Patricia Carol Schlicht 68 of Wessington Springs died Sunday morning April 19, 2009 at Avera Weskota Memorial Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday April 25th at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with Rev. John Paulson and Msgr. Edward Burian officiating. Interment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Basham Funeral Home Friday from 5-8 or at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the service. A prayer service will be held Friday at the funeral home at 7:30 PM.
Patricia was born on Sept. 29, 1940 at Wessington Springs to Dave and Inez (Taylor) Thompson. She attended rural grade school in Hand, Beadle and Day Counties and one year of high school at Webster, SD. In June of 1955, she moved with her parents to Englewood, CO. where she attended Englewood High School.
On October 6, 1963, she married Les Schmidt at Lordsburg, NM. Les was in the US Air Force. They were stationed at Davis-Manthan A.F.B. in Tucson, AZ, Orlando A.F. B. Orlando, FL, Kadena A.F. B. in Okinawa, Japan and Ellsworth A. F. B. in Rapid City, SD.
In 1969 she moved back to Wessington Springs.
On October 9, 1973, she married Smylie Schlicht at Luverne, MN. Smylie was a traveling bookbinder working in county courthouses repairing permanent records in the Register of Deeds and county clerk offices. She learned the business from him. When he died in 1987, she continued with the business. She loved driving to different states and meeting new people in the bookbinding business. One of her favorite places was behind the steering wheel of her car.
She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and American Legion Auxillary. She belonged to Springs Country Club and was past president of the ladies league, serving two terms. She was the first woman to serve on the board of directors, serving two terms at Spring Country Club.
One of her favorite things was watching Minnesota Vikings Football games. Anyone who knew her had no doubt who her favorite team was.
She also loved playing cards with the “old boys” at the Springs Inn on weekdays and with “the girls” on Saturday.
She is survived by her son David Schmidt and his wife Meredith, a grandson Carlos Pandiella and his wife Katie and their daughter Olivia Grace all of Bossier City, LA, one sister Joy Kerber and her husband Arnold of Golden, CO, one brother Doug Nelson and his wife May of Parker, CO. and several nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Symlie two brothers Don Thompson and Rodney Nelson, one sister Sharon Keney.
Pat has requested that those attending her funeral wear Minnesota Vikings apparel if you have them.