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Recitation of the Rosary

St. Mary's Catholic Church
Wednesday February 13th, 2019

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St. Mary's Catholic Church
Wednesday February 13th, 2019
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Mary's Catholic Church
Thursday February 14th, 2019

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Elmer Waldschmidt

A Mass of Christian Burial for Elmer Waldschmidt, 87, of Riverside, will be held Thursday, February 14, 2019, at 10:30 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Riverside with Father William Roush officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Riverside. Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 13 from 4 – 7 PM at St. Mary's Catholic Church, where a Rosary will be recited at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Riverside 1st Responders or the American Heart Association. Elmer Waldschmidt died Friday, February 8, 2019, at Lantern Park Care Center in Coralville.

Elmer Earl Waldschmidt was born May 12, 1931, in Hills, Iowa, the son of Earl and Helen (Wiese) Waldschmidt. He graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School in Riverside. He married the love of his life, Shirley Wieland, on August 7, 1951, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Riverside. Elmer was proud to be a US Marine and served as a radiotelegraph operator from 1951 – 1953 at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA. Elmer worked as a custodian at Highland schools for 30 years. He was known for pulling jokes on teachers, staff, and students, especially the cooks. Elmer was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He loved gardening, the Cubs and Indians, Iowa Hawkeye Football and Iowa Basketball and the Tuesday morning breakfast group, FOOF. He enjoyed his annual trip to Wisconsin to visit his close friend Brian O'Donnell. Elmer's family was his biggest joy, there weren't many sporting events that he missed. His daughters will miss his daily calls and visits but know he is at peace to finally be back with "the girl with the smile".

Survivors include five daughters: Diane (Al) Lowe of Riverside, Nancy (Greg) Sojka of Riverside, Cindy (Don) Becker of North Liberty, Linda (Scott) Frank of Riverside, Jean (Tony) Redlinger of Tiffin, 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, two sisters: Marjorie (Joe) Gase of Cedar Rapids and Carolyn Shalla of Kalona and a sister-in-law Mary Waldschmidt of Lone Tree.

Preceding Elmer in death were his parents, his wife Shirley in 2017, his brother Cletus "Boots" Waldschmidt and a brother-in-law Cliff Shalla.

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To the family of Elmer Waldschmidt I knew him some 55 years ago when I was 19 years old and played softball with him on the Riverside town team. He was a really great guy, and I would see him once in awhile after I moved to Moline, Illinois. I live in Florida now and was talking to a friend about the good old days and asked about Elmer. I am sorry to hear of his passing. He was a good guy, good ball player and a good all around person. I graduated in 1964 from Highland School as the first class but we went to Ainsworth.

Bill Schmidt Apr 10 2021 12:00 AM

To the Waldschmidt Family: Deepest Sympathy, friends always. There are so many memories that will be with me forever. Love, Brian (OD)

Feb 14 2019 12:00 AM

Linda & family, So sorry to hear about your dad, you are in our thoughts and prayers.Julie & Rick Pelechek

Julie Pelechek Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

Jean and family..... Please accept my sincere sympathy for Elmer passing to a better place. We all knew that he wanted to be with your Mother and he managed as he could especially with all the help of ur sistersYes U will miss him but he is at peace we all knowGod bless you and your family

John Doering Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

Diane and Family - We were sorry to hear about your Dad. Thinking of you at this sad time.

Michael and Karolyn McDole Feb 11 2019 12:00 AM

To all the family, Elmer was always great to visit with. He always had a smile on his face. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Cathy and Mike

Cathy and Mike Fountian Feb 11 2019 12:00 AM

Jean & Family~ Your Father has always been a fond memory of our many years of school- he always had a smile and a joke for someone..... he never knew a stranger..... I will always remember the last time I saw him a couple years ago at the Frontier.... He hadnt changed a bit. He has always had a spot waiting for him in heaven next to your Mom.... Sending prayers of strength and comfort. Hugs .... Rhonda (Sojka) Johnson

Rhonda Johnson Feb 10 2019 12:00 AM

Please know that many knew this man and loved him. He made school fun! Rest in peace Elmer.

Jennie (Droll) Gerot Feb 10 2019 12:00 AM

Elmer was such a special guy. Will miss seeing him at those weekly FOOF breakfasts. Sending prayers and hugs to the girls and their families.

Sandy Stout Feb 9 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Elmer he will be greatly missed by all that knew him I have great memories of in the hallways of Highland Community School he will always be with you all in your hearts memories spirits and thoughts may God Bless you and all of your family and friends

Terri Lee Mellecker Doehrmann Feb 9 2019 12:00 AM

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