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Betty J. Schmidt

March 2, 2018

      Betty J. Schmidt, age 81, of Hays, Kansas died Friday, March 2, 2018, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas.  She was born June 25, 1936, in Victoria, Kansas to Balthasar P. and Elizabeth (Graf) Dreiling.  She married Vernon F. Schmidt on August  24, 1957, in Victoria, Kansas.  He preceded her in death on April 8, 2017.

She was a home day care provider for over 40 years, a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays, Kansas.  Betty was an avid KU basketball fan, loved traveling and she took great pride in her yard work.

Survivors include one son, Tim Schmidt and wife, Linda, Wichita, KS; three   daughters, Cyndy Dreiling and husband, Tony, Hays, KS; Sandy Fields, Overland Park, KS; Lisa Koppes and husband, Brian, Lawrence, KS; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; one brother, Vince Dreiling, Hays, KS; two brothers-in-law, Dean Davis, Emporia, KS; Edwin “Eddy” Brungardt, Hays, KS; one sister-in-law, Dee Dreiling, Hays, KS.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one grandson, Jordan Fields; five brothers, Fridolin, Bill, Sylvester, Robert and Francis Dreiling; four sisters, Alfreda Grabbe and husband, Matt, Seraphina Davis, Caroline Schmidt and husband, George and Theresa Brungardt.  

Services are at 10:00 A.M. Monday, March 5, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays, Kansas.  Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery Hays, Kansas

A vigil service is at 7:00 P.M. Sunday, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, KS 67601.

Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday and from 8:30 to 9:45 A.M. Monday at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays.

In Lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Rectory Project.  

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