Laurie was born May 9, 1962, in Charles City, Iowa, the daughter of Betty and Al Schmitt. She graduated from Charles City High School in 1980. She completed her BS degree in Industrial Engineering at Iowa State University and received her Masters degree from Purdue University. Laurie had a twenty-five years career as an industrial engineer, systems engineer and software developer for AT&T \ Bell Labs in Denver, Colorado.
It was while working at AT&T that she met her future husband, Darren Turgeon. Laurie and Darren were married April 3, 1993, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Leadville Colorado. Family was always the most important thing in Laurie’s life and her greatest joy was raising her two sons Trevor and Cole. One week every summer was always spent in Minnesota with Laurie’s siblings and their families boating, skiing and fishing. One of the favorite family activities was golf but Laurie also enjoyed snowboarding, hiking, biking, fly fishing, scuba diving and recently the family took a surfing vacation.
The family moved from Colorado to Whitefish, Montana in 2008. The hardest thing about moving from Colorado for Laurie was leaving her many wonderful friends. As a volunteer for the Whitefish PTA and youth religious education she made many new great friends in Montana. In addition to golf and Bunco these new friends added bowling and knitting to her many past times.
Laurie loved photography, a hobby she started in high school, as a photographer for the school paper. She took amazing pictures of her family, vacations, nature and special occasions, including taking the wedding pictures for her niece Jennifer’s wedding. She traveled back to Colorado a couple times a year for scrapbooking weekends with her girlfriends and she created many incredible photo albums that will provide memories forever.
Laurie is survived by her husband Darren Turgeon and two sons, Trevor Turgeon and Cole Turgeon. She is also survived by her mother Betty Schmitt and siblings; Connie Schaaf (Dean) of West Branch Michigan, Mike Schmitt (Linda) of Broomfield Colorado, Tom Schmitt (Tracy) of Rose City Michigan, Peggy Schmitt of Minneapolis Minnesota, John Schmitt (Rachelle) of Farmington Minnesota and brother-in-law Jim Hart of Farmington Minnesota and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Hart of Farmington Minnesota and her father Al Schmitt of Charles City Iowa.
Memorials in Laurie’s memory can be made to Wings of Northwest Montana (www.wingsnwmontana.org) or Flathead Cancer Aid Services (www.flatheadcanceraid.org).
A memorial mass to celebrate Laurie’s life will be held on Friday December 14 at St. Richards Catholic Church at 11:00AM in Columbia Falls. A luncheon will follow services. Private urn burial will take place at St. Richards Catholic Cemetery.
Austin Funeral and Cremation Services in Whitefish is caring for Laurie’s family.