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Joseph T. Schmitt

October 6, 2021 | 28 comments

Joseph Thomas Schmitt 32, of La Crosse, passed away on October 3, 2021. He was born on June 4,1989.

Joe was a natural performer since he was very little and loved putting on a show. He could light up the room with his smile and sense of humor. He loved his family deeply, looked up to his mother and father, and was a proud big brother to his three sisters. He was a gifted, passionate, and intelligent individual. Addiction stole him from us but it will never define him. He loved the Lord Jesus and helping others. He aspired to be an addiction counselor to see those battling addiction set free. Joe had a huge heart for people and was loved by many.

Joe is survived by his father Tom Schmitt, mother Valerie (Meador) Wells, sisters; Anna, Audrey Zellman (Gunnar) and Julie, also by many aunts, uncles, and cousins on both sides.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 10, 2021 in the Gathering Place at Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until the time of services. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army (La Crosse) or Hope Gospel Mission (Eau Claire). Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family in their time of loss.





  1. Lynn Meador

    Our hearts are broken and our spirits mourn. Lord, all I know is your grace is sufficient. This day, this hour, this moment we choose to lean on you. For when we are at our weakest, your strength is strongest. We pour out our grief to you. And praise You that one glorious day we shall walk together with Joey again.

  2. Tanya Huddleston

    I am so sorry for your loss Valerie. Addiction is a horrible disease that robs us of our loved ones. But as you say it does not define them. Praying for peace and comfort at this difficult time…. You and your family are in my prayers.

  3. Carolyn & Steve Oliver

    Our love and prayers are with you Val and your family during this time. May God of all comfort be with you all.

  4. Kelly Springman


    May God wrap you all in peace knowing he is free and healed by Jesus. Though his earthly absence is an overwhelming pain for those who long for him… his renewed spirit is grateful for all the love he received. May you always know that your love will always be with him and his love is engraved with in all of you.

    • AmyJo Kane

      Joe was such a light in many peoples lives. Especially here at Salvation Army. Joe would sit and talk with residents and try to give them hope with their situations when Joe really needed that hope himself. He was so giving and that smile could light up a room. We will definitely miss “our Joe”
      Everyone at Salvation Army shelter send their love and prayers!

  5. Jay Twite

    I loved Joe / he was great young man. Very fun to talk to. He will be missed Joe is in a better place and we will meet again someday

  6. Pam Key

    Tom, I’m so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and love are with you and your family. Love you.

  7. Barbara Almond

    You will be missed

  8. Ginny Hartel

    Our hearts go out to you and your family. We understand the disease of addiction and know how hard it can be to all involved. Know that you are being held in our prayers and thoughts. Love Steve and Ginny Hartel

  9. Dave & Julie Dahl

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Joe. We’re praying for all of you as you go through this very difficult time of loss.

  10. Gene & Ellen Grah

    Praying God will be your source of strength, comfort, and peace during this difficult time. We will always remember Joe as the vibrant little boy he was and as the gracious young man who always greeted us with a smile and a hug whenever we happened to meet him around town. He will be missed.

    • Carl and Joan Lind

      We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.

      • Lon Pardun

        Tom and family, my heart broke and tears came freely as I received the news of Joe’s passing. I still remember him coming into the mission in EC and enjoyed watching him grow in the Lord. Our prayers are with you.

  11. Lisa Reimler

    I am so, so sorry, Julie. Your brother always made me laugh. Thinking of you and your family. I’m here if you need me.

  12. Linda ott

    I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Joe. My sympathy and prayers for all.

    Linda Ott

  13. Dennis Curran

    Dear Family Schmitt,
    Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging time. God bless you all!
    The Curran Family
    Underhill, Vermont

  14. Eric

    I know many of us at Hope loved Joe and remember him fondly. I hope to see you there on Sunday to offer you condolences in person assuming I can find child care. May the Lord Jesus bless your family with comforting solace in such a time as this.

  15. Cindy and Steve

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Joe as a happy energetic child.
    May God comfort you all as you mourn his passing.

  16. Roxanne

    I am brought to tears to learn of Joe’s death. Even knowing him briefly at Grace Baptist Church, I am deeply saddened by this loss! My prayers for your family during this painful time. May you be blessed with unspeakable peace.

    • Frank and Shari Collas

      Our sincere condolences and heartfelt prayers to Joe’s entire family! We were blessed to have had Joe in our lives for the past twenty years! We will cherish the great conversations, laughter and memories! Joe had a special way with words and would often bring us to tears with his witty vocabulary. He was kind, sensitive, personable and will always have a special place in our hearts!! We will never forget you Joe and you will always be loved❣ Rest in peace til we meet again!

  17. Greg Paglini

    Such a beautiful guy inside and out! He blessed and inspired me being my friend. Looking down from the arms of Jesus!

  18. Pam Fisher

    Tom, Val, Girls
    My heart and prayers are with you and your Family.
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight”
    Proverbs 3:5-6
    I love you all

  19. Scott and Faye Roen

    Tom, Val and family,
    Our hearts are breaking at the news about Joey. Be assured of our love and prayers as you process this incredible loss.
    In Christ, Scott and Faye

  20. Joanne Ducklow

    Tom, There can be no pain more terrible and deep than that of losing a son. Our heart, soul and prayers go out to you & your family.
    Joanne & Pat Ducklow

  21. Ethan J

    I got to know Joe thru lifting weights at the YMCA in Onalaska. He always went out of his way to say hello, and he was always smiling and positive. It was a bright spot during my workouts to see him and catch up. He will be missed!

  22. Barbara Almond

    My heart is heavy because Joe was my favorite, although, I know we not suppose to have favorites but it will be our secret. He helped all those he came in contact with and allowed me to see the person behind mask he wore daily. The entire staff and residents at the Sally will truly miss him.

  23. Eve Judy

    Dear Val, I will be praying for you and your family in this time of great loss. Jesus will be coming soon, the time of our redemption is near, and you will hug your beautiful boy again. Keep looking up when you can, he will break the clouds soon. I’m crying with you right now. But looking forward to the reunion. All my love, Eve (Adam’s wife).

  24. Mikako Kato

    Dear. Joe
    Why? I don’t want to believe it.
    I can’t stop cry.
    I’m remember when we talk at first time.
    Last time was Emily’s wedding.
    You are always very kind!
    I never forget your kind and smiles.
    Please you meet me at next life too.
    I’m sorry that my talk was broken English.
    I don’t want to lose everyone.
    I love Joe!
    See ya!!!


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