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Winifred "Winnie" Schmidt


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Winifred "Winnie" Schmidt Obituary
Winifred S. (Winnie) Schmidt, 92, the embodiment of love and kindness, passed away Monday, April 29, 2013 at her home in Golden after a short illness. She was born on September 30, 1920 in Minneapolis, MN to Marcus P. and Inez Anderson Stark. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in sociology and served in the Red Cross during World War II. On December 26, 1949 Winnie married Edward W. Schmidt, Jr. He passed away March 17, 2010 after 60 years of marriage. A homemaker extraordinaire, Winnie raised 3 daughters who were all best friends. She was active in the Episcopal Church, Girl Scouts, Golden Gardeners, and Golden Vice Versa club. She also belonged to the Over the Hill Gang Ski club for older skiers. A life-long skier, hiker, biker and traveler, she learned to cross country ski at age 90. Winnie loved the outdoors, nature, and animals, especially wolves. She influenced others through her kindness, love and selflessness. At age 87, Winnie encountered a serious health challenge that ultimately gave her a new purpose and direction in her later years: she became a survivor of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. The disease has a high fatality rate yet Winnie fought the battle with all natural remedies, positivity, determination and faith in God. Winnie not only survived, she thrived and was healthier than beforehand. This was due to her total lifestyle change to one focused strictly on natural remedies, organic food and elimination of chemicals and synthetics. In her 90's, Winnie traveled the country to tell her story, that with a foundation of whole foods and natural, chemical-free lifestyle; you can improve your health, at any age! An inspiring article and video detailing her remarkable recovery were produced and through Winnie's story, other lives have been saved. Winnie is survived by her daughters Ginny Caldwell (Richard) and Carol Schmidt; grandson Chad; granddaughter Rebecca (Casey); sisters Mary Jo Andrews and Nancy St. Clair. She was preceded in passing by her husband, Edward, her daughter, Jane, and her brothers Robert and David Stark. A celebration of Winnie's Wonderful Life will be held at Copper Mountain, Colorado on Saturday, August 3, 2013.
Published in Denver Post on May 15, 2013
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