Caroline Rita (Dreiling) Schmidt

Caroline Rita (Dreiling) Schmidt, 84, Hays, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Victoria to Balthasar and Elizabeth (Graf) Dreiling.

She married George J. Schmidt Sr. on Aug. 15, 1949, in Victoria. He preceded her in death May 11, 1981.

She worked at St. Anthony Hospital, Travenol Laboratory, Dillons Bakery, Social Security Office and Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She enjoyed working at Sternberg, seeing the new exhibits and meeting interesting people. She enjoyed volunteering and being a senior companion. She enjoyed visits from her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

Survivors include three sons, Ralph Schmidt, Pearl City, Hawaii, Howard Schmidt, Hays, and George Schmidt Jr. and wife, Kristy, McPherson; two daughters, Kathy Quigley and husband, Dan, Manhattan, and Elizabeth Speer and husband, Lynden, Clearwater; four brothers, Fridolin "Fritz" Dreiling and wife, Edna, and Francis Dreiling, all of Victoria, and Vince Dreiling and wife, Ellen, and Bill Dreiling and wife, Mildred, all of Hays; two sisters, Mary Theresa "Theresa" Brungardt and husband, Eddie, Walker, and Elizabeth "Betty" Schmidt and husband, Vernon, Hays; a sister-in-law, Delores "Dee" Dreiling, Hays; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Sylvester Dreiling and Robert Dreiling; and two sisters, Seraphina "Sarah" Davis and Alfreda "Freda" Grabbe.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, both at Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601

A VFW Ladies Auxiliary service will be at 6:15 p.m. Friday, followed by a rosary at 6:30 p.m. and a vigil at 7 p.m., all at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Sternberg Museum of Natural History in care of the funeral home.

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