Schmitz, John "Jack" Edward
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John "Jack" Edward Schmitz, 83, Suamico, passed away July 8, 2013, at his home peacefully, surrounded by his loving family and wife of 59 years, Carol Jean. He was born December 23, 1929, in Green Bay to Rudolph (Rudy) and Florence (Karn) Schmitz. Jack graduated from St. Patrick Grade School, Central Catholic High School (1948) and General Motors Technology Institute of Flint, MI (1950). He served his country in the United States Army when activated with the National Guard in 1953 to 1954. He married Carol Jean Bertholdt on August 7, 1954, in Green Bay.
Jack and Carol built their family home in Suamico in 1967 and Jack spent his days appreciating the gifts of nature one can enjoy on a shoreline property. He loved the outdoors and immersed himself in a lifetime of gardening, hunting, fishing, deer hunting, swimming, and boating. He loved the water and the easy access that he could provide for his family of seven children on the Bay. He was a devoted Packers fan his whole life and enjoyed watching the games with family and friends. He was a Steamfitter and member of the Local #298 for over 30 years, retiring in 1990.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Jean Schmitz; children (and spouses), Daniel Schmitz, Flowery Branch, GA; Cathleen (Jay) Hussong, Suamico; Thomas (Sandra) Schmitz, Surfside Beach SC; James (Deb) Schmitz, Hortonville; Roger Schmitz, Green Bay; Nancy (Kip) Ritchie, Pewaukee; Ann Marie (George) Terlion, Muskego; 19 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers (and spouses), William (Adrianne) Schmitz, Green Bay; Rose Marie Kelly, Green Bay; Mary (Edward) Bartley, Pinehurst, NC; sister-in-law, Naomi Schmitz, Clearwater, FL; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends including his "fishing buddies", John and Bob.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Rudy and Florence Schmitz; sister, Jeanne Anne Schmitz; brother, Richard (Dick) Schmitz; and brother-in-law, Paul Kelly.
Family and friends may call at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1484 Ninth Street, from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with Rev. Patrick C. Beno officiating. Inurnment will be at Allouez Catholic Chapel Mausoleum. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established for St. Agnes Parish.
The family wishes to thank the many caregivers for their kindness and patience in giving our father/husband quality care; and the staff of Heartland Hospice, especially ANDI and Karie.
Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54303
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on July 10, 2013