Southsider Voice correspondent
Mike Schoettle keeps God as close to him as possible each day as he tries his best to walk his Catholic faith.
He attended St. Mark Grade School, where his parents were among the parish founders. His children attended St. Jude and Roncalli and received a good education while learning about the Catholic faith.
Schoettle fondly recalls his early school days when his parents provided him the necessary foundation for his faith. “I got my faith from my mom and dad,” he said. “My mother was a convert to Catholicism and knew it just as well as anyone, while my dad had a very strong faith.” Those influences have made a lasting impression on him.
He and his wife of 49 years, Jean Ann Schoettle, have a strong Catholic faith. “I would have to say the people who influenced my faith the most were my mom, dad, father-in-law and mother-in-law,” he said.
They have eight children, Amy Curd, Dan, Nick, Andy, Marcy Buis, Sandy Wilson, Vince and Jessica Schoettle.
“Our whole life is about our kids, grandkids and our Catholic faith,” said Mike Schoettle, who pointed out why he thinks it is special to attend a Catholic school. “You go to Catholic schools and everyone helps provide that foundation for young people’s faith and how to build on it and live their lives.”
He went to say how people who work in the Indianapolis Archdiocese are dedicated to the Catholic faith and are good examples of how he wants to work hard at his faith too.
“It is really simple as all we have to do is treat people the same way you want to be treated,” Schoettle said. “We are all God’s people no matter what walk of life you come from or whatever any other aspect of your life may be. If you have your Catholic faith, then it will help you get through anything. It is a motto we can all live by in this world.”