Jeannie M. Schmitz, 81, of Pana, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born January 8, 1938, in Pana to the late Howard M. and Leora M. (Bracy) Halbrook.
Jeannie lived in Pana her entire life and was a graduate of Pana High School. She had worked as a telephone operator, worked in the greenhouses, and most importantly raised her children. Jeannie enjoyed yard work and fishing and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. She loved her family and was known to be caring, nurturing and compassionate and you could talk to her about anything. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Pana and Pana Eagles Club.
Jeannie married Joseph “Joe” Schmitz on April 24, 1958 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Pana and he preceded her in death on July 29, 2010.
She is survived by her children: Kevin (Carla) Schmitz, Pana, Ill.; Steve Schmitz, Pana, Ill.; Patrick (Deanna) Schmitz, Windsor, Ill.; Nancy (Allen) Cravens, Pana, Ill.; Susan Cooley (significant other, Terry), Ramsey, Ill.; Beth Schmitz, Pana, Ill.; eight grandchildren: Joe, Shawntay, Amber, Kyle, Dan, Ben, Bayli Jo, Jaxsun, Chesni; five great-grandchildren: Brock, Nicholas, Cameron, Karleigh, Alexus, Hunter, Dylan, Keaton; great-great-granddaughter, Lucy; siblings: Tom (Geri) Halbrook, Taylorville, Ill.; Ed (Carolyn) Halbrook, Shelbyville, Ill.; Roger Halbrook, Nokomis, Ill.; Mary Lou (Rodney) Hartman, Waverly, Ill.; and granddog, Homer T. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her grandson, Vernon Hall.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Joseph Havrilka officiating and the rosary will be recited at 10:45 a.m. Inurnment for both Jeannie and Joe will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pana. Visitation will be Friday, February 22, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until service time in the funeral home. www.mdfh.com