Donald G. Schumitsch, 78, of Plover, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at the Stevens Point Care Center.
He was born on June 27, 1933, in Antigo to the late Frank and Irma (Pantzlaff) Schumitsch. On Sep. 28, 1957, his marriage to Amanda Lou Ottman took place at St. John's Catholic Church in Antigo. She survives.
Donald served in the U.S. Army from Oct. 13, 1953, to March 31, 1974, which included time in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer-2. He later retired from Ore-Ida in Plover in 1992.
He enjoyed traveling and was also very active at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover, serving as a Eucharsitic Minister and Lector for many years. His involvement with the veterans' organizations included being a member of American Legion Plover Post No. 543 and past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Plover Post No. 10262. He had also served on the Plover Village Board.
Survivors also include his children, Donna Jean (Bill) Muth of Janesville, Julie Ann (Brian) Inger of Gibbsville, Michael Dean (Patricia) of Stratford, Laura Lou (Britt) Schumitsch-Jewell of West Allis, and Donald Eugene of Janesville. He is further survived by 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Gilbert, Ellsworth and Arthur; and sisters, Patricia McCarry, Louise Korth and Doris Younger.
In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Lee; grandson, Timothy Higgins; great-granddaughter, Amelia Cliver; and brother, Robert.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover with the Rev. James Trempe officiating; military honors will follow. Burial will take place in Queen of Peace Cemetery, Antigo. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. until the time for Mass. VFW Post No. 10262 will hold a ritual at 9:45 a.m. Pisarski Community Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Plover, is assisting the family with arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com. (715) 344-7454.