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Mary Ann Schmitt

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  January 14, 1923 - January 24, 2024


A funeral Mass for Mary Schmitt, 101, of Whittemore, was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, at Divine Mercy Parish - St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Whittemore. Burial followed at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Whittemore. A visitation took place  from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, at St. Michael’s Church Hall in Whittemore. A rosary was recited there beginning at 2:45 p.m. and a prayer service began at 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, 10 days after her 101st birthday,  Mary Ann Schmitt went to be with the Lord.

 She was born January 14, 1923, to John and Clara (Elbert) Muller in Whittemore. Mary led a life defined by her strength, caring nature, and dedication to faith and family. Her countless acts of kindness made a profound impact and will be fondly remembered by those who knew her.

In 1941, Mary graduated from the Presentation Academy. Shortly after the War, in 1947, she married Earl J. Schmitt at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Over their 53 years of marriage, Mary and Earl raised three children: Robert, who married Kay; James, who married Theresa; and Joseph, who married Carol. Their family eventually grew to include nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, residing in both the United States and Europe. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Clara and John Muller, in-laws Sadie and Joseph Schmitt, and brother Gene Muller. 

Alongside her husband, Mary was a cornerstone in running the family business, Schmitt Hardware. She was also deeply involved in St. Michael’s parish, contributing significantly to the rosary society. Her commitment to her faith was evident in her daily attendance at Mass and in her steadfast belief in the power of prayer.

Mary’s heart went out to those she had never met. She offered her time, effort and financial support to Fr. Pablo Straub’s Mission Helpers of the Most Holy Savior. She sewed shorts for children, made rosaries and sent endless prayers to the Mission Helpers in Mexico and Guatemala. 

In the community, Mary was known for her exceptional skills in the kitchen. She frequently made such dishes as deviled eggs, potato salad and angel food cake for her family, friends and fellow church members. Her willingness to lend a hand by feeding others was a hallmark of her generous spirit.

Another passion was her bountiful garden, in which she found great joy and solace. Mary’s garden was a testament to how she lived her life and tended to others. Under her care and dedication, countless lives grew and flourished.

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