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Irene Dorothy Schmidt

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Irene Dorothy Schmidt Obituary
Irene Dorothy Schmidt, 96, died peacefully December 26, 2018 at the Iron County Medical Care Facility.Irene was born in Chicago, IL on March 14, 1922, daughter of Harold and Sophie Watts. Irene married James F. Schmidt on July 4, 1944 in Tullahoma, TN, where her husband was in Army training at Camp Forest. While Jim was deployed as a medical orderly in the Pacific Theatre during WWII, Irene worked as a Rosie the Riveter, building aircraft wings and engines for Douglas Aircraft Company. Irene worked many other jobs during her life including an operator for Bell Telephone Company and a candy store and delicatessen clerk. She was always highly valued for her work ethic and pleasant interactions with customers.Irene loved the outdoors and traveling. She spent many happy days picnicking, hiking, and picking berries with her family, and in later years traveling throughout the country with family and friends. After her husband's death, Irene moved to Ontonagon, MI to be closer to her sons. Irene is survived by her three children, James (Christine) of Felch, MI, Claudia Klipp (Jim) of Cedar Hill, TX, Dave (Cindy) of Atlantic Mine, MI, 5 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Jacek and Edison. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings Eleanor of Las Vegas, NV and Dick of Justice, IL. Private burial will take place with her husband at St. Mary Cemetery, in Evergreen Park, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family of Irene online at Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River, Michigan.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 11, 2019
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