Alvara A. Schmidt, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A funeral mass celebrating Alvara's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again after 10 A.M. Thursday at the church. A 3:30 P.M. Rosary will be recited on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa.
Alvara Ann Deppe was born on January 4, 1926 in Springbrook, Iowa, to Louis and Irene (Kielhold) Deppe. She grew up in Springbrook and attended Springbrook Catholic School. She married John Ambrose "Jimmy" Schmidt on May 7, 1946 in Springbrook, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 8, 2005.
Alvara first farmed with her husband in the Bellevue/Springbrook area moving to Maquoketa in 1966. She then worked for Western Auto as a sales clerk for 15 years and later for Jackson State Bank as a teller for 8 years.
Alvara was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and a 50-year member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Raphael #1156. Additionally, she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Past President's. She enjoyed playing euchre, bowling, visiting area casinos, and being on the river. Most importantly she loved spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren's activities.
Those left to honor her memory include her children, Paulette (Gary) DuVall of Hanover, IN, Bob (Pam) Schmidt of Dubuque, IA, Dale (Judy) Schmidt of Maquoketa, IA, Doug (Sandy) Schmidt of Morris, IL, Virgil (Jody) Schmidt of Maquoketa, IA, and Annette (Edward) Lechtenberg of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter-in-law, Barb Grimm of Charlotte, IA; sisters, Karen Gonner of Bellevue, IA, and Dianne (Harvey Jr.) Seiler of Bellevue, IA; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend Jim Otruba of Leisure Lake, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Dean, brothers Kenneth, Kermit and Gene Deppe, and 2 grandchildren Jonathan Schmidt and Peter Schmidt.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Hospice of Jackson County.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
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to all of the schmidt family thoughts and prayers for you all.what a great person to have as a mom.She raised a great family, - thinking about you all- Jerry renner
Annette, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate and remember your mom. The precious memories will be with you always. Mrs. T.
Thinking of your Mom immediately makes me smile-loved her! Colleen and I send our sympathy for your loss while we also celebrate her life.
Lee and I send our deepest sympathy to the family of Alvara. Always one our favorites to visit on a trip to Iowa. So full of energy and happiness.
Tom and Lee Schmidt
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time
Wish I could be there with you
Your mom was a very special person who inspired many. She will be truly missed
Paulette and Gary we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we are here for you in any time of need.
Heaven has welcomed a wonderful women to everlasting peace. Alvara always approached life with a positive outlook and a smile. She was such a strong women and enjoyed life to the fullest. I hope all her children, grandchildren, friends and relatives will feel her love during this difficult time. Prayers and love to all of you.
Bob, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on your mother's passing. Dave Wallis
Annette, we are so sorry for the sadness you are feeling. Sonny and I send our love and hugs sweetie.
Love Kim and Sonny
We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She will be missed by all her knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you,
Annette in Virgil I'm so sorry for your loss sending you my prayers and hugs
Sending our deepest sympathy to the Deppe & Schmidt families for your loss.
What a lovely and beautiful she was! Know that you will miss her, but you are so blessed to have her for so long! Love to all the family!
Your mother was like a second mom to me growing up in high school. Such a kind and vibrant lady. Danielle and I send our deepest sympathy for your loss.
I attended a funeral today of another great woman of God that I had the pleasure to know and serve my Lord with. One of her grand-daughters spoke on behalf of the family. If her message, she spoke about how many times that she heard the term, "sorry for your loss" since her grandma passed away. That got her to thinking and asking herself, "What have I lost?" She gave that some considerable thought and came to a conclusion (that I also wholeheartedly believe of this lady's grandma as well as for Grandma Schmidt). I haven't lost anything. I know exactly where grandma is. She is in Heaven with all of those loved ones that we previously mourned for and dancing with Jesus! Until we meet again Grandma Schmidt, I will mourn for your presence but celebrate the assurance that I will once again see you some day!
My sincere condolences to the entire Schmidt Family for their loss. Love, Hugs and Prayers for you all.
Nett. I Loved Al! I will always remember, her smiling face, her laugh and her warm acceptance! She truly was a beautiful soul! She will be missed! My Love to the whole family!
Sorry for your loss. 😪
Our condolences to the Schmidt family as you process the loss of Alvara.
Alvara was such a sweet woman she will be missed by all. Thoughts and prayers for the Schmidt family and friends.
ANNETTE IM SO VERY SORRY FOR UR LOSS , UR MOM WAS ALWAYS SUCH A NICE LADY
Thoughts & prayers for the family. So sorry to hear this. She was a very nice lady & raised some great kids!
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