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Frances Schmidt

July 31, 1933-Nov. 8, 2009

Frances May Schmidt, 76, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday November 8, 2009 at her residence.

Frances M. Wilcox was born to Barney and Emma (Gillum) Wilcox on July 31, 1933 in Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up and attended school in the Des Moines area, graduating from East Des Moines High School.

On October 11, 1952 she was united in marriage to Paul J. Schmidt in Des Moines. They spent the early years of their marriage living in various cities in the Midwest due to Paul's career. They moved to Rochester, Minn., in 1967, and to Bismarck, N.D., in 1976. In 1985 they moved to Lake Eunice in rural Detroit Lakes. They operated FJ's Cafe in Audubon for seven years.

Frances was a longtime, active member at St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church. She loved to collect dolls, and had an extensive collection. She liked antiques, and attended many flea markets and auctions in search of them. She also enjoyed collecting jewelry. She was always there to help anyone and was an example of what a good friend and neighbor should be.

Surviving Frances are her husband Paul; three sons, Joseph Schmidt of Kearney, Neb., Frank (Patricia) Schmidt of Amston, Conn., and Kevin (Carole) Schmidt of Maquoketa, Iowa; one daughter, Toni (Steve) Falk of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 11 grandchildren, Daniel Schmidt, Lindsay Rawlins, Kyle, Aaron, and Hannah Schmidt, Kate, Tori and Nick Schmidt, Evan, Glen, and Anne Falk; three sisters, Darlene (Jerry) Pike of Des Moines, Shirley (Ed) Ware of Ankeny, Iowa, and Lily (Moe) Hazen of Grove, Okla.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her son, Paul Anthony Schmidt, and her parents.

There will be visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, rural Detroit Lakes, with interment at St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences may use the online messages of sympathy section at