Eloise Thelma Schmalz

January 5, 1934October 21, 2018
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Survived by children, Gary Schmalz, Jeffrey Schmalz, Michael Schmalz, Ruth Ann Conoryea, Donald Schmalz, Naomi Morris. Memorial service at Woodland Hills Church, 1740 Van Dyke St, St. Paul, on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 11am. Visitation to begin at 10am.

Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 9am.

In lieu of flowers or monetary donations to the family, Eloise suggest donations to Communitas at or The Lift CDC at


  • Eloise is survived by Children, Gary Schmalz, Jeffrey Schmalz, Michael Schmalz, Ruth Ann Conoryea, Donald Schmalz, Naomi Morris.


  • Visitation Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Interment Monday, November 5, 2018

Eloise Thelma Schmalz

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Alyssa Morris

November 13, 2018

What a sweet, beautiful woman I got to have for a grandma. One of my favorite things about going to her house while growing up was the smell of fresh baked bread. I remember playing with toys in the living room until it was time to eat, and then eating the bread with butter and honey once it was ready. After we were done eating she would always have me get up and come stand next to her so she could press around on my tummy to see if there was room for more. I'll always remember her laugh, her sense of humor, her spunkiness during a game of cards, her rib crushing hugs, her sloppy wet kisses on my cheek at every family gathering, her love of wheel of fortune, or her love for ice cream. One of the last times I came over to her house she had written herself a note in all caps that said "GIVE ALYSSA ICE CREAM" and underlined it, haha. It was always such a joy to be with her. I'll miss her warm smile and all our sweet conversations in which she would always be so attentive and interested in what I had to say. She has been such a blessing and a gift. I love you so much Grandma - what a joy it will be when I see you again.

Naomi Vanderwaal

November 2, 2018

Schmalz family,
It has been such a privilege and joy to know Eloise both as a child in Japan, and again as an adult in our re-connection through Ruthann and Woodland Hills Church. Eloise was a gracious, loving, praying, godly woman. I had wonderful memories of her warmth and generosity in Japan with hugs, buying us groceries at the commissary (we were so excited to get Cheerios and oranges!) and playing piano and singing in church. I remember her kind words to my Dad- telling him she liked his singing! He told this story for years! And in recent years, it was a thrill to see her in church. She ALWAYS had such a spark of joy. I will never forget the in-depth visits I had with her at her apartment and at the Episcopal Homes. She was such an eager listener, so excited to hear my news, and so happy to share news of her family. She loved each of you with all her heart. May the Lord be a great comfort to each of you. Naomi Bergh Vanderwaal

Brenda Otto

November 2, 2018

I have worked with Naomi for 25 years and to know Naomi you must know her family! I was also very fortunate to live a few blocks down from Loren and Eloise from 1995-2005 in Brooklyn Center. My oldest girls were babysat by the both of them a few times. Upon pick up both Loren and Eloise were very excited to tell me what they did (played piano, played games). Their care of my girls and the joy it brought to them on those few occasions was precious to see. I remember watering their plants when they were gone. Eloise was always trying to give me tomatoes from the tomato plants outside her back door, of course I'm not a tomato eater. Over the many years I've seen Eloise at many family/friend get togethers and enjoyed talking with her. She had such a gentle spirit and a real genuine interest in hearing about you. I will miss Eloise and hold memories of her (and Loren) in my heart.

Much love to all of you on your loss.

Brenda Otto - Paul, Hannah, Megan, Josh and Daniel

Jackie Rue

November 1, 2018

Eloise was and is my precious sister in Christ, my prayer warrior, a mentor a godly woman and friend whom I looked up to. She was an encourager, a woman filled with godly wisdom, love and compassion for all. She was a beautiful reflection of Jesus. I was abundantly blessed to know her and spend time with her. I met Eloise at Hope Lutheran Church and what a joy that was. She sang in the choir and such a beautiful voice she had. As Jan said her hugs were remarkable. So tiny she was, but boy, how strong!!! She used her gift in sewing to hem Doug’s slacks and some alterations on my clothing. I love Eloise. She’ll always be in my heart and I’m looking forward to joining her in Heaven to worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ our Savior.
With loving memories,
Jackie Rue

Rhonda and Paul Oehme

November 1, 2018

We are sorry for the loss of your wonderful mom. Our family enjoyed spending time with Eloise over many Labor Day weekends. Years ago, Eloise and Loren would host a really nice brunch for the Oehme crew at their house. Over the past few years, we enjoyed entertaining at our home. Eloise ALWAYS had a GENEROUS hug to share. She made a point to have individual conversations with everyone who joined the celebration. Eloise was so caring, positive and had a BIG heart. She always contributed really good food too. : ) We have many good memories to cherish and will always have loving thoughts of your mom!

