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Celebrating the life of
William E. Schmitt
April 21, 1939 - September 03, 2017
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 4-6 PM - Friday, September 22, 2017
  • St. James Catholic Church
  • 8412 Whitfield Ave (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-355-1523
  • Rosary Service
  • 6:00pm - Friday, September 22, 2017
  • St. James Catholic Church
  • 8412 Whitfield Ave (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-355-1523
  • Memorial Mass
  • 11:00am - Saturday, September 23, 2017
  • St. James Catholic Church
  • 8412 Whitfield Ave (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-355-1523

Dear Mary Ann, We returned today September 28th, from weeks away from The Landings, only to learn the sad news of Bill's passing. We are so sorry to have missed the funeral services as we would have surely been there to honor you and Bill in prayer. I know how hard he fought during his long illness, yet I can still recall ever so many enjoyable conversations with you both and Bill's humor. Through his battle he never stopped thinking of you and your well being, and those in need who he could help. He truly was an honorable husband, a wonderful father, a great friend, simply a true gentleman. He will be greatly missed by so many. You can rest assured, he'll be busy continuing his work in the presence of our Lord where ever he is needed the most. Mary Ann, please accept our heartfelt condolences and prayer for the great loss to you and your family. May God Bless You and keep you, Mary Ann & Jorge The Landings

Mary Ann & Jorge Gojman , Savannah , GA

Mary Ann: I deeply am saddened by Bill's passing and my inability to be at the funeral to pay my respects as I had an out-of town engagement and didn't return until late Sunday. Phil and Shirley told me it was a beautiful service and that the Bishop was there and it was glorious. I was happy to hear that. My condolences to you and the family Mary Ann. If there is ever anything you need help with let me know. George Lawrence

George Lawrence, Savannah, Ga.

Our deepest condolences to Mary Ann and the family. Such a nice and kind person, and very dedicated to all the right things.

Matt and Terry Murphy, Savannah, GA

Mary Ann, may God provide comfort and peace to you during this time. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you.

Helen Sullivan, Savannah, Ga

Mary Ann, You and Bill so inspired us with your devotion to one another, our Holy Catholic Church and all the youth of the world you touched. Bill represents the "master gentlemen" of our world with his kind concern for everyone. You can remain secure in knowing that Bill is with you each hour of every day. His convictions of faith and eternal love for you will never die. We all have lost an amazing Christian Soldier. Our prayers continue for you and your family. Most Warmly, Jerry and Ann

Jerry and Ann Hipp, Savannah, GA

Dear Mary Ann, please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear husband, Bill. We will keep you in our prayers. Love, Lou and Gerry Molella

Lou and Gerry Molella, Savannah, Ga.

Our loss is Heaven's gain. Bill was a treasured friend and we will miss him. We send our deepest condolences to Mary and her family.

Paul & Maureen Napoli, Brentwood, TN

I am sorry for your loss. Death is painful to all of us. However God's word the Bible always offers encouragement. A scripture I find comforting is Isaiah 25:8. There Jehovah promises to do away with death and all things that bring us pain. That will be very satisfying! I hope this thought has been comforting to you. May positive thoughts fill you hearts and minds as you endure this difficult time.

R.G, Savannah, Ga

Mary Ann, we were so sorry to hear of Bill's Passing, Bill was a special person to me personally. We first met in 1979 and he was instrumental in my advancement at American Greetings, I always looked up and admired Bill for the kind of individual who cared for others. He will be missed by all who knew him. "Absent from the body present with the LORD." Mike and Bobbi Hughes

Mike and Bobbi Hughes, Myrtle Beach , SC

My deepest sympathy to the Bill Schmitt family. I attended both grade school and high school with Bill. I have nice memories of Bill from those years. He was always a very nice guy that one was glad to know. After reading his obituary I can see where the world has definitely benefited in a huge way from his brief journey on this earth. A wonderful life well lived. Again, my sympathy to his wife Mary Ann and their family.

Pat Devine-Cummings, Walnut Creek, Ca

Our deepest condolences..May you find comfort in the Bible's promise that one day soon the sting of death will be no more.(Hosea13:14)

Ursula, Pooler, Ga

Mary Ann, Susan, Mike, Jim and your families: Please accept our deepest sympathy on Bill's passing. It was a privilege to work with him at American Greetings. His innovative nature and forward-thinking abilities were a real gift! He was immensely proud of his family and would often share stories with that great sense of humor that was his trademark. We enjoyed the visits when you were in Cleveland and appreciate your friendship throughout the years. May you find strength in the comfort of family and friends and be proud of all that you both have accomplished that has truly made a difference.

Dan and Nancy Zawadzki, Middleburg Heights, Ohio

Dear Mary Ann, Bill was a very kind and generous man who was always giving his time to others. He will be missed in the community. We are thinking of you and your family. You are in our prayers. Sincerely, Sam and Paul Lambert

Samantha and Paul Lambert, Savannah, GA

Dear Nubby and Family Our prayers &I love go out to you at this time of sorrow. What a Great person Bill was he will be greatly missed by so many, especially at the Alleman class reunions. We could always find him in the crowd "the tall distinguished classmate" who everyone wanted to chat with. He accomplished so much in his lifetime with you always at his side the Good Lord will definitely have a place ready for him to rest. May your faith help carry you and your family thru this difficult time ahead. Betty & Jim Hoogerwerf

Betty Hoogerwerf, Rock island, Ill

Mary Ann and Family, We send our love and prayers to you as you say Goodbye to an outstanding husband, father and Grandfather. His kindness and interest in all things combined with his vision and ability to follow through will be greatly missed. You two were the original "Dynamic Duo"! Love, the Hanzels

Doug and Nancy Hanzel, Savannah , GA

Bill was more than a friend. He was inspiring with his values; joyful with his hearty laughter; talented with his many accomplishments; although a world traveler-he was humble person from the Midwest (Rock Island); he was down to earth but above the earth; his faith and caring love made him strong in character; his heart was filled with pride from his wife, his family, his children, grandchildren and friends. We will miss him and we thank him for his wonderful life. Donna and John Westemeyer

John and Donna Westemeyer, Woodbridge, VA

Bill Schmitt, 78, of Savannah, beloved husband of Mary Ann (McNulty) Schmitt, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2017 at home at The Landings on Skidaway Island after 11 years of living with metastatic prostate cancer. Born April 21,1939, in Rock Island Illinois, he was the son of the late Edward and Henrietta (Mortier) Schmitt.  He was a graduate and avid supporter of Alleman High School, a private Catholic high school located in the Quad Cities and he attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa. He spent a career of 25 years at American Greetings Corporation, rising from salesperson to president, before becoming executive vice president of Revlon Cosmetics and Fragrance Division in 1987. He also chaired an environmental consulting firm in Texas and cofounded Lifelink, a residential childcare agency in Tennessee, that helped young adults transition from the foster program into adulthood. In 1989, he and his wife Mary Ann moved to the Landings where they have been active golfers, travelers and members of St. James Parish.

While always active in the Catholic Church wherever he lived, Bill took a personal interest in Catholic education, particularly for at-risk youth. In the mid-nineties he and Mary Ann founded the Ambassadors of Catholic Education under Bishop Kevin Boland and the Savannah Diocese.  This group of 200 volunteers was devoted to fundraising and support of local Catholic education beginning with Notre Dame Academy in downtown Savannah. For this work, Bill received a papal award, the “ProEcclesia Et Pontifice Medal, presented to him at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist on December 3, 2000.  He continued his support of Catholic education in Savannah at the Benedictine Military School, a Catholic college prep school.  Bill served on the board for many years, serving as advisor, chair and enthusiastic supporter of the BC Cadets.

Throughout the years, Bill’s career took his family to many states including Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, New Jersey, New York and finally Georgia. His and Mary Ann’s interest in travel also took them to every continent around the world. They remain connected to friends and family everywhere.

Bill was a devoted family man, also known for his sense of humor and his love of building. In addition to designing or remodeling several of his own homes, he and his wife Mary Ann helped his children on home projects and created gifts for his grandchildren, including a dollhouse replica of his granddaughters’ home and twin bed built to resemble a Ford 150 truck.

He is survived by three children: Susan (Schmitt) Arens and husband Wes Arens of Bainbridge Island, WA; Michael Schmitt and his wife Kaisa ( DeClercq) Schmitt of Redondo Beach, CA; and James Schmitt and his wife Suzanne (Carelli) Schmitt of Milton, GA  He is the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren:  Nina Arens Morotti and her husband Andrew Morotti of Seattle, WA; Gabrielle Arens of Seattle, WA; Geoffrey Arens of Santa Cruz, CA;  Elise & Spencer Schmitt of Redondo Beach, CA; and Krystian and Evelyn Schmitt of Milton, GA.  Bill is also survived by his siblings Edward Schmitt of Chicago, IL; Mary Kay (Frye) Schmitt of Minneapolis, MN; and Theresa Schmitt of Dallas, TX. He is predeceased by daughter Cynthia Ann, sister Carol (Schmitt) Larson, and brother Donald Schmitt.

The Family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m., Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church, followed by a Rosary Service at 6 p.m.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial be be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Benedictine Military School, 6502 Seawright Dr., Savannah, GA 31406, for scholarships or funding a lab in the new STEM wing.  Donations can also be made to the St. James Scholarship Fund, 8412 Whitfield Ave., Savannah, GA 31406.

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Dear Mary Ann, We returned today September 28th, from weeks away from The Landings, only to learn the sad news of Bill's passing. We are so sorry to have missed the funeral services as we would have surely been there to honor you and Bill in prayer. I know how hard he fought during his long illness, yet I can still recall ever so many enjoyable conversations with you both and Bill's humor. Through his battle he never stopped thinking of you and your well being, and those in need who he could help. He truly was an honorable husband, a wonderful father, a great friend, simply a true gentleman. He will be greatly missed by so many. You can rest assured, he'll be busy continuing his work in the presence of our Lord where ever he is needed the most. Mary Ann, please accept our heartfelt condolences and prayer for the great loss to you and your family. May God Bless You and keep you, Mary Ann & Jorge The Landings

Mary Ann & Jorge Gojman , Savannah , GA

Mary Ann: I deeply am saddened by Bill's passing and my inability to be at the funeral to pay my respects as I had an out-of town engagement and didn't return until late Sunday. Phil and Shirley told me it was a beautiful service and that the Bishop was there and it was glorious. I was happy to hear that. My condolences to you and the family Mary Ann. If there is ever anything you need help with let me know. George Lawrence

George Lawrence, Savannah, Ga.

Our deepest condolences to Mary Ann and the family. Such a nice and kind person, and very dedicated to all the right things.

Matt and Terry Murphy, Savannah, GA

Mary Ann, may God provide comfort and peace to you during this time. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you.

Helen Sullivan, Savannah, Ga

Mary Ann, You and Bill so inspired us with your devotion to one another, our Holy Catholic Church and all the youth of the world you touched. Bill represents the "master gentlemen" of our world with his kind concern for everyone. You can remain secure in knowing that Bill is with you each hour of every day. His convictions of faith and eternal love for you will never die. We all have lost an amazing Christian Soldier. Our prayers continue for you and your family. Most Warmly, Jerry and Ann

Jerry and Ann Hipp, Savannah, GA

Dear Mary Ann, please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear husband, Bill. We will keep you in our prayers. Love, Lou and Gerry Molella

Lou and Gerry Molella, Savannah, Ga.

Our loss is Heaven's gain. Bill was a treasured friend and we will miss him. We send our deepest condolences to Mary and her family.

Paul & Maureen Napoli, Brentwood, TN

I am sorry for your loss. Death is painful to all of us. However God's word the Bible always offers encouragement. A scripture I find comforting is Isaiah 25:8. There Jehovah promises to do away with death and all things that bring us pain. That will be very satisfying! I hope this thought has been comforting to you. May positive thoughts fill you hearts and minds as you endure this difficult time.

R.G, Savannah, Ga

Mary Ann, we were so sorry to hear of Bill's Passing, Bill was a special person to me personally. We first met in 1979 and he was instrumental in my advancement at American Greetings, I always looked up and admired Bill for the kind of individual who cared for others. He will be missed by all who knew him. "Absent from the body present with the LORD." Mike and Bobbi Hughes

Mike and Bobbi Hughes, Myrtle Beach , SC

My deepest sympathy to the Bill Schmitt family. I attended both grade school and high school with Bill. I have nice memories of Bill from those years. He was always a very nice guy that one was glad to know. After reading his obituary I can see where the world has definitely benefited in a huge way from his brief journey on this earth. A wonderful life well lived. Again, my sympathy to his wife Mary Ann and their family.

Pat Devine-Cummings, Walnut Creek, Ca

Our deepest condolences..May you find comfort in the Bible's promise that one day soon the sting of death will be no more.(Hosea13:14)

Ursula, Pooler, Ga

Mary Ann, Susan, Mike, Jim and your families: Please accept our deepest sympathy on Bill's passing. It was a privilege to work with him at American Greetings. His innovative nature and forward-thinking abilities were a real gift! He was immensely proud of his family and would often share stories with that great sense of humor that was his trademark. We enjoyed the visits when you were in Cleveland and appreciate your friendship throughout the years. May you find strength in the comfort of family and friends and be proud of all that you both have accomplished that has truly made a difference.

Dan and Nancy Zawadzki, Middleburg Heights, Ohio

Dear Mary Ann, Bill was a very kind and generous man who was always giving his time to others. He will be missed in the community. We are thinking of you and your family. You are in our prayers. Sincerely, Sam and Paul Lambert

Samantha and Paul Lambert, Savannah, GA

Dear Nubby and Family Our prayers &I love go out to you at this time of sorrow. What a Great person Bill was he will be greatly missed by so many, especially at the Alleman class reunions. We could always find him in the crowd "the tall distinguished classmate" who everyone wanted to chat with. He accomplished so much in his lifetime with you always at his side the Good Lord will definitely have a place ready for him to rest. May your faith help carry you and your family thru this difficult time ahead. Betty & Jim Hoogerwerf

Betty Hoogerwerf, Rock island, Ill

Mary Ann and Family, We send our love and prayers to you as you say Goodbye to an outstanding husband, father and Grandfather. His kindness and interest in all things combined with his vision and ability to follow through will be greatly missed. You two were the original "Dynamic Duo"! Love, the Hanzels

Doug and Nancy Hanzel, Savannah , GA

Bill was more than a friend. He was inspiring with his values; joyful with his hearty laughter; talented with his many accomplishments; although a world traveler-he was humble person from the Midwest (Rock Island); he was down to earth but above the earth; his faith and caring love made him strong in character; his heart was filled with pride from his wife, his family, his children, grandchildren and friends. We will miss him and we thank him for his wonderful life. Donna and John Westemeyer

John and Donna Westemeyer, Woodbridge, VA

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