Amy M. Schmidt

BATTLE CREEK - Services for Amy M. Schmidt, 42, of Battle Creek will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. The Rev. Richard A. Salcido will officiate. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are encouraged and social distancing rules apply. Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Homes in Battle Creek and Ida Grove are in charge of arrangements.

She died Oct. 5, 2020, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Amy M. (Ludwigs) Schmidt was born Nov. 28, 1977, in DeRidder, La., to Alfert and Barva (Faires) Ludwigs. During her early years, Amy lived in Louisiana and Le Mars, before finding her forever home in Akron, Iowa, with Bob and Mary Lou Klemme.

Amy graduated from Akron-Westfield High School in 1996. She then pursued a career in nursing at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, where she obtained her RN degree. She went on to further her education at Creighton University, graduating with a BSN.

You may have encountered Amy’s warm smile and compassionate care over the years at Maple Heights Nursing Home, Cherokee Regional Medical Center, Willow Dale Wellness Village (as a DON) or at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.

Her calling to help and teach others led Amy to Clarkson University, where she graduated magna cum laude with an MSN in nursing education. She found her niche in teaching within the RN program at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, where she had been recently employed at the Storm Lake campus.

On Aug. 26, 2000, Amy married the love of her life, Kevin Lee Schmidt, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. They settled down on the Schmidt family farm north of Battle Creek, where they were blessed with two children, Brandon and Courtney.

Amy was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife and mother who embraced every moment with her family and was especially proud of her children. Despite starting as a ‘city girl,’ she loved farm life and was willing to lend a helping hand in all aspects of the farm, including caring for her pet cows and chickens. Her smile and laugh would light up a room.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Kevin Schmidt, and her children, Brandon and Courtney, all of Battle Creek; her parents, Bob and Mary Lou Klemme of Akron; her siblings: John Ludwigs of Dallas, Texas, James Ludwigs of Le Mars, Christy Ludwigs of Epworth, Joy Martin of Anacoco, La., Linda Pry of Le Mars, Sharon Grant of Ramona, Calif., and Faith Schiltz of Remsen; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Judy Schmidt of Ida Grove; extended family; and dear friends.

Amy was preceded in death by her brother, Alfert Ludwigs Jr., and her sister, Grace Donna Ludwigs.

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