John W. Schmitt
1920 - 2018
Schmitt, John W. Born February 3, 1920, in Milwaukee, WI. Went peacefully to be with his Heavenly Father on March 26, 2018, at the age of 98 years. Beloved husband of the late Gertrude (nee Strelka) and the late Anna (nee Bolard). Dear father of James "Luigi" (Sue), Jane (Gareth) Gordon, John J. (Marianne) and the late Jeff "Spyder" (Laurie) Schmitt. Loving grandfather of Jenny (Andy) Nyquist, Bill, Tim Schmitt and Ann Arneson, Kristina (Robert) Gromala, Diana (Travis) Stahle and Mark (Heather) Gordon, Tara (Kurt) Kielblock, the late Jenna, Michael and Kelsey Schmitt. Dear step-father of Susan Mezouane and Monica (Todd) Kohlman. Further survived by great-grandchildren, many other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his two sisters, Dolly and Mary. John was a well known and respected labor leader. His goal in life was to help working women and men. John was the president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO from 1966 to 1986. Visitation Satruday, April 7, from 9-10:30 AM at St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus Chapel, 3800 N. 92nd St., with a Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM. Entombment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Workforce Institute, c/o Wisconsin AFL-CIO, 6333 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, 53213, Mental Health America of Wisconsin, 600 W. Virginia St., Suite 502, Milwaukee, 53204, St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus or to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) would be appreciated. The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Anne's for their loving care of John and his family.
Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Apr. 1 to Apr. 4, 2018.
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St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus Chapel
3800 N. 92nd St., WI
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St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus Chapel
3800 N. 92nd St., WI
Holy Cross Cemetery
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My Dad, Harold McCullough, and John were officers with Brewery Workers Union # 9. I think they called him Schmitty. My Dad was the grand son of Frank J
Weber, first President of the Wisconsin AFL and the Brewery Union was founded by Frank. When John joined the Brewery Workers Union, he advocated strongly that they needed to leave the AFL and join the CIO. My Dad of course was very upset, being loyal to his grandfather, he fought to stay with the AFL. In the end, the brewery workers did leave the AFL and joined the CIO, My Dad still stayed on the executive board until his untimely death at age 51. (1954)
He never saw the AFL-CIO merge,
In the 1980's I served as President of the American Postal Workers Union, Milwaukee Area Local. I attended several state functions and met John for the first time. He was told I was Harold McCullough's daughter and he always made a point to speak to me. He remembered my Dad
and would share memories of him and Frank J. Weber, who he never met, but certainly knew of him.
John worked tirelessly for workers and their Unions. Very distinquished, good speaker, intelligent and dignified. How fortunate we were to have his leadership.

Sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

Patricia A. Johnson, Retired Postal Worker
Retired member of the APWU National and Local,AFL-CIO
Patricia Johnson
April 20, 2018
Please accept our condolences for your loss. We are with you in spirit.
Jack and Jane
Jack Loomis
April 6, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schmitt family. We are traveling abroad and were unable to attend the services.
Frank and Robin Busalacchi
April 5, 2018
Remembering John! RIP and thank you for your Leadership! You are in GREAT Company... Charlie Heymanns, Sue Procek, Gene Herr, from the Sheboygan, WI Area to name a few!
Ed Procek
April 3, 2018
To the Schmitt's family I'm very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you at this difficult time and be comfort by God'sWord in John 6:40.
April 2, 2018
Dear John and family,
Sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.
It was an honor to know him. A true labor leader.
Not many like him anymore.
My deepest sympathy to you and family.
Thomas Galioto
April 2, 2018
A dedicated colorful Union Leader. The history of the Wisconsin Labor movement and Brewery Workers Local 9 UAW AFL-CIO, is lost with John's passing. Sorry, I can't be there to personally extend my condolences, and thank his family for sharing his life. It was an honor to have been the President of his Local Union. John, throughout his career, would frequently attend his Local Unions activities, never forgetting his roots.
Jay Kopplin
April 1, 2018
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