Alois Bernard Schmitz, 82, of Red Lake Falls, MN died peacefully on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at his home in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, February 5th 2013 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Chuck and Deacon Adam Hamness Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery near Red Lake Falls.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013 from 5 – 8 PM with a 7PM prayer service and one hour prior to services all at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Alois Bernard Schmitz was born July 3, 1930 son of the late Bernard and Elizabeth (Knott) Schmitz near Red Lake Falls, MN. He was raised and attended country school near Red Lake Falls. Alois worked for Cenex in Red Lake Falls up until the time he entered the US Army on November 20, 1952 and served from 1952 until 1954, when he was honorably discharged as Corporal at Ft. Campbell, KY. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and earned his Parachutist Badge.
On October 7, 1952 Alois was united in marriage to Dorine Beauchane at St. Dorothy’s Church in Dorothy, MN. The couple made their first home in Red lake Falls, MN, and then moved to Louisville Township. Alois and Dorine purchased their farmstead on 1961 and together raised their family of 15 children. They also raised grains, diary and livestock.
Alois was a self-employed carpenter most of his adult life. Alois and his brother Linus operated Schmitz Construction, and in 1981 Alois formed Pro Builders Inc. which he operated until his retirement in 1994. Alois then worked for Al Stamorie Contruction for several years.
He enjoyed snowmobiling, playing and umping softball, enjoyed being with his family and watching his children and grandchildren’s sporting events, especially when they played softball and high school baseball. Alois was also a drummer with several area bands, and he also enjoyed boating and camping on Maple Lake. His most favorite pastime of the last several years was driving his daily route with his dog Misty by his side.
Alois belonged to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls.
Alois is survived by his loving wife of 60 year Dorine of Red Lake Falls, MN; children Robert “Bobby”(Marlys) Schmitz of Red Lake Falls, MN; Richard (Fiancé Brenda Gervais) Schmitz of Red Lake Falls, MN; Darlene (Rodney) Zutz of Red Lake Falls, MN; Karen Schmitz of Red Lake Falls, MN; Laurie Hamness of Strathcona, MN; Marlen Schmitz of Grey Eagle, MN; Lisa (Brian) Nelson of Red Lake Falls, MN; Jackie (Mark) Erickson of Red Lake Falls, MN; Sheila (Wayne) Hanson of Red Lake Falls, MN; Mary (Randy) Huot of Red Lake Falls, MN; Melanie (Dave) Lessard of Crookston, MN; Andrea Gunufson of Fertile, MN; Michelle Williams of Red Lake Falls, MN and Tricia Proulx of Fosston, MN: Grandchildren Cole, Corey, Kayla and Chase Schmitz, Wendy Swendra, Amy Wendel, Jenny Randall, Tyler Schmitz, Corey Dufault, Kelly Hicks, Kyle and Rochelle Schmitz, Dylan and Presley Zutz, Aaron Schmitz, Josh Remer, Erick and Adam Hamness, Katie Faken, Rebecca and Logan Schmitz, Allison, Matt and Jenna Nelson, Brianna, Alex, Chandler, Carson and Dawson Erickson, Cody, Austen, Mason and Madison Hanson, Corinna, Abby, Josie and Nathan Huot, Samantha Helter, Jordan and Brylee Lessard, Taylor, Maverick and Gracie Gunufson, Morgan, MaKenzie and Carter Williams, Peyton and Ethan Proulx: great-grandchildren Brayden and Alexis Swendra, Bridget and Vanessa Hicks, Tucker Randall, Tyson Saunders and Kolton Marovich. Brothers and sisters Henry (Phyllis) Schmitz, JoAnn Derosier, Monica (Charles) Stephens, Linus (Beverly) Schmitz all of Red Lake Falls, MN; Leon (Diane) Schmitz of Park River, ND; Marlys (Charlie) Martin of Tye, TX; Margaret (Jerome) Schindler of Red Lake Falls, MN along with many nieces and nephews.
Alois is preceded in death by his parents, son Paul Schmitz, infant granddaughter Emma Proulx and brother Bernard Schmitz; son-in-law Greg Hamness.
Condolences may be made at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com