Joanne Schmit

Joanne Mary Schmit of Saukville was called to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, with her family at her side.  She was 82.

Joanne was born on April 15, 1940, to Emil and Loretta (Jacoby) Gonwa in Sheboygan.

She was united in marriage to George Schmit on May 19, 1962, at St. Nicholas Church in Dacada.

Prior to her retirement, Joanne was employed as a registered nurse. She worked at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital and was a pioneer in the EMS system of Ozaukee County.

She was a devoted member of St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, Immaculate Conception Chucrch in Saukville.

Joanne belonged to a master gardening club and enjoyed tending to her flowers and vegetables.

She was an avid reader and volunteered at the local library as well as the Saukville Food Pantry.

Joanne appreciated a good game of sheepshead, her friends from her Monday breakfast group and watching movies.

Joanne is survived by her three children, Brian (Michelle) Schmit, Ann (John) Pechstein and Allan (Paula) Schmit; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George, son Mark, sister Janet and brother Ronald.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, Immaculate Conception Church, 145 W. Church St. Saukville, Wis. Father Patrick Wendt presided. The family received visitors at the church from 9 a.m. until the service.

Joanne was placed next to her husband at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Saukville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to food pantries in Ozaukee County are appreciated.

Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington is assisting the family with arrangements.

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