“You can shed tears that he is gone or you can smile because he lived and touched so many lives.” Dr. Eugene D. Schmiedl, of Sandusky, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013, leaving his loving wife, Toni, after 61 years of marriage.
He was born March 28, 1927, in Cleveland, son of the late Sophie and Julius Schmiedl. He graduated from Avon Lake High School, Kent State University, received his master’s degree at Bowling Green State University, and his doctorate at Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Schmiedl taught at BGSU, and was a director of Pupil Personnel at Lorain Public Schools and Rocky River Public Schools. From there he went to Lorain Community College as a vice president, where he worked with the architect to build the campus. From there he went to the Cleveland Institute of Music, serving as vice president, until he retired. He also was president of Ohio School Psychologists and on the University Circle Board.
Upon retirement, Gene worked with Volunteer Centers in Sandusky, and received outstanding awards from CASA. He raised funds for the Maritime Museum in Sandusky.
He was an avid sailor, built boat models, loved dancing, and entertained many with his piano playing.
He is survived by his wife, Antoinette “Toni” (Mittiga) Schmiedl; three sons, Kurt (Beryl), of Reading, Mass., Dr. Mark (Wendy), of Sandusky, and Eric, of Bay Village, Ohio.; seven grandchildren, Elliot (Key Anna), of Massachusetts, Kira, of Vermont, Melissa of Massachusetts, Matthew and Samantha of Sandusky, and Dylan and Cate, of Fairview Park, Ohio. — all Schmiedl’s. They will dearly miss him.
There will be no visitation. Services will be private at a later date at Lakewood Park Cemetery, in Rocky River. Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, Sandusky, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions in Dr. Schmiedl’s name may be directed to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences can be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.