Agnes Esther (Funk) Schmidt, age 78, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston. She was born June 10, 1939 in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada to Kornelius and Katherine (Voth) Funk. She was a graduate of Meadow Lake High School, Swift Current Bible College, and Saskatoon Teacher’s College.
She married LaVerne Schmidt on July 3, 1963 after moving to the United States. She worked in the floral business, displaying a wonderful knack for creative arrangements. Agnes truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; chatting with friends and family, quilting, baking, shopping and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling, especially fishing and hiking. Agnes had an ability to show God’s unending love with a smile and laughter.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, LaVerne of Hesston, and sons Bradley (Vicki) of Wichita and Brent (Farrah) of Pratt. Her grandchildren are Shawn (fiancé Shelbi) and Kayla, Noah, Caleb, Tessa, and Thomas Schmidt. Agnes is also survived by her siblings Peter (Justine) Funk, Kathy Dyck, Mary (Ben) Klassen, Susie Zacharias, Henry (Ella) Funk, Ike (Grace) Funk, Elsie (Ed) Dyck, and step-sister Grace (Dennis) Adolf, brother in law, Reynold Neudorf, in addition to many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Kornelius and Katherine Funk, stepmother Helen, sister Margaret, and her brother Neil Funk.
Visitation will be at the Schowalter Villa Chapel 200 Cedar St., Hesston, from 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 26 at Garden Community Church, 6520 N. Halstead Rd., Mound Ridge. A private family inurnment will precede the service, and remaining ashes will be scattered at her beloved Meadow Lake in Saskatchewan at a later date.
Petersen Family Funeral Home of Newton has been entrusted with arrangements. The family requests memorials be sent to Radio Harvest through Avant Ministry or New Hope Shelter in lieu of flowers.