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Dopkins Reedley Funeral Chapel
Wednesday December 23rd, 2020
10:00am - 1:00pm

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Dopkins Reedley Funeral Chapel
Wednesday December 23rd, 2020

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Reedley Cemetery
Wednesday December 23rd, 2020

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Leann Sheryl Schmit

Leann Schmit, age 47, left this world for Heaven on December 11, 2020. Leann was born on February 7, 1973 in Reedley, CA to Dennis and Linda Salwasser. She attended Lincoln Elementary School in Dinuba, two years at Immanuel High School in Reedley and Graduated from Dinuba High School in the Class of 1991. In addition to her parents, Leann is survived by daughter Alexis Schmit, son Landan Costilla, grandson Lakai Novack, sister Lisa Dutcher and her husband Tim, and nephews Luke and Scott Dutcher all of Reedley. She is also survived by many friends made throughout her life. Leann's work career started in high school when she and her sister Lisa thinned apples and pears for Grandpa Mel in Clarks Valley. After high school she followed her husband to be Allen to Glendale, AZ where they married and her daughter Alexis was born. After two years Allen's job took him to Indio CA where they lived for one year. They then moved back to Reedley. A couple of years later they divorced and Leann became a single mom with a young daughter to raise. Leann them needed to find employment and took a class at Palm Village where she obtained a nurse's aide certificate. She worked for a time at Palm Village plus had private clients who still lived at home but needed help in their daily needs. After a time an opening came up at Salwasser Mfg. Co. in the purchasing department which worked out well for her. After Salwasser's was sold she then worked for a short time at Allied Electric in Fresno also in purchasing. Leann then applied for a job at Kings Canyon Schools in the food service department. This provided her with a job locally and ended her commute to Fresno. Leann worked at Kings Canyon schools in several of the School District's kitchen's from March of 2007 until her illness forced her to leave just six weeks ago. Leann had a caring heart and befriended many people of all ages who were in need of a loving friend. Her home was always open to Landan's many friends, a place to hang out and anyone else who wanted to drop in. Even though her daughter Alexis was living away from home and they had a rocky relationship, deep down Leann loved her and wanted the best for Lexi. Lastly she had a caring kindness for taking care of a special needs young man named Abraham. Leann also loved pets having both cats and dogs. Leann and a good friend Abbie together raised and trained pure bred Boxers that Abbie entered in dog shows and that they also sold. In the Salwasser household is one of the Boxers that Leann and Abbie raised. Dyna is a beautiful brindle Boxer that Lakai has become great friends with. As a young girl Leann committed her life to the Lord and made a public announcement of her faith through Baptism at our home church, First Baptist Church of Dinuba. As some of us have done, her father included, she drifted away from the Lord. During the period of time Leann was in the hospital in Hanford she told her mother that she wanted to return to church and for Christmas she wanted a new Bible. We are assured she is now in Heaven. Leann had legal custody and had been raising her 3 & 1/2 year old grandson Lakai since he was an infant. She loved Lakai as her own child and Lakai called her "Mommy". Lakai knows his "Mommy" is now in Heaven and still loves him very much. Friends are welcome for viewing and visitation at Dopkins Reedley Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, December 23 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Following at 1:00pm there will be a Memorial Service at the same location followed by a family only burial service at the Reedley Cemetery. Both the Memorial service and the burial service will be officiated by Pastor Rick Foddrill from First Baptist Church of Dinuba. Please note that due to COVID restrictions there will be limits of how many people can enter the chapel at one time. Also masks and six foot distancing will be required.

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carolynn fitchett Dec 29 2020 4:46 PM

She was an amazing woman with a great sense of humor and a big heart, for animals and kids most of all. She touched so many people's lives. We are all worse off without her here, but better off to have known her during her short life. She will be missed.

Brandy McNelly Dec 23 2020 10:49 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Leann Schmit

Brandy McNelly Dec 23 2020 10:46 AM

Although I didn't know Leann all that well, I knew she was a great "mom" to my precious Boxer who was born to her Boxer - she took great care of him his first eight weeks on earth. Then I followed her on Facebook and I could see she was a great mom to skin-kids too! She had a wonderful sense of sarcasm, and a great wit. So sad she was taken so early, but I suspect God needed her for something somewhere else. Thanks Leann for who you were, and I suspect Cassius and I will see you again some day!

Brian H Dec 23 2020 5:59 AM

Sending my condolences to the family. I have So many great childhood memories with Leanne and some great memories of us as adults as well. You will be missed cousin, until we meet again... Robin Reed Galvan

Robin Reed Galvan Dec 22 2020 11:59 PM

Leann was my first and oldest niece. We had the privilege of living on the same street where Leann lived with my sister Linda her husband Dennis and her sister Lisa. Leann was 10 years older than my youngest daughter Savanah. She would come over and take Savanah for rides on our bicycle. Leann doted on her cousin Savanah. They remained close because of Leanns love and care for her. Many more memories of all the family birthday parties and Christmas gathering were so much fun. So sad she has left us so soon, but know we will see her again. Still the tears come. Love Aunt Peggy

Peggy Pope Dec 22 2020 7:53 PM

Leann had a big, big heart. When my grandchildren lost their father to cancer almost 3 years ago, Leann made it a point to spend special girlie time with my granddaughter Brook.

Lora Haston Dec 22 2020 12:50 PM

This is certainly sad news for all of us who knew Leann. The last time I saw Leann was probably back on 2012 another friend and I had stopped to visit her and I had not seen her since high school. Leann had us laughing for 3-4 hours straight telling old stories and reminiscing about growing up in Dinuba. Im so thankful for that time. Leann you will be missed. Keeping your family in our prayers at this difficult time. Javi

Javi Dec 20 2020 8:57 PM