SIEGFRIED "PEEWEE" SCHMIDTKE
Visitation will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Morristown on Friday, April 24th from noon to 2 p.m.
PeeWee, as he was affectionately known, was born May 11, 1923 as the third of five sons to H.D. and Auguste (Ahlmann) Schmidtke of Morristown. He grew up in Morristown and after high school served in the US Army during WW II. He married his college sweetheart, Lenore "Ann" (Aronson) on April 17, 1949. They were married for 26 years prior to her death in 1975.
PeeWee was appointed Postmaster in Morristown by President Eisenhower and successfully served in this position for 36 years until his retirement. PeeWee was a passionate and faithful supporter of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and especially Cannon Valley Lutheran High School. He carried this same passion and support as a 70 year member of the American Legion Post 149; also serving as the "Thundering Third" District Commander and then as Minnesota State Vice Commander under Dan Ludwig. He was also a strong supporter of the Morristown Fire Department. He especially loved meeting and getting to know the young people of Morristown while working in the post office, driving school bus and those attending CVLHS.
PeeWee is survived by his brother, H. "Dave" (and Lila) Schmidtke of Faribault; his daughters; Sheryll (and David) Harbaugh of Rogers, AR, Zona Schmidtke-Raelson of Anchorage AK, Sonya (and Antonio) Rosadio of Eagan, MN and a "4th daughter", Marg (and Dan) Melchert of Morristown. Also surviving him are three grandchildren and two great grandchildren, his brother in law, Neal Aronson and sister in law, Berniece Aronson and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ann, three brothers and two grandchildren.Visit boldtfuneralhome.com for information and guest book.
Name: Mary Janke
Date: Tuesday April 28, 2015
I remember going to see PeeWee while attending Cannon Valley Lutheran HS, and even afterwards. He was such a funny and caring man. I always enjoyed seeing him, and I wish I could have seen him more recently before he passed. I am so sad to hear that he is gone, and that I will never get the chance to see him again until Heaven. I remember how he used to give me little things every time I would stop to see him (mostly food) and it was so thoughtful! I deeply regret not seeing him again before he passed.
Name: Monica Di Santi
Date: Saturday April 25, 2015
We were deeply saddened by the news of Siegfried's passing away. He was such a thoughtful man that he will live in the heart of all of us who had the opportunity to meet him. Our thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times. "What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us." -Helen Keller Monica, Patty and Agustin
Name: Adriana and Jim Treadway
Date: Saturday April 25, 2015
All my memories of Peewee are of kindness. Peewee was a generous, kind man. An honest man. He welcomed me, a visitor from Argentina, kindly and warmly first as a 6-month guest at his daughter Sheryll's home and later as a life-long friend and family of David and Sheryll Harbaugh. He literally rescued and protected another Argentine in Minnesota and made sure that her experience as a visiting teacher in Minnesota was as wonderful as mine was with the Harbaughs in Arkansas. He bought me the first and only corsage I ever had, a beautiful flower bouquet for my first sunrise Easter celebration in America. He made sure my three nieces in Argentina had a piece of American toy tradition by getting each of them a Raggedy Ann and Andy doll. I have never forgotten his thoughfulness and generosity. Peewee will be missed. May he rest in peace. We send our sincere condolences to our dear friends Sheryll and David, to Zona, Sonya and Antonio, and the rest of the family.
Name: Cindy Packard
Date: Wednesday April 22, 2015
I have many memories of Pee Wee at the Post Office and the last time I saw him in Waterville. We had a great conversation. He and my Mom always use to argue and they loved the challenge. I know you will cherish your family memories as you remember your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Another piece of Morristown history passes.