James P. Schmitt, 93
James P. Schmitt, 93, went to heaven on Aug. 11, 2017. Dad lived a long, productive, satisfying and fulfilling life.
Born the son of Francis and Martha Schmitt on Dec. 14, 1923, he attended Shorewood High School in Milwaukee. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in the School of Engineering, graduating as a civil engineer. While at UW-Madison, he played the clarinet in the Badger marching band.
After graduation, he joined the family business, H. Schmitt & Son, located on Burleigh Street in Milwaukee. He spent his professional career as a general contractor. One of his proudest achievements was winning the bid to build St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Whitefish Bay.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and saw action in the European arena.
On April 22, 1950, he married Marjorie A. Kreul. They were blessed with 51 years of marital bliss and were loving parents to four children: Cathy, Barb, Cindy and Bob.
Dad loved competing in sports. He was a badminton player extraordinaire, loved playing 18 holes of golf on Saturdays and was a masterful tennis player into his 80s. He and mom also took cha cha lessons.
A devout Catholic, he praised the Lord by singing in numerous choirs: The Men’s Choir at St. Monica’s Catholic Church, Holy Family Catholic Church Choir (both in Whitefish Bay) and St. James/Luman Christi Choir in Mequon.
He enjoyed vacationing up north and traveling around the United States. Later in life, he participated in many senior travel experiences to European and Mediterranean countries. Memories: back in the day he drank one beer at 9 p.m.; he could pick out the greasiest potato chip in the bag; he loved listening to classical music and tinkering on the piano, trying to perfect the playing of “Moonlight Sonata”; and as an avid Badger football fan, he spent sunny fall afternoons up on a ladder painting the house while listening to the football games on the radio and attended Badger home football games with season tickets he owned for decades. James P. Schmitt was preceded in death by his loving wife Marjorie on Nov. 25, 2001. He then spent many memorable years with his wonderful companion, Betty Thompson of Thiensville. Still living and carrying on his legacy are his four children: Catherine (Peter) Walthers, Barbara Lang (Joe Thrasher), Cynthia Kuban (Ray Froelich) and Robert (Dan Gorman) Schmitt, along with six grandchildren: Ruth Ruhnke, Hannah Walthers von Alten, Mary (John) Manilla, Margaret (David) Eckenbrecht, Matthew Walthers and Andrew Walthers and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Ruth (Denny) Hensley and Mary (Dick) Wendorf, and his brother, William (Patti) Schmitt. He has one deceased brother, Francis Schmitt.
Dad, you will be so missed it will hurt, we love you so much, your loving children.
Mass of Christian Burial was Aug. 16, 2017, at LUMEN CHRISTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, Mequon. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) appreciated.
The family is being served by Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Service, 10280 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, 262-2418085. www.schmidtandbartelt.com.