Cyril Schmitz

Cyril A. Schmitz, 87, of Chilton died Nov. 27, 2021, peacefully with his family by his side.

He was born June 20, 1934, son of the late Henry and Anna Schmitz. After high school, he was drafted to the Army and was stationed in Berlin, Germany. He served as a Catholic chaplain during 1958 to 1959. When he returned home, he worked on the family farm. He later married Janet Hephner and they had five children.

Cyril was very social and always liked a good party. He could talk to strangers as though they were old friends. In his younger years, he enjoyed bowling and playing baseball for the men’s teams in Charlesburg and Marytown; he even coached at Charlesburg for over 30 years. He met Janet at a dance and they dated for four years before he proposed on Christmas by putting a ring under the tree. Christmas was always his favorite time of year; he loved putting up decorations while listening to music. He was always fixing things and tinkering on things—he left a few unfinished projects in the kitchen, laundry room, basement, garage and a few outside. He loved listening to music and had a fine voice. He also had a great sense of humor and knew how to tell a joke.

Cyril was proud of serving his country and joined the local VFW and American Legion in Chilton and New Holstein. He was a hard worker and taught his kids to do things the right way. He took pride in working on the farm his entire life, right up until a week before his death.

Cyril is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janet; children Julie (Steve) Salt, Timothy Schmitz, Tony (LuAnn) Schmitz, Anne Schmitz and Mike Schmitz (Jayne Ecker); six grandchildren, Lincoln Salt, Evie Salt, Cody Schmitz, Jorden Schmitz, Dustin Schmitz and Henry Schmitz; step-grandchildren Megan and Max Ecker; sisters-in-law Angie Schmitz, Virginia Schmitz, Dolores Schmitz, Pearl (Henry) Vander Wielen and Theresa (Ron) Wrobleski; and brothers-in-law Fr. John Hephner, Harvey Hephner, Russell Hephner and Earl (Joanie) Hephner.

Cyril was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Anna; Janet’s parents, Jay and Zoea Hephner; grandchild Hunter Schmitz; brothers Jerome Schmitz, Stanley Schmitz and Eugene Schmitz; and a sister-in-law, Delores Hephner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at noon on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 54 E. Main St. in Chilton. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at the church on the day of service. His burial will be at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Charlesburg following the funeral service.

“As the world turns…auf wiedersehen...machs gut.”—Cyril Schmitz

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