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Kathi Schmitz-Pistole

September 9, 1954 — October 16, 2014

Kathi Schmitz-Pistole

Kathi Elaine Schmitz-Pistole, age 60, of Keller, Texas formerly of Wheaton, Minnesota passed away on October 16, 2014 after a lengthy struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis in Dallas, Texas. Funeral Services will be held at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Colleyville, Texas at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Visitation will be held at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel on Tuesday evening from 6:00p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A second service will be held at St John Lutheran Church in Wheaton, Minnesota on Friday, October 24th, at 11:00 a.m with Rev. Michael Breach officiating. Pallbearers will be Lonnie Schmidt, Lee Schmidt, Dustin Escher, Steven Escher, Mike Schmitz, Charlie Schmitz, Francis Schmitz, Devon Schmitz and Peder Schmitz. Honorary Pallbearer will be Travis Schreier. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church. Interment will be in St John Lutheran Cemetery in Wheaton, Minnesota. Kathi was born in St. Francis Hospital, Breckenridge, Minnesota on September 9, 1954 to Kenneth and Eunice Schmitz of Wheaton, Minnesota. She was baptized at St John Lutheran Church on October 10, 1954 by Rev. Otto Truog and Confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church on April 21, 1968 by Rev. Kenneth James Putt. Kathi's Confirmation verse was John 14:27. Kathi Elaine Schmitz-Pistole was an avid gardener, dog and horse lover and the Treasurer of the Fort Worth Bird Club. Her Yellow Nape Amazon Parrot, Korki, was awarded several Blue Ribbons at various Bird Shows in the area and Foxi, her Schipperke dog, who also passed away this year, was her constant companion. She was also a loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother and was loved and respected by all who had the pleasure and honor of her acquaintance. Kathi was employed primarily in Medical Services in the DFW area but was an avid Historical Aircraft enthusiast and spent several years working at the airport near Breckenridge, Minnesota. She celebrated her 40th birthday by making her first tandem parachute jump. She was her husband's Best Friend and Sweetheart until the very end and she will always be his "Little Mama". Kathi was preceded in death by her paternal Grandparents, Peter and Elsie Schmitz, maternal Grandparents, Henry and Dora Tobeck and nephew Chris Schmitz. She is survived by her husband, Bill C. Pistole of Keller, Texas, sons, Kurt (Jennifer) Muehler with grandchildren Katelynn and Emmilee, Gregg (Sarah) Muehler with grandchildren Rachel, Jeffrey and Leah, both of Moorhead, Minnesota. Also Stepsons Billy J. Pistole (Jennifer) with step grandchildren Wyatt and Eli of Sachse, Texas and StepsonTommy Pistole of Keller, Texas, Her parents Kenneth and Eunice Schmitz of Wheaton, Minnesota, siblings Keith (Paulette) Schmitz, Steve (Ruth) Schmitz, of Wheaton, Minnesota, Glen (Bonnie) Schmitz of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Kari (Dan) Eilertson of Barnesville, Minnesota. She is also survived by many Nephews, Nieces, Godchildren and Friends in both Texas and Minnesota. She will be sorely missed by all. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith", II Timothy 4:7
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