Dr. Reverend David G. Schmiel
Schmiel, Dr. Reverend David G. age 88 of Edina, Minnesota and Bonita Bay, Florida passed away peacefully on November 3, 2020. Preceded in death by his wife Shirley Schmiel (nee Friede) and parents Gerhard and Frieda Schmiel. David was committed to a life of service with the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod as a parish pastor, Theology professor, and president of Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He and his wife Shirley also served in volunteer positions with the Lutheran Church in both the Czech Republic and South Africa. When retired, David continued his involvement with the Church by sitting on various boards promoting pastoral care. Passionate about travel and adventure, while pursuing graduate studies in Germany, David spent as much free time as possible touring Europe on an under powered motorcycle. His love of adventure was shared with his wife Shirley as they enjoyed extensive travel both domestically and abroad. In retirement, David and Shirley enjoyed their time in Bonita Springs where they continued to be actively involved at Grace Lutheran Church in Naples, Florida. They volunteered at "The Friends of Barefoot Beach" nature conservancy and enjoyed hosting guests looking to escape the northern winters. Dad loved his family and was wonderful role model imparting the importance of family, education and faith to his children and grandchildren. Survived by sons Mark (Susan) Schmiel, Peter (Janet) Schmiel, Steven (Kimberly) Schmiel, Daniel (Erica) Schmiel, and daughter Julia (Michael) Bronkala; grandchildren Kira Frei, Kali Bavender, Kyle Schmiel, Brian Schmiel, Katie Windschitl, Emily Rud, Laura Schmiel, Matthew Schmiel, Anna Schmiel, Jonathon Schmiel, Elissa Schmiel, Joshua Bronkala, and Alexander Bronkala; and five great grandchildren; brother Robert (Maritza) Schmiel and niece Deborah Schmiel; many other relatives as well as friends. Funeral Services at 11am on Thursday, November 12th at Crossview Lutheran Church in Edina Minnesota with viewing from 9:45am to 11am at the church. Service will be live streamed at CrossView.net (go to live streaming). Memorials preferred to: PALS, LCMS Office of Pastoral Education, Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Pl, St Louis MO 63105 or donor's choice. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996
Published on November 8, 2020
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