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Loraine A. Schmutzler

1928 - 2017


Loraine A. Schmutzler, 88, of Watertown, passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.


Loraine was born to Eric and Selma Riedeman on Nov. 21, 1928, and lived in Watertown her entire life.  After graduating from Watertown High School, Loraine married Donald Schmutzler. Loraine and Don were blessed with three children, Dean, Sandra and Holly.  Loraine was active in St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, as well as other civic organizations.  She loved doting on her grandchildren, and was “Big Grandma” to them as well as her great-grandchildren. S he enjoyed traveling, gardening and playing golf, and was quite proud of her “hole-in-one.”


Surviving are one son, Dean (Mary) Schmutzler of Cecil; two daughters, Sandi (Bob) Benzel of Oconomowoc and Holly (Scott) Villwock of Palm Harbor, Florida, and Oshkosh; and grandchildren, Lynn (Matt) Rotter of Green Bay, Tracy Kidd of De Pere, Stacy (Justin) Brown of Carlsbad, California, Bridget (Ryan) Engel of Port Washington, Brett (Allisha) Villwock of New Port Richey, Florida, and Chad Villwock of Orlando, Florida.  Also surviving are Loraine’s beloved great-grandchildren Lily and Finn Rotter, Fiona and Dylan Brown, and Landon and Autumn Villwock.


Among those who preceded Loraine in death are her parents; her husband, Don, a World War II Army Air Corps veteran who died in 2011; and her brother, Harvey Riedeman, who died in 1945 as a Japanese prisoner of war.  Riedemann-Thompson Post No. 35, AMVETS is named after her brother.


Funeral services for Loraine will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Karl Walther officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Family and friends may call at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of services.


In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church would be appreciated.


Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home & Cremation Services

500 Welsh Road Watertown




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