December 11, 2018
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is with sadness that I report to you the death of Deacon Linda Schmidt on Monday, December 10, 2018, in Geneseo, Illinois.
Deacon Linda was born March 31, 1966, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and married the Rev. Clifford Schmidt on January 2, 1993. Linda graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1988 with a B.A. in Church Music. She later received a Master of Church Music from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois in 1992.
Deacon Linda was commissioned as an Associate in Ministry (now called a Minister of Word and Service/Deacon) on September 10, 1988, by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Her first call was to Zion Lutheran Church, Madison, Wisconsin, from 1988-1991. Next, she was called to serve at Wilmette Lutheran Church, Wilmette, Illinois, from 1992-1995. Next, she was called to serve at Zion Lutheran Church, Clinton, Iowa, where she served as Director of Music, from 1995-2000. She was called to serve as Minister of Music at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church, Kenosha, Wisconsin, from 2001-2015. Last, she was called to serve as Director of Worship & Music at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo, from 2015-present.
Visitation will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2018, at First Lutheran Church, 114 E. Main Street, Geneseo, Illinois. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church,
114 E. Main Street, Geneseo.
As the church, we offer our sympathy to her family and friends, and because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we rejoice in God’s promise of eternal life, comfort, and hope.
Walking with you
Bishop Jeffrey Clements
The Rev. Jeffrey Clements
Northern Illinois Synod
103 W. State Street
Rockford, IL 61101
Phone: (815) 964-9934
Fax: (815) 964-2295