Dolores Theresa Schmidt Von Bargen

Dolores Theresa Schmidt Von Bargen passed from this life on Friday, June 7, 2019, at Royal Plaza, in Lewiston.

Dolores was born at home on the family farm in the Greencreek area on April 4, 1930, to Joseph William Schmidt and his wife, Theresa Barbara (Riener) Schmidt. Joseph and Theresa’s fifth child would grow up in a loving home with eight siblings, her sisters Lucille, Margaret, Florence, Clemy, Anna and Theresa; and brothers Fred and Joseph. The family was very close and remained so throughout their lives.

Dolores attended school through the eighth grade at the Oliver School, a one-room schoolhouse, which was near her family’s farm. Her high school years were spent at Greencreek High School, graduating in 1948. It was at Greencreek High School that she met her future husband, Eugene Bernard Von Bargen.

Gene and Dolores were married May 8, 1952, in Greencreek, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. At the time, Gene was serving in the United States Marine Corps. After they married, they moved to Camp Pendleton, Calif., until Gene was sent overseas to Korea. After Gene’s deployment, Dolores moved back to Cottonwood and awaited Gene’s return. Gene and Dolores were happily married for 67 years.

Dolores held many different jobs throughout her lifetime. She especially enjoyed her time at Hoene Implement, the Cottonwood Sales Yard and Olive’s Auto Parts. She served on the Voting Commission for more than 30 years and was a judge at the Idaho County Fair for more than 15 years.

Dolores was mother to David Joseph Von Bargen and Colette Mary Von Bargen. She additionally chose to mother Edith Evelyn Bouvia, who made her home with Gene and Dolores as a teenager.

Throughout her life, Dolores enjoyed the company of many friends, playing cards and visiting. She truly loved others. Her church and faith sustained her; from playing “church” as a child on the farm to attending Mass as an adult, she remained a true and faithful servant of God.

Dolores and her family spent the day together on the Monday before her passing, when they celebrated her husband Gene’s life at his funeral. All her siblings were in attendance as well as many of her extended family and her many lifelong friends. Though it certainly was a sad day for Dolores, she was surrounded by the people who truly cared for her and Gene, and that was a great gift.

Surviving Dolores are her son, David and his three sons, Isaac, John and Zack; her daughter, Colette Polegay and her husband, Bob, and her son Bryce Behler, grandchildren Nick, Evinn, and Vivian; daughter Edie Lustig and husband Dan and their sons, Cail and his wife Nicole and their children, Blake, Marissa, and Cohen; and Eric Lustig, Evan Lustig, and Nic Lustig; her sisters, Lucille Sprute, Margaret Becker, Florence Lux, Clemy Bieker, Anna Gehring and Theresa Wemhoff and her husband, Willy; brothers Fred Schimidt and his wife, Karen, and Father Joseph Schmidt; and her sisters-in-law, Audrey Uhlenkott, Ellen Von Bargen and Darlene Von Bargen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, on May 16, 2019; her parents, Joseph and Theresa Schmidt; and her in-laws, Harry and Louise (Hatrup) Von Bargen, Ray Sprute, Dan Becker, Vic Lux, Frank Bieker, Bob Gehring, Harriet and Joe Harrison, Larry Uhlenkott, Dick and Joan Schultz, Dick Von Bargen, Lee Von Bargen, and Dennis and Paula Von Bargen.

A rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass at 10 a.m., Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Lunch at the community hall after graveside services. Send condolences to the family to

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