Passed away peacefully on Friday December 9, 2016 at Stratford General Hospital.  William resided in Stratford and had farmed at R.R. # 1 Milverton and before moving to Stratford he resided in Kitchener.  He was born 80 years ago in Wellesley Township and was the son of the late George and Bertha Schmidt.

Beloved husband of the late Reta (Yantzi) Schmidt who predeceased him September 4, 2013.  Brother of  Marie (Mike) Vollmer, Gloria (Mike) Woodside, Joan Hongoh,  brother-in-law of Elwood (Nancy) Yantzi, Erna Flatt, Freda (Harold) Schwartzentruber, Marlene (Roy) Ziegler, Dorothy Yantzi, Betty Yantzi, and Ruth Yantzi.  Remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families.  William was predeceased by his sisters Dolores Schmidt, Lorraine (Clare) Ausman, Inge (Jacob) Pitvor, brother Eric (Annie) Schmidt, sisters-in-law Sabina (Jack) Randall, Laurene (Vernon) Bender, brothers-in-law Laverne Yantzi, Sylvester Yantzi, Ernest Yantzi, Wayne Yantzi and William Flatt.

Cremation has taken place.  A memorial service to celebrate William’s life will take place at the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg on Monday January 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation prior to the service from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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