Emery J. Schmitt, age 88, of Abbotsford, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at the House of the Dove in Marshfield.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at 12 p.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017, at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Parish in Colby. Father Peter Manickam presided. Interment followed at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Family and friends were welcomed from 10 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford was entrusted with the arrangements.
Emery was born on Sept. 12, 1928, the son of Alphonse and Gertrude (Kaiser) Schmitt in the Town of Hull. He attended Riverside School. Emery was united in marriage to Rita Geiger on Feb. 3, 1951, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Abbotsford.
Emery farmed in the Town of Hull, hauled milk for Welcome Dairy and worked at Christensen Feed. He enjoyed polka dancing, going to the casinos and traveling. Most importantly, he cherished his family.
Emery is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rita of Abbotsford; eight children, Ronald (Bonnie) of Colby, Russell (Janet) of Abbotsford, Gloria (Dale) Hass of Kewaskum, Janice (Robert) Weideman, Jr. of Curtiss, Gordon (Debra) of Abbotsford, Gary (Brenda) of Kyle, Texas, Alan (Lori) of Colby and Terry (Jean) of Colby; 31 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by seven brothers and sisters, Mercedes Lang, Germaine (Fred) Redman, Mark (Delores), Mary Ann (Harold) Scanlon, Verjean Kunze, Linus (Joan) and Timothy (Suzie); many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and seven brothers and sisters, Rita Peterson, Maude Kocian, Naomi Kruse, Carmen Fosdich, Blanche Zera, Roman and Pamela.
Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com.