Brian) Lutkenhaus of Decorah, and Connie Ann (Dennis) Landa of Little Turkey; her grandchildren: Steven (Nicole) Landa of Iowa City, Evan and Alea Lutkenhaus of Decorah, Cody (Danielle) Schmitt of Stewartville, MN and Dylan Schmitt of Waukon; her step­grandchildren: Reggie (Cheryl) Rea of Brooklyn, Robin (Keith) Franzen of Riceville, Jeremy Landa of Waterloo, Adam Landa of Decorah, Jason (Michelle) Landa of Preston; her great-grandchildren: Addison and Owen Schmitt of Stewartville, her step-great-grandchildren: Gage, Zane and Cooper Winter of Brooklyn, Gabriel, Adelaide, Regan and Drake Landa of Preston, Evelett Landa of Waterloo, Alex Franzen of Riceville and Nathan (Ann) Grove of Monona; two step-great-great-grandchildren, Oaklan and Everleigh Grove; one brother, Dennis Timp of Ossian; her sisters-in-law, Serena Timp of Ossian and Darlene Bruess of West Union; three brothers-in-law, LaVern Schmitt of Cresco, Lawrence (Dorothy) Schmitt of Riceville and Donald (Gloria) Schmitt of Fort Atkinson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Fidelis, April 8, 2010; her father, Andrew Timp, June 28, 1974; her mother, Frances Timp, October 11, 1989; her infant sister, Germaine; her sister, LaDonna (Toots); her brother, Adrian; her father-in-law, Ben Schmitt; her mother-in-law, Ida (Hageman) Schmitt; three brothers-in-law, Duwayne Bruess, Wilbert Schmitt and Dale Safarik; and a sister-in-law, Janice Schmitt.

Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ossian assisted the family with the arrangements.

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