Margaret Ella <I>Schmidt</I> Hessel

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Margaret Ella Schmidt Hessel

  • Birth 7 Apr 1921
  • Death 30 Aug 2012
  • Burial Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, USA
  • Plot Sect A Lot 156
  • Memorial ID 48696107

Margaret Ella Schmidt was the daughter of Herman Dick Schmidt born 6 Mar 1896 Stanton, NE and his wife Reminnie Dorothy Michaelsen b. 5 Oct 1895 Platte Co NE who married 14 Nov 1916 in St. Johns, Grand Prairie NE. Margaret Schmidt married Raymond Stanley Hessel on 10 Oct 1940, the son of Charles Cleveland Hessel and his wife Stella May Bailey also buried here.


Margaret Ella (Schmidt) Hessel, 91, of Grand Island died on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at Heritage Living Center in St. Paul.
A celebration of her life is planned for the near future.
All Faiths Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Hessel was born on April 7, 1921, in Richmond to Herman D. and Reminnie D. (Michaelsen) Schmidt.
She married Raymond Hessel on Oct. 10, 1940. He died in 1997.

Survivors of the immediate family include a daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Richard Maschmeyer of Santa Fe, N.M.; and a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Linda Hessel of Grand Island.

Also surviving are six grandchildren, Ingrid Maschmeyer and Adam Maschmeyer of Anchorage, Alaska, Erika Davis and Dustin Hessel of Lakewood, Colo., Hilary Warner of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Lindsey Hessel of Denver. She was blessed with two beautiful great-grandchildren, Caitlyn and her brother, Leyton, both of Lakewood, Colo. Her surviving nieces and nephew are Rosella Daughtery of Hastings, Joyce Ryan of Grand Island and Susan Smith and Arnold "Skipper" Schmidt, both of St. Joseph, Mo.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents. She lost her two brothers, Robert L. Schmidt in World War II and Arnold H. Schmidt in 1948. Her only sister, Rose Ann Jacobsen, passed in 2007.

Her family lived on a farm near Archer outside of Palmer. Margaret graduated from Palmer High School in 1939. She was a great speller and won many awards while in school. During World War II, she was one of many women who filled in for the men by working at a gas station. Later she worked at the ordnance plant, where she met her husband-to-be, Raymond Hessel. They made their permanent home in Grand Island. Each summer, they made trips to Sacramento and San Leandro, Calif., to visit family who had moved from Nebraska.

While working various jobs, Margaret continued her love of handicrafts that ranged from crocheting, knitting and sewing (making most of her daughter's formal wear) to making rickrack earrings and Christmas ornaments crafted from wallpaper sample books. When asked to make her daughter's wedding dress, she declined, gladly paying for a "store-bought" dress.

Her most amazing artistic feat was crocheting a 6-foot-by-4-foot picture of the Last Supper following a pattern and completing it as one piece. Her father and brother-in-law framed the masterpiece and hung it for her. When asked how long the project took, she "guesstimated" at least 10 years, possibly because she was a perfectionist, tearing out row after row if she found a previous mistake.


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  • Created by: Cameron-Ashley Heath
  • Added: 24 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 48696107
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Ella Schmidt Hessel (7 Apr 1921–30 Aug 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 48696107, citing Grand Island Cemetery, Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Cameron-Ashley Heath (contributor 46896958) .