Margaret Lou (Semmler) Fitt, age 69, of Black River Falls, passed away November
11, 2022 doing what she loved, taking care of others.
Margaret was born in Parkston, SD on October 6, 1953 to Raymond Gideon Semmler and Violet Bernice
(Zirpel) Semmler. The family moved to Sioux Falls where she was raised by her mother along with her
four brothers and a sister. She attended Lincoln High School, graduating in the winter with the class of
She spent a brief time in Pierre, SD working in the kitchen at St. Mary’s Hospital. She met and
married her first husband, Frank William Schooler in August of 1975 in Reliance, SD. Their union
included 3 amazing stepsons, (Dave, Tim, and Newley) and together they operated the family dairy farm.
They added to their family with the birth of Carmen Violet in 1977 and Kenneth Lee in 1979. Margaret
was always family focused and involved with her children, teaching Sunday school, volunteering with
4H, and teaching them cooking/baking, gardening and crafting, specifically quilting, which was a love
that she learned and shared with her mom. After her separation, she worked at Molly B’s, the Town of
Reliance and Hutch’s Café in Lyman County and married her second husband Paul Fitt in the Spring of
During that time, she worked in a bakery helping adults with disabilities learn employable skills.
Margaret spent some the happiest years of life during her union with Paul in Humbolt, SD until his death
just two years later. Margaret spent the next five years with her children, cheering on her favorite
sports team, the Packers, and blossoming her crafting passions. She also developed a new passion in
cake decorating during her time at Walmart bakery and later Sam’s club with her daughter Carmen. She
married her current husband Larry Wendlandt in 2007 in Jackson County, WI. They spent the last 15
years together enjoying their dogs, traveling and Larry fondly remembers all the newfound adventures
that his “Maggie” exposed him to during their retired years. Margaret continued her time with Walmart
in Black River Falls and also spent a decade at the Black River Falls School District driving bus and
transporting children with disabilities. A common thread in Margaret’s life is her love for her family and
God and her gift of self-sacrificing service and charity for the help and encouragement of people. Her
hobbies throughout her life and expanded in retirement included quilting, crocheting, cross stitch,
mosaics, diamond art, jig saw puzzles, plants/succulents and just about anything that required patience,
creativity and love. The most precious gifts was her granddaughter, Arla Rose who was born in 2015 to
her son Ken and her dearest daughter in law, Lena. Her time with Arla brought absolute joy to her life
and she treasured every moment they shared together.
Margaret is survived by her husband Larry; children Carmen (Schooler) Mevissen, Ken (Leena) Schooler;
stepchildren, David (Lynn) Schooler, Timothy (Eileen) Schooler and Newley (Cindy) Schooler; siblings,
Barbara (Otto) Unland, Solomon (Mary Jo) Semmler, Stanley (Tammy) Semmler, Lawrence Semmler,
Michael (Tricia) Semmler; and her blessed granddaughter, Arla.
She was preceded in death by her first two husbands as well as her parents, sister-in-law Agnes
(Schooler) Oakland, brother-in-law Harry Schooler, mother-in-law Arla (Schooler) Heib, and son-in-law
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, November 19 th at 2pm at the Millston Community
Center. The family is intending to also have a gathering in South Dakota in 2023. In lieu of flowers the
family will apply monetary gifts to help support finalizing Margaret’s legacy.