Sister Margaret Schmidt 1921-2014

Sister Margaret Schmidt

September 22, 1921- April 21, 2014

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Margaret Antone Schmidt who passed away of coronary artery disease on April 21 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was 92 years old.

Sister Margaret  was born in St. Louis on September 22, 1921 to parents Frederick and Mary (Becker) Schmidt.  She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on September 15, 1942, and made her final profession on August 15, 1948. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fontbonne College  in 1959 and a master's  in elementary education administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1968.

Right after her entrance, Sister Margaret's 72 year ministry in education began.  In 1943, she was a primary/intermediate teacher at Holy Rosary Grade School and then taught until 1953 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Grade School, both in Kansas City, Mo.  

Sister Margaret then taught at St. Mary Magdalen Grade School in St. Louis until 1957;  St. Louis Grade School in Englewood, Colo., until 1962; and St. Michael Grade School in Marquette, Mich.

In 1964, she took  the reins as principal and teacher at Immaculate Conception Grade School in Montgomery City, Mo. until 1966;  St. Mary Cathedral Grade School in Peoria, Ill., until 1967 and  Sacard Heart Grade School in Salem, Mo., until 1969.

She returned to teaching only at St. John the Evangelist Grade School in Valdosta, Ga. until 1970; St. Genevieve Du Bois Grade School in St. Louis, until 1973; Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School in University City, Mo. until 1978; and  Holy Cross Grade School in Champaign, Ill. until 1980. She tutored two more years at Holy Cross. 

Returning to St. Louis in 1982, Sister Margaret served her CSJ community in the St. Louis Province Office of Aging as a homemaker. In 1986  she volunteered at the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging and then was a counselor for the Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

In 1991 she began 14 years of service to her CSJ community as a staff member at the St. Joseph Motherhouse  and then as a clerical worker in the St. Louis Province Health Care Claims Office.

In 2005 Sister Margaret retired to Nazareth Living Center serving in prayer and witness

A Memorial Mass was held on April 25 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO 63129.  Sister Margaret donated her body to science.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Development Office Retirement Fund, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111. Donate online.

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