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Schmidt, Sharon OBITPIC

If you are reading this, you know that I have moved on. Semi-retirement didn’t go as planned for me. My future plans went through many changes which reformed the remainder of my life. Endometrial Cancer Stage IV the unstoppable poison slowly took my days away. I went through several treatments to fight this monster without success.

My first marriage to Bruce Kleinschmidt ended in 1993 and resulted with two beautiful daughters. My last marriage ended in 2016 in the Most Unforgivable Fashion. Going forward, I moved back to my hometown of Wausau, WI, after 45 years living in the Northwoods. I found myself very content and happy and reconnected with good people. This making the rest of my life pleasant and peaceful. I’m Home!

I was born in Wausau on March 4, 1953 to Donald and Nina (Iwen) Schmidt and made my way to the heavens on Monday, May 8, 2017.

When I was younger, I was part of Burns Post 388 VFW Debon Aires marching drill team, we traveled all over marching in parades. I was the first graduating class of Wausau West High School in 1971. I traveled to many places in the Caribbean and enjoyed the people and their customs.

While raising my daughters, Shannon and Sonya, I was very involved with their school as a room mother. I became a Girl Scout Leader, taught cheerleading and was treasurer on the PTA Board. I also served on the Vacationland Youth Softball League where I eventually became president for 8 years.

My last place of employment was at Ritchie Lakeland Oil Propane in Minocqua, WI. I grew very fond of Joe and Nancy Ritchie. I loved being around all my co-workers. We all were good friends for the rest of my life.

I will especially miss my wonderful daughters, Shannon (Seth) Lancaster, Belleville, WI and Sonya (Jose) Vargas, Altamonte Springs, FL; my mother, Nina Schmidt; my beautiful grandchildren, Paige, Mykenzie, Victoria, Elijah, and Jackson, all of Belleville, and Sorena Vargas of Altamonte Springs. I am also survived by one sister, Cindy Gunderson of Wausau; one niece Lacy Rodemeier of Wausau; one nephew J.R. Gunderson of Rochester, MN; and one great-nephew, Brody of Wausau. My father preceded me in death in 1992.

A very heartfelt thank you to my friends/pallbearers: Bruce Kleinschmidt, Garrison, MT; Doug Plowman, Woodruff, WI; Dennis Hardt, Wausau, WI; Joe Ritchie, Minocqua, WI; Randy Sawyer, Wausau, WI; and Russell Whiting, Merrill, WI. It was truly an honor for me to have all of you.

I cannot forget my doctors that went over and beyond for me; Dr. Arlene Gayle, Dr. Larson, Dr. Rezwan Islam, and Dr. Muhammad Moid. Not to go without mentioning all the kind nurses and receptionists that assisted me.

Finally, it’s been an interesting and challenging life! I’m fortunate that I’ve had loving and caring dependable friends and family around me. So, this is not good bye, but we’ll see you later. After all, “What’s life, if you can’t live it?”

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, 903 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54403. The Rev. Jerry Morris will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will follow the service at Restlawn Memorial Park. Friends and family are invited to join the celebration for Sharon at 2510 Restaurant afterwards.

Brainard Funeral Home, Wausau Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please send donations to the Wausau Community Warming Center/Catholic Charities: 540 S. 3rd Ave., Wausau, WI 54401 or to the Wausau Salvation Army at 202 Callon St., Wausau, WI 54401.

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  1. Marietta Cianciolo-Carpenter

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    Very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. May God be with you during this very hard time. I will keep your family in my prayers. My sincerest sympathy

  2. Rebekah

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    Dear Schmidt Family,
    I am so sorry to have read of your loss; please accept my sincere condolences. While I did not know Sharon personally, it is very clear to me that she was a person that will be missed by so many! I too have lost loved ones in death, and when that happened I took strength in remembering them as they were, and the warmth of their memory comforted me through the tough days.

    Something else which gave me strength was knowing the wonderful hope found in such passages as John 5:28, 29 as well as Revelation 21:4. These scriptures extend the promise of being reunited with our loved ones upon the earth the way it was originally intended–free from all sickness, suffering, and our worst enemy–death. Having that hope gave me so much comfort, and it is my sincere hope that these thoughts may comfort your family as well whilst you cope with the days ahead. Again, you have my deepest condolences.

  3. Deb Tarnow

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    Shannon-I’m so sorry to hear your mom has passed on. She was such a lovely lady and a fierce friend. I will remember you all in my prayers! Take care my friend!

  4. Peggyy ( Lassow ) Czechowicz

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the family of Sharon. Sharon has always had a special place in my heart even though we haven’t touched bases in many years. We were close friends in High School and beyond and spent many crazy, fun times together. I loved her “spunk ” and love of life and I am so fortunate to have called her friend.
    May you find peace in knowing she is in God’s hands and now able to be ” Sharon ” again with no restrictions, no pain , no darkness…….I will see you later my dear friend.

  5. Tracie Portz

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    Sharon, you will be missed. I had the pleasure of knowing you for only a short time and was so glad we met in this lifetime. My heart goes out to your family.

  6. Linda Lambrecht

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    Rest in peace Sharon & my sympathy to your family. I do not personally know you but you have inspired me to write my own obituary. I too have stage IV cancer,Metastatic breast cancer.
    Your family was blessed to have you & I’m certain you will be missed by all who knew you.

