Hillsboro – Darlene Schmidt, 82, died October 17, 2017 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. She was born March 27, 1935 to Herman and Kathryn (Hildebrand) Klaassen in Hutchinson. She married Malvin Schmidt October 4, 1953 in Hillsboro. Survivors include: husband Malvin Schmidt of Hillsboro; sons, Jerry Schmidt of Salina, Leroy Schmidt of McPherson, Kelly (Jean) Schmidt of Friday Harbor, Washington; daughter, Malvina Schmidt of Tulsa, Oklahoma; brother, Dale Klaassen; sisters, Joyce Graber and Ima Elwell; 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Celebration of Life Service Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at The Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church officiated by Pastor Loyal Martin. Interment 10:00 a.m. Saturday at The Hillsboro MB Church cemetery. Family will receive guests from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Memorials to M.B. Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch taken from the Funeral Bulletin
After graduation Darlene moved to a house on West Grand in Hillsboro to be closer to her family. Her first job in town was at the Hillsboro Creamery. From there she took a position at Schaeffler’s Mercantile Company. She was then employed by Dr. Thies, the local veterinarian, as a secretary.
Darlene accepted the Lord as her savior at a Billy Graham crusade in Nebraska. Her faith was always important to her. She was then baptized and she became a lifetime member of the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.
On October 4th, 1953, Darlene married Malvin Schmidt and became a homemaker. They raised 4 children together: Jerry, Leroy, Kelly, and Malvina. As a family, they enjoyed several road trips together traveling all across the US with some memorable stops in Canada and Mexico as well. Darlene and Malvin were married for 64 years.
In her later years, she enjoyed working for the US Census and traveled all over Kansas in 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2010. She ended her career at the Census Bureau as a supervisor responsible for over 17 counties in Kansas. She was a lifetime member of the EHU.
She enjoyed many holidays and visits with her children, grandchildren, and many friends, created an impressive collection of hundreds of salt and pepper shakers, tended a beautiful garden every year, and created a warm home full of laughter and delicious food that made any visitors feel at home and welcome.
She is survived by her husband, Malvin W Schmidt of Hillsboro, her siblings Ima Elwell of Inman KS, Dale Klaassen of Pittsburgh KS, and Joyce Graber of Wichita KS, her four children, Jerry Schmidt of Salina KS, Leroy Schmidt of McPherson KS, Kelly and Jean Schmidt of Friday Harbor WA, and Malvina Schmidt of Tulsa OK, her four grandchildren, Jeremy and Christine Schmidt of McPherson KS, Eric Heinrichs of North Little Rock, AR, Brittani Heinrichs of a Tulsa, OK, and Trenton Schmidt of Tulsa OK, and her 6 great grandchildren.