Elda R. (Fast) Schmidt,, 97, died Friday, July 6, 2018, at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton. Elda was born April 14, 1921, in Goessel to Peter B. and Lena (Helena Balzer) Fast. Her paternal grandparents were Isaac Fast and Susanna (Wedel) Fast, and her maternal grandparents were Peter Balzer and Maria (Schmidt) Balzer. She grew up on her family’s farm southwest of Goessel. Her
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