Wendy & Dick Pluedeman
Yvonne M. Schmitt-Strohbusch, 86 years old, of Beaver Dam, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Charleston House in Beaver Dam. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, September 1st at 12:00 noon at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Lowell, WI, with the Rev. Paul Vander-Galien and Rev. Bruce Wietzke officiating. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home, Beaver Dam, and also a visitation on Thursday, September 1st from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Lowell. Burial will take place at Lowell Cemetery. Col. Toby was born on July 5, 1930 in town of Lowell, Wisconsin, the daughter of Roy V. and Ruth (Klentz) Rennhack of Reeseville, Wisconsin. Toby was previously married to Leon Schmitt, Sr. on July 19, 1947 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Beaver Dam and they raised ten children. She later met and married George Strohbusch, Sr. on July 25, 1992 at Salem Lutheran Church in Lowell, WI. Toby was a member of Salem Lutheran Church of Lowell and a former member of the Salem Ladies Aid. Her life was centered on her love of her family and her faith. She endeavored to begin a new career after raising her children; she graduated from Auctioneering School and was also a licensed realtor. Toby was the owner and bartender at Butch and Toby’s bar, she sold real estate, was an auctioneer, and was always devoting special time to her children, grandchildren and friends. Toby’s generosity was boundless; always donating to a worthy cause. Her dual passions were listening to WBEV each morning and sharing her recipes, quilting, crafting, fishing for bullheads and teaching her kids new recipes to make, which she eagerly awaited to share. She traveled many times to Lodi to go fishing at her trailer with family during her lifetime and the stories would fill volumes. Col. Toby “Mom” is survived by: her husband George, Sr. of Beaver Dam; her ten children; John (Sandra) Schmitt of Reeseville, Bonnie (Kenneth) Guenther of Reeseville, Susan (Gerald) Ebert of Marshall, Nancy Hussli of Oak Grove, Roy (Christine) Schmitt of Lowell, Frieda (William) Kern of Beaver Dam, Cynthia Kadinger of Iron Ridge, Marilea (Patrick) Groves of Oregon, WI, Gina (Andrew) Oemig of Lowell, and Leon (Annette) Schmitt Jr. of Lowell; her step-children; Lanona (Daniel) Wondra of LeRoy and George Strohbusch, Jr. of TX; her brothers & sisters- Lola Muenchow of Beaver Dam, Howard Rennhack of Humbird, Joann Stone of Beaver Dam, David (Bonney) Rennhack of Lowell, Karen (Richard) Klomsten of Fox Lake, and Victor (Deborah) Rennhack of Beaver Dam; 35 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Yvonne is preceded in death by: her parents, her 1st husband Leon Schmitt, Sr., her brothers & sisters- Donald, Leroy, Ralph, Ethel, Robert, Raymond, and Sandra; her grandson Thomas Schmitt, and her great granddaughter Madisyn Kadinger. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Salem Ev. Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society. If flowers grow in Heaven Lord, please pick a bunch for me; place them in my wife’s and mother’s arms and tell her they’re from us. Tell her we love her and miss her and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for a while.