Mary J. Schmitz, daughter of Charles and Anna (Bamesberger) Mohatt was born May 17, 1918, in Custer County, near Anselmo, the third of nine children. She passed from this life July 13, 2012, at Heritage Hall in Broken Bow, at the age of 94.
Mary spent her childhood in and around Anselmo, and graduated from Anselmo High School in 1935. November 29, 1939, she married Lawrence (Bus) Schmitz of Anselmo at St. Anselmâ€™s Catholic Church in Anselmo. One son and one daughter blesses this union; Gary and Carolyn.
Mary and family farmed and ranched in Ortello Valley from 1939 until 1978 when they literally moved their home into Broken Bow. Mary and Bus celebrated 41 years of marriage together before he passed away June 14, 1981.
Mary belonged to several Anselmo Community Clubs, card clubs in Anselmo and Broken Bow, and was very active in St. Anselmâ€™s and St. Josephâ€™s Altar Societies. Mary was the Custer County Chief correspondent for Ortello Valley for many years, and especially enjoyed playing Pinochle and gardening.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; parents; sisters, Ernestine Hickey, Frances McCarthy, Patricia Dworak, Charline Bendig, and Ann Gates; brothers, Carl Mohatt and William Mohatt; brothers-in-law, Cecil Hickey, Neil McCarthy, Willard Garner, John Hammond, and Art Bendig.
Mary is survived by son Gary (Shirley) Schmitz of Anselmo, and daughter Carolyn (Jim) Puckett of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Joan Hammond of Houston, Texas; sisters-in-law, Mary Mohatt of Broken Bow, and Alta Mohatt of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Dr. Dillard Gates of Vancouver, Wash. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Gary Todd Schmitz of Columbus, Ohio, Trevor Schmitz of Lincoln, and Dr. Tracey Gau of Greenwood Village, Colo.; four great- grandchildren, Grace and Jacqueline Gau, Casey Lemke, and Ryan Schmitz, and by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Christian Wake Service and Rosary was Wednesday, July 18 at St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church in Broken Bow. Mass of Christian Burial will be today, Thursday, July 19, at St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church in Broken Bow, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Hubert Spanel officiating.
Burial will be in St. Josephâ€™s Cemetery in Broken Bow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church in Broken Bow, or to the family for mass intentions.
Published in Custer County Chief, July 19, 2012