July 29, 1928 - August 2, 2014
Edwin F. Schmitz died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends.
Ed was born on July 29, 1928 in Madison, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of 5 children of Gertrude and F Edwin Schmitz. He was a lovable playful child called “Snicky” and “the last twig on the vine”!
He attended Edgewood High School in Madison and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
Being tall and lean, he excelled in baseball and basketball. He went to St Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland where he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest of the Sulpician Order in May 1955. While there he published two books on church history. His love of American history was shown in his constant readings and lecture series.
He traveled to his homestead in Madison, Wisconsin for holiday visits, always playing Santa Claus to his large gathered family. He was loved and welcomed by many for his gentle ways and listening heart.
Moving to California he headed St. Patrick’s Seminary in Mountain View. During this time his organizational and counseling skills earned him great respect.
In 1972, Ed decided to leave the priesthood and marry the love of his life, Anne Marie. He loved and cared for Anne-Marie and her family. His gentle and kind sprit welcomed all of his extended family and friends to their home.
For a few years, Ed taught American History until he opened a small bookstore in Los Altos called the Book Nest. He had a passion for literature especially for John Steinbeck and the history of Lewis and Clark.
He loved long walks in his neighborhood, along the ocean and at Lake Tahoe. Together with Anne Marie, he shared a passion for travel, history and nature. He will forever be loved and missed for his well placed wise words and his strong support of family.
Ed is preceded in death by his loving wife, Anne Marie, his brothers Robert, William, and James, and his stepson Michael. He leaves behind his sister Virginia, his stepdaughters Anne and Susy, his grandchildren Lola, John, Brett, Sarah, and Maya, his great grandchild Arianna and his numerous nieces and newphews. Ed will forever remain in all of our hearts. We will miss him dearly and he will never be forgotten.
A memorial service will be held in early October. In memory of Ed, donations can be made to St. Anthony Foundation, 150 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102.