Jacque D. Schmidt, 92
July 26, 1922 -- June 2, 2015
Jacque D. Schmidt, age 92, of Green Bay, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
He was born July 26, 1922, to Walter and Margaret (Day) Schmidt in West Bend. He attended West Bend High School and the University of WisconsinMadison.
He joined the U.S. Army and served our country in World War II in the 361st Infantry regiment, part of the 91st Infantry (Wild West) Division, Company G. Jacque’s unit was initially committed to action at Anzio and participated in 208 days of combat in the Italian Theater, where Jacque was recognized with a Bronze Star for his patriotism and valor as a technical sergeant and sharp shooter. In July 1945 he was promoted to first lieutenant, infantry and later in 1951 to infantry commander. Jacque continued to serve his country and received promotions to captain and major, respectively. He entered the United States Army Reserve in 1965 and continued as a life member in the Reserve Officers Association of the USA until his death.
Jacque was a member of the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Washington Lodge No. 0021.
As a civilian, Jacque was employed in Milwaukee by Continental Insurance, Underwriters Adjusting Company for 25 years and Wisconsin Employers Group in Green Bay.
In Sept. 1951, Jacque married the first love of his life, Violet Garbisch, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Deeply in love, each Friday, for 46 years, Jacque brought Violet a single rose as a sign of their love and his devotion. Together they had one daughter and lived in Milwaukee, Shorewood, Green Bay and De Pere.
Jacque’s had many hobbies. He grew apple trees, shared their fruit with neighbors, anxiously awaited spring asparagus, nurtured his rose garden and enjoyed the thrill of winning at Friday night sheepshead. He was passionate about reading every day, favoring cowboy and history books.
After the death of his beloved wife, he met his best friend, Grace, and at the age of 79 he took up golf, bowling, traveling, and purchased a winter getaway in Estero, Florida. Laughter and good times followed.
Jacque was blessed with one daughter, Nancy Schwenke; son-in-law, Dennis Schwenke; and his only and favorite grandson, Shannon Walter. While his immediate family was small, the love and caring was huge. Jacque was thankful for every day together and for their care and companionship. He was so proud of his grandson and his achievements. He beamed when sharing stories about all of them.
Jacque is further survived by his sister-in-law, Carol Garbisch; brothers-in-law, Arden Hinklemann and Vernon (Darlene) Garbisch; nephew, Robert Kuester; best friend, Grace Albers and her family; and many other nieces and nephews.
Jacque’s faith has been a keystone in life. He served as an usher, councilman and contributing member at Kingo Lutheran Church in Shorewood, and Grace Lutheran, St. John’s Lutheran and Peace Lutheran in Green Bay.
Family and friends may call Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Peace Lutheran Church, (1954 Highway U, Green Bay) from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Stuart Dornfeld officiating and military honors immediately following. Burial will be at Fort Howard Memorial Park in the Field of Honor. To express online condolences please visit www.lyndahl.com.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jeremy Green, Dr. David Thompson, the Rev. Don Behrendt, the Rev. Stuart Dornfeld, nurse Marsha Mueller and his De Pere neighbors who faithfully assisted Jacque and his family for many years. We are blessed. Thank you.