Catherine Schmalz

catherine schmalz

Catherine Schmalz, 90, Fargo formerly of Bismarck/Minot, died Friday, February 21, 2014.

Catherine was born November 2, 1923 in Karlsruhe, N.D. where she and her 14 siblings were raised on the family farm.  She married Alex Schmalz on Jan. 8, 1946, in Karlsruhe.  They were married for over 40 years and raised three children.  While living in Bismarck she was employed by Q&R Clinic and the ND Department of Human Services.

She will be remembered for her deep faith, attending daily mass and spending part of every day in prayer.  She loved her time with family.   Many memories were made on trips, family gatherings and time spent at the lake.

She was preceded in death by her husband Alex Schmalz; infant daughter Marilyn;  sister Helen; brothers Michael, John, Frank, Christ, and Tony.  

She is survived by her two sons, Greg (Paula) Schmalz, Fargo; Glen (Sharon) Schmalz, Fargo; daughter, Carol (Wayne) Hermandorfer, Clifton VA,   and seven grandchildren; Emily Kelly, and Austin Schmalz, Brook and Blair Schmalz,  and Greg, Nick and A.J. Hermandorfer. She is also survived by sisters Eva, Maryann, Ida, Jean, Angela, Agnes, Valeria and brother Fred.

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  1. Coleharbor ND
    Greg, Glen & Carol, I recently read of your Mom’s passing in the Minot Daily which I receive late here in AZ
    . Your Mother always had such a pleasant, kind and quiet presence as I recall her from my youth. While I remember many happy times with your family as a child, it seems we sadly lost touch with your family after the death of your Dad.

    No matter the age, the loss of a parent is difficult. As soon as we return to ND
    from wintering in AZ
    , I will offer a Mass in memory of Aunt Catherine at our parish in Underwood, ND
    . Both Tom and I will keep her and your families in our prayers.

    God Bless you all,

  2. We were saddened to read of your mother’s passing. Please know that I am praying for all of you but especially for Catherine. We will always think of your mom as the sweetest lady!

  3. Bismarck ND
    Dear Greg, Carol and Glen:

    Catherine and Alex were wonderful neighbors! We still miss them. While your Mom lived a long and happy life it was very sad that your Dad was taken from your Mom as he retired. They were both very good people. We have given a small memorial to the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in memory of your Mom. May warm memories of your parents help you through this sad time of parting.

    Bob and Susan Wefald

  4. west fargo north dakotaSharon, Glen and Girls
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  5. Angela, I was sorry to hear of the passing of your sister Catherine. May God bless you and your family.

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