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Esther Schmidt

May 7, 2019

Esther Schmidt, age 70, of Hays, Kansas passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in Hays. She was born September 10, 1948 in Hays, Kansas to Lester and Esther (Degenhardt) Burgardt. On June 8, 1968 she married Timothy Schmidt at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hays.

Esther was the store manager at Hallmark for several years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and she enjoyed arts and crafts as well as being involved with her grandchildren and all their activities.

She is survived by her husband, Tim of Hays; a son Curtis Schmidt (Amanda) of Hays; a daughter, Leslie Karlin (David) of Hays; two brothers, twin Lester Burgardt (Carol) of WaKeeney, Kansas and Dennis Burgardt (Jan) of Salina, Kansas; two sisters, Linda Schmidt (Kevin) of Bradenton, Florida and Lee Ann Zielinski of Port St. Lucie, Florida; and four grandchildren, Cameron Karlin, Madison Karlin, Avery Schmidt and Jonathan VanCampen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Tammie Schmidt and a brother-in-law, David Zielinski.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, May 13, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hays. Private family inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorial visitation will be Sunday 7 PM – 9 PM with a combined parish vigil and rosary service at 7:30 PM all at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice at HaysMed or TMP-Marian.

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