Remembering Our Alumnae
Marie Slyker Schmidt ‘40
Marie Slyker Schmidt, class of 1940, died on October 1, 2012, in Placentia, California. Marie was the widow of Frederick W. Schmidt II and mother of eight. Three of her children predeceased her.
Schooled at St. Mary’s, Detroit and graduated from St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Marie married Fred Schmidt on June 21, 1941. They settled for a time in New Jersey, where their first five children were born. In 1951, Fred received an attractive job offer in California, so the family moved to Whittier where the rest of the children were born. In 1966, the family moved to Placentia, where Marie spent the rest of her life. Marie stayed in constant contact with her fellow St. Joseph alumnae. As the children matured, Marie started a second career working selling newspaper advertising. In this capacity she benefitted from many friendships that lasted beyond her professional life. Marie later joined the Placentia Library District Historical Committee and functioned as a docent for the Bradford House. To say Marie was an active volunteer for the City of Placentia and a great source of knowledge regarding local history is an understatement. She truly loved her volunteer work, the friends she made and the accomplishments they all shared.
Marie was a devout member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Placentia for nearly 50 years. She was an excellent seamstress, enjoyed collecting dolls and a rousing game of scrabble. Her friends meant a great deal to her. A usual night for Marie was talking on the phone to a fellow Placentia volunteer or to a friend from college “back East”.