John R. Schumacher “Jack”, age 83, of Appleton, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, September 13, 2019 surrounded by family, after an extended battle with Parkinson Disease. John was born on August 11, 1936 in the Town of Vandenbroek to the late John P. and Hattie (Williamson) Schumacher. The eleventh of twelve children, he grew up on the family farm. John graduated from St. John Catholic High School in 1954, after which he served in the Army in Europe as a missile technician. On November 22, 1962, he was united in marriage to Kathryn Haag at St. Mary Catholic Church in Appleton. The couple enjoyed 57 years together. John worked for Wisconsin Bell for 35 years, retiring on December 31, 1994. He was a longtime faithful member at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He cherished time spent with his family, handyman projects and gardening. He was fairly active until his illness limited his ability; he always loved playing softball at Schumacher family reunions.
John will be missed by his loving wife Kathryn, Appleton; six children: Peter (Dana) Schumacher, Hartland, WI, Amy Schumacher, Shorewood, WI, Paula (Keith) Heid, Sherwood, WI, Patrick (Jill) Schumacher , Columbus, IN, Jerome (Margaret) Schumacher, St. Cloud, MN, and Jeffery Schumacher, Appleton, WI; 16 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by one brother, Jim (Donna) Schumacher, sisters-in-law: Marion, Germaine, Florus and Leona Schumacher, brother-in-law, Bill Haag and many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his son, John, his parents, eight brothers: Pete (Betty), Ray, Clarence (Theresa), Harold, Joe (Mary), Maurice, Eugene (Eleanor) and Marv, two sisters: Millie (Bob) Huss and Rita (Ken) Hoffman; one sister-in-law, Mary (Roger) Van Domlen and two brothers-in-law: Joe Haag and Ken Haag.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 am on Thursday, September 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 222 E. Fremont St., Appleton, followed immediately by full military honors. Friends may visit at the Brettschneider Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel on Wednesday at 4 pm until concluding with a Rosary Service at 7 pm, and also in the Sacred Heart Room at church on Thursday from 9 am until 10:45 am. Interment will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wisconsin Parkinson Association.
John’s family is grateful to the staff at Heartland Home Health Care, Senior Helpers and Heartland Hospice for the care, support and assistance that allowed John to be at home throughout his illness.