Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Kerley and Starks Funeral Home, St. Joseph, where friends may call beginning at 7 p.m. today. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran church of which she was a member.
Mrs. Schmeichel was born October 14, 1890, in Cortiza, Russia. Survivors include: five daughters -- Mrs. Katherine Fredrick, Mrs. Alex (Anna) Pesko, Mrs. Robert (Ruth) Jonatzke, all of St. Joseph. Mrs. Arthur (Mary) Engler of Coloma, Mrs. Olin [sic] (Selma) Smith of Seminole, Okla.; three sons -- William and Henry Batke, both of St. Joseph, Edwin Batke of Coloma; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Lena Kampes of Hamm, West Germany.
The Herald Palladium, Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, MI, October 29, 1979, p. 10, col. 3