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Nov 21

Saying Goodbye to Kate

Last week the Schumm family sadly said goodbye to one of their own.

Anna Katherine “Kate” (Schumm) Bischoff passed away on 12 November 2014 in Arizona, at the age of 97.

Kate was born near Rockford on 19 March 1917 to Philip Frederick Martin and Leona Barbara (Schumm) Schumm. She had three sisters–Marie, Emma and Velma. Emma, age 103, and Velma, 100, survive her. Kate was baptized, confirmed, and married at Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm.

Emma, Marie, Kate, and Velma Schumm.

Emma, Marie, Kate, and Velma Schumm.

Emma, Velma, Kate, & Marie Schumm.

Emma, Velma, Kate, & Marie Schumm.

Schumm cousins as well as neighbors:

Ruth, Velma, Kate, Betty, Amos Jr (Jack), and Helen in front.

Ruth, Velma, Kate, Betty, Amos Jr “Jack”, and Helen in front.

Kate married Arthur “Art” W. Bishoff on 25 August 1940 and they had four children–William, Katherine, Charles, and Steven.

Art and Kate resided in Arizona for over 50 years. They moved their family to Arizona in 1962 because of Art’s crippling arthritis, which the climate helped. Art passed away in 2004.

Kate’s funeral was this past Monday, the 17th, at Grace Lutheran Church in Glendale, Arizona.

Kate’s obituary tells of her life as a devoted wife and mother and devout Christian:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?n=anna-katherine-bischoff&pid=173177846

Kate, Velma, and cousin Betty Schumm.

Kate, Velma, and cousin Betty Schumm.

Kate, Velma, Philip, Marie, and Emma Schumm, 1962.

Kate, Velma, Philip, Marie, and Emma Schumm, 1962.

Thanks to Kate’s son Charles who generously shared the photos of his mother’s family with me. These photos are from Kate’s sister Velma’s collection.

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