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Lelia Schmidt

Dec. 16, 1912-March 29, 2008

Lelia G. Schmidt, 95, of Detroit Lakes, died on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at St. Mary's Nursing Center, Detroit Lakes.

Lelia Grace Cusey was born to Lloyd and Grace (Frank) Cusey on Dec. 16, 1912 in Detroit Lakes, where she was raised and attended school, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1932. She then attended secretarial school in the Twin Cities area. Lelia returned to Detroit Lakes, where she worked as a bookkeeper and secretary for the Gamble Skogmo Stores in Detroit Lakes, Wadena, Fergus Falls and the Fargo-Moorhead area. Lelia married Clarence Schmidt on Dec. 28, 1939 in the United Methodist Church, Detroit Lakes.

Lelia and Clarence made their home in Erie Township and had served as president, secretary, and treasurer for the Erie Telephone Company until it was taken over by Bell Telephone Company. They organized and were key leaders of the Burlington Cubs 4-H Club for 13 years. Lelia was a member of the Becker County Extension Homemaker Program for 30 years. After leaving the work force and being a homemaker, Lelia began working in 1958 as a bookkeeper for Berg Auto Electric for eight years. She also worked for the Agricultural Extension Service as secretary for 10 years and as part time secretary for the Veteran's Service Office in Detroit Lakes for five years. Clarence died in 1976, and Lelia continued to make her home in Erie Township. In 1987, she moved to Detroit Lakes.

Lelia joined RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and was a member of Emmanuel Nursing Home Auxiliary, hair care and Senior Nutrition Center in the crafts department. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church as a Sunday school teacher for several years, FLCW Circle as an officer, the quilters and a member of Golden Agers.

Lelia is survived by two sons, Don (Caroline) Schmidt of Detroit Lakes and Bob (Joyce) Schmidt of Maplewood, Minn.; a daughter, Doris (Don) Wurst of Frazee; 10 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and seven step-great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Clarence; a daughter at infancy; her parents; and three brothers.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, continuing for one hour prior to the start of services at the church on Friday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 4 at First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes with the Rev. Dave Peterson officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.