YORK Raymond W. Schmidt, 82, died peacefully at Barley Autumn House East on Sunday, June 28, 2015 after a courageous battle with kidney disease. He was the husband of Suzanne Wolpert Schmidt for 59 years. He was born in Harrisburg on July 20, 1932. He was the son of the late Raymond C. Schmidt and Margaret (Daylor) Schmidt. Ray was a 1950 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School. After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree from Millersville University he continued on and completed a Master's Degree of Education from Temple University. Raymond began his teaching career at Cumberland Valley High School in 1955 where he also coached football and basketball. He joined the teaching staff of York Suburban High School on its opening day in 1958 as a math teacher. During his 35 year tenor he also taught Driver's Education and coached football and basketball. One of his earliest Junior High teams went on to have an undefeated season. Members of this team have remained in touch to this day. Ray had a genuine concern for all students and athletes that through the years would reach out to thank him. Raymond was a member of St. Mary's Church since 1958 where he served as a lecture and Eucharistic Minister. He belonged to the Knights of St. Paul, the Bereavement Committee, and the Golden Nuggets. Raymond was a dedicated volunteer of St. Mary's Thrift Shop, Salvation Army, York County Blind Center and the American Cancer Society. He was a faithful member and past president of Kreutz Creek Valley Lion's Club where he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. For 23 years he served as Director of the York Educational Federal Credit Union. Among Ray's favorite hobbies were golf, watching game shows, and routing for Notre Dame Football. For years Ray enjoyed playing the part of Santa for friends and family and at many functions throughout York. Following in his father's footsteps, Raymond continued his passion for baking cookies and loved sharing them with family and friends. During his retired years he became a lunchtime regular at Marino's Pizza and Pasta House with his wife, Sue. For the past 31 years the joy of Ray and his wife's lives were their grandchildren. From grade school through college they could be found on the sidelines cheering on Emily and Mitchell. In addition to his wife, Raymond is survived by his daughter, Mary Beth Steelman and her husband, Joseph; and grandchildren, Emily Steelman Freeborn and husband, Maxwell, of Manassas, Va. and Mitchell Steelman of Philadelphia; a sister, IHM Sister Mary Elizabeth Schmidt of Philadelphia; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Joann Reineberg and brother-in-law, Donald Reineberg. A viewing will be held on Wednesday July 1, 2015 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., rosary to follow at John W. Keffer Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 2114 W. Market St., York. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 309 S. George St., York, at 10 a.m. following a viewing beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday July 2, 2015. Burial immediately following at Holy Saviour Cemetery. Donations may be made in Raymond's name to Heartland Hospice, 4317 Concord Road, Ste C, York 17406 and St. Mary's Catholic Church, 309 South George Street, York, PA 17401. The family of Raymond would like to send a special thank you Dr. Michael Wilson, nurse Morgan Bentivegna, and the staff of Stoneybrook Family Medicine for many years of excellent medical care and concern. KefferFH.com
Published by York Daily Record on Jun. 30, 2015.