Francis Elaine 'Schmitty' Schmitt

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A lifelong Steuben, resident, Francis Elaine “Schmitty” Schmitt passed away on Friday, May 6, 2022. 

She was born in Wausau on June 12, 1927. She lived most of her life on a farm in Steuben, being raised by Kate, Tom and Bill Tucker. She was a farm woman who knew hard work both in and out of doors. She loved farming. She even named her cattle and their babies and opened her farm to many a stray animal. She was a teacher for a good many years starting at Gardener (a one-room school) on Niland Ridge. She taught in Oregon, then at Waterford, for 20 years. She then started teaching for the Prairie du Chien School District, teaching in Eastman for 12 years, six of those as acting principal. She retired after 37 years of teaching. She was a very prominent and well-known Steubenite. She was on the village board for many years and worked selflessly for the community to improve the look and the feel of the town. She was big in organizing events such as the Steuben Fun Days and the Colorama, to name a few. She was very generous in giving of her time, talents, knowledge, and hard work, not only for Steuben but for the surrounding areas as well. She was a devout Catholic and lived her faith in prayer and conviction.

Elaine is survived by sisters, Annette Ruether and Marie Kant; many nieces and nephews, especially Joe Bolwahn, Gary and Peggy Schmitt, and Larry and Kathy Zeeh; and her special family, Tim and Porsha Sander.

She was preceeded in death by Tom, Kate, and Bill Tucker; her cherished friend, Tubby (Beverly) Kelley; sisters, Cecelia Zeeh and Marie Bolwahn; her parents, Edward and Martha (Scheffner) Schmitt; brothers, Milton, Winfield, George, Wilbur and Jim.

A Memorial Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, May 16, at at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Seneca, with Father Tom Huff officiating and burial in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Seneca. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the Steuben First Responders, or a charity of your choice in Elaine’s  name. 

The Kendall Funeral Service in Boscobel is assisting the family. Online condolences can be sent to 

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