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Sharon L. Schmitt

Sharon passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019 at her home in Otsego.

She was born September 13, 1942 in Allegan the daughter of Mac and Dorothy (Germain) Bailey.

Sharon enjoyed knitting, crocheting, going to craft shows and hunting for antiques and items for her family and friends. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed decorating her home. Sharon had a caring heart and always thought of others before herself.

On December 6, 1958 she married Joseph Schmitt who survives.

Also surviving are her daughters, Beth Ann (Ronnie Marks) Schmitt and Laurie (David “DJ” Babbitt) Schmitt, grandson, Asa (A’ndria Uherek) Lakeman; 4 great-grandchildren and her brother, Norman (Secrett) Bailey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Joey Schmitt in 2016 and by her sister, JoAnn Gallagher.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Pastor Greg Carlson officiating.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Sharon may be made to

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Dick and Sylvia Davis

April 13, 2019 at 7:11 pm

Joe, Beth, Laurie and Asa Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Sharon was a great lady and an even greater friend. I will miss her so very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


Dick and Sylvia


Randal Max Honeysett

April 13, 2019 at 7:19 pm

Shocked!! Friday and Saturday mornings won’t ever be the same without my friend. Can’t think of anyone I would rather hang out with waiting for a garage door to open.

Thanks for sharing her Joe.


Penny Browning Baker

April 13, 2019 at 7:23 pm

So so sorry for this Huge Loss


Nancy Holmes

April 13, 2019 at 7:43 pm

My heart hurts for all of you. Sharon has been a great friend for a long time. Love all of you.


Eileen Root (cousin)

April 13, 2019 at 8:01 pm

Joe and family, Chuck and I are sorry to learn of Sharon’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Randi deneau

April 13, 2019 at 8:33 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss I really loved seeing her at all the garage sales she was such a lovely lady I will miss seeing her around just remember all the wonderful memories you have


Dan and Julie Andrus

April 13, 2019 at 9:17 pm

Laurie and family, so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of comfort.


Patty schroeder

April 13, 2019 at 9:27 pm

I’m so shocked to hear Sharons passing! We had some very great times together, She taught me canning and we laughed together so much ,our prayers to Jo and girls,again I’m so sad about Sharon,I will never forget her



April 13, 2019 at 10:14 pm

Rest In Peace Aunt Sharon. We all love you. Your kindness made a huge impact on our family. Love and prayers for Uncle Joe, Beth, Laurie, and Asa


Bob Johnson

April 13, 2019 at 10:17 pm

Joe & Family:

My heart is breaking for all of you. Sharon was a wonderful and caring lady and will be missed by many. It won’t be easy, but just try to remember all the happy and fun times all of you shared over the years.

I consider myself so lucky to have known her for many years and loved her dearly.

Liz and I will be thinking of you in the coming days.


lynda land

April 13, 2019 at 11:25 pm

so sorry for your loss. i love that lady. ive missed her so. all of us at goodwill in otsego looked forward to her coming in every friday and tuesday. she was full of advice and ideas and knowledge. she always smiled and i can still hear her laugh. i knew she wasnt well. …..i just didnt expect this.. im so sorry


Georgia Newman

April 14, 2019 at 1:13 am

Dear Joe and family, just saw this – so shocked at this sad news. We’ve been away and did not know Sharon was ill. Kind, loving, smart and so competent, Roger and I always appreciated the help she gave us for so many years at Otsego Antiques Mall. We send our deepest condolences and love to all of you.


Bert and Bob Renauld

April 14, 2019 at 7:16 am

May Sharon rest in peace. Prayers for the family.

Aunt Bert and Uncle Bob


Deb Lovett

April 14, 2019 at 8:27 am

So sorry to hear about your lost. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Derek and Nichole Schroeder

April 14, 2019 at 9:11 am

Very sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.


Pat Pranshka

April 14, 2019 at 10:29 am

Sorry for your lost Prayers and Hugs For All



April 14, 2019 at 1:06 pm

So sorry to hear this, She was a wonderful sweet woman, my prayers are with you all.


Connie Vanarsdal

April 14, 2019 at 2:09 pm

Joe Laurie and Beth so sorry for your lose she was a beautiful lady and friend to every one she met


Patty and Jack Schroeder

April 14, 2019 at 3:26 pm

We are so very ,very sorry to hear of Sharon’s. passing, We will never ever forget the good times we had with her and Jo, and me and Sharon.starting at Parker Hannifin in 1970, time seems to go so fast anymore Beth an Lorie grew up to be beautiful! And Joie ,going to Ann Arbor with Sharon to help him was so rewarding, God Be with you and know she has her angel wings now


Ann Staley

April 14, 2019 at 3:42 pm

My heart goes out to you and yours.Ann Staley


Terri Fairfield-Gott

April 14, 2019 at 5:21 pm

Schmitt family, so sorry for your loss. May she RIP..

Terri Gott



April 14, 2019 at 5:47 pm

Joe So sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. My prayers for you and the girls


Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal

April 14, 2019 at 6:36 pm

Joe, you sure picked a winner, when you picked Sharon for your bride. All of the Schmitt family was totally blessed, to have her as our sister and aunt. I am so happy that I got to spend some time with her, the last few days. Her beautiful smile and infectious laugh, would make any day better. Totally beautiful inside and out. One of my great memories is she would shop all year for each of Joe’s brothers and sisters— and then at Christmas, give each of us, a collection of things, that she had worked so hard to pick out the perfect gift for each of us.

