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Karla J. Schmidt

January 10, 1957 ~ September 26, 2021 (age 64)

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Karla J. Schmidt, 64, of Peoria Heights, IL, passed away at 11:37 am on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Accolade Healthcare of East Peoria. She was born on January 10, 1957, in Peoria, IL, to Karl J. and Vonda L. (Umdenstock) Schmidt.

Surviving are her significant other whom she has been together with for 23 years, Calvin Youman of Peoria Heights; her children, Shay Clark of Washington, IL, Jake Backes of East Peoria, IL, and Ashley Backes of Germantown Hills, IL; grandchildren, Lillian Clark, Averie Clark, and Jaxson Backes; and sister, Becky (Jim) Dailey of Metamora. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Dennis Schmidt.

Karla enjoyed the outdoors and camping with her love, Calvin. She was a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys. Karla loved her family more than anything. She cherished time with her grandchildren and her beloved friends. She loved her two dogs, Kato and Duke, and her cat, Garth.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at Mason Funeral Home Germantown Hills Chapel. A private family burial of ashes will take place on Friday, October 1, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Peoria, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to TAPS, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554. Online condolences at


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Celebration of Life Visitation
September 30, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Mason Funeral Home Germantown Hills Chapel
375 Old Germantown Road
Germantown Hills, IL 61548

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