Peaceful 06

Theresa “Traci” Schmitt

1960 ~ 2020 (age 59)


Grawn, Michigan- Theresa “Traci” Schmitt, of Grawn and formerly of the Bad Axe area, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at her home with her family by her side. She was 59.

Traci was born on October 14, 1960 in Detroit. She was the daughter of Dr. Herman and Barbara Holste. She was raised in Detroit until 7th grade when her family moved to Bad Axe, where she would live for the next 35 years. Traci was a graduate of Bad Axe High School class of 1978. She dedicated her life to caring for others. Traci worked alongside Dr. Tsai, an OB/GYN office, for the first 8 years of her career. After starting a family of her own, she opened a private daycare raising half of Bad Axe’s children in the 1990’s. During that time, Traci proudly received her certification as a CENA. She touched every person she cared for. Traci was designed with a huge heart and only knew how to love without boundaries. Life and love relocated her to Traverse City in 2001, where she spent the remainder of her career caring for patients at the Grand Traverse Pavilions. 

In 2013, Traci began a long battle with breast cancer, she fought hard until the very end. Traci was loved by so many and in return received an unconditional love from her families; Neinas, Holste, Schmitt, Wolschleger, and Dakota Krohn-Matson. Her family and friends will remember her for her kind heart and determination to fight. 

Traci is survived by her loving husband, Frederick Schmitt; children, Alyssa (David) Irwin, Rachel (Brad) Robinson, Christopher Sorensen (Brooke Bailey), Zachary Wolschleger (Jenna Evangelista), Kristie Arntz and Heather Magee; grandchildren, Kendrick, Hailey, Jenna, Jayden, Kaden, Lillianna, Braylen, Teygan, Gracie, Owen and Kylie; soulmate, Pollyanna Torres; sister, Sarah (Stephen) Grafe); brother, James (Cathy) Holste; and many other loving family members and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Cowell Family Cancer Center and Heartland Hospice for their wonderful care. 

Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

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