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Jean Clare Schmitz

Jean Clare Schmitz

Jean Clare Schmitz, age 63, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on February 13, 2017, with family at her side, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. Jean was born on December 7, 1953, to Carl and Lorraine Schmitz of Brewster, MN. Jean was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, and great aunt.

Jean graduated from Brewster Public High School in 1972. In the fall of 1972, she continued her education at Mankato State University graduating in 1976 with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education. Jean found that she had a passion for the fashion industry and began her life long career working fashion merchandising and sales and sales management. Jean spent the majority of her years working for Macy's in Edina and Younker's in Sioux Falls. Jean was a dedicated and hardworking individual with a passion to do the best she could for her employer and her customers.

Jean loved spending time with her family and friends! She also enjoyed watching her nephews and nieces in their sporting events. A family trip to Virginia Beach and Washington D.C. was one of the many hi-lights of her life that she liked to reminisce about.

Jean is survived by her mother, Lorraine Schmitz of Brewster, MN; four sisters and one brother, Judy Nelson of Fairmont, MN; Pat Rossow (Bob) of Spirit Lake, IA; Mary Jo Cook of Sioux Falls, SD; Lori Strouth (Pat) of Sioux Falls, SD, and Gary Schmitz (Jan) of Sioux Falls, SD; four nephews and four nieces, and ten great nephews and nieces. Jean was preceded in death by her father, Carl Schmitz, her brother, Jackie and her brother-in-law, Chuck Nelson (Judy).

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 12:00 p.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brewster, MN, with Father Patrick Arens officiating. Christian burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Brewster. Casket bearers will be Brandon Strouth, Eric Rossow, Drew Nelson, Blake Strouth, and Troy and Grant Madetzke.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

Blessed be the memories of our loved one, Jean Clare Schmitz.

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