John J. Schmitt

John J. Schmitt, 56, Ashville, died unexpectedly Sunday at home with his loving wife by his side.

He was born in Altoona, son of Walter Schmitt and the late Dolores (Myers) Schmitt. He married Bobbi Pfiester on Sept. 19, 1981.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters: Dana and Keri; a granddaughter, Aubrey “Scooter,” his father; a sister, Darlene Stahl and husband, Bill; two brothers: Robert and William and wife, Sue Lee; many nieces and nephews; and his best friend, his dog, Tucker.

He was preceded in death by his beloved dog, Mack.

John had been employed with the Altoona Water Authority with 19 years of service. His second home was in the woods. He enjoyed running the dogs with the four-wheeler and having Scooter by his side, but spending time with his loving family was most important to him.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 23, 2013, at The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto-Reste Park Cemetery, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, by Pastor Wayne Ayer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.