Cecelia R. Schmelzer

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Cecelia Ruth Schmelzer, 88, of Garnavillo, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Memorial services were Tuesday, July 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Inurnment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Garnavillo.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo.

Cecelia was born on Jan. 23, 1927, in National, the daughter of Cerenus and Silveria (Nieland) Eilers.

Cecelia received her education locally and spent much of her life making a home and caring for her children.  Cecelia along with her then husband started Paradise Valley Camp Resort and operated it for several years. 

She is survived by her two children, Carol Ann Schmelzer and Kim Schmelzer; two grandchildren, Sky and Kim Jordan Schmelzer; siblings, Mary (Ronald) Reimer, Judy (Gary) Knickerbocker, Tillie Lestina; two sisters-in-law, Joyce and Corrine Eilers and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three children, Gene, Walter, and a baby boy in infancy; one sister, Teresa in infancy; two brothers, LaVern and Cyril “Bud” Eilers.

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