Carmela V. Schmitz, 84, receptionist

April 14, 2006

Carmela V. Schmitz, a former receptionist and active churchwoman, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at Mercy Ridge Retirement Community in Timonium, where she had lived for the past four years. She was 84.

She was born Carmela Violetta DiMaggio in Baltimore, the daughter of immigrant Italian parents. She was raised on East Biddle Street and was educated at the old St. Paul Parochial School in East Baltimore.

During the 1940s, she worked for the Davison Chemical Co. until leaving to raise her family.

She was married in 1943 to E. John Schmitz Jr., who was in Baltimore on leave from the Army. In 1949 the couple moved to Original Northwood, where they lived on Woodbourne Avenue for 38 years. Mr. Schmitz died in 1996.

When her youngest child turned 6, Mrs. Schmitz went to work as a receptionist for E. John Schmitz & Sons Inc., a family-owned printing business on East Oliver Street.

In 1986, she retired from the business, now Schmitz Press in Hunt Valley.

Mrs. Schmitz was an active parishioner at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Northwood, where she was a past president of its Sodality and the Ladies of Notre Dame.

She was a member of Cursillo of Baltimore and coordinated many retreats to the Dominican Retreat House. She also attended activities of the Serra club of Baltimore and the Holy Name Society with her husband, who was a member of those organizations.

After moving to Mays Chapel in 1988, she joined St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Texas, Baltimore County. Since 2001, she has lived at Mercy Ridge.

Mrs. Schmitz enjoyed vacationing in Ocean City and was an avid pinochle player.

A funeral Mass was offered Wednesday at St. Matthew.

Surviving are two sons, Paul B. Schmitz of New Freedom, Pa., and Joseph F. Schmitz of Phoenix, Baltimore County; seven daughters, Mary Emma Middleton of Waldorf, Beth Anne Fimowicz of Forest Hill, Mary Jane Hucik of Parkville, Rose M. Marcin of Lutherville, Joan B. Campbell of Bel Air, Patricia Anne Hippleheuser of Murphy, Texas, and Mary Catherine Malstrom of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a sister, Lillian Krasnansky of Hamilton; 30 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Another son, E. John Schmitz III, died in 1949.

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