Obituaries: Louise Bremer Benz, 91, promoted education

  • Article by: LUCY Y. HER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 14, 1999 - 11:00 PM

Louise Bremer Benz, who served on several education boards in Minnesota, died of natural causes Tuesday at United Hospital in St. Paul. She was 91.

She was a trustee and president of Summit School in the 1960s and later was a board member of the merged St. Paul Academy-Summit Schools.

She also was a trustee at Hamline University in St. Paul from the 1970s to early 1980s. And she served on the St. John's University Board of Regents in Collegeville, Minn., in the 1970s.

Josephine (Nicky) Carpenter of Wayzata said her mother was "very committed to education and community service.

"She felt strongly about people in general," she said. "She aided anyone who needed a helping hand. What I remember most about her is her driving force to be involved in the community and education."

Benz worked with Family Service of St. Paul for many years, and from 1973-74 was its president, the first woman to lead it.

She also served on the board of the Young People's Symphony Concert Association of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in the 1950s.

Benz was the granddaughter of Jacob Schmidt, who founded the former Jacob Schmidt Brewing Co. in St. Paul, and she married a grandson of Theodore Hamm, who owned the former Hamm Brewing Co. in St. Paul.

She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in the late 1920s.

Charles B. Woehrle of St. Paul said Benz had been a loyal friend since childhood.

"She was always very interested in young people and giving them opportunities," he said. "One thing that characterized her was her generous spirit. She's just a very unusual lady in her ability to help people. She will be greatly missed."

In addition to her daughter, Benz is survived by another daughter, Louise Plank, of Banner, Wyo.; a son, George, of Mahtomedi; a sister, Marie Bremer Reim, of New Ulm; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary of the Lake Church, 4741 Bald Eagle Av., White Bear Lake.

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