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S. Vivian Schmidt

January 31, 2020

S. Vivian Schmidt, 96, formerly of Adams Center and Watertown, passed away Friday evening, January 31, 2020, in Maryland. She had resided in Cheverly, Maryland for the last three years.

She was born in Delta, Ontario, Canada on May 17, 1923, daughter of W. Warner and Mary Bolton Phelps. She attended schools in Canada, graduating from Brockville Business College, Ontario in 1944. She married William G. Schmidt at Holy Family Church, Fulton on July 9,1949 and Bill passed on May 15, 2016.

Vivian enjoyed being a homemaker for her family and also managed her husband's private practice in Physical Therapy. Vivian was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church, Watertown where she taught religious classes, and assisted in her husband's ministry and deaconate. She was a former Girl Scout Leader, and enjoyed camping, gardening, reading, and the outdoors.

Vivian is survived by her 7 children, John (Sheila) Schmidt, Cheverly, Maryland, Mary (Francis) Navarra, Swanee, GA, Therese Schmidt, Brooklyn, Mark (Denise) Schmidt, Baldwinsville, Robert Schmidt, Hudson Falls, Margaret (James) Sullivan, Baldwinsville, and Thomas (Vanessa) Schmidt, Manhasset, Long Island; 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; brother Bruce Phelps, Fulton; and several nieces and nephews, including Linda Russell, Carol Hoyt, Eleanor Einarson, Loreen Harris, Stephen Phelps, Deborah Marscher, and James Schmidt. Along with her husband, Bill, Vivian was predeceased by grandson Andrew Wiley Schmidt, brother Gerald Phelps, and sister Loreen Taylor.

A prayer service will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Friday, February 7, at 9:15 AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at 10 AM at St. Patrick's Church with Fr. Christopher Looby, pastor, presiding. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to St. Patrick's Church, 123 S. Massey St., Watertown, NY 13601 or a charity of your choice. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#22 Louise Towne Moran 2020-02-08 18:55
Your Mom has always been an Angel! She made all of us feel special on Stone St. My Mom loved having her as a friend. We were very fortunate to grow up next door to the Schmidt’s. I will keep all of you in my prayers.
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#21 Karen Keenan 2020-02-06 20:21
Dear Mary Ellen and family, I am thinking of you all and sending love and prayers. Your dear mom was always so sweet and kind when I knew her from our times in grade school, all the more remarkable because there always seemed to be dozens of kids around! She always seemed unflappable. I know my mom enjoyed their friendship at St.Pat's too. I know she and your dad are forever in your hearts.
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#20 Cindy Cook 2020-02-06 19:57
My deepest condolences to Mary and her entire family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
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#19 Phil&Yuvon Marra 2020-02-05 20:21
Prayers for Viv’s family: Sorry to read of your mother passing. Have missed seeing her in St. Pats church. We would look for each other so we could sit together and chat before church started. I was her assistant in Girl Scouts. She donated much time for the kids at St. Patrick’s. Both she and Bill were good friends.We will miss both of them.
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#18 William T Massaro 2020-02-05 19:41
The Massaro family sends our heartfelt condolences to the entire Schmidt family. My parents (Pat & Marion) were wonderful friends of Vivian & Bill for many years. We have many fond memories of all of them together.

God bless.

Bill Massaro
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#17 Diantha Lavoie 2020-02-05 17:25
Mary I remember your Mom sitting reading a book while waiting on your Dad. She was a very kind and loving person. Prayers going out to all of your family.
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#16 Phil&Yuvon Marra 2020-02-05 17:04
To all Viv’s family, so sorry to read about her passing.
We were friends for years. When she lived on Stone st. We did a lot of donating time together at St. Patrick’s school on S. Massey st. I also assisted her in Girl Scouts. We would always look for each other when we would go to church just to say hi. A great lady ! I have n
missed seeing her. Prayers for all of you!
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#15 Diantha Lavoie 2020-02-05 15:41
Mary and family I remember your Mom when she would be sitting in your office reading a book while waiting on your Dad. She was a very kind and loving person. My prayers are with all your family.
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#14 Rosanne McGee Bowman 2020-02-05 13:11
My Deepest Condolences for your loss.
Your mother and father were both treasures of St. Patrick’s Church, and endeared themselves
to all they met. Your father gave me back my smile when I contracted Bells Palsy, many years back. I’ll be grateful for his talents forever. Your mother was always so graceful and supportive of his diaconate. God bless and keep them close to our hearts. They are together again. Bill asked me to sing at his ordination to the Diaconate, “Wherever you go, I will go”, in homage to Viv. I felt truly honored to oblige. God bless you all.
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#13 Gary Pond 2020-02-05 12:00
To John and all the Schmidt family, condolences and prayers. Reading of your Mom's passing brings back so many memories of growing up next door. Terrific family, I remember Mrs. Schmidt as so easy going, always a smile, seemed like nothing ever got to her. She was the anchor.
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