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Andy Schmith

Andrew John Schmith, 86, of Aldrich, passed away, unexpectedly, on April 7, 2009, at the family farm in Verndale.

He was born June 9, 1922 to Nicholas and Emma (Geber) Schmith in Wadena. He served as a sergeant in the Army from November 1942 to December 1945. He married Elsie McDowell on June 2, 1948, and their marriage lasted until her death in October 1978. He later married Ardy Nelson on June 5, 1987. Other than his time in the service and three years in South Dakota, he lived his entire life in the Wadena, Verndale and Aldrich communities. He will be remembered as a manager for 35 years at the West Central Telephone Association. He belonged to the Aldrich Lions Club and the Verndale American Legion. In his spare time he enjoyed farming, gardening, hunting, fishing and traveling.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, April 13, at St. Frederick's Catholic Church in Verndale with the Rev. Michael Kellogg as celebrant. Pallbearers were his grandchildren: Teresa Dague, Amy Dague, Rachel Moehn, Luke Schmith, Eric Maronde, and Sara Maronde. Honorary pallbearers were Ardy's grandchildren and his and Ardy's great-grandchildren. Interment was in St. Frederick's Catholic Cemetery in Verndale. Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Verndale (

Survivors include his wife, Ardy, of Aldrich; sons, Tom of Verndale, David of Las Vegas, Dick of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Dale of Verndale; daughters, Kathy (Will) Dague of Anoka, Minn., and Karen (Mark) Maronde of Falcon Heights, Minn.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Bud (Marion) Schmith of Wadena, and Mannie (Pat) Schmith of Brainerd; sisters, Beaty Larson of Wadena, and Betty (Clyde) Bigelow of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Ardy's daughters, LuJean (Steve) Larson of Minneapolis, and Jackie (Chuck) Anderson of Monticello; and seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elsie; parents, Nicholas and Emma; and sisters, Marcy Lubke and MaryAnn Nelson.