Saturday, March 30th, 2024
Kayla Schmidt
Kayla Schmidt (Staley), 29, of Van Wert, Ohio was called home on March 28, 2024, surrounded by family & friends. She was born on June 30, 1994 to Patricia Staley and Frank Simmons.
Kayla is survived by her eternal partner, Collin Schmidt. The two were married on October 17, 2020. She is also survived by her father Frank Simmons; brothers Mikal & Shaun; sisters Rhamia & Mocha; a mother-in-law, Linda Harner of Celina; 2 sister-in-laws, Susan (James) Gray and Alysha Ford, both of Celina; and a brother-in-law, Nathan Hans of Celina; along with many nieces and nephews, and numerous longtime dear friends.
She was welcomed in Heaven by her mother Patricia Staley and grandparents Ruth & Ronald Staley, and Anna-May King. She was also preceded in death by her father-in-law Rick Harner, and grandparents Bill & Grace Ballinger.
Kayla was well-known for her outgoing personality and infectious smile. She never knew a stranger and enjoyed spending time with her friends, often having jam sessions. At home, she cherished moments with her beloved cats, Butters & Ryker. Kayla was a 2013 graduate of Van Wert High School and pursued a career in hospitality. She served at Van Wert Health in the Registration Department for many years. In her free time, Kayla enjoyed listening to music, going for drives, and spending quality time with her cherished husband, friends, and kitties.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Van Wert, with Rev. Will Haggis, officiating.
Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert.
Contributions in her memory can be made to the Van Wert County Humane Society.
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Kayla will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
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