DaRhonda K. Schatz

Born: Wed., Jan. 16, 1957
Died: Fri., May 10, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., May 13, 2013
Location: Heritage Events Center

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Tue., May 14, 2013
Location: Notre Dame Parish Church

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DaRhonda K. Schatz, 56, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013 at Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco, IA after a courageous battle with cancer.

A Mass of Christian Burial for DaRhonda will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Notre Dame Catholic Church.  Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery Cresco, Iowa.  Visitation will be held 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013 at the Heritage Events Center, 229 3rd Ave. West, Cresco, Iowa with a scripture service to follow.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

DaRhonda was born on January 16, 1957 to Irven and Norma (Scheidel) Reicks in Waterloo, Iowa.  She graduated from Crestwood High School in 1975.  On February 5, 1977, DaRhonda married Thomas Schatz at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cresco.  DaRhonda worked as a lab tech in the Cresco Hospital and the New Hampton Clinic.  She enjoyed farming with her family, tending to her numerous flower gardens, mowing the lawn, and cooking for family and friends. Scrapbooking, traveling, and going out to eat were among her favorite activities.  DaRhonda was a very giving person, and her infectious smile could cheer up anyone.   DaRhonda especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, and taking them to the park for a picnic and to play. 

She is survived by her husband, Tom of Lime Springs, IA, her sons, Andrew (Krystal) Schatz of Calmar, IA, and Aaron (Melissa) Schatz of Cresco, and their children, Nolan and Alanna, her parents, Irven and Norma Reicks of Cresco, sister, Brenda (Kevin) Valley, of Rochester, MN, brother, Randy (Karry) Reicks, of Necedah, WI, her mother-in-law, Dolores Schatz of Cresco, sisters-in-law, Norma (Gary) Coleman of Carrollton, TX, Mary (Jim) Brigham of West Farlee, VT, Josette (Duane Irwin) Wilcox of Rochester, MN, Janet (Thom) Mahr of Lime Springs, IA, Margaret (Robert) Ward of Ridgeway, IA, brothers-in-law, Robert (Mary) Schatz of Lime Springs, IA, and Donald (Carol Arneson) Schatz of Cresco, IA. 

Preceding her in death is her infant son, Timothy, father-in-law, Wilfred Schatz, maternal grandparents, Rudy and Angeline Scheidel, and paternal grandparents, Anton and Mary Reicks.

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Tyler and Michelle Schwarck
   Posted Fri May 10, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to you all during this time....May God wrap you in his arms and help heal your pain. Many hugs to you all!

Janet Schmitt
   Posted Fri May 10, 2013
What a loving and inspirational person DaRhonda has been.She will be dearly loved and missed by many especially all of the New Hampton Clinic Group Her heart lives within us daily. Love as always Janet.

Rita Swenson
   Posted Fri May 10, 2013
Dear Tom, Andrew, Aaron, Irvin, Norma, Randy, Brenda and family
Our deepest sympathy to all of you - it has been a long struggle and saying good bye is not going to be easy - but know you have a truly wonderful person in heaven looking over you. We are so fortunate to have known such a wonderful person she was one in a million and we thank God she was part of our family. We will always love her and will miss her greatly. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
Love you all
Lou and Rita Swenson and family

Joanne Lane
   Posted Sat May 11, 2013
I met DaRhonda when she called to have portraits taken of your family! She was a wonderful, nice person, I feel so fortunate to have met her!

Steve & Rosalie Christensen
   Posted Sat May 11, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to ALL of you--DaRhonda was a very sweet person and truly an inspiration-- we enjoyed working with the family and being a part of the 4-H memories--you have a wonderful angel watching over you!

Vicky Reicks
   Posted Sat May 11, 2013
My deepest sympathy to DaRhonda's family. You have lost a very special person. She was an inspiration to me. I'm thankful for the time she and I spent together these past few months. As soon as I'd walk in the house I would hear her saying hello, and there she'd be with a huge smile on her face. She always had a smile, even in the face of death. I will miss her. Rest in peace dear friend.

