Gregory S. Schmitt, M.D., F.A.C.S.

  • Died: February 4, 2018
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Covington Knolls

8325 Covington Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Gregory S. Schmitt M.D., F.A.C.S., 63, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Woodstock, IL, Greg retired as a Cardiac Surgeon with Parkview Hospital. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Greg and his family moved to Fort Wayne in 1989 after completing his fellowship at St. Louis University. He attended Bradley University, Peoria, IL and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science, Biology in 1976. Greg received his Medical Doctorate in 1980 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Chicago, where he was awarded the Warren H. Cole Scholar and was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. His postgraduate training included a Fellowship in Cardio Thoracic training at St. Louis University and Administrative Chief Resident, Department of Surgery at University of Illinois. His certifications included Diplomat, American Board of Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Surgery, and American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Greg held many past positions including Attending Cardio Thoracic Surgeon with Parkview Hospital; Medical Director at Parkview Hospice and St. Joseph's Hospital; Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine; Chairman, Section of Cardio Thoracic Surgery, Surgical Executive Committee, Parkview Hospital, and Maj., (ret), 122nd Medical Squadron with the Indiana Air National Guard. Greg was currently a member of the Board of Directors St. Joseph Community Foundation, Catholic Charities, the Western Golf Association Evans Scholar Foundation, and was a member of Dutch Treat Investments. Greg previously served on the board of Anthony-Wayne Services and was a Past-President of Anthony Wayne Area Council Boy Scouts of America, and Fort Wayne-Allen County Board of Health. He was a leader of BSA Troop 333, and coached 7th grade football at Woodside Middle School. Greg was an avid Cubs fan as well as an avid golfer and a USGA Rules Official. He was a member of Fort Wayne Country Club and Bear's Paw Country Club in Naples, FL. Surviving are his spouse of 36 years, Jane (Lowery) Schmitt, Fort Wayne; two sons, David S. Schmitt of Des Moines, IA and Michael S. Schmitt of Arlington, VA; and sister, Nancy C. Schmitt of Chicago. Greg was preceded in death by, father, Daniel M. Schmitt and mother, Betty A. Schmitt. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 am, Thursday, February 8, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 10700 Aboite Center Road with an hour of calling prior to the Mass. Calling at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Anthony Wayne Area Council, BSA or Evans Scholars Foundation, 1 Briar Road, Golf, IL 60029. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Jane, Please forgive me for sending my condolences so late. I just recently read the sad news of Greg's passing and I am so sorry for your immense loss. The funeral home kindly offered to send my note and contact information to you. With sympathy, Karen

Posted by Karen Parrish - Libertyville, IL - Friend   March 20, 2019

Jane I am so sorry to learn the passing of Greg. What an accomplished man and I know a great husband and father. My condolences to your boys.
I too just lost my husband Charles to brain cancer. I know the devastation you must be going through. Love to you and your family. Margaret Stroud Benvenuto Feel free to contact me if would like to talk. 847-899-3428

Posted by margaret benvenuto benvenuto - Winnetka IL, IL - Classmate   November 17, 2018

I just learned this morning of Dr Schmitt's passing. My deepest sympathy to the entire family. I will never forget the day I met Dr Schmitt in the office and was instantly impressed by his character. He was a great man and will always be remembered.

Posted by Janet Ramsey - Churubusco, IN - Coworker   November 09, 2018

Jane,Michael and David,
I am so sorry. Greg helped me with RCIA at St. Elizabeth's. I always enjoyed talking with him. I remember the boys when they were small. I often wonder how they are doing. Greg was such a good person.

