Harold John Schmidt died suddenly on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at his home in Osceola. He was 93.
Harold was born June 7, 1926, in Frazee, Minn., to Louis and Ida (Witting) Schmidt. As an Aviation Machinist’s Mate, Harold was a World War II Navy veteran. He was united in marriage to Rita Meister on Oct. 15, 1948, in Maplewood, Minn., where he and Rita raised their children. In 1960, Harold became co-owner of Maple Leaf Liquors in Maplewood before purchasing the Woodhill farm in Osceola in 1974. Harold loved small town life. Whether stopping in for the paper or sitting down for a cup of coffee, he made it a point to connect with friends at the local shops and cafes in Osceola and Webb Lake, Wis. Retirement took Harold and Rita to Lake Havasu, Ariz., for 24 years where he again found a coffee group to gather and share stories. Harold was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Taylors Falls and an Osceola Lions Club member. He enjoyed time with his family, woodworking, fishing and summers at the cabin.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Ida; son, Brian; two sisters, Ethel Nieman and Isabel Lindow and nephews Larry Lindow and Scott Williams. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Rita; children, Connie (Mike) Wood of Cushing, MN, Tom Schmidt of Shoreview, MN, Joan (Tim) Stelter of Osceola, WI, and daughter-in-law, Peggy Schmidt (Mike) Provenzano of Shoreview, MN; grandchildren, Jon (Julie) Wood, Kate (Kelly) Wynn, Adam (Nicole) Droher, Matthew (Tonya Zacharias) Droher, Sarah (Kyle) Borrell, Anthony (Titi) Schmidt, and Daniel (Sami Meyman) Schmidt; great-grandchildren, Sienna, Sawyer, Sasha and Savannah Wood, Asher, Everett, Ida, and Arlo Wynn, and Alexa and Lyla Droher; sister, Janice Williams of AZ; also many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 3, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Taylors Falls, Minn. A visitation will be held Jan. 2, from 4-7 p.m. at Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola and will continue one hour prior to Mass on Friday. A private interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 3400 Century Ave. N., St. Paul, Minn. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the International Multiple Myeloma Fund (IMF) at www.myeloma.org. Condolences may be expressed at www.grandstrandfh.com.