Wilma B. Schardt

Wilma B. Schardt

January 4, 1926 – October 2, 2018

Wilma B. Schardt, daughter of Fred and Elsie Schardt, was born on January 4, 1926 near Byron, Nebraska.  She died on October 2, 2018 in Omaha at the age of 92.

Wilma was baptized on January 18, 1926 and confirmed in the faith on April 23, 1939 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Byron, NE.  Her confirmation verse was 1 Timothy 6:12. At the time of her death, Wilma was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Omaha.

Wilma taught elementary grades in public schools for a number of years, after which she began a long career working in the church.  She served at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Greeley, CO; Divinity Lutheran Church in Cleveland, OH; Christ the King Lutheran Church in Denver, CO; The American Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN (Office of Support to Ministries); and First Lutheran Church in Fremont, NE.  She was certified as a Parish Worker in 1960 and commissioned as an Associate in Ministry in 1965; her ministry responsibilities included education, visitation, women’s organizations, youth in congregations, and working with lay staff in the ALC.  Wilma was a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Wilma’s volunteer work included tutoring a Sudanese student and helping at a homeless shelter. Her hobbies were reading, some crafts, sewing, and traveling.  Several overseas trips included a tour of The Holy Land; “Lutherland” in Europe; and attending the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.  Wilma has been a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Altrusa Club.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Elsie Schardt; brother, Egbert Schardt; sister and brother-in-law, Loretta and Vernon Kirchhoff; brothers-in-law, Verlyn Bohling and Erwin Kniep.  She is survived by sisters, Florence Kniep and Gladys Bohling; sister-in-law, Loretta Schardt; nieces and nephews; other family and friends.

The famly will receive friends on Sunday, October 7th from 1pm to 2pm at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 17007 “Q” St., followed by FUNERAL at 2pm.  Interment, Voss Mohr Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Thomas Lutheran Church or Salvation Army.


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