Gayle E. Schmidt


Gayle E. Schmidt passed away on Monday, October 28, 2019 in Staples, MN. Gayle was born to Raymond A. and Clarice C. (Witherow) Schmidt on June 6, 1942 in Moose Lake, MN. Her parents preceded Gayle in death.

Gayle graduated from high school at Morris, Minnesota. Following graduation, she attended the University of Minnesota, Morris with a degree in elementary education. Gayle taught elementary school in Sheboygan, WI. She returned to Minnesota, worked as a graduate assistant in the Special Education Department of St. Cloud State University, earning a Master’s Degree.

She moved to Brainerd, MN and taught at the Learning Center associated with MN State Hospital. She retired from the Learning Center and enjoyed her home on North Long Lake.

In retirement, Gayle kept active socially with small jobs in the community. She was a stellar knitter making beautiful items for herself and gifts for her friends. Her hobbies were numerous; reading, fishing, swimming and boating. Gayle was an avid collector of many different items including; jewelry, frogs, scotty dogs, dishes, pens, books among a myriad of other treasures.

Gayle’s family hosted a foreign exchange student from Switzerland.  This was a significant part of her life.  She and Hannah maintained contact by phone, mail and occasional visits. 

She adored animals and always had at least one dog and one cat as companions.

A visitation will be held on November 7, 2019 at 4-7 p.m. at the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd. Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Little Falls. Arrangements with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home. 

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