(2/19/12) Vivian Jeanice Schmidt (Spaulding) was called to her eternal home Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, after a courageous 18 month battle with congestive heart failure.
Vivian was born on July 25, 1924, to James and Lahna (Stiehl) Spaulding in Black River Falls. She graduated from Melrose High School and later worked at Fort McCoy. She married Vincent Stanley Schmidt on June 1, 1942. They farmed in the North Bend and Shake Hollow area. After the death of her husband, she was employed as a typesetter by the Melrose Chronicle for almost forty years. She also wrote a column titled "Coffeetime Chatter " and continued to write up until her death. Her last months were spent with her family in Madison, Wis.
Vivian liked to travel and she visited all 50 states and many of our National Parks. She loved to photograph her travels and collected a souvenir spoon of each place she visited. Vivian loved to crochet and she completed over 50 afgans for family members. Her other favorite pastimes were working crossword puzzles, watching game shows and spending time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent; her parents; her brother, Glen; and one daughter, Laurene. She is survived by her children, Lallie (Bernard) Janusheske, Sandy (Jerry) Rodenberg, Jim (Linda Somerville), Karen Luther; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great- great-grandchildren. Also numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Gunderson Lutheran of La Crosse and St. Mary's of Madison for their excellent service and all their assistance. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association would be greatly appreciated.
Vivian will forever be remembered for her infectious smile and positive outlook on life.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Melrose. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the church. A luncheon will be held at the church following the internment at the Melrose Cemetery.