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“We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Colleen(Koenigs) and Greg Vollbrecht ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Colleen Vollbrecht - WI

“Ann you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Janet & Michael O'Connor - WI

“Thank you so much for posting the beautiful photos of Alvin, Martina and family. We thought the world of both Alvin and Martina and loved them...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Jan& Gerry Kraus

“Anne, you have my deepest sympathy. I'll miss seeing you at the Villa - unless we both end up there someday ourselves. I'm sure your father is...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Cheryl Lefeber - Fond du Lac, WI

“To all of you, I am thiniking of you and prayering for Alvin and all of you.I was just talking about Alvin to my kids on Sunday.He is now with...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Janet Curtis - Waukesha, WI

“Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Your Dad is now at peace and is back with the Love of his life. You are all in our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Mike & Lois Thome

“We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.Love , Lynn and Jim Watry ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Lynn Watry - Malone, WI

“May your father rest in Peace. Lori...very sad to hear of his passing. He may now Fly with the Angels. God Bless your whole family. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Caryl Rautenberg - FOND DU LAC, WI


Alvin U. Schmitz, age 89, of Johnsburg, died peacefully surrounded by his children, on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Villa Loretto in Mt. Calvary. He was born January 12, 1923 in St. Peter, son of the late Frank & Walburga (Petrie) Schmitz. Alvin married the love of his life, Martina Rose Casper on July 24, 1945 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg and the couple farmed together in the Johnsburg area until retiring in 1983. During this time, Alvin also worked at the cheese factory and in construction. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg, the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus. As a young child, Alvin's favorite pastime was playing baseball with his brothers. Later in life, he frequently took time to enjoy a card game, but devoted his time to ensuring a bountiful harvest from the farm and his garden. Alvin had a gentle and kind spirit who was deeply devoted to the Lord in prayer; his love of God and devotion to his family was always demonstrated, not so much in words, but in deeds. Whether he was savoring a delicious hamburger, or spending time with his children or grandchildren, who he frequently called his "Little Angels", he cherished all of the simple things in life that brought him joy. Alvin was grateful for all of God's gifts in his life and felt truly blessed to have the best wife, and loving family surround him. Survivors include his children: John Schmitz of Pipe, Pat (Arlyn) Julka of Johnsburg, Mike (Sue) Schmitz of New Holstein, Bill (Dawn) Schmitz of Johnsburg, Anne (Andy) Hemauer of Chilton, Andrew (Robin) Schmitz of St. Peter, Lori Rieder of Fond du Lac and her fiance, Todd Osier; a daughter-in-law: Sue Schmitz of Chilton, a foster-son: Fr. Ralph Bastidas of Ecuador; 23 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren with 2 more arriving soon; a brother-in-law: Paul Suttner of Curtis, WI; and a sister-in-law: Delores Schmitz of New Holstein. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son: Joe Schmitz; 3 grandchildren: Nathan, Kyle & Lucas Hemauer; a sister: Viola (Adrian) Schmitz; 2 brothers: Norman (Gladys) Schmitz, Vernon Schmitz; and his sisters-in-law: Edna (Oscar) Schoenborn, Marie (Ambrose) Andrew, Valeria (Herbert) Schoenborn, Sally (Gordon) Pitzen, and Helen Suttner. Funeral service will be at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (N9288 County Rd W, Fond du Lac, WI) in Johnsburg with the Rev. Joe Coerber officiating. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM on Saturday, February 4, 2012. The family would like to thank the entire staff of the Villa Loretto for the care provided to Alvin through the years, especially the compassion shown in his last days. A memorial fund has been established in the name of Alvin Schmitz.