Kathleen “Kay” Schmidt, age 73 of Redwood Falls, passed away Friday, September 1, 2023 at CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital, following an extended illness. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2023 at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Redwood Falls. Visitation will be 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.
Kathleen “Kay” (Schiller) Schmidt was born September 8, 1949 in Springfield, Minnesota, the twelfth of seventeen children born to Edward and Mildred (Timm) Schiller. Kay graduated from Springfield High School. On May 11, 1968, Kay was united in marriage to Jim Schmidt at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Redwood Falls. Kay provided childcare in her home for 20 years, and worked in the school cafeteria for the last several years. She opened her door to anyone in need and was everyone’s “mom”. Kay instilled the value of hard work into her children and grandchildren. She was a neat and tidy person, and always kept a clean home. Kay enjoyed bowling, playing cards, taking trips to Vegas, and spending time with her sisters. Cass Lake was her favorite vacation destination. Above all, Kay treasured her family and loved having a full house.
Kay is survived by her husband, Jim; children: Jason Schmidt and Melissa (Chris) Hoppke, all of Redwood Falls; grandchildren: Presley and Hayden Schmidt, Nevada and Ava Hoppke, Jaymee Ruprecht, Tré Jones, Riann Thompson, and Alexa Jones; great-grandchildren: Bentley, Bralynn, Copper, Charli, and Eisley; siblings: Don (Maggie), Joan, Janice, Lola, David (Jean), Lorene, Darvin (Ardis), Douglas (Marcia), Elizabeth (Lloyd), Jolene, and Daniel (Vicki); and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, son Chad, daughter Nicole, grandson Austin, granddaughter Taylor, and siblings: Roberta, Dennis, LouAnn, and Eileen.