Gayle L. Schmidt

Gayle L. Schmidt, 86, of Weston, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Gayle was born on March 4, 1937, in Oakland, California. She was the daughter of Robert and Margaret (Fitts) Johnson.

Gayle met and fell in love with a U.S. Marine, Alan Schmidt, while he was stationed in Oakland. The couple was united in marriage on Aug. 17, 1957. Gayle was previously employed at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, prior to moving to Wisconsin.

Gayle loved nature and being outside. While her children were young, she would take them fishing and camping, always taking them to Hole In the Ground Campground and Mount Lassen yearly. Gayle loved feeding and watching the birds, vegetable and flower gardening, as well as crocheting. Throughout the years, Gayle crocheted many afghans for her family and friends. She also made several Christmas sequined stockings for her family.

Gayle was an excellent cook and enjoyed the family reunions where she would be able to cook to her heart’s content. She loved to see everyone enjoy her cooking. Gayle cherished time spent with family and adored her grandchildren.

Above all, Gayle loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Christ Lutheran Church in Wausau. She would often be found attending Bible studies and prayer groups. Gayle found comfort in reading her Bible and would always pray for her children and all those in need.

Gayle is survived by her husband of 66 years, Alan Schmidt; children, Judith Schmidt-Shute, Cynthia Schmidt, John Schmidt and Gary Schmidt; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Gayle was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Richard Johnson; and sister, Patricia Johnson-Snow.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, at Schmidt and Schulta Funeral Home in Wittenberg. The Rev. David Westmore will officiate. Burial will be held in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Wittenberg. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memories and messages of support may be shared at