Janet E. Schmitt
January 13, 1943 ‒ October 13, 2018
Janet E. Schmitt, age 75, of Marion, died peacefully on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at home surrounded by her two loving sons following a battle with her health.
On January 13, 1943, Janet was born in Marion, Ohio, the middle of three children of the late Wallace and Grace (Click) Patten. She graduated from Ridgedale High School in the class of 1961.
Janet had worked as a bank teller at the Marion Community Credit Union, and as a secretary at Ridgedale Elementary School. She also had worked at Pop’d Right Popcorn, Ameri-Gas, the Marion YMCA, and the BMV License Registry. For many years, she also enjoyed volunteering at the Marion Palace Theatre.
While working at Ameri-Gas, Janet fell for one of her co-workers, Donald R. Schmitt, whom she married on July 20, 1996. Together they shared a love for traveling, enjoying trips by train, plane, automobile and cruise ships too. They were always by each other’s side during their sixteen years of marriage. He preceded her in death on October 22, 2012.
Janet was a member of a card club, who may or may not have owned a deck of cards. They were a close group of friends, who used “playing cards” as their excuse to get together to socialize and tell stories over dinner. She had many dear, lifelong friends, who especially looked forward to their gambling trips together to Vegas and other closer casinos. She also loved gardening, always making sure her flowers and yard looked just right.
An avid watcher of the tv show, NCIS, Janet was Mark Harmon’s biggest fan, who plays Leroy Jethro Gibbs on the show. She also loves rooting on the Ohio State Buckeyes.
A “people person,” Janet had a fun loving, outgoing personality that brightened the day of whomever she was with. She was especially ornery, always teasing and joking around with everyone. She also had a special way of making you know that you were deeply loved by her.
Left to cherish her memory are her two sons: Michael O’Brien and Timothy O’Brien; a step-daughter, Jolene (Ben) Fielding; four step-grandchildren: Benjamin, McKinley, Brogan, and Beatrice Fielding; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including her husband and parents, Janet was preceded in death by two brothers: Ronald and Max Patten.
Her family will greet friends from 1 – 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services honoring her life will follow there at 3 p.m., with Celebrant Galen McLeod officiating.
On behalf of her sons, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone at Fresenius Kidney Care Heart of Ohio for their care of their mother, Janet, during her dialysis treatments, and to everyone with the palliative care team at OhioHealth, especially Suzette, Laura, Elizabeth, Miriam and Tracy; for helping their mother rest so peacefully.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, OH 43302.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Janet’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.