Ila Schmidt, 1919-2015

Published 10:29 am Thursday, February 12, 2015

Funeral services for Ila Schmidt, 95, of Alden will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden. The Rev. Greg Ofsdahl will officiate. Interment will be at Silver Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by local servicemens organizations, VFW and American Legion. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Ila Schmidt

Ila Schmidt

Ila died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

Ila J. Schmidt was born Dec. 6, 1919, in Worth County, Iowa, the daughter of Iver and Jennie (Johnson) Iverson. She attended and graduated from Northwood High School, and then St. Olaf College and nurses training at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis. Ila entered the U.S. Army Nurses Corp shortly after, where she was stationed in Salina, Kansas, Australia and the Philippine Islands. After her discharge Ila moved back to Freeborn County and started her career at Naeve Hospital as the nurses night supervisor.

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On Nov. 3, 1973, Ila was united in marriage to Dr. Ruben Schmidt at Silver Lake Lutheran Church. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, counted cross stitch, making quilts, photography, gardening and her study club. Ila’s friends and her step-grandchildren gave her much happiness. She was a member of the Women’s Veterans of MN, Freeborn County Women In Service, a life member of the Red Cross, the retired Nurses and Naeve Hospital Auxiliary, the National World War II Memorial and the American Legion.  She was a member of Silver Lake Lutheran Church and Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Ila is survived by her stepchildren Rebecca (Glenn) Taibl, Rachel Bhattacharyya and David Kim (Margaret) Schmidt; step-grandchildren Erika Lynn Taibl (Andrew Wilkowske), Rita Bhattacharyya, Nina Bhattacharyya, Isaac Schmidt, Aaron Schmidt and Jay Bhattacharyya; step-great-grandchildren Annika Maj and Jackson Christopher Wilkowske; nephews Stuart (Alice), Keith (Janet), Iver, James (Jorene), Peter and Jim Iverson; nieces Dorothy (Hamlin) Burtness, Sharon Bornfleth, Jane Howland, Lucy (Jack) Howland, Gennell Iverson, Margaret Iverson and Janell Iverson; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Ila was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dr. Ruben Schmidt; brothers E. Sophus (Tena) Iverson, Simon (Gertrude) Iverson, Jay (Agnes) Iverson and Kermit (Helen) Iverson; niece, Sylvia Iverson; and nephews Paul, Loren, Mark and Jon Iverson.

Memorials are preferred to the Redeemer Lutheran Church 2013 property project fund, the Redeemer Lutheran endowment fund or the donor’s choice.