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Caroline (Schaus) Schumm


Caroline (Schaus) Schumm, 97, Ellis died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Center.

She was born Jan. 23, 1917, in rural Ellis County to John (Ast) and Wilhemina (Wentling) Schaus.

She married Martin Schumm on Feb. 4, 1938, in Tulsa, Okla. She worked for more than 20 years in the Ellis Public School District's school lunch program progressing to the position of manager; of her many accomplishments she was most proud to have helped design the kitchen for the current Ellis High School and planned many special banquets for FFA and proms.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church since 1946. During her homemaking years, she served in volunteer leadership at both school and church. In later years, she spearheaded the 'Sewing Ladies,' who transformed old clothes and donated fabric into warm quilts that were sent to Lutheran World Missions and disasters.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Beverly McLaury, Ellis, and Aleta 'Lea' McCloud, Wichita; a sister, Henriettta 'Chris' Hansen, Clackamas, Ore.; seven grandchildren, Kirk Kutina, Topeka, Cindi Renyer, Valley Falls, Todd McLaury, Topeka, Monica Fisher, Overland Park, Darrin McCloud, Clearwater, Andrea McCloud Johnson, Wichita, and Laurie Bishop, Gordonville, Texas; 19 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Edgar, Edna Ptaschek, Frieda Bollig, Lena Bollig, William, Edith Hughes Malone and Raymond; and a grandson, Clay Kutina.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Christ Lutheran Church, Ellis.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637.

Memorials are suggested to Trego County-Lemke Memorial Endowment Foundation, WaKeeney, or Christ Lutheran Church, Ellis, in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent by guest book to www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to keithley@ruraltel.net.