Gerald P. Schmidt, 71
June 27, 1945 — Dec. 9, 2016
Gerald P. Schmidt, 71, of West Bend, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Gerald was born June 27, 1945, in West Bend to the late Andrew and Susan (Schmidt) Schmidt. On March 30, 1968, he was united in marriage to Diane Johann at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Michael.
Gerald had a huge passion for family, cars, music and his shop. If he wasn’t spending time with his family, he could be found at car shows or helping someone with anything they needed. Gerald loved to laugh and tell jokes. His sense of humor will be remembered. Gerald was a member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church in Barton and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Fr. Casper Rehrl Council 1964 in West Bend, where he was a third-degree knight. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Korea. Gerald was also a member of West Bend American Legion Post 36.
Those Gerald leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Diane; three children, David Schmidt, Andrea (David) Berndt and Nicholas (Jessica) Schmidt, all of West Bend; a granddaughter, Cecilia Schmidt; two brothers, the Rev. Donald Schmidt of Milwaukee and Paul (Yvonne) Schmidt of North Carolina; a sister, Rita of Milwaukee; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Schmidt of Port Washington and Barbara Schmidt of West Bend; and other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Marvin and Agnes Johann, and two brothers, Richard Schmidt and Eugene Schmidt.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Gerald will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, 1610 Monroe St., West Bend, “Barton.” The Rev. Justin Lopina will officiate and burial will take place 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary’s Cemetery (New) on Forest View Road in the town of Barton.
Gerald’s family will greet relatives and friends Thursday at the church from 3:30 p.m. until the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church in Barton and Lac Lawrann The Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Gerald’s arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com The family would like to thank Kraemer Cancer Center, especially Kristi and Jenna, and Lisa at Serenity Hospice.