January 30, 1908 ‒ October 06, 2007
MANSFIELD: Adele “Omi” Haip, 99, of Yale Drive and Logan Road, Mansfield, died Saturday morning October 6, 2007 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a sudden illness.
She was born January 30, 1908 in Franz Josefsfeld, Austria-Hungary (now Bosnia) to Peter and Katharine (Mayer) Schmidt, and earned her diploma on June 12, 1926 from the American Methodist Episcopal Finishing School in Bosnia, where she learned sewing and cooking, singing, nursing and the English language.
On August 2, 1927 she married Julius Daniel Haip in Vienna, Austria. Having survived two world wars, Adele and Julius decided to leave Europe, and join family already in Mansfield. On May 1, 1956 they boarded the SS Amsterdam and emigrated to the U.S.
Settling in Mansfield, she worked as a seamstress in the former North American Knitting Mill for years.
A Christian since her early teens, when she came to Mansfield, Adele placed her membership with the Apostolic Christian Church on Middle Bellville Road. There she sang in the choir for many years, and helped with Vacation Bible School. Putting her faith into action, she was active in a benevolence group, the Goodwill Group, and is the last surviving member.
Adele was an excellent cook; her strudel was a favorite at church functions. From the war years, when even staples were lean, Adele adapted and learned to take frugal ingredients and make wonderful meals. She could “make a mean chicken goulash,” and spatzle, and her plum dumplings were nothing short of inspired!
Omi, as everyone affectionately called her, always had an extra place at her table…and always enough food.
Omi had a song in her heart, and usually on her lips. She was likely the most singing person around. The hymns from her lips were a glimpse to the joyful heart inside. She inspired her family to sing during chores, and began the traditional prayer song “Herr wir Danken” at meal times.
So infectious was her joy, she was a “pied piper” of sorts, to children of all ages…entertaining with her songs, stories and riddles. Never accused of being “old-fashioned,” Omi was a “young-thinker” largely because her quest for learning, and her childlike awe and wonder of the world the Lord created, made her at home with children, teens, young adults and older folks.
She was a ray of sunshine and a tender heart in a world that needs more of both.
Omi cared for siblings-in-law in Europe, her grandparents and parents in the Schmidt tradition, yet she had a gusto for life that put her on top of a horse or motorcycle on occasion.
Intuitive and inquisitive, Omi will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her cheerful and positive attitude, and her strong faith in God.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Walter & Susie Haip of Hoover, Alabama, son and daughter-in-law Peter & Carolyn Haip of Lexington; daughter and son-in-law Trudi & Ray Keller of Mansfield; son-in-law Art Haring of Mansfield; grandchildren and their spouses Monica & John Boliantz, Renee’ & Tim Shepherd, Debbie & Larry Weirich, Mark & Diane Haip, Steve Haip, Barbie & David Sabula, Kelly Keller, Jill Haring, Jenny & Jon Getz, Rachel & Chris Bartony and Abi & Ed Namenyi; great grandchildren Ruth & Jason Andras, Grace & Phil Denzinger, David & Melanie Boliantz, Sarah Boliantz, Heatherly Grace Shepherd, Daniel Shepherd, Jim & Tiffany Weirich, Jacob Haip and Rebekah Haip, Matthew Sabula, Bryan Sabula, Nathan Getz, Alden Getz, Jared Getz, Rita Bartony, C. J. Bartony, Kezia Namenyi and Titus Namenyi; a great great granddaughter Adelle’ Andras, and a great great grandchild due in March; step great great grandchildren Kailynn and Jonathan Conn; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Wilhelm and Marie Haip; nephew Otto Schmidt and great nephew Joe Schmidt.
Her husband Julius Daniel Haip preceded her in death on May 5, 1982. As did her daughter Ingeborg “Inga” Haring on June 11, 1990. Also deceased are her brother and sister-in-law J. P. “Joe” and Sophia Schmidt and a nephew Roland Schmidt.
The family will receive friends Friday, October 12, 2007 from 4-8 PM in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the service celebrating her legacy and Christian heritage will be held Saturday at 10:30 AM. Pastors Walter G. Bodjanac and Marc Contracere will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions to the Nepomuceno, Brazil Boys Home, c/o Apostolic Christian Foundation or Apostolic Christian Church Welfare Fund, or the Richland County Humane Society may be made at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com