Carol Jean Canfield, was born on September 15, 1939, to Albert and Wilhelmina Schmidt in Hays, Kansas. She fought a long and very courageous fight against pancreatic cancer. We are all very blessed to have had her in our lives. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, golfing, spending time with her pets and going to the casino. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She is preceded in death by her husband and the father of her children, James W. Gross; her husband, Duane E. Canfield; her three brothers, Ralph Schmidt, Rich Schmidt, and Howard Schmidt; her six sisters, MaryAnn Stecklein, Alice Freitag, Jeanette Gottchalk, Zita Dreiling, Joyce Gonzalez, and her infant sister, Pauline Schmidt; and two sons-in-law, Troy Bressler and Frank Dinkel.
Carol graduated from Girl's Catholic High School in 1957. She went on to marry James Gross, with whom she shared five beautiful daughters. Carol was a devoted wife and mother. In 1972, she went to work for Baxter Laboratory where she spent a 15 year career that eventually relocated her to Mountain Home, Arkansas. She met a wonderful man, Duane Canfield, whom she married shortly thereafter. After ending her career with Baxter, she became a licensed Real Estate Agent which she enjoyed for approximately ten years, until retiring. From that point on she focused on her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her five daughters, Stacey Bressler of Fayetteville, Ginger Brown of Fayetteville, Jackie Schumacher and husband Craig of Wichita, Kansas; Bobbi Dreiling and fiancé Jeff Gridley of Hays, Kansas; and Bonnie Pfannenstiel and husband Russ of Hays, Kansas; two brothers, Joe Schmidt of Catharine, Kansas, and Bill Schmidt of Westminster, Colorado; one sister, Gladys Jacobs of Overland Park, Kansas; ten grandchildren, Jamie Klug and husband Darren, Dustin Rupp and wife Meghan, Nicki Gonder and husband Mitch, Austin Brown and wife Mari, Jeremy Schumacher and wife Shannon, Chelsey Holden and husband Jerry, Collin Schumacher, Jordan Schumacher, Dylan Cobb and fiancé Jenna Jacobs, and Carly Dreiling; ten great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Coco.
A visitation and rosary will be held from 9:00 – 10:00am with a funeral mass to follow at 10:00am on Monday, July 23, 2018, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church at 1722 N. Starr Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72701. Interment will follow at 12:00pm at Fayetteville National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital at https://www.archildrens.org/, the Humane Society of the Ozarks at https://hsozarks.org/, or Willard Walker Hospice home at https://www.wregional.com/hospice/willard-walker-hospice-home.aspx.
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