Virginia K. (Kay) Schommer, born March 18, 1938 in Strong City, KS, to William F. Allison and Frances W. Easley Allison Hurd. She attended Chase County Community High School in Cottonwood Falls, KS, then moved to Wichita, KS to attend business college. After graduating, she became a medical transcriptionist at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS where she met Don Schommer, and they married in September 1961 and had four children. She is survived by three of her children, Mike (Tammy) Schommer of Newton, KS, Dawn (Chris) Wedel of Sedgwick, KS and Patti (Rick Smith) Tunnell of Wichita, KS, grandchildren Tyler (Shelbie) Wedel of Paola, KS, Caitlyn (Grant) LaHaye of Iola, KS, Jacey (Braedon) Morrison of Wichita, KS, Stephanie (Jenny) Swift of Tucson, AZ, Connor Schommer of Newton, KS and great grandchildren Banks and Kanton LaHaye of Iola, KS, sisters Pat Paquette of Newton, KS, Debi Allison of Newton, KS, brother Ken (Anita) Allison and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Mary Frances who passed away at birth, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Kay worked as a medical transcriptionist at Axtell Hospital and then Newton Medical Center for over 30 years. Kay’s great joys in life were her family and country life with all of her animals. She hosted family holiday gatherings for many years. Her love of horses kept her busy with her grandkids’ 4-H horse projects and county and state fairs.
Alzheimer’s Disease took her away from us too soon, and eventually took her from her home. She passed away peacefully at Schowalter Villa on July 12, 2023.
Visitation is on Monday, July 17, 2023 from 5-9 p.m. at Petersen’s Funeral Home with recitation of the Rosary at 6 p.m. Funeral Service will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery. A Memorial has been established for Hope In The Valley Equine Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc., 9025 N. Broadway St., Valley Center, KS 67147