Ethel Schmalz


Westbrook Funeral Home – Westbrook, MN


Ethel L. Schmalz

Ethel Lydia Schmalz, age 92 of Westbrook passed away Monday, February 22, 2010 at the Sanford Westbrook Hospital in Westbrook. 

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 26 at the Westbrook Funeral Home. 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  The Westbrook Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

Ethel Lydia Rose Hass was born March 19, 1917 to Charles and Clara (Spielman) Hass.  She was baptized by Pastor Wolf, and later confirmed by Pastor Sharfe at Rosehill Church.  Ethel attended District 59 and later graduated from Westbrook High School in 1935.  She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees from Mankato State University.  She and Harold Schmalz were married by Pastor Sharfe on January 1, 1938.  After teaching in rural schools for many years, Ethel spent eighteen years teaching Kindergarten in Storden, MN.  In 1983, she organized Kiddies Korner Preschool and taught there until 1995 when she retired.  They lived in Rosehill Township until 1943 when they moved to their home in Westbrook Township.  Ethel was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and served on the Worship Committee.  She was a member of WELCA, Southwest MN Association for the Education of Young Children, and MN Education and National Education Associations.  She was also an officer in South Western Reading Council. 

Ethel is survived by her son Charles of Storden, MN; daughter Clarene of Storden, MN; grandson Lee of Westbrook, MN; and sister-in-law Arlene (Bud) Nelson of Westbrook, MN.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harold in 1988; and her son Karim in 2009.  

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