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Katherine C. Schmidl

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Katherine Charlotte Schmidl, 97 of Live Oak, California passed away peacefully on January 4, 2015. She was born on February 16, 1917 in Rio Vista, California, the daughter of Lorenz Schnell and Anne Gertrude McCormick. Katherine lived her entire life in the state of California. As a young child she attended St. Gertrude's Academy for girls, founded by her Great Uncle, Father Michael McNaboe (one of the earliest Irish missionary priests). The school's education included reading, writing, mathematics, Latin, penmanship, needlepoint, sewing and social etiquettes. Occasionally, as a child, she would sleep at the school, cared for by the school's nuns, the Sisters of Mercy and her Great Uncle while her parents were traveling to San Francisco for business and visiting relatives. Upon graduation she attended Rio Vista Joint Union High School.

Always known for her thirst of knowledge, love of education and strong work ethic, she put herself through college by working as a typist for 11 cents per hour and working on Catalina Island in the summers as a YMCA Camp Councilor. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and San Jose State University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and received her teaching credential. Katherine completed her student teaching at West Portal School in San Francisco. She taught at East Nicolaus Elementary School from 1938 to 1939 and Live Oak Elementary School from 1939 to 1941.

In 1940, she married Joseph Schmidl, Jr. Together they dedicated themselves to raising their eight children and the development of the family orchard farm--peaches, prunes, almonds and walnuts. Her children were always foremost on her mind, nurturing them and providing for them opportunities to achieve their dreams. All of her children attended colleges and universities. Some went on to obtain advanced degrees (masters and doctorate degrees) while others became recognized within the community for their expertise in agricultural practices.

She made many contributions to the local community, volunteering and leading activities with the Catholic Church, Mercy Guild, Bridge Club, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Quilting Association, Girl Scouts of America (Leader) and the American Association of University Women. Her love of life was remarkable, expressing her creative nature through sewing, quilting, painting and gardening--she was especially known for her classic long stemmed hybrid tea roses--which she continued to cultivate well into her late nineties. Today the rose garden continues to be cherished by her family. One of her greatest passions in life was traveling. She and her husband, Joe traversed most of the United States including Alaska and Hawaii, and took various trips to Europe to visit the birthplace of her father in Frankfurt Germany, and her great grandparents ancestral home in Longford County Ireland. There were additional sojourns to Australia, New Zealand, and South America-she even climbed Machu Pichu, the Inca Temple atop of the Andes of Peru at the age of 75.

She is survived by her daughters, Ann M. Hayes, BSN, RN, CGRN of San Francisco and Dr. Mary K. Schmidl Labuza of St. Paul, Minnesota; her sons, Peter, Paul, William, Russel all of Live Oak, Kurt of Davis, Joseph of Yuba City their families with 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; her brother, Loren Schnell of Boulder, Colorado. Her husband of 57 years, Joseph, and her sister, Margaret, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 11 from 2-4 PM followed by a Holy Rosary at 4 PM at the Ullrey Memorial Chapel, 817 Almond Street, Yuba City. The funeral service Mass will be Monday, January 12, 10:00 AM at St. Isidore's Catholic Church followed by interment at Sutter's Cemetery in Sutter City. The family requests that donations be made to .
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2015
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