Susan Schmidt, 46Susan Kay Schmidt, 46, died with her family at her bedside on Friday, October 16, 2009 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria after a courageous battle with cancer.
Susan Schmidt, 46
Susan Kay Schmidt, 46, died with her family at her bedside on Friday, October 16, 2009 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria after a courageous battle with cancer.
Susan was born August 14, 1963 at the United States Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith in September of 1963. Her childhood was spent in Maine, Massachusetts and Texas as her father served in the U.S. Air Force. Susan and her family moved to Mankato, where she graduated from Mankato West in 1981.
She was married in 1983 and was blessed with three sons, Matthew, Ryan and Joshua. Susan and her family lived in Mankato and St. Clair for several years, where she worked as a graphic artist at Precision Press for 14 years. In 1999 she moved her family to Alexandria and purchased the Shady Lawn Resort, which she ran until 2003. She also worked at School District 206 in special education and as an autism personal care assistant.
Susan returned to school at Alexandria Technical College in the nursing program. She became a nursing assistant in 2003 and did her clinical work at Douglas County Hospital and several nursing homes. Susan received her LPN license in 2005 and was employed at Douglas County Hospital until she was diagnosed with cancer in March of this year.
Sue was a lady of many talents, doing crafts, needlework and decorating her home. Her devotion in life was her three sons, Matthew, Ryan and Josh and her two dogs, “her girls,” Penny and Allie. She loved her job at DCH, where she was loved by co-workers and patients. Sue was a kind and loving woman who took care of others first. She was a wonderful mother and daughter who will be truly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her sons, Matthew, Ryan and Joshua, all of Alexandria; parents, Vernon and Audrey Radel of North Mankato; brothers, Dwight and Douglas, both of North Mankato; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
A memorial service was held October 20 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Cemetery in Mankato at a later date.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.