Nina Schmitendorf, 95, Shawnee: June 18, 1920 – Feb. 10, 2016 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Nina Schmitendorf, 95, Shawnee: June 18, 1920 – Feb. 10, 2016

SHAWNEE, Kan. – Nina Schmitendorf, 95, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Brookdale of Shawnee, Kan. She was born on June 18, 1920, on the family farm just east of Lyndon, Kan., the daughter of W.E. “Ted” and Minnie Hart Schmitendorf.

Nina graduated from Lyndon High School, and then worked at Ft. Riley during World War II before moving to San Francisco, Calif.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of California Berkley in 1951. She worked for a time in St. Louis before moving back to Lyndon and working in Topeka, Kan., for Southwestern Bell as an operator supervisor. She had lived in Basehor, Kan., and Shawnee since 2011.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Minnie; two brothers, Kenneth (Zaida) Schmitendorf and George Schmitendorf; three sisters, Edith (Cloyce) Coons, Evelyn (Maurice) Cooper and Dorothy (Paul) English; two nieces, Carol Bickford and Judy Hill; and a nephew, Bill Coons.

Nina is survived by her sister-in-law, Louise Schmitendorf; and eight nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Feltner Funeral Chapel, in Lyndon. Burial will be in the Lyndon Cemetery. The family will receive friends for 30 minutes before services on Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at

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