Helen Louise Olvis, age 89, formerly of Kansas City passed away on September 22, 2018 in Sheridan, Wyoming. She was born in Columbia, Missouri to William and Minnie Schmidt on August 21, 1929. Helen went on to attend the Rosenthal School of Commerce, where she completed a secretarial course in March of 1950. In 1951 she married the love of her life Ted, with whom she had two children, Karen and Kathy. Helen was a devoted wife and mother who dedicated her life to taking care of her family, serving as a beacon of unconditional love and support for her husband and children. Her Dad nicknamed her “Punkie”, a homage to the playful spirit and abundant strength she exhibited in all facets of her life. One of the greatest joys in Helen’s life was her promotion to Grandma with the birth of her grandchildren, Jamie and Jacob. As a Grandma she was spirited and fiercely protective, and she was always willing to lend a hand when it came to causing mischief. Her joy grew upon the arrival of her great grandchildren Max and Felix, who filled her life with playful laughter and happiness. Helen moved to Wyoming in 2016 with her husband Ted, who passed away later that year. After his passing she spent her remaining years under the loving care of her daughter Karen and son-in-law Mark. She was also cared for by Tracy Newbold and Cathy Cooley of Ranchester, Wyoming, both of whom loved her like a mother and quickly became a part of the family. Helen loved the Lord and lived her life as an unwavering and humble testimony to her faith, consistently leading others by her loving example. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, William and Minnie Schmidt, along with 10 of her siblings: Charles “Bud” Schmidt, Henry Schmidt, James Schmidt, Robert “Tiny” Schmidt, Mary Virginia “Doll” Young, Florence Cole, Nellie Todd, Margaret Schmidt, Elizabeth Schmidt and Anna Cunningham. Her amazing legacy lives on in her brother Don Schmidt and wife Mary, daughter and son-in law Karen and Mark Fritz, granddaughter Jamie Fritz, grandson Jacob Fritz and his wife/honorary granddaughter Laura, great-grandsons Max and Felix Fritz, daughter and son-in law Kathy and Dave Stuart, granddaughter Nicole Floyd and her husband Anthony Floyd, and great-granddaughter Abigail Stuart.
Services will be Monday, October 1, 2018. Visitation 9:00 A.M.,
Funeral 10:00 A.M. at Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 64133.
Interment Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Pastor Leonard G. Hale of Sherwood Bible Church, Kansas City, MO, will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial donations be made to City Union Mission, 1700 E 8th St, Kansas City, MO 64106.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.