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.