It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of John W. Schmitt who served as President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO from 1966 to 1986.
Beloved husband of the late Gertrude (nee Strelka) and the late Anna (nee Bolard). Dear father of James “Luigi” (Sue), Jane (Gareth) Gordon, John J. (Marianne) and the late Jeff “Spyder” (Laurie) Schmitt. Loving grandfather of Jenny (Andy) Nyquist, Bill, Tim Schmitt and Ann Arneson, Kristina (Robert) Gromala, Diana (Travis) Stahle and Mark (Heather) Gordon, Tara (Kurt) Kielblock, the late Jenna, Michael and Kelsey Schmitt. Dear step-father of Susan Mezouane and Monica (Todd) Kohlman.
John J. Schmitt carries on the legacy of his father’s commitment to working people as the current President of the Wisconsin Laborers District Council and Executive Board member of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.
As a lifelong trade unionist, John W. Schmitt embodied the values that we work every day to uphold. Our entire labor family mourns his passing and we extend our condolences to the Schmitt family.
President Emeritus Schmitt was passionate about advancing and strengthening all sectors of the labor movement in Wisconsin. He cared deeply about public policy issues impacting working people.
As a lifelong leader and advocate for worker justice John W. Schmitt was an invaluable asset and inspiration for Wisconsin. On behalf of the state labor movement, we mourn his passing and we commit to preserving his memory and generous spirit by carrying on the fight for working families.
Visitation Saturday, April 7, from 9-10:30 AM at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus Chapel, 3800 N. 92nd St., with a Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM.
Phil Neuenfeldt, President
Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer