George J. Schmitt

George J. Schmitt of Port Washington, formerly of Milwaukee, Grafton and Cecil, passed away on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at the age of 93.

He was born in Milwaukee to John and Bertha (Arndt) Schmitt on Feb. 10,1929.

George married Audrey Bertz on Feb. 7, 1953, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee, and together they had three children.

George graduated from Marquette Catholic High School.

He worked for his father in their corner grocery store located on 22nd and Chambers in Milwaukee. From there he became a food salesman and was in the grocery business until he retired at age 70.

In his retirement, George stayed busy. He drove a hearse for Andrus Limousine Service, watered flowers for the Port Washington marina and drove cars for a local car dealership, among other things.

His favorite pastimes were getting in the car just to go for a ride and attending every one of his great-grandson’s sporting events.

George enjoyed getting together with his Army buddies for monthly luncheons and for many years he baked hundreds of dozens of Christmas cookies for the VA Hospital in Milwaukee.

George will remain in the hearts of his children Kathy (Gary) Burmesch, Mike (Mary) Schmitt and Linda (Scott) Baumann-Dunning; grandchildren T.J. (Miranda) Burmesch, Emily (Jason) Zalewski, Katie (Patrick) Phillips, Patrick Schmitt, Michael (Carrie) Baumann, Daniel (Melissa) Baumann and Sarah Baumann; and great-grandchildren Broderek, Brekken, Bowe, Maryn, Remi, Parker, Harrison, Graham, Jacob (Kira), Jonathan, Joseph and Ashley.  He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Audrey, brother Robert (Frances) Schmitt and brother-in-law Donald (Carol) Bertz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church, 1800 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington, WI 53074. The family will receive visitors at the church from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a Knights of Columbus walk through at 5:30 p.m. and military honors will immediately follow the service.

George will be laid to rest next to his wife at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated and will be used for a park bench in George’s memory and for the Honor Flight.

Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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