Our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Gertrude (Funke) Schmidt passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Evergreen Estates. Gertrude was born April 20, 1922, in Egly, Mont., to Fred and Christina (Tacke) Funke. She grew up on her parents' ranch in Cottonwood with her four brothers and three sisters. She graduated from Cottonwood High School in 1940.
On Nov. 10, 1943, she married the love of her life, Richard Schmidt, in Cottonwood. In the early years, they operated a cattle ranch in Kamiah. The ranch is known today as the Flying B. In 1952, they bought 13 acres from Walter and Bernice Schweiter in Clemans Addition of Clarkston. It is there where they started and operated a dairy business together for 18 years.
On the dairy, they built a home where she and Richard "Dick" raised three daughters. Gertrude was employed at Adams Pharmacy and Wasem's Drug in the 1970s and retired in 1980. Richard passed away in 1987.
Gertrude never knew a stranger. Up until her passing, she continued to enjoy visits from family and friends. She lived her life with divine faith, positivity and was the pillar of strength. One of her greatest joys was being a mother and grandmother. She was our No. 1 fan in the grandstands, bleachers and ballpark.
Gertrude enjoyed watching Gonzaga basketball games, attending senior meals at the Asotin United Methodist Church and she was a lifetime member of the Ladies of the Elks and a past member (inactive) of Clarkston's Chapter FE P.E.O. Sisterhood. Late in life, Gertrude took up painting, a hobby she enjoyed for many years. She also enjoyed travel and playing gin rummy with her friends at Sonary Crest.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband; her mother and father; brothers Eugene, Frederick and Ray; sisters Mildred Wimer, Irene Seubert and Bernice Amen; brothers-in-law Greg Wimer, Henry Seubert and Wayne Amen; and sisters-in-law Cleo Funke and Mildred Funke. She is survived by her brother, Bernard, of Clarkston; sisters-in-law Pat Funke of Deary and Evelin Funke of Chico, Calif.; her daughters and their spouses, Diana (Wayne) Tippett, Marlene (Tim) Tippett and Mickie (Larry) Thompson; grandchildren Jim (Krystal) Tippett, Dinah (Mike) Miltenberger, Todd (Rosalyn) Tippett, Ryan (Kristi) Tippett, Jenna (Spencer) Graff and Christi Thompson: and great-grandchildren Gabe, Katelyn, Campbell, Caroline, Ryker, Emerson, Piper, Tristan and Sailor. Gertrude also is survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who she loved very much.
A special thanks to the staff at Evergreen Estate for the wonderful love and care they gave Gertrude.
A memorial service will be held Friday at Holy Family Church in Clarkston. Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m., and Mass at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the church. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Vineland Cemetery for those wishing to attend.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Holy Family School, 1002 Chestnut St., Clarkston, WA 99403.
Condolences may be sent to the Schmidt family, 3315 Clemans Road, Clarkston, WA 99403.
As Gertrude would often say, "May God watch over and protect us all."