Elsie C. Schmidt of 8 Strowbridge St., Trumansburg passed away at home while surrounded by family on Thursday, April 24, 2003 at the age of 73.

Born in Germany on August 27, 1929, Elsie was the daughter of Eric and Carla Sanner.

She was employed by Cornell University for 35 years before her retirement. When not working Elsie could often be found in the garden, showering her cats with affection or simply watching the wildlife around her. She also had a deep-seated love for Panda's as was evidenced by the extensive collection throughout her home.

Elsie is survived by her devoted husband of 47 years, Hans George Schmidt, Jr.; a daughter, Rubie Sievers of Binghamton; 3 grandchildren, Patrick Estelle and Ryan and Justin Sievers; a brother, Erhard Sanner of Germany; a cousin Carla (Butch) Baldwin of Florida and several additional cousins in Germany including Thomas Hennig; her faithful cat companion Pinky and many friends.

Services will be held at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St., Trumansburg on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 11:00 am with the Rev. Pete Hood officiating. Prayers of committal will follow at the Grove Cemetery.

The family will be present to receive their friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Contributions in Elsie's memory may be directed to the SPCA, 1640 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850.

Additional information my be obtained from the funeral home by calling 1-888-534-5446.

Page Submitted By: Joseph L. Sibley, Director