By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer
READING - Andrew J. Schmidt, founder of Schmidt-Dhonau Funeral Home in Reading, died Tuesday at Bethesda North Hospital.
A lifelong Reading resident, Mr. Schmidt, 92, was the "epitome of community participation and activism," said his son, Frank Schmidt, of Reading. "There was hardly an organization or community project he was not involved in."
In 2000, the city of Reading named a park after Mr. Schmidt and his late wife, Mary.
Mr. Schmidt was the charter president of the Reading Kiwanis Club and worked for more than 14 years to get Mount View Terrace, a senior housing development, built in the city.
A graduate of St. Xavier High School, Mr. Schmidt was captain of the school's football team and an all-city guard.
He went on to play football four years at Xavier University. Fifty years after graduating, he returned to XU to earn a master's degree in education.
But the path he chose early in life took him to the Cincinnati College of Embalming. In 1932, he and two friends, Charles H. and Harry W. Dhonau, went into the funeral business in the home of Mr. Schmidt's family on Walnut Street in Reading. Three years later they moved to the funeral home's present location on Reading Road. A second location was later opened in Sharonville.
Mr. Schmidt was the first president of Moeller High School Dads Club, as well as president of the Mount Notre Dame High School Dads Club and the St. Xavier High School Alumni Association.
For 10 years, he was president of the Cincinnati Foundation for Mortuary Education and was on the boards of St. Joseph Infant Home (now St. Joseph's Home), the St. Aloysius Orphanage, the Reading Church Council and the Sycamore Senior Center.
Mr. Schmidt was a member of St. John Knights of Columbus, St. John Commandery No. 59, St. Michael Council K of C, St. Isaac Jogues Council Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and Reading Fraternal Order of Eagles.
His wife died in 1993.
In addition to his son, survivors include two other sons, Philip N. Schmidt and Timothy R. Schmidt, both of Sharonville; three daughters, Barbara Radford of Memphis, Tenn., Julie Meyer of San Antonio, Texas; and Andrea Coburn of Boca Raton, Fla.; a sister, Agnes Albrinck of Amberley Village; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. today at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, 330 W. Vine St. in Reading. Burial will be at Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery.
Memorials: Andrew and Mary Schmidt Fund for Catholic Education, c/o Ss. Peter & Paul Church, 330 W. Vine St., Reading 45215; St. Joseph Home, 10722 Wyscarver Road, Sharonville 45241; or St. Rita School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale-Milford Road, Cincinnati 45215.
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