Walter A. Schmidt, 95, of New Hartford, widower of Esther (Recoulle) Schmidt, died on Tuesday (March 16, 2021) at home with family by his side.
Walter was born on November 4, 1925 in Holyoke, MA and was a son of the late John and Christine (Rech) Schmidt.
He was raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts where he graduated from Holyoke High School. He enlisted to serve in the United States Navy and is a World War II veteran. Through the G.I. Bill he attended Tufts University and graduated with a B.A. in History and a Masters of Education which started his career as an educator, coach, and school administrator. He taught at Woodstock Academy, Thomaston High School, and Conard High School in West Hartford where he served as vice-principal before retiring. His devotion as an educator and coach influenced many students to strive for success. After retirement, Walter had a second career for 25 years with the Walgreen Corporation.
Walter's religious faith was vital in his approach to life. He was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bristol, Connecticut.
He is survived by three daughters: twins, Caren O’Brien and husband, Michael of Hopkinton, MA and Christine DePiano and husband, Patrick of Colchester, and Patti Fensham and husband, Christopher of Manalapan, NJ; four grandchildren: Michael DePiano, Maresa Welch and husband, Thomas, Lauren Levinson and husband, Jared, and Andrew Fensham and wife, Mary; nine great-grandchildren: Alyana and Mason Welch, Nicholas, Luke, Alexa DePiano, Abigail and Hudson Levinson, and Leo and Todd Fensham; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Ozwald Schmidt.
After cremation, a private memorial service for the family will be celebrated on Saturday (March 27, 2021) at 11 AM at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol. His ashes will be dispersed on the beautiful property in New Hartford which he and his wife Esther so loved.
Please visit Walter’s memorial website at www.FunkFuneralHome.com.
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