A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Jerome J. Schmidt was celebrated on Thursday, Aug. 9 at Immaculate Conception Center Chapel, Douglaston.
He died Aug. 4 at Bishop Mugavero Residence for senior priests, Douglaston, where he had been living. He was 88.
Born in Brooklyn and baptized at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Windsor Terrace, he attended Cathedral College, Brooklyn, and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, L.I.
He was ordained June 11, 1949 by Bishop Thomas E. Molloy at St. James Pro-Cathedral, Downtown Brooklyn.
He served as an assistant at St. Christopher, Baldwin, 1949-52; St. Francis of Assisi, Crown Heights, 1952-65; Queen of Angels, Sunnyside, 1965-67; Our Lady of Victory, Bedford-Stuyvesant, 1967-70; St. Helen, Howard Beach, 1970-71; St. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands, 1971-86; and Resurrection, Gerritsen Beach, 1986-97.
After retiring in 1997, he moved to Virginia and lived there until moving to the Bishop Mugavero Residence.
Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto was the main celebrant of the funeral Mass.
Special concelebrants included Msgrs. Michael Cantley and Austin Bennett. Father George Cowan preached the homily.
Father Cowan, who lives at Bishop Mugavero Residence, remembered Father Schmidt as “a gentle, caring and loving man.
“He suffered with Parkinson’s disease. He couldn’t control all his body’s motion. But he came to Mass every single day.
“He was a holy man who lived the way Jesus wanted him to live.
“People cared for him and he was loved. In return, he spent his life caring and loving people.”
Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village.