Share |

Jean Schmer

mugshot

Jean Freeman Schmer, 71, formerly of Iola, passed away unexpectedly at her residence in Yankton, S.D. on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
Jean was born in Conway Springs, on Dec. 5, 1942, to Samuel and Mary Elizabeth (Wolfe) Bechtel. Jean graduated from Conway Springs High School and went on to nursing school at Wichita State University and graduated from Newman School of Nursing in Emporia. She began her 40-year nursing career at Allen County Hospital in Iola.
In 1961, Jean married Larry Freeman from Conway Springs. The marriage was blessed with two daughters, Kim and Lanette. Both of the daughters graduated from Iola High School before pursuing careers in communications (Lanette) and nursing (Kim). Kim continued on to obtain her nurse practitioner degree and Lanette obtained her master’s degree in sports administration. During Jean’s nursing career, she also owned her own business “Flower Village,” worked with Dr. Vernon Lee as a patient educator and worked at the Allen County Bank and Trust.
In 1989, Jean began working at the North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City, Mo. She met and married David Schmer on May 5, 1990, in Greenwood County. Her brother (Roger Bechtel) and sister-in-law (Ericka) stood in attendance during the ceremony. In June 1990, Jean and David relocated to Lincoln, Neb., where they raised David’s youngest daughter, Katie. Jean worked in St. Elizabeth Hospital, the Lincoln Surgery Center and the Ear, Nose and Throat Specialty group as a surgical nurse and nursing supervisor before her retirement in 2004. She was an active member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses. After retirement, Jean and David relocated to Yuma, Colo., before settling in Yankton, S.D.
Jean is survived by her husband, David, Yankton; daughter Kim Bodemann (Don), Hot Springs, Ark., and their children, Claire, Marcus and Isaac; daughter Lanette Stineman (Todd), Hot Springs, Ark., and their children, Brett and Molly; step-son Christian Hanson (Yulia), Riverside, Ill., and their children, Viktoria and Kira; step-daughter Sara Koehler (Tim); son, Taylor Trumbo; step-daughter Katie Anderson and her children, Alex Schmer, Ehren Anderson and Lena Anderson; sister Georgia Peterson (Denny), Milliken, Colo.; brother Roger Bechtel (Ericka), Eureka; mother-in-law, Helen Schmer, Scottsbluff, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her parents Sammie L. and Mary Elizabeth (Wolfe) Bechtel.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola.
Memorials are suggested to Special Olympics Arkansas, 2114 Main St., North Little Rock, AR 72115 or Special Olympics South Dakota, 800 E. I-90 Lane, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.
To sign the guest book online go to www.iolafuneral.com.

OBITUARIES

Raymond Clark

thumb

  Raymond E. Clark, 73, Humboldt, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Humboldt. Raymond was born in Pittsburg on April 21, 1940, the son of Alva E. and Gladys (Stierwalt) Clark. He grew up and attended schools in Chanute. He was united... [More]

Chloe Ansell

thumb

Chloe Freeman Ansell, 88, died early Palm Sunday morning in Olathe from complications after surgery mid-week at Olathe Medical Center. She had been a resident of Vintage Park in Paola since 2011, moving there to be near her daughter, Jane Freeman, a resident of Lakemary Adult... [More]

Hazel Moorhead

thumb

Hazel Inez Moorhead, 107, Iola, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at her home. Hazel was born Nov. 29, 1906, on a farm near Saffordville, west of Emporia, the daughter of Clarence and Mabel (Gangloff) Beer. She was the second born of eight children and helped raise her siblings... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Davis: Kansas can do better

thumb

PITTSBURG — At some point Kansas legislators will need to reconcile the state budget.  The state is on track to end the fiscal year with $250 million, down from $500 million forlas year. For 2016, the ending balance is projected to be zero. Five years from now,... [More]

IMS band outgrows bandstand

thumb

Surging enthusiasm for instrumental music at Iola Middle School has caused the school’s band to outgrow the bandstand on the courthouse lawn. Jack Stanley, IMS principal, told county commissioners Tuesday the school would like to have its annual spring outdoor concert... [More]

Iola native at shooting location

thumb

Sunday afternoon started out like any other day for Jeff Ashford and his wife and daughter. Ashford, who grew up in Iola and now lives in Shawnee, took his wife and daughter to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City for a talent show. Little did the family know... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Standouts lead the way at IMS Invitational

thumb

More than 900 youngsters from 20 schools filled Iola’s Riverside Park from stem to stern to compete in the Iola Middle School Invitational Track meet. There were several local standouts, including Iola’s Tayton Driskel, a three-time gold medalist in the 100- and... [More]

Fillies’ strong pitching not enough

thumb

Offense was hard to come by for Iola High’s Fillies Tuesday. The Fillies never could find any offensive traction against visiting Prairie View, falling 6-0 and 1-0. The 1-0 defeat was particularly painful as Iola stranded runners in each of the first four innings, including... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription