Lydia Emma Schildt
November 8, 1926 – July 12, 2020
Lydia Emma Schildt (Reichert) 93, passed away Sunday, July 12th at Morrill County Hospital. Lydia was born November 8, 1926 in Milwaukee, WI, daughter of Henry and Christina (Steben) Reichert. She was the second oldest of 10 children. Lydia held various jobs in the panhandle of Nebraska before marrying Robert Schildt on March 3, 1946 at St. James Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff, NE. To this union four children were born and raised. They moved to their current farm east of Bridgeport in February of 1965. Lydia always worked alongside Robert on the farm, raised their children and kept the household in order.
Lydia was an expert seamstress. She loved to sew clothes for her children, including her daughters' prom dresses, bridesmaids dresses and most of their clothes. She hand-embroidered pillowcases and tea towels, darned her husband's socks and patched his coveralls for years. She took pride in her flowers, garden and yard. She especially loved geraniums, snapdragons, petunias, irises, Johnny- jump-ups and mums. She entered the Morrill County fair with her garden produce and beautiful flowers, especially her dinner-plate dahlias. She was always generous with her baked goods and Brach's candy. No one ever left her house empty handed or hungry. Her specialties were grebble for Easter, rivvel kuchen for Christmas, and a different type of cake for her visitors every week. She loved her life on the farm with chickens, geese, cats, dogs, cattle and later on, Robert's donkeys and llamas.
Lydia was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and was active in LWML, altar guild, and prayer chain. She was a lifetime Sunday school teacher.
Survivors include daughter Connie (John) Amateis; son Robert George (Julie) Schildt; brothers and sisters-in-law Leroy (Gloria) Reichert, Harvey Reichert, Fred Reichert, John (Linda) Reichert, Virginia Reichert; brother-in-law Bob Frick; sons-in-law Gary Nuss and Jerome Pohl; grandchildren, Gregg (Doretta) Nuss and Missi Nuss (Mark Lockman), Justin (Megan) Pohl, Stephany (Joel) Hausmann, John Amateis, Kristin (Adam) Bahl, Brandon (Chelsea) Amateis, Erin (Cory) Stickney, Kylie (Jesse) Sebero, Colby Schildt; great-grandchildren Annabel Sauer, James Pohl, Jazlyn (Isaac) Hart, Lezlie and Dezyrae Hausmann, Morgan and Paige Amateis, Easton Applegate, Emma, Eva, Cade and Cora Stickney, Marshall, Lyla and Nora Sebero.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert, daughters Lynda Nuss and Pamala Pohl; sisters and brothers-in-law Helen (Bruce) Hargreaves, Irene (Jake) Mehling, Clara (Al) Hart and Loretta Frick, brother Harold Reichert; sisters-in-law Delores Reichert and Alice Reichert and nephews.
Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for the Altar Guild or the repair of the belltower.
- Gregg Nuss, Casket Bearer
- Mark Lockman, Casket Bearer
- Justin Pohl, Casket Bearer
- Joel Hausmann, Casket Bearer
- John Amateis, Casket Bearer
- Adam Bahl, Casket Bearer
- Brandon Amateis, Casket Bearer
- Cory Stickney, Casket Bearer
- Jesse Sebero, Casket Bearer
- Colby Schildt, Casket Bearer
- St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Lydia Emma Schildt
July 15, 2020
I remember when Aunt Lydia raised a runt pig,"Petunia". That pig had the run of the place. Aunt Lydia fenced her flowers so the pig would stay out of the flowers. I farmed across the road from them and was there quite often. One day I stopped in and we had to have some Russian tea and a sandwich. I was sitting at the table with Uncle Bob and heard a grunt and bang on the screen door. Aunt Lydia got up, walked to the door and this 300 pound white hog comes in, crawls under the table and takes a nap. Shortly the pig gets up, walks to the door, grunts and Aunt Lydia gets up and lets him out. He is just a big puppy dog she said. Now Lydia's kitchen was always sparkling white and utterly clean, but she let the pig come in because he was her pet. The pig never made a mess in the kitchen.
July 15, 2020
My name is Vanessa, I'm Wesley Frick's wife. I've seen aunt Lydia a couple of times at funerals in the area. She was a very sweet and kind woman. Wes tells me stories about growing up and being around her. I wish I could have known her better. She sounded like an incredible person. She will be missed by many.
RIP, aunt Lydia.
Vanessa and Wesley Frick
July 14, 2020
I remember Lydia from 4th of July celebrations.Huge potluck and fireworks, She'll be missed. Jane Purtzer
July 14, 2020
I am Loretta Fricks granddaughter. We came to visit Lydia after we lost my grandma. I wanted to share a little note I found that my daughter Riley wrote-she was 9 at the time. " I went to Nebraska over break. I saw God in NE when we visited my great grandmas sister & we went to her farm. She had cows, bulls, llamas, donkeys & wild cats. She made us beef, potatoes, bread & strawberry jello & she's like the nicest person ever. She never yelled at me. My great grandma was exactly like her. She never yelled at me or did anything mean." Lydia was very old at the time we visited yet she still put on such a wonderful meal for us, and loved us well. It was my first time meeting her, and was sad we hadn't met before. What a wonderful lady.