Stephen A. Schmidt, Ed.D., age 79, of River Forest; beloved husband of Hildegarde "Gick" nee Rehwaldt; loving father of Elizabeth (Douglas Swartz) Schmidt, Deborah Schmidt (Christopher) Rogers, Stephen (Arlene Sweeney-Schmidt) Schmidt and Ruth (Kevin Zamzow) Schmidt; cherished grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of one; dear brother of Herbert (Grace) Schmidt and Henrietta (the late Harold) Kieschnick; fond uncle of many. Dr. Schmidt, a Professor of Religious Studies, taught at Concordia Teachers College, Mundelein College, and the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago. Visitation Wednesday 4 to 9 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home,
203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest, IL 60305. Interment Concordia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Institute of Pastoral Studies, 820 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 or Grace Lutheran Church and School, School Fund are appreciated. Funeral info: 708-383-3191 or drechslerbrownwilliams.com
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Sep. 4, 2012.