Ida S. Schmidt

Sales associate at Hutzler's department store

May 04, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Ida S. Schmidt, a retired Hutzler's department store sales associate who showed her affection for the Orioles by flying a team flag every day, died Sunday of a heart attack at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster.

The Hampstead resident was 92.

Ida Catherine Schiffner, the daughter of a Canton Railroad locomotive engineer and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised on Macon Street. She later moved with her family to Kenwood Avenue in Overlea.

She attended Eastern High School until the 10th grade, when she left to take a job as a packer for the Esskay meatpacking company.

Mrs. Schmidt later worked as a sales associate in the infant department of Hutzler's Towson store for 28 years until retiring in the 1980s.

Mrs. Schmidt, who had formerly lived in Highlandtown, Overlea and Fullerton, had lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Hampstead since 1986.

Every day Mrs. Schmidt flew the U.S. flag and an Orioles flag from poles outside her home.

"She put them out every morning," said her son-in-law, Paul A. Gillan Sr. "She'd never miss a game. If we went out to dinner, she'd say, 'Let's get an early start because I have to be home for the game, which starts at 7 p.m.'"

She also enjoyed flower gardening, completing crossword puzzles and taking day trips with her husband of 66 years, William James Schmidt, former owner of a Baltimore County auto repair service and school bus driver, who died two weeks ago.

Mrs. Schmidt had been a member for 50 years of Overlea United Methodist Church.

Since 1990, she had been an active member of Millers United Methodist Church, at Warehime and Miller Station roads in Millers, where services will be held at noon Thursday.

Also surviving are her daughter, Barbara M. Gillan of Hampstead; a sister, Lois M. Phillips of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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