Louise C. Schmeling | Ozaukee Press
Louise Schmeling of Cedarburg, formerly of Fredonia and Belgium, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 4, 2022, after knee surgery at Ascension Columbia-St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital in Mequon. She was 83 years old.
Louise was born in 1939 in Milwaukee, the daughter of new immigrants Joseph and Mary Plum (née Ortmanns).
One of five siblings, she grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from Messmer High School in 1957.
In 1958, she married classmate James A. Schmeling of Milwaukee. She spoke German at home until she started dating Jim. They spent their entire life together and raised five children.
The family lived in Shorewood before moving to Ozaukee County in 1970. They were pioneers, decades before the move to suburbia. Their property included several acres where children enjoyed outdoor adventures. They kept chickens and ducks and had two Shetland ponies, which pulled a surrey with a fringe on top and a sled.
After six years in Belgium, they moved to Fredonia, where they lived for 42 years before Jim and Louise moved to Cedarburg in 2018.
Louise, a city girl, loved the rural setting of their Fredonia home near the Milwaukee River, which she swam in as a young girl on vacation.
Jim and Louise worked hard to send all of their children to Messmer High School in Milwaukee, where they received a rigorous education instilled in Christian values. They pursued parental choice in education before it had a name.
For 56 years, Louise served as the Avon First Lady of North Ozaukee County. Even though times have changed, she worked for the famous old-fashioned cosmetics company, meeting clients and befriending many. She continued to sell Avon until her death.
Louise and Jim, a retired meat cutter, also ran a property renovation and rental business in Milwaukee. Louise kept the books while Jim managed the properties. They are dedicated to providing decent housing at reasonable prices to people who otherwise might not have found it.
Louise was very proud to see her children grow up to become a registered nurse, electrician, financial manager, lobbyist and police officer.
Members of the extended Plum and Schmeling families primarily settled in Wisconsin, and their holiday gatherings were always full of laughter, fun and affection. And Avon.
Together with her husband, Louise is survived by four children, Chuck (Jenny) of Theresa, Patricia (Dave) Jaffke of Grafton, Sharon (James) Schmeling Kates of Jefferson and Eric of Grafton; seven grandchildren, Andy, Ben, Patryck, Tess, Maggie, Lucy and Lukas; and two great-granddaughters.
Louise is also survived by three siblings, Sr. Helen Plum, SSND, Henry (Charmian Klyve) Plum and Lucy (Dale) Paczkowski; sisters-in-law Joan Plum, Ruth Kressel and Patti Schmeling; nieces; nephews; and special family friends Kathie Yezek and Joanna Braat.
She was predeceased by her daughter Peggy Schmeling, daughter-in-law Kris Schmeling, son-in-law Bill Johnson, brother Paul Plum and brother-in-law Bob Schmeling.
The family will receive visitors at the church on Friday, June 17, from 11 a.m. until the start of mass at 1 p.m.
She will be buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested at St. Francis Borgia Catholic School, 1425 Covered Bridge Rd., Cedarburg, 53012, www.saintfrancisborgia.org.
Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg is helping the family.
Online condolences can be posted at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.