Mabel Marie (Werth) Schmidt, 93, died Saturday, April 4, 2020, at Via Christi Village, Hays.


She was born June 16, 1924, near Schoenchen to Genevieve Zimmerman and Theobald Werth. She was one of seven children. At an early age her father contracted TB and died, and Genevieve married Jacob Randa, who also had seven children. Together an additional five children were born. She was raised on farms in and around Schoenchen attending both grade and high school there.


She married Richard “Rich” Schmidt on June 16, 1942. They moved to a farm east of Antonino and raised their nine children. He farmed until 2007, when due to health he moved to the Via Christi retirement facility, with his wife following in 2013. He preceded her in death April 1, 2010.


She was a farmer, gardener, painter, seamstress and to her family, the central cook. She was a devoted mother with deep religious convictions and a devoted wife. She painted many lamps and ornamental items for her children, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Her home was the central meeting place for all her family at all the special occasions, family and religious events.


Survivors include her children, JoAnn (Don) Wilcox, Lawrence, Gary (Kathy) Schmidt, Olathe, Elaine (Dennis) Allen, Scott City, Rich (Vicki) Schmidt, Mulvane, Karen Schmidt, Hays, Dan (Joan) Schmidt, Hoisington, Mark (Becky) Schmidt and Cecil (Eileen) Schmidt, all of Wichita; two half-sisters, Jennie Reibel and Berniece Randa; 27 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by a son, Chuck; two brothers, Severin and Lefty Werth; and four sisters, Eleanor Pfannenstiel, Loretta Dinges, Irene Herrman and Edna Dinges.


Private family graveside services will take place in St. Anthony Cemetery, Schoenchen.


A funeral mass will be held and announced at a later date when the gathering restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus have been lifted.


Memorials are suggested to Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Antonino. If making a donation please make the check payable to the church. Contributions can be mailed to Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.


Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences can be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or by email at keithleyfuneralhomes@gmail.com