Photo of Carmel & Mike Schramm

About Simply Living Jewelry

My hobby of stone and fossil collecting evolved into a business. After years of planning, in 1998 I made the move to redirect my life and retire from my professional career. I carried the practical experience and education of excellent customer service, marketing, sales, and inventory management into Simply Living Jewelry. Each year I devote a number of weeks to supplementary education in design, metal smithing, lapidary techniques, collecting trips, or visting mines.

I am a successful, customer focused – Lapidary Artist and Silversmith.

Customer service and satisfaction is a vital element of my business philosophy.

Mike's Situation / Obituary

Dear Valued Clients,

Michael Douglas “Mike” Schramm, at the age of 57, died in St Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI, on Friday, June 10 2016, after being recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

He battled hard, with dignity, and with his keen sense of humor shining through.

Mike is survived by his wife of 33 years, Carmel Flory Schramm of Rhinelander, WI.

He is also survived by his father, Douglas Schramm of Neenah, a brother, Patrick Schramm of Plymouth, MN, a sister Lynn (Tom) Stinski of Surprise, AZ, a sister, Lori (Steve) Schutkoske of Omro, WI, a step sister, Marie Polar of Neenah, WI. A sister in law, Kim (Lee) Bastian of Rhinelander, a brother in law, Jim (Tammy) Flory of Rhinelander, a brother-in-law Mike (Wendy) Flory of Oshkosh. His mother in law, Shelby Flory, of Rhinelander, WI. In addition many nieces, nephews, and god children who were very special to Mike. He so enjoyed time spent with all of his family.

Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Susanne Schramm, step mother Yvonne Schramm, and brother, Scott Schramm.

Mike was born on October 28, 1958 in Neenah, WI. He graduated from Menasha High School and Assumption College in Worcester, MA.

Mike began his career in the soft drink business in WI, finishing that career as a Business Development Manager with Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Worcester, MA. In this arena Mike was best described as tenacious.

In 1999, Mike followed his passion in the gem, mineral, and jewelry trade. Mike was an accomplished metal smith and jewelry designer. He enjoyed exhibiting his work at various shows across the country as he loved the people he met and those who appreciated his work. This work allowed him to continue his love of travel. He was fortunate to travel to many countries to gain an appreciation of other cultures and ensure gems and minerals he was using were mined ethically.

Mike was always active with volunteer activities, beginning with Junior Achievement, to Raising Money for those without homes in MA. He strongly supported CMN, the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Weis Earth Science Museum, and in the infancy of ArtStart.

Please join us to Celebrate Mike’s life

Celebrations of Life are scheduled:

June 21
Pine Lake Town Hall
Rhinelander, WI 4-8pm.

Visiting beginning at 4:00pm, with the program starting at 5.00pm.

June 23
1000 Islands Environmental Center
1000 Beaulieu Ct, Kaukauna, WI 5-9pm.

Visiting beginning at 5:00pm, with the program starting at 6.00pm.
Casual, wear your walking shoes to take advantage of the beautiful trails.

Condolences should be sent to:

PO Box 1337, Rhinelander, WI 54501.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:

CoVantage Credit Union
Mike Schramm Benefit Account 230644
PO Box 369
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Artist Statement:

My passion began with memories of childhood vacations, discovering natural treasures, carefully placing each find in my pocket. Dreaming of what lies atop the next hill.

I believe special treasures should be shown for others to enjoy, apprehend, & realize. A treasure anchors each of my creations. This central stone cries for accompaniment; color and texture. Completing a design bestows a winning feeling. The stones melded artistically.

I stimulate memories of childhood collections in the form of wearable art. My artistic talent is revealed by experimentation and the delight expressed by others.  I develop a natural bond with customers, sharing similar memories. They love the way I build a team of natural stones, bursting with color. How grateful I feel as customers add to their collection.  Known as an educator, I share the story behind the elements of each piece, as well as my lapidary process, followed by metal fabrication.

Artist Biography

Stakes in corporate life abandoned
Inciting hobbies of silversmith and lapidary work through continued education
Manipulate and reveal Mother Earth’s treasures
Presenting timeless keepsakes for the admiring eye
Looking deep to expose beauty kept captive
Yield splendors encrusted millenniums ago

Laboring, blending colors and textures
Invoke a passion with each creation
Versatile in forging each gem’s encasement
Into works, revealing the love of travel
Notably sharing compassion and talents yet
Giving Carmel  ‘simply living’ in Wisconsin’s Northwoods.


Dear Friends and Valued Clients,

Please accept my sincere gratitude for all the love you showed me since Mike’s passing.

Although Mike isn’t by my side, my passion for creating and sharing wearable art and studying geology is as strong as ever.

Due to unpredictable issues that have been a struggle and time consuming, I find myself needing time to recover.

Therefore, it is necessary to eliminate the majority of venues for a period of time.  My personal life and Simply Living Jewelry need devoted time.

I plan to exhibit beginning in the spring of 2018 and will be looking forward to seeing all of you.

 Much love,