Alice Schmittler, (nee Schorfheide), 88, of Springfield, formerly of Nashville, passed away at 12:47 P.M. on November 19 at The Regency in Springfield.
She was born on July 9, 1929, in Beaucoup Township, Washington, County, the daughter of Fred and Caroline (Doelling) Schorfheide.
She was baptized on August 18, l929, by Rev. Carl H. Kluge at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Nashville, and was also confirmed there on April 18, 1943 by Rev. Reinhard Krause.
She was united in marriage to Arthur L. Schmittler on August 19, 1956, by Rev. M.R. Zielinski at St. Paul Church in Nashville. This marriage remained constant for 61 years until her death.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Craig Douglas Schmittler and wife, Susan of Tamarac, Fla.; a daughter, Carla Jean Sofka and husband, Michael of Albany, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Dylan Schmittler, Gwyndolyn Sofka, Kara Thornton and husband, Chris and Christopher Drow; three great-grandchildren, Riley Thomas Olsovsky, Ashley Bee Olsovsky and Erin Rose Thornton; three sisters; Jane Moser and husband, Ivan of New Providence, N.J.; June Harmon and husband, Millard of Seattle, Wash.; Carolyn Mann and husband, Thomas of Beverly, W.Va.; four sisters-in-law; Norma Schorfheide of Houston, Texas, Betty Schmittler of Springfield; Nancy Jeffers of Rolla, Mo.;, Deborah Turnbull and husband, Skipton of Springfield; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Bernice Martin; one brother, Fred Schorfheide; one sister-in-law, Mary Jo Baker and four brothers-in-law, Robert Martin, Samuel Schmittler, Jack Baker and Lyle Jeffers.
She received her elementary education at the Nuptial one-room country school and graduated from Nashville High School in 1947.
Alice served as a legal secretary and court reporter for many years until her retirement. While in High School and after her graduation, she was a member of the Rural Youth Organization and active in county, state and national programs, having served as Secretary and President of the National R.Y.U.S.A. In 1955 she spent six months in India as a good will ambassador under the International Farm Youth Exchange program. As a lifelong member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, she served in various capacities in Sunday School, the choir and Dorcas Circle.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, November 30 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Nashville with the Rev. Beverly Kahle officiating. Interment will follow in St. Paul Church cemetery, Nashville.
Visitation will be held at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Nashville from 4:00-8:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 29th and on Thursday from 7:30 A.M. until the service hour.
Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ and will be received by the Campagna Funeral Home, who is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.campagnafuneralhomes.com.