Idella T. (Schreiber) Schmidt, 80, of Buckland, Mass., died July 12 at home.
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She was born Dec. 30, 1931, in New Haven, Conn., the daughter of William H. and Alice (Osborn) Schreiber. She attended schools in Ansonia, Conn. Following graduation, she was employed by Hershey Metal Products and later was employed by CT Registry of Motor Vehicles in New Haven. In 1965, she and her husband, Glenn, moved to Ashfield, Mass., and later to Buckland, Mass., where they owned and operated the Walnut Hill Farm. She was affectionately known as the "corn lady," as she sold corn and other produce at her farm stand. Her love of flowers showed in the landscaping of the farm. She was especially proud of the Dairy of Distinction Award each year the farm was eligible. It was given for good dairying practices and the general appearance of the farm. She also enjoyed fishing and wildlife in general.
Survivors besides her husband of 58 years include two sons, Duane Schmidt and Garry Schmidt; her daughter, Sharon Record; two brothers, Tom and Arthur Schreiber; four sisters, Lucy Dischert, Nancy Tuccio, Marie Denofrio and Peggy Crowther; seven grandchildren;and three great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. July 21 at the Ashfield (Mass.) 1st Congregational Church. Calling hours are Friday evening from 7 to 9 at Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home, 40 Church St., Shelburne Falls, MA 01370. Donations may be made to either Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Greenfield, MA 01301 or to the 1st Congregational Church, Main St., Ashfield, MA 01330.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on July 15, 2012