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In Memory of Jane M. Schwartz

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday July 30, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
1010 Newton Street
Baldwin WI, 54002

Jane Marie (Schmitt) Schwartz, age 87, passed away peacefully on July 18, 2022 at Comforts of Home in Baldwin, Wisconsin.


Jane was born in St. Paul, Minnesota to Andrew and Margaret Schmitt on November 21, 1934. Growing up, Jane attended St. James Elementary and Monroe High School. On April 26, 1952, Jane married the love of her life William “Bill” Schwartz in Hudson, Wisconsin.


Jane was a proud mother to six children: James, Mary, Ruth, Rose, Donald, and David.  The Schwartz house was always the home to gather at. Even if you just stopped by to say hello, Jane would ask “Are you hungry?”


The Fourth of July was Jane’s favorite holiday which turned into a reunion with over 100 people often attending. You would hear all of Jane’s different names that day from different people calling her Purple Grandma, Aunt Janie, Jane Deere Lady, and Grandma Bill to name a few.  She prided herself on her “purple house” showing everyone her Betty Boop, Elvis, antiques, trolls, and doll collections that it held. Jane was famous for the purple tractor that she would drive in parades which was called a Jane Deere.


Jane will forever remain in the hearts of her beloved husband of 70 years Bill Schwartz; children: James (Sally) Schwartz, Mary (Jimmy) Schmidt, Ruth (Mike) McPhillips, Rose (Steve) Crabtree, Donald (Colleen) Schwartz, and David (Susan) Schwartz; her sister Judy Yess; 18 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Margaret Schmitt, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, one granddaughter, and one great-grandson.


A service to honor and celebrate Jane’s life will be on Saturday, July 30th, 2022 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin, Wisconsin.  The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior to the service. A meal will be held after the service. The family would like to thank the Comforts of Home Nursing Home, Olive Grove Hospice, and O’Connell’s Funeral Home.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to be sent as donations

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    • My sincere condolences. Jane always made me smile and lent a helping “hand” when needed. (In the Old Baldwin Hospital Pool) I recall one time she saved a woman who suffered with Parkinson-isms by just holding her arms out as the woman lost her balance in the shower and came crashing through two shower curtains to land in Janie’s arms – saving her from a terrible accident! Janie just shrugged her shoulders and righted the woman as if it wasn’t a big deal – whew! To her all in a day’s work.

      I know you will have lots of Jane stories to share – she is the “Purple Lady Extraordinaire”!
      Many Blessings to the family. May your sadness be shorten by beautiful memories.