Janet E. Schmitt

January 13, 1943 ‒ October 13, 2018

Marion, Ohio

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.

  • Janet was an awesome lady, whom I was graced to work with for nine years! She was a socialite until the very end! Hope you are enjoying Don, wine, a winning keno card and reruns of Gibbs!! Party on Miss Janet. Love You!!

  • I will never look at the “next teller” sign again without always thinking of Janet. She put it up every time I came in the office. She always had so much sass and was such fun that although “Helen” was always our favorite, we would never admit that to her! We all are honored to have known her.

  • Mike and Tim: Your mother, Jan, had a smile that made everyone feel like they were part of her family. We will miss her laugh, her grin and her sweet loving eyes. We would like to be there with you this weekend, but we are unable to make the trip. We know you will be surrounded by your friends and family who will make sure you know how much she was loved. We pray that you will have the strength to make it through this difficult time. The loss of your parent is so very hard. Our prayers are also for the rest of your family and friends who will also be mourning. Sending hugs, love and kisses with our prayers.

  • Tim…… Jeff and I are so sorry for your mother’s passing. No more suffering and she is with Our Heavenly Father. May you find peace. Many hugs and much love.

  • My heartfelt condolences Tim and Jeff. Your mother was a very sweet person . Wish I could be st the service but I’m out of state. Prayers on the way to help you through this difficult time.

  • Well Boys… Heaven has gained another angel (her horns are holding up her crooked halo) and the rest of this world is a little dimmer without her twinkling eyes and bright smile! We will miss all of that however our memories will forever bring a smile to our faces when we talk about your Mom. She lived life well and enjoyed it to the fullest.
    Our Resident Cougar (She loved being called that!) now has new hunting grounds where she will always have the best view of the “good-looking guys” because she will knock everyone out of her way to be at the front of the line to look.
    Your Mom loved to needle me and hug on my husband (he is a great hugger) and I would get her back by making sure I got a hug from Don too. They were so fortunate to have found each other and shared so many years together.
    I will certainly miss her wrinkling her nose and rolling her eyes at me. She did it so well and could get away with so much. Thank you for sharing your Mom with us and making sure we had one last chance to see her. We love this one-of-a-kind lady and look forward to seeing her again one day. Praying for peace and comfort for your family in the coming days and weeks.

  • So sorry for your loss Tim, your mom seemed like a good woman, I never met her , but she had to be a good woman to raise you like she did.

  • So sorry to see Aunt Janet passed away. We just found out about it today. We are so sorry, She was so much fun and loving person. She will be greatly missed. All our thoughts are with her family.