Schmidt Edward A. Schmidt, born September 22, 1927 in Columbus, Ohio, departed from this life on August 25, 2014. A graduate of West High School, June 1945 and the Ohio State University in 1950. Staff Sergeant with the American Occupation Forces in Japan serving with General Macarthur's Headquarters in the Army Security Agency in Tokyo. Active in the West High Alumni Association serving as president 1996-1999. Active in the monthly West High luncheon and dinner groups. Secretary with the Hilltop Historical Society and former trustee of Greater Hilltop Area League of the Arts doing water color painting as a hobby. He resided in California for almost 40 years where he was affilicated with the Chubb Pacific Indemnity Company in insurance bodily injury claims. Obtained a lifetime teaching credential at the Rio Hondo College and Whittier, CA in Early Childhood Education. Employed with the Hillcrest County Day School in La Habra, CA for 12 years before retiring and returning to Columbus. He was known affectionately as "Mr. Ed" by the staff and children. Ed was a contributor for many years to the "Cooks Corner" section of the Columbus Dispatch where his ethnic background gave him a good knowledge of food preparation. A first generation American, he was the son of Katherine Stollmayer and John J. Schmidt who were both born in Austria-Hungary and came to America in their teens. Family mementos and photos may be viewed at the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration in New York City in the Katherine Stollmayer Schmidt case located in the "Treasures from Home" exhibit on the third floor. Preceded in death by parents, sister Margaret Jane and nephew Jeffery Wayne. He is survived by brother, John Z. (Jerrie) of Huntington Harbor, CA; nieces, Pamela Schmidt of Fullerton, CA and Melanie (Marshall) Dennis of La Habra, CA; and other relatives; close childhood friends of 80 years, John M. Steiner and Miriam More Murphy; dear friends, JoAnn and Bob Haydocy; Eddie's angel, Pattie and Mary Anne; wonderful neighbors, the staff at Lincoln Village Retirement, and especially his 4 legged friends, Teddy and Kelly. Friends may call at JERRY SPEARS FUNERAL HOME, 2693 W. Broad St., Wednesday 6-8 p.m. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Margaret of Cortona Catholic Church, 1600 N. Hague Ave. Fr. Jeff Rimelspach celebrant. Interment Sunset Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ohio Fuzzy Pawz Shih Tzu Rescue Inc., 426 Riva Ridge Rd., Pataskala, OH 43062, in memory of Edward Schmidt, for Teddy and Kelly.
Jerry Spears Funeral Home
2693 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43204
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 27, 2014