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Laurine Schmitt, 87, Tipton

TIPTON – Laurine Ann Matilda Schmitt passed away Monday, July 13, 2020 in Beloit, KS.

Laurine was born on May 21, 1933 on the family farm southwest of Tipton, KS. She was the third of seven children born to John and Katherine (Gasper) Schroeder. Laurine attended country school during her elementary years. She completed her Laurine was united in marriage to William John Ellenz on September 16, 1954. They were blessed with four children: Lester, Leland, Kevin and Janelle. After Bill’s untimely death on May 25, 1962, Laurine moved her young family from Wichita back home to Tipton. She found solace in her faith. Her inner strength was nurtured by the love of so many. Laurine endured her suffering with grace enabling her to receive the blessing of a new love. Laurine and Ralph Nicholas Schmitt were married on November 14, 1964. Together they had four children: Julie, Vickie, Cindi and Dennis.

Laurine cherished her role as mother and reinforced the love of family. Schroeders, Ellenzes, and Schmitts were all interwoven into her and Ralph’s lives and the lives of their children. No small feat. Laurine taught acceptance and that families have different traits to be honored. By her steadfast example, her children learned that diversity should be celebrated. Even in the face of the sudden tragic loss of her young son, Kevin, in 1979, she carried that heavy grief, without self-pity, as she continued to nurture her family. She was always always a soft place to fall, but never more so than for Ralph during his cancer journey and death in 2001. Despite the deaths of Kevin, Bill, and Ralph, she continued to answer the call to minister to those in need, whether it be emotional, physical, or spiritual.

Over the years, she delighted in the joyful chaos of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren entering the fold. Every Christmas Eve, Laurine’s home and table were the center of the world for her large family. But on nearly every day of the year, it was the family hub and meeting place, as people stopped by to pick up the paper, grab a popsicle or cookie, and sit and chat.

Laurine’s gentle touch was present everywhere. Neighbors, friends, school and community knew her well. She gave generously and frequently. Laurine’s flowers, comfort food, baked goods, and most of all, kind words, were unceasing. From dancing to socializing, coffee with friends, traveling or dinners out, Laurine enjoyed the vitality of life and loved to recount and reminisce about it all. She saw the bright side of everything.

Laurine was a lifetime member of St. Boniface Church. She served on the Parish Council and School Board. Laurine was a member of St. Ann’s Altar Society and the Daughters of Isabella. She took on many leadership roles and would volunteer wherever and whenever there was a need. She was also a member of Tipton TAG.

Preceding her in death were her parents, John and Katherine Schroeder; husbands Bill Ellenz and Ralph Schmitt; her son, Kevin Ellenz; daughter-in-law Faye Ellenz, and siblings, Clarence Schroeder, Betty Palen, and Stella Mans.

Laurine is survived by a large family: her children and their spouses, Lester and Michelle Ellenz, Leland Ellenz, Janelle and Gary Streit, Julie and Jon Perrin, Vickie and Brad Eilert, Cindi and Tim Hollerich, and Dennis and Kathy Schmitt; twenty-two grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren; and siblings Delores Brummer, Eleanor Pahls, and Carolyn Schmitt. Laurine also left behind a large extended family and many friends who were dear to her. We will all miss her.

A vigil service was held 7pm Thursday, July 16. Funeral Mass was 10 am Friday, July 17th, at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Father Daryl Olmstead officiated. Music selections were Here I Am, My Soul is Thirsting, You Alone, Servant Song, and How Great Thou Art by Shelby Gengler. Lectors were granddaughter, Tara Ellenz, son-in-law Brad Eilert, and daughter-in-law Michelle Ellenz. Offertory gifts were presented by Laurine’s grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons Aaron Garcia, Connor Eilert, Dylan Hollerich, Gary Ellenz, and grandsons-in-law Craig Dilley and Brandan Lindsay. Grandsons Ethan Perrin and Isaac Perrin served as honorary pallbearers.

Final resting place is St. Boniface Cemetery, Tipton.

A lunch followed the ceremony at Tipton Community Center coordinated by St Ann’s Altar Society.

Roberts Family Funeral Services, Beloit, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be left at:

Beloit Call

P.O. Box 309, Concordia, Ks. 66901

Phone: 785-738-3537