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Patricia Ann Schmitt

April 6, 1927 January 29, 2020
Patricia Ann Schmitt
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Obituary for Patricia Ann Schmitt

Patricia Ann Schmitt, 92, of Novi, passed away peacefully at home in the
presence of her husband and daughters on January 29. 2020.

Pat was born on April 6, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Peter V.
and Anna C. (Kinchsular ) Healy. She lived and grew up in the Healy
family home with her four sisters, parents, and grandparents Myles and
Anna (Ward) Healy on 15th Street in downtown Detroit (now called
"Corktown"). Patricia graduated from Western High School. She worked at
Crowley's Department store in downtown Detroit while attending Marygrove
College. After graduation from Marygrove College with a Bachelor of Science,
she briefly taught home economics to high school students in Highland Park.

Through a group of school friends she met her soulmate James Schmitt,
from the east-side of Detroit. On June 23, 1951 Pat and Jim were married
at the Most Holy Trinity church in Detroit, Michigan. They've since
shared more than 68 years of joy and fulfillment together.

After her marriage, Patricia then focused her attention to raising a
family, and succeeded fabulously. She and Jim had nine children -- eight
in the first ten years of their marriage, including two sets of twins.
Pat was completely responsible for running the day-to-day household and
the meat-and-potatoes (literally and figuratively) nurturing of the
children. Although raising nine children in a loving environment could
be challenging and chaotic, she was particularly well-suited to the
task. She was consistently able to combine a firm hand with
unconditional love and support in a way that allowed her children to be
completely oblivious to their good fortune. She was the backbone and
mastermind enabling the family to enjoy their many extended camping
vacations while still ensuring that meals (including the requisite
first-night chili dinner) and clean-up ran like clockwork. It also
helped that she knew how to stretch a dollar further than anyone while
making sure that everyone was provided with everything they needed.
Education was a paramount value and all nine children graduated from college,
several with advanced degrees. Pat was also a talented seamstress,
teaching her daughters the art of sewing
clothing -- properly inserting zippers, buttonholes and hemming
garments. These skills, along with the importance of measuring and
planning ahead for well-fitted results equipped them well for future
endeavors. Pat and Jim were never at cross-purposes as parents --
despite the best efforts of their children, there was never a division
between them that the kids could exploit.

After the years of child-rearing, Pat and Jim were able to kick back and
spend their time together embracing their roles as grandparents and
great-grandparents with immense joy, pride, and wonder. She loved all
things Irish particularly the Irish Rovers and the color green. She
enjoyed sewing, gardening, friends, and traveling together with Jim and
his Chrysler Management Group colleagues to various destinations on six
of the seven continents (sadly, there is no green in Antarctica). An
appreciation for morel mushrooms turned Pat and Jim into amateur
mycologists and avid mushroom hunters. Both she and Jim enjoyed theater,
gatherings, and parties with the same dear group of life-long
friends (the "poker club") that was responsible for their first date.
She was an inveterate reader and digested more Readers Digest condensed
books than you could remove from her house in a day. As the Schmitt
family matriarch for many years, she could be counted on to use her
kind, quiet, and supportive manner to dispense the wisdom acquired from
her extensive life experience. Her children remain devoted to her for
these gifts.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Marguerite,
Aileen, Betty, Lois and her brother Myles.

Surviving Pat is her husband of sixty-eight years, James F. Schmitt; her
children Kathleen Rheaume of Chesterfield, Mary T. (Richard) Schmitt
Smith of Bloomfield Hills, Andrew (Myania Moses) Schmitt of Arlington
Virginia, Mark (Fran) Schmitt of Wellington Florida, Anna (Don)
Schmitt-Reichert of Pittsfield Township, Marilyn (John) Twiehaus of
Carmel Indiana, Susan (Michael) Schmitt-Creech of Ann Arbor, Daniel
Schmitt of Milwaukie Oregon, and Douglas (Rebecca) Schmitt of
Bentonville Arkansas; twenty five grandchildren and step-grandchildren,
and countless great grandchildren.

Pat's entire family is deeply grateful to everyone who cared for her
in her final months including her caregivers at Home Instead and Angela
Hospice, but most importantly her five daughters whose selfless
attention, dedication and sacrifice to Pat's care and comfort made both
her and Jim's life immeasurably more enjoyable and comfortable.

Funeral mass from St. William Catholic Church, 531 Common Street Walled Lake Saturday, 12 Noon (In State 11:30 AM). Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 340 N. Pontiac Trail Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Friday 4-8 PM (Vigil Service 7 PM).


Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

31

Jan

4:00 PM 1/31/2020 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/31/2020 8:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Vigil Service

Friday

31

Jan

7:00 PM 1/31/2020 7:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Visitation

Saturday

1

Feb

11:30 AM 2/1/2020 11:30:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2/1/2020 12:00:00 PM
St. William Catholic Church

531 Common Street
Walled Lake

St. William Catholic Church
531 Common Street Walled Lake
United States

Funeral Mass

Saturday

1

Feb

12:00 PM 2/1/2020 12:00:00 PM
St. William Catholic Church

531 Common Street
Walled Lake

St. William Catholic Church
531 Common Street Walled Lake
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Great Lakes National Cemetery Final Resting Place

4200 Belford Rd.
Holly, MI 48442

4200 Belford Rd. Holly 48442 MI
United States
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