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Obituary: Laura Schmitt, Indianapolis

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Laura Belle Richards Schmitt, 81, of Indianapolis, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis.

She had been employed by Bartholomew County Hospital, Arvin Industries and John Hancock Life Insurance Company.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Norman Funeral Home in Hope with Roy Wasson officiating. Calling will be from noon until service time on Sunday. Burial will be at Hope Moravian Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to the Schmitt family at

Laura was born on April 12, 1931, in Boston, Ky., to Katie Crawhorn and Charles Richards. She graduated from Clifford High School in 1948. Laura married Master Sgt. Robert L. Schmitt on Oct. 30, 1958, and spent the next several years traveling as a military spouse. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by her brothers, Carl (Sue) Richards and Tom (Linda) Richards of Columbus; sisters, Wanda (Richards) Madden of Longview, Texas, and Linda (Richards) Wayman of Dothan, Ala.; children, Charles (Karen) Schmitt of Avon, Julie Johnson of Champagne, Ill., John Schmitt of Indianapolis and Christy Schmitt of Tipton; grandchildren, Valerie Schmitt, Emily Schmitt (Isaac) Barkes, Joseph Schmitt, Benjamin Schmitt, Logan Johnson and Jaime Johnson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Laura was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents, Charles and Katie Richards; brothers, Charles B. Richards, Ronnie Richards, Don Richards and Bobby Richards; sisters, Betty Richards and Edith (Richards) Harrison; and a son, Christopher Carl Schmitt.

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