Obituary: Helen Rosalee Schmidt


Helen Rosalee Schmidt, 97, a long-time Carmel resident, died Aug. 16 at The Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, Ill. Mrs. Schmidt was born Sept. 19, 1917, in Knox, Ind., to Isaac Levi and Sarah Elizabeth Totten. On Nov. 25, 1943, she married Charles R. Schmidt, who preceded her in death on April 9, 2005.

Surviving are children: Lynn (Wayne) Taylor of Pontiac, Ill.; Lee (Jean) Schmidt of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Dr. Tim (Kim) Schmidt of Scottsville, Va., and Eric (Carla) Schmidt of Carmel.

Preceding Rosalee in death was husband Charles and her sisters, Mildred Onyett and Marjorie Smith.

Rosalee graduated from Valparaiso High School, Valparaiso, Ind. and Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in 1939.

She was a member of the Chi Omega sorority and sang in the University Choir. She taught high school Home Economics and was a cooperative extension agent in LaPorte County prior to her marriage. She later worked as a substitute teacher.

Rosalee was a member of Carmel United Methodist Church for more that 60 years and a member of the Home Economists’ Guild of Indianapolis since its beginning in 1966.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, as well as cooking, crafts, sewing, quilting, flowers and art work.

For all who knew Rosalee, we remember what an amazingly creative lady she was. Whether it was her Christmas ornaments, a painting, a hand-made article of clothing or her pieces of art, these items will be treasured by many for years to come.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Rosalee’s name to:

Charles and Rosalee Schmidt Endowed Scholarship Purdue Foundation,
403 West Wood
West Lafayette, IN 47907.

Evenglow Inn
1200 Evenglow Lane
Pontiac, Illinois 61764-2097

Carmel United Methodist Church
621 S. Range Line Rd.
Carmel, Indiana 46032

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