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Debra Schmidt, 67, Owatonna

Debra Schmidt, 67, Owatonna, obituary

Debra (Deb) Schmidt, age 67, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, at Allina Hospital in Owatonna surrounded by her immediate family.

Deb was born to Burt and Barbara Cramer on May 28, 1956, in Owatonna, where she graduated high school in 1974.

Shortly after graduating, she married her best friend Leland (Lee) Schmidt. Deb and Lee went on to have two wonderful sons, Craig and AJ, before moving to their current home in rural Medford. She was employed at Bosch in Owatonna, where she retired in April 2022 after 25 years of dedicated service.

Deb loved the color purple, collecting anything moose related, and being outside - especially gardening and spending time at her camper in Waterville. Above everything, Deb loved her friends and family.

Deb is survived by Lee, her husband of 49 years; her children Craig Schmidt of Ellendale and AJ (and Erin) Schmidt of Owatonna; her siblings; Tammy Gasner of Owatonna, John (and Carlen) Cramer of Medford, Barb (and Mark) Burmeister of Faribault; several nieces and nephews; and her most adored family of all, her grandbabies Kaleb, Laila, Paisley, Lily, Lindsey, and Maverick.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Burt and Barbara; her parents-in-law, Norbert and Hilda Schmidt; her brother, Doug; her brother-in-law, Larry; and her grandson, Otie.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Deb on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2-5 p.m. at the Owatonna VFW.

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