Schmidt & Bartelt

For nearly 125 years, our family has had the unique privilege of helping families through one of the most, if not the most, emotional and difficult times they will ever experience. Being in that position is not only a privilege, it is an honor.

From one generation to the next—from one family to another—we share in the deep sorrow and profound sense of loss. But to a family, we are heartened by their collective faith, strength and come togetherness. It underscores the inherent bonds of family—and community—while inspiring each of us as funeral directors to provide the greatest care and support available in funeral services throughout the greater Milwaukee area.

Through the years, this has been our family’s pledge, and it is a commitment and legacy we continue today.

A family commitment born in 1887.

Founded in 1887 by Steve and Bob’s great grandfather, August A. Schmidt, the business has passed from one generation to the next, growing and expanding along the way. The following is a brief chronological overview of such events.

1887

Along the time August A. Schmidt was opening the doors to his family-owned funeral parlor.

1922

Louis F. Bartelt forms partnership with John G. Schmidt to form Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home located at 1415 W. Vliet Street in Milwaukee.

1928

Willmer G. Schmidt, son of A. A. Schmidt, joins the Schmidt & Bartelt partnership and the operation relocates to 5050 W. Vliet Street in Milwaukee.

1961

Schmidt & Bartelt merges with Charles Gerber Funeral Home located at 10121 W. North Avenue in Wauwatosa, where operations continue today in an updated, modern facility.

1968

Schmidt & Bartelt purchases O’Boyle-O’Brien Lakeshore Funeral Home at 106 W. Silver Spring Drive in Whitefish Bay.

1976

Schmidt & Bartelt in conjunction with its affiliate A. A. Schmidt & Sons of Menomonee Falls breaks ground at the corner of Hwy 164 and W to serve the community of Sussex with a brand new facility.

1979

Schmidt & Bartelt merges with Guardalabene & Amato Funeral Home located at 2001 N. Holton Street in Milwaukee and continues

1988

Schmidt & Bartelt merges with Notbohm Funeral Home and Kreutzmann Funeral Homes of Oconomowoc where service continues today as Schmidt & Bartelt–Notbohm–Kreutzmann Funeral Service at 121 S. Cross Street.

1991

Schmidt & Bartelt purchases Philip J. Weiss Funeral Home located at 10280 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon.

1994

Schmidt & Bartelt acquires Van Valin Funeral Home at 315 Main Street in Mukwonago.

1996

Schmidt & Bartelt completes construction of a new funeral home and crematory in Menomonee Falls and opens operations at the corner of Town Hall and Menomonee Avenue.

2010

Schmidt & Bartelt consolidates its Whitefish Bay location with its newly remodeled and expanded Mequon facility on Port Washington Road. Schmidt & Bartelt breaks ground in Mukwonago for a new, state-of-the-art funeral home and crematory.

“As fourth-generation funeral directors, we have family obligations. Namely, seeing to your family’s every wish.”