William  Schmidt
Saturday
28
July

Visitation

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
208 7th St.
Carrollton, Illinois, United States
Saturday
28
July

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 11:40 am
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
208 7th St.
Carrollton, Illinois, United States
Saturday
28
July

Burial Service

12:00 pm - 12:15 am
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Carrollton City Cemetery
9th St. and Cemetery Road
Carrollton, Illinois, United States

Obituary of William Schmidt

WILLIAM EDWARD SCHMIDT, 78, died peacefully at his home in Overland, Missouri on July 24, 2018.  He was born Tuesday, January 16, 1940 in Albany, NY.  He was named Harry Lester Beadle by his birth mother, Louise Beadle, who had driven from the one room school in rural Easton, NY, where she was the teacher, to Albany to give birth.  Louise, at the risk of losing her teaching job by which she supported herself and her widower father, asked God for the grace and courage needed to give life to her baby and somehow carry him in such a way that she could keep her pregnancy a secret.  Her prayer was answered.  At Albany hospital, she saw a doctor for the first time in her pregnancy, delivered a son, arranged with the doctor to find a home for him, signed herself out early Thursday morning and was back in her classroom at Easton for the beginning of the school day.

                Little Harry (aka William Edward Schmidt) lived for the next five and a half years in Elsmere, NY in the home of Marie and Frank Wagner, and their daughters Carolyn, Joan and Linda who was like a twin sister to him.  Louise gave permission in late 1944 for Marie and Frank to adopt Harry, but before it could become official, Frank died. The laws at the time did not permit a single mother to adopt and Marie did not want her little Harry to go an orphanage so she committed herself to finding a couple that would adopt her “son” and give him a good home. 

                That couple was Edward and Hermine (nee Reiser) Schmidt of Voorheesville, NY.   He officially became their son in September and became God’s new creation in Baptism the very next Sunday on September 23, 1945 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Albany, NY.  He was baptized with a new name, William Edward Schmidt, by his uncle and Godfather, Pastor William Edward Reiser.  His Godmother was Aunt Margaret Reiser, and their daughter Olga (Reiser) Schulteis, though a cousin was as close to him throughout his life as any sister could be.  He was confirmed at St Paul in May 1953.  He graduated Valedictorian from Voorheesville High School in June 1957, and then went on to graduate from Concordia Junior College, Bronxville, NY and Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, IN.  In May 1965 he graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis and was Ordained to the Holy Ministry, June 13, 1965 in Colonie, NY by his Uncle Bill Reiser.

                He married Carol Margaret Krauskopf on October 12, 1964, and she survives.  He is also survived by his children Edward Theodore Schmidt, Elena Joy (and husband, Alfonso) Sasieta and Judy Kaye Richardson who was like a daughter to him.  Also surviving are his grandchildren Alfonso Miguel Sasieta (and wife, Crisely), Maria Elena Sasieta, Katerina Joy Sasieta, Tiana Lynn Morton & son Braylen and Brittany Janae Richardson as well as dozens of beloved Godchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

                Pastor Schmidt served at Way of the Cross Lutheran Church in inner city Detroit (1965-1971); St. John, Kampsville, IL (1971-1976); Our Redeemer, Carrollton, IL (1971-1989); and at Good Shepherd, Marion IL (1989-2005).  Upon retirement he moved to Overland, MO.  But in 2013 he got the itch again and served the saints at Holy Cross, Sugarloaf Township, IL from July 2013 until June 2018.

                Pastor Schmidt wrote many songs for VBS and Sunday School and for his family.  He also enjoyed writing poems, especially a unique style of poetry that Carol named “Schmidtku.”  He never knew a stranger and greeted everyone with his special blessing, “God bless you from head to foot in the Name of Jesus Who loves you and gave Himself for you.”   (See Galatians 2:20)

   Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday July 28, 2018 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Carrollton with services beginning at 11 a.m.   Burial will be in Carrollton City Cemtery.  Memorials may be made to any of the churches he has served, BJC Hospice, The Mission of Christ’s Network (Maria Sasieta’ s mission in Cambodia).

                              + MAY JESUS CHRIST BE PRAISED +

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