Frederick M. Schmidt, 89

Fred Schmidt, Port Washington, passed away at his residence while surrounded by his family Saturday evening, Sept. 28, 2013. He was 89 years old.

Frederick was born in Milwaukee, son of John and Anna (Fischer) Schmidt. He attended local schools and graduated from West Division High School with the Class of 1942. Fritz enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving proudly as a machinist aboard the USS Tarawa and the USS Varuna in the Pacific Theatre for much of the war.

On Oct. 14, 1950, he was united in marriage with Virginia Nauertz of Milwaukee. The couple settled on the north side and raised their family. Fritz worked as a fireman on the Whitefish Bay Fire Department for more than 25 years. In 1979 Fritz and Virginia moved to their newly built home in the town of Trenton before moving to Port Washington in 2007. While living in the West Bend area he worked with the maintenance department at Holy Angels School.

Fritz was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Packers and Brewers, coaching loudly from his chair in the living room. He enjoyed golf, going to the family cottage in Eagle River and frequent casino junkets. Fred also liked spending time with his granddaughters, traveling to San Diego to see them whenever he got the chance.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 63 years, Virginia, and their three children: Bruce (Jacqueline) Schmidt of San Diego, Jan (Chuck) Hammel and Terri Schmidt, both of Port Washington. He is further survived by three granddaughters: Nina (fiancée Gavin McCorkle) Schmidt, Kendall “Roxy” and Stephanie Schmidt, all of San Diego, sister Lorraine “Nicki” (George) Steinle of Baltimore, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He is preceded in death by his son Rick, his parents and his sister Hildegarde “Jackie” Raniewicz.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Eernisse Funeral Home (1600 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington), followed by Military Honors. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m.

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The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Dianne Zwicke, Tammy Freichels and the rest of the staff at St. Luke’s Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic for all of their wonderful care.