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
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Sep. 4, 2012.
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Dear Gick,
Stephen was an encourager and healing friend. God's peace and strength be with you.
Lee and Terri Rosenthal
Leon Rosenthal
October 2, 2012
Gick and family, I just found out about Stephen's death. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a tremendous teacher in my life and a huge influence. I have always been grateful for all he did for me at Mundelein.
Kathleen Cahalan
September 13, 2012
Dr. Schmidt both baptized me and performed my wedding ceremony nearly 23 years later. He sang to my grandma in her final hours, giving her comfort. Our deepest sympathies to the Schmidt family (who we will always think of as family) at the loss of such an amazing man, who was way ahead of his time.
Robin Czajka
September 10, 2012
I am truly saddened by Stephen's passing. He was a marvelous professor who helped shaped my theology. Prayers and blessings to his family.
Susan Paweski, SP
September 6, 2012
Gick and family,
Again my sympathies. Steve was a good friend and I can't tell you how much I appreciate his life and his friendship to my mom and my family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all...
Barbara Wright
September 5, 2012
Dear Deb and family, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you
Shannon Staten
September 4, 2012
Dear Gick...Jo and I join your family and loved ones as you deal with this great loss and, at the same time, great celebration of this unbelievably loving, challenging, passionate and very-much-alive man. You have been an inspiration to us and we treasure our relationship, our rich shared memories and look forward to those to come. His peace, our love, Chuck and Jo
Chuck and Joanne Dull
September 4, 2012