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Judy Hartz-Schmitz

d. January 5, 2021

Judy Rae Hartz-Schmitz of Granger, Iowa passed away peacefully from cancer with her life-partner, Geoff Whitlow and family by her side on January 5, 2021.

Judy was born on September 2, 1956 in Cavalier, ND. She grew up on the family farm and attended Cavalier Public School, graduating in 1974.

Judy’s passion for music led to a double major in Vocal and Instrumental Music from Mayville State College. Judy lived in Minnewauken, ND for 11 years and taught K-12 Music. She moved to Granger, IA in 1990 where she was the K-12 Vocal Music teacher at Madrid Public School until retiring in 2014.  An annual highlight for the community was the Minnewauken and Madrid School K-12 Combined Christmas Concert well prepared and performed before a much appreciative audience in a packed gymnasium!

Judy’s love for music led to singing at well over 300 weddings and funerals. In 7th grade, she sang at her first wedding. She was an accomplished musician playing at least 10 musical instruments. Judy loved her students, tutored them intensely and was blessed to see them advance their God-given talents in many ways.  One year during Judy’s tenure, Madrid had 17 entries in the Iowa State Music Contest and received 17 Superior ratings, truly exceptional by any standard at any school.

Judy was a member of the Granger Emmanuel United Methodist Church. She supported the Madrid Performing Arts Council, the American Choral Director Association and the Music Teachers Association.

Judy enjoyed baking delicious morsels to give away. She was a wonderful hostess as she prepared amazing appetizers and goodies for Super Bowl and Christmas parties.  She loved to play her piano and sing. She also played the piano at church.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents, Emery Hartz and Lois (Peterson) Hartz, Cavalier, N. Dak.

Judy is survived by her life-partner Geoff Whitlow, Granger, IA; sisters, Diana (Mike) O’Shaughnessy, Grand Forks, ND; Carol (Jim) Groven, Grand Forks, ND; brothers, Gary (Janet) Hartz, Poolesville, MD; Dale (Kay) Hartz, Maple Valley, WA; and David (Robin) Hartz, Cavalier, ND as well as 13 nieces and nephews and 22 grand nieces and nephews. Her family and friends will miss her beyond what words can express.

The first service is scheduled on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11:00 am in the Madrid Community High School gymnasium in Madrid, Iowa.  The live stream for this service is  available at, click on Facebook icon at the bottom of the home page. 

A second service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Cavalier, ND at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.  This service will be webcast on shortly after the service. Go to Judy's obituary and the webcast is available. 

Masks are required at both services.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Cavalier Trinity United Methodist Church, or the Granger Emmanuel Methodist Church or the Madrid Community Schools Vocal Music Department in Madrid, IA.


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