Patrice Schmitz Hall
May 19, 1925 – April 7, 2019
Dr. Patrice Schmitz Hall, 93, of Olathe Kansas died April 7th, 2019. Patrice was born May 19, 1925 in Purcell, Kansas. Her education began at St. Benedict’s Elementary and she graduated from Mt. St. Scholastica High School in 1943. Her teaching career then started after high school at Mt. Aeirie in Wathena, Kansas, 1943-44. She continued teaching in 1944 thru 1946 at Iatan, MO and Platte City, MO. During this time she was also taking college courses, summer school and thru the U.S. Mail and received her Bachelor of Arts in 1948 from Mt. St. Scholastica.
From 1948-1950 she taught Math and History at Urseline College. In 1950 she joined the Urseline Order of Sisters. Patrice’s education continued earning her a Master’s Degree from Marquette University in May 1954 with a double major in Education and Administration.
Always a leader, she was the principal of St. Agnes Grade School from 1954-1956. She was then tasked with opening and serving as the first principal of Bishop Miege High School until 1960. In 1961, she began as Dean of the Urseline Academy and College. 1963 brought a move to St. Agnes as the principal until 1965.
A fellowship opportunity sent her to Catholic University in Washington, D.C. where she earned her PhD in Education in 1967. Shortly after, Dr. Schmitz was elected to the governing board of the Urseline Sisters. In January of 1970 Patrice began as the President and CEO of Lakemary Center in Paola.
Late in 1974, Patrice took a step to move her life in a new direction and left the Urseline’s. April 6, 1975, Patrice married Manford (Manny) A. Hall. They moved to Virginia and opened an education consulting practice. Patrice also continued on the Board at Lakemary Center.
Lakemary Center requested her return in 1980, where she again served as the President and CEO until her retirement in 1993. After all their work, she and Manny moved to the Lake of the Ozarks and spent many years with friends and family. Even during retirement she served on the Board at Lakemary and the Board of Miami County Bank. Manny preceded her in death on July 4, 2008. In 2010, Patrice moved to Olathe for the winters, deciding to make it her year-round residence in 2016.
Patrice was a visionary leader but her passion was teaching. She loved her students and teaching brought her great joy.
Patrice has many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and great-great nieces and nephews from Alaska to New York and Florida. She has many friends and she will be missed be many.
The funeral service is Friday, 4/12 beginning at 10:00 at St. Paul Catholic Church , 21650 W. 115th Ter, Olathe.
- Ferdinand Peter Schmitz, Father
- Matilda (Tuohey) Schmitz, Mother
- Lakemary Center Inc.
- Visitation Friday, April 12, 2019
- Pray The Rosary Friday, April 12, 2019
- Funeral Mass Friday, April 12, 2019
Patrice Schmitz Hall
April 12, 2019
In 1981 a young couple was moving back to Kansas to settle down. Patrice took a chance and hired both of us to teach at Lakemary. Manny helped us find our 1st home. It was the start of a long and wonderful adventure! We will be forever grateful to Patrice. God Bless!!
Larry & Marguerite Durbin
April 11, 2019
An Era has passed.
Dr. Patrice has transitioned into her Heavenly Home.
Oh, how I admired this lady. She was the the heart, soul, wisdom, pioneer and muse of Lakemary Center. She steadily molded Lakemary into a world class educational, vocational and "Person First" agency. She was strong when strength was needed. She was the calming caress on a tearful child's cheek when their inner fears scared them. She was creative when creativity was in short supply. She was a visionary - she saw, understood and prepared for industry-wide changes 10 years in the future.
Thank you, Dr. Patrice for the years and hours of service to everyone connected to Lakmary. You guidance was true. Your heart was genuine. Your ability to mentor and to create leaders was amazing. Many of your former employees, current employees, individuals served and, indeed, Lakemary Center itself would NOT be what they have become today had you not laid down the sturdy, enduring and dedicated roots; the very foundation of Lakemary Center. Your presence will be felt and your beacon will still light the way as time continues.
Much love, many thanks and many hugs have passed between us. I shall never forget you, a GOOD person; along with being a strong, patient, intelligent and compassionate (and a little bitty bit intimidating) role model.
Bob and Pat Ferkenhoff
April 11, 2019
Having attended St. Agnes Grade and HS and the first Junior Class at Miege (graduating in 1964), Sr. Patrice made a lasting positive impact on my life. She always challenged me to be the best I could be. She was an amazing person in every respect and I feel blessed to have had her in my life. Bob
April 9, 2019
May God Bless you as you join Uncle Manny and the rest of your family in heaven. We will miss you but we know you will be enjoying the reunions with family and friends. Celeste
April 8, 2019
A life well lived! We will miss you Aunt Patrice - your sage wisdom, laughter, and your joy. May you Rest In Peace.