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Alvin J. 'AJ' Schmidtberger

Published on -10/31/2012, 10:39 PM

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Alvin J. "AJ" Schmidtberger, 93, Victoria, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at his home southeast of Victoria.

He was born July 2, 1919, southeast of Victoria to Michael J. and Katherine (Meier) Schmidtberger. He was a graduate of Victoria High School.

He married Celeste (Sander) on Nov. 7, 1953, in Victoria. She preceded him in death Nov. 19, 2008. He owned and operated Schmidtberger's Soil Conservation for 28 years and was a lifetime farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II. He was active in soil conservation all of his years in farming and received a state award in 1973.

He was a member of the Victoria Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years and served as fire chief for five years. He was a member of St. Fidelis Catholic Church, Third Degree Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree Assembly Knights of Columbus and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1751, all of Victoria.

Survivors include a son, Tim Schmidtberger and wife, Pam, Victoria; two brothers, Virgil Schmidtberger, Lawrence, and Loren Schmidtberger, New City, N.Y.; a sister, Janice Elliott and husband, Bill, San Francisco; three grandchildren, Amy Sterling and husband, Jeremy, and Andy and Tony Schmidtberger; and three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Abigail and Barrett Sterling.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Greg Schmidtberger, on Aug. 18, 1973; and three sisters, Georgina Schumacher, Alvina Clapperton and Armella Ricci.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Fidelis Catholic Church, Victoria; burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria, with military honors by the Victoria VFW Post No. 1751.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, both at Cline's Mortuary, 412 Main, Victoria, KS 67671.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a Knights of Columbus/VFW rosary at 7:30 p.m., and the Fourth Degree Assembly Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., all at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Victoria Volunteer Fire Department in care of the mortuary.

Condolences can be sent via email to clinesmortuary@eaglecom.net.

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