Ceil was born Dec. 29, 1916, the oldest child of Michael and Frances Tschida of Holdingford. After graduation, Ceil moved to St. Paul where she worked until her marriage to Herbert Schmidt in July, 1937. They resided in Lyle, until 1951, when they moved to Austin.
Survivors include two daughters, Fran (Bill) Weidner, Austin, Mary Cottingham, Casa Grande, Ariz.; two sons, Herb (Marlene) Schmidt, Soquel, Calif., Tom (Laura) Schmidt, Vacaville, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Val, Rita, Louise, Leona, Doris, brothers, Jerome, Robert, Michael.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert in 2004; son, Ralph in 1945; son-in-law, R.C. Cottingham; sisters, Bernadine Pierskalla, Loretta Nielsen; brothers, Eugene Tschida, Leo Tschida.