Lucille H. Schmitz

September 2, 1931 - December 9, 2018

Lucille H. Schmitz, age 87, of New Prague died peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, December 9, 2018, at her home.  Lucille was born on September 2, 1931, in Belle Plaine Township, Scott County, MN to Martin and Katherine (Michel) Neisen.  She attended country school, married Ralph J. Schmitz on September 2, 1950 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Union Hill, and the couple farmed and raised their family of eleven children on their farm near St. Benedict.  They moved into New Prague in 1992 and Lucille found fulfillment as a paraprofessional at the Minnesota River Valley Special Ed Co-op.  She also loved serving as a volunteer in the St. Wenceslaus School kitchen and at the Dorothy Day Center.  She was a member of the St. Benedict Council of Catholic Women and the Queen of Peace Hospital Auxiliary.  She was an avid card player and played on the hospital’s Card-o-Rama and a number of other card clubs.  She had a beautiful garden and enjoyed canning the fruits of her garden; cooking, baking, and quilting rounded out other leisure activities. Lucille was outgoing and loved people.  Time with her family and friends was precious throughout her life and she loved nothing more than traveling with her children and grandchildren and any time spent with them.


Lucille is survived by her children, Sally (Ken) Tupy of New Prague, Sharon (Charlie) Wagner of New Prague, Kathy (Gary) Pikal of New Prague, Mary (Marvin) Kubes of New Prague, Shirley (Mike) Carney of Belle Plaine, Roger (Amy) Schmitz of New Prague, Laureen Wermerskirchen (Matt Lehman) of Henderson, Tom (Shari) Schmitz of New Prague, Chris (Randy) Jabs of New Prague, Steve (Stacy) Schmitz of New Prague, Gordie (Ann) Schmitz of New Prague; brother-in-law, Richard Meger of Le Center; sisters-in-law, Amanda Shimota of New Prague, Leona Barten of Belle Plaine; 35 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Ralph, December 1, 2000; parents; sisters, Cyrilla Klinkhammer, Leona Mager, Gertrude Meger, Viola Weiers; brothers, Bert, Steven & Norbert Neisen.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 10 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Eugene Theisen and Father Kevin Clinton concelebrating.  Eulogy will be delivered at church at 9:45 AM.  Visitation will take place at Bruzek Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3 – 7:30 PM and on Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 9:15 AM. Burial will occur at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery followed by lunch at the KC Hall.

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Thomas Rud

Chris & Randy(Hiya Former Neighbors), Roger , Tom, Steve, Gordie, & All of Lucille’s kids,

Apologies for the late reply, just saw this and am heartbroken. Your mother was truly a wonderful person. Your family is one of the nicest and most caring I’ve had the pleasure of knowing . No words can express your sorrow, but know that she set the perfect example of being a Mom, Friend and Compassionate Person.

Fyi, really miss being across the street from you Chris. Will write and catch up.

Peace and keeping you in my thoughts!

Bret Kitner

I always remember walking by when she lived on the corner of 7th St. She would always say hi and have time for a chat. A lady with a wealth of knowledge and a kind heart. We need a few more Lucille’s in this world.


Sorry for your loss. I never meet her but I am 100% sure she was a great lady!
Please say hi to Grandpa for me
Your friend


Lorie Speltz

My condolence being sent for all the family, Peaceful thoughts.. God Bless!

Mary Reedy & Larry Ryder.

So very sorry 4 your loss. Lucille was a wonderful lady who always made others laugh .She will b greatly missed by many. Sending u hugs and prayers.

Carol Hartman Dvorak

Prayers of comfort for your family. I spent many days at the farm when I was young and Lucille was always so kind and pleasant . Her picture looks great! A very honorable woman. My deepest sympathy

Marilyn (Johnson)Koehnen

My deepest sympathy goes out to Sally and her family. My Prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

Joan Jung

My deepest sympathy to the Schmitz family. I truly enjoyed spending time with her at the family gatherings! Lots of laughs and lots of fun! I will truly miss her.

Nancyq Nelson

Such a very nice lady to know and work with.

Lana Varoga

My sympathy goes out to all of the family! Sending prayers! She was such a kind and caring lady!

Dorothy (Schmitz) Wagner

My deepest sympathies to the family. I remember biking many times up to the farm to play with you all. One memory is still etched in my mine when Sally and I made popcorn and didn’t know if we should put a lid on the pan or not. What a mess we made – but we got it cleaned up before Ralph and Lucille came home. Please remember all the fun times and it will get you through the sad ones.

Ramona Callahan

My deepest sympathy to the Schmitz family. Lucille was a lovely lady. May she Rest In Peace.

Jean & Doug

Our sincerest sympathy to all of Lucille’s family and friends. Hers was a life well lived and a fine example to all of us to fill your days with family, friends, faith, and fun.
Doug and Jean Zimanske


Lucille welcomed us to the neighborhood December 18, 1978, and remained the best neighbor we could ask for. Once she drove by and saw us butchering chickens, and returned 5 minutes later with a “chicken plunker” and many more hands! Let the wonderful and fun memories be a comfort to you. Lucille was indeed a special person to many!
God’s blessings,
Pete and DeAnn


Thinking of the entire Schmitz family during this difficult time. Lucille is such a wonderful sweet lady, wonderful memories of her over the years.

Keith, Brenda, Mason and Kennedy Belter

Vicki Tenebrini

So sorry to hear about Lucille. She was a beautiful asset to the MRVSEC paraprofessional. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Marilyn Simota

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Your mom was a very special lady so very kind.Keep The fun loving memories of her in your hearts. God bless all of you!
Marilyn Odenthal Simota

Jeff & Wendy Jacobson

Our sympathy and prayers go out to the entire family. God’s grace.

Rosie Riesgraf Blacketer

Prayers being sent for all the family.

Bruce and Natalie Bartyzal

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. What a wonderful woman and wonderful family.

Russ & Katie Seurer

Our deepest sympathies to you all. Lucille was definitely an amazing one of a kind woman. She was always positive and happy and lived her life to the fullest. Cherish all your memories.

Greg Sebald

“Loose wheel” always had a sense of humor and was gracious to everybody .she was one of a kind!
We will fondly remember her and her strong catholic faith .

Greg Sebald, Jordan mn

kathy and ron kocina

you are in our thought every step of the way. our prayers are with all family’s. I’t hard to understand why mom’s are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you all were a very special part of a well- lived life. she home will ralph. we are sorry for your loss. love the kocina’s ron and kathy

ron and kathy kocina

our thoughts and prayers go out to all family’s. god bless. she is now home with ralph. love sented to the family’s

Charlie and Shirley Sticha

Our deepest sympathy to the family and relatives

Dave Vaughan

The entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. She was an incredible lady. Sorry I will be out of town so I will miss the services, but you will all be in my prayers on Wednesday.

Dave & Carey Vaughan

Bob Trnka

Deepest sympathies to the family. Our thoughts and prayers for you. GOD BLESS you all.
Bob and Sandy Trnka