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William G. Schmidt

May 15, 2016

William G. SchmidtDeacon William G. Schmidt, 93, Watertown and formerly of Adams, passed away Sunday morning, May 15, 2016, at Samaritan Keep Home where he had resided since April.

His body will be received into St. Patrick's Church and lie in state Wednesday evening, May 18, with a vigil service held at 7:00 PM. There will be a calling hour on Thursday, May 19, from 8:30 - 9:30AM at the church followed by the funeral mass celebrated at the church at 10:00AM with Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley, Bishop of Ogdensburg, officiating. Msgr. Robert H. Aucoin, pastor of St. Patrick's Church, will concelebrate with priests of the diocese and fellow Deacons assisting and Rev. Arthur J. LaBaff will be the homilist. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Mr. Schmidt was born in Utica on May 16, 1922, son of James H. and Eleanor Clark Schmidt. On October 9, 1942 he entered the US Army. He served in Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern and Southern France, Rhineland and Rome-Arno. Bill received the European-African-Middle Eastern Service and the Good Conduct Medals. He was honorably discharged on September 29, 1945. After his service, he began college and received his B. S. in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College on June 4, 1949 and a Masters in Education from Syracuse University.

In 1949 he married Sara Vivian Phelps at Holy Family Church in Fulton.

In 1952 the couple moved to Watertown where Bill became the first licensed physical therapist in the city. He became Chief of Physical Therapy at Mercy Hospital and also maintained a private practice in physical therapy. He enjoyed gardening and caring for his land and camping.

In 1985 he was ordained a Deacon by the Diocese of Ogdensburg and had served as president of the St. Lawrence Society, the Ogdensburg Diocese's organization for Deacons. He was a communicant and Deacon at St. Patrick's Church. In his ministry Bill enjoyed serving his church and deaconate by visiting the sick and homebound and was very devoted to his ministry.

Besides his wife, S. Vivian, he is survived by his seven children, John and Sheila Schmidt, Cheverly, MD, Mary and Francis Navarra, Watertown, Therese Schmidt, Brooklyn, Mark and Denise Schmidt, Syracuse, Robert Schmidt, Hudson Falls, Margaret and James Sullivan, Baldwinsville, and Thomas and Vanessa Schmidt, Manhasset, Long Island; twenty-one grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; sister, Dorothy O'Toole, Utica; brother-in-law, Bruce B. Phelps; several nieces and nephews including James Schmidt and companion, Manny Gonzalez, Deborah and William Marscher, Linda and Peter Russell and Carol Hoyt. Bill was predeceased by his grandson, Andrew Wiley Schmidt, his brother and his wife, James and Margaret Schmidt and brother-in-law, Howard O'Toole.

Donations in his name may be made to either St. Patrick's Church, 123 S. Massey St., Watertown, NY 13601 or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#25 David and Roberto 2016-05-22 09:24
Dear Terry and Family,

You Dad was quite a guy, and had a long run. All your wonderful memories will be a great comfort to you.

All out love-
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#24 Karen Keenan 2016-05-21 11:30
Dear Mary and all the Schmidt family, may you find comfort in all the wonderful memories of Bill. I remember his great smile and big laugh- I know he brought a lot of joy and comfort to many through his work and ministry.
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#23 Karen K 2016-05-20 21:11
Dear Terry, Viv and all Schmidt family members-

My deepest condolences to you all on Bill's passing. Although I only had the pleasure of meeting him one time, I felt like I knew him through Terry, sharing family memories and history over the many years of our friendship. From all the warm thoughts & fond memories expressed by many here, he will be missed.
My thoughts are with you. Karen
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#22 Laurie Briceland 2016-05-20 08:38
My sincere condolences to the Schmidt family. Bill was a wonderful man who truly excelled in his steadfast ministry in visiting the sick and home bound. I know my family is forever grateful to Bill for joyfully visiting both of my parents during their terminal illnesses, bringing them happiness along with the Eucharist. God Bless you all.
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#21 Diantha Lavoie 2016-05-20 06:22
Mary and Schmidt family sorry for your loss. Your Dad had many wonderful accomplishments in his life. Remember all the joyful moments. My prayers are with your family.
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#20 Elaine Briceland 2016-05-19 20:25
I have so many beautiful memories about this wonderful man -from family parties on Stone Street, to putting my hands in hot wax at the hospital office, to sitting around the campfire at Westcott's Beach, to welcoming him in our family home as a daily visitor for each of my parents. What a wonderful model for all of us to follow and life to celebrate!
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#19 Vicky 2016-05-19 14:44
Dear Mrs. Schmidt, Mary and family,
I am so sorry for your loss.Deacon Schmidt was part of our Samaritan family as he and his wife faithfully gave many Catholic Services at our nursoing home for our residents.
May he rest in peace. God Bless to his family.
Love and Prayers, Vicky
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#18 Diantha Lavoie 2016-05-19 10:12
Mary and the Schmidt family sorry for your loss. You should be very proud of his many accomplishments in his life and his loving family. Cherish the memories.
I will keep you in my prayers.
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#17 Sharron Gaebel 2016-05-19 08:46
Dear Schmidt Beautiful Family:
Oh behalf of our family we send our deepest sympathies and love to your beautiful family from all of us. We thank you Viv and Bill for over the years my Dad was with us and now gone to Jesus in heaven for all of your unconditional love and support and receiving the Eucharist many times with my Dad's illness. May Jesus watch over all of you and your young ones today and always.
Prayers and Love, Peace,
Sharron and DeeDee Gaebel and Family
We Love You All and Praying for all of you today and always.
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#16 Fred and Cindy Gill 2016-05-19 08:28
We were saddened to see that Bill had died. He certainly played a huge roll in our lives when we came to live and work in Watertown. He was always a patient, generous, and motivating therapist and we both learned a lot working with him. He touched so many lives. He was a good man and we are so sorry for your loss.
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