Posted by Mary Ann Welling - West Union, OH   March 03, 2018

Jane, Michael, David, Our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences for the loss of Greg. We will never forget the years that we spent sharing life with you at the lake. Greg was a loving husband and father and we are blessed to have known you all. You are in our prayers, Tom and Cheri Sagehorn

Posted by Cheri Sagehorn - Barrington, IL - Family Friend   February 21, 2018

Jane, heartfelt prayers to you and your sons. Greg gave me a precious
Bible signed with "Bob, you have made a tremendous impact on my life. Thanks for everything. Please pray for my family whenever you open this book." Likewise Greg made an unforgettable impact on my life as well. We had breakfast at nearby Halls on Friday mornings. He lived his faith, loved his family and will never be forgotten by this pastor."Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord., that they may rest from their labors for their deeds follow them." Revelation 14:13

My heartfelt prayers and love to you and your sons at Greg's passing to glory. Truly a great friend and skilled surgeon never to be forgotten. His respect for life left a lasting impression on untold others he touched young and old alike I treasure the experience of standing by and observing one of his miraculous heart surgeries. God accompanied his every desire to bring health and wholeness to the afflicted. Truly a great man passed this way for all to brief a time. Blessings always. Bob an Marilyn

Posted by Bob Yawberg - Bradenton, FL - Friend   February 15, 2018

I'm sorry for your loss. Dr. Schmidt was such a great man. He was so pleasant to work with during his Parkview days. He will be missed.

Posted by Rachelle Hammond - Ft Wayne, IN - Coworker   February 09, 2018

Dear Jane, We are thinking of you, and wishing you peace and comfort as we remember Greg. Much love, Jennifer and Michael McGovern

Posted by Jennifer and Michael McGovern - Falmouth, MA - Friend   February 08, 2018

Dr. Greg was a great friend & a very good worker. He was a board member with
Anthonywayne area council. So sorry to hear the loss of a goof friend. Bless all the family & friends with God's Love & comfort.

Sincerely.
Chris Mathes
Former Scout Executive of AWAC

Posted by chris Mathes - Salem, MO - Friend   February 08, 2018

So sorry to hear about Greg. He was a great high school friend, teammate and someone you could always count on. I know he will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Mark and Debbie Decker - Debary, FL   February 08, 2018

Jane, my deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Greg. Gone way too young. My thoughts and prayers will be with you in your days ahead.

Posted by Tami Kaleel Fay - Glen Ellyn, IL   February 08, 2018

Our deepest sympathies to you, Jane, and the boys on your loss! Prayers for peace and hope being sent your way.

Posted by Tom & Cary Zahm - Santa Barbara, CA   February 07, 2018

Greg was a great friend, father and professional in his field. He will be sorely missed

Posted by Lance and Pam Baumann - Gig Harbor, WA - Family Friend   February 07, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Jane.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Eric and Janet Olson

Posted by Eric and Janet Olson - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   February 07, 2018

Greg was an amazing physician and more importantly an amazing friend. I was very blessed to work with him as a physician as he was incredibly talented. Although he was and amazing surgeon, his greatest testament in my opinion was he was as pleasant at 3 in the morning as he was at 3 in the afternoon. He was very kind to his patients as well as to all of his coworkers. I was blessed to be able to spend time with him after his time of practicing medicine. I was consistently amazed at how many people he had influenced through all of his affiliations and a never ending volunteer of his time. He was a consistent voice of strength and example of what it meant to be a strong Christian man. He always had a soft smile on his face and a kind word. I cannot remember a time where I didn't feel better after running into him then before. I will always remember Greg and the many parts of his life, exceptional physician, donator of his time and expertise, strong follower of Christ, and exceptionally kind man. I will miss him greatly.

Posted by Thomas Dykstra - Spencerville, IN - Friend   February 07, 2018

Jane, Michael and David,

We were deeply saddened by the knowledge of Greg's passing. As a cardiovascular surgeon, he was always very special to us for giving my dad (who recently passed) an extra 24 years of quality life! I know the many wonderful memories, family and friends will help you through this difficult time.
with heartfelt condolences,

Anne & Jim Heger

Posted by Anne Heger - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   February 07, 2018

Jane and family,
So sorry to hear about Greg. I very much enjoyed working with him when he was the President of the Board of Health. He (and you) were always up for anything that would improve the health of our community. I especially remember you two giving flu vaccines to children at the City County building one year when we have a vaccine shortage. He will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you

