Eileen Schmit


July 13, 1934 - November 28, 2020


Eileen Anna Schmit, 86, Mitchell, formerly of Artesian, SD, passed away Saturday, November 28, 2020 at the Madison Regional Hospital.  Funeral services will be 1:30 PM Friday, December 4, at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell.  Visitation will be on Thursday, December 3 from 4-7:00 pm with the family present from 5-7:00 pm at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Artesian, SD. Masks are required at the services. 

A live-stream of the funeral service may be viewed at: http://mitchellfirstlutheran.org/live/

Eileen Anna Spahn was born on July 13, 1934 in St. Louis to Harry and Irene Spahn.  Eileen lost her father at the age of 2.  Her mother married Lester Noell, and they moved to Canton, IL before settling in Artesian, SD.  She worked in the family’s store, Noell’s Department Store, while going to school.  She graduated from Artesian High School in 1952.  On December 23, 1951, Eileen married the love of her life, Francis Schmit.  They talked fondly about the times they spent at Ruskin Park.  The couple lived in the Artesian area while Francis worked for an area farmer before buying and settling on their farm south of Artesian. They raised their family and resided there until they bought their home in Mitchell in 1984. 

In her younger years, besides working at the store, she also worked for the Artesian Telephone Company. After raising her family, she worked as the Post Master Relief for the Artesian Post Office for 20 years.  Eileen and Francis spent a lot of time with their family at the lake, and enjoyed dancing and playing cards with their many friends.  She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Artesian, involved in the First Lutheran Church of Mitchell, Women’s Circle, Town & Country Extension Club, Heartland Quilters Guild, Roadrunner Club, Red Hat Club,  and Moose Lodge.  Eileen enjoyed the many friendships she made throughout her years taking in many concerts, plays and events.  She always loved traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She could be seen in the stands at her grandchildren’s events supporting them whenever she could.  Eileen moved to Countryside Living in 2019 where she loved the staff and fellow residents.  She was a friend and companion to many. 

Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Allen (Lynette), Kingwood,TX; Kevin (Rebecca),  Sheridan, WY; Craig, Sheridan, WY; Terry (Chris), Gillette, WY; Tim, Mitchell, SD; and Robert (Brenda), Artesian, SD;  16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Wayne Weld, Wenatchee, WA;  sister-in-law, Mabel Schmit, Winner, SD; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 2004, infant children David and Mary Ann, great-grandson Tomas, sister Nancy Weld, brothers Robert and Ronald Noell.


Thursday, December 3, 2020
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, December 4, 2020
1:30 PM
First Lutheran Church
411 N Duff St
Mitchell, SD 57301

Live-stream: http://mitchellfirstlutheran.org/live/


Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, SD

Posted by Sandie Larsen on December 4, 2020
I loved visiting with your Mom when I was in SD visiting my parents (Mary & Norman Thuringer). So very sorry to read of her passing. May she rest in peace with Francis.
Posted by Richard & Jo Ann Twedt on December 4, 2020
We are so sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Posted by Deb neugebauer on December 3, 2020
Gif bless Eileen memory. I knew her from when Francis was at Firesteel. My sympathy to your family.
Posted by Ed Schmit on December 3, 2020
Aunt Eileen was a super lady. My sympathy to you all. I have many memories of her. May God bless you all.
Posted by Michelle Ihnen on December 2, 2020
So very sorry for your loss! Sending thoughts and prayers!🙏🙏
Posted by Myrna & Howard Moore on December 2, 2020
Our hearts are saddened over the loss of our dear friend Ilene. We enjoyed her company and the times that we went out for supper. She loved her family and was proud of them all! You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by JIM GraceRadke on December 2, 2020
So sorry for lost we will pray for her
Posted by Lynn and Ronda Barta, McKinney,Tx on December 2, 2020
Our condolences to all the family... Eileen was a grand Lady and will surely missed...she was so special to her family and friends with a positive attitude and loving heart... our thoughts and prayers are with you all especially during these challenging times... Take care and God Bless...
Posted by Gordon & Trish Moore on December 1, 2020
So very sorry for lost of your love one. She told many loving stories of her family. You were blessed.
Posted by Dan and Connie muller on December 1, 2020
We are so very sorry for your loss.This has been such a horrible year for a lot of people losing loved ones.Eileen was such a nice person and so easy going.I am sure you have lots of good memories.Hugs to all. We will keep you in our prayers
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