Thomas N. Schmit, 71

Thomas N. Schmit, 71, of Jackson, formerly of Port Washington and Milwaukee, died on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at his home.

He was born on Sept. 19, 1940, in Port Washington to the late Nicholas and Celia (nee Schinker) Schmit. Tom grew up in Port Washington, attending local schools and graduated from Port Washington High School.

For a few years, he worked as a billing clerk at TC Esser in Milwaukee, where he met his future wife. He then enlisted in the United States Army, serving with the Army Reserves.

On Feb. 8, 1964, he was united in marriage to Diana M. Hollnagel in Mequon. The couple lived in Hubertus and then Colgate. For the past seven years, they have made their home in Jackson.

For more than 30 years, he was employed with the United States Postal Service, retiring as a supervisor.

Following his retirement, Tom earned the title of “everybody’s handyman.” He also provided loving care for his wife after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. For the past eight years, he has been her full-time caregiver.

Survivors include his wife Diana; two sons Rodger (Jeanne) of West Bend and Randal (Robin) of Wisconsin Rapids; one brother Donald (Genevieve) of Kansas City, Mo.; one sister Clara (Fred) Schanen of Friendship; two sisters-in-law Joanne Schmit of Saukville and Helen “Patsy” Schmit of Waubeka; one brother-inlaw Bob (Sharon) Hollnagel of Cedarburg; and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son Rodney and three brothers Nicholas, George and Emmons.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, June 11, at noon at St. Boniface Catholic Church (W204 N11940 Goldendale Road, Germantown). Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Mequon.

Visitation will be at the church only on Monday from 10-11:45 a.m.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of Jackson is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at