The Rev. Edwin Andrew Vincent Schmidt, 79, of St. Martins, Mo., passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017, at his residence.
Father Schmidt was born on Dec. 18, 1937, in Tipton, Mo, the son of the late Aloysius A. and Anna Johanna (Fischer) Schmidt. He is survived by his brother, David G.(Sheryl) Schmidt; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by siblings, Arthur P. Schmidt, Sister Mary Agnes Schmidt, CDP, Harold J. Schmidt, Ruth H. Schmidt, Margaret E. Schmidt, James H. Schmidt, Norbert J. Schmidt and Mary Magdalen Schmidt.
Father Schmidt attended St. Andrew Grade School in Tipton from 1943-1949 and St. Francis Xavier Grade School in Kansas City, Mo., from 1949-1950. He attended St. Andrew High School in Tipton from 1950-1951. He then entered St. John’s Seminary High School from 1951-1955 and St. John’s Seminary College from 1955-1957 in Kansas City, Mo. He attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio, from 1957-1963.
Father Schmidt was ordained to the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ on May 25, 1963, by His Excellency, Archbishop Egidio Vagnazzi, Apostolic Delegate to the United States at St. Turibius Chapel of the Pontifical College Josephinum.
His pastoral assignments were Assistant Pastor, St. Mary Church, Hannibal,appointed June 14, 1963; Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Edina, appointed Aug. 25, 1965; Assistant Pastor, SS. Peter & Paul Church, Boonville, appointed June 15, 1967; Pastor, St. Theresa Church, Dixon and St. Cornelius, Crocker, appointed Nov. 10, 1969; Pastor, St. George Church, Linn and the Mission of St. Alexander, Belle, appointed March 22, 1971; Pastor, Catholic Church of Hannibal, appointed July 15, 1980(merged St. Mary and Blessed Sacrament Parishes into present day Holy Family Parish); Temporary Administrator, St. Andrew Church, Tipton, appointed July 1-31, 2009; Pastor, St. Martin Church, St. Martins, appointed July 15, 1993 until his death on April 15, 2017.
Other positions held by Father Schmidt were Area Vocation Director, 1963-1967; Jefferson City East Deanery Moderator for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, 1973-1980; Hannibal Deanery Moderator for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, 1981-1993; Dean of Hannibal Deanery, 1989-1992; Priests’ Personnel Board, 1987-1989,1992-1997; Dean of Jefferson City Deanery, 1994-1998; Priests’ Senate – 1989-1990, 1995-1997; College of Consultors, 1994-1998; Priest Representative to Diocesan Pastoral Council, September 2012-September 2015, ex officio member of the Helias Catholic High School Board of Directors, until March 2017, Diaconate Advisory Board/Diaconate Board of Admissions and Scrutinies,1998-2017; and Appointed Member of Presbyteral Council, 2010-2017.
Father Schmidt’s community involvement included Chaplain to Knights of Columbus for over 30 years; 4th Degree Knight of Columbus in 1989; played Santa Claus in Edina; member of Jaycees in Boonville, receiving the Service to Humanity Award in 1969; volunteer fireman in Dixon, member of Kiwanis, received the local Jefferson Award in October 2016.
Father Schmidt celebrated his 25th Anniversary of Holy Priesthood on May 30, 1988, at Holy Family Church in Hannibal and on June 4, 1988, at St. Andrew Church in Tipton. He celebrated his 50th Anniversary of Holy Priesthood at St. Martin Church in St. Martins on May 26, 2013.
Visitation will be at St. Martin Catholic Church, 7148 St. Martins Blvd., St. Martins, Missouri, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the Prayer Service at 2 p.m.
The concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, April 21, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Martin Catholic Church with the Most Rev. John R. Gaydos presiding.
Burial will be in the St. Martin Catholic Cemetery in St. Martins, Mo.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Martin Catholic Church, 7148 St. Martins Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65109.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Those wishing to email tributes or condolences to the family may do so at the www.dulletrimble.com website.