A funeral Mass for Mike Schmit, 84, of Algona was held Tuesday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona with a scripture prayer Service beginning at 6:30, followed by a Knights of Columbus Rosary.
Michael Peter Schmit was born Aug. 1, 1934, in St. Joseph, the son of Peter and Sarah (Rowell) Wagner Schmit. He attended St. Joseph Catholic School through the 11th grade and graduated from St. Cecelia’s Academy in Algona in 1952. Mike married Rosanne Erpelding on Nov. 16, 1955, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church.
Mike served in the United States Army. He was stationed overseas in Germany, then returned to the area to farm. He was very passionate about farming and enjoyed getting up every morning and going to work. He loved being surrounded by his family and friends and especially attending his grandchildren’s activities. He enjoyed fishing and his annual trips with his buddies to Devil Rapids Camp. He also enjoyed hunting, nature and his dog, Axel. Mike was a faithful member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church and sang many years in the funeral choir. He was also a member of the Izaak Walton League, the Knights of Columbus, and he sang with Memories For You, entertaining residents of area nursing homes.
Michael P. Schmit died Friday, July 12, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society - Algona at the age of 84.
He is survived by his wife, Rosanne; his daughter, Denise Grandgenett and her husband Bill; and three grandchildren, Sophia, Emma and Jack, all of Algona. He is also survived by a sister, Donna Thilges of Urbandale; his sisters-in-law, Mary Illa Kisch of Algona, Madonna (Gary) Johnson of Estherville, Janet (Lewis) Elbert of Clarkston, Mich., and Bonnie Erpelding of Algona; his brother-in-law, James (Judy) Erpelding of Golden, Colo.; and many nieces, nephews, godchildren and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Thomas Wagner; and four sisters, Dorothy (Thermon) Pruitt, Mary (Ed) Majerus, Sarah (Damian) Centgraf and Cecilia (Leonard) McGuire; and in-laws Ed Kisch, Gerald Erpelding, Maurice Erpelding and Marvin (Mary Katherine) Erpelding.