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Kathleen Schmittou

May 3, 1940 — December 9, 2020

Born in Westfield, NJ on May 3, 1940 Departed on December 9, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN Visitation: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation CenterSunday December 13, 2020 1:30pm to 5:00pmFuneral Mass: St. John Vianney Catholic Church
Kathleen "Kathy" Schmittou

Born in Westfield, NJ on May 3, 1940

Departed on December 9, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN

Visitation: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation Center Sunday December 13, 2020 1:30pm to 5:00pmFuneral Mass: St. John Vianney Catholic Church

Kathleen "Kathy" Schmittou, age 80 of Gallatin, TN, passed away December 9, 2020. Kathy was born May 3, 1940 in Westfield, NJ. She is preceded in death by her parents, Norbert Thomas Burke and Dorothea J. Wollenburg Burke; husband, Albert "Al" Schmittou; brothers, Richard Burke and Robert Burke. She is survived by her sons, Brent Schmittou (Barbara) of Westmorland, TN and Christopher Schmittou of Lafayette, TN; daughter, Brenda Keith (Steve) of Bethpage, TN; brothers, John Burke (Judy) of Scotch Plains, NJ and James Burke (Cindy) of Darian, CT; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Schmittou of Portland, TN; grandchildren, Aislinn Whitefield (Eric), Jason Schmittou (Elizabeth), Courtney Dew (Brian), Robert Schmittou, Aaron Schmittou (Clara), Caleb Schmittou and Kylee Keith; great grandchildren, Toby Dew, Emsley Whitefield, Remington Schmittou, Claire Elizabeth Dew and Aurora Schmittou.

Kathy was a proud wife of U. S. Marine veteran, Al Schmittou. She was a devoted member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church where she was a member of St. Martha's Guild and Funtimers. Kathy was best known for her wit, humor, famous laugh and she never met a stranger. She worked in the Sumner County Board of Education from 1971-2002. Also, she worked in the pharmacy for Walmart and Fred's.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 14th at St. John Vianney Catholic Church with Father Andrew Forsythe serving as celebrant and Father Richard Childress in choir. Interment will follow in Sumner Memorial Gardens with Chris Schmittou, Jason Schmittou, Robbie Schmittou, Aaron Schmittou, Caleb Schmittou and Eric Whitefield serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the St. John Vianney Catholic Church Breakfast Club. Rosary will be 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 13th prior to the visitation starting at 1:30 until 5:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 449 North Water Avenue, Gallatin, TN 37066. Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at alexandergallatin.com. (615) 502-0011 Obit Line (615) 502-0555

19 Comments Brianna "cheese" December 10, 2020 at 11:57 pm - Reply

I loved her dearly. She was an amazing person! She will be deeply missed! She was like another grandma to me. I was willing to help take care of her any time she needed anything just like I did with my nana. She had a great personality and great smile and overall amazing person. You will be missed grandma Kathy! Enjoy your heaven with your husband!

Harry Stark December 11, 2020 at 2:43 am - Reply

Mada and Harry Stark

Stacey Oatsvall December 11, 2020 at 3:28 am - Reply

Like a second mom growing up, truly loved!

Jessica Langford's December 11, 2020 at 5:28 am - Reply

She was always so sweet . Praying for you all during this hard times .

Bobby Link December 11, 2020 at 1:24 pm - Reply

I’m so sorry too hear this, Prayers for Her Family.

Gloria Ebarb December 11, 2020 at 4:36 pm - Reply

Sorry for your loss. Praying for all of the family. Hugs and love your way.

Ken & Martha Holda December 11, 2020 at 11:03 pm - Reply

So sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. She was a good friend. Loved her sense of humor. She will be missed.

Mike Mcfarland December 12, 2020 at 2:29 pm - Reply

Ms. Schmittou was such a friendly person. We loved seeing her at Vena Stuart School. She will missed by everyone.

Mike & Barbara McFarland

Connie Perrigo December 12, 2020 at 2:48 pm - Reply

I am sorry to hear of her passing. I worked with her in the school system. She was always fun to be around and had a smile that just made your day.
God bless and comfort all the family.
Connie Perrigo

Susan Handy-Greer December 12, 2020 at 4:01 pm - Reply

I’d known Kathy since we were in first grade at Oak Knoll School in Summit, New Jersey. We celebrated our reunion with other classmates in 2017 here in Florida. What a breath of fresh air Kathy was. So glad she was a part of our class. Having time to visit with her then, she narrated her life, experiences and family. She expressed sadness one minute but mostly she was “the life of t he party.” I felt so close to her as if time had stopped. Sheila, Sandy, Nancy, Kathy, Fin, Mary Ann and I are deeply saddened by her passing. God bless you Kathy.

Evelyn Chaney Sather December 13, 2020 at 1:07 am - Reply

Kathy was a dear sweet friend bringing joy and laughter to everyone who knew her. Rest in Peace sweet friend and know that you will trulely be missed..

Caroline Getman December 13, 2020 at 3:09 pm - Reply

Shortly after I moved to TN I met Kathy and she took me under her wing. We became fast friends and our little Church group had many a good laughs at our many dinners. Everyone liked Kathy and she was truly our angel here on earth. We love you dear one and we will miss you dearly.

Dianne Hunt December 13, 2020 at 5:27 pm - Reply

I was saddened to read of Kathy's passing. I met Kathy and knew her through school work. She loved the children she worked with. She wanted all children to learn and she loved helping them. She loved her family so much. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Kathy Reilly Deyo December 14, 2020 at 12:58 am - Reply

Loved Kathy since being her high school(Oak Knoll) classmate in 1954.We were last together at a reunion in Fla just a few years ago.so glad we had time together.Kathy was special and we all were blessed by her goodness. Never understood how Kathy was able to develop her southern deep southern drawl leaving behind a"Jersey"accent.

Joe and Linda Fertitta December 15, 2020 at 6:58 am - Reply

There is nothing Linda and I can say that hasn’t already been said. We will always remember the good times we had with Kathy and the group after Saturday mass.

Ree Coyman December 16, 2020 at 3:20 pm - Reply

I have so many fond memories when we were children growing up in NJ. Kathy was 2 years older than me – we were cousins – so I often got her hand me down wonderful dresses and other thing. I’m sorry to say that we lost contact until a few years ago. She had a great sense of humor and a warm welcoming smile. She will be missed.

Ruth Harmon December 16, 2020 at 6:33 pm - Reply

We have know Kathy since 2017 when we moved into the condo next to her. She was such a sweet neighbor and friend. Wayne will miss the sweet treats she bought to him. We miss her so much.

Nancy Sack December 24, 2020 at 3:26 am - Reply

Schmittou Family,
The Daigler and Sack Family want to send our sincere condolence’s to your family. We know it is a hard time to be without both your parents, we celebrate their lives with the memories we hold or them and you all. We all had lots of good times at St. John’s and growing up together in Gallatin. We will always remember your mom’s laugh…. Much Love, Nancy (Daigler) and Phil Sack, Kevin and Jody Daigler.

Chris December 29, 2020 at 4:16 pm - Reply

Thanks Nancy, it is hard to celebrate without your parents hope all is well with you and your family.

Chris Schmittou

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