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Schmidt, Sara Schroeder (1877-1966)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Oct 6 p. 5

Birth date: 1877 Nov 8

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Mrs. Sara Schmidt, 88, who spent her entire life in the Goessel community, died Monday at the Bethesda Hospital there. Services will be at 2 p. m. Friday at Tabor Mennonite Church, with Rev. James Waltner in charge. Mrs. Schmidt was the widow of Henry J. S. Schmidt. Surviving are four sons and two daughters and their families.

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Nov 17 p. 12

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Mrs. Sara (Schroeder) Schmidt, daughter of Peter and Helena Voth Schroeder, was born Nov. 8, 1877, near Goessel, Kan. She departed this life on Oct. 3, 1966, at the Bethesda Hospital, Goessel, at the age of 88 years, 10 months, and 25 days.

On May 24, 1896, she was baptized upon confession of her faith in Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour by Elder Jacob Buller and received into the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church near Goessel.

On May 3, 1900, she was united in marriage with Henry J. S. Schmidt by Elder Peter Balzer, at the family farm one-half mile west of the Alexanderwohl Church.

They made their home near Goessel until 1908 when they moved to a farm in Harvey County. Here most of her active life was spent. Four boys and four girls blessed the home. However, two of the girls died in infancy. After the death of her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Boese, they took their six-year-old niece, Elsie, into their home. In one of her notations she wrote: "We loved her as our own child."

With her husband, she participated in organization of the Tabor Mennonite Church, becoming a charter member Jan. 21, 1909. Here her husband later served as a deacon. She retained her membership in this church fellowship until her death.

They were privileged to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 1925. Her husband passed away June 16, 1943.

She continued to make her home on the farm until 1957 when she moved into a small house on the farm of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Nikkel. In October 1963 she fractured her hip. Upon her recovery in September 1964, she became a resident of the Bethesda Home. In June 1966, she entered Bethesda Hospital, following a stroke.

In addition to her husband and two daughters, four granddaughters and two great-granddaughters preceded her in death.

Her life was one of patience, kindness, and appreciation of her family.

She leaves to remember her life the children, Ferdinand and Marie Schmidt, Rt. 2, Newton; Helen and T. P. Nikkel, Rt. 2, Canton; Walter and Hildred Schmidt, Hesston; Arnold and Dorothy Schmidt, Rt. 2, Newton; Ruth and Paul Epp, Rt. 4, Newton; Dannie and Alice, Rt. 2, Newton; Elsie (Boese) and Elmer Schmidt, Rt. 2, Peabody; 25 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, D. J. Schmidt and wife Marie, Aberdeen, Idaho; and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Henry J. Brandt and husband of the Bethesda Home, Goessel.

The Mennonite obituary: 1966 Nov 15 p. 699

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Mrs. H. J. S. Schmidt, Tabor Church, Newton, Kan., was born Nov. 8, 1877, and died Oct. 3.

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