Elline Alma Fenner Schmidt

Elline Alma Fenner Schmidt, age 87 of Kenedy, TX passed away on September 16, 2020 in Kenedy, TX. Elline was born July 9. 1933 to the late Carl and Ida Rippstein Fenner in Lenz, TX.   Elline grew up In the Lenz community and her family then moved to Kenedy. She graduated from Kenedy High School in 1951; married Monroe Schmidt, Jr. on Sept. 21, 1955 and together had 5 children, Cherry, Terry, Merry, Carey, and Laurey. Elline became a young widow when her husband Monroe was killed in a tragic accident on April 9, 1969. She raised their children working hard at The Advance and Kenedy Times Newspapers, A.S.C.O. Community Council and Chevron, taking them to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church faithfully, actively involved in her children’s activities as a Brownie & Girl Scout Leader, president of friends of Kenedy Library, member of P.T.A., and a Karnes County Reserve Officer. Elline unfortunately had a major stroke in October of 1979. She remained at home and lived the last nine years of her life at John Paul II Nursing home before going to be with her Lord and Savior. She will be keenly missed and will be always remembered for her loving Smile.

Elline is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Ida Rippstein Fenner; husband, Monroe Schmidt, Jr.; daughter, Merry Carol Beck; son, Carey Carl Schmidt, son in law; Roy Dale Pargmann; fraternal grandparents, Fritz and Alma Fenner; maternal grandparents, Arthur and Meta Rippstein; and brother and sister in law, Elroy and Ardenella Fenner.

Elline is survived by her children, Cherry Pargmann, Terry Schmidt and wife Neva, Laurey Wishert and husband John, Robert Beck; grandchildren, Casey (Kyle) Gisler, Kolin (Rebecca) Schmidt, Teryn Schmidt, Carl Schmidt, Kerry Schmidt, Roland “Tres” (Toni) Beck, Keleigh (Russell) Mertens, Wendy (Ken) Taylor, Michael Wishert, Robert Schmidt, Amelia Ann Schmidt; Great Grandchildren, Adalynn Villarreal, Piper Beck, Coki Beck, Abbott Beck, Thorn Bale Beck, Jackson Mertens, Merreck Mertens, Beckett Mertens, Kason Taylor, Cody Taylor, Aiden Taylor, Robert S Schmidt, Jacob R. Schmidt, Aiden T Schmidt, Ciara N Schmidt, Trevor L Schmidt, Mason S Schmidt, Ethan K Lopez. Simon J. Martinez, Jaslyn Foley, Jashania Foley, and Kenneth Tyler Schmidt; Great Great Grandchild, Andre Joel Ferrer; nephews, Dennis (Linda) Fenner, Pat (Mariann) Fenner and Roy Lee Fenner. A special thanks to her best friend and caregiver for many years Gypsy Barnes and to all the caregivers at John Paul II Nursing Home.

Family Visitation will be Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 9AM to 10:30 AM at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Services being held at 10:30 AM with the Rev. Wally Scheivelbein officiating. Interment will follow in the New Bremen Cemetery.

Serving as Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Kolin Schmidt, Carl Schmidt, Roland “Tres” Beck, III, Michael Wishert, Ken Taylor, Waylon Windland, and Robert Schmidt.

Honorary Pallbearers are great grandsons, Jackson Mertens, Merreck Mertens, Beckett Mertens, Thorn Bale Beck, Kason Taylor, Cody Taylor, and Aiden Taylor.


Memorials may be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kenedy, TX.