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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 12:00 pm

July 4, 1924 – Sept. 25, 2012

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Alma “Anita” Schmadeke, 88, formerly of Keokuk and Montrose, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, while under hospice care in Kissimmee, Fla.

She was born on July 4, 1924, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the daughter Benjamin and Clara Hodge Barton.

She married Louis Fredrick Schmadeke on Aug. 24, 1946, in Sumner, Iowa. Louis passed away June 5, 2006.

She moved to Keokuk in 1952, to Montrose in 1977 and to Kissimmee in 2008 to be with her daughter’s family.

Anita was a homemaker, was very involved in church, worked at Pamida and was a great wife, mom and grandma. Until she became ill in July 2010, she was a caregiver for her daughter who was diagnosed with stage IV malignant melanoma.

While residing in Kissimmee, she attended First Baptist of Orlando.

She is survived by her daughter, Christina “Chris” Henry and her husband, Bill, of Kissimmee; a grandson and apple of her eye, David Henry of Kissimmee; the family dog; Sparky, and several nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by her son, David Louis Schmadeke in 1978; her parents; three sisters, Orpha, Monty and Ruth; and four brothers, Aubrey, Sandlin, Paul and James.

Anita was a person of faith and unconditional love. She touched everyone she met and even until the end was always concerned about others. One of her proudest moments was being able to watch her grandson David pursue his dream of becoming a professional golfer.

A celebration of her life will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church, Keokuk.

Burial will follow in Keokuk National Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center, 917 Blondeau St., Keokuk, with family meeting those who loved Anita from 6 to 8 p.m.

Anita requested memorials be made out to David’s foundation called Playing for a Cure.

Online tributes and condolences may be entered at

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