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Neil A. Schmid

Nov 17, 1995 - Jan 08, 2024


Neil A. Schmid, age 28, of Manitowoc, passed away on Monday, January 8, 2024, peacefully and comfortably in his home. He was born in Sheboygan on November 17, 1995, to Allen and Lori (Oberg) Schmid.
Neil attended school at Wilson Elementary, Howards Grove, St.Dominic’s and graduated from Kohler High School in 2014. In middle and high school, Neil was a member of 4-H clubs. He received awards for blacksmithing, photography and woodworking. He also showed rabbits and horses.
He began attending Lakeshore Technical College in his high school years, and continued on after graduation. Over the years, Neil was enrolled in many different programs there, unsure of what degree to pursue, as he enjoyed anything with mechanics and anything science related. He received a few technical degrees and certificates, including industrial maintenance and nuclear science. Up until his cancer diagnosis, he was enrolled at LTC in the Electrical-Mechanical Automation Technology Program. He was planning to complete his associates degree and continue on for a bachelor’s degree in a similar field.
In August of 2014, he began dating his wife. On October 28, 2022, he was united in marriage to Hannah Cevaal in Manitowoc.
Neil started working as a waiter at Parkview Family Restaurant in Sheboygan Falls, in high school, and later became an evening shift manager. He worked for Kohler at Whistling Straits Golf Course, as a part of the grounds crew. Neil also worked in hospitality at Kohler, working as a waiter in banquets. In 2014, Neil made a job transfer at Kohler Company, and began working the foundry as a maintenance mechanic. Years later, he moved up to an electo-mechanical maintenance technician position. Neil was currently working as an electro-mechanical maintenance safety coordinator, at Kohler Company in the foundry.
Neil lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, driving and working on cars, going to concerts or seeing live music, taking road trips, going to amusement parks, riding atv’s, spending time outdoors, hiking, going to the beach, working on home improvement projects, going to museums, looking at artwork, reading anything about history, collecting coins, gardening, trying new foods, cooking and grilling, bonfires with neighbors and friends, spending time with his wife Hannah, and playing with his dogs, Cooper and Shelby.
Neil put up a huge fight to cancer, one that most could not imagine. His cancer was rare and extremely aggressive. Neil fought day in and day out. When doctors told him things weren’t good, he would just ask what the next treatment was. When doctors told him to stop, he would just find a different doctor that would treat him. He went through multiple surgeries, including a major abdominal surgery, leaving him to re-learn to walk. He was given over 14 rounds of chemotherapy. He went through two stem cell transplants, leaving him sick and without an immune system for weeks. He also was enrolled in many research studies, to help understand his cancer better and to hopefully help the next person with his type of cancer. He never complained though, he took cancer head-on. He frequently said: “I’m okay with losing, I’m not ok with giving up”.
Survivors include his wife, Hannah Schmid, of Manitowoc; parents, Allen, and Lori (Oberg) Schmid; a sister, Wendi Schmid, all of Sheboygan; grandmother, Shirley Schmid, of Oshkosh; Aunt and Godmother, Barb Lemmens, of Sheboygan; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Bonnie Cevaal, of Elkhart Lake; a brother-in-law, Travis (Angel) Cevaal, of Sheboygan Falls; and niece, Ava Cevaal; He was also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives.
Neil was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert and May Oberg; paternal grandfather, Charles Schmid; an uncle, Robert ‘Bobby’ Oberg Jr; aunt, Sharon Oberg; ‘aunt’ Gail Butzin; aunt Wendy Schmid; and grandmother-in-law, Kathleen ‘Kitty’ Kasten.
A memorial service for Neil will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan, with Chaplin Shawn Wehner officiating. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Sunday morning from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will take place at Sheboygan Falls Cemetery.
A heartfelt thank you for exceptional care is extended to all the staff at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic in Sheboygan, Dr. Lawerence Einhorn and Dr. Timothy Materson at IU Health in Indianapolis, and special thank you to Dr. John Burfeind at Froedtert, for giving Neil a fighting chance; And finally, thank you to the staff with the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice and Palliative care.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to the following organizations:
For cancer support in the community: Gumby’s Club
( ), Pink Heals Manitowoc (
For research on Testicular cancer:
Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation ( )

Memorial Service

Date: Sunday Jan 14, 2024
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]


Date: Sunday Jan 14, 2024
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



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Gary J. Coenen

Hannah, Neils passing is such a great loss. He was a wonderful & liked neighbor. My sympathy goes out to you. I can only imagine the strength that you must have.

Fred and Becca Rose

We extend our deepest sympathies to each and every one of you. Al and Lori- the pain of losing a child is the worst emotional pain one can experience. My heart aches for you, more than I could ever express. Wendy- siblings are often our best friends and can relate to us in ways no one else can really understand. There is just something about the childhood experience that is responsible for this..You are in our thoughts. Hannah- although we have not met, the dedication and love you displayed for Neal speaks to the depth of love you had for your husband. You are in our thoughts.

Glenn and Sarah Petsin

Our deepest condolences to you and your family

Elaine Parton

In honor of Neil…. I met Neil as a young child and was fortunate to be his Nurse Practitioner for many years at Children’s Hospital. I also knew and cared for his wife Hannah. I am so saddened that Neil lost his battle to cancer but glad to have known such a wonderful young man and family. May your memories provide some comfort and his energy, gentleness, warmth, humor and courage he exhibited live on in each of us that met and were lucky enough to have been touched by Neil. I am not able to join you due to other family commitments for his celebration in person but will be there in spirit. Take care of each other and know he will be remembered fondly.

Dianne and John Labbadia

Sweet Hannah, You were just amazing in your love and devotion to Neil, your an angel indeed. I pray that you will find comfort and peace in how hard Neil fought the good fight but did not lose because he is with God. Blessings to you and your family Bonnie, Paul and Travis. ❤️

Lorie Ruck

I am so sorry for your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Paula Erickson Benjamin

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family!

Dawn King

You are in my thoughts. My deepest sympathy to family and friends.

Michael Schnur

I extend my deepest condolences for the loss of Neil. May your memories bring you comfort, and may you find strength in the love and support of those around you. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

John & Idell Miller

Al, Lori, and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Neil's passing. He was a good kid, & like the obit states, he lived life to it's fullest. Stay Strong and cherish the memories.

Tom and Donna Schultz & Family

Our family met Neil at St. Dominics. Our deepest sympathy to you. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Rhonda Miller

I am so sorry for your loss. Neil was a unique person with a wonderful smile even from little on. May the Good Lord help to comfort you through this difficult time.

Kathy Saccoman Kramer

I’m so glad we got to meet Neil during our visit to Sheboygan several years ago. We are Schmid cousins and families are forever. We look forward to meeting Hannah as well. No more pain. In the arms of Jesus 😇

Ann Ertman

Lori, My deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of Neil. Sending prayers for strength and peace as you all navigate your journey of grief. Ann Ertman

Josh Brown

So sorry to hear about Neil’s passing. My deepest condolences to his wife, family and friends.

Saunders Kohn

Big Al, Lori, Wendi. May the good memories of Neil outweigh your sorrow. My love, prayers and Thoughts are with you.

Bart van Deventer

So sorry Hannah and sharing our condolences from your RIVERBEND family as well as my family. .