David James Schumacher, 77, Green Bay, passed away October 12, 2023, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Green Bay on August 29, 1946, to the late Peter and June (Umberham) Schumacher, the third of twelve children. David graduated from St. Matthew’s Grade School and Premontre High School in 1964. He completed his B.S. in Biology at St. Norbert College where he was president of the SBK Fraternity.
David married Kathleen O’Connor at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on December 30, 1967 and they were married for 55 years. Their lives were built around their three children: Jenna (Charlie) Dais, Sarah Grahovac, and Alec (Marin) Schumacher. They were blessed with five grandchildren: Madeline, Grace and Ben Grahovac, Emilie Dais, and Berric Schumacher.
In addition to his family, David is survived by his eleven siblings who will deeply miss their beloved brother: Peter Jr. (Patty) Schumacher; Paul (Barb) Schumacher; Philip (Becky) Schumacher; Amy (John) Weiss; Tim Schumacher; Mary Georgia; Tom (Robin) Schumacher; Jane (Bill) Campion; Mark (Jill) Schumacher; Louise Schumacher and Andy (Jeanne) Schumacher as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
David touched many lives through his varied work career. His first job was teaching at St. Phillip’s grade school, where he and his students formed a bond they still cherish. He went on to work for Motorola, IBM, and Riverside Paper. Eventually he pursued his love of botany and purchased a flower shop and greenhouse, Capelle’s, which he ran for several years. David went from florist to managing convention sales at the Radisson Hotel where he was employed until his retirement. In retirement he stayed busy helping at Proko-Wall Funeral Home and working on the family’s hobby farm. In each role, his students, co-workers, and customers loved his attentiveness, and his playful, fun nature.
David loved spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, or just cutting the grass. The Schumacher family cottage at Windfall Lake was his favorite place to take the family – a place he loved since he was a child. In high school, he played guitar and sang in a folk music group, the Old Crusty Minstrels, who remained his friends for life. David was an animal lover who welcomed pets of every sort. He will be missed by his dog Lulu and his rescue horse Buck. We will miss so much about David, including his amazing pies and pancakes, but especially his affection, his remarkable sense of humor, and the playful kidding that lightened so many moments in life.
Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. from 4:00 – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 17. With a parish wake service to be held at 7:30 pm. Visitation will continue on Wednesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1484 Ninth St. from 9:00-10:45 am. Funeral Mass 11:00 am Wednesday at the church with Rev. Patrick Beno officiating. Burial in the Allouez Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the Schumacher family at www.prokowall.com. In lieu of floral expressions a memorial fund has been established in his name.
Robert J. Walczyk Jr. is serving the family.