PRINCETON — May Belle (Hobson) Schmaltz, 92, passed away April 30, 2021, at Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville.

She was born June 19, 1928, in the Cato Community in Pike County to Ray and Lela (Barnett) Hobson. She lived her young life and school days there until she married Gene Schmaltz on April 2, 1945 and moved to Oakland City and lived there the rest of her life.

She was a member of the Oakland City First General Baptist Church. She loved being with her family, sewing dolls, and stuffed animals. She attended Ceramics classes for 20 years.

May is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Carolyn Schmatlz of Mitchell, Indiana; daughter and son-in-law, Sondra and Steven McCrary of Oakland City, Indiana; two grandchildren, Julie and James Freeman of Mitchell, Indiana and Derrick and Lesley Schmaltz of Salem, Indiana; and four great-grandchildren, Claire Schmaltz, Ella Schmaltz, Owen Freeman, and Grant Freeman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Lela Hobson; her husband of 53 years, Gene Schmaltz who passed in 1998; and one brother, John Hobson of Decatur, Illinois.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Central Time Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Corn-Colvin Funeral Home in Oakland City officiated by Pastor Alec Hensley. Burial will follow at Montgomery Cemetery in Oakland City. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the funeral service hour, 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Per COVID-19 state regulations, masks are encouraged and social distancing is required.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be given to the Gibson County Animal Services located at 3840 County Rd 175 E, Princeton, IN 47670. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be given at Corn-Colvin where you can light a candle in loving memory of May.

Corn-Colvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the Schmaltz family.

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