Esther Schmidt, 70, Hays, died Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Hays.

She was born Sept. 10, 1948, in Hays to Lester and Esther (Degenhardt) Burgardt.

She married Timothy Schmidt on June 8, 1968, in Hays. She was the store manager at Hallmark for several years.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She enjoyed arts and crafts, as well as being involved with her grandchildren and all their activities.

Survivors include her husband, Hays; a son, Curtis Schmidt and wife, Amanda, Hays; a daughter, Leslie Karlin and husband, David, Hays; two brothers, twin Lester Burgardt and wife, Carol, WaKeeney, and Dennis Burgardt and wife, Jan, Salina; two sisters, Linda Schmidt and husband, Kevin, Bradenton, Fla. and Lee Ann Zielinski, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Cameron Karlin, Madison Karlin, Avery Schmidt and Jonathan VanCampen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Tammie Schmidt; and a brother-in-law, David Zielinski.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; private family inurnment will be at a later date.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday with a combined vigil/rosary at 7:30 p.m., both at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice at HaysMed or Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in care of the funeral chapel

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