Carol Rose Schmitz

Carol Rose Schmitz was born to eternal life on March 9, 2023, at the age of 95.

A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Carol’s life will be held on Friday, March 17, at noon at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1619 Washington St., Grafton, Wis. Visitation at the church will precede Mass from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Father Nick Baumgardner will be officiating the Mass.

A private burial will take place on Friday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery, Grafton, Wis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ellen’s Home or the charity of your choice are appreciated.

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Carol was born on Dec. 25, 1927, in Belgium, Wis., to Leo and Esther Croatt. She had four siblings.

In 1952, Carol married Henry Schmitz at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake Church, Wis. Their marriage was blessed with four children.

Carol was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a homemaker and child care provider.

Carol was a woman of deep faith and devoted to God. She prayed the rosary often, and while at Ellen’s Home frequently assisted in leading the weekly rosary group.

Her greatest joys were spending time with her family, preparing food for family gatherings, playing games and cards and watching sports. She enjoyed flowers, birds and music. Babies and dogs would make Carol’s face light up with joy. 

Carol always saw the good in people. She was a caring and generous woman to her family, friends and community. She was satisfied with the many simple blessings in life. Carol will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

A special thanks to the staff at Ellen’s Home in Port Washington for the love and care they provided Carol.

Carol is survived by her children Nancy (Eugene) Chin and Lori (Rick) Rathke, grandchildren Jeffery (Alexa) Schmitz, Brian (Laura) and Lisa Chin, Eric Schmitz and Kaily and Michael Rathke, great-grandchild Skyler Schmitz and daughter-in-law Sharon Schmitz.  She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Schmitz, sons Paul and Pete Schmitz, daughter-in-law Deb Schmitz and granddaughter Crystal Schmitz.



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Wisconsin’s largest paid circulation community weekly newspaper. Serving Port Washington, Saukville, Grafton, Fredonia, Belgium, as well as Ozaukee County government. Locally owned and printed in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

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