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Frederick J. Schmieder



In Loving Memory of

Frederick J. Schmieder

Born into life May 17, 1923

Born into eternal life November 14, 2020     


Frederick J. Schmieder, age 97 died November 14, 2020 peacefully at home. He was born to Fred B. and Rose (Brinkman) Schmieder on May 17, 1923 in Minster, Ohio as the second of 2 children. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Helen and wife Juanita (Wetzel) Schmieder. He is survived by his daughters Emily (Robert) Copeland, Jane Aster, Gwen (Trent) Davis, and son Eric (Pamela) Schmieder, as well as grandchildren Angelica Star, Austin (Christina) Keith, Erica Blinn, Casey (Jeremiah)  Blinn-Smith,           Dr. Matthew (Leslie) Schmieder, John Schmieder, Renee Copeland and great-grandchildren Everett, Elise and Harrison Schmieder.

Fred was born in Minster OH where he met and married his wife, Bonnie (Wetzel) Schmieder. They were married for 69 years and had four children.  Fred served as a lieutenant JG in the US Navy during World War II. Following the war, he attended Miami University and The Ohio State University where he earned a PhD in Education. He taught English and Drama at the University School, a laboratory school located in what is now Ramseyer Hall on the campus of Ohio State until the school closed in 1965. He continued at Ohio State University as the Director of Admissions for Graduate Studies in Education until he retired with emeritus status in the mid-1980’s after 39 years in education.

Fred will be remembered for his kind and gentle nature, his quick wit and wry observations. He relished time at home with his family and was loved as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. Over the years, Fred celebrated the life events of those close to him by writing hundreds of personal poems for their birthdays and anniversaries. Through these, he expressed his love and fondness for his family and friends.

He was an active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church since the 1950s. He enjoyed word play and etymology, reading the newspaper from cover to cover, listening to classical music, Jeopardy and solving the daily crossword, which he did on his very last day. He savored life’s simple pleasures and sought to leave a small footprint. His favorite quote was: “You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” –Vernon Howard. Fred’s list was short- a hot cup of coffee, the daily paper, and a martini. Cheers, Fred!

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Minster, Ohio at a later date. Committal of ashes will follow at St. Augustine Cemetery. Please visit to leave the family an online condolence.

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  • Mike Bazeley says:

    Love the picture you chose of Fred with his ever present smile, usually laughing at something Bonnie would’ve said. Will never forget Fred’ and Bonnie’s many kindnesses to Jeanie and I those many years ago back in Columbus: their house was always open and they could never do enough for for us or anyone.

  • Edwin Violet says:

    I was fortunate to have Fred for an instructor at University School. His teaching and enthusiasm will always be an inspiration. He directed our Junior Class play, Harvey. Each time we met after graduation he always referred to me as Elwood P. Dowd!
    Condolences to his family.

  • Deb and Jane says:

    Our condolences to the family, Fred and Bonnie were great backyard neighbors for 20yrs. We will miss him

  • Steve Abbott says:

    Fred, who like characters in William Carlos Williams’ “In Just-Spring, was often known as a single name: bonnieandfred. Fred Schmieder was the most gentle of the fathers in our tight-knit neighborhood on Colonial Avenue in Worthington. Nothing seemed to ruffle him, and his wit, wry sense of humor, and erudition impressed me even as a child. He was always a joy to spend time with. Son Eric and I, with another neighborhood friend, once prank-called Fred with me claiming to be a personality on a local radio station, hosting the “Strain Your Brain” quiz show, and told him he’d win a cash prize of $50 if he could answer one question: What does the word “hyperpolysyllabicsesquipedalianism” mean? He may have known it was a prank, or not, but he gamely played along, answering that it was something to do with big words. We were hardly able to contain our laughter, and I told him that was close but not a winning answer, and that he’d receive a coupon good for a 6-pack of a soft drink. (The word is a stew-pot of language meaning “the overuse of big words.”)

    I have nothing but fond memories of the entire Schmieder household, and I remain friends with his children to this day. Go gently, Fred. You had good influence far beyond your knowledge. Emily, Eric, Jane, and Gwen, I share your loss.

  • Mike Moss says:

    Dear Emily, Gwen, Jane and Eric
    Your Dad’s passing is a loss but his life was an inspiration to so many students he taught and advised. As a member of the class of ‘65 at Ohio State’s University School, I know his care for all of us was pivotal as we graduated. He had a knack for making us feel welcome and not forgotten years after our graduation. He is not a teacher to be remembered. It has been 55 years since we graduated and we were fortunate to have him join us in August on Zoom where he charmed and humored us as he always did. He will make the angels smile.. Mike Moss, University School ‘65

  • Mary Ann Tortora Dunn says:

    So very sorry to hear this. My condolences to the whole family. My parents and yours were neighbors and good friends. I didn’t realize that my dad and your dad were only a year apart. I love that he did the crossword puzzle that day. I didn’t see him often but when I did he was always a very friendly and nice man. Hoping my parents and yours are having a great time together in Heaven. May God bless you all!

  • gerald niekamp says:

    An honor to know Fred. I will never forget riding in
    the convertible after Fred & Bonnie’s wedding.

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