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Marlene M. Schmidt

July 10, 2016

Marlene Martha Kopper was born August 2, 1938 in Van Nuys, California to Edward and Martha
Kopper. She passed away at age 77 on Sunday, July 10, 2016 surrounded by family members.
Marlene attended Newton Grade School through High School graduating in 1956. In 1958 she earned
an Associate of Arts degree at Bethel College and then taught in the McPherson County School system
for several years.

On June 1, 1952 Marlene was baptized and became a member of First Mennonite Church in Newton.
She loved playing the piano excelling as an accompanist at church services and for the church choir.
Marlene enjoyed directing the Junior Choir and teaching Vacation Bible School at the church.

On May 27, 1960, Marlene married the love of her life, Donald Schmidt. She and Don spent the next
several years in Indianapolis, Indiana where she worked as a Medical Stenographer. Following their
return to Kansas she became a stay at home mother raising their three children, Michael, Gregory, and
Lori. Her children were her pride and joy and she was a very faithful mother to them. Highlight
experiences for Marlene were going on shopping trips and coffee breaks with family members and
friends. Through the years she greatly enjoyed the presence of her dog Billie as well as her children’s

After the children left home Marlene attended Hesston College and earned an Early Childhood degree
in 1988, she then taught preschool at several child care centers in Newton. Later in life with her love
to work with children she volunteered as a tutor in the local grade school.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Martha Kopper; and infant brother, Richard Kopper.

Marlene is survived by her husband, Don; her children Michael of Stafford, Texas, Gregory of Newton,
and Lori Schmidt of Salina; sister, Wanda Lowenstein and husband Hal; brother in law, Lewis and wife Dorothy Schmidt and many nieces and nephews.

Viewing and visitation with family will be Wednesday (July 13, 2016) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at
Peterson Funeral Home in Newton.

Burial will be Thursday (July 14, 2016) at 2:00 p.m., at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. The Life
Celebration service will be at 3:00 p.m., at First Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas, with a faspa/light
meal following. Memorial gifts may be made to the First Mennonite Church Organ Fund or to Caring
Hands Humane Society. Condolences may be left at www.petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com


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10 thoughts on “Marlene M. Schmidt

  1. All the members shall remember Marlene for her kind and gracious actions over the years as we enjoyed the old Chevy hobby. Her memory will be cherished by all. Sincerely, Your fellow VCCA Club Members

  2. We recall so fondly our first car tour in Newton in 2005 when Don and Marlene rode with us and we got acquainted. Then as we served as fellow board members the warm hospitality shown by Marlene as she hosted the meetings at her house. She was truly a wonderfuly kind lady and will be missed by all who knew her.

  3. I send my sincere condolences to our fellow Salina Chorale member, Lori, and to the Schmidt family. I am holding you and all who loved Marlene, in prayer, knowing that God’s love enfolds you and comforts you and gives you strength. God bless Marlene on her way, as she continues her experience of life eternal.

  4. So sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers in this very sad and difficult time.

  5. Don and family we know how much you will miss Marlene. She was a very sweet, loving person and we will miss her. Take care and if we can be of any help let us know. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Don, Mike, Gregory, Lori and family:
    My sincere condolences over the loss of Marlene. I grieve with you. She was a marvelous person, and will be missed by many people. It was a joy to know her through you Mike. My prayers are with you, and the support of Houston Mennonite is with you as well.

    May God’s peace be with you.

    Marty Troyer
    Pastor, Houston Mennonite Church

  7. So sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and the rest of the family. We love you. Sorry that we can’t make it to the service.

  8. We extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to Don, Greg, Mark, Lori and the rest of the family. Marlene was always a cheerful presence when we were together for high school reunions of vintage Chevrolet activities. Our thoughts and prayers were with her and you during these past days as we all hoped and prayed for the miracle. Perhaps the miracle is that she is now in a more peaceful and restful place, but still looking out for you. We regret that we can not attend the services, but Marlene and you remain in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bob and Vada Strattan, Tulsa OK

  9. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family, Lori. We all care about you here at Salina Mennonite. May all the special memories of life with your Mother comfort you during this difficult time.
    Sherry Krehbiel

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