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Mary E. Schmidt-Kment

ST. PAUL – Mary E. Schmidt-Kment, 60, of St. Paul died Wednesday, Jan 9, 2008, at the Heritage Living Center in St. Paul. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Ray Kosmicki will officiate. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Ord Cemetery in Ord. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Schmidt-Kment was born on Aug. 25, 1947, at Ord, the daughter of Elmer and Lorraine (Duda) Lukesh. She is survived by her husband, Emil R. Kment of St. Paul; her mother, Lorraine Lukesh of Lincoln; two sons, Darrell Schmidt of Grand Island and Carl Schmidt of Papillion; one brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Linda Lukesh of Lincoln; and two sisters and one brother-in-law, Kadi Lukesh of Lincoln and Karen and Darien Cox of Grand Island. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Kaitlynn, Gage and Abigail Schmidt. Mary grew up in Ord and attended St. Mary’s parochial school and was a 1965 graduate of Ord High School. She then attended the Kearney Beauty Academy, graduating in 1966 and receiving her instructor of cosmetology credentials in 1967. She was united in marriage to Edwin C. Schmidt on Aug. 22, 1967, at Phillipsburg, Kansas. Mary worked as a cosmetology instructor and was the owner of Mary’s Magic Mirror in Dalton. In 1981, she moved to Farwell and later to St. Paul where she worked at Merchant’s Salon for 8 years. She was united in marriage to Emil R. Kment on April 11, 1996, at St. Paul. She then worked at the Red Carpet Salon which she later purchased and operated until her health forced her to retire. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church where she was involved in the music ministry and was a member of the Council of Catholic Women. She was a longtime member of the W.F.L.A. Lodge No. 152 of Farwell, having served as secretary. She was also a past advisory board member of the Western Nebraska Technical College. For many years, Mary volunteered at Heritage Living Center by styling hair and singing for the residents. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and enjoyed her neighborhood children. Mary also enjoyed to cook and loved her cats. She was preceded in death by her father, Elmer Lukesh and her first husband, Edwin C. Schmidt. Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul EMT’s or the St. Mary’s School of Ord.

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Emil and family Our deepest sympathy to each of you.Dale.Elaine Nowak and family

Elaine NOwak Feb 29 2008 12:00 AM

God Bless Mary. We were friends and classmates starting in St. Marys. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Jeannie

Jeannie (Hoevet) Lewin Jan 11 2008 12:00 AM

We love Mary. She was our friend. We will miss our visits with her. Love, Wyatt & Whitney

Wyatt & Whitney Jan 11 2008 12:00 AM

My sympathies for the family. I have always enjoyed being around Mary when I was growing up. She did her best to keep us boys in line which was nearly an impossible task. God Bless! Heaven has got a new angel today.

Martin Swanson Jan 10 2008 12:00 AM

Emil, Darrell, Carl & the rest of the Family; First let me apologize for not being able to attend Mary's funeral. Government employee's don't always have all the luxuries. :-) As a little girl going to church on Saturday evening I could always count on hearing this wonderful voice coming from the balcony. I loved hearing that voice; but I never knew who it was. (Partially because I was expected to remain faced forward during mass...or else! Gotta love parents who discipline their kids!) It wasn't until many years later that I got the privilege to not only meet Mary, but also sing with her. I was jealous of her and that voice. Man was I jealous, but I eventually realized that Mary was more than just that voice. She was also a friend. She is still the only other person that I trust to do my hair except my mom. (Do you guys know how hard it is for a woman to find a good hairdresser?) And she listened to my problems w/out fault. It was fun to come home and see Mary! Mary will be missed in more ways than one. Even though I am going to another church now, this Saturday I will sing our church songs with Mary's voice in my head and remember how she made this world just a little bit better. All my love to you.

Marie Czarnek Jan 10 2008 12:00 AM

Emil and family: You have my sympathy in the loss of dear Mary. I will miss visiting Mary when I go back to St. Paul. Mary was a very "special lady". Two nieces Of Mary's are friends of mine. Flo Bastow, Casper, WY and Bernice Fialia, Ainsworth, NE. May God Comfort you in your loss and memories sustain you. Prayers, Dycke Sevcik 1620 Mariposa Blvd. Casper, WY 82604

Dycke Sevcik Jan 10 2008 12:00 AM

To the family of Mary Schmidt-Kment We all send our deepest sympathy to the family. Please know that Mary is now singing in Heaven and free of pain & suffering. She was a very dear person. Our prayers are with you all at this sad time in your lives. Johnny & Phyllis Piontkowski and Irene L Kizior

Johnny & Phyllis Piontkowski & Irene L Kizior Jan 10 2008 12:00 AM