Who was Izzy Schmitt? You maybe knew him as a bus driver or maybe as a Eucharistic Minister or Choir member at St. Mary Church. Or maybe you knew him from his time on WTFD. Of course, maybe you met him as a janitor for St. Mary Parish?
Our point? For many many years, you couldn't help but run into Izzy around Westphalia. He was a man who wore many hats, helped many people and made a big impact.
And who else could tell such a wide range of stories - from ringing the bells of the church, to flashing the lights at the end of the wedding, to the inside scoop on the fish pond in the cemetery. And.Much.More.
Click the button below to read his whole story from the Cemetery Walk.
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A man's life can take him many places and lead him to do many things. Herman Geller's journey brought him to Westphalia, where his training as a funeral director led him to share his life and talents here in many ways. He is a bona fide Westphalian, and we are happy to have him. CLICK on the button below for Herman's whole story.
"Over the years, I administered to the young and old bringing new life into the world and seeing it leave, sharing the joys and sorrows of many families. There is a sense of pride in the community that I have wholeheartedly served for 43 years. My hope is that I will be long remembered for my many years of dedicated service as your faithful and loyal country doctor … Please pray for me and all of the good people of this wonderful community."
As promised, we will start posting some of the text from the Cemetery Walk presentations.
Dr. Bruno Cook was Hubbardston born, a graduate of Fowler High School, the University of Notre Dame, and of Wayne State Medical School. He began his practice in Westphalia in 1930, and worked and lived here the remainder of his life. Read through stories of his family, the depression, WWII, delivering babies in blizzards, and much more. Dr. Cook witnessed the high and lows in many our lives, and for that, we are grateful. To read more of Dr. Cook's story, CLICK on the button below.