Albert Schmitz Jr., 81

Civil engineer, veteran

December 24, 2007

Albert Leroy Schmitz Jr., a civil engineer who rose from being a surveyor to a construction estimator, died of renal failure Dec. 14 at Carroll Hospice Dove House. The former longtime Randallstown resident was 81.

Mr. Schmitz was born in Baltimore and raised on Edmondson Avenue. He was a 1944 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and served as an Army Air Forces corporal until being discharged in 1946.

Mr. Schmitz, who had studied engineering at the Johns Hopkins University at night, went to work as a surveyor for Piracci Construction Co. Inc. He later took a position with Corman Construction Co., where he specialized in estimating costs for bridge construction.

"He loved his work, and it broke his heart when he had to retire in 1994," said his wife of 57 years, the former Doris Marie Otter.

Mr. Schmitz, who moved to Taneytown in 2002, was an avid reader and a member of the Brother St. Charles Chapter of the Knights of Columbus.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at a second home he owned in Ocean City.

Mr. Schmitz was a parishioner of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Taneytown.

A funeral Mass was offered Tuesday at St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster.

Also surviving are a son, Francis S. Schmitz of Mount Airy; a daughter, Joyce Marie Anderson of Taneytown; and six grandchildren.

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