Lee Ann Schmitz, 62, of Hamilton passed away peacefully at her home on July 27, 2021, in the company of her family. She is preceded in death by her beloved parents Sgt. James E. and Mary Jane (née Kraft) Schmitz. She was raised in Lindenwald and graduated from Fairfield High School. She cherished her time spent and many friends made while employed for PowerNet Global for many years. She ended her career at ESCO Technologies, where she frequently spoke about the connections she made with residents of Bethany Village, assisted living.
Lee Ann is survived by her children, Sarah (Neil), Chris (Bridget), her only grandson Evan, her partner Jeffrey Abplanalp, and their award-winning hunting dogs, Ryder and Moses Ray. She leaves behind her brothers Steve (Cynthia) and Neil (Tiffani) Schmitz, many nephews, step-son George Gentry Jr., and lifelong neighbors JC and Jana Roberts.
Lee Ann loved the time she spent traveling with Jeff to compete in dog hunting competitions. She enjoyed riding her Harley Davidson as part of the Lady Riders Against Cancer. During her second battle with cancer, she trained Ryder as a therapy dog, so she could volunteer at hospitals and raise the spirits of others.
Lee Ann’s life was one of perseverance and radiance. Her legacy will be honored through memories by family and cherished friends. A formal memorial in celebration of her life will be announced for a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Hamilton and Pink Ribbon Girls.
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