Sister Barbara goes home to the Lord

Schmidt_Barbara_Sr_2012-100pxSister Barbara M. Schmidt, OSF, age 77, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, died July 1, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay.

She was born May 1, 1936, in Oshkosh to LeRoy and Harriet Schmidt. She attended St. Joseph and St. Peter grade schools, and graduated from Oshkosh North High School in 1954. She worked part time at Kiekaefer's in Oshkosh as telephone operator while attending UW-Oshkosh for two years before entering the Community of the Sisters of St. Francis in 1956. She graduated from St. Norbert College in 1967 with a bachelor of education degree. Her master's in administration in 1974 was from the University of Dayton in Ohio. She celebrated her 50th Jubilee in 2007.

She taught in many schools in the Green Bay and Madison dioceses. Grade schools where Sister taught included: St. John the Baptist, Howard; St. Joseph, Marinette; St. Joseph, Madison; St. Boniface, DePere; St. Kilian, New Franken; St. Matthew, Green Bay; St. Mary, Peshtigo; Sts. Peter & Paul, Institute; St. Charles, Lena; Holy Angels, Darboy; and St. Vincent, Oshkosh. For most of her teaching career she taught seventh and eighth grade, and for many of these years she was also the Principal. After 37 years of teaching in the elementary schools, she decided to enjoy the little ones, and for ten more enjoyable years, she taught two-year-olds in day care at the Gingerbread House and Christian Community in Oshkosh.

Being raised on a farm, Sister Barb had a great love of all animals, especially miniature Schnauzers. She enjoyed driving the tractor for hauling hay, working in the fields, and caring and harvesting the garden crops. She enjoyed playing musical instruments especially the organ, accordion, guitar and harmonica. She appreciated listening to music, live performances, reading a good book and going for walks.

Sister had a great compassion for her aging parents and helped care for them in addition to her teaching responsibilities while in the Oshkosh area. She also cared for her priest brother while he was dying with cancer. Upon retirement, Sister moved to the Motherhouse in November 2006 where she volunteered for Community Service.

Sister Barb is survived by her sister, Dorothy (Chuck) Bauer; an aunt and uncle; several cousins; Community of Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross and the Associates; and many friends. Preceding her in death were her parents; her brother, Fr. Gene; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation and Vigil Service were held on July 5 at St. Francis Convent. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 6 by Rev. Ralph Merkatoris at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Bay Settlement.

The Sisters and Sister Barb's family thank Dr. Seccombe and the surgical team at St. Vincent Hospital for their valiant efforts on Sister Barb's behalf.

If you would like to offer a memorial gift in Sister Barb's honor, please see our online form or our mail-in form. Your gift will suport the care and ministries of our Sisters.  Thank you and God bless!