THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: August 2, 2017
Marceil (Vendt) Schumacher, 102, of Oconto, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017.
Born July 23, 1915 in Oconto, she married Damian Schumacher on Nov. 25, 1937. Before World War II, they made their home in Oconto and they had a son, Damian. They moved to Milwaukee in 1940 and lived there until the mid 1970's when they returned back to Oconto.
Her aunt, Minnie Vendt was the housekeeper of the Holt Family for over 60 years. She picked her up from school in her electric car, which was restored and now displayed at The Beyer Home Museum.
She recited names and events that took place in Oconto the past 100 years and had a copy of the Oconto City Directory from her birth year of 1915, detailing many companies in business in her hometown.
She was interviewed by David Retzlaff and gave details about the Stanley Toy Factory fire and destruction of the Schumacher Furniture store for his book.
She was an avid seamstress, learned to drive in her 50's and typed the Thesis for her son's Marquette University and Stanford University degrees and those of his friends and worked on Election polls in Milwaukee,
The couple were Caretakers of The Oconto Motel when they returned from Milwaukee and she loved her "Church Family" at First American Lutheran Church in Oconto.
When macular degeneration robbed her of her eyesight, she listened to books on tape, still did the laundry, washed the dishes and lived in her home until age 98, with the help of her son. On her 100th Birthday in 2015, she received a Proclamation from the Mayor of Oconto, Victoria Bostedt and had a birthday party with family and friends.
She is survived by a son, Damian (fiancée, Cynthia Patterson); three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew.
She was preceded in death by parents Nan (Murphy) in 1957 and Rudolph Vendt in 1983; her husband, Damian in 1988; an infant daughter Carol in 1938 and a brother, Roslyn Vendt in 1999.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Gallagher Funeral Home in Oconto on Thursday, Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral services at 10 a.m. Rev. Fred Mai will officiate with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.