Obituary: Ruth (Unrau) Schmidt

Ruth (Unrau) Schmidt, 96, died on Monday, Aug. 29, at Newton Medical Center.

She was born on Aug. 19, 1920, to David and Marie (Balzer) Unrau at their home east of Inman. Ruth attended a country school, Blaze Fork, for eight years and then Inman High School, graduating valedictorian of the class of 1938. She attended Bethel College for two years, obtained a teaching certificate, and taught for two years at Emmenthal School, a one-room school in Marion County. During that time Ruth was involved with Tabor Mennonite Church as a pianist and choir director and there met Art Schmidt. They married on June 3, 1942 and celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary with family this past June.

Ruth Schmidt
Ruth Schmidt

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings Norma (Elmer) Suderman, Delia (Gordon) Dyck and Paul (who died at the age of 4); a daughter Elaine (Verlin) Bartel; a stillborn son George Alan; and a stillborn grandson Alan Matthies Schmidt.

Survivors include husband Arthur A. Schmidt of North Newton; brother-in-law Gordon Dyck of Estes Park, Colo.; son-in-law Verlin Bartel of Kansas City; son Archie (Kristin) Schmidt of Peabody; daughter Ada (Wes) Schmidt-Tieszen of Newton; grandchildren Heather (David) Bradford of Ottumwa, Iowa, Olivia Bartel of Murdock, Jody Schmidt of Chicago, Luke (Sarah) Schmidt of College Station, Texas, Katy Schmidt of Peabody, Tina (Dan) Graber of Freeman, S.D., and Alison Schmidt-Tieszen of Denver; and great-grandchildren Anna and Isaac Bradford of Ottumwa, Iowa ,and Adaline Graber of Freeman, S.D.

Celebration of Life service is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at Tabor Mennonite Church in Newton. Visitation with family is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, in Menno Hall at Kidron Bethel Retirement Village, North Newton. Memorials may be designated in Ruth’s memory to Bethel College or Mennonite Central Committee.

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