Joseph Francis Schmidt

July 22, 1945May 3, 2021

Joseph Francis Schmidt, 75, passed away peacefully at home on May 3, 2021. Joe was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 22, 1945 to Joseph F. and Helen T. (Srodaj) Schmidt, one of their six children. He graduated from Redford Union High School in 1963 and went into the Tool & Die business working his entire career from age 16 until retirement in 2018, at age 73; loyal to the same company throughout. When not working Joe was a true fan and enjoyed watching all our Detroit Sports teams while enjoying a "cold one". Another pastime was waiting on his lottery numbers to come in. Family was important to Joe especially his daughters.

Joe is survived by his daughters, Wendy Rae (David) Bongero and Colleen Jodi (John) Filippelli; grandchildren, Alexa Bongero, Paige Bongero, Anton Bongero, Olivia (Josh) DeYonker, Jackson Campo, and Jordan Campo; sisters, Lorraine (John) Hicks, Susan Obando, Diane Butka; brother, Richard Schmidt. Many nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, Joseph was pre-deceased by his sister Felicia.

Friends and family may visit on Friday - May 7, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. Aidan Catholic Church, 17500 Farmington Rd, Livonia, MI 48152.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 1500 Rosecrans Ave #200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (

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  • Visitation Friday at Church

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Memorial Funeral Mass

    Friday, May 7, 2021


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Carol Pistolesi

May 6, 2021

So very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. When I look at his sweet face I can do nothing but smile. He was such a funny man and he always had a great sense of humor. He was very loyal to my Dad whom he worked for until my brother took over the business. I hope he and my Dad are sharing jokes and laughing hysterically in heaven. I know he was so proud of his girls. Talked about them alot. Joe you were one of a kind.

Marianne Eister

May 5, 2021

When you lose a parent it feels like you have lost a part of yourself. My deepest condolences to Wendy and her family.

Karen McAuliffe

May 5, 2021

Since hearing of his passing, I have had 'snapshots" running through my mind of all my experiences with Uncle Joe. The one constant that remains in all of them is his great sense of humor , quick wit and kindness. I will miss him dearly❤