Tuesday, September 5th, 2006
Pearl E. Schmidt, 84, of Rockford, died at 8:58 p.m. Sept. 2, 2006, at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford, where she had been a patient since Aug. 29.
She was born Feb. 12, 1922, in Mercer County, to Seth and Mary Bauman Beldon. On March 24, 1940, she married Joseph E. Schmidt, who died Dec. 31, 1982.
Survivors are four sons, Larry (Diane), Bryan, Ind., Edwin (Judith), Canada, Dan (Deb), Willshire, and Junior (Angie), Decatur, Ind.; four daughters, Martha Horton, Celina, Ruth Kinney, Rockford, Marceil, Celina, and Jane (Richard) Dailey, Geneva, Ind.; a brother, Rex (Louis) Beldon, Wauseon, Ind.; 36 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sons, Richard and Patrick; a daughter, Carolyn Robertson; two brothers, Paul and Reed Beldon; and four sisters, Velma Weitz, Viola Woods, Edith Druhot and Dorothy Halsted.
She was a homemaker and auxiliary member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1292, Rockford, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5713, Celina.
Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, the Rev. Alan Crull officiating. Burial is in Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Eagle Auxiliary service is at 6 p.m. and VFW Auxiliary service is at 7:30 p.m..
Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.