Estelle A. (May) Schmitt, Elkhorn, WI (1921-2015)
March 5, 1921 - August 4, 2015
Estelle A. (May) Schmitt, 94, of Elkhorn, WI, died on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI. She was born on March 5, 1921, the daughter of the late Bernard and Emma (Freund) May. Estelle was united in marriage to Steve S. Schmitt at St. John's Catholic Church on Jan. 15, 1941, in Johnsburg, IL. Steve died on Feb. 12, 2002. Estelle was an active member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Elkhorn, involved with the Ladies Guild, coordinated funeral luncheons, member of the Farm Bureau, and AMPI. She enjoyed playing Bingo and was an avid card player, belonging to several different card clubs. Estelle loved her flower garden. She farmed with her husband, Steve, for over 40 years from 1945 to 1985. Estelle was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great great-grandmother, the Matriarch of the Schmitt family and the last surviving Aunt on Steve's side of the family of thirteen.
Estelle will be deeply missed by her five children: Louise (Robert) Bleser of Elkhorn, WI, Kenneth Schmitt of Elkhorn, Sharon (Edward) Christensen of Antioch, IL, Janeen (Jerry) Mehring of Elkhorn, and Lisa (Dan) Cooper of Elkhorn; eleven grandchildren; Melissa (Mark) Messina, Robert (Mary) Bleser, Richard (Vickie) Bleser, Brian (Sandra) Bleser, Deborah (Jerry) Johnson, Lynette (Brian) Edwards, Sheila (Mike) Troemel, Sabrina (Neil) Waswo, Kevin (Natalia Lucchetti) Cooper, Kelsey and Keaton Cooper; seventeen great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Sanders of Woodstock, IL, and Joan (John) Popelka of Spring Grove, IL; one brother, Bernard (Darlene) May of Richmond, IL; and one sister-in-law, Joan May of Zion, IL; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Estelle was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Steve; infant daughter, Emma Elizabeth; one brother, Allen May; one sister, Arlene May; and one brother-in-law, John Sanders.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC CHURCH, 107 W. Walworth Street, Elkhorn, WI, with Father Oriol Regales officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Elkhorn, WI. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 until 6 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:45 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at HAASE-LOCKWOOD & ASSOCIATES FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 730 N. Wisconsin ST., Elkhorn, WI. Memorials may be made in Estelle's name to St. Patrick Catholic Church. On-line guestbook is at: www.haaselockwoodfhs.com.