Anne I. Schmitz, 84

Anne I. Schmitz, 84, of West Bend passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Tri-Manor in West Bend. Anne was born May 6, 1928 to Joseph and Clara Abing in Potosi. She married Gerald E. Schmitz on Nov. 26, 1949 at St. Andrew’s Church in Tennyson.

She attended the Mercy College of Nursing in Dubuque, Iowa and graduated as a registered nurse in 1949. As well as being a full-time homemaker, Anne spent 26 years working at Cedar Lake Home in West Bend.

She and Jerry loved to play cards, dance and travel. They took many trips around the United States, as well as cruises and tours to various cities around the world. They loved spending time at their seasonal home in Winter Haven, Fla., where they were active with hobbies and friends.

Anne’s life was greatly diminished with the death of her husband in 2008, but she continued to be active with family and friends, despite the challenges of chronic kidney disease and dialysis.

Those Anne leaves behind to cherish her memory include her eight children: Michael (Joanne) of Rolla, Mo., Mark of Fond du Lac, Diane (Herb) Theisen of West Bend, Brian of Waukesha, Suzanne of Houston, Eric (Karen) of West Bend, Mary (David) Luebke of Mequon and Elise (William) Bernal of West Carrollton, Ohio, as well as 22 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one brother Francis (Ed), nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Besides her husband, Anne was preceded in death by her parents, two children: Lorraine and Christopher, two brothers: Herman and Walter “Tony” and three sisters: Ruth, Mary and Joyce.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 6 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend with Rev. Nathan Reesman presiding. Burial will be Friday in Holy Angels Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, at the church only from 3-5:45 p.m. Memorials to Tri-Manor, the American Kidney Foundation or the charity of your choice are appreciated.

A special Thank You to the staff at Tri-Manor for their loving care and devotion to both Jerry and Anne. Heartfelt appreciation also to the staff at Midwest Dialysis in West Bend for their dedicated care of Anne during her years of dialysis. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to Heartland Hospice for the compassionate care given to Anne at the end of her life.
We will miss you Anne, but will remember often your parting advice to “Have Fun!” Hopefully now, at last, you will also be able to follow that advice for eternity.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.
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