Katherine Ruth Schmidlin

March 12, 1926 - January 13, 2021

Katherine Ruth Schmidlin, age 94, of New Prague, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at New Perspective Assisted Living in Prior Lake.  Katherine was born on March 12, 1926 in Harrogate, TN to James Milbourne and Anne Mildred (Gregory) Ellis.  During her childhood, the family moved to Michigan where she graduated from high school and went on to attend the University of Michigan.  Before her marriage to Harold L. Schmidlin in Toledo, Ohio, Katherine managed a bookstore and worked in retail.  The couple remained in Ohio until Harold’s death, when Katherine moved to New Prague about 10 years ago to be closer to her daughter.  A beautiful and accomplished homemaker, she was also a woman of many talents and interests.  Katherine set her own path, taking up fencing at a young age.  She continued her pursuit of possibilities by taking up chess at age 89, introduced by her son-in-law, and playing until about a year ago.  She was an avid horsewoman throughout her life and enjoyed gardening.  Katherine loved art and literature and did some of her own painting and drawing.  She left a lasting legacy of remaining active and pursuing new and stimulating activities.


Katherine is survived by her daughter, Jenny (Steve) Aldridge, of Prior Lake; grandsons, Gabriel & Andrew Aldridge.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold; parents; infant daughter.


No services will be held.  Burial in Ohio will occur at a later date.

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