Alfreda “Freda” Elizabeth (Brungardt) Schmidt, 97, of Hays died Friday, September 12, 2014 at Via Christi Assisted Living Facility in Hays. She was born on May 15, 1917 in Victoria, Kansas to Michael and Elizabeth (Boxler) Brungardt. She attended grade school in Victoria, and graduated from Mt. St. Scholastica High School, Atchison, Kansas, in 1935. Freda married Lucius Schmidt on June 15, 1937 in Catherine, Kansas. He preceded her in death on January 18, 1993.
She worked in Hays at the telephone office until the time of her marriage. Freda took care of her extended and immediate family with great love and kindness. She was known as an excellent cook, and had her own published cookbook of recipes. Her jobs outside of the home included taking census and cooking at Jefferson School. She also volunteered at St. Anthony’s Hospital, for the Red Cross, and at St. John’s Nursing Home. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Daughters of Isabella.
Survivors include three daughters and their families: Clarice (Joe) Chism of Mesa, Arizona, Agnes (Bill) Wierman of Hays, Kansas, and Mary Ann (Harry) Stevenson of Denver, Colorado. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren: JoLynn (Frank) Bakes, Janna (Ron) Cescaline, Anne (Matt) Schulte, Amy Wierman, Bill (Tammy) Wierman, John (Wendy) Chism, Chris (Natalie) Stevenson. Affectionately called Nana and Grandma by many, she will be missed by her great-grandchildren: Kati (Addison Carter) Bakes, Frank J. Bakes, Jenna Schulte, Julie (Devin) Weston, Lynn Bakes, Michael Schulte, Jeffrey Watson, Nick Chism, Emily Schulte, Travis Wierman, Isak Stevenson, Austin Stevenson and Ryan Chism; a brother, John Brungardt of Kansas City; two sister-in-laws and a brother-in-law. She was well-loved by her extended family, including numerous nieces and nephews.
Freda was preceded in death by her brothers: Killian (Pete) and Emmanuel (Tom), and by her sisters: Alice, Adolfina (Fina), Clara, Mary, Sophie, and Hubertine (Tina).
Funeral Mass will be 11:30 AM Tuesday September 16, 2014 St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hays, KS. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday 5-8 PM and Tuesday 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM at Brock’s – Keithley Funeral Chapel, 2509 Vine St.
A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be Monday 6:30 PM followed by a parish vigil at 7:00 PM all at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church, Hospice of Hays or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org