Wednesday we spent the day at funeral home getting all the arrangements done. We had to get the pictures and music together too. On way home I was feeling really really bad and just thought it was a bad cold from crying so hard. I get upper respiratory infections though very easy so I asked Todd to make me an appointment for CareNow. They will call you when they're ready and you can wait at home instead of at clinic. I was there for 2.5 hours and I have pneumonia. I was running 102 fever and was delirious. I am so grateful for Todd. He drove, picked up prescriptions and never left my side. Thursday was the rosary and memorial at the funeral home. It was nice and people stood up and shared funny stories about Dad. Lots of people came from all times of his life.
Friday was the funeral. It was at the catholic church that Deb attends and they got married at. Once everyone is seated, the priest blesses the casket and says a prayer and we follow the coffin down the long aisle to our seats at front of altar. It immediately dawned on me that the last time I walked down the aisle of a long way was with my Daddy as he gave me away at my wedding. I cant shake this. I guess its really messing with my head. I walked with him to get married and 2 years later I walk with his coffin at his funeral.
Afterwards we had the reception at his house at the farm. We had it catered with BBQ and we had tons of beer, wine and food. It was nice and its exactly what Daddy would have wanted. And now we are here. Grasping to make sense of what just happened this last week. I miss him so much I cant breathe. My life feels drastically different. This was so unexpected. Part of being a transplant patient is that you go in and out of hospital a lot for tests. Practically routine. Daddy always comes home.
It doesn't seem real.
His obit. I had an old picture in my pocket from digging through his pictures. We had to have one real quick to make the paper deadline and so we used this one. Oh well!
Mark Schmitz went home to be with the Lord on January 12, 2016 surrounded by family and loved ones, our beloved husband, daddy, son, brother & Papa
Mark owned and operated Schmitz Carpet Care and Schmitz Industries until 2005 when he retired to his beloved High Meadow Arabian Farm Breeding and Boarding Facility wherein he remained actively involved. His passions include horses, animals, antique cars, watching old westerns, motor cycles and spending time with his many ‘Best’ friends. He will be most fondly remembered by his love of music, zeal for life and never failing sense of humor.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 14, 2016 at DeBerry Funeral Directors, 2025 West University, Denton, TX 76201 from 6:00 to 8:00 with Rosary said at 7:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, January 15, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Mark Catholic Church with Father George officiating.
He is survived by his wife Deborah Schmitz, his mother Laveta Schmitz, his daughter Holli Myers and husband Todd, his daughter Rachelle Ines and husband Henry, his son Draeger Valencia and Susie, his grand children Paloma and Ava Ines, his sisters Brenda Davis and Tammy Buckman and husband Brent. He is also survived by multiple nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mark’s memory to St. Mark Catholic Church Building Fund, 6500 Crawford Rd., Denton TX 76226 or Transplant Service Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, 5303 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390-9074.
He was loved beyond measure and will be missed by many. Also, he was a ‘Howdja’ rockstar! https://youtu.be/VJCK_OttZxg