Bernice Schmitz



Bernice Theresa Schmitz, 99, Argyle, passed away Aug. 27, 2022, at Stonebridge Westphalia.

She was born on March 21, 1923, to Edwin and Genevieve (Renfert) Wildhaber.

She was united in marriage to Victor Anton Schmitz, Oct. 17, 1946, at St. Aloysius Church in Argyle.

An active member of St. Aloysius Church, Bernice joined the adult choir at age 14 and was a member of St. Ann’s Sodality. She served the community in many ways including activities with the Extension Club and 4-H Club Leader of sewing classes. She was a charter member of the Argyle VFW Auxiliary, serving one year as president and 56 years as treasurer.

Bernice was preceded in death by parents Edwin and Genevieve; husband Vic; siblings Marceline Branum, Doris Wankum, Kenneth, Ralph, and Francis Wildhaber; sister-in-laws Laurine and Arlene Wildhaber; brother-in-laws Ralph Branum and Greg Wankum; sister and brother-in-laws on the Schmitz side of the family.

She is survived by children Barbara Jane Schmitz of Argyle, Jerome (Jerry) Victor Schmitz of Jefferson City, Mark Gerard Schmitz and wife Donna of Argyle, and Audrey Ann Schmitz and husband Ken Crowder of Tonkawa, Okla.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Mary Ann Wildhaber.

A Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Argyle, with Reverends Ignacio Medina and Basil Tigga officiating. Preceding mass will be an 8:30 a.m. rosary and V.F.W. service followed by visitation from 9–11 a.m. Burial in St. Aloysius Cemetery will follow the mass.

Memorials suggested for masses in memory of Bernice, to St. Aloysius Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home, Vienna.