Trula Mae "Trudi" Schuette, 81, of rural Concordia, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Concordia, with Rev. Roger L. Abington officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Blackburn. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. The family requests memorials to Zion Lutheran Church of Blackburn. Friends may sign an online guest book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born May 21, 1928, in Garden City, Kan., she was the daughter of the late Walter C. Nichols and Mildred Mae Christy Nichols, both of whom preceded her in death, and the step-daughter of Bessie Nichols, who survives of Lee's Summit. She was a graduate of Ruskin High School, and was a model and clerk in the J.C. Nichols Plaza area. On March 28, 1969, in Independence, she married Donald Schuette, who survives of the home. She sold real estate in Blackburn and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. In 1974, she and her husband started a catfish farm and restaurant in rural Concordia.
In addition to her husband and stepmother, she is survived by one son, John N. West of Lee's Summit; one daughter, Joanne Gardner of Lee's Summit; one stepdaughter, Sonia Allison of Marshall; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Balke of Lee's Summit and Pat Abington of Jackson, Tenn.; along with several nieces and nephews.