Rev. Eugene L. Schmidt
By Rev. Eugene L. Schmidt
October 23, 2005
Rev. Eugene L. Schmidt, age 75 of Oshkosh, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends, after a courageous battle with cancer for several years. On November 29, 1929 he was born in Wausau, the son of LeRoy T. and Harriet F. (Sawicki) Schmidt. Fr. Gene attended grade schools at St. Josaphat, St. Peter and Sacred Heart Schools in Oshkosh and attended Salvatorian Seminary in St. Nazianz and St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee. He was ordained as a priest on May 26, 1956 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay and celebrated his first Mass on Mat 27, 1956 at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Oshkosh. He served in various assignments including Annunciation Parish, Sacred Heart Seminary, St. John's, St. Mary's and St. Vincent's. Fr. Gene was especially fond of outdoor activities, including snow skiing, snowmobiling, riding the Honda, gardening, landscaping and general farm chores and was a master handyman. Fr. Gene had a special love of the Eucharist and Divine Office, even through his prolonged illness.
Fr. Gene is survived by two sisters: Sr. Barbara Schmidt, O.S.F. of Oshkosh and Dorothy (Chuck) Bauer of Green Bay; his beloved aunts, uncles and cousins and numerous friends, and a special buddy, "Franny," his miniature schnauzer. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A private visitation will be held. A public visitation will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at the St. Joseph Chapel, 1825 Riverside Drive, Green Bay followed with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:30 a.m., with Bishop David A. Zubik as celebrant and Auxiliary Bishop Robert F. Morneau, Rev. William Van De Kreeke, Rev. Joseph Mattern, Rev. James Vennix and Rev. Richard Heyman as co-celebrants. A Memorial has been established for the new Motherhouse at St. Francis Convent in Green Bay.
Fiss & Bills-Poklasny Funeral Home
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