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Linda Hogendobler Schmidt, 75 of Raytown, MO passed away August 14, 2017 peacefully at home with her family. A celebration of Life will be held from 10 am-Noon, Saturday August 26th, 2017 at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Rd, Shelter #2, Overland Park, Kansas 66204. Ms. Schmidt was born April 19, 1942 in Newark, Ohio.
Linda graduated From the University of Kansas with both a Bachelors of Education and a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology. She was a lifetime member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Linda was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, Friend, Boss, Mentor, Teacher, Daughter, Aunt and Sister. Linda was a very family centered woman and would do anything to make sure her family was happy and well cared for. Linda was always quick witted and had a wicked sense of humor. She made everyone around her laugh even in her last few days. She was well loved by those who knew her and touched everyone around her. She will be dearly missed.
Linda worked hard throughout her successful career. She worked in private practice as well as at Truman Medical Center and various schools as a Speech Pathologist. She worked at Research Medical Center with the Spinal Cord Injury Program, Heads Up as the Director and with the Rehab program there and at Trinity Lutheran Hospital and Gardner Health and Rehab. She was very proud of the fact that she assisted in opening the First Sub-Acute Rehab unit in the United States. She worked in the Rehab field as a regional Director for many years. She worked for many companies including Vencore, Kindred, Sunhealth and Integrated Health Services. She then went on to become a Nursing Home Administrator in Kentucky and was Licensed in several states. She worked for Life Care Centers of America, Extendicare and SoundCare in Washington State. She found her home facility in Yelm Washington at Nisqually Valley Care Center where she worked for many years and made many lifetime friends.
She lived and worked in a variety of cities and states including Washington D.C., Westport, CT, Prescott, AZ, Wayne, NJ, Seattle, WA, Yelm, WA, Olympia, WA, Bremerton, WA, Overland Park, KS, Lincoln, NE, Toledo, OH and others. She truly loved living in Washington State and being near the ocean. Linda often bragged that she had been to every state except Alaska. She helped her daughter, Laurie, raise her three children when her son in law passed away and she was a big part of their lives. She returned to Kansas City last October to be close to her family, specifically her Sister Marilyn and was hoping for a great grandchild. When she was told that she was going to be a great grandmother last January, she said she felt like she won the Lottery. She was thrilled by the news
Linda was preceded in death by her Father, Henry Redden Hogendobler and her Mother, Ruth Major Hogendobler, Her Son in Law Kurtis Jay Davis and her brother in law Jerry Shaw. She left behind her Daughers, Laurie Schmidt Davis and Amy Schmidt Coady, Her Sister, Marilyn Hogendobler Shaw, Her Grand Children, Nicolaus P. Davis and his Wife Allison, Alexandria K. Davis and Thomas H. Davis, Her Great Grand Daughter London J. Davis, her Nephew Michael H. Shaw, his wife Susan and their daughter Kaitlyn, her Niece Karen Shaw Lott and her daughter Jessica , her adopted Grand Daughters Julie M. Davis and Michelle E. Russell and her daughter Danika Jay and many cousins and other extended family members and Friends.
In Lieu of Flowers the family requests donations be made to assist in establishing a Memorial at Hidden Lake Care Center where her daughter Laurie is the Administrator. Checks can be sent to Laurie Davis, 9106 W. 70th St. Overland Park, KS 66204. Linda lived on the Hidden Lake Campus in their Independent Apartments and was cared for by Great Lakes Caring Hospice prior to her passing.