Joseph Jerome Schmitt

Born March 26, 1934 in Palm Bay, Florida
Departed April 29, 2024 in Palm Bay, Florida

Joseph Jerome Schmitt, 90, of Palm Bay, Florida passed on April 29, 2024 in Palm Bay. He was born at home on March 26, 1934 in Palm Bay to Louis F. and Barbara M. Schmitt.

A life long resident of Palm Bay, he was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where his father helped to build the original church. He attended Melbourne High School graduating in 1953. Hobbies he enjoyed included woodworking (especially scroll saw), gardening and tending to his many fruit trees.

Joseph’s family includes his wife of 69 years Carole G. Schmitt; sons Joseph Jerome Schmitt, Jr. and wife Carmen, Jeffrey Scott Schmitt and wife Linda and James Christopher Schmitt; brother Col. Edward Schmitt; sister Veronica Phelabaum; daughter-in-law Debbie; grandchildren Adrienne, Jana, Nicholas, Kayla and Marya and great grandchildren Brandon, Kylie, Max, Mercer, Emery, Collins, Grayson, Oliver and Meyer.

He was preceded in death by his siblings Frank, Louis, Nicholas, Toni, Leonard, George, William, Rita, Walter, Barbara and Florence.

A man who loved his family, he would say “if I was any better, I would think I died and gone to Heaven”.

Family and friends may visit at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Friday, May 10, 2024 from 10:30 am until time of his Funeral Mass at 11:30 am. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to St. Joseph Cemetery, and in the memo section of the check, enter “Building Fund”. These funds will be used for the continued restoration of the original church on Miller Street. Donations can be mailed to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5330 Babcock Street, NE, Palm Bay, Florida 32905.

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Sally Morgan from WAUKESHA wrote on May 8, 2024:
I had the wonderful pleasure of working at Optical Business Machines with Jerry back in the late 70’s. What a wonderful man he was and the perfect supervisor for the group of ladies that worked for him soldering all the circuitry on the boards. I came from Florida and Jerry and I would bet $1 on the Sunday games that the Packers played in, creating lots of laughs on Monday mornings. One great memory I have is when the first manned shuttle was returning to earth and there was the fear that after the blackout in communications that it would burn up on reentry. Everyone at OBM gathered in the Jerry’s area and he turned on his radio. We all listened in silence until we heard the astronaut’s voices returned, and when they did, followed by a big sigh of relief, there were happy cheers from us all. May the good lord be with Jerry and may he rest in peace.
Jim & Becky Winch from Palm Bay, FL wrote on May 6, 2024:
Uncle Jerome loved to tell jokes and could always make us laugh. I'll miss hearing his stories about growing up on the farm. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Nancy and Mike Pici from Turtle Creek, PA wrote on May 4, 2024:
Jeff, Linda and Marya … in sympathy and friendship you are in our thoughts and prayers.
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