Mae M. Schmitz, 85, Green Bay resident, became Heaven’s newest angel on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. She was born on May 26, 1937, in Marytown, WI to the late Walter and Esther (Freund) Karls. On April 16, 1955, she married Eugene Schmitz at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Jericho, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on November 9, 2016. In 1969, they moved to Green Bay and Mae went to work as a nursing assistant at Bellin Hospital where she loved being a patient caregiver. She enjoyed being a Eucharistic Minister at St. Bernard Catholic Church until recent years when her health became a concern. Mae liked quilting, reading, playing cards, puzzles and gardening. She was a sweet and caring mother, grandmother and friend. Mae will be sadly missed by her friends and family.
She is survived by her children, Annette (special friend, Jim Goes) Wilkinson, John (Julie) Schmitz, Lisa (Tom) Niermann, James (Michelle) Schmitz, and Thomas (Jodi) Schmitz; nine grandchildren, Stacy (Jeremy) Saddison, Michelle (Terrel) Lindsay, Katie Murphy, Nick Konyn, Tyler (Martha) Schmitz, Jenna (Cody) Groh, Maxwell, Alex and Jack Schmitz; eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Betty Dziadek, Amanda Socha, Irene Mand, Alice Lemke, Eugene (Betty) Karls, Diane (Jim) Diedrich, Andrew Karls and Vernon (Karen) Karls; son-in-law, James Murphy; sister-in-law, Lillian Foote; brother-in-law, John Schmitz; loving cat, Sam; and many other nieces, nephews relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three daughters, Debra Murphy, Cynthia and Patricia Schmitz; one grandson, Adam Tilkens; and her brother, Bernard Karls.
Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Parish wake service 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 3425 Willow Rd., from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Funeral Mass 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Rev. Mark Vander Steeg officiating. Burial will take place in the Calvary Cemetery, Fond du Lac. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund will be established.
Alex Bahrke is serving the family.