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LucyAnn Thome Schmidt

LucyAnn Thome Schmidt died Saturday, July 26, 2014 peacefully in her home in Oconto Township. A devoted wife and loving mother, sister, and grandmother. Growing up rural, LucyAnn was active in 4-H where she won the Oconto County "Foods and Nutrition Award" in 1951. After graduating Oconto High School in 1952, LucyAnn decided to follow a long Krueger family tradition and entered the teaching profession. She graduated Marinette County Normal in 1954 and began teaching at Greenwood School, then Couillardville School, followed by Lincoln School in Oconto. She stayed active in the Oconto County Fair exhibiting and working where she subsequently met her future husband Philip Schmidt in 1957. They were married August 2, 1958. While residing and teaching in Oconto, LucyAnn furthered her education attending UW Oshkosh, graduating with a B.S. in 1961. LucyAnn and Philip then moved to Black Earth and then Sauk City where LucyAnn taught while Philip attended grad school at UW Madison.

A career opportunity for Philip led them to Illinois in 1965, where they finally settled in Lombard for over 30 years. There they raised a son, Parin (Andrea), and a daughter, Lynnee (Joe).

LucyAnn shared her talents as a gifted seamstress and crafter with her family, neighbors and church family, passing on several of these skills to her children. While raising her children, she worked as a school librarian until she retired to be a full time mom in 1985. She was very active in the Community Presbyterian Church in Lombard where one of her accomplishments was developing and starting the Growing Place in 1973, a preschool program that is still thriving today.

After Philip retired in 1995, they returned to Oconto Township where they built a new home across the road from where she grew up. Soon after, they were blessed with grandchildren. Lynnee had three sons: Kye, who precedes LucyAnn in death, Bo and Kaen. Parin, had a daughter, Kayla, and son, Kevin. Beginning in 1996 LucyAnn and Philip spent their winters, as snowbirds, in Apache Junction, AZ until this past winter when LucyAnn's health made it too difficult to travel.

LucyAnn was a gifted seamstress and crafter excelling in many mediums including macrame, needlework, knitting, crochet, and card making to name just a few. She spent her life instilling these skills and passions for creating beautiful things in her children and many others. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, music and traveling.

LucyAnn was born December 3, 1934 in the Town of Little River to the late Theodore and Alice (Krueger) Thome and raised in Oconto Township with her surviving sister, Ruth Thome.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the First Presbyterian Church, Oconto, from 9:30 to 11 AM Saturday, August 2, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted 11 AM Saturday at the church with the Rev. Craig Alwin officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, Oconto.

A special thank you to all those involved in LucyAnn's care. The love and support shown to her was greatly appreciated!

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from July 29 to Aug. 6, 2014
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