Diana Marie (Wirtjes) Kirklin, Tucson, AZ., Born: Aug. 5, 1945 in the small Minnesota town of Breckenridge, Wilkin County. She attended Breckenridge Lutheran Church and the Breck Public School, where she graduated in 1963.
Married in 1964 to Walter R. Schmidt Jr. of Wahpeton, ND and they lived in California & Arizona for a total of 19 years.
Diana moved to Denver, CO in 1983. She attended computer school and was employed by Stapleton Airport and Fitsgerald’s Casino in Blackhawk, CO. Diana married Edward Kirklin and resided in Denver and Mesquite, NV. After the death of her husband she moved to Tucson, AZ to help care for family members.
Survived by: Sons: Walter R. Schmidt, Tucson
James E. Schmidt, Tucson
Sister: Darlene L (Wirtjes) Doberstein and husband, Michael L Doberstein, Warsaw, MO.
Grandchildren: Megan Schmidt, Jimmy Schmidt, Trever Schmidt all of Tucson and
Jessica Schmidt and family of Denver, CO.
Preceded in Death by:
Husband Edward Kirklin, Mesquite, NV
Parents: Virginia Elaine (Vogeler) Wirtjes and Robert L Wirtjes of Breckenridge, MN
Brother: Dennis Michael Wirtjes, Infant 1948
Grandparents: Blanche & Jacob Wirtjes, of Breckenridge, MN
Daughter-in-law: Deanna Schmidt, Tucson, AZ
1st Cousins: Lavern Simdorn, Fergus Falls, MN
Raymond Vogeler, formerly of Momence, IL Donald Wirtjes, & “Butch” Wirtjes :brothers formerly of Webster City, IA
Also numerous Aunts & Uncles from the large Vogeler family and the Schmidt family which Diana dearly loved. Diana loved life and all in her family. She will surely be missed.