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Born: 04/24/1929
Died: 01/24/2018
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Schmidt-Thomas E. Sr.

Thomas E. Schmidt Sr. of Jersey City died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. He was 88.

devoted husband and father and a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Tom will be remembered as a self-taught historian who lived for his family and could build or fix just about anything. He relished learning and through the years worked to become an expert in whatever hobby he tried, from gardening to using a computer. In his retirement, he spent many happy days aboard his Carolina skiff, fishing on the Metedeconk River, and taking day trips to Atlantic City with his wife, brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

The son of the late Margaret and William Schmidt, Tom was born in Union City and graduated from St. Michael’s Grammar School. While in high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving honorably in the Korean War and rising to the rank of staff sergeant.

Trained in airplane maintenance, airplane power plant mechanics and aircraft engine mechanics at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois, he proudly served both Stateside and abroad from 1949 to 1952.

A longtime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he served as commander of the Capt. Clinton E. Fisk Post No. 132 in the Jersey City Heights from 1969 to 1970.

On his return home from the serviceTom worked with his three brothers at their Schmidt’s Woodworking & Lumber Co. in Union City.

He moved to Jersey City on his marriage to Margaret (nee DiCocco); the couple celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last May.

Tom worked as a boiler mechanic with the McConnell Fuel Oil Co. in Jersey City for some 30 years, retiring in the early 1990s.

He is survived by his wife; his children, Dr. Ann Marie Schmidt and Dr. Paul Fondacaro, Margaret Schmidt and Ed Rappaport, and Thomas E. Schmidt Jr. and Nancy Barre Schmidt; his grandsons, Matthew Fondacaro and Daniel, John and Nicholas Schmidt; his brother-in-law, Frank DiCocco; and his nephewsand nieces, Joseph DiCocco, Frank DiCocco, Olga and Chet Urbanowicz, Luanne and Tom Kulesa, and Laura, Herb, Tom and Guy Schmidt.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Louis, Joseph and William Schmidt; his sisters-in-law, Ann DiCocco, Pauline DiCocco and Olga Schmidt; and his son-in-law Peter Weiss.

Viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at Greenville Memorial Home, 374 Danforth Ave., Jersey City. 

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 14 Greenville Ave., Jersey City, with entombment to follow at Holy Name Mausoleum in Jersey City. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home at 9 a.m. 

Contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars or to the charity or your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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