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Joseph Schmitt

July 10, 2016
Otsego, MI

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Joseph H. "Joey" Schmitt, age 53, of Otsego, MI passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at Rose Arbor Hospice. He was born April 18, 1963 in Kalamazoo the son of Joseph and Sharon (Bailey) Schmitt. Joey was a 1981 Otsego High School graduate and for a short time had worked at Durametallic in Kalamazoo. On October 23, 1992 in Kalamazoo he married Lori Kataki and was her caregiver for 17 years until her passing in 2011. Joey enjoyed writing poems, communicating through social media and the internet, reading Stephen King novels, listening to music and attending concerts. He had many friends and always had a positive attitude and smile on his face. Surviving are his parents; sisters, Beth Ann Schmitt and Laurie Schmitt; nephew, Asa (Jessica) Lakeman of Belmont and their 4 children; special friend, Connie Blanchard along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife and grandparents, Stanley and Bethel Schmitt. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Private family burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Otsego VFW Post #3030. Contributions in memory of Joey may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Winkel Funeral Home