Norma Marie (Heese) Schmitz, 79, of Milford, IA was born on March 5, 1938 in Earling, IA to Peter and Isabel (Wilwerding) Heese. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Earling, IA. Following graduation she married the love of her life, Jerry Schmitz, on February 12, 1958. She went to business school in Omaha and worked at Union Pacific Railroad before they moved to Wall Lake, IA where they made their home and raised a family. Norma and Jerry built a successful business in Wall Lake, but her greatest role in life was that as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
Norma’s talents were unending. She was a fantastic cook, seamstress, Cub Scout Den Mother, Religious Education teacher and most importantly a woman of strong faith. “Normie” as many knew her, would pray countless hours for people across the world. Her greatest testament to her faith was her unconditional love and care she gave to Jerry in the later years of his life. She spent every day by his side encouraging and supporting him.
Although Norma never worked for Hallmark, many thought she might have because she had a wonderful talent of writing poems for many weddings, funerals, and family Christmas cards. She also never missed an occasion to send a card to those who needed a good laugh or a supporting word, always signing them “God’s Love, Normie.”
Norma was so proud of her six children, 11 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren and her love for family knew no bounds. She loved going to all the sports activities and would spend hours playing games with her family. She was especially known for her love of the card game Euchre. Norma would stay up late in the night cooking, decorating and making sure every holiday was perfect. She baked the best homemade bread and cinnamon rolls and everyone loved her wonderful snack mix that she often made for her grandkid’s weddings.
In 2005, Norma and Jerry moved to the Okoboji area and she currently lived in Heritage Landings in Milford. She was an active member in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Although Norma faced many health concerns she never complained and it didn’t slow her down. Her doctors often described her as “spunky”. On Wednesday, January 31st Norma went to be with the Lord, with her family by her side.
She is survived by her children - Gregg & Sandy Schmitz, Wall Lake, IA; Michelle & Denis Schulte, Fort Dodge, IA; Gary & Malena Schmitz, Wall Lake, IA; Marla & Dean Dziedzic, Sioux Falls, SD; and Jerry (Jay) Schmitz, Sioux Falls, SD. Grandchildren – Matthew (April) Schmitz, North Liberty, IA; Bradley (Alison) Schmitz, Spirit Lake, IA; Megan (Thomas) Heidenreich, O’ Fallon, IL; Kyle Schulte, Emmetsburg, IA; Nicholas (Appalonia) Schulte, Sartell, MN; Ryan (Molly) Schulte, Cedar Falls, IA; McKenzie (Michael) Sandy, Spirit Lake, IA; Molly Dziedzic, Sioux Falls, SD; Jackson Dziedzic, Sioux Falls, SD; Brittany (James) Rumelhart, Story City, IA; and Cody (Jeanine) Askvig, Carroll, IA. Great-grandchildren - Tyson, Madox, & Morgan Schmitz; Landon, Bennett, & Bowen Schmitz; Charlotte, George, & Abigail Heidenreich; Riley & Adalyn Schulte; Aiden & Emalyn Rumelhart; Jason & Axel Askvig. Siblings – Sr. Elizabeth Heese, Milwaukee, WI; Mildred (Mic) Bieker, Harlan, IA; and Larry (Jeanne) Heese, Fairfax, IA. Numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry and infant daughter Molly Marie, her parents Peter and Isabel and siblings, Dorothy, Rita, Owen, Bernice, Ed, Isabel and Helen. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.