Casey Funeral Home


Louis H. Schemitz

September 16, 1948January 4, 2021

Louis H. (Lou) Schemitz, former car sales manager for Kings Plaza and Fred Astaire Dance Instructor, passed away in Staten Island University Hospital on January 4, 2021, after an intense battle with Lymphoma and COPD

Lou was born in Brooklyn, raised in Ozone Park but lived most of his life in Grasmere, Staten Island. He served in Vietnam in the 173rd Infantry as sharpshooter.

While he loved dance and was regarded as the studio’s perfectionist Patrick Swayze, Lou’s real passion was cars. His Toyota MR2 was his baby and his dream car which he had recently purchased was his 2019 Corvette. Lou was highly competitive at everything. He loved his Toyota MR2; loved racing both cars at all auto cross events and always took 1st Place.

While an instructor, he met Lori Anne Buttermark. There was an instant attraction but since there could be no fraternizing between instructor and student, they became and remained excellent friends. They both left the studio in 2001 at which time they dated and became a couple for life. Lou regarded Lori as the Boars Ham since dance was and remains her only passion.

Lori said Lou was a very quiet, low key, low profile guy with a dry sense of humor but a great listener. Anything shared with him in confidence he would carry to the grave.

She also said I have lost the love of my life, my dance partner, the Captain of my heart and my own Patrick Swayze.

Lou is survived by his fiancée, Lori Anne Buttermark also of the Grasmere address, his Nephew Robert Sibilla (Jennifer), grandnephew, Brayden; grandnieces, Alissa, Caylee of Arizona. Cousin Karen Blaney (Chuck), Tommy Blaney. He is predeceased by his parents, Rita and Louis Schemitz, sister Barbara Howell and cousin James Blaney.

Viewing: Casey Funeral Home 350 Slosson Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 718-447-4242 Thurs. Jan 14 – 3pm-7pm

Funeral 10AM Mass from St. Sylvester’s Church 856 Targee St. (Corner Clove) Concord, Staten Island 10304

Burial St. Peters Cemetery Staten Island, NY

Afterglow I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one, I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave behind when day is done.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021


Louis H. Schemitz

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M. Valera

January 15, 2021

Lou's enthusiasm for racing translated into a very helping spirit to newcomers of the sport. Those he guided and assisted reaped the benefit of his teaching nature and giving spirit. When one considers his teaching of dance, it is only fitting to see of his desire to share of himself.

A passionate patriot, Lou served in many aspects. May his new life in the world beyond ours be carried out with the speed, talent and enthusiasm that he charged the starting line with.

Lou Caban

January 11, 2021

Lou and I were friends for about 56 years, we shared the passion for racing, We worked together for close to 30 years at a Tobacco wholesaler, his first job out of the Army. and our friendship grew to be a Brotherhood. When I moved out of state ( Florida) we both shared a few tears but our friendship was too strong to end. We shared many long distance phone calls, sometimes going on for 90 minutes. I am so sad to lose such a dear friend, But we'll continue it when we meet again. May God Bless you in his Paradise. Thank you for being there when I needed you. I Love you Man !

Anne Okeefe

January 10, 2021

My first dance teacher at Fred Astaire, fun times with Lou and Lori back in the day and all the other teachers, Richard, Kelly etc.
You will be missed Lou!

Karen Blaney

January 8, 2021

May you drive fast cars, dance the day away, and continue doing whatever else you loved, but in heaven now.
We are remembering and cherishing our times with you, and we feel blessed to have known you.
Love, Cousins Karen, Chuck and Tom.