Paul Schmidt, Jr.

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Paul J. “P.J.” Schmidt, Jr., 72, of Belleville, IL, born October 26, 1948, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, July 16, 2021, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Paul worked for the Social Security Administration as a claims representative for over 35 years. He was a member of St. Mary and St. Augustine Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Paul was a United States Army veteran who proudly served his country during the Vietnam War.

Paul was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  He was at his happiest when he was surrounded by his five granddaughters. It was not uncommon to see him playing on the floor with the girls or sitting patiently while he got a makeover! In his free time, P.J. enjoyed fishing at the Smithton Sportsman Club where he was a member for over 40 years.

He was preceded in death by a son, Paul J. “Paulie” Schmidt, III; and his parents, Paul J. Sr. and Minta, nee Faith, Schmidt.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Dorothy “Jeanie”, nee Feigl, Schmidt, whom he married on February 19, 1972; a son, Ryan Schmidt (Jessica Scott); a daughter, Emily (David) Voellinger; five grandchildren, Riley Schmidt, Cecilia Schmidt, Caroline Schmidt, Lillian Voellinger, and Madilyn Voellinger; three brothers, Gary Schmidt, Mark (Debbie) Schmidt, and Thomas (Rhonda) Schmidt; a sister, Cathy (Mike) Wilson; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made in the form of masses, to the Special Olympics, or to the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2021, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

 Burial with military honors will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


18 Comments on Paul Schmidt, Jr.

Michael Miller said : Guest Report Jul 24, 2021 at 11:11 PM

My condolences to the Schmidt family and all of those that loved PJ ! We were close friends going way back to our childhood and I referred to him in my circle of friends called the Huff field gang! PJ and his brother Gary and Mark were all friends and great athletes we played many a sandlott baseball and football games at Huff Field he was always there with a smile and a laugh ! I'm sure he was a great father and grandfather as well I know you will be missed PJ !

  • NYC
  • New York
Gary Blome said : Guest Report Jul 24, 2021 at 8:55 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Paul and I attended Cathedral grade school and Althoff High school together. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Gary Blome Althoff High Class of 1966 President

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Nicole Sanderson said : Guest Report Jul 21, 2021 at 8:45 AM

I work at Wolf Branch with Cathy. I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for Cathy and the family.

  • Columbia
  • IL
Mr & Mrs Mike Koeneman said : Guest Report Jul 19, 2021 at 2:51 PM

Ryan and family; so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Lisa Faith said : Guest Report Jul 19, 2021 at 8:36 AM

I am so very sorry about PJ. I remember him when we were all young at family gatherings, he always had a huge smile! I hope the love and your memories bring you comfort during this time of sorrow. My deepest sympathies to you all.

  • Antioch
  • IL - Illinois
Linda said : Guest Report Jul 19, 2021 at 8:27 AM

I worked with Paul for a few years at SSA and always remember him to have an easy laugh and a big smile. Your family will be in my prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bob Loehr said : Guest Report Jul 18, 2021 at 8:58 PM

My sincere condolences to the family. Paul and I attended Cathedral Grade School and ACHS.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Craig & Vicki Reynolds said : Guest Report Jul 18, 2021 at 8:03 PM

Dear Jeanie & family, We were so sorry to hear about PJ. I think often of the fun Schmidt family reunions. Prayers for all of you.

  • Ocala
  • Florida
ALLEN WIGGINS NARFE CHAP 1019 said : Guest Report Jul 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Bill Biehl said : Guest Report Jul 18, 2021 at 8:10 AM

I was sorry to here of P. J.'s passing. He was always a lot of fun down at the club.Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mike Leopold said : Guest Report Jul 17, 2021 at 9:30 AM

So. very sorry for your loss.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Mike M said : Guest Report Jul 17, 2021 at 6:43 AM

Mrs. Schmidt I was shocked at hearing of Paul’s passing and would like to let you know that a lot of Paul’s friends are praying for you to get through this tough time as we loved Paul to. God bless you and your family, always know God loves you and so do we.

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Louise Schmidt said : Guest Report Jul 16, 2021 at 7:59 PM

Jeanie so sorry to hear about PJ. My prayers are with u and your family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Marilyn McClintick said : Guest Report Jul 16, 2021 at 7:24 PM

Jeanie and family.. SO VERY sorry to hear of PJ’s sudden passing!. Was such a shock.. he was a sweet friend that a lot of us looked up too. He will be greatly missed.. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. …

  • Columbia
  • IL
Karen Temporiti said : Guest Report Jul 16, 2021 at 5:38 PM

Jeannie and family, So sorry for your loss. I remember many fond moments. PJ will be missed!

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
George and Cindi Jackson said : Guest Report Jul 16, 2021 at 4:45 PM

Dear Jeannie and family so sad to hear about Paul’s sudden passing but be assured you will be reunited someday… i Hope you can feel the love n prayers sent during this time.

  • Wolverine
  • Michigan
Linda & Ron Farris said : Guest Report Jul 16, 2021 at 4:14 PM

So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers

  • Sebring
  • Florida
Michael / Celeste Boyer said : Guest Report Jul 16, 2021 at 3:17 PM

We are so sorry for your loss but are joyful in the knowledge that he is with Paulie eating cheeseburgers and looking down from heaven on everyone.

  • Howell
  • Michigan

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