Irene Elizabeth Schmidling

Irene Elizabeth Schmidling, 92, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital. She was born June 24, 1926, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Marion Francis and Bessie Irene (Flint) Crook.

Irene Schmidling

On Dec. 27, 1941, Irene married Vincent Eugene Schmidling. He preceded her in death in May of 1977. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Mervin Crook; two sisters, Donna J. Moyle and Cleo M. Bird; and an infant great great grandson, Frank E. DeMaranville.

Irene is survived by two daughters, Carolyn I. DeMaranville of Leavenworth and Darla K. Gwartney of Lansing, Kan.; three sons, Vincent E. Schmidling of Leavenworth, Dan C. Moyle of Oregon and Duane A. Schmidling of Leavenworth; 24 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Darlyne Pape of Boise, Idaho, Helen Schmidling of Leavenworth and Wilma Kirschner of Scotts Bluff, Neb.; a brother-in-law, Donald Schmidling (Dorothy Klamm) of Basehor, Kan.; numerous nephews and nieces; and her beloved furbaby, Sunshine.

She worked as a checker at both A&P and Kroger grocers in Leavenworth. She later worked at Gould Battery Factory, Hallmark Cards and the E-Z Shop before retiring.

Irene’s passion was all the grandchildren, including both family and children of the community, who she loved and babysat for 40+ years. She was affectionately known as “Granny” to the entire community. When she wasn’t preparing delicious meals, Irene enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles, bird watching and playing games such as Dominoes, Bunco and Yahtzee. She also loved flower gardening, traveling and fishing with her family.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at St. Joseph of the Valley Church, with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Saint Joseph of the Valley Catholic Church.