December 19, 2016


Vernell T. Schmitz, 86, of Carroll, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll with Father Timothy Johnson as celebrant.  Music for the Mass will be by the Holy Spirit choir with Barb McDermott as organist. Lectors for the Mass will be Virgil and Della Lappe. Gift bearers will be Vernell’s great-grandchildren.  Casket bearers will be Vernell’s grandchildren.  Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a Christian Wake Service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.

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Born Feb. 6, 1930, on her family’s farm near Templeton, she was a daughter of Edward and Katherine (Bluml) Schlichte.  Her mother passed away when she was 2 weeks old, and Vernell lived with her aunt Anna Schlichte until she was 8 years old.  She moved back to the family home and attended Sacred Heart Catholic School.  Following her schooling she worked on the farm.  She was married to Robert A. Schmitz on April 18, 1950, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Templeton by Father Francis Schultes.  

The couple made their home in Kinross where they owned and operated Schmitz Hardware Store.  They moved to Halbur for several years and later to Arcadia where they raised their family.   

She was a homemaker until her kids were raised and then went to work as office manager at her husband’s business, Bob Schmitz Sales and Service in Arcadia. She also managed the rental properties they owned.  

She was an active member for 50 years of St. John Parish in Arcadia.  After moving to Carroll, she became active with Holy Spirit Parish serving on the guild there as well.  Vernell used her creative talents decorating cakes for all occasions.  She enjoyed decorating her home, Christmastime, volunteering at New Hope Village and RSVP, and spending time with her family.

Vernell is survived by her husband of 66 years, Robert, of Carroll; a daughter: Dr. Bonnie Bauer (David) of Delmar, Iowa; two sons: Ronnie Schmitz (Denise) of Carroll and Donnie Schmitz (Lois) of Carroll; nine grandchildren: Curtis Bauer (Stephanie), Jason Bauer, Eric Bauer (Val), Nathan Bauer (Kristi), Tony Schmitz (Sarah), Suzanne Mays (Troy), Joey Schmitz, Robert Schmitz (Linda) and Spencer Schmitz; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Arlene Schiltz (Joe) of Manilla and Della Lappe (Virgil) of Glidden; a brother: Dale Schlichte (Theresa) of Templeton; three sisters-in-law: Ardella Schlichte, MaryAnn Schlichte and Juliana Schmitz; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Vernell was preceded in death by her parents, Katherine and Edward Schlichte; her stepmother, Regina Schlichte; two brothers: Robert and Orville Schlichte; brothers-in-law Raymond Englen, Alfred Wittrock, Joe Schiltz, Ambrose Schmitz (Stella), Walter Schmitz (Louise) and Alver Schmitz; and sister-in-law Marcella Klocke (Herbert).