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Dianne Donels Schmidt

August 12, 1930 September 25, 2017
Dianne Donels Schmidt
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Obituary for Dianne Donels Schmidt

Dianne Donels Schmidt, 87, died Monday, September 25, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City due to complications of a stroke.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Vinton with Rev. Sue Thomas officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.
Dianne was born August 12, 1930, at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton, the daughter of Clare and Alice Portzline Donels. She was baptized by Bishop Raymond Grant.
After graduating from Lincoln High School in Vinton, she attended Francis Shimer in Mt. Carroll, IL, and Drake University in Des Moines. She continued her education at the University of Iowa, graduating with membership in Phi Beta Kappa.
Dianne and Jim Wagner were married in 1949. Two children were born to this union, Brigitte and Robert Donels “Robbie” Wagner. Robbie preceded Dianne in death in 1981, and her husband, Jim, died January 19, 1992.
On August 12, 1994, Dianne married Dr. Duane A. Schmidt. Dianne and Duane took many interesting trips around the world, including The QE2, the Queen Mary, the Galapagos Islands, the Great Wall of China and the S.S.T. They enjoyed a deeply loving life together until his sad death on June 1, 2013.
Dianne belonged to the Mentor and Early Arts Clubs, and she was a 50+ year member of the PEO Sisterhood. She was especially proud of her memberships in the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Dianne is survived by her daughter, Brigitte Burgman of Hobe Sound, FL; three grandchildren, Ben Burgman of Stuart, FL; Rachel (Dr. Rudy Carrillo) Burgman of Lantana, FL; and Seth (Mimi) Burgman of Aventura, FL; her great-granddaughter, Celine Burgman of Aventura, FL; two step-daughters, Cyd Schmidt (David) Ferris of San Mateo, CA, and Cat Schmidt (Howard) Lewis of Apex, NC; two step-grandchildren, Anna Babette and Howie Lewis; one sister, Cherie Donels of Plano, TX; and a special nephew, John (Diane) Wagner of Traer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Jim Wagner; her second husband; Dr. Duane Schmidt; and her son, Robert Donels Wagner.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton; the Vinton Public Library; or Wesley United Methodist Church in Vinton.

Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

30

Sep

10:00 AM 9/30/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/30/2017 11:00:00 AM
Wesley United Methodist Church

516 2nd Avenue
Vinton, IA 52349

Wesley United Methodist Church
516 2nd Avenue Vinton 52349 IA
United States

Service

Saturday

30

Sep

11:00 AM 9/30/2017 11:00:00 AM
Wesley United Methodist Church

516 2nd Avenue
Vinton, IA 52349

Wesley United Methodist Church
516 2nd Avenue Vinton 52349 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Evergreen Cemetery Final Resting Place

1002 E 10th St
Vinton, IA 52349

1002 E 10th St Vinton 52349 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

A fund has been established.

1212 1st Avenue
Vinton, IA 52349
Memorials may be directed to Evergreen Cemetery, 1002 E. 10th St., Vinton, IA 52349; Vinton Public Library, 510 2nd Ave., Vinton, IA 52349; or Wesley United Methodist Church, 516 2nd Ave., Vinton, IA 52349.
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