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"Our Precious Mom" Mary Ann Schmitcke, 86, was born December 7, 1935 in New Salem, ND to Sebastian and Anna Walter, Mom was the 4th oldest of 12 children. Mom remembered the bombing of Pearl Harbor on her 6th birthday. Mom went to school grades 1-5 in New Salem. They moved to Raleigh, ND and went to grades 6-8. From grades 9-12 Mom went to St Mary’s Academy in Milwaukee, WI. Mom was almost a Nun, all she had left to do was take her vows. She met Dad, Arnold Schmitcke in Bismarck, ND in September 1954 and they were married April 30, 1955. God had plans for mom. Mom loved her children above all else. She loved singing and crocheting. She was a very proud grandma and great grandma and loved each and every one of them. Mom is survived by Susan(Klay) Kubik (Belle Fourche, SD) and 7 children and 7 grandchildren, Duane ND(deceased) 3 children and 6 grandchildren Cheryl Major (Fargo, ND) and 1 child, Jeanie (Christian) Kaucher (Wheatridge, CO) and 4 children, 18 grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild on the way, Laurie (deceased) (FL) 2 children, 2 grandchildren, Renee Sandoval (El Cajon, CA) 2 children and 1 grandchild, Jackie (Jerome)Sharratt (West Fargo, ND) and 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Dianne (Jason) Barnes (Broomfield, CO) and one child. Joe (Jody) Schmitcke (Moorhead, MN) and 9 children and 6 grandchildren. Gwen Schmitcke (Davenport, ND). Two sisters; Ann Venstra (Pete) (Evansville, IN), Dianne Zenker, (Turtle Lake, ND), Joe (Suzy) Walter (Valley Center, CA), Gene (Marie) Walter (Palm Desert, CA) Jerome Walter, (Mitchell, SD), sister-in-law Irene Walter, and brother-in-law Larry Schmitcke, as well as many nieces, nephews and close family friends. Mom was preceded in death by her parents, Sebastian and Anna Walter, her husband Arnold, her brothers and sisters Mike Walter, Steve (Helen) Walter, Fr. Chris Walter, Rose Papke, Lillian Top, and Violet Christensen, two children Duane Schmitcke and Laurie Schmitcke, and in-laws Otto and Emma Schmitcke, Pat and Harry Schmitcke, Darlene Schmitcke and brother-in-law Greg Zenker Sr. Mom’s family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Edgewood Vista and St. Catherine’s North for their excellent and loving care.

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  1. Mary Ann had a Beautiful spirt. I remember her 80th birthday. She danced with so much power. I thought she was as young as anyone there.
    Peter Venstra her sister Ann’s husband.

  2. SORRY TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF MARY ANN , HER HUSBAND ARNOLD WAS MY 1-ST COUSIN ON MT DADS SIDE. SENDING MY SYMPATHY TO ALL THE FAMILY, MAY GOD BLESS.

    ALLEN J. KLEINSASSER

  3. To the entire Schmitcke family,

    Your mom was kind and generous. She made feel like part of the family. I was truly blessed to have a place to go for Thanksgiving and other holiday events because of your mom.

    I am deeply sorry for your loss and others that knew her. I’m sure she was greeted by Duane and Laurie and God with open arms.

    Julie (Klamar) Smith

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