Aug 072009

James E. Schmitt, 76, a resident of Bettendorf, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009.

He was born July 13, 1933 in St. Kilian, Wis, the son of Joseph and Josephine (Strobel) Schmitt.

James was a graduate of St. Lawrence Seminary, Mt. Calvary, Wis.

He was united in marriage to Marian E. Weninger on June 19, 1954 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Lomira. She preceded him in death Dec. 15, 2000.

Survivors include his daughters, Jane (Mike) Bishop, Kohler, Wis., Julie (Jim) Bintzler, Round Hill, Va., and Joan Schmitt, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., grandchildren, Michelle (Ben) Peters, Nicole Bishop and Craig Bishop, Matthew (Kristina) Bintzler, great grandson, Jacob Peters, a sister Mary (Terry) Urban, and his loving companion, Sara Owen, Bettendorf.

James was founder and president of Construction Partners Inc., Rock Island, Ill. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Bettendorf. He was former president of the Village of Lomira and a member of the Village Board. James was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Building Fund or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Lomira, Wis.

James was preceded in death by his brother Vincent Schmitt and his parents, May they rest in peace.

The family will greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, in the gathering space at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Bettendorf, 14th and Brown St. where a Christian Wake Service will be offered at 6 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Lomira, Wis. Additional visitation will be in Lomira from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lomira. Kietzer Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements in Lomira, Wis.

Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements in Bettendorf. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting James’ obituary at


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