In Memory of




Obituary for Rev. Shirley Schmidt (Loftis)

Shirley Ann Schmidt, age 86, of Arlington, NE passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday December 9, 2022 at Nye Pointe.

She was born in Blair, NE on June 24, 1936 to G. Floyd and Florence (Johns) Loftis.
She was raised on a farm near Herman, NE. The family moved to Arlington, NE where she graduated from high school and worked at the Loftis Café.

Shirley was united in marriage to LaVerne Otto Schmidt on October 2, 1953. They lived on a farm south of Arlington; taking over the dairy operation from his parents in the 1960s where they raised their 4 children. They were happily married 66 years.

Shirley was a very active member of the Arlington Community Church where she participated in all facets of the church operations. In 1993, she was called to be the pastor at the Blair Congregational UCC. The church grew from her leadership. She retired in 2017 after 24 years of service.

Shirley is survived by her children: Leland of Sunrise Beach, MO, Craig (Lori) of Arlington, NE, Debra of LaVista, NE, Vicki (Pat) of Boonville, MO. Grandchildren: David (Lisa), Bob (Sophia), Ashley, Bryan (Steph), Tami, Susan (Bill). Great grandchildren: Josie, Alexis, Emery, Estella, Adrian.

Shirley is proceeded in death by her husband, parents, brothers, and sisters as well as one daughter-in-law and one son-in-law.

Funeral Service will be 10 A.M., Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at the Blair Congregational Church in Blair, NE. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Reckmeyer-Moser Funeral Home in Arlington, NE.

Burial will take place at the Herman Cemetery near Herman, NE.

Memorials may be directed to the American Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences may be left at:

Reckmeyer-Moser Funeral Home, 232 West Eagle, Arlington, NE 68002 402-478-4151.