Justine Emily Schmid

October 13, 1926 - May 13, 2023


Obituary For Justine Emily Schmid

Justine Emily Schmid, age 96, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, May 13, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 13, 1926, in rural Dane County to Ed and Lulu Strassman and was the last survivor of 8 children. Justine attended school at Paoli Secondary Graded School and Verona High School. She was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Schmid in 1944 and had 65 years together.

Mom and Dad worked the 180 acre Schmid farm just west of Verona, raising 9 children. Mom was a great cook and baker but also milked cows, threw hay bales, and butchered chickens. She loved working in her large garden in her spare time and canned everything possible. She would leave housework to help chase a cow in the barn or hold a wrench or flashlight to help Dad fix things.

Grandma Frieda (Schmid) was such a blessing when Tommy, the oldest, was in the hospital for three months and when they lost him a year later, due to a ruptured appendix. Grandma Frieda helped in many other ways and was a Godsend.

Mom attended the Zwingli United Church of Christ in Mt. Vernon and was part of the lady’s guild. Mom was on a softball team (the Pabst Farmettes), coached by Dad, winning some games but always having lots of fun. She loved to bowl and was on a bowling team with 4 daughters, sponsored by Vandegrift Electric and later Verona Bowl, traveling to various parts of the state for bowling tournaments. Mom, while farming, worked at Four Winds Nursing Home, later at Park Printing for 25 years.

After retiring from farming, Mom and Dad moved to Verona where they resided for 32 years. For many years Mom followed sport car racing, being a huge fan of Matt Kenseth. She also loved taking the car for a spin around Verona and even further, still driving at the age of 96!! Mom was always willing to help her elderly friends to and from appointments and shopping and her weekly coffee time with friends. Mom enjoyed weekly trips to the casino and road trips with her daughters, doing puzzles, reading a good book, playing cards and dice, and keeping a daily journal. She loved family gatherings at Christmas and the summer Schmid family auctions where proceeds were used for many worthy causes. Mom worked hard, loved life and was a caring, giving, fun person. Her family called her the “Energizer Bunny”!! She will be greatly missed by her family and many others.

She is survived by 8 children, Sharon Anderson, Patricia (Bob) Matts, Beverly (Dennis) Tucker, Coleen (Dave) Downing, Sandra Carley, Nancy (Mark) Downs, Bill (Sara) Schmid, Allen (Susan) Schmid, 19 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, all whom she dearly loved, as well as many relatives and friends. Mom is preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Schmid, son Tommy, infant baby boy, siblings James (Mary) Strassman, Carl (Kate) Strassman, Norman (Angie) Strassman, Howard (Helen) Strassman, Eddie Strassman, Mary Lou (Bob) Short, and Genevieve (Ed) Flynn, son-in-law Doug Anderson, and great grandson Zachary Jenkins.

Special thanks to SSM Hospice, Dr. Gorman of UW Health, and Gary Bongey of Hometown Pharmacy.

A private family service will be held at the Mt. Vernon cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held on June 24 at the Verona Town Hall, 7669 County Highway PD, Verona, Wi. from 1:00 to 5:00pm.

Memorials may be made to Zwingli United Church of Christ in Mt Vernon WI or a charity of your choice.


24 Jun

Celebration of Life

01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Verona Town Hall 7669 County Highway PD Verona, Wisconsin 53593 Get Directions »
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  • May 22, 2023

    Aunt Justine was the kindest soul. Mom my Jeni, was her youngest sister. Every Summer we would drive from our home in California to visit our Wisconsin relatives. Everyone always made us feel welcome and loved. The Strassman family was an amazing bunch. My fondest memories were staying at her farm and hanging out with my cousins. Thank you for all the love you gave us. I remember the picnics we had in Paoli. My parents loved spending time with everyone and catching up. I know that she is in heaven now reuniting with all of her loved ones. May her light continue to shine through eternity. Many prayers are being said for the Schmid family. God bless you all. Kerry (Flynn) Godwin

  • May 22, 2023

    Aunt Justine was my Favorite Aunt & my Mom Jeni's Favorite sister! Her California family will miss her dearly! I have many memories but I will never forget taking a video on my phone of her on her lawn mower in the back yard, mowing her grass when she was 92 years old! Her favorite car color was red- just like my Mom's. Lastly, she was just a "kick in the pants!" Full of life, and fearless!! A true example of a Life well lived! Much love to the whole family- thanks for sharing her with us

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  • May 21, 2023

    Aunt Justine was my Godmother and one of my mother's best friends. I spent a lot of time with her and the rest of her family when I was a young girl. Justine was an amazing woman! I always admired her positive attitude and welcoming spirit even in her final days. She was a true gem! I have the fondest memories of being with Justine and her wonderful family! She will be greatly missed. To the Schmid family, you have my deepest sympathy. ❤️ Kathy Schuepp Langley

  • May 19, 2023

    Justine was such a sweet lady and will be greatly missed! She always had such a big smile and kind words. Condolences to her entire family. Debbie Beutler Hanna

  • May 19, 2023

    Our sincerest condolences to the entire Schmid family. May you find peace and comfort in each new day. Frank and Anna Gomez


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    Wishing your family a beautiful day to celebrate the Life of the Sweetest Grandma! Artfully Yours, Karl Norland Imaginary Tea Waunakee

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