Thomas Schmidt, 74

Thomas Charles Schmidt, 74, of Oak Park, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, on July 20, 2020, following a two-year battle with cancer.

Born on Nov. 26, 1945 at Oak Park Hospital, he was the youngest of eight children born to Katherine (Berens) and Bernard Schmidt. He grew up in Maywood, and completed his education at Sacred Heart Elementary School, Proviso East High School and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

He married Mary Galli-Lennox in 1969, just before serving two years in the U.S. Army. They started married life in Indianapolis and eventually settled in Oak Park where they raised their family.

He worked his entire career as an insurance underwriter for Wausau Insurance, where he made many friends and played many hands of “Uno” during his lunch hour. An active and cherished member of the St. Giles Family Mass Community since the mid-1970s, he was part of liturgy planning teams, served as a youth catechist, delivered lay reflections on the Gospel, and was instrumental in forming and sustaining a vibrant men’s group. After retiring in 2007, Tom and Mary spent as much time as possible traveling between their family lake house in northern Wisconsin and visiting their children and grandchildren. He spent many hours tinkering with and sailing in his boat. He was an avid (though not proficient) golfer, and loved listening to music, playing board games, and doing puzzles. He was a model of patience, generosity, and faith, and he loved and laughed well throughout his life.

Tom Schmidt is survived by Mary, his wife of 51 years; his children, Jennifer (Tony Krolak), Ben (Lisa Schlesinger), and Kate (Maui Jones); his grandchildren, Alexi, Sam, Sophia, Zoe, and Cora; 33 nieces and nephews; and four siblings, Marie (the late Bob), Chuck (Mary), Thelma (the late Ike) Wagner, Carole Jean (Dale) Fredericks, and brother-in law Thomas (Elizabeth) Obrochta.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Katherine Schmidt, his siblings Edith (Bill) Mills, Lawrence (Raoulyn and Joanie), Ann Obrochta, and his grandchildren, Nathaniel and Ella Ann.

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Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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