Butch and Carmen Thompson
   Posted Sat May 11, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. DaRhonda was a wonderful and caring lady who always had a wonderful smile to share with everyone. Sending many hugs to each one of you.

Ellen and Dave Felper and family
   Posted Sat May 11, 2013
Aaron, Melissa and family,
Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May all the memories help you through this sad time.

Janice Brahn
   Posted Sat May 11, 2013
My deepest sympathy to all of DaRhonda's family and friends. What a great person she was. I worked at the New Hampton Clinic for a year and got to know DaRhonda, what a fun and wonderful person. I have thought of her so often and I am very sorry for your lost.

Neal and Lori Stapelkamp
   Posted Sat May 11, 2013
Tom and family,
I have never met anyone as courageous and yet so high on life as DaRhonda. If only more people had her spirit and strength. Her smile was infectious and her laugh contagious. Embrace her memories and hold them close to your hearts and she will never be far away.
Our deepest condolences to your family.
Neal &Lori Stapelkamp

Wendy Dittmar
   Posted Sun May 12, 2013

GARDEN PATH was sent by Wendy Dittmar.

In loving memory of DaRhonda, a compassionate and joyous woman. May your soul rise high and rest in peace. Love to you and your family.

Dan and Laurie Manthe & Family
   Posted Sun May 12, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to DaRhonda's family. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Friends of Randy and Carrie Reick's Family.

Lee Ann Sandor (Hanni)
   Posted Sun May 12, 2013
My deepest sympathy to you Tom and family on the loss of such a wonderful lady. The way DaRhonda touched lives was so unique, and that's because she was. I've known DaRhonda since 7th grade, and more than anything, I always loved our conversations. They were truly heartfelt and always upbeat and positive. She was courageous beyond human capacity, and yet she was always so real and alive. That is how she will live with me. My prayer is as time allows and with God's help, your sadness and grief will give way to healing and knowing she is in the best of Hands. She knows she will never be forgotten. Thinking of you all.

Brenda and Allen Holthaus
   Posted Sun May 12, 2013
To the Schatz Family, our deepest sympathy to all of you during this very difficult time in your lives. DaRhonda was such a kind hearted and spirited person. She was a joy to work with at the hospital, her kindness and dedication touched the hearts of many people. DaRhonda will be missed by all and hold all the memories close. Take one day at a time and know you have the support and love of all family and friends.

Arlan Quandahl
   Posted Sun May 12, 2013
Our thoughts are with all of you. I remember DaRhonda from our school years. She was always there to lend a hand and always came with a great smile. Cherish her memory and all the good that she gave to everyone.

Shereen Ries
   Posted Mon May 13, 2013
Irven, Norma, Tom, Andrew, Krystal, Aaron and Melissa and family,
Our hearts and prayers are with during this difficult time. I truly believe DaRhonda is happy and at peace in Heaven tonight. She was a wonderful person and had a wonderful family to love and be loved during her time on earth. Cherish all the memories and hold her in hearts.
God Bless,
Shereen, Meghan, Austin, Jorden, Madison and Grace

Vern & Bernice Dietzenbach
   Posted Tue May 14, 2013
Dr. Andy, Tom & family
We want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your families. Although we never met DeRhonda we know she will be missed. You are in our prayers.
Vern, Bernice & Dan

Nita Hackman
   Posted Tue May 14, 2013
Tom and Family, Ken and I are so deeply sorry for the loss of DaRhonda. She and I shared an "almost same" birthday and "almost same" anniversary and we always noted that. She was always so smiley and there was never any lack of talking when we were together. May you be comforted by the thought that friends and family share in your sorrow. And may Jesus wrap you in his arms with warmth and comfort. Nita Hackman

Mrs. Lenette
   Posted Wed May 15, 2013
May my condolences please go with this wonderful family. It is my greatest hope that each and everyone within the family will come to know that there will come a time when no one will have to live life experiencing pain, suffering, sickness, and even death. This is God's promise to mankind, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
Soon we will be able to see our loved ones again in perfect health. (John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15) I hope everyone will please be well soon. Have a good day!

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