I will hold the love she had for me and the I have for her always, in my heart.


The Bee family

April 14, 2019 at 7:32 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. May you find comfort in those who surround you with their love and support.


Joyce mohrland

April 14, 2019 at 8:55 pm

Joe and family so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. Such a sweet lady. My heart goes out to you all and your in my prayers. Love Jove mohrland


Roger and June Kennedy

April 14, 2019 at 10:29 pm

Joe and Family: we are shocked to hear of Sharon’s passing! I did not know she had been ill! We use to go to the auctions. And we would visit with her! What a loss for you Joe and your family! We are in Florida an plan on returning to Michigan by May first! Will try to call you. We are so sorry for your loss, Sharon was a lovely lady! June and Roger


Lauri Kling

April 15, 2019 at 7:15 am

Laurie and family so sorry for your loss, it was such a shock. Always enjoyed running into Sharon at a garage sale, Goodwill or Salvation Army. She was always so pleasant to talk to. She will be missed. Lauri Kling


Joan Eckert

April 15, 2019 at 8:14 am

Sharon, indeed, was one of a kind. I knew her back in the sixties and early seventies as a neighbor, and I had seen her on and off over the years. Always a smile on her beautiful face. Sincere condolences to all of those who loved her and whose lives she touched. Joan (Clock) Eckert


Brenda Standish

April 15, 2019 at 8:40 am

Dear Joe and family: So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Bill Standish

April 15, 2019 at 8:50 am

Dear Joe and family: Our hearts ache for you as you go through this difficult time. Sharon was such a wonderful woman who will leave a big footprint in the hearts of everyone who knew her.


Jaci Wilson

April 15, 2019 at 9:31 am

Joe and family I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you and family, never lose the precious memories.


Chet and Shirley Babrick

April 15, 2019 at 1:23 pm

Joe and family, so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are sent to you and your family… Chet and Shirley


Tammy Thompson Drake

April 15, 2019 at 3:07 pm

God Bless You All, so very sorry, love and prayers to you all!


Debra Marciniak

April 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm

Love, Hugs and Prayers for Joe and the girls, Beth Ann and Laurie. My heart was saddened by the news of your loss.


Kim Marciniak

April 15, 2019 at 8:03 pm

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to your family.


John, Nancy, & Adam Fahrne

April 15, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Joe and family, we are so very sorry to hear about Sharon. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Donna Howe

April 16, 2019 at 10:41 am

Joe, I was heartbroken to hear of Sharon’s passing. my heart goes out to you and your family. Donna Howe


Bonnie Harter

April 16, 2019 at 10:56 am

Joe and Family: I’m shock to hear of Sharon’s passing. She was a special lady and friend. She had a one of a kind laugh. We had good times working together. I’ll miss seeing her at garage sales, craft shows and benefit dinners. May God give you peace. My thoughts and prayers go to all of you.


John and Joan Steele

April 16, 2019 at 5:03 pm

Joe and family.

We are so sorry to see that Sharon passed.When I talked to her last a couple weeks ago. I never thought it would be the last.I will miss her and think of all the fun we had running around to find all the Antique Shops from Grand Rapids to South Bend and everywhere in between. I don’t think we miss a one.

Sharon and I shared a lot of laughs over the years.Of course on these trips lunch was always included and her motto was” Dessert First.”

We did find some good Stuff .

As life goes we did not get to spend much time with each other in the last couple of years. But when I did see her. We shared a big hug and caught up..

We send our prayers to you Joe and wish you well.

John and Joan Steele


Wally Shattuck

April 17, 2019 at 1:44 pm

So sorry to hear about your loss.

She always treated me like her own son. I don’t remember when Joey and became friends but we were very young , and she would take turns taking us places like archery tournaments or band .

She will be missed.



Mike & Sherry Hanson

April 17, 2019 at 4:19 pm

Dear Joe,

I’m so sorry for your loss – who didn’t love her ? I was in a 2nd hand store the other day & suddenly I thought of her & how she loved a bargain ! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .


Sherlene (schmitt) Belden

April 20, 2019 at 8:26 pm

Joe, Beth, Laurie and Asa needless to say my heart is broken that Sharon passed away but we were so blessed to have her for a sister. She was so kind and loving to our entire family we have so many wonderful memories of her that makeus smile love all of you and know we will be there for each and every one of you when you need us


Lynne Mills-Burnett

April 26, 2019 at 7:37 am

Sharon may be gone from our daily lives, but her warm smile and friendly hello’s will forever be in our memories. Laurie & Beth, I always admired the close relationship you had with her. She was unlike any other mom and you were so lucky to have such a special bond like you did.

And Joe, my heart breaks for you having to lose your soulmate and love of your life. She was certainly a special lady and I hope your many memories bring you comfort.

Spread your wings wide and fly high Sharon!


Grant and Becky VanHeukelum

April 26, 2019 at 8:14 pm

Joe, Beth and Laurie,

You have our most sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one.

We will always remember how much fun Sharon had going to craft shows with her sister and the love she had for Antiques. She will be missed.


Buffy Welch

September 30, 2019 at 4:10 am

Joe, Beth & Laurie

I’m so heartbroken for all of you! My mom & I really enjoyed working with Sharon at O.A.M.

She always had a smile on her face and I will always remember her infectious laugh. Her wealth of knowledge is unsurpassed.

I’m sure she & my mom are in heaven hunting for that elusive “one of a kind find”.

I am so very sorry for your loss!


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