Susan Dvorak

March 3, 1964 ~ June 11, 2020

Susan Schmidt Dvorak, a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend to so many passed away on June 11th, 2020. She bravely fought a number of health issues over the past four years, and has found peace at the age of 56.

Susan was preceded in death by her grandparents Lawrence and Anna Schmidt, Margaret and Jack O’Meara, and Joe Boucher.

Susan is survived by her husband Kyle Dvorak, her children Jode Lebeda, Kati Teeter (Mason), Shae Wilson (Brandon), and Megg Lebeda, her parents Clarence and Patricia Schmidt, her mother-in-law Dorothy Dvorak, her siblings Kathleen Brown (Eric), Dennis Schmidt (Amy), Greg Schmidt, and Matthew Schmidt (Kirshell), her grandchildren Greyson and Willow Teeter, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Susan was born on March 3rd, 1964 in Wellington, KS. The day she came into this world was eventful to say the least. Clarence threw out his back before heading to the hospital and Patricia had to carry in her own hospital bags. By the time they arrived at the hospital, Susan was ready to greet the world. Her arrival into the world was fitting as she was always ready for an adventure.

As a young girl, Susan’s passion for caring for others was evident. She loved caring for her kittens on the farm. This trait remained with her throughout the rest of her life as she became a kindhearted nurse and mother. Susan graduated with her bachelors and became a Registered Nurse. Susan shared her compassion and skills as a nurse with so many in the community of Caldwell over the years, as evident by the number of stories shared with the family at the time of her passing.

Susan’s children meant the world to her, and she shared her love of kittens, baking, flowers, and plants with all of them at an early age. Her profession as a nurse came in handy on multiple occasions when Jode would decide to step on a nail, or impale himself wish a fish hook, or when Kati, Shae, or Megg would accidentally run head first into a coffee table…her ability to tend to the wound, as well to the heart, is unmatched.

Susan met Kyle, the love of her life and they shared wonderful adventures together. The brave and adventurous Susan opened up the eyes of Kyle, the homebody farmer. They travelled to California, loved Eureka Springs, and fulfilled her dream of visiting Hawaii. If you have spoken with her lately, she most likely told you about how she went parasailing in Hawaii with her husband, Kyle, as a gift from her loving mother-in-law, Dorothy.

Susan’s strength and bravery live on in the family and friends she leaves behind, and the people of Caldwell for whom she had the opportunity to provide care.

Visitation will be held 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday.  A private family Mass will be held Monday.

Memorials may be given in memory of Susan to the Sumner County Hospital District #1 or to the CHS Alumni Association and may be left in care of the mortuary.

Condolences

My deepest sympathies to Susan's family. I was truely saddened to hear of her passing. I pray that God will give all of her surviving family members great peace and comfort through this very sad time.

Susan was such a good friend to me and I will miss hearing her voice and laughter. When we moved to Caldwell, Susan immediately made me feel welcomed and took me under her wing and the rest is history. We became close friends for 30 years. We shopped together (her favorite thing to do), traveled together, went to countless garage sales, hung out at the pool, spent all of our July 4ths together with our families. Susan loved her children and her patients and was one of the most compassionate, sensitive, and caring people that I had the privilege to know. She loved animals, especially kittens and she always had dogs and cats in her life. Our world is not as bright without Susan and I will miss seeing her beautiful face and smile. My prayers are with her family. Love to you all. Lisa

I first met Susan when she was in my 3rd grade class when I did my practice teaching here in Caldwell. I was pregnant with Melissa at the time. She was sweetest, most caring little thing and she grew up being that same caring person. I didn’t know then that my daughter, Melissa, would grow up to work with Susan at the Caldwell hospital. She was a great nurse with a big heart. Hugs to you Jode, Kati, Shae, and Megg. She will be missed. Love and prayers to all.

My heart goes out to the Schmidt family and to my friend, Kyle, in this time of sadness and loss. She will truly be missed by all, friends and family included. Let the fond and fun memories of Susan help you through this dark period. Know that she is in God's hands and at peace.

To Kyle and the Schmidt Family:
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Susan's passing. I'm thankful for the lives she touched, even with just a smile. Praying you can all find comfort in memories of how much she loved you!