Laura Schmitt, 1953-2018

Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, is handling the arrangements for Laura Ann Schmitt, 64, of Arlington, Virginia, formerly of LaPorte, who passed away Friday, January 5, 2018, after a brief illness with her sisters by her side.

Laura was born in LaPorte on September 22, 1953, to Richard J. Schmitt and Ancilla L. McCabe.  She graduated from LaPorte High School in 1971 and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where she received her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology. Laura loved Bloomington and continued to live there for several years, working for the City of Bloomington. After leaving Bloomington, she returned to LaPorte County and worked for P.A.C.T. for several years. She then moved to Indianapolis, where she worked for the State of Indiana Department of Mental Health. The state “loaned” her to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she lived and worked for 3 years. Laura then took a position as business analyst with Fairfax County, Virginia, where she worked until her death.

Laura was known as a kind and generous person with a wonderful sense of humor. She loved books, music, movies, and traveling with the Vagabond Princess Sue Barnes, Susie Stevenson, and her sister Martha. Laura was a Hoosier at heart and planned to return to Indiana to retire later this year to be closer to her family. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. 

Surviving are her siblings, Richard (JoEllen) Schmitt of LaPorte, Carol Weissert of Indianapolis, Martha (Steven) King of LaPorte, and David Schmitt of LaPorte.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Anthony Schmitt.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, January 12, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, where a rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 13, at St. Peter Catholic Church in LaPorte.  Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral Mass.  Burial will immediately follow the service in Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte.

 A contribution to honor Laura may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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6 Responses to “Laura Schmitt, 1953-2018”

  1. Robert Woods

    Jan 10. 2018

    “Teeko” is a great loss to your family I am certain. I best remember her as the little girls next door that I got to babysit for occasionally and certainly tease a lot.
    I recall so vividly going on a hunt for “Teeko” as she could not be found. I found her in the hole in your garage floor where she had managed to fall between the boards and become missing. She was so happy to get found and be out of the hole.
    I know Teeko continued to get into the “stuff” for the rest of her life based on what family members shared with me on occasion.
    God Bless

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  2. Brian Graham

    Jan 11. 2018

    Matha, we will all miss Laura’s contributions to our clandestine little group. I am glad she was able to be with her sisters. So very sorry to hear of this.

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  3. Diane Schmidt

    Jan 12. 2018

    Rich, Gene and I are so sorry for your loss! I have a lot of good memories of Laura when we went through St. Peter’s together. Deepest sympathies to you and your family!

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  4. Steve and Linda Smith

    Jan 12. 2018

    Rich and Family,
    Thinking of you in your time of sorrow and sending heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your sister, Laura.

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  5. barb zernick

    Jan 12. 2018

    Sorry to hear about Laura’s passing. Take comfort in all your memories. Your all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  6. Christine A Levandoski

    Jan 12. 2018

    Martha and family , I am so sorry to hear of Laura”s passing. We had a lot of fun times in our school days at St. Pete”s. She was also a friend on facebook. We chatted occasionally. My sincere sympathy is extended to you and all your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you. R. I. P. Laura.
    Sincerely, Chris Levandoski

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