Remembering 2nd V.P. Kurt Schmidt

Besides being a WisCOSH Board member for many years Kurt Schmidt was also a long time union worker, worker advocate, business agent for his union, an active member of both the Waukesha County Labor Council and theĀ Milwaukee Area Labor Council and a staunch supporter of worker’s right to safe work in a healthy environment. Kurt was a mainstay in the community volunteering to help others even while in the midst of his own trials. Kurt not only believed that he could make a difference he went out and did it and usually brought along others with him. He loved his community and was in turn loved by them as well.

Kurt worked may years as a baker and on behalf of his fellow bakers. It was as a baker he contracted his workplace injury that took him from us much too soon. Few people realize how dangerous their jobs are because they seem so safe compared to construction, assembly lines or many other occupations. But breathing in finely milled particles of flour can be just as hazardous as if it were silica or asbestos and can make every breath you attempt to take labored and painful.

Kurt believed in and supported WisCOSH and it’s mission. Kurt was the living embodiment of workers helping workers through his actions, words and availability. Kurt had no problem telling legislators what workers needed and deserved and would hold them accountable if they failed to come through for workers. Kurt was active locally, at the state level and on a national level. WisCOSH will miss his keen insight and perspective.

There will be a visitation followed by a brief service this Thursday, June 20, 2024 at Bevsek-Verbick Funeral Home starting at 4pm with the service starting at 6pm. In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to the Association for the Rights of Citizens with Handicaps (ARCh).

Rest In Power Brother Schmidt.

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