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Schmidt’s whipping up support for St. Mary repairs

By GARY SEMAN JR. 
THISWEEKNEWS.COM 

Posted Mar 20, 2017 at 9:05 PM

Updated Mar 21, 2017 at 11:34 AM

 

Sales of an iconic German Village dessert will benefit St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, which was badly damaged by a storm last fall.

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant will donate $1 from the sale of each cream puff toward the restoration of the German Village church’s steeple, which was struck by lightning in September.

The strike caused substantial structural damage to the roof, interior and the steeple.

“That’s a sweet gesture,” said the Rev. Kevin Lutz, parish priest.

Geoff Schmidt, a co-owner of Schmidt’s, said the church and the restaurant family share a long history.

Schmidt said his grandparents on his father’s side -- George L. Schmidt and Agnes Specht -- were married in St. Mary.

The cream puffs are available at Schmidt’s restaurant, 240 E. Kossuth St., and its two food trucks.

The campaign will last through April 15, the day before Easter. Schmidt said he expects to raise $10,000 for St. Mary.“We thought it would be a nice fundraiser, give back,” said Schmidt, a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware.