Katherine (Kay) Schmidt was born January 25,1916 in New York City and died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Doylestown, PA on April 28, 2021 at the age of 105.
She was born to parents, Patrick and Bridget Keane. She worked as a dental assistant in NYC and as a secretary during WWII. Katherine married Chester J. Schmidt in 1941 and then moved to Locust Valley, Long Island, where they raised 7 children. She lived there until retiring to Stuart,FL in 1981, and later moved to Melbourne Beach in 1990 after the passing of her husband, Chet. She was a snowbird in FL until she was 102 and spent her summers in Doylestown, PA in her mother-in-law suite at the home of her daughter and son-in-law(Mary & Kevin Hurley).
She enjoyed many years golfing, playing bridge, reading, and completing the daily crossword puzzle. She loved to travel and made several trips to Ireland where she visited her father’s home in Galway. She also traveled to Israel, New Zealand, Rome, and to Medjugorje, where it is believed the Virgin Mary appeared. Kay also made a pilgrimage to the Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes, France where she believed her breast cancer was healed.
She was a devout Catholic and a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Melbourne Beach, FL for almost 30 years. She firmly believed in the power of prayer and honored the Virgin Mary.
Family was extremely important to her and she enjoyed many family gatherings in her Florida and Pennsylvania homes. In Florida, she could be seen buzzing around her neighborhood in her golf cart heading to church or Publix. She always had a smile and a kind word for her neighbors while walking her precious dog, Suzie.
She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 50 years, Chester J. Schmidt, her parents, Patrick and Bridget Keane, 5 brothers and 1 sister. She is survived by her 7 children, 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Katherine’s funeral mass will be held on July 24, 2021 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3780 S Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 at 11:00 AM
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to a charity of choice.
Arrangements made by Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home, 344 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.
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