Written by Darla Downs
Jeannette I. (Burke) Schmitz, , died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Sidney Health Center Extended Care.
She was born to Pat and Anna (Tierney) Burke on June 26, 1919, in Enid. She grew up on the Burke family farm near Enid with her two brothers and three sisters.
Her older sister Rosella was her teacher in grade school and made her learn how to write perfectly.
She worked on the farm with her parents and brothers until her “little man with twinkly blue eyes came over the hill” and asked her to be his wife. Raymond Schmitz and Jeannette Burke were married Oct. 26, 1966, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Sidney, telling almost no one. What excitement there was at Charley Creek, when Raymond came home with a bride.
They made their home on the Schmitz family farm and farmed and ranched with Raymond’s brother, Stephen. They enjoyed farm life … driving around at night spotlighting; hunting; fishing; raising wheat, cows, chickens, cats and dogs; playing cards; dancing; making music with neighbors; and visiting family and friends. She also loved to read and quilt. She was a member of Mona Homemakers and St. Bernard Altar Society.
Their passion in later years was keeping the “little church on the prairie” alive. They loved their church family and worked hard with other parishioners to make the little country church a place where all could worship and have fellowship together.
She remained at the family farm until 2003, when she moved to The Lodge in Sidney and in October 2010 to Extended Care.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Schmitz; brothers, John Burke and Harold Burke; sisters, Rosella Whiteman, Ann Hass and Evelyn Callison.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Feb. 19, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in the Charlie Creek Community. Interment will be in St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery.