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Cornelius H. Schmit

November 21, 1931 – November 2, 2018

Cornelius H. Schmit, 86 years, of Fremont died Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Wisner Care Center at Wisner. Cornelius was born Nov. 21, 1931, at McLean to Cornelius J. and Gertrude (Billerbeck) Schmit.

He was raised in the Randolph area and farmed there. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from Feb. 25, 1953, to Dec. 22, 1954. Cornelius married Lucille Aschoff on Aug. 27, 1957, in Randolph. He returned to farming after the service and moved to Arlington in 1984 and worked at Rhea Cattle Company. They moved to Fremont in 1992.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont, Knights of Columbus Council 1497, and VFW Post 8332 of Arlington.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille of 61 years; sons, Richard (Sara) Schmit of Fremont, Stephen (Susan) Schmit of North Platte and Mark (Robyn) Schmit of Eureka, Missouri; daughters, Mary Jo (Charlie) Ware of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Vonda (John) Walker of O'Fallon, Illinois, and Joni (Shawn) Mattingly of Bennington; son-in-law, John Davin of Wildwood, Missouri; brothers, Henry (Carolyn) Schmit of Osmond, Rev. Roger Schmit of Conception, Missouri, Jerome “Jerry” (Pat) Schmit of Norfolk and Norbert (Pat) Schmit of Grove City, Pennsylvania; sisters, Ann McHugh of Royal, Iowa, Lucille Knievel of Norfolk and Rita Aschoff of Osmond; and 14 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Michelle Davin; brother and sister-in-law, Vincent and Shirley Schmit; and sisters, Sister Barbara Schmit and Sister Lucretia Schmit.

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The funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fremont. The Revs. Walter Nolte, Roger Schmit and Stan Schmit will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with Military Honors will be at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Patrick Catholic Church or Archbishop Bergan Catholic School.

Online condolences may be left at

Moser Memorial Chapel, 2170 N. Somers Ave., Fremont, NE 68025 402-721-4490

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