Mildred Savekoul- Schmitz

Sept. 22, 1919-Sept. 1, 2018


Savelkoul-Schmitz, 98,

Kenmare, ND, passed

away Saturday, Sep-

tember 1, 2018, in a

Minot, ND hospital.

Mildred Marie McNeal

was born September 22,

1919, the daughter of El-

bert “Guy” and Margaret

(Ackerman) McNeal, in

Elmdale Township, Ward

County, ND. She was

raised and educated in

Elmdale Township and

was baptized and con-

firmed at St. Agnes

Catholic Church of Ken-


Mildred married

Clarence Savelkoul on

May 26, 1939 in Kenmare.

They made their home in

Tolley and Lansford, ND

and from this union, three

children were born: Carol,

Mary and Ed. Clarence

passed away in 1946.

On October 22, 1949,

Mildred was united in

marriage with David

Schmitz in Kenmare at St.

Agnes Catholic Church.

They made their home in

Kenmare, and from this

union two more children

were born: Geralyn “Geri”

and Kelvin.

Mildred was a cook at a

number of restaurants in

Kenmare. In 1961, David

began leasing and operat-

ing the Westland Service

Station in Kenmare. He

later purchased the sta-

tion in 1974, renaming it

Dave’s Transmission Ser-

vice. Throughout the

course of over 45 years at

the service station, Mil-

dred worked alongside

David as the company

bookkeeper. She and Da-

vid moved to Minot in

2015 for health reasons.

Mildred’s faith was of

the utmost importance in

her life, and she was a

very devoted and in-

volved member of St.

Agnes Catholic Church.

She was also a member of

the Lakeview Art Club

and the American Legion


Mildred loved creating

art and working in her

flower and vegetable gar-

dens. She was an excel-

lent cook; enjoying cook-

ing, baking and canning.

In her younger years, Mil-

dred enjoyed playing soft-

ball; a favorite pastime

that carried over to a life-

long enjoyment of watch-

ing her favorite baseball

team, the Minnesota

Twins, on television.

Surviving family in-

cludes: Children, Carol

(Richard) Grandbois, Rim-

rock, AZ, Mary Seime,

Black Hawk, CO, Ed (San-

dra) Savelkoul, Sidney,

MT, Kelvin (Shirley)

Schmitz, Bremerton, WA

and Geralyn “Geri” (Paul)

Jacob; Minot; 13

grandchildren; 28

great-grandchildren; 10


and numerous nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Mildred was preceded

in death by: parents; first

husband, Clarence Savel-

koul; infant daughter,

Margaret Savelkoul;

son-in-law, Bernell Seime;

great-grandson, Isiac

Savelkoul; and her si-

blings, Marie (Joe) Munch,

Cyril (Charlotte) McNeal,

Herb (Maxine) McNeal,

Agnes (Leonard) Neft and

infant sister, Dorothy


Mass of Christian Buri-

al: Saturday, September 8,

2018, at 10:30 a.m. at St.

Agnes Catholic Church,

Kenmare, ND.

Interment: St. Agnes

Catholic Cemetery, Ken-

mare, ND.

Visitation: One hour

prior, followed by Recita-

tion of the Holy Rosary 30

minutes prior to the fun-

eral mass at the church.

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