Joyce Schmidt

FAIRMONT – Funeral services for Joyce Schmidt, 86, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Lunch will follow the service. Burial will be held Saturday afternoon in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, Minn.

Joyce passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Fairmont. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and will continue from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joyce Elaine Hasbargen Schmidt was born Dec. 30, 1927, on her parents’ farm home near Alpha, Minn. She was baptized at the farm home on Feb. 19, 1928. She attended rural school District #9 and then Jackson High School, where she graduated in 1945. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, graduating in 1949 with teaching degrees in history and biology. During her high school and college years, she was a gifted musician who sang solos in church, played cello in a small ensemble that traveled throughout Minnesota during high school, and continued to play cello for the St. Olaf Orchestra. Joyce met Harlan Schmidt at a Luther League event where they were paired up for dinner. Harlan left to serve his country in the Army, but he and Joyce maintained a correspondence that eventually led to their falling in love. When Harlan returned from service, he asked her to marry him. On June 26, 1949, they were united in marriage at Salem Lutheran Church in Jackson, Minn. They moved to Brandon, Minn., for one year where Joyce was a teacher and Harlan drove to nearby Ashby to teach. They then moved to Minneapolis where Harlan went back to school to get his master’s degree at the U of M and Joyce worked at the U of M School of Dentistry. Joyce and Harlan lived several places where Harlan served in various positions as principal and superintendent of schools and Joyce taught school or was a substitute teacher. They moved to Rapidan, Minn., and later, Sandstone, Minn. During that time, Joyce gave birth to Barbara Ann Schmidt at the Hospital in Mora, Minn. They moved to Hector, Minn. During that time, Barbie was diagnosed with leukemia at a hospital in Minneapolis and died at age 2 years, 3 days. While still living in Hector, Joyce gave birth to Lisa Jean Schmidt, who was born in the Olivia Hospital in November 1960. They later moved to Waseca, Minn., and she gave birth to Susan Beth, who was born in 1963. They lived in Fairmont, Braham and Springfield, Minn. In 1983, they returned to Fairmont to retire. Harlan passed away on July 24, 1994. Joyce lived a life filled with service, faith, sharing of her many talents and sharing in the love of friends and family. While living in Rapidan, she took a cake decorating class and started on her legacy of creating beautiful cakes and handrolled, artistically decorated sugar cookies. Her heart and soul was behind every stroke of her hand as she lovingly created works of heartfelt beauty for so many people whose lives she touched with her cakes and cookies. Joyce was very active at Grace Lutheran Church with Rebecca and Martha Circles, Keenagers, Lakeview Communion server, funeral committee, missions committee, Lakeview Visitation volunteer, Prayer Chain, library volunteer, open door volunteer, Dollars for Scholars, doing bulletins every Friday, and working as volunteer in the church office every Wednesday. In the community, Joyce helped start CREST, was board member on the Fairmont Concert Series, volunteered in the Fairmont Medical Center Gift Shop and welcome desk, VFW, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and was runner-up Martin County Senior Citizen of the year. Joyce’s family and friends meant so very much to her. She kept an active social life of playing cards and going to activities with friends and spending quality time with family. She enjoyed sewing, reupholstered furniture, refinished furniture, and loved gardening and flowers. Her greatest passion was cake and cookie decorating, and she touched many lives with this gift of talent and love. Joyce passed into our Lord’s arm on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

She is survived by daughters, Lisa Jean Schmidt of Savage, Minn., and Susan Beth Schmidt of Bloomington, Minn.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Daniel Hasbargen and Lillian Agnes (Harms) Hasbargen; daughter, Barbara Ann Schmidt; and husband, Harlan Albert Schmidt.

Joyce loved the Lord and her trust in Him as her Savior was evident throughout an amazing life of love, compassion, incredible devotion to her family, and faith. She blessed our lives with her beautiful smile, sparkle in her eyes, and caring, generous spirit. She touched our lives and left an imprint in our hearts. She will be ever loved, cherished in our memories and always with us in spirit. We will miss you our dear friend and loved one.

Memorials are preferred to Grace Lutheran Church, UHD Hospice and Frauenshuh Cancer Center.