Jodi S. Schmits

November 21, 1969January 1, 2019
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Jodi S. (Buzzard) Schmits, 49 of Sharpsburg, Georgia and formerly of Markle passed away at 4:11 pm on January 1, 2019 after her courageous four year battle with Scleroderma at Visiting Nurse and Hospice in Fort Wayne. Jodi was a 1988 graduate of Norwell High School where she had a passion for playing volleyball and basketball. She earned her associate’s degree from IUPUI. She had worked as the office manager at IU Health in Noblesville for three years, she also sold real estate for Remax in Georgia for five years. Jodi loved supporting her sons in football, baseball and all they did in life. She was a hard worker and loved the outdoors. Jodi was a diehard Colts fan and was a “spunky girl that had a zest for life.”

Jodi was born on November 21, 1969 in Huntington, the daughter of David and Phylian (Thomas) Buzzard.

She was united in marriage to Tony Schmits on May 27, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her husband survives.

Additional survivors include three sons: Zach Schmits, Jordan Schmits and Colin Schmits all of Sharpsburg, GA; her father: David (Carla) Buzzard of Markle; Mother: Phylian (Ralph) Keefer of Markle; a sister: Jami (Kris) McNiece of Fort Wayne; a half-brother: Cole (Leslie) Buzzard of Markle; two nephews: Brogan and Braylon McNiece and maternal grandmother: Marsha Thomas of Markle.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather: Bill Thomas and paternal grandparents: Wallace and Ava Buzzard.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 2:00pm – 8:00pm at the Myers Funeral Home Markle Chapel, 415 N. Lee Street, Markle, Indiana.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00am with one hour of visitation prior to the service on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Markle United Methodist Church, 145 W. Morse Street, Markle with Rev. Steve McPeek officiating.

Interment will be at the Horeb Cemetery in Uniondale.

Memorial donations can be made out to Northwestern Medicine Division of Immunotherapy and Autoimmune Diseases or to Visiting Nurse and Hospice both in care of Myers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 403, Markle, IN 46770.


  • Tony Schmits, Husband
  • Zach Schmits, Son
  • Jordan Schmits, Son
  • Colin Schmits, Son
  • David Buzzard, Father
  • Phylian Keefer, Mother
  • Carla Buzzard, Step Mother
  • Ralph Keefer, Step Father
  • Jami McNiece, Sister
  • Cole Buzzard, Half Brother
  • Brogan McNiece, Nephew
  • Braylon McNiece, Nephew
  • Marsha Thomas, Maternal Grandmother
  • Bill Thomas, Maternal Grandfather
  • Wallace Buzard, Paternal Grandfather
  • Ava Buzzard, Paternal Grandmother

  • Northwestern Medicine Division of Immunotherapy and Autoimmune Diseases
  • Visiting Nurse and Hospice


  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 5, 2019

Jodi S. Schmits

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Valerie Burrell

January 3, 2019

To all of Jodi’s family and loved ones,

I have known Jodi since our boys Zach and Zach became friends in elementary school / probably for 15 years at least. We had some fun times and good laughs along the way. She was so full of life and energy And she loved her boys! She could make me laugh all the time!! As our boys got older - we didn’t see each other as much - but would text often to check in. We are all heartbroken and will miss her. Praying for all of you - 🙏🏼❤️

Bruce Myers

January 3, 2019

Dear Philian and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Its always hard to understand why someone so young can come down with a rare disease. I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers and know that God can get you through this. Jodi is safe in Heaven and will be waiting for all of you to be reunited with her. I watched many ball games at the Markle Park when she was playing ball at the same time my daughters were. Keep the faith, I know from personal experience with Linda its the one thing that can sustain all of you
Bruce Myers

Carla Buzzard

January 3, 2019

One of my favorite pictures that will always remind us of the smiles and joy you always had for life. You could always make laughter with everyone around you! We love you Jodi and will miss you dearly!💕

Lynnette Fisher

January 3, 2019

Tony and the boys, Dave, Carla and Family, Phylian & Ralph, Jami and family,

I am so very sorry to her of Jodi's passing. My thoughts, prayers and sincere sympathy to you all. I am so sorry for your loss.

Lynnette Fisher

ralph keefer

January 3, 2019

Jodi didn't go fishing with me very often but we had a good catch this day.


Watching her boys' football games with her sister & Colin


Jodi & Jami at the beach


Jodi's happy place


Many days at the beach