Mary E. Schmitt, 82, Jasper

Mary E. Schmitt, 82, of Jasper, died Sunday,  June 2, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. She was born in Jasper March 4, 1937, to George and Theresia (Fritz) Buechlein. She married Howard L. Schmitt October 4, 1956, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Mary was a 1955 graduate of Jasper High School. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and its St. Anne’s Society. She enjoyed bird watching, flowers, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Howard Schmitt; three daughters, Cheri Acton and husband Bob, Cindy Lichlyter and husband Mike, and Lisa Brewer and husband Jeff, all of Jasper; five sons, Randy Schmitt and wife Sherry, Tijeras, New Mexico, Phil (Laurie Weinzapfel) Schmitt, Speedway, and Tony Schmitt and wife Linda, Glen Schmitt and wife Karen, and Drew Schmitt and wife Janette, all of Jasper; 17 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren on the way; and one sister, Virginia “Tootie” Knies, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four brothers, Maurice, Ambrose, Donnie, and David Buechlein.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Anne’s Society will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

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