Cleopha Waldschmidt, age 83 of Lemoyne, passed away Wednesday evening, April 10, 2013 at her home on the north side of Lake McConaughy.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 15th at the Gubser Funeral Chapel with Fr. Bryan Ernest of St. Luke’s Catholic Church officiating. Burial will be in the Ogallala Cemetery.
Cleo was born on the family farm near Brownell, Kansas, on December 29, 1929, the daughter of Vincent and Anna (Halbleib) Kreutzer. She attended school at Wallace, Kansas and later attended school in Sharon Springs, Kansas, graduating from high school in 1945. She moved with her family to Evans, Colorado in 1952. Cleo attended cosmetology school and opened a beauty salon in her home in 1963. She began her employment with Western Electric (later AT &T) in 1966 in Aurora, Colorado.
She married William Waldschmidt on February 12, 1976 at Aurora, Colorado, where they made their home until their retirement. The couple went camping and traveled much of the Continental United States and British Columbia, Canada. They continued boating and fishing at Lake McConaughy until the last couple of years.
When Cleo retired from AT &T in 1986 she and Bill built a retirement home on the North side of Lake McConaughy. Cleo loved her flower gardens and enjoyed watching all the various birds and wildlife that would visit their feeders. She loved visiting with everyone and especially enjoyed wintering in Apache Junction, Arizona where she could walk her little dog, Pepper, and visit with all her friends. She would be gone for hours doing just that. While living in Colorado, she and her friends would always be the first ladies at the Thompson Reservoir for opening day of trout season. Cleo’s hobbies included fishing, camping, water skiing, bowling, crocheting, flower gardening and traveling.
Survivors include her husband, William Waldschmidt, Sr. of Lemoyne; children, David V. Merritt of Ogallala, Bernadette (Dale) DeForest of Ogallala, Marie (Brian) Gillies of Sun City West, AZ, William Waldschmidt, Jr. of Thornton, CO, Andrea Oatman of Elizabeth, CO; sister in law, Lois Kreutzer of Mesa, AZ; sisters, Dorothea Clark of St. Charles, MO, Bernita (Bill) Carl of Mesa, AZ, Rosella (Dick) Courtney of Chino Valley, AZ and Marilyn Waldschmidt of Loveland, CO; brother, Frederick (Della) Kreutzer of Brighton, CO; 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Cleo was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Gerald Kreutzer.
A Memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society in her memory. Her family would like to extend their deepest thanks and appreciation for the wonderful care extended to Cleo by the staff of Sidney Memorial Health and Hospice Care.
Online condolences may be sent at gubserfuneralhome.com. Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Gubser Funeral Home.
Gubser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.