Franklin J. Schmitt

Franklin J. Schmitt, 88, of Mayville, passed away on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Mayville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Mayville.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, Dec. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Mayville, with the Rev. Tom Biersack presiding. A visitation will be held on Monday, Dec. 30 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the church. Inurnment will take place in St. Mary Church, Mayville. Graveside military rites will be conducted by Mayville American Legion Post No. 69.

Franklin was born on Feb. 19, 1925, in Stetsonville to William and Susan (Vogt) Schmitt. He was united in marriage to Dolores M. Boehlen on June 30, 1950, in North Fond du Lac. He farmed in Taylor County and retired from Gehl Company in West Bend.

Franklin was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Mayville. He was a member of the Gehl Company 25-year Club. Franklin was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, woodworking and playing horseshoes. But most of all he loved spending time with his family.

Franklin is survived by: his wife of 63 years Dolores of Mayville; his children Michael (Marilyn) Schmitt of West Bend, LuAnn (Mark) Kirsch of Thiensville, Carol Miller of West Bend, Laura Biertzer (special friend Roger Rose) of West Bend and Mary (Scott) Branta of West Bend; two brothers William Schmitt of Ontario, Calif. and James (Marjorie) Schmitt of Fort Atkinson; grandchildren Matthew (Colleen) Schmitt, Mark (Angela) Schmitt, Craig (Nicole) Miller, Christopher (Nicole) Miller, Eric (Jennifer) Bayer, Kimberly (Ryan) Niedfeldt, Kelly (Donald) Reed, Stephanie (Mark) Weske, Staff Sgt. Nicholas (Lori) Bayer, Crystal (Michael) Hafemann and Timothy (special friend Sara Prichard) Branta; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Norman; one sister, Marie, one granddaughter, Corinne; and one son-in-law Clayton Miller.

Koepsell Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Mayville is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at