Gene W. Schmit, 82

Gene W. Schmit, 82 Gene W. Schmit, 82, of Westwood Drive in Grafton died Dec. 14, 2017, at his residence.

Gene was born and raised in Grafton. He attended St. Joseph Parish School. Later as a Grafton Black Hawk, Gene was involved in the drama and discussion clubs, baseball, basketball and sixman football. As the son of Michael and Sally Schmit, he learned the business of real estate and auctioneering. The father and son pair established M. J. Schmit and Son Realtors and Auctioneers, and later renamed it Gene W. Schmit, Realtor and Auctioneer following his father's passing and Schmit's Ballroom.

Gene danced his way to meeting his loving wife, Rosemary. Following the marriage in November 1956, the couple raised their three boys, Randy, Rick and Robb. Active in many community organizations and recognized by them all for his contributions, the proudest of all achievements was his family. Like his relationship with his father, Gene instilled the same business and ethical practices into his three sons, who continued the tradition with their children. Gene was a modest man yet most prideful about his children and grandchildren. He frequented and supported their activities every chance he had.

Gene’s friendships were as much a blessing to others as they were to him.

Please remember him as the modest, generous and Christian man who enjoyed polka, softball, family and his faith. Gene is survived by his wife, Rosemary (nee Rickinger); loving dad of the late Randy (Conny), Rick (JoAnn) and Robb (Stacy) Schmit; proud grandpa of Tyler (Katy), Matthew, Nick, Aaron (Alexandria), Andrew and Alyssa; further survived by great-grandchildren Sadie and Emmaline Jean, sisters Bette (the late Phil) Ott and JoAnn (Richard) Paulus, other relatives and friends.

The Rev. Mike Barrett celebrated Mass of Christian Burial Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at St. Joseph Parish, Grafton. Interment is at St. Joseph Cemetery, Grafton.

Memorials can be made to the Grafton Lions Club, Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.

Poole Funeral Home and Crematory, Port Washington, is assisting the family. Information and condolences available at www.poolefh.com or 262-284-4431.