Linda S. Schmidt, 52, of Geneseo, the Director of Music and Worship at First Lutheran Church, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, in Geneseo. A funeral service celebrating her life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at First Lutheran Church. Pastors Matt and Laura Kamprath and Bishop Jeff Clements will officiate. A visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the church. Cremation will follow the funeral service and a private inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church, Geneseo - Worship & Music Ministry. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Linda S. Schmidt, 52, of Geneseo, the Director of Music and Worship at First Lutheran Church, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, in Geneseo. A funeral service celebrating her life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at First Lutheran Church. Pastors Matt and Laura Kamprath and Bishop Jeff Clements will officiate. A visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the church. Cremation will follow the funeral service and a private inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church, Geneseo - Worship & Music Ministry. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Linda was born March 31, 1966, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Ruth (Winkler) Joy. She is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, in Cedar Rapids. She received her bachelor’s degree in music from Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa, and received her master’s degree in early childhood music education from Concordia University, in River Forest.

Linda was united in marriage to Clifford J. Schmidt on Jan. 2, 1993, in Cedar Rapids. She currently was a Deacon and Minister of Music and Worship at First Lutheran Church, in Geneseo. Linda served congregations in Madison, Wis.; Clinton, Iowa; and Kenosha, Wis., for a total of 30 years prior to her time in Geneseo with First Lutheran Church.

She was a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Linda’s passion was music, and sharing her talents with children and others was her joy! She enjoyed flower gardening and traveling with her husband Cliff and their children. They especially loved to travel to the ocean and visit sandy beaches together. Linda adored her family, and was so very dedicated to them. The sound of her music and joyous spirit will be missed.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Cliff; son, Andrew Schmidt; and daughter, Natalya Schmidt, all of Geneseo; brother, Brian (Kris) Joy; and two nephews, Nathan and Matthew Joy, of Altoona, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents.