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Barbara Marie Schmitt

February 2, 1955 August 6, 2019
Barbara Marie Schmitt
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Barbara Marie Schmitt, 64, of Royal Oak, Michigan (formerly of Midland, MI) passed away on August 6, 2019 at Brittany Manor after a long battle with cancer. She fought hard and lived a bright life until her fight ended.

Barbara was born on February 2, 1955 in Hammond, Indiana, the daughter of John Schmitt and Marion (Mattes) Schmitt. She attended Blessed Sacrament and Regina High Schools through the 10th grade and then graduated from Midland High School in 1973. She was an active Cosmetologist for over 40 years with loyal clients visiting her for over 30 years. She also held a degree in Elementary education from the University of Michigan and utilized her skill set to write for a number of advertisement agencies.

Barbara was preceded in death by her father John Aloysius Schmitt. She is survived by her mother Marion Victoria Schmitt and 10 siblings – Karyn Schmitt, Bob (Nancy) Schmitt, Joanne (Ted) Pioszak, Tom (Jean-Marie) Schmitt, Jacquelyn (Todd) Spencer, David Schmitt, John (Kathy) Schmitt, Kris Schmitt, Mike Schmitt, and Mark (Monica) Schmitt. She is also survived by 26 nieces and nephews and 20 great-nieces and nephews. She had four cats (Hunter, Sidney, Sasha, and Sophia) to keep her company and treated them as her own children.

Barb held a strong bond to the Catholic faith and her relationship with God was very important to her. She kept Him at her side throughout her battle and now He holds her hand on her journey home. She had many friends who supported her including close friends Mary Ann (Wazny) Miller and Judy (Weeks) Grzenia who as the group call themselves the “Three Musketeers” after they met in Sister Pierre’s first grade class at Blessed Sacrament. The three made a pact to get together a few years ago to see each other monthly to support each other through difficult times

Barb was very active in her happy life as she was:
A creative storyteller who loved telling ongoing sagas to her siblings, nieces and nephews.
An enthusiastic project starter to her many nieces and nephews. Every holiday was an escape for her to spend her time with them carving pumpkins, decorating eggs, playing games, or making cookies.
A writer in and an editor of various books and technical papers.
Very active in soccer, yoga, and earned a black belt in Karate.

Barb was also a well-established playwright with the Village Players of Birmingham, MI since 2010. She considered this place her second family and wrote numerous One Act and 10 minute plays over the years. In 2014, one of her plays “On the Line” was produced into a short film. Her latest play “Family Portrait” was performed in July of 2019.

Funeral services will take place at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 12, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 3109 Swede Ave. Father Robert Howe will officiate the service. Her family will receive friends at the church at 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service and a luncheon will commence after the service to share stories of Barbara’s beautiful life.

Memorials/Donations may be offered in memory of Barb Schmitt to:
Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund
Towsley Building
4201 Campus Ridge Drive
Suite 1275
Midland, MI 48640

Or to

The Village Players of Birmingham
34660 Woodward Avenue
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: 248-644-2075

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12:00 PM 8/12/2019 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 8/12/2019 1:00:00 PM
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

3109 Swede Ave
Midland, MI 489642

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
3109 Swede Ave Midland 489642 MI
United States





1:00 PM 8/12/2019 1:00:00 PM
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

3109 Swede Ave
Midland, MI 489642

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
3109 Swede Ave Midland 489642 MI
United States

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New Calvary Cemetery Final Resting Place


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