We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Memorial Alternatives
On May 24, 2022, A. John (Jack) Schmidt left this Sweet Old World. Jack was born on April 26, 1942 in Detroit MI to Al and Virginia (Thomas) Schmidt.
Al predeceased him in 1984 and Virginia in 2009. Jack caught Polio when he was 11 years old (2 years before the vaccine). It afflicted him to some extent all of his life. He still managed to greatly enjoy the “sporting” life -golf, softball, bowling, etc. He also helped raise a wonderful family. Daughter, Shannon (Kevin)- the warmth of the family, Scott, Mr. Personality, Steven (Kristin) Mr. In Charge and Kevin, Mr. Can do. They left him with the pure joy of 7 grandchildren (1 boy) and 3 great-grandchildren. Laura Schmidt, their extremely doting mother and grandmother also survives him.
Surviving are three of the best siblings anyone could have chosen. Bob Schmidt (Always ready to help), his daughter Marie (Chris) Bast, Jim Schmidt (Mr. Nice Guy) and daughters Angela (Travis) Freeland, Tonya (Brian) Parmentier and Holly (Kurt) Chipman, and the heart of the family Margaret (Bob) Penning and sons, Matt, Mark (Katie) and Chris (Missy). Missy and Katie held a special place in Jack’s heart.
Special friends to Jack are Mike Misner (The third brother) of Fort Meyers, FL, John Lapciuk, Rudy Muniz and Mike Maresco (Honored for special
annoyance) of Grand Rapids.
When Jack was 12 years of age the family moved to Grand Rapids. He finished grade school at Blessed Sacrament and graduated from Catholic Central in 1960. He attained a degree from Aquinas College in 1965. Ultimately, he worked for the State of Michigan for 30 years before retiring at the age of 59. Much of his retirement was spent making baseball trips
with his brother Bob and spending as much of the winter months as possible in Florida with his buddy Mike Misner.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Alphonsus Church on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 11:00 am, meeting the family one hour before and lunch served after
Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Capuchin Soup Kitchen or St. Alphonsus Education Foundation.