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Bill Schmitzer, who died recently at age 76, was buried last week in the Grey Cloud Island Township Cemetery. Rain fell gently as a few township residents and former coworkers from Aggregate Industry's mining operation gathered under umbrellas.


He had no family, according to Rich Mullen, longtime township clerk.

It didn't matter that Schmitzer died without means -- township residents are buried in the cemetery with no burial cost, Mullen said.

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Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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