Joan Svoboda

November 1, 2018

We first met Eloise and her family in the fall of 1973 when we moved to Bear Lake.  They lived 1.5 miles North of us, even considering all the curves in the Bear Lake Rd.  Naomi was close in age to our two daughters and they became friends soon after our arrival to their neighborhood.  There was much back and forth activity over the years.  Eloise even taught our daughters piano.  It is hard to imagine a time when we were not friends with Eloise.  She played such an important part in our family’s life.  She was a kind, loving person who was also very helpful and informative in so many areas.  Once they moved away, we were really at a loss.  We never lost touch with them, though, and so enjoyed occasional visits.  Eloise was also such a Godly woman.  Each time we visited she seemed to have grown with her walk with God.  We had such marvelous conversations about her ideas concerning the Bible.  She was full of wisdom and so good at sharing Jesus.  About two years ago Ruth Ann brought her out for a visit.  It couldn’t have been a more fun day.  It seemed the day was gone in minutes.  She was so full of life and encouragement.  We even had a game of Parcheesi.  Two weeks before she died we went in to visit her.  We knew her health was not good so we weren’t sure what to expect.  As it turned out she was having a good day and we had a wonderful visit.  There was lots of laughing and stories about old memories.  Soon after we arrived Eloise told me that she would be seeing us again in heaven.  Once again, the time went so quickly.  It was so surprising to me that when I hugged her good bye I was not sad, considering that it was very possible that we would not be seeing her again on this Earth.  I almost sensed that she was so ready to meet Jesus and that it was His timing.  I feel honored to have been her friend over the years.  It is easy to imagine what a great loss it is for her children and my heart goes out to them.  I look forward to the day that we

Kathy Tucker

November 1, 2018

I will always treasure my friendship with Eloise, and our bible study which spanned more than 16 years. The retreats we had at Wilderness Fellowship were wonderful!
She was a very loving and encouraging person who loved the Lord.
Knowing she's at home with Him now gives us comfort.
Love you Eloise

Dr. Roscher Dentist

November 1, 2018

October 28, 2018
Oh, Ruth!!! I'm so sorry for your loss. How lucky was your mom to have a wonderful girl like YOU! I miss you guys so much. Will try to make visitation. May your memories and God's tender care bring you comfort. oxoxoxox. Peggy from Roscher Dental. Big hug!

Diane Doyle

November 1, 2018

At our MAPS National convention in 2003, Eloise was chosen to sing solo as our opening day “entertainment “. A BIG deal and honor. Eloise was sharing she had not had the opportunity to rehearse with the pianist. Oh and Eloise had lost her glasses so could not see the sheet music. AND just before her song, she lost a crown from a front tooth! After a short prayer time, she stood confidently before the piano, head held high. My heart was pounding for her. She belted out a rendition of “The King is Coming “ in a beautiful, almost surreal angelic voice. Not a dry eye in the 400 attending. A standing ovation. Later, I said I was amazed at her composure. She gave me a puzzled look and said “oh I knew the Lord would handle it”! “She is clothed with strength and dignity” Prov 31:25

Adam Schneider

November 1, 2018

My dearest Grandma Eloise,

I remember when we first met. You looked at me dead in the eyes and the first thing you said was "Well... you sure are good looking." I smiled in disbelief and, right then and there, I knew you were someone special.

From that moment on, every exchange with you was all smiles- from getting my booty kicked at cards to sharing space at the cabin to enjoying music in the park.

I am overflowing with gratitude for our time together, but, as an observer on the impact you've had on all of the beautiful people in your life, I'd like to share some reflections about your beautiful grand daughter Nicole in particular.

Every day:
I see your patience in her heart
I see your love of music ringing through her essence
I see your playful spirit in her personality
I see your joy for life in her eyes

But, most of all,
I see how nourishing your love is for her and as we grow in our love together,
I can tell you, with complete certainty, that your love of her has changed my life forever.

May you continue to sing, smile, and be.
Enjoy the peace of the Spiritual Realm- our love with you always.

Time may have been "short", but the fact is, you'll always be my grandma.

