Janet Morreim

Janet Morreim

  • Funeral Date: 12/15/13
  • Funeral Time: 4:00 PM
  • Date of Birth: 5/13/29
  • Date of Death: 12/05/13
  • Funeral Location: Benson & Langehough Funeral Home

Janet Schmidt Morreim, age 84 of Northfield, passed away Thursday evening, December 5, 2013, at Reflections on the Three Links Campus.

Janet Sylvia Stavaas Schmidt Morreim was born May 13, 1929, in Onalaska, Wisconsin, to Martin and Gertrude (Gay) Stavaas.  As a child she lived with her family in various parts of the country until moving to Minneapolis in the early 1940′s. Following high school graduation in 1947, she attended business college and the MacPhail School of Music.  She married Christian Schmidt in 1951 and together with their growing family they lived in Minneapolis, Jordan, Minnesota, and British Columbia.  Following Christian’s death in 1974 she returned to Minnesota.  She married Dr. Paul Morreim in 1999 and they have made their home in Northfield since 2008.

Jan was a remarkable woman with a kind and serene personality. Her artistic flair manifested itself in many ways. Music and the violin shaped her life; she played in chamber music groups and was the Principal Second of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis for many years. She assisted her first husband in his artistic jewelry designs and displays, helped run the business and engaged with customers in her quiet efficient manner. She was extremely resourceful by learning to grow and preserve produce for her family of six, and assisted her handicapped father-in-law. After her husband’s death in 1974, she returned to Minnesota and began her life anew at 43, working at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and continued playing the violin, always finding time for the inevitable and necessary practice. She met Paul Morreim on an Art Institute tour and at the age of 70 remarried. She now had a companion with whom she could travel and share her life.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Paul Morreim of Northfield; 3 sons: Mark (Susan) Schmidt of Jordan, Gray Schmidt of Winsted, Dale (Cindy) Schmidt of St. Paul; 9 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; 3 step-children: Paul (Linda) Morreim of Burnsville, Heidi (Dr. Frazier) Eales of Minneapolis, Dr. E. Haavi Morreim of Memphis; 4 step-grand and 7 step-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Christian Schmidt, her son David Schmidt and her sister Mary Young.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 4PM, Sunday, December 15, 2013, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield.  Visitation will begin at 2PM.  Interment will be in Crystal Lake Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Memorials are preferred to the Janet Schmidt Morreim Endowed Scholarship at St. Olaf College (Stewardship Office – Connie Albers, 1520 St. Olaf Ave., 55057)  Thursday Musical of Minneapolis or Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.  www.northfieldfuneral.com




  1. Sharon Davis

    I’m so sorry to hear about Janet’s passing. My mother, Beverly Schmidt will be sad to hear of her passing. Our regards to her family. Bev is also suffering from memory loss and is now living with my husband, son, and I in Minnetonka and doing pretty well.

  2. Rev. Keith E. Homstad

    Blessings on Janet and her family. Christian Schmidt made my wife and my wedding rings in 1969. They have the raised letters in Greek of “AGAPE”. I recall with fondness going in the wintertime to her and Christian’s home near Jordan to meet with them, discussing with him what the pattern would be like, and then finally picking them up. I suspect that Janet was baking something for the holidays because the aroma of fresh bread and cookies lingers in my mind, along with an LP album of fine quality flute music, as we sat in the studio with Christian. His example led me into the art and craft of goldsmithing for many years, and thus indirectly into the art of painting (writing) fine Orthodox Christian icons, which is what I do in my retirement. You can find me on the internet, along with the icons, when you google “Keith Homstad icons” Please accept my condolences at the death of your mother and step mother.
    Rev. Keith E.O. Homstad, ELCA pastor, retired.

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