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Mary Ann Schmeidler

January 4, 2019

Mary Ann (Pfannenstiel) Schmeidler, age 88, of Hays, Kansas passed away Friday, January 4, 2019 at her home. She was born March 25, 1930 in Hays to Joe M. and Sophie (Rupp) Pfannenstiel. She attended Girl’s Catholic High and on March 1, 1954 she married Gilbert J. Schmeidler at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hays. He preceded her in death June 18, 2009.

Mary Ann was a Homemaker and assisted Gilbert with the family farming activities. Before marriage she completed Nurses aide training and worked at St. Anthony Hospital in Hays. She was known to make sure the day ended with a full hot meal and made sure that there were baked goods available for all that stopped by.  She was a member of St. Catherine Church.

She is survived by a Son, Terry Schmeidler and Carla Kriley of Walker, KS; two Daughters, Debra Schmeidler and friend Neal Rajewski, Kaylene Kruse and husband Dave all of Hays; a Sister, Rita Bieker of Hays; a Sister-in-law, Doris Pfannenstiel of Hays; Brothers-in-law, Cyril Schmeidler and wife Alice of Catharine, KS and Harold Schmeidler of Walker, KS; Grandchildren, Lance (Tracy) Schmeidler, Lynn (Michael) Schmeidler, Lacey (Caleb) Schmeidler, Tyler (Amanda) Kruse and Breanne Kruse as well as Great Grandchildren, Landon Schmeidler and Melanie Kruse.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; Brothers, Ignatius and Edward Pfannenstiel; Sisters, Sr. Carmelyn “Irene”, Jeanette, Edna Jane Pfannenstiel, Philomena “Minnie” Lang and Matilda “Tillie” Wittman. 

Funeral services will be 10 AM on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Catharine, KS. With burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, January 7th 4 PM – 8 PM and Tuesday, January 8th 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM all at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.

A St. Catherine Christian Mothers rosary will be at 6:45 PM Monday followed by a parish vigil service all at the funeral home chapel.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Catherine Church, Angel’s Care Home Health or HaysMed Hospice.

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