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Janet Morreim, 84

Published 10:39am Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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

Janet Sylvia Stavaas Schmidt Morreim was born May 13, 1929, in Onalaska, Wis., 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 1940s. 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, Minn., 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. When she met Paul Morreim on an Art Institute tour and at the age of 70, she remarried. She now had a companion with whom she could travel and share her life.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Paul Morreim, of Northfield; three sons: Mark (Susan) Schmidt, of Jordan, Gray Schmidt, of Winsted, Dale (Cindy) Schmidt, of St. Paul; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; three step-children: Paul (Linda) Morreim, of Burnsville, Heidi (Dr. Frazier) Eales, of Minneapolis, Dr. E. Haavi Morreim, of Memphis; four step-grand and seven 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 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Crystal Lake Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Memorials are preferred to the Janet Schmidt Morreim Endowed Scholarship at St. Olaf College, Thursday Musical of Minneapolis or Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home,

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