The Tablet Jr. > A Tribute to Herman Schmitt

By Ce Ce Franchock, Grade 6
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

When I think of a leader, I think about someone who leads by example. Someone who gives his or her time and service back to one’s community. We recently lost a lifelong member of our parish, Mr. Herman Schmitt, who comes to mind as a great example of service and leadership. A memorial mass was held on Friday, January 3rd for Herman Michael Schmitt at St. Francis de Sales parish in Belle Harbor, Queens. Herman Schmitt was born on June 14, 1933 and passed away on December 28th, 2019. Herman was 86 years old when he passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his beloved wife Eileen, four children: Therese, Kathleen, Michael & William and 13 grandchildren.

Schmitt was a retired NYC School teacher, as well as, a lifelong organist at St. Francis de Sales parish. As a teacher, Herman encouraged his students to learn and grow. He always continued to supported the arts and music. He was committed to his role as a professional teacher in the Board of Education. Another role Schmitt had was developing the music program at St. Francis de Sales. He and his wife Eileen had a significant role overseeing the music ministry at our parish. Mrs. Schmitt was a substitute teacher at SFDS for decades and they played and sang at hundreds of weddings, funerals, and weekly masses. Mr. Schmitt’s gift of music was his ministry and for that he will always be remembered as a devout servant of our parish and academy. Schmitt spent several decades dedicated as the parish organist at St. Francis de Sales. He later moved to St. Camillus parish to help assist with their music program. These two jobs (teacher and organist) demonstrate Schmitt’s service and commitment to our parish and community. This beloved father and grandfather will be missed by all and remembered forever.

After reading the pamphlet from Mr. Schmitt’s memorial mass, I wanted to share the beautiful poem chosen by his family to celebrate his life.

A Beautiful Life
A beautiful life
That came to an end,
He died as he lived,
Everyone’s friend.
In our hearts a memory
Will always be kept,
Of one we loved, and
Will never forget.

Thank you for your service, musical talent and dedication to St. Francis de Sales Parish!

Rest in peace ~ Herman Michael Schmitt
June 14, 1933 – December 28, 2019