EARLY, Iowa — Funeral services have been scheduled for a woman who friends and family described as quiet but having a ready smile.
Marilyn Schmitt, 45, was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of her home near Early last Thursday.
The funeral will be held this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early. Visitation will be today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the church, with a vigil service beginning at 7 p.m.
“She loved to be with family and had a smile for everyone,” said Sherrie Malmborg, her aunt. “She was right there to comfort anyone if they needed a hug.”
Malmborg, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., described her niece as an animal lover, particularly cows and horses. Growing up, she rode horses in parades and showed them at the Sac County Fair and at Ak-Sar-Ben in Omaha.
After graduating from Crestland High School in Early in 1985, she studied animal science at Northeast Missouri State University and equestrian studies at Findlay College in Ohio.
Schmitt lived in Wisconsin for a number of years. She and her husband, Mathew Levin, divorced in the late 1990s, according to Wisconsin court records. In addition to her son, Kirk, who has been charged in her death, she also had a daughter, Jessica.
At the time of her death, Schmitt worked at the VT Industries plant in Holstein, where she prepared items for shipping.
She lived in a small cream-colored house with brown trim along the Boyer River, about two miles west of Early.
“She was a country girl. She loved to have a garden. She loved to have a barn with her horses,” Malmborg said. “She just loved being outside.”
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