In Loving Memory of Beverly Schmidt
Beverly SchmidtScranton, PA March 22, 1950 ~ April 19, 2015 Date of Service: April 23, 2015
She had no acquaintances; with even the briefest encounter, she made a powerful, loving connection and instantly gained a new, life-long friend. Fittingly, Beverly Ann Schmidt, 65, was surrounded by a crew (theme song pending) of loved ones as she was lifted into God’s kingdom Sunday, April 19, 2015.
Bev lived with the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis for the majority of her life. By 1989 she had lost her ability to walk – by 1994 her arms and torso followed suit. Yet, Bev was a powerhouse; in defiance of her physical limitations, she overcame and took the world by storm. What many would see as a disadvantage, Bev used as a catalyst for positive progress. Always championing compassion, love, and equality, she fought for the rights of people with disabilities. She served as the President of Operation Overcome of Lackawanna County and then Vice President of the Center for Independent Living, also serving on its Board of Directors for many years. In the early advocacy movement, Bev helped to write and then pass A.D.A legislation.
In more routine accomplishments, she was a graduate of Dunmore High School, and worked as City Comptroller for Atlantic City for many years. Bev had an innate talent for cooking – able to whip up a delicious dinner for any number, with any ingredients on hand, and at a moment’s notice. She also had the incredible luck of being both smart and funny – often winning nightly Jeopardy showdowns against her husband and daughter (but usually not her son-in-law). We will miss her laugh and unique sense of humor, her passionate curiosity, and her “Bevisms” (see: “bangin’!” and signing cards “Bev-E”). Through her passionate and constant longing to know, love, and serve God, she’s inspired all of us to be more faithful.
Contrary to what might be expected of a quadriplegic woman, much of her life was lived in service to others. Whether taking the time to listen to troubles, providing a (spectacular) meal, or volunteering to counsel hospice patients, she constantly gave her time and her heart to others. And that’s what is most remarkable about her – her heart. Many of us build walls around our hearts, knowing far too well the risks, but never Bev. She had the most astounding ability to sense the needs and heart of each and every person she met - the ability to make anyone feel as though they were the most important person in the entire universe, and to Bev, in that moment, they were. To know her was to absolutely love her. There are no words that can truly express how deep and great our loss is. We rejoice in knowing the Beverly has fulfilled her greatest wish, to see God, and be reunited in Heaven with her husband, Albert, mother and father, Antoinette and Angelo Trotta, and beloved cat, Peaches.
None are more changed through her love than her daughter, Alison Schmidt Carson. The most precious gift her daughter has known is the unconditional love, acceptance, and deep understanding of her Momma. Beverly is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette and Robert McAndrew, NJ, her brother, Charles V. Trotta and wife, Dorothy, FL, son-in-law, Michael Carson, niece (and forever Soul Sister) Dana Trotta-Jayne and husband, Brian, FL, and her “acting limbs” and daughter of the heart, April Robinson. In addition to numerous cherished family members, Bev is survived by many children of the heart including Kathy Palmieri, Chuck Trotta, Lynn Phillips, and Michael, Tim, and Kelly McAndrew along with countless friends – who, for Bev, were all at once her children, sisters, brothers… family. Her love extended far and wide and, although we are grateful she no longer is bound by a debilitated, immobilized body, our lives will never be the same without her here.
With deepest gratitude, we thank Bev’s personal care attendants, past and present, for their loving, loyal, and meticulous care. Without them, so much would not have been possible. Thank you to the kind and dedicated staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart for caring for all of us in these last weeks.
Those who wish may join us in a celebration of Beverly’s life on Thursday at 6pm in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker Street in Dunmore. Friends may call Thursday from 4pm until the time of service.