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Kathryn E. Schmitz

Posted: Thursday, Feb 21st, 2013

TROY GROVE - Kathryn E. Schmitz, 77, of Troy Grove died Feb. 19, 2013 at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mendota with Rev. William Gardner officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation is from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Schwarz Funeral Home, Mendota with a rosary at 3:30 p.m.

Mrs. Schmitz was born Sept. 8, 1935 in Troy Grove to Max and Gertrude (Schmitt) Jauch. She married John McLaughlin in 1951 in LaSalle. He preceded her in death on July 30, 1967. She married Robert Schmitz on Feb. 9, 1974 at Sacred Heart Church, Dimmick.

Survivors include her husband of Troy Grove; one son, John (Rose Mary) McLaughlin IV; two stepchildren, Brian Schmitz of Lake Stevens, Wash. and Josephine Schmitz of Boling Green, Ohio; three grandchildren, Xavier Schmitz, Melissa (Jeremy) Actis and Matthew McLaughlin; one great grandson, Braiden Actis; one brother, George (Paula) Jauch of St. Charles; and one sister, Ruth (Don) Janka of Peru.

She was preceded in death by her first husband; one brother, Max Jauch Jr.; and one sister, Mathilde Rutherford.

Mrs. Schmitz was postmaster for Troy Grove until her retirement in 1992 and holds the distinction of being the longest-serving postmaster for the community.

Memorials may be directed to St. Valentine’s Church building fund.

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