Virgil Schmidtberger

 Memorial Mass for Virgil A. Schmidtberger, 86, Lawrence will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.  Inurnment will be at a later date in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  He died November 11, 2012 at Pioneer Ridge Rapid Recovery.

He was born April 10, 1926 in Victoria, Kansas the son of Michael J. and Catherine (Meier) Schmidtberger.

He served in the US Navy from May 1944 to June 1946. He married Rita Stramel on June 22, 1948 in Hays.  She preceded him in death on May 6, 2008.
In 1951, while attending Kansas University he started a painting company, the present day Lawrence Decorating Service.  He was a member of the 40&8 of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include a son, Gary Schmidtberger of Lawrence; a daughter,  Catharine “Cathy” Raddatz, and husband, John of Overland Park, KS;  a brother Loren of New York; a sister, Janice of Oakland, CA; grandchildren, Kristine Vogt, husband Mark; Karen Ingersoll, husband, Jason; Ian Raddatz; five great-grandchildren, Aaron, Luke, Ryan and Noah Vogt and Makayla Ingersoll.  He was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.
The family will greet friends from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 with a rosary at 5:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.  
The family suggests memorials in his name to Visiting Nurses or Corpus Christi Catholic Church and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

5 Condolences

  1. Tim Worthington on November 12, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Virgil was my painting mentor/guru for the 20 years in Lawrence painting world. He encouraged me, chided me to raise my prices:) His eye for color and product knowledge/application surpassed anyone around. In short, Virgil made me want to be a better painter!! And, tonight, I will lift a bigboy can of Schlitz in his memory.

  2. Sharon Elaine on November 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    My heart goes out to Virgil’s family over your loss. As time goes by, may your loving memories help soothe your heart and ease your pain. And may the God of all comfort bring you peace. 2 Corinthians 1:3. 4. Revelation 21:3, 4; Matthew 5:5. Loving thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Jean Stramel on November 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    So sorry to hear of Uncle Virgil’s passing. My thoughts are with you all. Blessings on his full and productive life and wonderful family. I will remember his smile and kindness.

  4. Marylee Welch Hamilton on November 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I just read an email from Loren Schmidtberger that informed me of Virgil’s passing. The family of Odelia Mick, my mother 98, and daughter of Barbara Schmidtberger who was sister to Virgil’s father extend our sympathies to all of you. We all attended and visited together at Jean Schumacher’s birthday party. God bless you and protect you at this time. Marylee Hamilton

  5. Tiffani on November 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Dear Schmidtberger Family:

    I wanted to send my condolences to your family on your loss. Death is something that pains us all, I’d like to share this encouraging scripture with the family; Rev. 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” I hope you’ll find comfort in this scripture.

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