Deb

Posted by Deborah McMahan - fort wayne, IN - Coworker   February 07, 2018

Jane: I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you and your family only positive thoughts. Your friend, Anne Koleson

Posted by A friend   February 07, 2018

My condolences on the loss of Greg, He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Posted by Roger Claypool - Newton, IA   February 07, 2018

Jane, We were so shocked to hear of Greg's passing on Sunday morning. Our thoughts and prayers will remain with you and your boys this week and in the future as you deal with this incredible and very challenging loss. Sincerely, Bruce & Kris Rotte

Posted by Bruce Rotte - Naples, FL - Friend   February 07, 2018

Jane, David and Michael,
We send our deepest sympathies to all of you in this time of loss.
May your memories of time spent together provide you comfort in the days to come.
Rhys and Laura Rudolph

Posted by Rhys and Laura Rudolph - Fort Wayne, IN - Acquaintance   February 07, 2018

Rest in Peace, dear Friend.

Posted by Harry and Marsha Ryan - Naples, FL   February 07, 2018

Jane, Michael and David,

I am so sorry to hear about Greg. I appreciate Greg's guidance early in my career and the friendship we had through golf. I will always remember the Pinehurst trips and the many rounds we played together. Most of all I appreciated his passion for all of you. May God bless you in this time!

Pat Bayley

Posted by Patrick Bayley - Springfield, IL   February 07, 2018

David and Michael, My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Jon Mayes - Alexandria, VA - Family Friend   February 06, 2018

Candle

So very sorry for your loss Jane and family!!
He was so very proud of his family!
Such a kind gentleman that I knew from
CVS pharmacy!
You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Posted by Schiela Reynolds - Fort Wayne, IN   February 06, 2018

Jane, we are so sorry to hear about Greg, what a great guy-you are blest to have had him as a best friend. We look forward to seeing you soon. Bob and Ellen

Posted by Ellen Lrydon    February 06, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Jane.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. With love,
John and Judy Hessler

Posted by Judy Hessler - Milwaukee, WI - Friend   February 06, 2018

I was so saddened by this news. My prayers are with you.

Posted by Deanna Williams - Ft. Wayne - Friend   February 06, 2018

Michael, I am so sorry that your father passed, so quickly. I will be thinking of you and will be here for you when you get back.

Posted by Jamie Abidiwan-Lupo - ARLINGTON, VA - Friend   February 06, 2018

Dear Mrs. Schmitt and family: As you know, Dr. Schmitt was a Catholic Charities board member. On behalf of everyone at Catholic Charities, please allow me to express our condolences. Please also know how grateful we will always be for your husband's and father's service to our Church's social service agency. Dr. Schmitt was a gracious, humble, generous, and compassionate member of the Catholic Charities' team. We will dearly miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are sincerely with you.

Posted by Gloria Whitcraft - Fort Wayne, IN   February 06, 2018

To say the least we are shocked and sadden to learn of Greg's passing. Although it has been years since we have seen you, Greg and Jane are part of our wonderful memories of Ft.Wayne. Greg's leadership in Boy Scouts has made a lasting impact on both of our boys Andy and Matt.

Jane I will never forget your support of Scouting including joining the troop in the boundary waters.

Michael and David we miss you as well.

All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers!

Dennis and Cher

Posted by Dennis and Cheryl Mikulecky - Beloit, WI - Friend   February 06, 2018

Jane, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys at the difficult time.

Posted by Dianne McPeak - Millstadt, IL - Friend   February 06, 2018

Jane and the boys (as Dan often referred to your sons).
We are stunned and deeply saddened to hear of Greg's passing. Greg and I knew each other since childhood and while not being in close touch over the recent years, I always knew him as a good Johnsburg friend. He will be missed. We will keep you and your family in your thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in reflecting on the memories you made together.
Please accept our sincere sympathy.

Posted by Pete and Sherrie Smith - Johnsburg, IL   February 06, 2018

Sue and I are so saddened to hear that Greg has died. I am sure you are stunned by his death as are we. You and your sons are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you. Bob

Posted by Bob Aumiller - Friend   February 06, 2018

So sad to hear about Greg!!! We had many great memories from high school!! So sorry Jane and family we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!!

