Kathleen Ann Schmidt, age 78 and known as Katie, died peacefully with family by her side on March 11, 2021, in Jacksonville, FL. Katie was born April 15, 1942, a daughter of the late Edwin and Gertrude Szold and sister of David Szold and Carolyn Goodman. She attended Marywood High School, class of 1960, then went on to St. Francis School of Nursing, class of 1965. Katie was working in the emergency room when she met the love of her life, Paul Schmidt, who, as a coach, brought one of his injured players there. Paul and Katie married in 1967 and settled in Glenview, IL, where they raised their family. Katie was wonderfully devoted to her children, Marybeth (Scott) Steilen, Jim (Lyn) Schmidt, Tommy and Eddie Schmidt (deceased). She was a loving grandma to Brett, Madison, Ryan, Grace and Joey, and an unforgettable aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.
Katie spent over 50 years in nursing, caring for many friends and family members during that time. She had an incredible passion for helping others. Katie was also sports enthusiast (a prerequisite for being married to Paul). She and Paul enjoyed spending time on the golf course, but watching her children and grandchildren play sports was her true joy. Katie was an active member of St. Catherine Labouré Parish in Glenview, IL, and she served on numerous non-profit boards dedicated to helping her community.
Katie was her family’s biggest cheerleader. Her love for her family was pure, sincere, and unconditional. She loved people and actively socializing with her friends. She always focused the conversation on you and what you were doing – she made everyone feel important. Katie was known to ask more than a few questions, which she passed down to her daughter, and she was generous with her time and always available to listen to your concerns.
Katie was strong, determined, and maybe a little sassy, but always fun to be around. She cast her social net far and wide and made friends everywhere she went. She had a magnetic, even contagious, energy and a zest for life that made everyone smile. Her presence was huge, and she will be dearly missed by many.
A Celebration of Katie’s Life will be planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to your community hospice organization or to WINGS, a Chicago-based family shelter for victims of domestic violence (www.wingsprogram.com), P.O. Box 95615, Palatine, IL, 60095.
Funeral info: 847.673.6111.
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