OBITUARY: Renate Maria ‘Renee’ Schmidt

Renate Maria “Renee” Schmidt, 65, died March 31 at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

She was born on September 16, 1953 in Oedheim, Germany, the daughter of Adolph and Anna Schindelar. She was raised and attended schools in Germany. After graduating from high school, Renee worked as a dental hygienist and was a secretary at BMW in Germany.

She met Larry Dean Schmidt of Newton while he was serving in the military. They were married on July 27, 1971 in Switzerland. Renee, Larry and their son Danny came to Newton where she taught herself how to speak English.

After raising her children, Renee went to work at Norcraft in Newton for 24 years. She loved everyone, spending time with her family and enjoyed listening to Rock & Roll music.

Survivors include her son Danny R. Schmidt; grandsons Ian B. Schmidt and Dustin D. Todd; and great grandchildren Nona Schmidt and Aleister Dean Schmidt all of Newton; brothers Herman and Alfonse Schindelar of Germany; and sisters Siggy Schindelar and Linda Tanaka of California.

Renee is preceded in death by her parents; husband Larry on July 15, 2010; daughter Jeannie Angela Schmidt on November 16, 2018; and brother Walter Schindelar.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday (April 5, 2019) at the Broadway Colonial Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., where the family will receive friends between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

A memorial has been established the family with funeral expenses. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks 67114.

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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

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