Posted by Lina (Miller) Hettermann - Johnsburg, IL   February 06, 2018

I was a high school classmate of Greg's. Am deeply sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers. He was always so kind. Such a privilege to have known him.

Posted by DeAnne Owen Bradford - Bedford, TX - Classmate   February 06, 2018

He was a friend in High School and a very good person. my prayers go to his family and all those he touched in his life

Posted by John Weichmann - Yellville, AR   February 06, 2018

God keep all the Schmitt's in his loving care. Dr. Schmitt made a significant impact in the lives of many young people through the caddy program at FWCC. I'm grateful.

Posted by Ann Fritz - Acquaintance   February 06, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts.

Posted by Scott B - Des Moines, IA - Family Friend   February 06, 2018

Jane, We have no words to express the heartbreak we feel for your loss. We will miss Greg's wit, smiling face, and our golf games. Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Chuck and Jane Hofius

Posted by A friend   February 06, 2018

Jane, our prayers and condolences to you and your family in the loss of Greg in your lives. He will be missed by the many friends he made at Bear's Paw.

Posted by Mike and Donna Sharak - Naples, FL   February 06, 2018

Greg has left us way to early and will be greatly missed as a friend and a golf rules official. One of the joys of working tournaments leaves with him. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Paul McAuliffe - Evansville, IN - Friend   February 05, 2018

Heartbreaking for everyone to lose such a wonderful man. We extend our deep sympathy. The Mottaz Family

Posted by Judith Mottaz - Family Friend   February 05, 2018

Oh, Jane, words cannot describe the sadness I am feeling for you, David, and Michael. How could this have happened? I am so sorry. You are all in my prayers this week, especially for strength for you all at this time. . With the arrangements being so soon, I am afraid that I cannot be there for you. You know that I wish that I could be. Greg was one of the good guys. You were so lucky to have had so many wonderful memories. Much love, Sandy

Posted by Sandra Stewart - Lake Geneva, WI - Family   February 05, 2018

We wish that we were able to attend the services for Greg, however, we will be out of town. We do send our sincerest sympathies. We have great memories of Greg's presence in our lives and know how much you and your sons will miss him. We will hold you all in our prayers,

Kelly and Carole

Posted by Kelly and Carole Low - McHenry, IL - Friend   February 05, 2018

I worked with Greg at many WGA golf tournaments. A first class guy. He will be missed by all and I will especially miss him. My sympathies to the entire family.

Posted by Richard Petreson - Park Ridge, IL - Friend   February 05, 2018

Arriving at the FWCC golf course to find out that you are caddying for Dr. Schmitt was a special moment. He always encouraged and pushed me to go farther with school, extracurriculars, and college. What an awesome role model he has set and continues to set for me. My heart reaches out to Mrs. Schmitt and family. May God be with you in this grieving time. Much love.

Posted by Lauren Bucher - Fort Wayne, IN - Student   February 05, 2018

So very sorry Jane. Gregg was such a gentleman. I loved working with him when he was with FW Cardiovascular Surgeons. He was always so attentive and appreciative of the information I would shared with him. We will miss him. Was so looking forward to fun times here in Naples. Please know that when you return to Naples we will continue to have fun times together. I wish I could attend Gregg's funeral but my son is coming on Thurs for a short visit and also a very dear friend here in Naples also died last week and her funeral is on Saturday. Please know I am there for you in love and prayers. I am just so very sorry for your loss. Many hugs and prayers. Nancy and Perry Schroeder

Posted by Nancy Schroeder - Naples, FL - Friend   February 05, 2018

Greg was a great friend and gave me considerable advice when I fell ill with cancer. His insight and advice when I needed to make decisions for treatment were so very much appreciated. He played a significant role in helping me through a difficult time. God bless you, Greg. You will be missed.

Posted by Dan Churchward - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   February 05, 2018

We lost a good friend. He is missed.

Posted by Jim & Nancy Ballard - Naples, FL - Friend   February 05, 2018


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