Leola Gottschalk, 95, Hays, died Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Via Christi Village.


She was born July 26, 1924, near Liebenthal, to Joseph and Rosa (Herrman) Schafer. After graduating from high school, she earned her teacher certification from Sacred Heart Academy in Wichita then taught in several one room schoolhouses.


She married Raymond “Ray” Gottschalk on May 24, 1939, and they were married 43 years before he preceded her in death Feb. 22, 1993. She was a substitute teacher, worked in her husband Ray’s Knights of Columbus Insurance office, and was very active in helping her husband with the Knights of Columbus, traveling frequently and attending conventions together.


She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Anthony Altar Society, and Daughters of Isabella Circle No. 254. She was active in her church, possessed a devout faith, was a wonderful cook and enjoyed her family, attending her children’s and grandchildren’s activities.


She enjoyed square dancing, playing pinochle and bridge, weekly bingo, vegetable gardening, drawing, and keeping her mind sharp with crossword and crypto quote puzzles.


Survivors include four sons, Darrell Gottschalk and wife, Shirley, Dennis Gottschalk and fiancÚ, Brenda Reiners, Randy Gottschalk and wife, Nadine, and Paul Gottschalk, all of Hays; a daughter, Linda Riedel and husband, Leroy, Hays; a sister, Ann Dechant, Leawood; a brother-in-law, Francis Haberman, Great Bend; 14 grandchildren, Tonya Knoll and husband, Grady, Tara Amador and husband, Sheldon, Amy Leiker, Tracy Dague and husband, Chad, Renae Wellbrock and husband, Jake, Kerri Stecklein, Shanon Herrman and husband, Glenn, Rhonda LaBarge and husband, Marty, Ryan Gottschalk and wife, Tiara, Travis Gottschalk and wife, Cherie, Sara Leiker and husband, Taylor, Justin Gottschalk and fiancÚ, Joslynn Davis, Jordan Gottschalk, and Joshua Gottschalk;33 great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Silvia Gottschalk; a grandson-in-law, Farron Leiker; a brother, Bert Schafer; and three sisters, Rosemary Simpson, Coleta Haberman, and Geraldine Schafer.


Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays.


Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.


A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a vigil at 7 p.m., both at the church. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or Thomas More Prep- Marian High School in care of the funeral home.


Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com