Elaine Schmidt

May 9, 1927March 28, 2021

Elaine Schmidt passed away March 28, 2021 at home in Scottsbluff. A graveside service will be held, Thursday, April 1, at Sunset Memorial Park cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Memorials can be made out in her name to Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy. She was born to Verle (Buster) and Marie (Winchell) Gatch on May 9, 1927 at home in Melbeta. She graduated from McGrew High School and Scottsbluff Junior College. She married Reinhold Schmidt in Scottsbluff on November 28, 1948 where they lived until 1974 when they moved to McGrew. After Reine’s death in 2014 she moved back to Scottsbluff. She was a bookkeeper for Floyd Taylor, Public Accountant, Palmer Auto Electric, Scottsbluff Public Schools, and Melbeta Public School. She retired in 1984. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, Campfire Girls leader, 4-H Club leader and Sunday school teacher and Trustee of the First Presbyterian Church in Scottsbluff. She is survived by son Steve (Ann) of Omaha, and daughter Jamalee (Steve) Batt of Gering; grandchildren Aaron (Katie) Wlaschin, St Paul, MN; Brian (Emily) Wlaschin, Christy (T.J.) Davey, Jeff Schmidt and Lacey (Brad) Peters all of Omaha; step-grandchildren Trevor (Leslie) Batt of Bayard; and Kendra Brock of Hickman, NE; eleven great grandchildren and six step-great grandchildren; nephew Eric Gatch, London, England; also in-laws Harry (Iris) Schmidt, Roland Schmidt, Jerry (Jackie)Schmidt, Donald(Claudette) Schmidt and Wanda Schmidt; and many of Reine’s nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, parents, brother, Don; nephew Rex Gatch; brother-in-laws Eddie Schmidt, Walter Schmidt, Clarence Schmidt, Jerry Leever, and sister-in-laws Donna Leever, Rita Schmidt, Shirley Schmidt, and Marlene Schmidt.


  • TJ Davey
  • Aaron Wlaschin
  • Bred Peters
  • Brian Wlaschin
  • Trevor Batt


  • Graveside Burial

    Thursday, April 1, 2021

  • Reception

    Thursday, April 1, 2021


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Darrell Eckhardt

April 2, 2021

Elaine and Reine were so good to me and my brother when we were in college in Scottsbluff. They would have us in for a delicious meal and we really enjoyed being with them. We hold her family in our thoughts and prayers.

Steve and Kim Runion

March 30, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers to Jama and Steve and families. Your mother was an amazing woman and will be missed. Hugs to all. The Runion’s

Randall Zitterkopf

March 30, 2021

As a school administrator at the Melbeta School District (before its consolidation with Gering), I had the great fortune of having Elaine as my secretary. Of course, she was much more than a secretary. Indeed, she was my administrative assistant and, in some ways, even a mentor. Possessing outstanding professional and personal qualities, Elaine was just a pleasure to be around. And, she and Reine were simply an ideal couple.

Betty Kenyon

March 30, 2021

Sympathy to Elaine's family. I knew here because she and I were about the same age and I was raised in Minatare. I remember her wonderful smile.
Betty Kelso Kenyon

Kristin Wiebe

March 29, 2021

I knew Elaine just in the last few years of her life. When I could visit Elaine at home, I loved that she would dress for the occasion of my visit with a nice pants suit. When I called, she knew it was me by my name appearing on her television screen, and she would greet me with such a cheery hello! I loved the stories she told of her days as a junior college student right after the war. We exchanged postcards through the pandemic, and she especially enjoyed getting postcards from places my family visited over the years. It would remind her of special trips she took with her husband over the years. She was full of life and a delight!