Orlando A. Schmitz
Orlando A. Schmitz, 89, of
St. Peter passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 11, 2015.
to William and
On May 16, 1950 he married
Ruth O. Freund. She preceded him in death on August 26, 1960. He continued to
raise their six children, his pride and joy. He then married Margaret F.
Gallitz on June 23, 1973.
worked as a dairy farmer until he retired in the Spring of 1991. After
retirement, he worked at Gellings Implement, and was a caretaker at
a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, St. Peter Holy Name Society, and
in his garden, fishing, and could fix just about anything. Most of all, he
loved doing anything that brought his whole family together. He had a great
sense of humor and could bring a smile to anyone’s face.
Survivors include his wife,
Marge; six children, Thomas L. of St. Peter, Raymond (Cathie) of Fond du Lac,
Mary (Tom) Leonard of Dotyville, Jerry (Carol) of St. Peter, Geralyn “Toots” (John)
Woicek of North Fond du Lac, and Karen (Dave) Buechel of St. Peter; 13 grandchildren,
Corey and Jennifer Schmitz, Angie (Scott) Bink, Jeff (Melissa) and Tim (Sara)
Leonard, Ashley, Kristen (special friend, Kyle Alston) and Rachel Schmitz, Matt
(Erin), Laura, Scott (Fiance, Kimberly Bach) Woicek and Sarah, Megan and Katie
He is also survived by five
great-grandchildren, MaKenna and Trenton Bink, Adalyn, Javen, and Schafer
Leonard and Baby Leonard, due in October; brothers and sisters-in-law include
Elmer (Julitta), Gerald (Bernice), Lillian, and Joan Schmitz, Joan (Dave)
Giebel, Marcie Sippel, John (Rita) Gallitz, Sr. Helen Gallitz CSA and Ann (Dan)
Barefoot; as well as nieces, nephews, and extended family.
grandchildren (Kevin Leonard and Ruth Schmitz) and three brothers; Clarence (Elfrieda),
Louie, and Jerome Schmitz.
and a private family burial will be held.
A special thank you to Dr.
Litman, Dr. Johnson, and the Agnesian nursing staff on 4-South. The family is
especially grateful for the Agnesian Hospice nurses who took care of
his home, where he resided his entire life.
Zacherl Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.