With love and gratitude,


Eloise Thelma Schmalz (Franzmeier) was born on January 5, 1934 in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Arthur and Elma (Turpen) Franzmeier. She was baptized and confirmed in the faith at St. John's Lutheran Church in rural Rosemount, MN. She began her education at St. John's Lutheran parochial school in Rosemount, MN and continued on to Rosemount High to receive her High School Diploma in June of 1951.

Eloise's love of music was birthed from her family of origin as both of her parents played instruments and loved performing! She took 2 years of voice lessons from Mady Metzger-Ziegler, who was the founder of the St. Paul Opera Workshop and a renowned mezzo-soprano. Eloise also received piano lessons early on and later attended Minnehaha Academy for piano and expression lessons. She was already teaching piano lessons at the age of 13 to her pastor's children.
Eloise was involved with 4 H (Head Heart Hands Health) and Girl Scouts while living at home with her parents and enjoyed this immensely. The art of sewing and cooking were taught to her by her mother and Grandmother Lydia Franzmeier. As a result of this, our family was blessed with years of incredible organic inventive homemade meals and extravagant homemade outfits, costumes...etc.... Eloise was a talented seamstress and also enjoyed crafting, quilting and creating hardanger embroidery pieces.

After graduating from High School, Eloise attended the Minnesota School of Business and received her certification as a Medical Secretary on May 1, 1952
Eloise and late husband, Loren, met early in 1952 at Pla Mor Ballroom in Glencoe, MN. On July 24 of the same year, they were united in marriage at Mason City, Iowa. During Loren’s military career, the family traveled extensively including to Japan for a 3-year deployment. While there, they taught English to Japanese students, with whom she remained friends over the years. In 1987, Loren and Eloise made a second trip to Japan to start an English speaking and teaching ministry.

Eloise traveled to many places with her family, she loved camping, nature, playing cards, and yard games...and just simply spending time with her loved ones. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend—exceptionally dedicated to her 6 children and grandchildren.
Eloise was a vocalist and performed in various productions and choirs, singing soprano. She performed soprano solo's in Handel's Messiah many times in Mississippi and Japan and other places. She was also involved in musical productions through the girl scouts, community and church.
Teaching piano and vocal lessons was Eloise's passion. Her knowledge and patience greatly influenced her many students over the years—including her children and grandchildren—as she encouraged them to strive for excellence. Many recitals were developed to showcase her students. Eloise also presented at several Piano Teachers Workshops to encourage conversation and to share ideas from the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA).

Eloise was a faithful and passionate follower of Jesus Christ and loved spending time developing her relationship with God. She had an innate understanding of how to stay in the present moment, to keep herself emotionally and spiritually connected with Christ. Through significant personal struggles, she mastered the art of journaling, service work and taking time to improve her spiritual walk through prayer, meditation and study of the Bible. She would never waiver from this practice and would encourage anyone that she came in contact with to do the same. She structured her prayer time without reservation for countless people and occasions and never stopped praying and worshipping her Savior until her last breath. On many occasions, Eloise had Bible study in her home or was going out into the community speaking about her faith in Jesus Christ.

Eloise had a wonderful way about her....a spirit of humility... She made any person that she was with feel like they were the most important person alive. She was interested in what you had to say and would always have a word of encouragement and love and an extra hug for you....and may tease you if you were extra special :)

Eloise died in her St. Paul, Minnesota home with children by her side, on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the age of 84 years and 293 days....Blessed be her memory!

Eloise is preceded in death by her husband, Loren James Andrew Schmalz; parents
Arthur and Elma Franzmeier; brother Stephen Franzmeier and brother Melvyn Franzmeier. Eloise is survived by her children, Gary Schmalz, Jeffrey Schmalz (Andrew), Michael Schmalz (Meg), Ruth Ann Conoryea (Ross), Donald Schmalz (special friend Theresa Ryhn), Naomi Morris (Jeff); grandchildren Samantha Schmalz (special friend, Ken Edwards), Zachary Schmalz (Courtney), Nicole Conoryea (special friend, Adam Schneider), Hillary Schmalz (special friend, Tarek Hamieh), Alyssa Morris, Andrew Morris, Kylee Morris; great grandchildren, Caine Edwards, Cruze Edwards, Kennedy Edwards; brothers Arthur Franzmeier (Mary), David Franzmeier (Linda), Edward Franzmeier (Sue), Kenneth Franzmeier (Pam); nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.