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Edward Schmidt

Edward John "Chopper" Schmidt Sr.

Thursday, October 15th, 1942 - Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
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Vernon Twp., NJ: Edward “Chopper” John Schmidt, Sr., 76 years old, died unexpectedly at Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Born to William and Cecelia Schmidt in Jersey City, NJ, he lived in Newark, NJ and then Kearny, NJ and the Stockholm section of Hardyston Twp., NJ for 35 years before moving to Vernon Twp., NJ 5 years ago.

Edward served with the United States Navy on the USS Randolph, aircraft carrier. during the Vietnam War. He then worked as a heavy truck driver for Catanzaro Demolition in Montville, NJ for over 25 years retiring in 2008. Edward was a lifetime member of the VFW and active with Post #8441, Vernon Twp., NJ and a member of American Legion Post #132 Franklin, NJ and Post #423, Oak Ridge, NJ. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America and transitioned to Rolling Thunder, Inc. National, an advocacy group for POW/MIA’s, for over 20 years. Edward was a member of the USS Randolph Reunion Group, a parishioner of St. Jude the Apostle RC Church, Hamburg, NJ and an avid Harley-Davidson motorcycle rider for many years.

Edward is the beloved husband for 55 years of Frances Schmidt(nee Malecki) of Vernon Twp., NJ. Devoted father of Edward J. Schmidt, Jr. of Pennsylvania and Frances H. Schmidt and her fiancee, Kevin J. Colman of Vernon Twp., NJ. Loving grandfather of Josh, Ethan and Eddie, III. Dear brother of the late William Schmidt and of James Schmidt and his wife, Catherine of Milford, PA and Leonard Schmidt and his wife, Shirlee of Whiting, NJ. Cherished by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive their friends at Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home241 Route 94(1 Vanderhoof Court for GPS), Vernon, NJ on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 3-7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Jude the Apostle RC Church, Hamburg, NJ on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Interment to follow at Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Sparta, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the family would be greatly appreciated.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Ferguson - Vernon Funeral Home
    241 Route 94
    VERNON, NJ 07462
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  • Service

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 1:00pm
    St. Jude the Apostle RC Church
    4 Beaver Run Road
    Hardyston Twp., NJ 07419
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    Rev. Michael A. Rodak
  • Interment

    Northern NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    Route 94
    SPARTA, NJ 07871
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Todd Earle

Posted at 02:01pm
peace and love pop .. I will never forget

Kathryn Schmidt

Posted at 12:15pm
Fran & Family,
O Lord, Come and presence yourself with this family.
Comfort them in their loss, hold them in their sorrow and sustain them through their grief.
Enfold them all with your love Lord that they may rest within your arms.
Watch over their sleep and take their hands each morning as they face a new day.
Bind their hearts as one and bless their relationships.
Might they be united in their loss but also blessed with smiles and goodness.
Lead this precious family onward to embrace life together, yet hold on to the promise of heaven.
Jim & Kathryn Schmidt

Erika Finley

Posted at 02:12pm
My deepest condolences to your family. May he Rest In Peace and May you all find peace together to get through this difficult time. Cherish the memories and hold them in your heart forever. (Frances, I am here for you day or night whatever you need. Love you Sparky)

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