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Katherine Frances (Wormley) Schmidt, of Davenport, Iowa died peacefully at Cottagewood Senior Community - Mankato, Minneosta on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
Services will be held a Halligan McCabe Devries Funeral Home in Davenport, Iowa. Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. Followed by a service at 1:00p.m. On Saturday, February 17, 2018.
Katherine "Kitty", was born on July 16, 1933. As a youngster, she flourished in Davenport, especially loving winters spent ice skating at VanderVeer Park. She often shared memories of spending time with her beloved grandfather, Harry Pfabe, while he made his sales calls to the variety of restaurants throughout the Quad Cities. Kitty developed a deep love of literature, theatre and music. She enjoyed singing hymns at Sacred Heart Cathedral, attending the Quad City Symphony, and listening to classical music.
Kitty graduated from The Immaculate Conception Academy and pursued further academics at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, graduating in 1955, earning a Major in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Philosophy, while also active in college athletics.
On November 12, 1955, she married Daniel Severance Schmidt of Davenport and together they reared seven children creating a busy, bustling household of energy and promise. While managing her brood, she was integral to organizing many Davenport Swim Team and Synchronized Swim Club practices and events. She was an active member of the Davenport PTA and developed a calling to become involved in the local educational curriculum, urging stronger emphasis in History, Geography and Language Arts. As an advocate for the community's children, she led the charge for the development and implementation of new curriculums for the Davenport Community School System.
While her children were young Kitty worked for The World Book Encyclopedia and Fidler and Chambers Printing Company. She authored a self-supporting newsletter, "The Brown House Report", arguably prophetic in her concerns of computer privacy while technology rapidly lurched forward. Focusing on political and educational issues of the 80's her newsletter was read by local and national leadership, as well as family and friends.
She was elected to the Davenport School Board and held membership on the Area Education Agency 9 Board, PEO, Junior League and the League of Women Voters. An active participant in the political processes Kitty worked with the Republican Party's local, state and national efforts, often welcoming candidates and critics alike to lively discussions in her home.
Memorials may be offered in her name to Cottagewood Senior Communities - Mankato, 300 Bunting Lane, Mankato, Minnesota, 56001.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Beatrice (Pfabe) Wormley, Dr. John and Esther Wormley, her beloved husband, Daniel and a brother, Col. John H. Wormley, of Sarasota Fl.
Survivors include her 7 children and their spouses: Daniel and Christine Schmidt, Ames Iowa; Julie Urban, Davenport, IA; Ann and Douglas Vose, North Mankato, MN; Mary and William Collins, Davenport, IA; Thomas and Chong Ae Schmidt, Memphis, TN; Sarah Schmidt, Davenport, IA; Michael Schmidt, Wilton IA. Kitty also dearly loved and will be missed by her 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A special thank you is extended by the entire family for the wonderful care provided and love offered by the staff of Cottagewood Senior Communities - Mankato as well as Mayo Clinic Hospice Mankato.
Published on February 15, 2018
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