  7. Joanna Zietlow-Hogan

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    To Sharon’s family. I am truly sorry for your loss. I had only met Sharon many years ago through another friend of mine who was one of Sharon’s good friends growing up, Jackie Garski. I knew Sharon through Jackie and through Jackie always heard what a special person she was. I do believe that I had also met Sharon through another one of her friends, Sue W as I was a good friend of her brother’s. Life seems so full of connections, from these connections we can often share another’s grief and losses and offer support, sympathy. Unfortunately, sadness and difficulty took Jackie’s life way too early in her adulthood, but I find do some solace in knowing that Jackie was there to greet her old ‘”pal” as she entered a paradise. She always referred to Sharon has her great pal. As Sharon wrote, “What’s life if you can’t live it?” I think she was basically giving those who would be sad the permission to not grieve, but continue to live the life they still have. I myself have found that life, whether long, or short must be lived to the best of our ability. Yes Sharon, we will all “see ya later.”

  8. Lori Mroz (Drengler)

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    My condolences to all of the family. I just got in contact with her in the last six months on FB. She remembered buying her first pair of skis from me. She said the were yellow Head skies and payed 5$ for them. I remember playing the Jugi board with her at her house growing up. Always loved that girl. Wish we would have stayed in touch sooner. She never mentioned her illness
    Thinking of you in this time

  9. Pat Cirese

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    My sympathy to the family and friends of Sharon. I have not seen her in many years but always like her. She was a wonderful person and I’m sure will be missed by her children and her many friends. Rest In Peace Sharon.

  10. pat smylie

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    may you rest in peace . sharon, your in a better place, great health and your seeing all friends, family, etc from the past. your healthy again, and some day we’ll all be together again. we’ll sure miss you down here, but knowing your safe and healthy and among friends up in heaven and they’ll take good care of you.

  11. Debbie Stern

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    Thinking of you girls and wishing you many good memories!!!! Your mom was a great gal!!!! I especially remember, Sonya, all the times your Mom and I spent with you and Jamie and all of your friends in your younger days!!! We often laughed and rolled our eyes while watching all your antics!! It was great times. I’m sure she’ll be watching her grandchildren’s antics in days to come with a smile!!! I know she will be missed!!!❤️❤️

  12. Audrey (Thomas)Jones

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    To the friends and family of “Schmidty” as we called her in high school. Sharon was a vibrant, lively, fun person. She could make us laugh and enjoy life. Sorry to hear her life was cut short. God bless you all till you meet again. Sincerely, Aud jones.

  13. Pam Whetstone

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    Sharon had a contagious smile and beautiful laugh. I remember going to her house after her first round of chemo. We laughed, hugged, watched the birds and she shed a couple tears. Tears of thankfulness for the gift we dropped off and how wonderful her friends were.
    Her spirit remained high during this whole battle and she surely wasn’t a quitter. She was a inspiration to me and others. rest in peace, Sharon. Prayers to all her friends and family.

  14. JeffreyGunderson

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    Sharon you will be missed, you had a wonderful love of life. You were at the top of people I very much cared about. I will miss you! R.I.P. Sharon

  15. Paul Sturgul

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. Sharon and I worked together at the Lakeland Senior Center. She was always a joy to be with. Her presence was a light to those who had the good fortune to know her. May her memory be a blessing.

  16. Evangeeline Felecio

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    It pained us a lot not to attend your funeral. But in spirit we are with you. Thank you for your friendship, the warmest welcome you accorded to me when I was at Minocqua. You were such a loving, sweet Sharon. Your smiles will forever remained in our hearts, we will always remember you. Goodbye our dearest friend. I will never erase the private messages we exchanged while you were fighting the monster, the mittens you beautifully waved for me. Thank you dearest, with sadness, we bade goodbye. We love you Sharon, our angel in heaven.

  17. Lonny Calhoun

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    Sharon, you will be missed.i am sorry we were not able to connect as we wanted to before you got to sick. We will miss your sweet smile and pleasant, peaceful demeanor. God bless and we will send our prayers and strength to your daughters and grandchildren. Lonny and Tiffany Calhoun

  18. Barb Henriksen

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    I know this time is so hard for you girls, but just remember your Mom will always be with you in spirit. To my coworker and friend, thank you for the joy you have brought to my life. Now I know you are at peace and yes we will meet again. Love you Sharon.

  19. Dennis and Faye Hardt

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sharon’s family. Sharon was a dear friend. I am so thankful for the time we had together when she moved back to Wausau. You will be missed girlfriend.

  20. Tina Ollhoff

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    Reading your obituary brings tears to my eyes. The fact that you wrote it yourself, had to be hard, but you did such a beautiful job. A gift with words, you defiantly had. I thank God that you are no longer in pain and have found peace. Peace that only those in heaven have.
    God Bless You……..Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Dan Thoms

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    This was my office wife and while writing this I am in tears. We worked together for years and knew each other’s heartaches, loves and passions. I can remember steeling Sharon’s stapler, only because I was messing with her and too lazy to load my own. She finally caught on and her comment to me was, “bite me Dan and you are such an asshole”. Believe it or not this developed into a healthy relationship. I married a Filipino, Evangeline of whom I’ve know on and off for 32 years. Sharon stood up with my wife at our simple wedding celebration. She was also insistent upon taking us to the airport in central WI for our flight back to the Philippines. Her desire was to visit us here in the Philippines. She would constantly tease me and told me to respect her because she was my senior. Keep in mind she was only 2 months older than me and both of our births took place in 1953. OMG, when I heard of her death I became an emotional basket case and will truly miss this women.

  22. Tiffany Baker

    05/09/2017 at 8:10 pm

    May you find peace in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with your family