Obit: Schmidt, Mary K. (1863 - 1945)

Contact: Michelle Harder

----Source: Neillsville republican and Press, Neillsville WI, March, 1945.


Funeral services for Mary K. Schmidt of Neillsville were conducted Tuesday afternoon, March 27, at the Jaster funeral home. The Rev. George W. Longenecker, pastor of the Congregational church, officiated. Burial took place in the Neillsville cemetery. Mrs. Schmidt died on March 23 at her home in Neillsville at the age of 81.

The deceased was born Mary Ayers on August 18, 1863, the daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Ayers, early pioneers of Neillsville. Her first home was a log cabin which stood near the site of her present home on West Fifth Street. Her parents built the present home when she was nine years of age, and she has spent practically her whole life there. She received her early education here, and as a young woman, worked as a dressmaker and gave organ lessons. She was a member of the Congregational church.

On October 20, 1892, she was married to Millard Beaulieu, who died December 4, 1922. On October 12, 1938, she was married to Fred W. Schmidt, whose death occurred on February 3 of this year. During her recent illness her sister, Mrs. Harriet Leopold, has cared for her.

Surviving are her sister, Mrs. Harriet Leopold, and two brothers, Charles E. Ayers of Medford, Minn., and Ernest L. Ayers of Foxboro, Wis. Three stepchildren from her first marriage survive, and two from her second marriage. They are: Mrs. Sadie Albright, Neillsville. Lester Beaulieu, Lincoln, Cal.: William Beaulieu. Fairbanks, Alaska; Mrs. Edna Montgomery, Marshfield; Leroy Schmidt, Oshkosh. One stepdaughter, Ida Youmans, died a few years ago... Also surviving is a nephew, Claude Ayers, whom Mr. and Mrs. Beaulieu took into their home at the age of two years, when his mother became an invalid and was unable to care for him. He is now serving in the U.S. Army.

Out of town relatives who were here for the funeral included: Charles E. Ayers, Medford, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. William Sherlock, Baraboo; Donald Brillion, Minneapolis; Mrs. Ralph Montgomery and daughter, Hazel, of Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Schmidt and children, Barbara and Eugene, Oshkosh...

Pallbearers were: Harry Hauge, Victor Anderson, Harry Roehrborn, S.G. Patey, J.L. Neverman and John Swenson.



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