On the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, Jerome Schmitz passed away peacefully in his home in Newton surrounded by his close family and friends. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s back in 1999. He was 76 years old.
He was born May 11, 1942, on the family farm in Baileyville. His parents were Silverius “Sap” Schmitz and Viola Bergman Schmitz. He attended St. Mary’s Grade School from September 1948 to May 1956 and St. Mary’s High School September 1956 to May 1960 in St. Benedict.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force out of Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 31, 1960, to May 1, 1964, and remained in the reserves until Aug. 30, 1966. He completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He completed special equipment training at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill.
After serving in the Air Force, he graduated from Wichita Technical Institute. He retired from Honeywell after 31 years as an avionics electronics technician. He enjoyed tuning organs. He was an artist who favored the grid method. He loved to sing, especially at church. He sang for friend’s and families’ weddings.
Survivors include his wife Terry Bernowich Schmitz; sons Jason (Melody) Schmitz, Darren Schmitz, Chad Schmitz and Tristan Schmitz all from Newton; siblings Kathleen (Richard) Hylton of Topeka, Diane (Alan) Schultz of Berryton, Esther (Jack) Shattuck of White Oak, Texas, Marilyn Egan of Topeka, Cecilia (Elton) Olberding of Seneca and Michael (Linda) Schmitz of Baileyville; three step-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.
The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.