Mrs. Schmidt was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and the Ladies Sodality at the church. She was also a member of the Mother of Perpetual Help Mission Club. She was a volunteer for Hospice of Southern Illinois, and a member of the Belleville Chapter 53 Ladies of the Moose. Clare was a member of the Belleville Sister City Organization and belonged to the Hexenbukel Neighborhood Association in Belleville.
Clare was preceded in death by her husband, Gerard Schmidt; her parents, Libory and Anna, nee Terveer, Luechtefeld; three sisters, Sr. Florence Luechtefeld, OLVM, Gertrude (Joe) Maes, and Dorothy Luechtefeld; one brother, Leonard (Mary) Luechtefeld; a brother-in-law, James Pajares; a sister-in-law, Georgia Luechtefeld; and a niece, Geralyn Cox.
Surviving are her two sisters, Rita Pajares of Smithton, IL,
and Sr. Leona Luechtefeld, ASC, of Belleville, IL;
a brother, Ralph Luechtefeld of Belleville, IL;
and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial may be made to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Hospice of Southern Illinois, or in the form of masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Allen Maes, OMI, officiating.
Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
Clare was one of the loveliest people who I have been privileged to know. She was devoted and kind to my family – my grandparents Herbert and Ruth Frank, my aunt Marjorie Lesser and my mother, Judith Frank. And her kindness included all of the rest of the family and our friends. She was a rock – strong and dependable, smart and steady and yet with a warm and loving soul. I will miss her sorely and I know that is true for our extended family and friends. I am so grateful to have known her and been loved by her.
Nancy Hauserman, Iowa City, Iowa, 52245