Judy Schmidt, 72
Judith Schmidt, nee Powell, 72, of West Bend, died on Wednesday, Feb. 8,
2012 at Froedtert Health St. Joseph’s Hospital. She was born on July 15,
1939 in Hartford to the late Leo and Georgia (nee Lochmes) Powell. The
family lived on a farm in the town of Erin.
As a child, they moved to the town of Barton. She attended St. Mary’s
grade school, graduating with the class of 1958 from West Bend High
School. For a number of years, she worked as an operating room technician,
first at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee and later at St. Joseph’s
Community Hospital in West Bend.
On Oct. 24, 1970, she was united in marriage to Curtis Schmidt at Holy
Angels Catholic Church.
For more than 30 years, Judy volunteered her time and talents to drum and
bugle corps, first with the West Bend Patriots, then the Marquis of Fond
du Lac, and since 1983 the Pioneer from Milwaukee. Over the years, she
spent thousands of hours cooking, chaperoning, working bingo and helping
out in the sewing department. For a number of years, the family also
housed members from around the country and even the world, including
Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas and
Japan. The kids that stayed at the family home became part of the family,
and stayed in touch long after they returned to their homes.
After her children were grown, she went back to work. For many years, she
worked in the fabric department at Banner Crafts in West Bend and Grafton.
Her faith was an important part of her life. For the past few years, she
participated in the Eucharistic Adoration at Holy Angels Church.
Survivors include her husband; four children: Amy, Scott (Julie), Jeff
(Valerie), all of West Bend and Melanie (Michael) McCarthy of Sheboygan;
five grandchildren: Aidan and Owen Schmidt, Liam and Declan Schmidt, and
Sarah Mc-Carthy; two sisters: Kay (Ronald) Diels of Stoughton and Eileen
(Kenneth) Hattori of Auburndale, Fla. and Hartford; her stepmother-in-law
Catherine Schmidt of West Bend; four brothers-in-law: Lee Schmidt of
Rogert, Ark., Kenneth (Joyce) Schmidt of West Bend, Robert (Jane) Schmidt
of Richmond, Va. and Jerome (Patricia) Vetting of Manitowoc; dear friends
Roman and Sue Blenski of Milwaukee, nieces, nephews, her drum corps kids,
and other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-mother
Marie Powell, her parents in-law Leander and Melanie Schmidt, one
sister-in-law Mary Lee Vetting and one brother-in-law Jerome Schmidt.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at the
Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend with a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30
a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Holy Angels
Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday from 4-8 p.m.
and also Tuesday from 9-10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Masses or memorials to the Holy Angels School Trust
Fund or the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps are appreciated. Online guestbook
and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneral-home.com.