Dolores Schmitz

Dolores M. Schmitz was remembered by her daughter as a loving mother who enjoyed camping with her husband, playing games and “making anything with yarn” for her children, grandchildren, relatives, friends and others, sometimes sellilng items at craft shows.

“We all have knit slippers, towels, hot pads, table runners, you name it,” Catherine Berend said.

Mrs. Schmitz died at her home in Saukville Wedneday, Aug. 22. She was 85.

Mrs. Schmitz was born in Saukville on Oct. 4, 1932, to Anthony and Carol Roos Schowalter. She attended local schools and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1951.  

On May 17, 1952, she married Robert P. Schmitz, also of Saukville, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Saukville. The couple settled in the Saukville area.

Mr. and Mrs. Schmitz enjoyed camping with friends, traveling all over the country, eventually buying a tow-behind trailer.

“They traveled to Florida, out east and out west,” their daughter said.

Mrs. Schmitz was employed at Northern Signal in Saukville and Control Products in Grafton, where she did assembly work.  

Mrs. Schmitz also loved to play board games, especially Scrabble and Upwords, but had recently started playing games on the computer and her iPad, her daughter said.

 “She liked casino games (on her iPad) because she loved going to the casino but couldn’t go that often,” her daughter said.

She also enjoyed weekly card games with friends.

“They would get together every Monday,” her daughter said, “including right up to two days before she passed.”

Survivors include her husband Robert and their children Gerald “Jerry” (Carlene) Schmitz of West Bend, Catherine Berend of West Bend, daughter-in-law Lori Schmitz of Saukville; grandchildren Amy, Kevin, Jessica, Jennifer and Christopher Schmitz and Stephen and Keith Berend; seven great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Pam Loof of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Dennis Schmitz, sister Kathleen Singletary, brothers Robert Loof and James Schowalter and sisters-in-law Shirley and June Schowalter.

Funeral Services were held Monday, Aug. 27, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg.  Deacon Tom Surges presided.

Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Saukville on Tuesday, Aug. 28.




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