Maude E. Franzen Schemmel

CUSHING, Iowa — Maude E. Franzen Schemmel, 92, died Jan. 13, 2019, at St. Luke’s/Unity Point Hospital, Sioux City, Iowa.

Funeral service was Jan. 16, 2019, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Cushing, Iowa, with interment at Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery, Alvord, Iowa.

Maude was born March 30, 1926, at Coleridge, the tenth of ten children, now deceased. Her parents were Lehndert and Maude (Hines) Franzen. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church and graduated from Coleridge High School. Maude trained to become a registered nurse at Lutheran Hospital in Sioux City, then moved to Dubuque, Iowa, and worked at Finley Hospital. She married Ervin B. Schemmel May 28, 1952, in Dubuque.

Following her husband’s death in 1979, Maude moved from Cushing, Iowa, to Sioux City where she worked as a nurse at Westwood Nursing Home. Later, she worked at the Correctionville Public Library, and she worked into her 80s at M&M Copy Quick, Sioux City.

Maude enjoyed reading, especially history and religion, quilting and canning, and handcrafted birthday cards for family members. Her home was a welcoming way station for her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren after school, music lessons or the pool, and headquarters for every family party. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Cushing.

Maude is survived by her children, Marcia Schemmel (Robert Kincaid), Correctionville, Iowa; the Rev. Franz Schemmel (Ann Hafften), Weatherford, Texas; Ruth (Melvin) VanSteenwyk, Aberdeen, S.D.; Daniel Schemmel (Lydia Anderson) Mankato, Minn.; and son-in-law, Randy Deeds (Brenda Hayes), Correctionville, Iowa.

Maude’s grandchildren are Brent Schemmel, Denton, Texas; Sean Schemmel, Valley Village, Calif.; Rachel Schemmel, Ridgewood, N.J.; Jessica Schemmel (Dan Fuqua), San Diego, Calif.; William VanSteenwyk, Aberdeen, S.D.; Travis (Nicole) Deeds, Correctionville; Taffy (Jeffrey) Zoelle, Sioux City;, Tobias (Brigette) Deeds, Washta, Iowa; Jonathon (Brittanie) Deeds, Danbury, Iowa; Joshua Deeds (Rachel Harris), Correctionville; Samantha Deeds (Cody Seidel ), Lawton, Iowa; and Daniel Schemmel, Jr., Cambridge, Mass. She has 27 great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Ervin Schemmel; her daughter, Sally Deeds; and a grandson, Phillip Sallis.

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