Irene K. SchmidtMay 30, 1921 ~ August 25, 2017 (age 96)
Irene K. Schmidt (Nana) Our loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother went to heaven on August 25, 2017. She was born in Missoula, Montana on May 30, 1921 to Guiseppi and Antonietta Polignoni. In 1925, Irene, her older brother Paul and her parents moved to Spokane. The family continued to grow as Tony, Joseph, and Michael were born. Irene attended McKinley Elementary, Libby Junior High, and Lewis and Clark High School. She obtained her beautician license and owned and operated a beauty salon. Her life was devoted to her husband and four children. Following the example of her mother, Irene worked hard and sacrificed to make sure everyone was healthy, happy, and loved. Holidays were filled with traditions that are still valued today by multiple generations. Her face beamed with pride when she spoke of her grandkids and great-grandkids. She always talked about what a blessing they were to her. In her own words, “Cooking is my great love. I enjoy making special foods for my family – anything they especially want for dinner, anytime. I also love baking and presenting my family and friends with freshly baked goodies.” Countless people were recipients of her deliciously prepared foods. We miss her with all our hearts, but will carry on the legacy of love, faith, strength, generosity, and perseverance she modeled for us. She was a great wife, mom, and Nana!
Irene was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Charlie (Smitty). She was also preceded in death by her parents, son-in-law, Dave Larsen, and her three brothers; Paul, Tony, and Joseph. She is survived by her brother Michael (Jan) and her four children; Marlene, Marie, Charlotte (Jack), and Charlie (Joanne). Survivors also include her grandchildren; Kathy (Sean), Lisa, Tony (Robbie), Cheryl (Tony), Karla (Jeff), and Sydney. Additional survivors are her great grandchildren; Kyla, Austin, Justice (Ashley), Russell, Ben, Anthony, Joe, Evan, Olivia and numerous nieces and nephews.
We would like to thank the entire staff at Touchmark for treating our mother with dignity. In the short time she was there, she developed friendships that brought her great joy. Irene’s life will be celebrated at a Memorial Mass at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 3520 East 18th in Spokane, followed by a reception at the church. A private graveside will be held by the family.