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Jennifer (Wenzel) Schmidt

1973 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Jennifer (Wenzel) Schmidt Obituary
Jennifer (Wenzel) Schmidt

- - Jennifer (Wenzel) Schmidt lost a brave and painful battle with cancer on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. She was born on her father's birthday, August 16, 1973. The youngest of five children of Jim and Jean Wenzel. Everyone spoiled her right from the start, up until her last breath.

Jennifer grew up in Suamico playing sports, showing horses and traveling all over the country each summer with her family. She attended Bay Port High School and lettered in volleyball, basketball and softball. Jennifer graduated from UWGB majoring in business administration and communications. During college, she was able to travel to Belgium, Sweden and Denmark to play basketball. It was truly an experience she never forgot.

To pay for college, Jennifer worked three jobs at one time: she waitressed at Wouter's Front every weekend throughout high school and college, worked the front desk at the West Side YMCA making many lifelong best friends, and cleaned at an elementary school in the evenings. The last one being her least favorite by far but from these jobs she learned more about life and the human spirit than she learned the rest of her life.

Jennifer also started playing in many competitive leagues for volleyball and softball and continued this every week up until she found out she had cancer. Competing in sports took her all over the state and she had the privilege of playing in national championships in Washington and Maryland making even more lifelong friends. Her co-ed softball teams became some of her closest friends, making many great memories in all the fun they had. Jennifer also completed three half marathons, each time saying she would never do that again.

After college she started working in marketing at Bayland Telephone (now Nsight Telservices) and stayed there for 16 years adding more amazing co-workers to her list of lifelong friends. Jennifer then became a Project Manager at Gegare Tile, and her current job was as a Sales/Marketing Coordinator at Graham Medical/Little Rapids Corp, adding more friends to that lifelong list. She loved to travel, meet new people, and find a good deal on shoes or purses.

It took Jennifer a while to find her Prince Charming and she kissed a few frogs along the way. In June of 2011, she met the love of her life, Joe Schmidt of Shawano and they were married on June 13, 2015 at Pilgrim Congregational Church with a beautiful reception at Lambeau Field. Jennifer and Joe enjoyed spending time together doing anything whether it was at their cabin in Silver Cliff or partaking in a beer or old fashioned or two at local establishments all over the state. Joe even taught her to slow down and enjoy driving in the woods looking for wildlife. Ten months into the marriage, when trying to have children they got the cancer diagnosis. Joe took amazing care of her everyday during her illness and it actually brought them closer together each day.

By far, Jenni's most cherished times were with Joe, family and friends. Any family thing, anytime was a priority for her and thank goodness both she and Joe adored each other's family. Jenni loved her siblings and nieces and nephews more than anything. It was a bonus that she felt the same about the Schmidts. She often flew to Atlanta for the weekend just to watch her nephews play football, or her nieces and nephews games in Wisconsin, always trying to attend any events, high school and college graduations, and weekly trips to Bonduel to see the little ones were all amazing. With 16 nieces and nephews, this kept her busy and she cherished a special bond with each one of them. Her parents instilled in her great values and the importance of how you treat everyone. She was very close to each of her family members and was very lucky they were also wonderful. Her dad passed away when she was in college and this was a huge hole in her heart from that day forward. She is survived by her mother, Jean Wenzel who recently moved in with her and Joe to help take care of her; her oldest brother, Paul and Mary Jo Wenzel of Black Creek and their children, Cassandra Wenzel, Tanner Wenzel, April Wenzel, Brooke Wenzel, Andy Golliher, and Jenna Golliher; brother, Dan and Karen Wenzel of Pulaski and their daughter, Aubree Wenzel; her sister, Mary and Jim Rose of Duluth, GA and their sons Jacob Rose, Jonathan Rose, Joshua Rose, and Joseph Rose; her brother, Joe and Julie Wenzel of Hortonville and their children, Lucas Wenzel and Hailey Wenzel; her "favorite" in-laws, Gary and Dawn Schmidt of Shawano; brother and sister-in-law, Stuart and Connie Schmidt of Bonduel and their children, Dalton Schmidt, Sawyer Schmidt, and Ella Schmidt. She is also survived by uncles, aunts, cousins, and a ton of amazing friends, particularly Lori Mueller, Joe and Missy Leiterman, Tom and Barb Sankovitch, and Becky Wescott. Jenni was blessed with so many great friends and cherished each and every one of them.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jim Wenzel; grandparents, Joe and Agnes Wenzel and Franklin and Mary Waring.

The family will be having a celebration of her too short but amazing life. Visitation will be held at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 13. Visitation will continue on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the funeral home, followed by the Funeral Service at noon. To send online condolences, please go to

Thank you to her care givers from Heartland Hospice, and St. Vincent and Froedtert Hospitals, and her home care team from Amedisys. Joe and Jenni couldn't believe the outpouring of cards, gifts, home cooked meals and visits that encouraged her to keep fighting every day. The Go Fund Me donations were an unbelievable help with all the expenses. Thank you for each of those and all the funds that were sent or dropped off to help. You people were amazing! Also thank you to her Little Rapids team for their compassion and support during her illness.

"My life was filled with tremendous memories, amazing people, travels all over the world, friendships that made each day worth living. Joe was my rock, and I was so blessed to have him as my husband. Too bad we didn't meet sooner so we could have had more time together. I wanted to grow old with you. Love to you all.


PS: yes, my nails were always real."
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on July 12, 2018
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