obit: Sylvester J. Schmitt, Sr.
- from The Fayette County Record, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008Mass of the Christian Burial for Sylvester J. Schmitt, Sr., 93, of Fayetteville was held at 10 a.m. Thursday Aug. 7, 2008 at St. John's Catholic Church, Fayetteville with Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial was in Fayetteville City Cemetery.Schmitt was born March 27, 1915 in Frelsburg, the son of Adam and Josephine (Blanchard) Schmitt. He died Monday, Aug. 4. He married Alma Zapalac in Fayetteville. Schmitt began his work with the City of Fayetteville in 1939 as assistant to the water superintendent. About 1945, he assumed the duty of collecting garbage for the city and in 1950, he was promoted to water superintendent. He read meters, tended to waste and sewer systems, water and sewer collections, maintained the city streets and did general maintenance and lawn care until 1980. He went back to part-time after he retired from his duty of collecting garbage for 53 years. In 2001, he received the community humanitarian award. In 1999, the city honored him by naming a newly constructed center as the Sylvester Schmitt, Sr. Fayetteville Community Center. He had worked over 60 years for the city. He worked for seven mayors and never missed a day of work or took a day of vacation.Schmitt was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jo Ann; son, Donnie, sister, Janetta Heinsohn; and three brothers, Elmo, Edwin, and Leroy Schmitt.He is survived by his wife, Alma Schmitt; daughters Genelle Schmitt Wied and husband Wayne, Charlene Bertsch and husband Melvin, Diane Janish and husband Joe; and sons, Earl Schmitt and wife Alice, Sylvester Schmitt, Jr. and wife Delores, Jerry Schmitt, Jimmie Schmitt and wife Gladys, all of Fayetteville; 13 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.Memorials may be made to the Fayetteville Fire Department or the Fayetteville Courthouse Restoration Fund.Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.Submitted by Rosemary Ermis