|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1923|
|Death: ||Aug. 15, 2011|
Marjorie Helen Schmitt
"Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2011 4:00 am
"Marjorie Helen Schmitt died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Billings, Mont., due to pancreatic cancer with both of her daughters by her side.
"She was born Oct. 16, 1923, in Jennings, Kansas, to George and Philomena (Minnie Stegner) Petrasek and grew up on the family farm. She graduated from Jennings High School in 1940, and attended Kansas State College in Fort Hayes, Kan., after which, she taught school at the Rock Island Country School in Jennings.
"After attending radio communications schools in Omaha, Neb., and San Francisco, Calif., she moved to Denver, Colo., and worked for United Airlines as a radio operator during World War II. There she met her husband, Raymond John Schmitt, was married on Nov. 23, 1946, and together they raised six children. They were married for 38 years until Ray passed away Christmas day, 1989. They lived near the beach in North Hampton, N.H., and in Yardley, and retired in Naples, Fla. In 2005, Marjorie moved to Billings, Mont. to live with her daughter and son-in-law. Despite her blindness from glaucoma in 1995, she was fearlessly independent and lived on her own for her final six years at Aspen View Retirement Center in Billings, where she formed close friendships with so many.
"While working for United Airlines, Marjorie and Ray were world travelers, visiting every U.S. state and making numerous trips to Europe and Australia.
"They both were very patriotic and active members of the local Yardley VFW. Marjorie loved her home, garden and flowers. As a member of the Martha Washington Garden Club in Yardley, she won many awards for her artistic flower arrangements. She was a gourmet cook, an accomplished artist, politically active and enjoyed fundraising for her Catholic church. Above all, her family was the most important.
"She will be greatly missed by her children and grandchildren who were a wonderful part of her life.
"Marjorie was preceded in death by her father on Oct. 15, 1949; mother on Dec. 11, 1952; bother, George Albert Petrasek, on March 6, 1977; husband on December 25, 1989; son, Steven Ray Schmitt, on May 28, 1997; and her favorite son-in-law, Hilliard W. McDonald on Feb. 5, 2009.
"Marjorie is survived by five children, two daughters, Lynnette McDonald of Billings, Mont. and Cynthia Teaff of Yardley; and three sons, Tommy Schmitt (Petra) of Mystic, Conn., Michael Schmitt (Cathy) of Pittsburg, Pa., and Robert Schmitt (Nancy) of Grass Valley, Calif.; sister, Evelyn Studebaker of Van Nuys, Calif.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
"Services will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Fitzgerald-Sommers Funeral Home, 17 South Delaware Ave., Yardley.
"In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make memorials to Bucks County Association for the Blind, 400 Freedom Drive, Newtown, PA 18940 or to an organization of the donor's choice.
"Remembrances may be shared with the family at www.michelottisawyers.com. Fitzgerald-Sommer Funeral Home, Yardley"
Obituary for Marjorie Hellen Schmitt; Sunday, August 21, 2011., Courier Times, Yardley, Pennsylvania, online obituary
George Petrasek (1895 - 1949)
Philomena Stegner Petrasek (1898 - 1952)
Raymond John Schmitt (1924 - 1989)
Steven Ray Schmitt (1948 - 1997)*
Marjorie Helen Petrasek Schmitt (1923 - 2011)
George A Petrasek (1929 - 1977)*
Note: Memorial Service 27 Aug 2011; internment 29 Aug 2011.
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Plot: section 12-D site 627
Created by: Jay Rarick
Record added: Aug 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75523431