Agnes Anna Schmitz
Longtime Alaskan and Cooper Landing resident Agnes Anna Schmitz died Dec. 11, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 93.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cooper Landing Community Center. The Rev. Mike Weber will officiate. Additional services will be held at 2 p.m. July 1 at the First Presbyterian Church in Athelstane, Wis. Her ashes will be laid to rest in Crivitz, Wis.
Mrs. Schmitz was born Dec. 7, 1912, in Amberg, Wis. She graduated high school and obtained her teaching certificate. She taught in a one-room school in Loomis, Wis., where she met and married, Carl D. Schmitz. She also lived and worked in Milwaukee and Ohio. She moved to Alaska in 1944 and lived in Anchorage. She worked for the Alaska Railroad for six years. She also was part owner of a cannery in Cordova from 1949 until 1951.
In 1953, she began working at Fort Richardson and worked there for 20 years before retiring in 1973.
Mrs. Schmitz was a charter member of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Anchorage. She was also a lifelong supporter of the First Presbyterian Church in Athelstane, Wis. She had regularly attended the Baptist and Lutheran Church in Cooper Landing. She also worked with the Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners in Cooper Landing since it was started, and was involved in many other community activities.
She was a member of the Eastern Star and Pioneers of Alaska. She supported a child for years through the Christian’s Children’s Fund. Mrs. Schmitz loved nature and growing her beautiful flowers.
“Agnes was a well loved and active member of the community. She had a keen sense of humor and could be a little feisty at times. Everyone loved it. She dearly loved the state of Alaska. Agnes and her husband were Pioneers in the state having moved to Alaska in 1944,” her family said.
Mrs. Schmitz was preceded in death by her husband, Carl D. Schmitz; parents, George and Mary Cole; three brothers, Donald, Douglas and Fred; and sister, Gladys.
She is survived by her brother, Layton Cole and his wife, Carol of Athelstane, Wis.; sister and brother-in-law, Glenda and John Wheelock of Lakeville, Minn.; many nieces and nephews and wonderful friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Agnes’ memory to the Cooper Landing Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 665, Cooper Landing, AK 99572.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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