In Memory of Laurel "Laurie" Hirte

Laurel L. “Laurie” Hirte (nee Schmugge), age 73 of Lakeland, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2020 from complications after a fall. She joins her husband of 51 years, Steve “Snappy” who passed on earlier this year.

Laurie was born the daughter of Reuben and Norma Schmugge on February 4, 1947. She grew up in the Como Park area of St. Paul, graduating from Murray High School in 1965 with a tight-knit group of classmen. Laurie always looked forward to her class reunions, her 55th this past summer was unfortunately canceled due to Covid. She met Steve and they were married on February 22, 1969. They gave birth to a daughter, Heather, later that year.

In her younger days, Laurie enjoyed her time spent on bowling and volleyball teams. She also spent her time reading, doing embroidery, boating on the St.Croix river, and doing outdoorsy things with Steve. After retiring from 3M, she enjoyed a few years of winter travel in their RV, Friday night fish frys/get togethers with her friends and neighbors, and watching crime shows and nostalgia TV.

Laurie is preceded in death by her parents, Reuben and Norma Schmugge; her husband, Steve; and her sister Linda. She will remain in the hearts of her daughter, Heather (Brian) Betz; grandsons, Cameron and Jaeden; brothers, Mark (Paula) and Jon (Karen) Schmugge; sister, Wendy (Glen) Hinz; brother-in-law, Terry (Ann) Hirte; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

A private memorial service to celebrate Laurie’s life will be held on Friday, November 20th at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home. Please contact the funeral home for details if you wish to watch the livestream of the 1:00 p.m. service through Zoom. A public graveside service at Lakeview Cemetery in Lakeland, Minnesota may take place in the Spring. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial preferred. Memorials and cards for the family may be sent to O’Connell Family Funeral Home: Care of Laurel Hirte Family, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI 54016, to be forwarded on your behalf.

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    • Please accept my deepest sympathies. Was so surprised to see death noticed in paper.

      I worked with Laurie @3M, & when laid off I went to work in another division. A group of us, Shirley Cherry, Jan Niederkorn Laurie myself & one other (forgot name) would try to get together for lunch whenever possible so we could catch up on each others lives. As time went by due to retirements etc. Xmas cards were only communication.

      Loved working with Laurie, she was fun to be with & it’s hard to believe she’s gone.