News

A final goodbye to Ipswich's oldest woman, aged 106

FAMILY WOMAN: Eva Schmidt will be remembered as an optimist who loved cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.
FAMILY WOMAN: Eva Schmidt will be remembered as an optimist who loved cooking, gardening and spending time with her family. Rob Williams

THE woman thought to be Ipswich's oldest resident will be remembered as a loving great-grandmother who always looked on the bright side of life.

Eva Schmidt died peacefully last Wednesday, just a few weeks short of her 107th birthday.

"She always took everything in her stride and never let anything worry her," daughter Val Haag said.

"Her mind was still good right to the very last but she said she was ready to go."

The great-grandmother was born on February 25, 1909 and had seen a lot of change in her time living in Ipswich.

Mrs Schmidt grew up in Mt Mort and, after leaving school, worked on her parents' dairy farm.

She spent her free time as a teenager at the Rosevale dances before settling down and marrying Albert Schmidt in 1932.

A young Eva Schmidt with her mother Minnie and daughters Norma and Val (left).
A young Eva Schmidt with her mother Minnie and daughters Norma and Val (left). Contributed

The couple started their family in Rosewood and during their time there had three children, Val, Norma and Bevil.

During the Second World War Mrs Schmidt's husband Albert served in the Civil Constructional Corps in Queensland and the pair bought a property at Warrill View once the war ended.

"There they continued dairying for 25 years," Mrs Haag said.

"In 1970 they moved to Brassall to retire."

Mrs Haag said her mother's greatest interests were her church and gardening.

"She took pride in donating many pot plants for church stalls at St Luke's Lutheran Church Ipswich until its closure," she said.

"She also participated in activities like bingo and craft."

Eva Schmidt with her great- grandson Thomas Haag (right).
Eva Schmidt with her great- grandson Thomas Haag (right). Contributed

The great-great- grandmother of 16 spent her final years being cared for at Blue Care Brassall Village Aged Care Facility.

Mrs Schmidt's funeral will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Raceview tomorrow from 9am.

She is survived by her three children, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren.

Topics:  eva schmidt, farewell, grandmother, ipswich, oldest woman, resident




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Bluebirds bound for Townsville

NORTHERN CHALLENGE: Swifts junior rugby league players are in Townsville this weekend for the Gordon Tallis Cup.

Swifts juniors take of for Townsville

Conlon’s connected

ABORIGINAL APPRECIATION: Ipswich Jets fullback Wes Conlon shows off the club’s special Indigenous round jersey designed by Ipswich students at Bremer High State School.

Indigenous round has Jets fullback in grand final mode

Latest deals and offers

V8 drivers hit Willowbank

James Courtney and Mick Doohan at the 2016 Australian Kart Championship at Willowbank.

V8 drivers James Courtney and Mick Doohan spectated at Willowbank's Australian Kart...

Robbery CCTV

Night Owl Redbank Plains was held up at knife point overnight.

CCTV footage of robbery overnight at Night Owl Redbank Plains.

Drug Arm to assist party precinct

Launch of the new Safe Night Precinct in Top of Town. Pictured is Graham Hembrow from Drug Arm, Mayor Paul Pisasale, Jennifer Howad MP and Dennis Young from Drug Arm.

Launch of the new Safe Night Precinct in Top of Town.

Arts and culture get a boost in council budget

HAPPY CAMPER: Council’s culture boss Cr Charlie Pisasale will be delighted $400,000 has been allocated for a business case investigation for IPAC.

IPAC at the forefront of councillor's agenda

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four