Colleen Schmitt

KINGSFORD – Colleen A. (Hanson) Schmitt, 81, was born into eternal life on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

She was born in Kingsford on Sept. 8, 1932, to Ragnar and Loretta (Stoikes) Hanson and grew up in the Iron Mountain and Kingsford areas.

Colleen enjoyed volunteering, arts and crafts, cooking and baking, visiting with her relatives and friends, and keeping her home immaculate.

She is survived by her sisters, Faye LaVarnway and Jean Hinz; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Richard Toth; sister-in-law, Patricia Hanson; many nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John C. Schmitt; brother, Robert Hanson; sisters, Sr. Loretta Jean Hanson O.P. and Belva Hanson; brothers-in-law, James LaVarnway Sr., and Thomas Hinz; and niece, Patti Kay Rose.

A memorial Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, followed by burial, will be held at a later date.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff at ManorCare Nursing Home and the Hospice volunteers for their compassionate care and support. They would also like to thank her relatives and friends for taking the time to visit her.

Dear Colleen and Auntie Co: You were a very positive life force and left a lasting impression on all the lives that you touched. We love you very much and thank you for sharing and helping us all to prepare for many events. You were always there to help us whether it was for a prayer request, preparing for a graduation celebration or family reunion, or helping us cope with an illness or death. You were the true Florence Nightingale of our family and for many others. Until we are reunited with you in heaven, love and prayers from your family.

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The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.