Bernard J Schmidt
Sept. 19, 1958 - June 18, 2019
New Holstein, WI
Bernard J Schmidt
New Holstein, WI
Bernard J. “Bernie” Schmidt, age 60, of New Holstein, died on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton following an acute onset infection and subsequent heart failure. He was born September 19, 1958 in Hollandtown, son of the late Gerald & Evelyn (Swanningson) Schmidt. Bernie was raised on the family farm in Hollandtown until he struck out on his own. Following a short courtship of just a week, Bernie knew he was with the love of his life and married Janice R. Kesler on October 19, 1979 in Brillion.
He owned and operated B&J Supply, LLC and Concrete by Bernie for over 20 years. Bernie was dedicated to his craft; with an eye for detail and a strong work ethic, he made sure everyone knew he was a real ass to work with but made sure every last detail was handled. When winter rolled around, Bernie looked forward to snowfalls so he could spend time in his truck plowing for his many faithful customers throughout the area. During these cold winter months, Bernie also took time to go ice fishing with his son Daniel and sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago.
Knowing so much about so many different aspects of life and work, Bernie always wished to bestow mountains of his wisdom and knowledge to the world and was never hesitant to offer it to people whether they asked for it or not. He often spoke fondly about when he and God invented stuff and appreciated the credit when he could.
Bernie was a dedicated family man who loved his children and cherished every moment he could with his grandchildren tinkering with the boys and painting the girls’ fingernails. However, the nearly 40 years of marriage to the love of his life is what he held as paramount, often calling his wife three minutes after he left the house just to say, “I Love You” or leave notes of endearment for her to find. He now sits at the Throne of Jesus with no worries or pain, enjoying time spent with his children, his dad, and his grandchild Adriel.
Survivors include his wife: Janice; his children: Daniel Schmidt, Katie (Eric) Fain, Erin (Jordan) McKeen; grandchildren: Mayghan, Elijah, Brooklyn, Malachi, & Khanaa Fain, Chloe, Fiona & Thomas John McKeen, and Bryce Wesemberg; and 7 siblings.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 children; and his favorite mother-in-law: Ginny Kesler.
Funeral service will be at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home from 9:00 am until 11:45 am on Saturday, June 22, 2019.
Memorials given in the name of Bernard J. "Bernie" Schmidt are appreciated for the Old Glory Honor Flight.
Bernie was always kind to me and often mentioned God had a sense of humor and waits until 11:59.
Terri Lilyquist (sister in Christ) - June 25, 2019
Knew Bernie for a lot of years, we worked together on jobs. We tried to solve the world’s problems too but we were most of the time we’re unsuccessful. My friend you are in a much better place, Janice our condolences to you and the family. God bless. Dan & Sally G.
Daniel Grimmer (Friend) - June 24, 2019
Janice, I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful life story of Bernie. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Alice Thayer (School)
Alice Thayer - June 24, 2019
Best buddy in grade school. We enjoyed time together in hollantown. Our sympathies Jan. Sorry to have missed the funeral. Hugs. Too young
Terri and Tony - June 22, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Bernie's passing. He was a very nice, friendly man who did great work whether it was installing a gas fireplace or building a stone wall. He will be missed.
Barb and Paul Hugo (Clients and friends) - June 22, 2019
Just want to tell you how sorry I am to miss seeing you in person to wish my condolences. I am presently with Jill visiting her son in Columbus, Ohio. Janice and family, you have both Jill and my sympathy during this sad occasion. May having the assurance Jesus is with you, comfort you. Yes, Bernie will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Prayers coming your way to comfort and to lift you up.
Fred Kesler (Cousin of Janice) - June 22, 2019
Bernie will be missed. We keep his family in our prayers.
Paul & Diane Ruhland (Brother in law) - June 22, 2019
Every time we reminisced about Berine, we always had a funny story. He brought us joy,
until we meet again dear friend!! Enjoy Heaven brother!
All that matters in life here, is JESUS. 💖
Mike & Priscilla (Friends) - June 21, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to aunt tudy Daniel Katie and Erin during this difficult time. I know your pain and know I am here for all of you.
Joan and Jon Hanson (Niece ) - June 20, 2019
It was in the early 2000's and I was young in living for the Lord. I was going through a major valley then when Aunt Janice and Uncle Bernie had invited to their home. I'm forever grateful for the love that was shown unto me. I last saw the two of you at the RV park in Oconto, 2 years ago in August. Love you and praying for you in your time of loss...In Jesus name
Keith (Vicky) Kesler (Nephew ) - June 20, 2019
Thankful to God that I was able to cross paths with Bernie long ago and that we were able to spend time with our mutual friends – Thom, Steve, John and Mike – during those amazing spiritual retreats we enjoyed over the years. I will always think fondly of Bernie's heart for his family, his "no holding back, just 'say it' like he was seeing it" approach to just about every topic we'd discuss, his sense of humor, terrific common sense, and a ridiculous to the point of encyclopedic knowledge of just about any working man's tool or piece of equipment a person could ever want to use or operate -- okay, cross off anything computer, digital, or tech-related and just stick with electrical and mechanical... and my list could go on. Mostly, I will remember Bernie for the prayers he offered up for my family and for the families of the guys we teamed with on those very special retreat weekends up north. I'm praising God for Bernie. Going to miss you, bro! What's your take on Heaven's stonework? To Janice and family, we're praying for you here in Texas. ~ Ron
Ron Pittman (Friend and brother in Christ) - June 20, 2019
I will always think of you when I am enjoying my patio! You will be missed.
Nancy McKeen (Friend ) - June 20, 2019
Brother I miss you already and until we meet again
Karl Schmidt - June 20, 2019
Bernie was always great to work with. Dale would do anything he could for you two. We are so sorry for your loss and you and your family will be in our Prayers.
Dale and Jennifer Zipperer (friends) - June 20, 2019