LucyAnn Thome Schmidt, 79, of Oconto Township, formerly of Lombard, Ill., passed away Saturday, July 26 at her home.
Born Dec. 3, 1934, in the Town of Little River, to Theodore and Alice (Krueger) Thome, she was raised in the Town of Oconto with her sister, Ruth Thome.
An active member in 4-H, she won the Oconto County Foods and Nutrition Award in 1951. After graduating from Oconto High School in 1952, she followed a family tradition and entered the teaching profession. She graduated from Marinette County Normal in 1954 and began teaching at Greenwood School, then Couillardville School, followed by Lincoln School in Oconto. She stayed active in the Oconto County Fair exhibiting and working where she met her future husband, Philip Schmidt in 1957 and they married Aug. 2, 1958. While teaching in Oconto, she graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a B.S. in 1961. The couple moved to Black Earth and then Sauk City where she taught while her husband attended grad school at UW-Madison. His job led them to Illinois in 1965, and they settled in Lombard for over 30 years. There they raised a son, Parin and a daughter, Lynnee.
While raising her children, she worked as a school librarian until she retired to be a full time mom in 1985. Active in the Community Presbyterian Church in Lombard, she developed and started the Growing Place in 1973, a preschool program that is still thriving today.
After her husband retired in 1995, they returned to the Town of Oconto where they built a home across the road from where she grew up. Beginning in 1996, they wintered as snowbirds in Apache Junction, Az., until this past winter when her health made it difficult to travel.
She enjoyed macrame, needlework, knitting, crocheting and card making and shared her talents with her family and friends, instilling skills for making beautiful things in her children and others. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, music and traveling.
She is survived by her husband, Phillip; a daughter, Lynnee (Joe); a son, Parin (Andrea); four grandchildren and a sister, Ruth Thome
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Kye.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the First Presbyterian Church, Oconto, from 9:30 a.m. until time of the funeral services at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2. Rev. Craig Alwin will officiate. Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, Oconto. Gallagher Funeral Home of Oconto is assisting the family with arrangements.
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