March 19, 1941 - November 10, 2014


Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Kathleen “Kathy” M. Schmit, age 73 of St. Cloud who passed away on Monday at Country Manor surrounded by her loving family. Rev. Mark Stang will officiate and burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls at a later date. Friends and relatives may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday morning. Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.

Kathleen was born on March 19, 1941 in Richmond to Ralph and Teresa (Ludwig) Backes. She was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Schmit at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas and lived in St. Cloud all their married life. She worked in the Admissions Department at the St. Cloud Hospital for over 20 years and retired in 2014. Kathy was a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and various pro-life organizations including MCCL. She truly had a passion for volunteering and was active in various organizations in the community. Kathy enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her loving husband of 52 years, Bob of St. Cloud; four wonderful children, Sandy (Leon) Faust of St. Cloud, Ron (Jan) of Chaska, Lori (Rob) Wager of Centennial, CO and Karla (Mark) Donlin of St. Cloud; eight beautiful grandchildren, Sarah, Eric, Katie, Philip, McKenzie, Alex, Adam and Lucas; siblings, twin sister, Geri (Jim) Pettitt of Cedar Rapids, IA, Mary Lou Backes of Oak Park, IL, Pat (Gene) Scheuring of Oak Park, IL, David Backes of Buffalo, MN, Fred (Kate Yates) Backes of Erie, CO and Rosie (Don Rogers) Backes of Boulder, CO; in-laws, Deloria Schmit of Seattle, WA, Mary Jo Schmit of Aurora, CO, Don (Jean) Schmit of Helena, MT, Pauly (Clarence) Oehrlein of St. Cloud, Barb Marchwick of Lewiston, MN, John (Kathe) Schmit of Helena, MT, Cathy Schmit of Aurora, CO and Dotty Schmit of St. Cloud. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers-in-law, Jim Schmit and David Marchwick; and niece, Sharon Schmit.

Among the many people Kathy & Bob would like to acknowledge are the wonderful physicians, medical staff, admission employees and all the other special employees from the St. Cloud Hospital for their great support, compassion and love given to our family. We would like to thank all of our relatives and friends for the many prayers.

Memorials are encouraged to be sent to Cathedral High School, CentraCare Health Foundation and MCCL to protect the life of unborn babies.