Mary Elizabeth Schmick, 87, homemaker and volunteer

April 14, 2005

Mary Elizabeth Schmick, a homemaker and volunteer, died of a respiratory ailment yesterday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 87.

Born Mary Elizabeth Novak in Baltimore and raised on Springlake Way in Homeland, she was the daughter of Dr. Emil Novak, a renowned gynecologist and surgeon, and Elizabeth Grace Novak.

A 1936 graduate of Roland Park Country School, she also was a 1938 graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., then a two-year college, where she studied voice. A soprano, she also studied at the Peabody Conservatory.

She was married in April 1939 to William F. Schmick Jr., who began his career the next month in the classified advertising department of The Baltimore Sun. Mr. Schmick, who became president of the A. S. Abell Co. and publisher of The Baltimore Sun newspapers, died last year.

"She turned down an offer to sing professionally in favor of marrying and raising a family, and her stage appearances consisted of singing in the annual summer's-end show at Gibson Island, where the Schmick family shared a summer house on the bay with her parents," said a son, William F. Schmick III of Bethesda, an editor with Bloomberg News in Washington.

The couple lived for many years on Overhill Road in Roland Park, before moving in the early 1970s to Meadow Road in North Baltimore. They moved in 1994 to the Blakehurst Life Care Center in Towson.

Mrs. Schmick was a longtime volunteer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Union Memorial Hospital.

She had enjoyed tennis, golf, reading and spending time at a second home in Bethany Beach, Del.

Mrs. Schmick was a communicant for many years of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, and in recent years had attended Mass at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are another son, John Emil Schmick of Lutherville; two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Howard of Baltimore and Josephine "Molly" McGoldrick of Savannah, Ga.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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