Victoria A. “Vicki” Middendorf, 68

Victoria A. “Vicki” Middendorf, age 68 of Melrose, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family, after a six year illness on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at her home in Melrose, Minnesota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 17 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and Deacon Stephen Arnold assisting. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose.  Parish prayers will be held at 5 p.m. followed by Legion of Mary at 6 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Victoria Ann Wilbur was born March 26, 1944 in Mankato, Minnesota to David and Virginia (Martinson) Wilbur.  She married Dan Schmidt on July 18, 1964 in Mankato. She worked at Jennie-O Foods, Melrose Beacon and Schmidt Printing in Melrose; retiring at the age of 62. After retirement, she continued working part-time at Schmidt Printing. On July 10, 1990 she married Edward Middendorf in Melrose.  She enjoyed painting, drawing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, gardening, camping, biking, making rosaries, playing piano and watching the Sci-Fi Channel.

Vicki was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and taught religion classes. In earlier years, she was a member of the Fireman Auxiliary and worked as an EMT. She was also a member of the Legion of Mary and the Red Hats.

Survivors include her husband, Edward “Eddie” Middendorf of Melrose; children, Jackie (Joe) Tschida of Melrose, Patty (Tim) Welle of Maple Grove, Joan (Rich) Serafin of Northeast Minneapolis, and John Schmidt (Rick Long) of Minneapolis; step-children, Deb (Keith) Miner of Circle Pines, Terry Middendorf of Rosemount, and Sheila (Robin) Handy of Medina; grandchildren, Blake, Drew and Michaela Welle, Brandon, Eric and Haley Tschida, and Coltrane and Oliver Jack Serafin; first great-grandchild due in April; step-grandchildren, Brooke and Nikki Middendorf, and Kelly and Samantha Miner; brother, Jimmy (Bobi) Wilbur of Mankato; sister, Susie Goodell of Cleveland, MN; and nieces and nephews.

Vicki was preceded in death by her parents, David and Virginia Wilbur.

Serving as casket bearers will be Blake Welle, Brandon Tschida, Drew Welle, Eric Tschida, Michaela Welle, and Haley Tschida. Cross bearer will be Morgan Tschida. Lectors will be Morghan Ronning and Michaela Welle. Honorary bearers will be her Red Hat friends, Judy Evans, Donna Dufner, Marcie Welle, Pat Loxtercamp, Gloria Schneider and Hortense Walz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Lung Association.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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